How to be Dad, When I’m Hardly There

Fatherhood

Guest post by my husband, Matthew   I work…a lot, not out of choice, but necessity. I do love my job, it is mentally challenging, professionally satisfying, and it pays the bills. My wife and 4 children: they have sacrificed much for this career, my career, but not so much as this year. Work this year […]

The Story of the Clarinet in the Brown Case

LeBlanc Clarinet

I learned the clarinet at primary school and continued to play in the band at high school.  I wasn’t particularly talented, but I enjoyed being part of a band and making music.  When I started working as a teen, I decided to save up and upgrade my plastic-y student instrument to a nice wooden one. […]

How I Make the Most of My Time

Working from Home Tips

In the years leading up to when my youngest child started school, one of my goals was to slowly create paid work opportunities for myself I could do primarily from home. My husband works long hours and I am the default parent. It’s the way it works for our family.  I’ve found it better to find paid […]

I wanted to be a Kylie

Kelly

When I was 12 years old, I wished my name was Kylie instead of Kelly. It was 1991. I was in the midst of hyper coloured T-shirts, culotte shorts and Kylie Minogue.  I didn’t idolise Kylie Minogue personally, but there was a hype about her which made me think the name far cooler than plain […]

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

This is a guest post by my friend Louisa from Brand Meets Blog about a very important topic. I remember sitting on my bed with my new baby, cradling her in my arms and looking down with adoration at her perfect little face, her perfect little hands, her perfect little body. The connection I felt […]

100 Ways to Be A Fun Mum

100 Ways to Be A Fun Mum

The Be A Fun Mum team brainstormed together and came up with a huge list of ways to be a fun mum. Some of these are super simple and quick, and some are more elaborate.  This list is supposed to be 100 Ways to Be A Fun Mum, but we ended up with more than that, […]

Dear Tired Mother

motherhood quote

If I could send a letter to myself in the early days of parenting, when the days seemed slow with four young kids under 6 years of age, this is I would say:  More Posts A New Parenting Era Sacrifices I see a bend in the road Don’t Be The Mum You’re Not

End of Year Teacher (Approved) Gift Ideas

teacher gift ideas

I know many teachers personally (my sister is one of them) and they don’t expect gifts at the end of the year, but the gesture is certainly appreciated, especially a heartfelt card or note.  I appreciate the work teachers do with my kids, and each year the kids and I like to give a token gift. […]

For the Love of Coffee

for the love of coffee

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Piazza D’Oro (S1 Post) Back in September, I wrote a post about the Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year competition, and the finalists have been announced. Congratulations to: New South Wales Apryl Curtin from Bar 2101 Jan Duan from Coffee Fest Marius Beullens from Margot Espresso Victoria Wael Bou Karroum from Station […]

How to Dust Mite Proof a Bed (& Other Allergy Friendly Home Tips)

How to dust mite proof a bed

Brought to you by Bupa and Nuffnang (S1) 20% of Australians have an allergic condition such as asthma, hay fever or eczema1. My daughter is one of them. She suffers from eczema (you can see how extensive it is, especially on her neck, when it is at its worst).  Through years of investigation and tests, we discovered […]

My Flower Girl, Her Flower Girl

Flower Girl and Bride

Almost fifteen years ago, I married my childhood sweetheart, Matthew. Here’s a few pics I found on our wedding day (in the pre-digital days). One of Matthew’s sisters was my flower girl. Her name is Emma and she was 5 at the time…and then 15 years later, that little girl got married. She’s the person that often looks […]

Meet My Companion, Anxiety

sisters

NOTE: If you suffer from anxiety, I’m sharing this post for you my friends. But I also know that sometimes these sorts of stories can cause anxiety too, so I’m acknowledging that at the outset. It was a lovely day; I felt tired but in good spirits. Not only did I feel happy, but I […]

When I’m Criticised as Parent

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I said to someone recently, “Parenting is one of those things I desperately want to be good at, but just can’t, no matter how hard I try.” Do you ever feel that way? But what does being a good parent mean?   Feeding Nurturing Providing Loving Teaching Encouraging Refining Edifying Inspiring What other ing words […]

Getting the washing done…

Washing Pile

Got home from holidays (which was wonderful) with dirty washing and hand-me-down clothes from my sister. Then one of my daughters had a camp. And then she came home, and all of a sudden my washing pile became a monster mountain.  I decided to put it all on the kitchen table to FORCE myself to LOOK […]