“The Warrior Has Been Wounded in Battle”

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**TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses domestic violence** When I was 19, I got my second tattoo. A Native American feather speckled with blood, it tells the story of a warrior who has been wounded in battle… I’d only been in two serious relationships before I met Willie. The first lasted two years, he was the [...]

Inside our fridge

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A while back, I shared the contents of our shopping trolley and talked about our weekly fruit and veg consumption, and more recently I’ve written about how we meal plan, but this week Kirsty over at My Home Truths has challenged me to go one further and reveal the contents of our fridge. It’s a scary thought [...]

My beautiful family

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A few weeks back, one of my fave Aussie bloggers, the lovely Kylie at Kylie Purtell – A Study in Contradictions, put a call out for volunteers to help her build her photography portfolio. It’s been ages since we had any family photos taken, and while I take hundreds of pics of the girls, there [...]

Fear of Flying

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“I can’t stand to fly I’m not that naïve Men weren’t meant to ride With clouds between their knees” – Five for Fighting ‘Superman’ I hate flying. Have done for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t matter how many times I look at the stats that say I’m more likely to die in [...]

Melbourne, baby!

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At stupid o’clock on Friday morning, Maya Grace and I jumped on a plane and headed for Melbourne where she was to compete in the National Future Problem Solving Championships. Actually, jumped makes it sound like we were all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. More like, we hauled our backsides out of bed at 5.30am and dragged [...]

The baby she was told to forget

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**Trigger warning: This post discusses pregnancy and infant loss** 62 years ago in a hospital in London, my grandmother gave birth to a baby girl. Born three months early, she lived only a few hours. They named her Brenda. My grandmother never saw her face. The midwives said it was better that way. 62 years on, [...]

A very loud afternoon tea

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It was supposed to be  a leisurely afternoon tea in the park, a celebration of the gremlins’ eighth birthday and a fundraiser for Loud Shirt Day. Turns out, the weather had other ideas. With the forecast predicting an afternoon of thunderstorms, torrential rain and 110km/hr winds, at about 2pm I made the executive decision to relocate [...]

#wearallthebabies

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Today marks the end of International Babywearing Week, a global celebration of the timeless tradition of holding our babies close in wraps, slings and carriers. For me, babywearing has been more than just a tool for settling a grizzly baby or juggling two toddlers and a newborn – it’s been a way to connect with other mamas on [...]