Share your childhood fashion memories and you could win $250 worth of baby and toddler clothing

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This is a sponsored post for Marquise My mum used to get so excited about dressing my sister and I as kids. I distinctly remember some fashionable tartan skirts, cute tights and the obligatory ‘80s leg warmers. I also remember going through a boy phase in yellow tracksuits with skating knee and … [Read more...]

Toddlertown

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I originally was going to write this post when Pepper was about 14 months old and I finally realised I had two toddlers on my hands. Abby was two and a half, and Pepper was walking, climbing, talking, laughing - really just not a baby anymore. It was liberating and interesting and while I had a … [Read more...]

Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies

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Y'all, I have a new cookie obsession. For years, my favourite biscuit in all the land has been an Anzac Biscuit. I've dabbled in Kingstons, I've dabbled in Venetians, I've even dabbled in shortbread, but nothing has toppled the almighty oat-and-golden-syrup goodness of an Anzac. And nothing ever … [Read more...]

An April Retrospective

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I have a calendar on my wall that is made up of pictures of our travels to New Zealand last year. I have been looking at it lately, remembering it was Easter Sunday the day after we arrived and we barely registered it. I did eat a chocolate egg though, never fear. I looked back over my posts from … [Read more...]

Free Crochet Pattern: Easter Bunny Baskets

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Isn't he a cutie? I thought it would be fun to knock up a sweet little bunny for each of my girls this Easter, to hold some tiny eggs or one medium-sized one. I could imagine the look on their faces Easter morning! Cute crochet would have to be the best thing ever invented. These don't take … [Read more...]

VM vs Online Education: My Top Study Tips

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This is a sponsored post for Open Training Institute  In my nine years of tertiary study (ermagherd!), you could say that I have it down to a fine art. I have read countless tips and tricks articles, perused plenty of studies, and tried just about every tactic known to man in an attempt to … [Read more...]

Mushroom-chive wontons

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Hello and welcome to wonton hour. Today we'll be making wontons with a soy-mushroom-chive filling, absolutely delicious little morsels of goodness. These are great on their own with some dipping sauce, or floating in a gingery broth with lots of crispy carrot and Asian greens. I froze … [Read more...]

The sleep sitch

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I have been awake since 2.30am. I used to see posts of mums saying similar things and I thought it couldn't be right. You actually get up and go about your day even though you've been awake since two hours after you went to bed? What. The. Fuck. When we first moved here, and the girls' regular … [Read more...]

Snippets of what I love about the new house

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Next week, we will have been here three months. I'm still working on bits and pieces of the house, but am enjoying it thoroughly. Until I get the hang of this styling business (and possibly until my kids stop shoving play-dough into the windowpanes and drawing on the walls), we're taking it just as … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life: The Work Edition

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Lots of people give me a real blank stare when I answer their question: "so what do you do?". I totally understand. It is a pretty new arena, after all. A blog? What's that? You work for someone else's blog too? What does that entail? Well, today, I thought I'd give a play-by-play of what a … [Read more...]

Stuff your face at Smith & Daughters

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In my wasted youth, a friend of mine and I used to sit at hardcore shows or house parties and have conversations entirely comprised of Ricky Gervais quotes. He grew up and went overseas and met an equally-talented but slightly more beautiful (sorry Callum) lass called Mo. I grew up and started this … [Read more...]

Under the Weather

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Coming to you live with a hot water bottle shoved down my top, it has been quite the week of sickness 'round these parts. Only me, of course, everyone else seems mighty jolly and suffering merely from a runny  nose. I, on the other hand, have been knocked for a six like only the best sleep-deprived, … [Read more...]

And the verdict is…

And not a single fuck was given about niches that day.

Um! I still don't know. So I'm going back to the land where niches don't matter and I'mma keep doing my thing. For the record, we came up with: food: 2 mummyblogger: 8 life or lifestyle: 9 second-grader with atrocious grammar (and they were being "kind"): 1 personal: 2 who gives a … [Read more...]

Who even am I?

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Recently I have seen a couple of conversations among bloggers about our "niches". In what kind of category do we fit? Parenting? Food? Design? Interiors? And if we had to sum up our blog in one sentence, what would you say? I can never answer these questions. I literally have no idea what this … [Read more...]

VM vs Online Education: The Early Days

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This is a sponsored post for Open Training Institute. Right now, I’ve never been more grateful that the course I signed up for at OTI is a “go at your own pace” model. Let’s just say structured learning while moving interstate with two toddlers and starting a new job is tricky at best! What a time … [Read more...]