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A Glamorous Transition

I was invited to an engagement party this weekend, which is fabulous because celebrating love is right up there with the joy you experience on a solo trip to the supermarket sans kids, and it’s at a bowls club. We were told it was kid friendly so I assumed it was barefoot bowls and rather laid back. My assumption probably shows my age and how long I’ve been out of the game. It is not barefoot, rather fancy ...

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January, you Beautiful Thing

I’m very much a wearer of rose-coloured glasses and see everything as glass half full, but I have to admit that I have a handful of key ‘favourite’ times of the year that are a bit more special-er than others. For example, I seriously LOVE the night that our fireplace roars to life for the first time in winter but I equally love that first time I strap on my bikini in spring. I love December 1 because my mi ...

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Family First

My extended family gathered together recently to celebrate Christmas. It was wonderful! There were 29 of us – 12 adults and 17 kids. We spent a few blissful days in the country, swimming in dams and creeks, riding bikes, tubing behind a jet ski, eating leftovers in the shade, sleeping sprawled on spare spots on the floor and enjoying each other’s company. I reluctantly said goodbye, wishing the togetherness ...

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Meet Chris, Lucas, Louisa

There’s a great kid called Chris. He was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. His answer was: “I want to be Michael Jordan when I grow up.” The next question he was asked was, “What do you need to do to achieve your dreams?”. He had three things: 1. Get bigger, 2. Shave his head, 3. Be black. I love Chris. He's a total dude. Then there is Lucas - he's 5. If he had one wish, he would wish for a ...

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It’s New to Us… Big School

As the New Year arrived, along with it came plenty of new beginnings. For some, it’s a new job, for others, perhaps a new home. For me, it’s my eldest son, Baker, embarking on his first year of formal education. And as with all new beginnings, emotions are bound to flow unexpectedly, just like they did as I was ordering olives at the deli counter, watching him jump around proudly wearing his new school hat ...

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Stationery Addict

A white journal, a black notepad with a funny inspirational quote on the front, a four-coloured pen, a red diary, a smaller diary just to remind me of the other stuff in my bigger diary, gel pens, highlighters, novelty paper clips, envelopes in all shapes and sizes, random notepads with lines and without - I love and own them all. I love stationery. No really, like obsessed. There is nothing like the excite ...

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My Mum, my Best Friend

I don’t remember much advice from my mum. I was too young when she passed away, and we hadn’t really got to ‘that part’ of life. I do remember she once told me I was never going to be allowed to go for a ride on the back of a motorbike and she also mentioned “Don’t trust a man with a dimple in his chin” - what does that even mean!?! But I do remember the way she loved me. The way she would put blankets acro ...

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Mama Memoirs // The Battle Begins

I read a fantastic post the other day that totally describes my relationship with health and fitness... “I did a push-up today…. Well, actually I fell down, but I had to use my arms to get back up, so, you know, close enough.” I have started a million diets in my adult life. The Soup diet, 5 and 2, the Paleo and the Caveman, the one where you can only eat protein, the one you can only eat things that have f ...

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