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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This is them BTW. You can even follow them on Google Plus

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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the smith family back to school appeal

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 part one and two

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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purple wedding meme game of thrones

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

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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Someone get Joseph a selfie stick

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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The 2014 Recap Post.

It’s that time of the year again. The time when Elf on the Shelf runs Facebook, christmas puddings simmer on the stove, and bloggers start doing their yearly recap post. Because, let’s face it, can you really be a blogger if you don’t do a yearly recap post? Well yes, of course. I just like… 

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hold you up

Hold You Up #IBOT

Yesterday morning I relished in the deliciousness of the school holidays. I woke a little later than normal, and was greeted by a snuggly little boy who wanted nothing more than school holiday cuddles. I had a leisurely breakfast, did some washing, tidied things up. You know, all the usual suspects. I perused online study options,… 

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bee in a tree

That Man of Boats #IBOT

That Man of Boats! That Man of Boats! I do so like that Man of Boats. I had a post A post I wrote I read it to the Man of Boats He said ‘it’s good!’ He said “It’s grand!“ I said, “Boatman you don’t understand! “I do not like this post I wrote! “I… 

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All of the thoughts. All of the time

Of Stories, Faith and Moving Forwards

This is a sponsored post for Crusaders. When I was in the throes of November obsessed writerdom, I had a conversation (actually more like several) with Boatman, that went along the lines of: “I just need to keep writing! Whilst I’ve got the momentum, and I’m on a roll I have to go with it!… 

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Not so little anymore

My How You’ve Grown

Remember when you were little, and you saw someone you hadn’t seen for ages, and they almost always said, ‘my how you’ve grown!’ And it was always said with such approval, that you couldn’t help but be proud, even if growing is something that all the kids were doing. And now you have kids on your… 

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Don’t Stop Believing #IBOT

It’s funny how years seems to run in themes. Or for me it does at least. I often find that whatever I was thinking on at the start of the year, tends to still be around at the end of the year, waiting to resolve itself. Or maybe I’m just a bit slow on the uptake……. 

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I mean seriously, how good does that look?

Essentially Jess and the Coffee Machine Love Triangle

This is a review post written for Dolce Gusto. Infatuation with coffee is all me.  There are some moments in life, when it pays to look around. Give things a try, see how they feel, make an informed decision. I myself have just spent the morning investigating preschools for my child; checking things out is good…. 

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retro typewriter

And Now For Something Different… #IBOT

So I had a post for today. Or rather two half posts that didn’t quite combine to make a full one, which is a little bit rude really, and left me floundering for words. And then someone on the NaNoWriMo forums suggested my character write a blog post, and I use that. (And also because it… 

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