Shutting up shop

Lovely people, it’s time for me to wind things up around here. I’m exhausted. Mentally and physically and I have a VERY big week coming up with the first round of visitors arriving in just 2 days time, and the last lot leaving on the 27th. I have shopping to buy, food to prepare, beds to make and psyching up to do.

While I’ll still be popping in and out over the Holiday period, sharing a little of our Christmas with you, the best place to catch up with me will be Facebook or Instagram (@babymacbeth) rather than here.

Remember that if you are lacking Christmas inspiration, BEVERLEY for iPad is filled with simple and easy food, drink and decorating ideas. You can download it through the App Store here. Thank you to everyone that has supported the magazine so far – your photos and comments of your own Beverley inspired creations have been such a thrill for me to see!

It’s been a huge year for me on the blog, and I know that I will properly do a recap in the next week or so, but I just wanted to thank each and every one of you, yes YOU, for coming in here each day and reading a part of my life. Thank you for your comments and support, your endless kind emails, your recipes, your stories and anecdotes that you share with me. I hope that you all get through the next week with good humour, good champagne, good company and of course, good food.

I wish you and your families all a very Merry Christmas. Be safe. Be Merry. And enjoy the precious time with your loved ones. I know I will.

  • PinkPatentMaryJanes

    Merry Christmas beautiful Beth. Have a fabulous one xx

    • BabyMac

      Thank you PPMJ – I hope you have a wonderful one x

  • [Good Mum Hunting]

    Merry Xmas to you and your gorgeous family.

    Can’t wait to see pics of your special day, I’m sure they will be fabulous!


    • BabyMac

      I’m sure it will all be great – can’t wait to share it with you next week! Have a great Christmas Sam, it was so nice to finally meet you at last earlier in the year – hope you have a great Christmas x

  • Dani @ Hello Owl

    Merry Christmas Beth!

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Dani! I hope you get some rest – can’t wait for your new arrival in the new year! x

  • Kris

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the fab blog reads this year (and over the back fence!). Keeps me a little closer to home and for that I am very grateful. Looking forward to next year. Let it be a good one for all!

    • BabyMac

      You are SO welcome Kris! Thanks for reading and listening. Merry Christmas!

  • Louisa

    Merry christmas you you and yours, thanks for being such a fun, funny, helpful, inspiring and cool chick – so great to share a year with you! x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Louisa! Here’s to another filled year of goodness in 2013! Merry Christmas x

  • Megan

    Merry Xmas and thanks for writing so beautifully.

    lots of love a very happy blog follower.

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Megan! Appreciate that lovely compliment VERY much. Merry Christmas to you!

  • bigwords is…

    Merry Christmas sweetheart. Wishing you, your lovely husband and your gorgeous girls a safe and super fab time together. Love B x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Bianca! I was so glad we got to spend some time together this year – especially in your rad home town. Merry Chritmas to Twiggy and all your beautiful girls. I’m looking forward to some more Big Words from you in 2013 xx

  • Nikki @ Styling You

    Merry Christmas lovely lady. Started channelling Beverley last night with a sizeable Dan Murphy’s click and collect order. Hello French champagne bargains. x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks so much Nikki! Told you so x

  • Amelia {Weddings, Babies… Everything}

    Merry Christmas sweet lady. It’s been a HUGE year for you, and I’m sure 2013 will be just as fabulous. xx

    • BabyMac

      I hope so Amelia! Thanks for being a part of this one, and for being such a great supporter of my blog. I was so glad that I got to meet you earlier this year – congrats on all YOUR achievements this year – they have been HUGE and you should be very proud! x

  • Maryandlil

    Have a great Christmas Beth! X

    • BabyMac

      Thanks so much! Hope you and your family have a great one as well x

  • Traci Sparkle Devlin

    Thank you lovely lady, for another wonderfully entertaining year. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us. Merry Christmas to you, Rob and the girls. Traci xx

    • BabyMac

      You are SO welcome Traci! I love seeing you around the place you dirty big spunk rat! Here’s to plenty more time together in 2013 x

  • Shelley

    Merry Christmas Beth and family. It’s been a joy to read your blog during the year and I look forward to more reading more in 2013.
    I hope Santa spoils you xx

    • BabyMac

      Thank you Shelly! Thanks for reading, I hope you have a great Christmas too x

  • Anna @ green tea n toast

    Happy Christmas to you all. Hope you have a wonderful and well deserved break x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Anna! It’s certainly been a VERY big year – thanks for being a part of it x

  • Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock

    Merry Christmas Beth. Wishing you and your beautiful little family a wonderful, festive time and a rockin’ 2013.
    I have absolutely loved popping into Baby-Mac every day and reading your posts and ooohing over your awesome photography. You truly are one of my alltime fave bloggers and I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you and this online space.

