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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Why mothers need to stop apologising for needing some ‘me time’

It’s one of the most-oft recited lines in every new mother’s repertoire: I never get anymore me time.  Heck, I know if I don’t expressly say it I’m at least thinking it around 5000,0000 times a day. When mums talk me time they’re not talking about anything spectacular (although an all-expenses paid trip to Paris would be…

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Why no child is ever ‘too young’ to experience art

Long before my daughter was born and long before I had even met my husband I vowed to myself that if I had a child I would ensure I exposed her to art at an early age. I would read to her from my favourite works, play Marriage of Figaro as I rocked her to…

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Stop asking me when we’re having another child…

Let me preface this post by emphatically stressing that I love, love, LOVE my daughter. I love her. I love everything about her. I worship her. She is my reason for living. But fuck me, being a first time parent is hard. Like, really hard. I’ve worked in live TV news and let me tell…

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Did feminism suck all the fun out of motherhood?

I have always considered myself a feminist. Sure, I might not ‘look’ like one (whatever that means, but I’ve been told it before), but I am. Heck, let’s be honest here: every woman is a feminist even if they don’t realise it, because feminism in its basic, basal terms is just about women demanding equality…

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How song lyrics can transform your life

I am an unashamed Taylor Swift fan. #TeamTaylor and all that. Yes! That was me waving the flag at the front of the #Swifty brigade. OK, now we’ve got that sorted I can dig a little deeper into her latest album (which, by the way, is fucking amazing). Anyway, on the song ‘End Game’ Taylor…

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