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I saw a meme, a while back, that being in your forties means the children within your friend group are either teens about to leave home, or babies & toddlers keeping. Either way, none of us are getting any sleep. I laughed, and promptly tagged a friend, whose tiny toddler is the bookend to my almost-grown Bear. Sixteen years, between […]

nailed it

Butterfly and her bestie are obsessed with a show on Netflix called Nailed It. The premise of the show is three amateurs (who may or may not have baking experience), are given a cake to replicate in a set timeframe. It is the epitome of the Pinterest “nailed it” meme in real time, and never fails to have two tweenagers […]

15 @ 40 // day three

Once upon a time, I shared a lot of baking on the blog, and on my insta. When the children were tiny, it was an easy way to keep them entertained for a bit, and top up the treats in the pantry. As they got older, baking became part of my Monday morning routine – drop the kids to school, […]

…blogtober day 30 :: slow Sunday…

It’s a cruel irony of adulthood, that you get to the weekend desperate for a sleep-in, and your stupid body clock wakes you up at the same time anyway. The only saving grace is the lack of immediate plans, allowing us to sit silently, staring out the back door at the rising sun, sucking down the elixir of life that […]

…kindling some magic…

I was scrolling my phone, trying to muster the energy to leave my nice warm bed, when the first text message came through. 6.02am. “May I get up, mummy?” came the request from a small girl, holding court in the camper trailer after a sleepover/camp out with her friend. I encouraged her to go back to sleep, or at least […]

… Truckabin Tuesday On A Saturday…

With the sun just peeking over the fence and in the back windows, I would barely be finished my first coffee of the day, brain only just waking up, when it would start. The first warning would be the thumpthumpthump of excited toddler feet slapping along the wooden floorboards, coming in at a run. He would throw his tiny body […]

…let them eat cake…

The days are long, but the years are short, someone once told me when I was in the trenches of toddlers and newborns and wondering if I would ever sleep again. Blogging long term feels a bit like that. Time slides on by, and then without realising, so so much time has gone by. A full decade ago, I wrote […]

…mason jar cookie gifts…

Last Christmas, influenced by my own increasing overwhelm at the sheer amount of stuff in our home, I wanted to do something more experience-based for our nieces, rather than a gift that my sister-in-law would have to find a home for and trip over for the next six months (quite possibly I am projecting my own toy-avalanche experience…) Obviously, we […]

…jaffa crackles – recipe…

  There are very few downsides to homeschooling. We get to get up when we want, have a cruisy brekkie to ease in to the day, and then get our chores done and hook into school in the morning and spend our afternoons as we please. I get my babies with me as much as I like. We can make […]