John Cleese Told Me To Take A Blogging Break

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Sunrise swimmer at North Narrabeen Rock Pool last Sunday morning.

That’s me off for a blogging break then. Cheerio the noo.

When I wrote about what I’ve been learning in my design and photography course, I mentioned a break was planned for June and here we are.

It really was John Cleese who told me to do it. When I was studying a section on creativity, I watched a long video in which John Cleese explained his throughts on creativity. It made a big impact.

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Using A Mood Board For My Blog Redesign – And Six Top Tips From Kelly Exeter

What’s a mood board???

Until three months ago, I had no idea at all…. but I’m learning.

Mood boards are a big part of the design and photography course I’m studying, and I’d done one as part of the creative process of planning a photo shoot.

So when it came to making a new design for this blog, I thought I’d give a mood board a bash. The aim being to give it to graphic designer Kelly Exeter of Swish Designs.

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I’m Nearly Famous! Featured On Blogger Connect, Plus Tips For New Bloggers

BkJAbUnCcAATqwq Hello, just a quickie this one. I’m a wee bit excited and delighted to be featured on Blogger Connect’s Blogging Journeys. Read the interview here.

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DPCon14 + Getting Home + A Travel Dilemma Too


I win the prize for the Blogger Who Came Home To The Most Washing!

The house looked like a bomb had struck it… dirty dishes across the kitchen, dishwasher needing emptied, drying racks stacked to the ceiling.  Admittedly the kitchen does look like that most morning… and my husband did clear up the whole kitchen, thanks you P.

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Imagine What Happens Next… Bringing back the art of storytelling through imagination

AB3 Here’s my second ever guest post on this blog!  I met Anton recently and loved the idea of his book. 75% of my children love writing stories and one of them is a teller of the most amazing tall tales… which he swears are 100% true.  Here’s to the imaginations of children, and to our role in unleashing their creativity.

Anyway, let me hand over to Anton Buchner.

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Panasonic Lumix GM1 Review + Vlog

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So last week I showed you some photos I’d taken with a brand new tiny camera that will hit the stores next week.

It’s a bit of a breakthrough camera, packing a whole lot of image quality punch into a very tiny body.

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Panasonic LUMIX GM1 – Some Photos Taken This Past Week

20131122 Photo Workshop-087-blog A moody day down at Dee Why …. one of a bazillion photos taken this past week.

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Mother Love – New Book on Embracing The Emotional Ups And Downs Of Parenthood

Mother Love book cover  This is a terrific new book for new mums and dads and yes, I am biased.

The author, Dr Melanie Strang, and I have corresponded over the past few years.

Melanie gave us some lovely quotes for Beyond The Baby Blues, and I am a contributor (in a tiny way ) to this book.

You see, there just aren’t enough books on the realities of motherhood, and on the massive emotional transition we undertake as we are reborn, from person to parent.

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Commissioning Writers For This Blog – Do You Know A Fab Family-Friendly Sydney Spot?

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Good morning!

The good news is that this blog has been earning some money this year.

And the even better news is that I am going to plough some of the income back into the blog via the pockets of some Sydney-based mum and dad writers.

What a good plan!

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My Mobile Office – Work At Home Mum On The Move

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I’m over at Kidspot today, chatting about the joys of packing up the WAHM office and setting forth to work in the Great Outdoors…. and also in the Great Indoors at my fave Sydney cafes.

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Boobooks on Owen – Cute Little Bookshop in Huskisson, Jervis Bay

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Well, life is looking up!

I’ll be down at Jervis Bay when this post goes up, and, with a bit of luck, I’ll be re-doing a joyful little trip I did last time there.

Is there anything better than a potter around an independent bookshop?

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Quick Question For Email Subscribers

Hi there, I just have a quick question and would love to hear from you about it.

I’ve always sent out a weekly email to subscribers of the blog.

Hello and thank you, all 759 of you!!

These email updates used to show an extract of the week’s posts, you could click through to the blog to read the full story.

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Working With Brands – How Easily Seduced Are You?

I know that brands and disclaimers etc have been done to death, but bear with me whilst I take a look at it with a sex angle…

I was looking at these lovely photos, taken during a gorgeous lunch last year……. and I thought… … I’m actually a very easy person to seduce.

Ask any of my many boyfriends from the awful 80′s.

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Self Care on Sunday 10: Unsubscribe!


After last weekend’s e-switchoff, I got home on Monday night to the inbox from hell.

OK, most of it is about the kids, that’s true. Teachers’ emails, class mums’ emails, sporting team emails, music teacher emails, kids social lives’ emails. Everything in their life seems to be funnelled through me and my brain’s exploding just from trying to keep up with the kid-related correspondance.

Anyway, can’t do much about all that, it’s my work email.

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The Superfoods Index – A New Book Hits The Shelves

Hello on this wet Friday in Sydney.

Here’s a wee vlog, a bit of showoffery!

Only 40 seconds – go on, have a click!

In some great news for myself and Jane Curry Publishing, this new book is on the shelves at Big W.

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And it’s been sold into the States.

That’s a first for me and very exciting.

To read all about the book and where to buy it, click here.

Hope you enjoy!


The Top Nine Websites For Sydney Families

I was really thrilled last year to be named one of the 10 Best Sydney Blogs by UK travel uber-website 101 Holidays.


These were general Sydney blogs, not many were family-friendly, so I thought I’d write a wee list myself of the best blogs and websites for families in Sydney.

It’s especially useful to know these in school holidays as you’ll pick up great ideas for events, activities and places to go.

And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be need a few of those in the school holidays. A few bazillion.

Here are my top picks, in alphabetical order.

Babies and Toddlers

This listings and information website was started in 2011 by two Manly-based mums who were keen to share information and to build a platforms where information could be shared. It started off as a Sydney site but now covers most parts of Australia.

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New Year’s Resolutions – For This Blog

I may have more things NOT to do than to do.

As one of those over-committing type people, it’s good to have resolutions about doing less.

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My Home in Northside Magazine – Come In And Have A Look Around

It’s always weird to be on the ‘wrong’ side of the camera lens. So when Northside Magazine called up to ask if they could do a story, it was a relief to hear that the topic was ‘My Home.’

Sudden urge to run around with a vacuum cleaner.

My house doesn’t have any design style, I think casual clutter sums it up. But I love my post-reno home passionately. It’s so practical for our family and so many of the bits and pieces we have around the place are FULL of meaning and emotion.

I think Vanessa, the journalist, got a really good handle on that.

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My Favourite Joke In The Whole Wide World

The thing about living in Scotland is… you spend a lot of time sitting in pubs listening to your friends telling jokes.

Oh, I absolutely bloody love a good joke. Love seeing a hilarious comedian too. I used to be the queen of the Glasgow stand-up scene, I saw THEM ALL.

But have remained dreadful at remembering jokes.


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What You Focus On Is What You Become for Happiness Inspires Happiness

What you focus on is what you become. I wrote the phrase down whilst listening to one of the speakers at the recent ‘Bloggers Brunch.’ I’ve got no doubts about the truth of that statement and its power to transform.

If we go around feeding our inner whinger, that monster will soon take over.

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