Orpheus Island, Queensland {our trip!}

orpheus-hammock

Imagine there’s a place where you’re treated like the Queen, even when you’re just a commoner, where food just arrives and it’s just what you’re feeling like, where kind people play with your kids so you can actually eat breakfast/lunch/dinner with two hands and no stress, and the sun kisses your skin softly, warming you up just enough that you could go for a swim but not so much that…

Read More

Photo A Day Challenge // Week 25

week 25 photo a day

Because of the internet, you can find people from all corners of the world doing beautiful things. Good things. Rin is one of those people. She’s here in lovely Australia, but without the internet I would know about her, and I very likely wouldn’t have received happy mail from her. She does good things like makes people happy through sending them beautiful letters. She’s also a Montesorri School teacher. She’s…

Read More

Food wars

Stocksy_txp63e0cd2dORS000_Small_603709

I’m not sure if you’ve heard this rumour, but when you have kids they expect to eat dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Without fail. I know. I know. This means that dinner has to be cooked or sourced each and every day. You don’t read that in the parenting books. Or perhaps you do and I skipped that chapter. OK, I’m joking. I know it’s obvious, but I didn’t know how…

Read More

Magnetic Island, Queensland {our trip!}

magnetic-island

I know a place has a bit of magic in it when I feel a sense of sadness about leaving. And I felt that sense of sadness when I left Magnetic Island. It’s just got something about it. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a few of the islands in Queensland {but have so many more yet to visit!}, but Maggie, as the locals call it, is different. The…

Read More

Photo A Day // Week 24

photo-a-day-week-24

This photo a day list is brought to you by Disney. I don’t know if you’ve noticed by now, but I’m a bit of a Disney fan. I pretty much love everything they do, and love how they bring so much joy to the world. When I first started working on my blog I talked to my agency about who I would dream about working with, and Disney was at…

Read More

Getting my yoga on

yoga

It’s time. I’ve been putting this off for years, because it scares me… but it is so time. I am going to start doing yoga. {Next week when I get home and back to normal life}. I know this isn’t revolutionary. People have been doing yoga for donkey’s years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone tell me that I need to do yoga and that it…

Read More

Just fate

IMG_8006

Yesterday we got the train for 1.5 hours on an old scenic railway. It’s something I thought I wouldn’t love, but I actually really enjoyed it. As we got into our carriage the woman in front of us approached the man behind us to ask if he spoke Chinese. Her camera wasn’t working and she wanted to see if he could help her. Over those 1.5 hours we saw them…

Read More

Slow cooker beef tacos

slow-cooker-beef-tacos

Ah, you probably hate me for saying this but I haven’t cooked dinner for such a long time. I know that sounds deliciously lazy, but I’m actually craving pots and pans and cooking things from scratch. I’ve been out of home for almost a month now, traveling but next week I’m back to normal. Yay! So today I have my friend Erin sharing a recipe for slow cooker beef tacos…

Read More

Catching my breath

flag

I feel like, lately, I’m forever trying to steal moments to catch my breath. I’m sure that many people feel the same way, with kids and work and life and everyday demands… it can often feel like we’re searching for a moment to just catch up, and remember to breathe. Do you feel that way too? Last week we flew home from the States, drove home and showered and then…

Read More

Photo A Day Challenge // Week 23

week-23

How are you? I hope good, and well rested and healthy and happy, and most of all ready to embark on another week of photo-taking. This week the list is another beautiful one, as they always are, and it’s designed by the lovely Megan of Makewells. I’m loving the softness of her artwork. Don’t you think it’s beautiful? I have to apologise because there was a glitch with the downloadable…

Read More

5 fun eateries I found on the Gold Coast

The-Lamb-Shop

Having just spent a very lazy and relaxing week on the coast where we indulged in such good food, I felt it a community service to share what we discovered. Our home is under an hour away from the Gold Coast, so we often head up to explore and grab something yummy to eat, but it was nice to be living right in the middle of everything for a week…

Read More

So there’s something I didn’t tell you…

mariah

And it’s because I’m mortified. I probably need to back it all up and start at the beginning. While we were in Disneyland we were riding on the carousel and saw Mariah Carey. Like seriously we were going around and around and around, and she was metres away from us going around and around too, only surrounded by a big bodyguard, a nanny and a Disneyland escort. Later she picked…

Read More

Quick & easy zucchini slice

zucchini-slice

Do you know when I feel like I’m most winning at life? When I can make a meal that lasts us two nights, or if I make enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. Sometimes it’s the small things. My favourite zucchini slice is delicious in so many ways, but every time I pour that oil in I get a bad case of the guilts. This recipe comes WITHOUT…

