Dinner idea: French onion meatballs

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My little sister and I met up recently, as we do, to let our kids play together. We had grand plans, as we do, to take them all out to sushi and have a fun lunch, but then we remembered that we had two tired toddlers, one baby, and not very much sleep the night before. So we headed to my house instead. Jenna was playing with the kids and…

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I get it, dad

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I am one of four kids. There’s Sarah, then me, my brother Tim and my sister Jenna. Back when we were all under the same roof, plus with two dogs named Ellie and Taylor, it was quite the full house. To me it was my normal, it was all I knew. It was more than one, and less than a netball team. I liked it. My dad though, he struggled….

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Can I steal a moment of your time? {Psst. There’s a $100 Etsy voucher up for grabs}.

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I’ve felt a bit of a shift of late. I’ve been changing my priorities, putting myself at the top of the list, and just simplifying things. I kinda like it. It’s never easy, particularly for mamas who have people they want to nurture and care for, and other interests {Businesses! Work! Health! Lovers!} they need to tend to. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Work is a big…

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The Sydney Workshop

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On Saturday I flew down to Sydney to have lunch with a bunch of lovely readers and their children. I was a little nervous, because there were kids involved. I don’t know why. I used to be a nanny. I am a mum. Together with Olympus and Rachel Devine, we dreamed up an idea to pass on the passion of photography to a new generation… to my readers’ kids. I…

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Photo A Day Challenge 2015 // Week 36

Photo A Day Challenge 2015 // Week 36

Hello you. How the heck are you? Good. I hope good. I’ve got another beautiful list to share with you this week, and this one is stunning. I love this beautiful blackboard style artwork, created by the lovely Val of Lily & Val. Thank you lovely lady! How to play on Instagram + check out the photo a day list for the daily prompt + use your phone or camera…

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Dear Boobs

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Dear Boobs, I’ve never written you a letter before. Oh, actually, maybe I did when I was in my teens willing you to grow. Maybe I didn’t. I don’t know, but this is actually quite, very much, weird. But I shall continue… If I was to write a letter to my whole body, it wouldn’t be very nice. I’d hate on my thighs, and give my belly a hard time,…

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Coca-cola pulled pork stuffed potatoes + Win a $250 Coles Voucher

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Brought to you by Coles. When it comes to cooking meat, I have to admit I’m not that great at it. Except if it’s meatballs, I can rock a mean meatball. Hubby though, he rocks the meat thing. Always. Last weekend Hubby and I decided to do a little cook up. We’ve been doing a lot of breakfasts for dinners, because life has been stressful and we stopped making an…

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I’m not even kidding…

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Yesterday I went and did the grocery shopping, alone. Yes, I can hear the squeals of envy from here. I went ALONE to the supermarket, and I took my sweet time as well. I lingered in that cereal aisle like my me-time depended on it. It’s only a short, twenty minute drive to the supermarket from my house, even when I take the long way. So, that’s about four songs…

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Photography tips: 7 ways to play with light

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Hello! Light is one of the most important aspects of photography, and can make such a difference in the photo you’re taking. I’m obsessed with it. I’ve put together 7 fun ways to play with light. Enjoy. photo credit: Sheye Rosemeyer Oh-so-sweet sunflare I’ve always loved photography, but one woman deepened my love affair with it, and that’s Sheye Rosemeyer. She’s a lover of natural light, and once you start…

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Photo A Day Challenge 2015 // Week 35

Photo A Day // Week 35

Hello you. I hope you’ve had a great week. The photo a day for next week is brought to us by the lovely Kim of Hello Frankie, a beautiful designer stationery store. You can check it out here. Thanks Kim for being so great to work with. The list is beautiful. How to play on Instagram + check out the photo a day list for the daily prompt + use…

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Yuk to yum! Win a $250 Coles Voucher!

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Brought to you by Coles. I haven’t met a vegetable I didn’t like. OK, I lie. When I was about 10 my Pop gave us way too many chokos that he’d grown himself and we ate too many. Or moreso, I was forced to eat too many. I haven’t had a choko since. I was choko-ed out. But every other vegetable is fair game. I’ll eat anything if it’s good…

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The one question we should all ask

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It was late in the night, about 4 hours past my usual bedtime, and a girl who I’d never met grabbed my hand and said, “You are so brave.” “Oh gosh, I don’t know about brave, but thank you.” “It’s not a compliment,” she quickly replied. I didn’t know what to say, so I said thank you again and pulled my hand back. “Oh, I guess it is a compliment,”…