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Claire! My photography has been a huge part of my learning this year – it’s been such a joy to have a place to share it! I’m so glad that you enjoy it. Have a great Christmas – looking forward to an even bigger 2013! x

  • Averil

    Merry Christmas to you too Beth, and I’m glad you are being kind to yourself by slowing down on the blog. I, for one am so excited that it’s school holidays and my overtired kids can just chill out today.

    • BabyMac

      Sounds like a grand plan. Thanks for reading Averil and for being a part of BabyMac! Hope you have a wonderful, restful and relaxing Christmas…if that’s at ALL possible?! x

  • Janine

    merry christmas to you and your family as well…and may every hangover be worth it during the silly season…

    • BabyMac

      They always are Janine! Thanks and Merry Christmas to you x

  • Anonymous

    Merry Christmas Beth & family. Looking forward to reading all about your Christmas on the blog at some stage! Anna & family

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Anna! I will be sure to share…promise! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family x

  • No Knife Skills

    And a Merry Christmas to you and your family too….
    See you in a little bit :)

    • BabyMac

      Thank you! Won’t be long I’m sure x

  • Iliska Dreams

    Have an amazing Christmas. Remember to take a ridiculous amount of photos for us to enjoy in the New Year when you come back. The voyeur in your readers (me) is looking forward to seeing your Christmas. But most of all, take heaps of time to just enjoy yourself.

    • BabyMac

      Thank you! One thing I know for certain is that there will be LOTS of photos. There always are! Thanks for reading this year and for all your comments – they are always appreciated!

  • Stacey Roberts

    Omg nobody told me about Dan Murphy’s click and collect!

    • BabyMac

      It’s Community Service around here x

  • Something Gorgeous

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy some relaxing time with your family and friends. xx

    • BabyMac

      Thank you – you too! Hope you enjoy the break. Thanks for always sticking around here and for all your lovely comments throughout the year x

  • Za

    Merry Christmas to you and your gorgeous family. Enjoy your break. xo Za

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Za – you too!

  • Cup_Cakr

    Merry Christmas to you and your gorgeous family Beth, may you find some time during all the the craziness to sit back and enjoy the loved ones around you. And some bubbles of course.
    Thank You for all of the laughs during the year, and your honesty.
    Lots of love,

    • BabyMac

      You are SO welcome Emma. Thanks for reading! Have a great Christmas x

  • Kerrie

    Merry Christmas Beth. Thanks for sharing your life so beautifully and transporting me to the magic of the Southern Highlands each day. Have a great time celebrating with your family and being the hostess with the mostest!

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Kerrie – it’s a pleasure to share this beautiful part of the world with you all x

  • Anonymous

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Beth! I want to thank you for all the laughs and sharing your life with us, including newbies like me, reading your blog has been one of my everyday pleasures, you truly are a gem and your blog is an utter, utter delight :-) See you next year! Hope it will be a good one, and why shouldn’t it be!! Love & Hugs, Sharon xoxo

    • BabyMac

      Thank you SO much Sharon! It’s very nice to have you here – have a wonderful Christmas x

  • Anonymous

    Merry Christmas Beth! thanks for sharing with us everything this year, it’s been a real pleasure to read your blog everyday!
    Helen and Aaron

    • BabyMac

      Thanks guys – glad you have enjoyed it! x

  • paula

    have an awesome chrissy beth x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Paula, you too!

  • Reannon Hope

    Enjoy the festivities Beth. I know your gonna knock it out of the park with all your beautiful-ness!
    Thanks also for a year of great reads & letting me into your world. It’s been great fun xx

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Reannon! It’s been lovely to have you here x

  • Nellie

    Merry Christmas Beth. I have loved reading your blog everyday. It has often been the laugh I needed to see out the rest if the day with a smile on my face. Thank you for writing out the shape of your day in a way that has made me feel like I caught up with a funny and honest friend. You are a treasure. Will look forward to stepping into the new year with you.

