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Hello, it’s been awhile …

admin / November 16, 2017

Hello there.  It’s been almost a year since I’ve blogged on this site.  My hosting and domain name came up for renewal the other day, and I was going to let it go.  But then I re-read the entries.  I felt nostalgic.  And I couldn’t bear to part with it.  And then I realised I missed blogging for the sake of blogging (I’ve been doing a fair bit of blogging/writing for business purposes, which isn’t quite the same) So here we are again. It’s impossible to catch up on a year’s worth of what’s happened (and I’m not so sure…

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Too Much Affection….

admin / February 28, 2017

I love my child.  I don’t necessarily love that she’s a light-sleeper and a chronic cat-napper to boot.  Nor that she is hard to entertain in the car and likes to express her disdain loudly.  Nor do I love it when she poops in the bath.  But I love her.  Her personality.  Her smiles.  Her quirks.  Everything that makes her, her. Most parents will tell you that when you have a child, your cleanliness radar adapts.  When bubba was a baby, we sterilised her bottles, her pacifiers, her utensils, everything within a 5km radius of her.  Then we decided that cleaning…

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Play: Melbourne Museum Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery

admin / February 25, 2017

Bubba and I visited the new Children’s Gallery within the Melbourne Museum (it’s been opened since December 2016); we both love, love, love it! A lot of the dedicated children’s play areas that we’ve visited in the past are aimed at much older kids; it’s really hard finding something suitable for children under the age of 2.  This gallery is pitched at children from birth – age five, and it truly delivers that.  There are lots of mirrors, places to crawl, tactile play, lights, sounds, outdoor areas, sandpits, water splashes!  Stuff that bubba can really play with.  She was sooooo excited; squealing and…

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When Parenting Get Easier

admin / February 16, 2017

When bubba was one month old, I reached for my mobile phone during one of her 3am feeds and typed one-handed into the google search bar, ‘When does parenting get easier?’ I felt ashamed to ask this, because I didn’t want to be ungrateful.  I was grateful.  Grateful for an uncomplicated birth, grateful for a beautiful daughter, and grateful for the overwhelming love and support from my hubby, family and friends.  But if I had to describe the first three months of bubba’s life with only one word, ‘hard’ would be the honest answer.  Though it wasn’t without its beauty (namely, the…

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Thoughts on the Elves and the Shoemaker (and fairy tales in general)

admin / February 11, 2017

Bubba recently got given a set of the Ladybird classic fairy tale book collection.  She loves, loves, loves it and spends a vast majority of the day pulling each book out of the box that it comes in and flicking through the pages (amongst poking my eye out with the sharp edges).  Tonight, she chose the Elves and the Shoemaker for her bedtime story.  I must admit, I’ve never come across this story before; it’s obviously a gaping hole in my fairytale education.  So I was just as intrigued with the story development as she was. The start of the…

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Feeling Like Yourself

admin / February 5, 2017

I had an illuminating conversation with a group of friends the other day. One of the girls described a workshop that she attended, ‘We were sitting around the table and the facilitator said, write down a list of things that you like to do. Next to that, write down a list of things that you’re good at. Now circle the activities which overlap; that’s where the magic happens. And here I was sitting in a room with the most amazing, talented, witty, clever group of women that I knew …..and everyone had blank pages. I wanted to leap out of…

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Talking as Fast as I Can – by Lauren Graham

admin / January 16, 2017

If you want to catch up for a coffee with Lauren Graham, this book is for you.  Like probably 99.9% of the readers who picked up this book, I read it because I love Gilmore Girls.  As if the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life wasn’t enough of a good thing, I wanted more.  I wanted to know whether Lauren Graham was anything like Lorelai Gilmore, and spoiler alert: she is. Lorelai Lauren writes like she talks.  Fast-paced, entertaining, conversational, the book is extremely easy to read (I did it over three nap sessions, and my bubba doesn’t nap…

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Easy Mid-Week Dinner: Rosemary Chicken with Vegetable Stack

admin / December 5, 2016

My hubby and I are trying to eat healthier, aka. more colours on our plate.  We came up with this.  It looks pretty, is easy to whip up (everything in the oven) and tastes surprisingly good.  Oh, and it’s the first time we used the rosemary from our little rosemary plant! 🙂  I’ve separated the recipe into chicken and then vegetables – in case you want to cook one and not the other. Rosemary Chicken 1. Buy a pack of thigh cutlets with skin on (approx 6 in a pack). (We find that you can only get this at Coles…

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Easy Peasy Chicken Soup (to fight off the flu)

admin / November 22, 2016

Melbourne weather is doing its darn thing again – hot one minute, cold the next.  Thanks to this wonderful up-and-down, the flu is ripe.  A few days ago, I had a scratchy throat.  My hubby had a headache.  And bubba had a runny nose.  I’m hoping that we can stop this nasty cold/flu in its tracks, before we all come down with the full-fledged version. And so, we tucked into this VERY EASY chicken soup.  It’s adapted from the Rachael Finch website; she’s got some great healthy recipes on there.  This recipe makes use of only a few ingredients and…

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Play: Playdays Indoor Play Centre

admin / November 21, 2016

Coming up with outings for a ten month old can be tricky.  Ten months is that wonderful age where I feel like we’re coming out of the haze of the newborn days.  Don’t get me wrong; newborn days comes with its own sweetness:  newness, delicacy, drunken-sailor milk-fed looks.  But ten months old is FUN.  Naps for Miss E is down to two, and there’s a bigger stretch of “awake” time which finally allows for some decent form of outing!  Shopping centre trips (whilst easy and fun for me) are getting to be pricey (shopping and eating out = dangerous).  I…

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