Some Good things

You know what's going to be REALLY good? A cool change that is due to hit us early tomorrow morning. It has been SO hot all week and I am thrilled at the prospect of a southerly change. Because I am 41 and that kind of thing really floats my boat. Lots of other good stuff happening around here … [Read more...]

That home from holidays clean..

It started about 2 days before we were due to come home. Those first thoughts about the state of the garden while we had been gone for three weeks, knowing that it would be out of control. Then I would think about the piles of shite that the girls bought home from school at the end of the year that … [Read more...]

2018: The Recap episode

As we hurtle towards the end of another year I can't help but be reflective and think about the year that was. All the things I got done, the things that I didn't. I hate this "set new goals & intentions" that come at this time of the year that inevitably just make you feel a bit shit about … [Read more...]

Christmas with my family 2018

It's hard to believe that Christmas for another year has been and gone...all that planning and craziness done and dusted all of us feeling a little weary for it all. Every second year my family get together (my siblings and families) for Christmas together and this year was at my brother and … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with Christmas catch ups & storms

(Cue singing): It's the most social time of the year! Isn't it just though? I do love the panic that we are never going to see anyone again and we HAVE to get it in before the end of the year and this weekend was exactly that. Lots of catching up with people, eating and drinking our way through … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: the “I’ve been a very busy girl” edition

I'm the kind of gal who rarely sits still. I will only sit once the house is sorted and my chores done and then and ONLY then will I be able to sit and relax. Which is quite funny really don't you think given that a Mum's chores are ever sorted....particularly this time of year. So there has been … [Read more...]

The surprising emotional end to Primary School

It's been a big emotional week here, and it's taken me surprise. Daisy has just over a week of Primary school left and it's really hitting me hard.  On Monday we had our high school uniform appointment where I had to go and spend an extraordinary amount of money on uniforms and then sob when I saw … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with tutus and big skies

Can you still talk about the weekend on a Tuesday? Not sure if you can, but if you are anything like me you'll still be thinking it's about March, when "apparently" it's going to be December this week so anything goes I say! We had one of those busy weekends where all of a sudden it was Friday … [Read more...]

30 (more) brilliant books for Girls this Christmas

While I entirely DO NOT read during the school term I can assure you that my big two devour one book after another so when it comes to Christmas time, the one thing that I get early shopping on and will ALWAYS be given as presents are BOOKS. All of the books! SO MANY BOOKS. Who better to ask than Al … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

Hello friends! Thought we better sit down and have a proper catch up as it's been a BUSY week (isn't every one that way though?) and let you know what I have been up to over the pat few days.  I'm still adjusting to the new rhythm of life with the shop (shooting, packing, sending, re-ordering) and … [Read more...]

I’m bringing low-key lunches back

A sponsored post for Woolworths Much like a new Mum who gets COMPLETELY overwhelmed by ALL OF THE THINGS/INFORMATION/ADVICE when they have a new baby, I think the next big time that this kind of overwhelm can kick in is when the kids start school. Of course besides all the ADMIN and routines, … [Read more...]

Harper Turned 9!

You guys! Look what happened on the weekend! Harper turned NINE. It's hard to believe isn't it? I can't quite get my head around it. We had a very quiet time for her birthday as this coming weekend she is going to Luna Park with her cousins and that's what she's REALLY excited about. Friday … [Read more...]

Around the Grounds: Spring doing its thing

You all know that one of my all time favourite things to do at home is have a bit of a faff about. Whether it's when I get home from being away and I do a bit of a unpack, clean up and dust, water the plants and replace any dead flowers in vases. It's how I soothe my soul...making things right, … [Read more...]

Holiday savour: how to make slime (that works)

You know making slime was really popular about 18 months ago? Well we made it for the first time 2 weeks ago and that's because I said no approximately 8356 times before deciding I would do it. I couldn't cope with one more tube of toothpaste being wasted, or batches of weird shit on the bench, we … [Read more...]

Making a tree change: 8 years on

Today it marks 8 years since we arrived at our home, our new life, a new beginning for our family. 8 years, can you believe it? I kind of can, and can't. I can't really remember our life in the city even though it was ALL our lives for such  long time, it's funny how things change isn't it? Rob and … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

This morning we are hitting the road and heading back home after a week away. We stopped in at the farm for a night, then further north to Byron for another family reunion with Rob's Dad's side of the family that was almost a year in planning - always the way when trying to wrangle so many people. … [Read more...]

Some good things

So much goodness all around here today and you know why? IT'S PROPERLY RAINING. Rain heavy enough that you can HEAR it. Now if that's not good, I don't know what is. Wish I could send it all around the country to the places it's needed most. We need it round here too - there will be happy … [Read more...]

Life at 41 years, 1 month

I’m up early with the sun as it’s that stretch of glorious mornings where the sun is up early before daylight savings begins. Long are the days of Daise or Harper being up with me, they are so big now, I sometimes wonder where the years have gone and get moments of panic when I think to the future … [Read more...]

This Spring why don’t you…

Spring is here my friends (in the southern hemisphere at least) and it feels SO good doesn't it? We are being treated this week with a touch of warmer weather too and my GOODNESS does it feel SO good to be outside with the sunshine on your back, ankles exposed and the afternoon starting to stretch … [Read more...]

Holidays and kids and expectations

I have long admitted my problem with expectations and the frustrations I have when they are not met. I think I first wrote about back in 2014 when the kids were a little smaller, and I was a little younger I suppose. I definitely think that they have dropped somewhat since then. Maybe it's … [Read more...]