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Dreaming of the Beach. A Dog’s Tale.

This is a sponsored post for Pet Circle On a quiet Sunday afternoon, the sound of a dog howling breaks the silence. It’s a mournful sound, this song he sings. It speaks of loneliness, and abandonment and utter devastation. He thinks he is alone; he doesn’t know that I’m still here. He thinks we have all… 

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Hogs Breath. A place of so many good times.

Last Times #IBOT

It’s been a year today, since we left Darwin. A year since I’ve felt that awkward combination of stupidly hot as well as horribly sticky. A year since I’ve watched the rain come in sheets. A year since I’ve heard the cacophony of a chorus of frogs. A year since I’ve seen my mum. My time hop… 

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There's currently 6 books in the Cheer Chick Charlie series. You an purchase all six for the bargain price of fifty dollars.

Cheer Chick Charlie: What’s Impossible Today….

This is a review for Cheer Chick Charlie I received  products in exchange, but all opinions as always, are my own. The first time I met Leanne Shea Langdown, she was ‘just’ Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit, (although there is nothing ‘just’ about that), wearing a gorgeous dress. We chatted about that dress in a… 

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Dear ABC… #IBOT

The other day I read an article about several shows that the ABC had canceled in Australia due to public complaints. It all started with Peppa Pig and Mr Skinny Legs. Having seen that particular episode, I will admit that when Peppa (or whoever it was) declared that spiders are friendly I laughed out loud. And… 

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Five Reasons Why I’ll Never Be on TV (Except by accident)

So Thursday afternoon was one of those afternoons when everyone just flaked out on the couch. Between school, kindy, a swimming carnival and life in general, everyone was tired. Sitting on the couch with my two older girls, I was only half watching whatever program it was they had on; some show where someone was putting… 

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A recreation of that old artwork. Even the filter and stickers don't help. Funnily enough, Taylah said, 'oh I love your horse mum!' She is blessed with my talent it appears.

Of Artistry, Definitions and Pregnant Aardvarks #IBOT

So the other day I got my log in details for my online TAFE course, and with much excitement, I carefully entered everything in, to be granted access to an online page of virtual learning. It was a wonderful moment, followed by one that was less wonderful and more groan worthy. The dreaded, ‘introduce yourself’… 

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Four Ways Writing a Book is Like Marriage #IBOT

So yesterday I was sitting at the computer, lamenting a lack of tolerable words, that not even an abundance of homemade chocolate chip cookies could assist with. I had words, that wasn’t the problem; more that I just despised each and every one of them, and as result, could not, in good conscience release them… 

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It's a lobster. Or a fish. But actually a lobster.

Of Back to School and Being a Happy, Well-Adjusted Parent

My littlest girl started Pre-School/Kindy today. She’s the last of the four so it seems like a big deal, although every first has been momentous. This time though I’m really taking notice. Initially we had her enrolled for term three last year in Darwin, but then we moved, and she got an extra six months at… 

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Essentially Jess vs The Grammar Gremlins #IBOT

In everyone’s life,  there comes a point when you have to make an important decision on who you want to be.  And whilst the process of decision will be different for everyone out there, at some point, in this age of information and autocorrect and incorrectly spelt hashtags, you have to pick a side: grammar nazi… 

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Fire Boy, Water Girl and The Legend Of Zelda

The other day the kids and I were driving home from a lovely school holiday adventure (we went for a walk, found rubbish and lamented a sinking ship). There was quiet in the car, everyone deep in whatever thoughts they were thinking, when from the back seat BJ pipes up with ‘do you realise Fire Boy and… 

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Back To School Shopping: A Nerd’s Boxing Day

This is a sponsored post for Officeworks You know how it goes: the Christmas products have barely left the shelves, and the hot cross buns are in their place. It seems we barely get through one set of holidays before the next is upon us. Now whilst most are up in arms about the early… 

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The Days of Jess’ Life #IBOT

I’ve been using the school holidays to edit my book. Not that I couldn’t do it in school time, but I’m at the point where paper and a red pen is for more constructive than trying to find errors on the computer. Besides  it has the upside of me not being on my Mac all the… 

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To GOT or not to GOT

Have you ever noticed how everyone is a little bit rebellious in some way? Not necessarily in a giant, big, ‘let’s break the law cause we think it’s stupid’ kind of way, but sometimes in small things. Like you might have to touch the wet cement.  Or walk on the grass. Or you refuse to… 

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Jess’ Focus of Randomness #IBOT

Happy New Year! I realise that as of today we are six days in, but considering this is the first blog post of the year, and I’ve spent the last two weeks being as chillaxed as Giant Elsa here (although with significantly less bubbles), that phrase is still ok. New Year in blog land is… 

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It’s All About The Theme #IBOT

And so this is Christmas… Time to break out the tinsel and the bubbly and gorge ourselves silly on trifle and mince pies and maybe even that most elegant of all birds; the turkey. I love Christmas. Love, love, love it. I  could give you a hundred reasons why, but quite honestly, presents are going to make… 

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