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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Veggie Mama vs Certificate IV in Marketing. Bring it.

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This is a sponsored post for Open Training Institute. The other day we were driving though Brunswick when Matt pointed out the university there. “Oh, I can’t look!”, I said, squeezing my eyes shut. “It’ll just make me want to go.” Not your average reaction, I imagine. I can’t help it, I am … [Read more...]

26 reasons I love my new garden

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Ermagherd, you guys. I feel slightly guilty for reaping the benefits of someone else's clearly hard work - but boy does this garden give me all the good feels! It's still going to take a bit of work on our part to tidy it up, but for now... feast your eyes. And this isn't … [Read more...]

Just Ace

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  As I write, there is a horrific loop of music on the TV thanks to ABC 2 going off-air for the night and inviting us back for more fun and frolic from 6am. While there have been a few things I've thought are just ace lately (hence the title of the post... deep), this for sure is not one of … [Read more...]

Snapshots of my Melbourne Month

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So last Saturday marked a month since I moved to Melbourne. It has been SUCH a good move. I can't imagine living anywhere but here (except maybe overseas), so while I feel brand new and fresh-eyed, I also feel right at home. I've been thinking back over all the things I've done in these early … [Read more...]

Let’s talk about ageing.

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I remember it very clearly. It was about five years ago, and I was putting on my makeup for work. Well, at least I was trying to, when I noticed that the creases in my cheek from my pillow still hadn't smoothed out, and I'd been up for nearly an hour. "Oh my goddddddd", I half-wailed to my … [Read more...]

Aw Grandma, you so crazy!

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Lately I've been getting stopped by old nonnas in the streets, wanting to chat with me about the kids. They are the sweetest things, telling me I'm "so lucky" that I've got two girls, and that their own girls are now 55 years old. They pinch Abby's cheeks and say "bella! bella!" and warn me to watch … [Read more...]

When I slow down, I get further

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Seems counter-intuitive, right? If you rush, you get further faster, don't you? Well, not if you're me. I've always been a multi-tasker, I'm easily bored and I can't just sit and be. I prefer to keep my mind busy even if my body isn't. I'm forever reading something, packing my waking hours … [Read more...]