Notes to Myself

notes to myself

I just wrote 300 words without coming to any sort of point, so I’m going to start over and get to the matter straight away: crying. I’ve been crying a lot lately. I’ve done it ever since I was a child. What child doesn’t cry and scream, you ask? Well, quite. But I’ve always been able to summon … [Read more...]

“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”


If you've been watching the calendar as closely as I have, you perhaps will already have noticed that we've passed the halfway mark of winter. Of course anyone who lives here, or further south, knows that is absolute bollocks. The weather doesn't significantly improve until October. In my head, I … [Read more...]

Creating Office Spaces {Sponsored}


Let me begin by talking about desks. Back when we were at university in Bathurst (yes, this is how far I’m going back!), Adam bought a second-hand table from a charity shop that was located just behind his flat. This table wasn’t much to look at – a utilitarian, boring, commercial piece that … [Read more...]

Winter School Holiday Challenge!

winter miscmumhols

It's almost school holiday time again. (I know - whaaaaat?! Time is flying!) Seeing last time was such a success, I thought I would do another Make-Your-Own Holiday Challenge. A prompt for every weekday of holidays, to interpret as you like. If you have a child (or children, plural) who needs a bit … [Read more...]

The one about running, and marathons, with the ‘legs moving’ thing. Yeah, not today.

sick bed

photo taken: 10.45am, fifteen minutes ago. Gastro is passing through our region like a horrible, vomit-strewn nightmare. Riley got a little dose last week, but nothing like what Keira and I copped on Sunday. We're still in bed today, see? (Although, by her eating cake, you can tell things are on … [Read more...]

Beach Reflections

keira beach

They are drawn to the sand as much as the water, fossicking among the treasures: garlands of ropy sea matter, shells and the odd gasping mollusc, probing its tongue around in the last moments of life, as if trying to determine where on earth it had landed. In their examination of nature’s … [Read more...]

Things to do at the Central Coast and Newcastle

norah head lighthouse

If you’re on the M1 travelling south, you might be in a hurry to reach the lights of Sydney; going north, you might be off to the beaches of northern NSW. But to bypass the Central Coast is to risk missing out on its many delights. Even though I’ve been to the Central Coast many times in my life to … [Read more...]

Renovation Update

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Almost there. The painting is complete! Behold! Before After Wall Colour: Deluxe Days Skirting: Banister White (I don't think this is even made anymore, we had it leftover from last time) Before After (Note: the windows normally get that foggy when the weather turns cold. Don't think … [Read more...]

Quitting Sugar, Not-Quitting Sugar, Anti-Inflammation Diets, Paleo, FODMAPS and the whole jolly lot

I quit sugar ingredients

I started writing this post back last August. I'd just bought and read Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar and, spurred on by the listlessness I was experiencing (as well as a dose of curiosity), I decided to take the challenge. A magnificent misjudgement of timing saw me quitting sugar right before my … [Read more...]

Iced Vovo S’mores

iced vovo s'mores

I love an Iced VoVo biscuit. And while these aren't the Iced VoVos you might be used to buying in the supermarket, they do contain the essential elements of raspberry and coconut. Combine that with the deliciousness of melted marshmallows and voilà! You have s'mores. The kids created this recipe, … [Read more...]

Renovation Reveal: Floorboards

wood pile

As I alluded to yesterday, we now have new floorboards, thus finishing off the second half of the house. Goodbye carpet! Just like we did in 2011, we went away on a road trip holiday to visit family in NSW, leaving the builders and sanders alone to do their thing. It was very exciting to arrive back … [Read more...]

What Anxiety Feels Like


The following image was on Facebook a few months ago. It was re-posted or liked by a couple of my friends. They thought it was amusing. I did not. Am I saying it’s not funny? No, humour is subjective, after all. To deny or decry someone being able to find it amusing is not my … [Read more...]

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary

65th wedding anniversary

  On this day, 65 years ago, my grandfather and grandmother were married - in the same church Adam and I were also married in. Nan is recovering from her stroke in February, and was last week discharged from her rehab ward at the hospital to enter a care facility. It has been a stressful … [Read more...]

Easter 2014


It was quiet. Very, very quiet. Thanks mostly to a combination of my not feeling particularly well, and a chilly change in the weather that, while expected and typical, always arrives with a adjustment period that can be hard. So we stayed close to home, watched lots of movies, and chipped away … [Read more...]

My 2,000th post for my daughter on her 10th birthday

keira collage 2

Age 6 & 7 Age 8 & 9 Dear Keira, As I approached my tenth birthday, I remember mentioning my excitement about the milestone to a neighbour. She shook her head emphatically and said, “You don’t want to grow up”. You’re on the cusp of your own tenth birthday, but I’m not going to say … [Read more...]

Cook, Swim, Library, Dance, Travel

School holidays

What follows is a brief update as to how our make-your-own school holiday challenge is going. Cook Mistake one: buying an American packet mix without properly figuring out the conversion differences. Mistake two: buying a red velvet cake with enough added red food colouring to stain … [Read more...]

Monty Python Killer Rabbit Easter Cupcakes!

Monty Python Killer Rabbit Cupcakes Tutorial

No, you haven't accidentally wandered over to a cake wreck website. It's me, hello. Remember when I made Borg Cube Christmas Gingerbread? (If you don't, you should see it. Now that was a wreck. OF FUN.) Anyway, I've had this idea rattling around my head for over a year to make Monty Python Killer … [Read more...]


keira and riley

Explore: Day 1 of the 'Make Your Own' School Holiday Challenge We went down to our local creek bank to have a play. They weren't really keen on getting outside, but once we were down there I couldn't get them to leave! ("I really loved this idea, mum!") When we got home … [Read more...]

Make-Your-Own School Holiday Challenge

autumn holidays

  It's the first day of school holidays in Victoria (and I think Queensland). Some other states work off a different timetable, so they'll be starting soon. I'm quite tired, and have been looking forward to a little 'down' time just as much as the children. In order to make the most out … [Read more...]

5 Things Happening Around Here Lately


1. Filling Out Passport Renewal Forms As we plan another international trip for 2015, I got out our passports to check when they expire - and good thing I did, because it's soon. The kids' are fine for a while yet. So we need new passport photos! Joy! Because they always turn out the best … [Read more...]