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WIN!!!! Tickets to Santas Magical Kingdom!

Monday, October 13, 2014




After a bringing a successful event in 2013, visited by over 120,000 people from around Australia, Santa’s Magical Kingdom will return in 2014, at a new location, Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. The new venue will also allow Santa’s Magical Kingdom to be even bigger and better!
Santa’s Magical Kingdom brings all the wonder and joy of a traditional Christmas. This interactive walk-through is an enchanting experience that includes everything that you love about Christmas. We all went last year and I can honestly say it was a great night out. All of us enjoyed it and the spirit of Christmas was buzzing through us all! 

  

Open to the public from 15 November to 23 December, Santa’s Magical Kingdom will deliver a Christmas wonderland full of activities that will capture the imagination of children & parents everywhere.


The event will include:
     • A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland     
    • Snow Castle and Activity Land   
    Meet Santa and receive a free gift! 
    • A spectacular brand new Christmas themed circus show 
    • Roving Christmas characters 
    • A Christmas craft area where you can decorate your own gingerbread man and decorate your own Christmas decoration 
     • Interactive story reading with Mrs Claus 
     • Gingerbread land 
    • Amusement Rides and laughing clowns including a carousel, Santa’s Slay Ride, Ferris Wheel, Platform Ride and Australia’s Largest Super Slide. 
     • Plus so much more fun for the whole family!

My boys loving the falling snow....



 I cant wait!

Would you love to go?
I have one Family Pass (4 tickets) worth $130.00 to give away!
Just enter below for your chance to win!
Goodluck xxxxx

(Dont forget to pop over to Santas Magical Kingdom for updates and Christmas cheer!)




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T's & C's.
Competition only valid to Australian Residents.
Prize is for a Family Pass (4 tickets) only.
Transport to and from the event is the responsibility of the winner.
Competition closes 20/10/14








Happiness is....

Monday, September 29, 2014
getting closer to your goal...

I'm so sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I'm just so busy, its enough to send me to the loony bin. BUT, its a 'good' busy so no need for concern!  

I'm juggling so much. If only I had a few more of me then I imagine I would be ticking things off a lot quicker!  

The completion of the whole book process is in sight and boy is it a wonderfully, exciting feeling. I have worked on this project for over 3 years. It's not easy to sink your teeth into something with 4 kids but if I have had any spare time, that's where it has been invested. Right now, I have so many details being finalised, some beginning their creation, ideas being turned into delicious reality and many firm visions that I had about the book coming true.  Its all so satisfying..... But also all consuming!

Right now, the boys are on school holidays and as life would have it, that also means I have more deadlines and details about the book coinciding with Mothering! Its a constant negotiation.  The one major distraction (and I use that term endearingly...) is little Ollie who literally is my shadow. So much so, that 3 times now, I have managed to flip him completely over on the kitchen floor somehow as I have turned and caught his foot with mine. Each time it has stunned me, and him and I feel sooooooooo terrible but truly, its not intentional! Its just the danger I guess of repeatedly standing waaaaaaaaaay too close to another human being! Do you think he has learned to keep his distance......? Erm, no. Oh well, that's true love.

Little Ollie also, as all my boys did, dropped his day sleep basically on his 2nd birthday. Fun for him. Not for me.  So, my dilemma is, how on earth do I focus my time on this book of mine with a toddler literally under foot? Well, re-enter the art of negotiation.  We make a deal. He spends some 'quiet time' upstairs in his bedroom (*insert stomping around above my head as I type and banging toys on the wall and reading and ripping books and trying on numerous amounts of clothing and jumping from bed to floor........ yep.... 'quiet') He happily does this but I certainly pay for it when I collect him once 'quiet time' is over.  His reward? Solid play time with his mumma. His favourite thing in the world.  Reality for me is by that time, I'm fried as I have whipped through a days worth of commitments in the tiny amount of scheduled 'quiet time'. Sigh..... You gotta do what you gotta do!

It will ALL be worth it once the book is published.

'So when is this AMAZING book going to be available' I have been asked numerous times.. (and thank you all for being so patient, I'm sure my above rant explains why it has taken longer than usual...). Well, all going smoothly, I anticipate a Christmas/New Year release. WHOOP! WHOOP!! I will keep you updated. 

This journey has been such a lovely one and currently, I have some really fabulous people working on the finer details of the book and I'm just beyond proud of how it is all coming together. I know this book will be kept close to the hearts of many mothers and for that reason, I am taking every little detail very seriously. I will also use this book to guide me through the tough days ahead so to me it has to be something very, very special. 

Ill sign off now and tick off a few more tasks.  Then a strong coffee. Then the end of 'quiet time'.....
Let the fun begin!




Top tips to give your home a facelift this spring...

Friday, August 29, 2014


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Many people put the idea of giving their home a facelift in the too hard (and too expensive) basket. But it can be very cheap to spruce up your home for Spring. While a personal facelift might cost you tens of thousands of dollars and a fair bit of pain, reviving your home with some fresh touches can be done painlessly with a small budget. Here are a few tips to help you give your place a great new look.

