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Farm Wife Life; down by the creek

Sometimes it’s the littlest things that make me love living where we do.  Good friends, and being surrounded by beautiful land are two things that make my heart sing.  With a hot and humid few weeks and lots of power outages I’ve been struggling to find my love of farm life, but a gorgeous afternoon playing at the flooded road crossing has sorted me out!

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When there’s blood everywhere; what do you do when your child is hurt?

Tumbles and scrapes go hand in hand with having kids, from the moment they can walk children end up with minor bumps and bruises. If you are lucky, that’s all you have to deal with, but sometimes it can be a bit more serious, and it’s pretty important to know how to react.

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My Valentines Day Wishlist; a ‘gift’ guide

Valentines Day is on it a way, and I’ve got to be honest I’ve never really placed any importance on it.  It’s not some extravagant gift that wins my heart- it’s the small things that make up everyday life.  Regardless, there are probably a few partners looking for a last minute gift so I thought I’d give you a few ideas….

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I’m not buying into the hate

About 6 months ago I saw an alarming trend start to grow around me, it seemed to be that a minority voice had spread and I was seeing and hearing constant hate and nastiness about the people that are different to the ‘average’ white, christian (but not too much), supposedly law abiding people in the western world.  I was first sad, then alarmed, and I bit my tongue both online and face to face with people, but I’ve decided, enough is enough, here is my message to anyone that wants to be nasty or negative, hateful or discriminatory around me.

I don’t judge you on what you believe in, I don’t care about the colour of your skin, what you wear or what you eat, I judge you by how you treat other people.  

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Get Organised; Schools (almost) Back

Parents all over the country are alternately sobbing and cheering as school is about to start for another year.  For those sending their kids off for the first time it’s a bittersweet moment of letting them grow and wanting to hold onto them, for others its a time that you can take a huge sigh of relief and start cleaning up after the chaos of school holidays (I’m definitely the latter).

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Holidays on a budget; a visit to Perth

A visit to your nearest state capital is something many people do routinely, but with Perth about 5 hours away  from us (more if you drive with 3 kids and a husband in the car) it is somewhere we go for a visit on once or twice a year.
It’s a time that we can stock up on clothes from somewhere other than online or a chain store (me), complain about the traffic (husband), explore new parks, make new friends and catch up with the old ones, and generally shout at a level 50 decibels more than appropriate (the kids).

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Dear Grandma,

Last Sunday we arrived at you house, though you are not here, this is still your home.

We took the kids to see you in the nursing home, and though it was bright, clean, it’s not where I see you when I remember the adventures I had with you.

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How I plan to survive the school holidays

Now don’t get me wrong- I love my kids and I enjoy school holidays for the most part, but eventually the kids and I need a break from each other that isn’t as easy to find in the summer holidays as it is during term time.  So here are a few things I’ll be doing to make sure I stay sane, and my kids enjoy their school break.

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A Christmas Tradition; Christmas Box

There are 2 types of people in this world- some who love Christmas, and some who hate it.  The former put their tree up well in advance and love to plan the bits and pieces they will do around the holiday season- I fall into this group, and I love the little traditions we have in the lead up to Christmas.  A relatively new one is to give the kids a Christmas bag or box, full of festive goodies Continue reading