How time flies: Ten things I have learned since becoming a mother two years ago

And just like that she’s two. Over the weekend we celebrated my daughter’s second birthday. It was an event filled with a myriad of emotions. Elation, joy, relief, excitement and stress. She was two. TWO! We had made it, well… kind of. For the past two years my husband and I have managed to nurture…

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In defense of the ‘difficult woman’ … and why I hope my daughter becomes one

In defense of the difficult woman, and why I hope my daughter becomes one.

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I hope my daughter always loves herself as much as she does right now

I know I’m not alone when I confess that I struggle with self love. It doesn’t matter how many #positive Instagram images I come across, or how many self improvement books I read or how many inspirational speakers I watch – when I’m left alone with my thoughts I bring the hammer down on myself.…

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Why the best memories of motherhood are the ones you can never plan

The other night I was lying in bed with my daughter and husband. Yes, we bed share and it works for us. No, thank you, I’m not interested in why this might be the wrong decision. By force of habit I like to rest my hand on her back (she’s a tummy sleeper). Slowly, slowly…

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The day Georgia met Paddington Bear

Due to my job I’m lucky to be invited to some extraordinary events. Case in point:  The Paddington Bear 2 DVD release in Australia. The event was held at VIVE Cooking School in Rosebery, which, by the way, is becoming something of a hub for foodies thanks to places like The Grounds and Messina setting…

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Guess what? I’m a neurotic mum and I’m completely fine with that

I am not a cool mum by any means. I’m a neurotic mum, a worried mum, a paranoid mum, a ‘worst-case-scenario’mum and hey, I’m OK with that. This is my first baby and, like riding a bike, I’m nervous and trying to figure it out as I go along. It’s a balancing act.   As…

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I will never get over the fact that my grandmother died before meeting my child

I didn’t want to write about this for a long while because I simply wasn’t ready to. I still don’t think I’m ready to write about it. I still think I am struggling to process a lot of grief and anger. But I think there’s an element about my grandmother’s passing that I’m ready to…

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Tried and Tested: Nurofen FeverSmart Temperature Monitor AKA The best temperature device thingy for kids who HATE having their temperature taken

Georgia absolutely hates having her temperature taken. I mean really, really hates it. It’s actually only a recent thing, to be honest. When she was little and couldn’t wriggle her way out of our arms it was easy to just shove a thermometer under her armpit. Then she grew, and she got feisty. When she…

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What am I going to tell my daughter about makeup?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I wear makeup. I know, I know. I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. Got it? *deep breath* OK, well get ready for another clanger: I love wearing makeup.   Sorry, that was probably a little cruel of me…

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Traveling with a baby can be hellish. Here are my tips for making it easier.

Look, I know there are a helluva lot of advice columns out there about what parents should and shouldn’t do when travelling with children. I’m not going to do that here. I don’t know the BEST tips for travelling with a child. If I did, I sure as hell wouldn’t be carrying a packet of…

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