Being a Blogger: Behind the Scenes

Blogger Weekend: Behind the Scenes

I started Be A Fun Mum as a goal for myself after I came out of depression back in 2009. After a few years of blogging personally, I realised I might be able to create a job for myself through my blog after the kids were all back in school, allowing me to stay largely at home. Seemed like a dream!

Now, it’s happened: all my kids are in school, and blogging has become my part time job. While it’s a lot of work (more than I imagined), I love it and feel fortunate to be part of such a lovely community of mothers. Most of what I do can be done from my computer (often at home) which is brilliant, but sometimes I need to go to meetings, and conferences that take me away from home.

This past weekend, I was in Sydney for blog conference and the launch of the Nuffnang’s Sydney office (Nuffnang help me handle my blog commercial enquiries). Thanks to Nuffnang, Destination NSW, Qantas and Rydges for such an awesome weekend. Here’s a snapshot.


It’s always a huge effort to organise to go away to these things. Sometimes when I’m getting ready, I wonder why I do it! But then, it’s always worth it in the end. When I pack, I like to lay out my clothes in piles so I can see what I’m taking so I don’t over pack. I was only going away for 2 nights/3 days. I had two dinner events, a sailing experience and conference wear to pack for.

Outfit planning for travel

Friday Dinner: Sasha Drake Pencil Skirt, Whistle Red Jacket, Andrew Marc Top, Heels
Saturday Sailing: Jeans, Glassons Button through top, Whistle Jacket, Flats
Saturday Dinner: Metalicus Knit Cardi, Stella Butterfly Print Dress, Pulp Noir Boots
Sunday Conference: Metalicus Knit Dress, Glassons Long-Knit Cardi, Pulp Noir Boots


One of the best things about blogging is the people I’ve met along the way. I met heaps of blogging peeps at the Nuffnang Sydney Launch Party held in the ECQ Bar. Big thanks to Destination NSW for helping to make it happen.

Sydney Nuffnang Event

Deb from Learn With Play At Home, Danya from Danya Banya, Chelsea from Moments a Day, Rachel from Racheous, Ngaire from Brisbane Kids – Photo by: Alexander Kesselaar 
Josie from Josie’s Juice
Kathleen from Kathmadula, Sara from Kid Magazine, Amanda from
Lorelei from Craftmanship, Michelle from Keep Calm Get Organised


I stayed at Rydges Central in Sydney and it was a treat to have a bed dedicated all to myself. I splashed out and ordered room service as I finished off my talk preparations for the blog conference. Hello pumpkin risotto.

Rydges Central in Sydney


The group was only in Sydney for a short time, and what better way to enjoy Sydney than its harbour on a sailing boat! Destination NSW sent our group on a beautiful Beneteau sailing boat with East Sail. I chatted to our skipper, George, who has sailed all around the world, and he said Sydney harbour is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. I even got to take the wheel for a bit.

Sailing in Sydney

Sailing Sydney Harbour

Sailing in Sydney Harbour


I cook the majority of the time at home, so having all my meals prepared is a lovely luxury. Below are some of the food highlights.

Sydney food

The Burger Project

The Aussie burger at the Burger Project was everything I wanted in a burger.

The Burger Project

Spice Temple

The biggest highlight for me was dinner hosted by Qantas at the Spice Temple. Food. Was. Amazing. If you are ever in Sydney, I very highly recommend. The Spice Temple is owned by celebrity chef, Neil Perry and I had the chance to meet him on the night.

Spice Temple - Sydney

Dongberi style steamed lamb buns with salted chilli
Fried Squid, Hong Kong Typoon style
Kung Pao chicken, Shihuan peppercorns, heaven facing chillies and cashews


I like having these little adventures, but I always love coming home. BIG thanks to my husband for always supporting me in my endeavours and doing whatever he can to make it happen. He looked after the kids, cleaned the house, shopped, made cookies with the kids, got the kids ready for school and ALL THE THINGS! He sent me random updates, which made me laugh. Love that man.

messages from homeSydney, thanks for being awesome and giving me a blast of a weekend. Back into it.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    Kelly, it’s been awhile since I’ve commented on your blog (though I pop in to read from time to time!) so I love the excuse from the Aussie Bloggers link to say hello. Yes being a blogger can be so fun – and you look like you had a ball in Sydney! I admire how organised you are with your outfits!

  2. says

    Sydney looks like it would have a been lovely and welcome break! Room service! Food you didn’t have to prepare for yourself?! Magic. Can I come too? :) I’ve always loved reading your posts but I’ve never commented before – I’m usually on my phone and it’s tricky. I’ve popped over from Aussie Bloggers. I’m finding loads of new reads, hooray!

  3. says

    Great to catch up again Kelly.
    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful insights into the world of ‘Being a Blogger’.
    Catch you on our next exciting Bloggerati getaway.
    Emily x

  4. says

    Always so good to see you in real life and get a Kelly squeeze. We really have been lucky! Loved your recount and your husbands texts at the end. Too cute. Until next time lovely. xo

  5. says

    What a dream come true indeed Kelly to be able to work for a living blogging! And to be able to attend fun conferences like this! :)

  6. says

    Oh I love those photos of you on the boat – you like like a total natural. It was absolutely lovely to meet you. I was very star struck though. Gosh I learnt a lot from your presentation – thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge! Hope you had a safe trip home! xx

  7. says

    Love the sailing shots!! So chic! And the texts :) And it was very lovely to meet you. I look forward to getting to know you more xx Hope you got home pain free!

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