Attention! It’s Christmas Card Challenge Season!


  Every year I try to do something in the spirit of giving back to the community; very important, I think, at this particular time when it is so easy to get fixated on what we might receive. This is why I created my Profits Promise back in 2008 and ever since I have held a 'Christmas Card … [Read more...]

2012 Christmas Card Challenge

Those of you who are new to this blog this year might be wondering what the above means? Am I about to go on a stanley-knife-crafty-hot-glue-and-myriad-coloured-cardboard-card-making orgy? No. First, a reminder of this year's chosen charity. Taken from my introductory post back in … [Read more...]

Can I Wear A Dress For Every Day In October (Again)?


October is Frocktober, the intiative begun in 2007 that has gone from strength to strength over the years, all in aid of support and advocacy for the early detection of Ovarian Cancer in Australia and raising funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). You can read more about their … [Read more...]

Run Melbourne 2012 – The Story

It begins on Saturday in the city where I was staying overnight with some girlfriends (who were running the 10km) in a hotel in Southbank. We went out for dinner and ate and drank thoughtfully in mind for the upcoming race. Evidence: mocktails, despite my longing for a proper one. I didn't … [Read more...]

Motor Neuron Disease Global Awareness Day

half marathon

Today is Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Global Awareness Day. What is that, you ask? Here's some information from the MND website: Every year since 1997, the International Alliance has celebrated 21 June as the global day of recognition of ALS/MND - a disease that affects people in every country of the … [Read more...]

Oh, That’s Right. The Half Marathon.

Edited to add: Look, guys, what happened over the weekend. Names! Fabulous names! And more than a hundred dollars added to the cause.  This is why I love blogging. The running is hard, but the help is outstanding. * I'm supposed to be running a half marathon in a little over five … [Read more...]

‘Second Day’, International Women’s Day

'Second Day' That blood crusted crown, soft bone plates, pushed by birthing into cone-like shape. The arbitrary beeping and calling throughout the ward; the scuffling of nurses shoes announce their arrival – I often pretended to be asleep when they peeked through the door from the corridor, … [Read more...]

Run Melbourne 2012

run melbourne 2012

I've been feeling like I've needed to challenge myself to some sort of physical goal this year. This isn't only because I've put on two-and-some-in-change kilograms since Christmas, although I'd be lying if I didn't say that is a partial factor. My personal trainer dumped me about a month ago. … [Read more...]

Profits Pledge 2012 – The Starlight Children’s Foundation

starlight foundation

From the Starlight Children's Foundation website: Living with illness or injury can cause enormous strain in the lives of children and their families. The pain, loneliness and isolation that sick children feel dominates their lives, and they often miss out on normal experiences that healthy … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Challenge for 2011 – Complete!

A couple of hours ago I sent around the email to all the commenters for 2011, thanking you all for your support and contributing to the overall sense of community here at Miscellaneous Mum. If you have commented at some point over the year but didn't receive the email, it might be an idea to check … [Read more...]

2011 Christmas Card Challenge

To those of you new to Miscellaneous Mum this year, my Christmas Card Challenge is something I've been running since 2006. It began as a reciprocal greeting card bit of fun. Then in later years, in order to reduce my environmental impact, I decided to swap these greetings into email ones. I know … [Read more...]

Frocktober, Ovarian Cancer, an Author, and Me


I first read The Axis Trilogy ten years ago. We were living in our townhouse in East Brunswick, located less than fifty metres from CERES nursery. Strange as this might seem, but I particularly remember the time of day when I finished Enchanter. I'd finished work (I was only working mornings at that … [Read more...]

Frocktober, Lit Fests and More: Weekend Links

This one will be a bit of a squeeeeze at the moment. Must. Start. Running. Again. I can't believe it's October. October 1st. Three years since Surprise! was officially released. Amazing. I was going through those files the other week, in the cabinet and my email, and it was a refresher of the … [Read more...]

Jeans for Genes Day – Spreading the Word + Giveaway

Jeans for Genes Day raises money for genetic research at the Children's Medical Research Institute and is coming up very soon on Friday 5th August. In order to spread awareness for the day, I have been asked by Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence to mention some of the following ways you might like to get … [Read more...]

A Numbers-Driven Account of Our Weekend, Including a Slight Detour into the Mysteries of Parenthood and Life

Air temperature at the beginning of the Run Melbourne race: about nine degrees, possibly more (it was actually lovely running weather) Photos by my sister Amount  of money raised by my sister and I for Motor Neuron Disease as of this morning: $910 Number of aches and pains throughout my … [Read more...]

One For The Crafters, Foodies, and Book Readers Out There

True to form when it comes to fun runs in July, I have managed to get sick ahead of this coming Sunday's Run Melbourne. I'm not nearly as worried this time as I was for last year's half marathon because I'm only doing half the distance, but still. Being sick makes me pouty. I will take this one … [Read more...]

Why They Banned The Ad, Or, It’s About More Than The Yoghurt

I recently read this HuffPo article which talks about a Yoplait yoghurt ad that had been pulled in the United States in response to complaints and concerns about its content, specifically for those who are suffering from eating disorders. This is the commercial. HuffPo reports that Lynn … [Read more...]

Run Melbourne 2011

It's that time of year again - Run Melbourne. I like it because you get to choose which charity you'd like to raise money for, which is different to how some of the other fun runs work. This year, again, I'll be running for the Motor Neuron Disease Association of Victoria. And this time my sister … [Read more...]

How To Host The Perfect Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

perfect morning tea

One of my oldest girlfriends in the world knows how to host the perfect garden party and for the past few years she has combined this talent with doing her bit for a good cause by hosting an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. We attended last year (here are the photos) and recently again. Below … [Read more...]

Fundraiser for Japan

Update: My thanks to all who helped today. In the morning I shall be donating $98. Like so many people, I've been horrified by the footage and the sheer scale of the devastation in Japan over these past few days, caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami. I always feel so powerless and … [Read more...]