French Inspired Fashion for Kids

Catamini - French Fashion for Kids in Australia

I receive a lot of emails from various sources about products, brands and launches.  This one caught my eye and I thought it worth sharing because the clothes go up right up to size 14 (it’s so hard to find beautiful clothes for that age group!) and the range have a classic (yet still functional) look about […]

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 […]

5 Breakfasts You Can Make the Night Before

overnight breakfast recipes

A few weeks ago, I asked this question on the BAFM Facebook page: Do you make time for breakfast for yourself? The responses varied, but there was a constant theme regarding the challenges of making time for breakfast amongst the busyness school mornings.  It got me thinking about what I could share here on the blog […]

Health & Fitness

healthy food 12 Week Challenge

At the start of 2014, I did a 12 week health/fitness challenge with my PT which gave me a brilliant start to the year.  I’ve been consistent this year in keeping up my fitness…except for the last 8 weeks. There are a lot of reasons for that: back problems, school holidays and just a lot […]

Spring Shoes: A Tie-In Colour

Spring shoes and outfit

I was in the Paddington Sacha Drake store recently to pick up something I needed to add to my outfit for a wedding. While I was there I found a pair of shoes. I’ve never seen them before: the brand is Holster, and they are an Aussie company based in Noosa, Queensland. The style I […]

DIY Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties & Headbands

DIY FOE Hair tie tutorial final-2

I met Janine a couple of years ago.  She runs a lovely online ribbon & craft store called Sarah Lauren. I said to Janine one time, “You should do tutorials!” And here we are. She is sharing how to make your own fold over elastic hair ties. These particular hair bands are the best and hold the […]

Hair Cut & Colour: A Little Longer / Dark Golden Brown

Hair cut and colour - dark golden brown - mid length

It started as, what would you call it — not quite a celebration — more of an acceptance deal I made with myself when my youngest child started school.  A regular hair cut seemed a fitting thing, considering during the years before my kids started school, a hair cut/colour was a rare annual (6 monthly at best) […]

Budget Body Beauty Supplies

budget beauty supplies

Amongst the busyness of parenting, I think it’s important to enjoy luxuries when you can and weave them into life. I liken them to having little holidays every day.  I enjoy using beauty products — it’s one of those little luxury — however, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on them. I’ve tired […]

Easy Upstyle Hair Tutorial

Easy upstyle tutorial

This is my go-to hairstyle when my hair is dirty, when I’m going out or when I don’t have time to style it (but I need to go somewhere and look presentable). When I wear my hair like this, people often comment how glamorous it looks but honestly, it’s just so easy to do and suitable […]

Jeans I Found for the Season

Jeans and green jacket

I picked up these jeans at Target when I was there looking for swim shirts for the kids. It was an impulsive purchase and didn’t even try them on beforehand.  I had little time and needed a new pair of jeans so took a gamble on them fitting/suiting.  Well, I wanted to say I’m very […]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 11-12 – Finish & Results

getting fit

At the beginning of this year, I started a fitness/health challenge to refine some of the goals I had already achieved.  Over the last couple of years, I’ve been making small sustainable changes and changing the way I think about food and exercise and by doing this challenge, it both cemented what I knew and […]

Win: Sacha Drake Grecian Convertible Maxi Dress

Sacha Drake Grecian Convertible Dress Review

Sponsored (S2 post) Sacha Drake Convertible Grecian Maxi Dress & Deco Knot Belt This dress is like a dream!  I absolutely adore wearing it. Rave-rave-rave.   I was introduced to Australian designer Sacha Drake back in 2011 by fellow bloggers Louisa Claire (she looks smashing in this striped dress) and Nikki from Styling You (who is looks […]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 10 – Set Backs

running on a cruise ship

It happened during the September school holidays last year.  My body felt good and I had reached a good level of fitness during the previous 8 months. I could feel the strength in my body, and so I ignored the niggles in my back, wanting to keep pushing through. Ever since I was pregnant with […]

Hair Cut & Colour: Brown & Caramel Highlights

hair cut & colour -- dark brown with carmel highlights

I was as tired as I look in the picture below (bad lighting doesn’t help). I felt a bit sick actually. This was the week before I was going away to speak at the Digital Parents Conference and trying to pull that together was huge. There is so much to organise with the children before I […]