Menopause Has Given Me A Dose of Anxiety – So Thanks For That


How is menopause like autism, you're wondering? … [Read more...]

On The International Day Of The Girl Child My Question Is: Why Don’t Girls Rule The World?

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Now tell me I am not alone here... in thinking that my daughter is FAR smarter than my boys, far more capable, far more empathetic... she can do so many things they haven't even thought of trying, … [Read more...]

Why This FIFO Lifestyle Can Just F… Off


Look, I'm not saying for a moment that having a husband with a fly in fly out (FIFO) job is all bad. There are many advantages, most grouped under two heading: Hot Sex Cold, Hard Cash BUT... I'm … [Read more...]

National Tree Day + 10 Reasons The Bush Is Good For Your Health

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This post is brought to you by National Tree Day I've been looking forward to sharing with readers a lovely experience I had earlier this year thanks to Planet Ark and Toyota Australia. It was the … [Read more...]

The Most Useful Sydney Websites For Families

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The hunt for great family-friendly cafes and restaurants is a never-ending one. And we all need advice on great playgrounds, fabulous activities and enthralling kids' entertainment. … [Read more...]

Mums On The Go – A Child-Friendly Directory + Blog For Parents

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How often do you need a hand finding a business that really is child-friendly? All too often! I know!! Word-of-mouth is always the best way, isn't it? And here's an online word-of-mouth … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Your Son MUST Play Rugby League

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Winter time Saturday mornings in Sydney have always meant one thing for this family- rugby league. Our very dedicated Mr8, aka Rusty Rocket, has a match on Saturday and if the team wins, they're … [Read more...]

Brand New Edition Of Beyond The Baby Blues


I often say  that I've written a couple of books that I really, really wish no-one ever had to read. That's an unusual thing for an author to say. But in my case it's 100% true. … [Read more...]

Top 10 Free And Low Cost Things To Do In Sydney These School Holidays – Updated


School holidays are upon us! I'm cheering as I love the change of pace. Mind you, after a couple of weeks I'll be booing, desperate for a bit of silence and solitude. Anyway, here's my updated list … [Read more...]

A Professional Photography And Design Course – What I’ve Learned So Far


Now here's a post I have been meaning to write since February, when I started an online course. I'm studying 'Create. Shoot. Publish. A TAFE Cert IV in Design, specialising in Photography. ' This … [Read more...]

Keeping Mothers Day Simple


My Mum used to tut tut about Mother's Day when myself and my sisters and brother were little. 'It's just commercial, too American,' she'd say. And look, she had a point for sure. But celebrating … [Read more...]

Strike Bowling Chatswood Review – And 5 Top Tips for Surviving Bowling and Laser Tag With Kids

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Ten pin bowling and laser tag can provoke a range of emotions in my household. All of the four Smith kids love them dearly, and to find both in the same place leaves them giddy with anticipation.  For … [Read more...]

Billabong Camp at Taronga Western Plains Zoo – Our Family Review

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It was all 'westward ho' for myself and the twins last week. We went on a four day, three night expedition to Dubbo, with the main focus being a trip to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. … [Read more...]

What are you doing over Easter? Some School Holiday Ideas, Activities and Outings

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Do you tend to make a few plans well before the school holidays arrive? I do, especially for the school holidays when my husband will be away at work. He arrives home a week after the kids go back … [Read more...]

Rusty Rocket – You’re The Boy I’m Worried About Today


Do you find that your children seem to take it in turns to be the one you are preoccupied about? Maybe we just can't cope as parents with worrying about more than one at a time? … [Read more...]

Oriental Spa Sydney – A Little Bit Of Bali in Chatswood

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It's always given me great pleasure to spread a little love and luck around from this blog. I enjoy some lovely experiences  and it's great to share them with readers. Because all of us mums … [Read more...]

Aussie Family Holiday Friday – Travel News, Ideas and Inspiration for Aussie Families


Happy Friday to you! Here's my weekly round-up of news, ideas and inspiration for Australian families planning a holiday. Or a visit, or a school holiday activity because Easter is coming very fast. … [Read more...]

The Grounds of Alexandria: Sydney’s Best Family-Friendly Cafes

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Please say g'day to Maxabella who's guest posting on the blog this fine morning. Maxabella Loves was one of the first blogs I ever read and loved. The quirky sense of humour, the warmth and … [Read more...]

Jervis Bay Beach Walks: The White Sands Walk And A Bit More

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It's not often that I get to escape out of the beach side garden gate alone... so when the chance came recently, I grabbed it with both... well, with both feet really. I fancied a walk... and I had … [Read more...]

Logitech case+ Review


This is sponsored review and giveaway for Logitech.   I don't know about you, but as far as I'm concerned my phone is not a phone. It's a mini-computer in my pocket, the phone is the part … [Read more...]

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