Avoiding drama (aka wiping off the ugly)

Avoiding drama

I am a simple person with a simple outlook on life and unless I'm watching it on stage or screen, I absolutely despise drama. If I feel so much as a solitary goosebump of drama, I will get away as fast as possible. Well, best not to run, but I'll do that walk-run thing you do when you see so-and-so on the other side of the street and you know it's ...

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Why I never fight with my husband

Why I never fight with my husband

Last week, the hubs and I turned 20. Well, we met 20 years ago and the 21 June has always been the date that's counted for us. Our wedding anniversary on 3 March (14 years this year), is just an excuse for a nice dinner out. So, 20 years, huh? That's a long time in single years. You know, single years? Where a week with or without a new man ...

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Plugging the gaps with biscuits (aka we just gotta have a plan)

Gingerbread

Max walked home from school yesterday, not Macca. He sauntered in brimming with news of his day, but first he said, "I'm sorry about this morning, Mum" and we had a big, warm cuddle. "We have to talk about that later," I said. "But first, I made you your favourite gingerbread biscuits." On Mondays, it's just me and Max. The girls go straight to ...

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10 things to say to your partner every day

10 things to say to your partner every day

There’s no doubt that it takes a lot of work to make a strong relationship. But with enough heavy lifting – and heavy talking – things seem to fall into place. It’s so critical – a healthy relationship raises a healthy family. And brings oodles and oodles of joy. I think telling your partner you love them every day is important, but showing them ...

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Weekend rewind | Chips down, bombs away

flowers for mohter's day

I think just about everyone in town is aware that I've had a shit week. That said, I'm up to mortaring the boundaries and I'm feeling a lot, A LOT, better. And so it goes. So, apart from losing my mind, we also celebrated Max's 11th birthday this week. To be honest, I think knowing that my wayward first born has been whinging at me for ELEVEN ...

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Teach me | How to be more charitable

Be grateful

The ‘teach me’ series is all about learning how to do things I can’t from clever clog wearers who can. I’m learning so much as we go and I hope you are too! Today we welcome Lisa Humphries from the beautiful blog, The Art of Joy. Lisa is such an inspirational, motivational presence in blog land. She has been squeezed through such a lot to arrive at ...

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Weekend Rewind | Sail nice!

Weekend rewind - sail

I had a really crappy thing happen to me on Wednesday and it knocked the wind right out of me. You know when you're sailing along with the sunshine warming your back, the shoreline getting hazier behind you and life stretching out in front across an ocean of possibility and then OOOMPH. You get hit from behind and down you go, scrambling, ...

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Kindness is strong

There are so many good emotions that our society deems 'lesser'. Good, wheel-greasing, social qualities that make the world a better place. Being 'kind', 'nice', 'cheerful' and 'nurturing' are rare characteristics to find on someone's CV. Instead we are 'competitive', 'energetic', 'constructive' and 'proactive'. All very important stuff, I'm sure, ...

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How to foster your child’s friendships

Children's friendships

Ask any parent what they worry most about their child and, depending on circumstances, the majority will come back with some type of variation on making friends, being friends and keeping friends. It’s not necessarily about popularity, rather we are all obsessed with ensuring that our kids are never lonely. This used to be my thing. The first ...

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Newborn mums

This post is for my dear friend, who is struggling right now.'Baby' is such a beautiful word, so full of history and promise and love. Squishy-ishy cuddles and sweet smells and overwhelming joy that makes you look at your partner in a whole new way. We made this. The closeness that a baby brings is magical. We made this, together.'Baby' is such a ...

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