“Mum, how many sleeps until Christmas?”

Oh, surely those words strike fear into most parents hearts?! I know this year I am woefully unprepared for the festive season, but it is approaching with the speed of a freight train, and so it’s time to start trying to get organised.

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When you have something to say

I don’t know if this is a surprise, but I’m pretty shy.  I used to struggle with public speaking (and still do sometimes if I have no prep time), I still sometimes struggle to speak up in a group situation, but I am conquering my fear more and more.   Continue reading

Helping kids deal with grief

It’s not something any one wants to deal with but death and dying are natural parts of life.  Whether it be a pet, someone in your community, or even closer to home eventually our kids will have to face the concept of death, and it’s an issue not many parents are equipped to handle.  Recently our family had to say goodbye to a family member- here’s how we helped the kids cope.  Continue reading

Stop, drop & roll- 3 things to do when you are overwhelmed with life

No it’s not a fire drill!  Lately life in our household has been frantic.  Not only have we been running through daily life as per usual, but we have also just been through ‘show season’, where we volunteer at the 3 local agricultural shows around us.  Add on a few ‘bonus’ bits and pieces (hello football windup, sick kids and various unexpected events- I’m looking at you) and you have a frazzled family and an overwhelmed Mum (that’s me).  So I’m sharing my 3 coping strategies for getting through your week when you are feeling overwhelmed.

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Toddlers are A$$holes (and other parenting truths)

Most people think that the newborn stage is the hardest and most exhausting to get through, and maybe I am one of a very few who would say this, but I actually think toddler-hood is even harder, and here’s why. Continue reading

Farm Wife Life; when the paddocks are bare.

It’s hard to explain, to someone who hasn’t lived ‘in the bush’, what it’s like to be here day in day out.  There’s a lot to love about living here, when I’m not finding creepy crawlies in my house.  One of the hardest times to live in a small town is when the industry around you is struggling.  This is especially true if the reason a year isn’t going well is due to something as simple as rain.

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Life Lately; (hint it’s been crazy busy!)

Wow, I forgot just how stressful and hectic taking on an extra ‘thing’ in life can be.  You get lulled into a false sense of security, with everything swimming along well enough, and then WHAM, life hits you in the face with another obligation and you aren’t sure which way is up anymore….. That’s what has happened to me anyway, since I started studying again, and boy oh boy, it’s been a crazy few weeks! Continue reading

A M.A.D Sourdough weekend

Wine, good food, a warm and gracious host and fantastic company- this is how I would describe my weekend if I was limited to a single sentence.  Luckily I can expound on that a little more and tell you all about my wonderful weekend learning how to make sourdough bread and crumpets, laughing and exploring the historic grounds of Yuin Station.   Continue reading

But what do you do all day?!

I was asked the other day (and I still can’t believe it) what I “actually get up to everyday”.  I was in complete shock and couldn’t think of an eloquent response to put the person back in their box (I had to be polite- they are someone I see regularly). So I guess here is my response, where I know they won’t see it, but here it is anyway! Continue reading

News Flash; Parenting is hard!

I know, it’s totally new information, you didn’t know this before you read it right here, but I’m here to tell you- parenting is really, really, super-duper tough work.  You never know if what you are doing is right, are you too strict, too relaxed, to shouty or too quiet?   Am I screwing my kids up beyond repair!?   Continue reading