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...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

How was your Father's Day yesterday? We had a very quiet one here at home, nothing fancy but a nice family lunch, some playing out in the sunshine and some fried chicken. Not a bad combo I say! The chicken I made was this recipe but I used boneless thigh fillets. It wasn't as crispy as I … [Read more...]

Every little thing

I don't know all that much about being married. I know that we spend a lot of time talking about bills, and scheduling diaries and not all that much laying in bed together, holding hands, talking of dreams and goals and generally being besotted with each other. It's not that we aren't besotted … [Read more...]

Maggie, her dummies and Maybelle the fairy

If there's one thing Maggie loves, its her dummies. It's been a passionate love affair from the first night in the hospital when I was SO out of practice with a crying, unsettled, just born baby that a dummy was given to her when I was delirious and she finally settled and slept with it. Sweet … [Read more...]

Things I like {The late winter edition}

You guys the Daphne is OUT and it is GLORIOUS. Wish you could smell outside my front door at the moment, the heady scent hits you and carries on the wind all around the south side of the house. I don't have any tips on how to grow it other than it thrives on neglect, gets no sun from March to … [Read more...]

Now I am 41

I had a birthday on Thursday and apparently that means that I am now 41. Huh. I've had such a lovely few days with lots of catch ups with family and friends, it's been a lovely celebration that has filled me up with happiness. What more could you ask for for your birthday? Nothing! I knew … [Read more...]