Not quite this special thankfully

Five by Five

It’s time for another blog-tagging game! We techno-geeks apparently love these, because they are popping up quicker than you can say, ‘I’ve been tagged.’ And reading back on that, that was possibly the lamest way to open a post ever. Apart, of course, from my usual, ‘So I was tagged by….” Which I was, and I… 

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Free #IBOT

I was going to write a post about toothpaste. Not specifically toothpaste so much as my husband and his toothpaste, but toothpaste nonetheless. And it was going to be funny because dental hygiene is important, but can be humorous too. But I’m not. Because the other day I was challenged to speak words that mean… 

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The Magic Pillow

This is a sponsored post. Confession: I do not like massages. Or rather I like getting massages,  but I don’t like giving them. I find them tiresome and hard work, and anyone who does it professionally is pretty close to a super hero in my book. I mean having tough finger muscles is on its… 

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Confessions of a Mama-Bear

We’ve all heard the saying: ‘don’t judge a person till you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,’ (and probably not even then), or seen the updated internet meme: It’s one that you see and go ‘yes absolutely!’ Then scroll on past and forget about really quickly. It’s a truly great person that actually sees that kind… 

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5 things you never knew about essentiallyjess

5 Things You Never Knew About Me #IBOT

So I got nominated for a Leibster a few weeks ago by about four different people. And I started writing a reply post, but I couldn’t think of interesting replies, and it bored even me, so I canned it. Then last week Lisa tagged me to share 5 things you probably don’t know about me,… 

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How to win at fathers day

How To Win At Father’s Day

In the lead up: for ultimate Father’s Day Failure success, you need to prepare the week before hand. I highly recommend the following: Make sure you don’t order gifts online. Yes it might be what he asked for, and yes that will mean it arrives at your door with no need for you to go… 

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The Opposite of Romantic #IBOT

My mother has always been a true romantic. As a kid, any movie night that didn’t involve my step dad, included a romantic comedy. If there was a new one out, we saw it. You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, The Mirror Has Two Faces, these are the movies I remember watching. (And loving.)… 

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5 ways moving proves that everything is same same but different

Same-Same, But Different #IBOT

Tomorrow marks six months of being in Port Lincoln. I had dreamt of marking that six months by jumping on a plane to the Gold Coast for Pro-blogger, but alas it wasn’t to be, on account of about a hundred different reasons, but you get that. Maybe next year. Anyway, I thought there should be… 

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Not monkey bars, but how funny is this pic?

Of Fractured Elbow’s and Finding the Good

On Wednesday night I mentioned to Boatman that I needed to organise some one on one time with Bridie, because I hadn’t done it for a while. and really felt like she needed it. And then on Thursday afternoon, she fell off the monkey bars and fractured her elbow, and we got my wish: two… 

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we can't change what we refuse to confront

There’s Always Room for Tea and Cakes #IBOT

I think that as a person I have the tendency to over analyse things a bit. Not so much in the sense of every time my kids get sick I feel the need to track down patient zero, and I haven’t yet felt the urge to write a chart to work out which food gives them such stinky… 

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How to BookMark Blogs on an iPhone

The other day, in the middle of  a Facebook induced ‘woe is me moment’ (they happen more than I care to admit), I decided for about 15 seconds that I wasn’t going to blog any more. For that entire quarter of a minute it was all too hard to be bothered with. Writing stuff you… 

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Here Comes the Floor Pie #IBOT

I spent a great portion of Monday afternoon moping. The kind of moping that results in eating doughnuts and not even caring if your bum gets bigger (I do care today.) On Sunday/Monday depending on how the time thing works, my friend Garry was off getting married to the lovely Kim, in New Jersey of… 

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The Not-Quite-Princess Part 3

Part One here. Part Two here. The not-quite-princess backed away slowly into the centre of the room. The words were everywhere; above, below, all around, and most unsettling, in her heart. How could she possibly escape them? How could she ever be free? If she were a real princess, held captive by a villain in… 

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Not quite princess

The Not-Quite-Princess Part 2

Read Part One Here She wasn’t a special princess; there was nothing in her looks or her demeanour that made her noticeable. There was nothing worth capturing about her. No obvious gift that could be capitalised on. No talent worth stealing. She was, in fact, the very example of ordinary. Completely average. Almost useless really. Certainly… 

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Princess and the castle

The Not-Quite-Princess Part One #IBOT

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, there lived a very average looking girl, who wasn’t quite a princess. Well she was a princess, in so far as all girls are, of course, princesses, but from royal stock she did not hail. For the most part, she was quite happy about… 

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