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Nellie – what a lovely thing to say! I’m so glad you enjoy it – it’s lovely to have people like you around. Have a great Christmas! x

  • Jane

    hi Beth, wishing you a lovely Christmas with lots of food wine and family time. xo

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Jane! You too – hope 2013 is a cracker for you x

  • madeleine

    Thanks for a fab year of reading – particularly keeping me sane and laughing w a newborn. Merry ones to you and yours x

    • BabyMac

      You’re welcome Madeleine! Here’s to a fabulous 2013 for you and your family – enjoy your first Christmas with your little one – it’s a special time x

  • Anonymous

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Beth. I have loved coming by each day to see what you were up to this year and I am sure next year will be just as great. Sue N

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Sue! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for all your comments throughout the year – they are always appreciated x

  • Twinsane Mum

    Merry Christmas Beth! Hope you and your little family have a safe and happy holidays. I know it’s going to be that little extra special this year now that my girls understand who Santa is. I’m like a little kid again, I can’t wait!
    Enjoy the season – Jules

    • BabyMac

      It’s a very special time isn’t it Jules? I have been getting those butterflies of excitement all over again through the girls. Enjoy it and soak it up! x

  • Greer

    Ding dong merrily to you. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds here in 2013. xx

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Greer – I’m really looking forward to meeting you in person at drop off! Have a great Christmas x

  • Carly Findlay

    Merry Christmas Beth, I’ve enjoyed following all your achievemts this year, and seeing you in Central Park!
    I reckon you’ve got a home economics teacher job in the midst :)
    Have a great time!

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Carly! We were very lucky to have that time together weren’t we? I think about that afternoon often. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that 2013 is filled with happiness, success and good health for you! Thanks for reading x

  • ofinkandflowers

    Merry Christmas Beth. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday period. I can’t wait to see what you come back with next year.


    • BabyMac

      Thanks G – who knows what it will bring? I’m excited to find out though! x

  • squigglyrainbow

    Happy Christmas, and enjoy the break! xx

    • BabyMac

      Thank you Squiggly Rainbow! I look forward to getting my hot little hands on one of your creations in 2013! Have a wonderful Christmas x

  • Angels have Red Hair

    Thanks for sharing so many inspiring posts and absolutely gorgeous photos….I’ve had a ball…..Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Jo! Thanks for reading x

  • Rachael @Mogantosh

    Merry Christmas Beth. Hope your techno-break is restorative – although it sounds like you are going to be mondo busy. I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year. Happy 2013 to you. x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Rachael – while the beginning will be crackers – there will be plenty of time to just sit and be too. Have a great Christmas! x

  • Maxabella

    Merry Christmas to you all, Beth. See you in the new year! x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Bron! Hope you and your lovely family have a great break and some time to slow down. Hope we can catch up again in person in the new year! x

  • Tahnee

    merry christmas to you and your beautiful family, beth! thanks for being so open this year, sharing the best, the worst, and everything in between. you’ve always been at the top of my list and I don’t see anyone coming close anytime soon. looking forward to see what you have in store for the new year. enjoy your WELL deserved break with loved ones xx

    • BabyMac

      Oh thanks so much Tahnee! I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed all the steps along the way. Looking forward to seeing you around in the new year – thanks for all your lovely comments! Have a wonderful Christmas x

  • GourmetGirlfriend

    Darling Macca,
    bring on the Fizz like the Shizz darling friend.
    i have loved sharing the interwebs with you but loved the real life bits even better.
    may 2013 bring the rock AND the roll sweetheart.
    love your guts.

    • BabyMac

      Love you too ladycakes. Some of my best moments on 2012 were when we were together laughing like some crazy maniacs! Here’s to many more in 2013! I hope you and ALL your boys have a wonderful Christmas together xxx

  • Jen R

    Merry Xmas to you, hubby and those beautiful girls…oh and Bev…she is kickin it with her mag app…yay. Cheers to a happy and safe 2013 for all xx

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Jen! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas – look forward to seeing you back here in the new year x

  • Mama of 2 boys

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your delightful family lady friend. You certainly know how to entertain, so I have no doubt your hoards of visitors will be mighty spoilt. May it be a week of fun… and limited fighting between the kids! xoxo

    • BabyMac

      Thank you so much Miss JJ! Hope you, Scotty and the boys have a a great Christmas and you get a chance to catch your breath after a MASSIVE year! Lots of love x

  • Mimsie

    It is always a pleasure to pay a visit to your blog and it should be a thank you to you for always making it so interesting and such fun as well. Love to you and your family. Hope everything goes well and you have a happy, healthy and safe Christmas spent together with loved ones. xxx