Start Outdoors
Nothing will improve the kerbside appeal of your home like tidying up the yard and doing a spot of landscaping. An overgrown yard makes a home look neglected. Get rid of any clutter around the yard, mow, trim the edges and prune overgrown shrubs and trees. Add some bark, straw or other mulch to your garden beds to give them a lift. Remove any dead or dying plants and add a couple of colourful shrubs or flowers – it will give your garden a brand new lease of life.

Give the Roof Some Attention
An aging and fading roof will make your house look old and tired. The elements take their toll over the years and often gutters and pipework need attention too. Regular inspections and washing will increase the life of roofing, and will give your home a lift. Getting up that high is risky business so it’s a good idea to hire professionals with experience on the roof, such as Roofmasters, to carry out inspections and improvements. 



The Power of First Impressions: Spruce up the Front Door
Houses are like people. We judge them by our first impression. Your front door and entryway are the first things guests will see when visiting your home so it’s worth paying attention to how they look. You don't have to buy a new door – a fresh coat of paint or a quirky brass doorknocker will add some pizzazz to your entrance. Add a beautiful potted plant to the doorstep and to increase the wow factor for visitors. A creaky opening is not the best introduction to your home, so give any creaky hinges and handles some thorough attention with oil.

front entrance envy...


A Lick of Paint
Colour trends change over time. If your walls sport an outdated hue then your entire home will feel tired and old. Go to your local paint store and check out what’s on offer. Talk to the salesperson and get their advice on what’s in vogue. Paint one or more of your walls to give your home a contemporary feel – it’s also a great opportunity to cover up scuffmarks and scratches.

Throw out the Clutter
One of the most profound things you can do to give your home a facelift is to get rid of all the clutter. Go from room to room and gather up what you don't need or use. Throw out what is broken and give away or sell items that are still in good order. A neat and well ordered space will add peace and harmony to your day-to-day life. Your home will look just as refreshed as your feel.



Implement one or more of these tips and get your house ready for Spring. You will be so glad you did once you see the results.

'Simplyclean' Household Cleaning Range...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recently I was approached by the lovely folk at Simplyclean to try out some of their household cleaning range. 




Upon confirming that their range is Environmentally safe and Toxin free, I said..
 "ABSOLUTELY"!!




The Simplyclean range was developed and made by an Australian family business in the beautiful Northern Rivers region of NSW (near Byron Bay).  The range is so popular because:
·        They work really well!
·        They smell great as they only use natural oil fragrance. The lemon myrtle oil is grown just up the road from the family business.
·        They’re toxin & sensitiser free, so they protect families’ long and short term health - there is no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), polyethylene glycol (PEG), parabens, mineral oils or diethanolamines (CDE).
·        They are, of course, eco-friendly and biodegradable, plus there is no palm oil and they are vegan friendly (no animal products and not tested on animals – except the pet shampoo and conditioner!)
·        There are no fillers or fluff.  Only the essential, purest ingredients are used to maximise performance in all our products (e.g. the front loader laundry powder does an amazing 50 washes per kg AND it cleans up dirty footy gear VERY well!)
·        All products are grey water safe and the majority are septic safe.

Honestly, the smell is DIVINE!!!. 
I have enjoyed pottering around and cleaning whilst breathing in the freshness of this range. For once, it hasn't felt like a hideous chore!!

Check out Simplyclean here for all of the product info and support a fabulous Australian business.  

XXX 

P.S.  A Simplyclean TIP:  It’s coming up to the mould time of year and the Lemon Myrtle Disinfectant Cleaner works a treat on outside and inside mould! Check it out! 


Happiness Is....

Saturday, July 26, 2014
hanging with my mum....

Just a quickie, I really wanted to share this….

So I have taken myself away from the distractions of being a mother of 4 to really focus on the last section of my book. I'm completely absorbed and totally fried but just before I threw myself into bed last night, I had this memory jolt of the previous nights sleep (which was terrible mind you…) and remembered that my mum was in it. In the most bizarre of ways.
I'm not one for mumbo jumbo, in fact I am very opinionated about the after life etc but this was all just a bit too real to dismiss..

So, in my dream, I was tossing and turning in fact I'm sure I actually was in real time and suddenly my mum hopped in bed with me (perhaps she had felt that it would be a bit uncool to share the bed with the hubs up to this point so took advantage of me being alone…) I was in a sleeping bag and she was just lying next to me with no pillow or blanket and so she wrapped herself in the bed sheet and laid her head on a section of my pillow and then we slept, holding each other.
It was all completely normal at the time and I made sure that she was warm and comfortable but not for a second did it seem odd.  It felt right.

Now that I sit with this memory, I just cant help but think that as this quiet time away is completely based around the book that has come to life due to her and her only, there must be some kind of deep purpose to such a comforting occurrence as I rested.

