I'm Not Good With Sleep Deprivation

Many years ago, I went on holiday with a group of friends. We were staying at my Grandma's flat in Gibraltar and there were so many of us that I was relegated to the sofa. Nothing unusual for me at the time, and not something I minded because I was part of the sub group, let's call us the "night owls", who enjoyed a few ales of an evening ....more

More Fun With Milestone Emails

So apparently Miss Olive is now 22 months old. It has to be true, there was a very slick looking email with pictures and information that told me so. I was on the verge of deleting it because it scares me to think that she's nearly two .. ....more

Review of Greencane Paper Kitchen Towels and Giveaway

This is the review where I finally reach rock bottom and go somewhere we all hoped I would never go....more

Throwback Thursday - What I Believe

I was trawling through some files on an old hard drive when I spotted a document called "Me" from 2003. I figured it was going to be some kind of naval gazing tome of how misunderstood I felt, but I was actually surprised, not just with what I had written, but with how true I still hold those words today: What we believe is what defines us: What we hold dear, the things we live for, etc. It shapes us, it makes us the person who we are and relates us to the world, or not ....more


I saw this comic the other day and it made me chuckle. Hands up I am 100% guilty of this at the moment. Boops is the word Olive uses when she wants to nurse and yes, she can say that shit forever! ...more

Helpful Tips for Lego Organisation

If you came here thinking I was going to tell you how to organise Lego, then I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place; I'm the one who’s after the help....more

A Review of Squish Delish Reusable Pouches

This is a review that comes with a tale of woe. Of course it is, frankly the only reason I do reviews is as a cheap form of talking therapy so that I can exorcize the demons of my toe curling parenting failures. The year is 2010, and for those who have joined the party more recently let me set the scene ....more

When Bullying Came to The X Factor NZ

If you don't live in New Zealand then this may have passed you by, but there has recently been a bit of controversy surrounding our version of The X Factor....more

The Day We Lost a Child (For Five Minutes)

On Saturday we were at the Newtown Festival; a single day where a community more used to being described by estate agents as “up and coming” becomes a vibrant sprawl of music, stalls and food from every part of the globe. We met up with a friend, and meandered up as far as the main hub before stopping to debate our next move. Despite it being a distance of about 10 paces, and despite there being a ratio of one adult to every child, we somehow came to a rest one person short ....more

Reflections on a 15 Year Old Bra Twanger

When is an assault not an assault? According to the account given by this mother, the answer to that question is when it’s a 15 year old boy twanging the bra strap of a 15 year old girl....more