    • BabyMac

      Thank you Mimsie! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. Thank you so much for always visiting and for all your lovely comments that you always leave. It is a pleasure having you here and I look forward to many more “virtual” visits with you in the new year x

  • Sarah

    Wishing you and your gorgeous family a wonderful Christmas too Beth! May 2013 be even bigger and better than this one! :)
    Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your life so honesty (and consistently!). I drop by most days (though I rarely comment – naughty me) and have so enjoyed reading and sharing your story. I often think of your Harper when I look at my Oliver (same age) and you always manage to make me homesick for Australia.
    Looking forward to reading more of your adventures next year – cheers!
    Sarah x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Sarah! Appreciate you de-lurking to tell me so! I hope that 2013 is filled with lots more adventures that I can share with you all. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas x

  • Anonymous

    So glad to have found your blog this year. Coming out of lurker status to wish you and yours a Happy Christmas too. Alysha in Seattle.

    • BabyMac

      Hey there Alysha from Seattle! Thanks for your kind comment and wishes – hope to see you around in the new year. Merry Christmas! x

  • Cassie Webster

    I’ll just repeat what everyone else has said. LOVE your blog, your humour, your honesty, your beautiful, (inspiring) home, your photos, your recommendations, your kind heart (for taking the time to share Mummy Muddles’ story). I too check in every day and will continue to in 2013. Merry Xmas to you, Rob, Daisy and Harper xxx

    • BabyMac

      Thanks SO much Cassie! Thanks for reading and being here – looking forward to 2013 already! Have a very Merry Christmas x

  • Amy

    Merry Christmas to you and your gorgeous family. Looking forward to seeing your delicious & gorgeous table over the next week. I’m making Jamie Oliver’s gravy again this year – cant believe it ms been a year already since I followed your step by step photos that showed me how to make it (far better than JO himself!!!)

    Love your honest & humorous ways lovely lady.xxoxo

    • BabyMac

      Thank you Amy! WHERE IS THAT STEP BY STEP RECIPE? I can’t find it anywhere and I was sure I had done it?!

      Hope you have a great Christmas too – thanks for being a part of things here all year! x

  • Redcliffe Style

    I have loved discovering and following your blog this year. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas. Rachel x

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Rachel! It’s ben nice to have you here – have a great Christmas x

  • Alex

    And a Merry Christmas to you Beth! Arrived at my parent’s home tonight for the holidays and my Mum popped open a bottle of Sancerre. It made me think of you and your lovely blog!

    • BabyMac

      Oooh I am happy to be associated with such a fine drop! Merry Christmas and enjoy the time with your family x

  • Jodi

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Beth. And thank you for sharing your life with us. The good the bad and the beautiful. See you in 2013. xx

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Jodi! Looking forward to seeing you here in 2013! Have a wonderful Christmas x

  • Reen

    Beth, I wish you, Rob, Daisy and Harper the very merriest of Christmases! Thank you for sharing your life with us again this year, and I look forward to more glorious photos and adventures in 2013. Enjoy the break and have a wonderful time with your nearest and dearest. xx

    • BabyMac

      Thanks so much Reen – thanks for being a part of it too and I hope you and your family have a FAB Christmas x

  • Mimsie

    Love and all good wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year. When the festive season is over hopefully you may have a much deserved rest in 2013. I look forward to visiting you again soon. xx

    • BabyMac

      Thank you so much Mimsie – Merry Christmas! x

  • virginia

    Hope you have yourselves a very merry christmas. I hope Santa has some sleep wrapped up under the tree waiting for you…..and some champers!

    • BabyMac

      Thanks Virginia! That sounds like THE perfect present! Have a lovely Christmas too and I’ll see you around here in the new year x

  • Anonymous

    Merry Christmas Beth to you and your lovely family. I’m so glad I found your blog this year and have loved sharing it all with you. I wish you love and lots of sparkles over Christmas and the New Year and look forward to visiting your world again next year..Annie M xo

    • BabyMac

      Hi Annie – thanks so much! It’s lovely to have you here – your comments are always appreciated. Hope you had a lovely Christmas x

  • ahoy.jenni

    You know, I really like your blog!
    Its refreshing…good recipes….some nice ideas….some OCD tendencies ….takes me away from my ‘full on’ life for a while.
    So cheers (sip sip champagne) and I look forward to checking it out again next year.

    • BabyMac

      Thanks so much! Looking forward to seeing you back in 2013 x