Dulce Et Decorum Est

Wellington has a bit of a penchant for street art. I’m not complaining, I’m a sucker for a paper pigeon, and I actually think it is an amazing way to communicate with residents in a really relevant way....more

The Inevitable Pastime

Christmas 2006 was our first a very special occasion, even by the usual standards of the season; it was the first Christmas after Keith and I had moved in together.It was the sort of Christmas you have before you grow into family sized tables, where furniture is crow-barred into a room and people are pressed elbow to elbow, perched on everything from the coffee table to a lawn chair....more

Happy International Babywearing Week

It's International Babywearing Week this week and like any event that celebrates facets of our parenting choices, it feels a bit strange to see people making such a big deal about something that is such a natural part of our daily lives. Having said that, Sunday is the Wellington Sling Walk and I'm so excited that I will be taking Miss Olive for a jaunt through the centre of town with our friends. It's crazy to think this is already our second sling walk; we hadn't long stepped off the plane and I remember feeling deeply and profoundly at home amongst a gaggle of parents all holding their babies so close....more

Your child - 16 months old

I got an email through today telling me all about the delightful things Miss Olive is now achieving now that she is 16 months old. The eagle eyed will spot that she is in fact NOT 16 months, not until next week, so either this particular website is desperate to get ahead of the competition in breaking the good news to me, or else I forgot to change her due date to her actual birthday because as I think we have proven, due dates are something we mock in our family. That aside, it was a good reminder to me that I haven’t spent much time recording the milestones my darling third born has achieved so I thought what the hell, let’s see how she squares up:...more

My Guilty Pleasure

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we all have a guilty pleasure that we are reluctant to admit to our friends. Mine is not one that really fits with my mature and intellectual image (ok stop laughing), but still the fact remains ... ... I'm addicted to the Twilight Films ....more

The Bond Between Man and Dog

I know I have already posted this photo over on Instagram but I couldn't resist posting it again. There are so many moments in my daily life that make my heart sing ... and this wasn't even one of them!...more

I Am A Woman Of Worth

Last week I went to an anonymous hotel room to meet a complete stranger, strip down to my underwear and pose for photos. This is not something I make a habit of doing, especially not as a happily married lady, but this was a different sort of hotel room liaison. Last week I became part of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project, and it was in equal parts a humbling and empowering experience....more

Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum

In three short months Alfie starts home-schooling. In my head that statement reads slightly differently; it reads more along the lines of “holy shit we’re about to become responsible for the entire future well-being of our child!!” You could say that is a point of stress for me. Keith is his usual nonchalant self: “we’ll un-school” he shrugs, “just take every day as it comes” ....more

A Review of “Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family”

What if there was a parenting advice book that started from the premise that you were already an expert? What if there was a book that gave you a big warm hug and said “you got this mama”? How about if that book was also full of evidence based advice presented in a supportive and non judgemental way? ...more

Everybody Feels Blue Sometimes

There are some days when I look out of the window and wonder how the day can be so sunny, so beautiful, and I can feel so utterly miserable. I have precisely nothing to complain about in my life and yet some days, like every other human being, are days when I want to climb into a hole and hide from the world with nothing but a bar of chocolate for company. One of the unspoken rules as a woman and as a mama is that you don’t give in to days like these; you carry on regardless, soldier on, put on your game face and get shit done ....more