I love when mum visits me in my dreams.  It is very rare and can often leaving me feeling a bit sad after I remember but it also brings some motherly reassurance that she is still there and very much so looking after me and guiding me proudly.

Ultimate Happiness is… seeing my mum again. It just doesn’t get much better than that!





Happiness is....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
moving your toosh...

Sometimes I am at my happiest when I am exercising.  'Whaaaaaaaaaat?', I hear you say. Yep, truth! I admit that I do have a love/hate relationship with exercise, like most people but something that I have learned over the years is that if I don't take the time to care for myself, well I become someone that no-one dares to be around.....  And another guarantee with me is that if I have had a hiatus of sorts from getting the juices flowing, (hello Winter *insert 'flip the bird' emjoy*) then I usually fall to emotional pieces and feel very sorry for myself! Blame it on the weather, blame it on hormones.... Who knows! 

I am a firm believer in putting in what you want back and for me, I feel my best when I am fit and healthy. When I go through periods of feeling sluggish I really battle, both in mind and body.  I don't feel inspired, I lack confidence and my overall demeanor goes a little cray-cray.  So, I make sure that I keep on track and I regularly exercise. Rain, hail or shine...... (in-between mothering 4 active boys and working and cleaning and, and, and.........)

Often this is rather tricky with my little man in tow as he is very quickly bored so I make sure that I have tonnes of snacks, and bits and pieces to keep him happy. We have to sing along the way which is no easy task whilst pushing his 24kg bod up a hill but if I don't sing along, he gets most upset and that is just a whole other challenge. I tell myself as I taste blood, heaving up those hills, 'this too shall pass'.  I'm sure as the years go by I will look back fondly... maybe.  It could always be worse, yes?!
Oh and it's certainly ego boosting when I limp power walk past my neighbour who 'whoops' me from her balcony! Bless her!
When I (rarely) venture out on my own, I choose to run/walk.  Yesterday I risked my life as I was seriously almost run down (here's a tip for you drivers out there.....; don't text and reverse.. pleeease).  I have spoken about my running before and if you cant recall, basically I'm pretty crap at it. I try though and that's the main thing. I'm not sure if I will ever be one of those beautifully gliding runners who flit around effortlessly but hey, whatev's. I'm awesome at other stuff!

The pay offs of moving my toosh far outweigh the lack of desire to do so and therefore I remind myself that if I want to enjoy the odd beer, the frequent chocolate and the Salt & Vinegar chips, well I just have to keep moving. One cant have their cake and eat it all, unless of course they earned it!

You've gotta live yes?!

So, go move that toosh, it will make you soooooo happy!
*Especially next time you wrap your lips around that heavily buttered Brownie that your local Cafe bakes that is put right in front of your face as you go and order your once a week take-away coffee..... 


The day I stood in the rain, amongst doggy doo..... all for the love of my book!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I have officially had my first little bit of media advertising for my book and in true fashion, I kept the experience very real indeed!

As a mum of four it is IMPOSSIBLE to pull anything off without a little stress right?!!

The journalist arrived, a lovely guy, and we had a nice chat about my book as I juggled my 2.5 year old boy Ollie who seriously upped the anti and did everything in his power to be the main focus of attention!  Imagine running around the bench, banging his head on said bench (tears..... oh there were plenty....), yelling (he LOVES to yell), climbing onto the table...... You can just imagine!!! What irritates me in these situations is that literally all morning he was divine, its as though a knock on the door just conjures up something in his psyche and he just about implodes!!!   For once ( and I'm sure I will only say it ONCE) I was grateful for 'The Wiggles' as he agreed to calmly sit and watch a new episode and allow me the chance to try and explain my book (without looking like a complete nut!).

Once the chat was over we ventured out into my back yard with the photographer. My eldest had been rather slack up to that point with his job of being resident dog poo-picker-upperer and we delicately tiptoed towards our chosen destination being very careful of not stepping on a potential land mine of the stinky variety! Mortified much.......? Yep!

Now, as I live in Victoria, the sun disappeared into the clouds and smack bang on camera clicking time, it began to rain! So, I sat, wedged between a couple of trees (nicest spot in the garden. Yes my husband is a very talented Landscaper but think along the lines of Plumbers homes having leaking taps and you get my vibe....... Bless him) holding a photo of my mother and I, trying my best to look 'nothing-ish' in terms of emotion. Also keeping a stern eye on Ollie who at this point had given up on 'The Wiggles' and started hovering, with a look of fierce determination, just missing the poo by millimeters!

Here's the result....


When I saw it I was a little embarrassed by the photo but when I go back over the effort to get this done, I think I did bloody well!

Anyway, all for a cause so important to me and I hope it spreads some awareness about my book!

Maybe the next media opportunity could be set in a 5- star resort with hair and make-up and while I'm dreaming, even somewhere like Fiji or Thailand would be nice......

Never Say Never.....
(well maybe in this case,  never is a realistic word but one can dream..)

Aaaaaaah Motherhood.  There's just nothing on earth quite as grounding is there...... x



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