A guide to driving with a toddler

Charlie and I average 700km a week, sometimes with company, sometimes by ourselves.  Yes over 700km and that’s with no extra trips anywhere.  So I’d like to think we have the driving thing down pat and that there are a few things I’ve picked up in the hours and hours in a car with a toddler that might help someone else, so here are a few handy suggestions for you.     Continue reading

5 surprising things I’ve gained from becoming a student again

So many good things come from being a uni student- you get a student discount on public transport, you can get free Microsoft office programmes, and you (hopefully) learn new things!  I’m now in my third term of a bridging course that will see me eligible to enter a bachelor degree, I’m studying part time (25 hours a week is what they estimate) and I’ve been surprised at some of the positive things that have come about thanks to my study.   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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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

Life Lately; Autumn

What have you been up to? I’ve been busy. Really, really busy.  I know that’s really not much different to usual, but I have pictures to show you for once, so here it is, what I’ve been doing with my time lately. Continue reading

It’s Rodeo time! The Mullewa Muster & Rodeo is on again

Every year on the Western Australia Day long weekend the rodeo comes to Mullewa.  We have been a part of this since its inception, and while a few things have changed (kids added and grown, roles added and changed), the fact remains this is one of the craziest times of year for our family.  It’s a weekend of fun and laughter, chaos and stress, but once its over we all feel so proud to have helped make it a reality.   Continue reading

This is home; why I love where I live

It feels like an awfully long time ago that we moved to Mullewa, it was harvest, I was pregnant and we lived in an old, run down farm house 32km on the East side of town.  It was hot, dry, and so beautiful I fell in love.  Apart from moving to a different farm (this time closer to the coast, yay!), and now having 3 kids not much has changed.  I still love the country we live in- the red loam soil, the way it takes only the slightest rain for everything to turn green and pretty, and the community we live amongst is still as strong and vibrant as ever.   Continue reading

How to get things done when you have a toddler; my tips for sanity

 Anyone who has a toddler will know how impossible it is to get almost anything done without it being undone right behind you, or having to stop what you are doing because you notice said toddler dancing on the dining room table and you have to rescue him (not that I know for experience…) Continue reading

A day in the life- Swimming Carnival

Something that I have long toyed with is filming videos about our life on the farm, and while I’ve made a few, I’ve never had the confidence to put one online for friends, family and strangers to watch, but I’ve finally bitten the bullet and made a day-in-the-life video.  Continue reading