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Talking teeth

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Brought to you by Bupa. I’ve spent a LOT of the last fortnight in dentists. I’ve also spent a lot of money, but at this stage I’m just happy for my sweet girl to have her teeth and be out of pain. For those that missed, there’s a back story here, but in short Lacey had a trampoline accident and one of her adult front teeth was pulled out. It…

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Photo A Day Challenge 2015 // Week 34

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Hey you. When the designer for this week’s photo a day list got in touch and told me she was going to SEW the list, I was a little gob-smacked. I’m not a sewer {like seriously, I can’t even sew a button on properly} so I just couldn’t imagine it. But Emma did it, and she did it well. How cool is it? Check out more from Emma over on…

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Pick your brain: What do you do + How do you fit it in?

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The weather is getting warmer {finally! Hurrah!} and I’m thinking more about getting out and getting moving. The area where I live is really small, and next to a busy road which has no paths and would be dangerous for walking on. When I lived in Bondi, I’d get up early and walk straight down to the beach and back and my exercise was done. I was so routine at…

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Win 1 of 3 Bellabox Subscriptions

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Brought to you by Bellabox. If there’s two things I love in life it’s mail and beauty stuff, so when Bellabox got in touch and asked if I’d like to collaborate on a Bellabox I jumped at the chance… like literally I jumped, and then I lay down… because, exercise. I love potions and lotions and things that make me feel good, but I can’t do a winged eye-liner to…

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You’re a good mum

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I went to the doctors a while back, because it’s winter and the germs be rampant. Lacey will generously bring home a bug, whinge her way through it, then Lulu will get it, whinge her way through it and then 6 days later Lacey will find another bug to bring home. Joyful, joyful. My usual doctor is off on maternity {Hey Erin! Yes, my awesome doctor sometimes reads my blog}…

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No-bake Lattice Cheesecake Slice Recipe

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You’ve seen this no-bake slice around, haven’t you? I’ve seen it growing up. It was always at the parties my parents and their friends or our family had. It was always there. In all those years though, I never tried it. I don’t know why, because I certainly have a sweet tooth, but I think it may have had a radar for things a little more chocolate-y than this. But…

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Photo A Day Challenge 2015 // Week 33

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Hello! I can smell summer, and I think it’s thanks to this list. August, for me, has always meant that we get to say goodbye to the chilliest days of winter… and that the promise of summer is on it’s way. This list, it’s fun and summery, and getting me excited about warmer days. Thanks to Lea from Muska Elvis for her beautiful work. Check out more from her here….

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Why you should never cheat on your hairdresser

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Last week I cheated on my hairdresser. I knew I shouldn’t. I bloody knew it. I was subconsciously trying to talk myself out of it, whilst simultaneously talking myself into it. You don’t want to be in my head. It’s NOISY. Oh come on, take a chance. You know this is not going to end well. But what if it DOES end well. What if this is the haircut of…

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Letter to Luella: 23 months

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My dear sweet Lulu, You’re 23 months. There comes a time, which happens to be around about now that mothers have to stop counting a child’s age in months. It confuses people, particularly men, when they ask how old you are and I relay your age in months and they’re like, “How old?” Twenty-three months. Not 2, and definitely not 1. This is the last month I can count your…

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The weekend

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Each time I think about the weekend that just went by my hands immediately go to my head, and I feel overwhelmed, or mortified, or glad it’s over. Even more, I wish it hadn’t happened. Last week, on Friday, we buried my cousin’s son. It was the most beautiful funeral I’ve ever attended. He had so many friends and family, and it was really a celebration of his life, and…

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Epic Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

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I recently spent the day out at my mum’s house going through her recipe collection. I don’t know if it’s because I love food and I’ve been chubby forever, but I’ve loved flicking through her recipes ever since I can remember. Doing it again all these years later made me so happy and nostalgic. There were recipes there that have been passed down through her family, and I am so…

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Photo A Day Challenge 2015 // Week 32

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Howdy! I’m going to jump right in and show you this new list for photo a day, because it’s simply beautiful… and I can’t wait for you to see it. Kate, the designer of this list, is so super generous and so talented. You can check out more from her here. Thank you so much for designing it Kate. You’re so clever! How to play on Instagram + check out…

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Update

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Hello. If you get my newsletter, or follow me on Facebook, you might know that last week we had a loss in my family. My cousin lost his son. He was on a trip overseas and he drowned. It’s shocking and sad and unbelievable. Death and I, we don’t do well. It makes me question everything. I don’t want to believe that we’re all only here for a short time….

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