Our Comfort Zones: We Need to Get Out

Our Comfort Zones: We Need to Get Out

What a great weekend. When you have friends visiting from out of town, you tend to make more of an effort to do fun things and it made me realise how lazy I’ve become. I use the kids as an excuse which is silly. It may be harder to do things with two in tow, but that doesn’t make it impossible (and you don’t ALWAYS have to take them wherever you go either;).
One of my favourite things we did this weekend was visit Le Sel restaurant at The Cradle on Saturday. Sure, it takes… Read more

Change. It’s in the Air.

Change. It’s in the Air.

I have a new shiny phone. Finally. I’ve been using my terrible Blackberry for so long that I started to think that’s how all technology had to be. Ben had bitten through the plastic, it kept dropping calls and it took the most AWFUL pictures. But now I’ve got an iPhone and I know it’s going to change how I blog, tweet, write and generally communicate with people and the world. I’m so excited.
Look at this photo for instance. How wonderful is Instagram? I mean, I know I’m late to the party but what… Read more

Nose Wrinkling: It’s Genetic

Nose Wrinkling: It’s Genetic

At the moment I’m furiously working away with some wonderful developers on my new blog theme and we’re going to be launching it in the next week or two. In the mean time I don’t want to neglect my current blog, but it’s hard not to when the new shiny one is so pretty;)
Anyway, on to the very important topic of nose wrinkling and how it is genetic. I don’t mean in the sense of actual wrinkles (which are probably genetic too), but I mean in the sense that sometimes when people smile, different… Read more

10 Things I Learnt While my Dad was Here

10 Things I Learnt While my Dad was Here

According to my Dad the farmer, goats are MUCH smarter than sheep. I’m not sure what you’re going to do with this pearl of wisdom, but you heard it from me first and now you know.
Ginger beer is crazily refreshing. I’ve never been a fizzy drink gal but there’s something about the burn at the back of your throat that makes ginger beer delicious. Plus it tastes even better with gin.
Crocs and socks can be worn pretty much all year round. And on any occasion.
That during World War 2, when many South… Read more

That Time I Was on the Cover of a Book

That Time I Was on the Cover of a Book

When I worked at Harlequin, Mills & Boon in London I had the best job. One of my responsibilities was to work with designers (and the authors of course) to design book covers. How fun? I’d have to read the book (or at least know the basic plot) and then write a really tight brief detailing target market, suggestions for art direction and even list tag lines, quotes and any other crucial information we wanted to include.
Some people say that book covers have become less important with the advent of e-books, but I still… Read more

“A Viable Die-able Age”

“A Viable Die-able Age”

When you’re young, you don’t think about death. Or, the luckier amongst us don’t have to. Sure, your cat may get run over. Or the silkworms in your shoe box may stop moving. But that is death that is on the very edges of your life – you always know it’s there but it doesn’t affect you too much.
And then you get a bit older and you may lose one of your grandparents. They were there before and you loved them and they showed you how to arrange flowers, or play cards and gave… Read more

It’s Time for a Bit of Honesty

It’s Time for a Bit of Honesty

Listen, it’s no secret that parenting is hard. I never thought it would be a picnic, but I don’t think anyone can prepare you for the 24-hour-ness of it all, the relentlessness. Yesterday and today I’ve had exactly 45 minutes to myself, from 1:30-2:15pm. This is when (by some miracle) both children are napping concurrently and I can use that time to throw some lunch into the microwave and shovel it down, or pay some bills or (like I did yesterday) flop on to the bed into a sort of coma.
There are wondrous parts… Read more

Meet a Mom: Carla

Meet a Mom: Carla

I’m so excited today to bring you a little interview with my friend Carla (aka Superwoman). Carla’s husband and mine have been friends for over 25 years and we’re really lucky to have them in our lives. Carla’s the type of person that will still find time to make you a homemade meal and drop it off, just because she knows you’ve had a baby and have NO time to cook. She does this all between balancing her work and family life and not only that, she’s gorgeous and hilarious to boot. Here’s more about… Read more

Tattoos: Love or Loathe?

Tattoos: Love or Loathe?

Excuse the rather strange expression on my face. I was NOT actually trying to pull off a “Blue Steel”, I was making a train sound (choo choo) to try to get Ben to smile. And it worked. Kind of.
Do you know how hard it is to take a photo of you and your baby while also showing off your tattoo, which is really not in a very flattering place? Well, it’s hard.
This was all because of a great interview I did with Cindy Alfino on her awesome blog 3 Kids, 2 Dogs, 1… Read more

Our Differences: They’re What Make Us Interesting

Our Differences: They’re What Make Us Interesting

This is me and my siblings a few Christmases ago (I’m the pregnant one in the middle eating an ice lolly). My brother and sister are not pregnant and are on either side of me. I’m the “problem middle child” – my big brother is six years older than me, while my baby sister is five year younger. The big age gaps are what people always ask me about, but I’ve never really thought it was unusual – it was just how it always was.
I’m lucky in that my siblings are genuinely awesome people.… Read more