Hardest working toy

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As you know I have been on a cleaning FUH-RENZY these past few days. The ghost of spring cleaning has taken over my body and I am powerless to refuse its force. Today I dropped the kids at school, went via the reject shop to buy some storage containers, quickly met a deadline and tackled Daisy's … [Read more...]

Long days, fast years

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I was making Daisy's bed this morning, going about my business in a quick and efficient manner, the way that I do in a blur in the mornings...calling out deadlines for the TV off, breakfast to be eaten, spelling words to be done, when I pulled the doona tight, plumped the pillow and added in the … [Read more...]

What do you need to get for a baby?

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If there was one reason for me to be a fully fledged "mummy blogger" than THIS is it. As you know, my beloved little sister Lucy is having a baby! Yay! So I get to completely let out any cluckiness I may or may not be feeling on her little bebe that is due at the start of December. She has ALL OF … [Read more...]

Life at 36, 11 months and 3 weeks

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I wake in the mornings around 6.30 or 7, by Daisy walking in. She still needs to say she is up although she will head out and fend for herself. Some days I wake all by myself, a miracle in itself, and approximately 345 times better than having someone yell at you or for you, the very first thing in … [Read more...]

Stop

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Yesterday afternoon I walked Daisy around to my friend Mrs C's place. You see she was hosting a Sunday evening soiree and was hoping that Daise would help her polish her silver, do some chores, have a natter and just be a big girl visiting, without her little sister or Mum in the way. I told Daise … [Read more...]

Lucky Ones

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The other week we were at the pub on a Thursday night as we usually are. It’s the locals night at the pub – a chance to catch up with people – you never know who will be in. There’s a raffle (which there may have to be an ICAC investigation into as we always seem to win it), always a few glasses of … [Read more...]

So that was Easter…

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The last of the guests have left, the floors cleaned, rubbish picked up, excess food eaten and packed up and Easter done for another year. We had such a lovely weekend packed to the brim with time with my beautiful family and friends. We did not stop eating or drinking, chatting, laughing, sitting … [Read more...]

Nine

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I'm partial (as Faux Fuchsia would say) to a red letter day. Yesterday was one of those...a wedding anniversary for Bert and myself celebrating nine years of wedded bliss, or something. We had a lovely day - managed to sneak out together for lunch as both girls were at School and then for dinner I … [Read more...]

Best Kids movies: Non animated for ages 4 and up

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We try and roll a family movie night once a week at our place. This is something that the girls just adore - we have dinner early, get bathed and into pj's early and then pack down on the couch to watch a movie all together. It means staying up later than usual, sometimes there is popcorn involved. … [Read more...]

Making a tree change: The weigh up

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Last week when we were cleaning out the garage, I sorted through an un-opened box from the day we moved in down here almost 4 years ago now.  There were a few sheets of paper, along with the real estate sheet with the the for sale details of our home. On the bits of paper were both Rob's and my … [Read more...]

Online resources for kids aged 4-10

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It was the start of the School holidays that Daisy asked me if she could go online and 'learn something'. I must say I panicked a little - to this point the extent of her time online was to do Reading Eggs and Mathletics as part of her School learning and I had no idea where else to send her. So of … [Read more...]

The list

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Whether Mercury is in retrograde or some such shit, I have tackled the new year with a sense of gusto and immediacy and have crossed off some long-held items on THE LIST. Now being a reasonably organised person, I have a number of lists that I deal with on any given day. I have the diary that has … [Read more...]

Connected

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Apologies to anyone who now has that shitty Barbie movie song in their head. Or does now at least... It's always an interesting exercise for me checking which old posts people read over the course of a night when I check into my blog in the morning. Without exception, How to make a Peppa Pig cake … [Read more...]

Seven

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We have a seven year old daughter. Somehow we have all managed to fumble our way through the milestones and years and now have this big kid. This girl internet, this girl. She made me a Mum. She makes my heart burst with pride. She can do ALL THESE THINGS. She is funny, and creative and smart. … [Read more...]

Summer hols: The recap episode

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We're home from the very last bit of our summer School holidays. I'm feeling tired. And happy. And a little reflective. We are now coming into the stage of having big School kids, with the year punctuated with holidays just as I remember my own years were not that long ago (except it actually is). … [Read more...]

Great Expectations

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I'm someone who suffers from the odd case of over expectations. I'm quite bad at it, I suspect I have been this way for most of my life - disappointed by a Birthday or Christmas along the way, definitely with men through the years…demanding that they know what I MUST be thinking at any given time … [Read more...]

How to make a photo book in iPhoto

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Yesterday I started on my annual photo book. I started doing these on my Mac 3 years ago now - we had a family Christmas away with all of my family and as I was official photographer I decided to make each family a book of photos from the week away. Everyone adored and cherished these and my girls … [Read more...]

The sleep shuffle

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My husband gave me the kindest compliment this morning in ages. It wasn't about how I look, or what I'd cooked or made, but it was about how I handled myself in the middle of the night. You see, we are currently sleep training our 4-year-old for the, oh I don't know, 678th time. And I generally do … [Read more...]

Postcard

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Golly GOSH is it ever good to be on holidays. To forget what the day of the week is, to only think of time in meals and what you need to get to make them happen. To swim for hours at a time. To have a nap in the hot afternoons. To see kids happy. To see kids with OTHER adults to hang out with. To … [Read more...]

Christmas 2013: how it went down

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And so we are done with another Christmas. Ours was pretty much perfect - time with people that we love. A continual moving feast over a few days. Champagne flowing, ham consumed and (mostly) happy children. While the sun hasn't been shining as much as we'd like, that's the perfect excuse to stay … [Read more...]