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A letter to my seven-year-old

To my darling seven-year-old We awoke at the same time on your seventh birthday. With the late sunrise and block-out blinds in New Zealand, it was easy to sleep in. As we ran into each other on our way to the bathroom, you gave me a smile that made my heart melt. You nestled into […] Read more…

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Our amazing family holiday in New Zealand

We’ve just arrived home from a glorious two-week family holiday in New Zealand. Two whole weeks in the beautiful South Island, my husband Dave’s birthplace and old stomping ground. Dave has been mad keen for a long time for the girls to experience winter in New Zealand. We prayed there would be enough snow for […] Read more…

Red Dog: True Blue

Family movie afternoon with Red Dog: True Blue

We’ve been getting into the family movies lately in a big way. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to reach the stage of parenting, where you can sit down with your children to a DVD that isn’t Dora or Paw Patrol. With the girls six and four now, I’ve been pushing the boundaries […] Read more…

The story of the sprinkle shorts

In a rage* one afternoon last week, I threw my four-year-old’s teddy out the window of our two-storey home. That’s right, her beloved ‘raggie’ went bye-byes. One … two … three … out the window. Boom! As I flung Teddy out the window into the crisp night air to fall to his death the damp […] Read more…

This is 40

Time to ring in a new decade, peeps. This old girl is 40 today! Can I hear a ‘hell yeah!’? (Don’t mind me if I don’t look overly pumped in this photo. It was taken yesterday when I was battling a throat and sinus infection. Ick!) Part of me can’t freaking believe that I’m FORTY […] Read more…

The thin scowl line

I have a line on my forehead right between my eyebrows. This line and I … this crease … this wrinkle, are not friends. I’m no stranger to lines on my face. I’m almost forty, so sure, there are a few. I like those little lines around my eyes. They show that I’ve smiled a […] Read more…

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