You Are Nine

Riley is 9

  Your bedroom floor is a battlefield of board game figurines in a series of poses from victorious to defeated. Littered nearby, cascading down beside the bed, are pages of writing fragments blueprints and designs that will one day “change the world”. But it already is changed. Everyday. Those “I am” and “I want” statements of … [Read more...]



Today is the 9th of March and sits between two significant dates (of course, every day of the year is significant for reasons big and small, momentous or otherwise): yesterday was International Women's Day and tomorrow is Riley's birthday. The older Riley gets, and the more IWD gets stamped into the awareness calendar, the more I've come to … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Calm Your Mind

10 tips to calm your mind

Life is frenetic and full of responsibilities. As someone who has suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember, I can hand-on-heart say that we all need some help on occasion, as much as might think we're independent and doing okay. What follows is some methods I have used over the years. Some are more recently acquired, so I'm still … [Read more...]

A Day at Melbourne Museum

a day at melbourne museum and surrounds

Here's a video I made a couple of weeks ago on a picture perfect outing we took to the Melbourne Museum and then lunch afterwards. Below is more extra information about the places mentioned or featured. Hope you enjoy!   Melbourne Museum -  a family favourite over the years, where we saw both the Titanic and Tutankhamun exhibitions, … [Read more...]



  You might have seen this image in the media over the past week. If not, let me briefly explain: this is a statue of Buddha that has the 1,000 year old mummified remains of a monk hidden inside. The owner bought the statue without any knowledge of its secret contents - this happened in the late 90s, and only recently was the statue run … [Read more...]

Packing Light for Overseas – Kids Version

packing light for overseas

  Keira came along when I was shooting the video for last week's post about what I will be packing for Europe (100+ outfits and they all fit in half a suitcase!) and asked if she could do one too. Of course I said, and this is the result. If you stick around to the end you'll see how we managed to fit everything in. What neither of us … [Read more...]

Travelling Light Overseas: 20 Pieces = Over 100 Outfits

karen packing

  I've put together a fun little video today going over how we are going to be packing extra super light for Europe next month: 5 weeks, 4 people and only taking 2 regular-sized suitcases. Can't be done? Au contraire! (I'm practising my French.) What 20 Pieces Am I Taking? 1 pair of blue jeans (jeanswest)* 1 pair of black jeans … [Read more...]

2014 Family Goals Review – and those for 2015


I know I'm a little late for doing a '2014 in review post' and, truth is, I nearly let this one languish in the drafts folder. However a bigger part of me wanted to acknowledge what we managed to achieve... and those things we didn't... in order to put a line under the exercise and move on. This made me a little hesitant about making big family … [Read more...]

Living List Tick – Go To A Cricket Match

melbourne cricket ground

Before I begin, I should explain something: the Living List goal was to go to a cricket match, and so it would be reasonable to assume that meant I hadn't been to one before. This isn't quite true - I have been to the cricket many times. My father was a cricketer. A fast bowler, very fast, very good. A bowling record of his still stands at his … [Read more...]

New Year, New Blog, New Beginnings

chuck close

Welcome to 2015! I hope you enjoyed your New Year's celebrations and holiday season! How much pudding did you eat? We ate lots - Adam discovered this Belgian chocolate one and, my goodness, it was so delicious we went back and bought another! But, I'm not here to (just) talk about desserts (although I could) - today is the official launch of the … [Read more...]

Goodbye 2014

I'll Ride with You

The tragic events of the Sydney siege earlier in the week has sent a potent reminder to not only myself, but I think the rest of the country, about the important things in life: to not take it for granted, to tell our family and friends how much we love them, to not close our hearts at such times, but to keep them open. How compassion is a powerful … [Read more...]