Read More

In defence of the plovers

Masked Plover or Spur-winged Plover

I can’t believe I’m writing this post. But here goes… Do you remember a few weeks ago when I got attacked by plovers? If not, then read this and then come back. I’ll wait for you. So, I don’t much like plovers. They attacked me. They haunted me, and I don’t like them. When I wrote that post there were a few people that came to their defense. Like seriously,…

Read More

The bests and the worst

disney1

Ah, I feel like my brain is somewhere up in the air, somewhere between the USA and Australia, yet my body is firmly planted here on the couch in Australia. The past week has been a bit of a wild ride, with seven full days in Disneyland. It was fun, like truckloads of child-like fun, but exhausting all the same. I was on a media event, invited over to celebrate…

Read More

Photo A Day Challenge // Week 22

week22

Hello! I’m coming to you from America today, and will be in Australia very soon. But I’ll actually lose a whole Sunday being up in the air. Weird. Sundays are my favourite day too! Sob! Today, like every other Sunday, I’m bringing you the new list for the week ahead. This one is a beauty. The prompts are easy and the design is super pretty. It just screams, “PLAY ME!”…

Read More

Win an on-the-go prize pack!

snacks-collage-final

Brought to you by Yoplait Bon Appetit. I’ve recently lost 10kg. Yes, throw the confetti. Blow up the balloons. But don’t worry about serving up the cake. My husband has also recently lost the same amount. We’re disappearing before our own eyes {well, not quite but I thought that sounded like something I should say}. But things have changed at our place. Before losing weight might have been about looking…

Read More

Photography lesson: Mastering the rule of thirds technique

rule-of-thirds

Hello and welcome students. Take a seat, get your cameras/phones/photo-taking devices out, and let’s get started. If you’ve been playing along with photo-a-day for a little while now, you’ll know that each month I share a photography technique as a prompt. It gives us all a chance to grow, stretch and explore a little more with our photos. Some are harder than others, and some are ones that I use…

Read More

The celebrity experience

dawson

We’re in California, which means there are celebrities in the very near vicinity of our presence. On the drive from the airport to our hotel I had a very eager, jet-lagged eye out for the Kardashians. They’re like, everywhere, right? Last night I was locked in our room, watching Luella as she slept. Not creepy at all. And Hubby and Lacey went out to ride rides and have all the…

Read More

Stupidly optimistic

plane

I want to tell you that my kids get better at flying with experience, but they just don’t. Actually one does, Lacey is pretty much a dream on the plane. She people watches, makes friends with anyone sitting near her {does not care about their age, anyone will do} and watches movies until she falls asleep. She also makes friends with the hosties so she can get her fair share…

Read More

Chicken, leek and mushroom slow cooker casserole recipe

chicken-casserole

Brought to you by Coles. I love this cooler weather. It means I can wear jeans, sleep better at night and not feel guilty about watching television in the evenings. And… I love winter food. There’s nothing better than a slow cooker meal. Do you love this cooler weather too? Slow cooker meals are good on those days when you’ve got a lot on {whether work or play}. Wednesday was…

Read More

Photo A Day Challenge // Week 21

Photo A Day Challenge // Week 21

Howdy! Today I’m heading off and away to DISNEYLAND. I am so excited, and nervous about flying so far with kids. I’m trying to be all zen-mama and be totally cool with being in a confined space with small children for so long. I’ll report back from the other side. Until then, I bring you the new list for the week ahead. I am looking forward to sharing photos from…

Read More

Mushroom Triangles

mushroom-triangles

Brought to you by the Australian Mushroom Growers Association. I’m going to tell you something and you’re going to think I’m fibbing. I’ve written this very thing on my blog once before, I’m sure, but I just can’t find it. If I had to take one good onto a deserted island, it would be mushrooms. I know, I know… for a cake-lover like me, it sounds weird. It’s true though….

Read More

DIY Fun Kit: How to make your own

DIY-FUN-KIT

I am so in love with this project. I knew it would be fun, I just didn’t know it would be so so so so so so so much fun. It’s fun. I know some people are asking, WHAT THE HECK IS A FUN KIT AND WHY DO YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT? So let me tell you in 30 seconds. A Fun Kit is a box of goodies that…

Read More

Tell me all the things about Disneyland

disney

On Sunday we fly to the land of magic, Disneyland. I’m equal parts excited, and equals parts can-not-wait-for-the-flight-to-be-over-already. I know we’re going to have the very best time once we’re there, and it’s we’ll be making life-long memories. You know, good stuff. One of my favourite things to do with travel now, is to ask the people who have traveled before me for their tips. So this is what I’m…

Read More