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Welcome to the Club

This post is written in collaboration with Hello Mamas When I had my first baby, a friend of mine said to me, ‘Welcome the club.’ It was a weird thing to say; and weirder still that I was chuffed to be in said club, even if it consisted of after birth pains, rock-hard boobs and… 

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#teamIBOT, Come on Down!

Once upon a time, in a land not very away, there existed a comment slump on blog posts that were published on a Tuesday. And from that comment slump a link up was born, called IBOT, and Essentially Jess hosted that link up and told this same story so many times, that she just started… 

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Fudge. It’s French for Delicious.*

*Not even a little bit. This is a Cuisine Companion Recipe Challenge Post. Did you know that last week it was Bastille Day? Don’t worry if you didn’t; before writing this post I had no idea what Bastille Day even was. (In case you’re still wondering, it’s a day commemorating the storming of the Bastille,… 

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Not Seventeen #IBOT

Do you remember when you were back in school, and suddenly you had to make all these important decisions about the rest of your life? If your school was anything like mine, there was a career counsellor who sat down and talked about options with you, and discussed what subjects you needed, what marks, or… 

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10 (ridiculous) Necessities for Creating Family Memories #IBOT

If you were to ask most parents what one of their goals for their family was, chances are, that the idea of ‘creating memories’ would pop up. And why not? Who doesn’t want their little people growing up, remembering how awesome their mum and dad were, and all the things they did together? So I… 

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Why Rewriting is Fun. #WordNerdAlert

Have you ever heard a writer talk about how they are working on the ‘fourth draft’ of a book and thought why? Because ostensibly the first draft of a book is impressive enough, and shouldn’t it be all about just tweaking that? Kind of like when you were a kid and your teacher asked you… 

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The Girl Who Liked to Write

Once upon a time there was a girl who liked to write. Scratch that — she was kind of obsessed with writing. She did it all the time; on screens, on paper, in her head while doing the dishes. She was the sort of person who would look at random strangers in a restaurant and… 

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Cops, Robbers and Perfect Skin

This is a product review. All opinions are my own. Are you a patient person? I like to think I am, but then I like to think a lot of positive things about myself that possibly aren’t as true as I would hope. I do try to be patient. I know that I miss the… 

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You too, can look as happy as this lady on Umbrella Cover Day

Happy Social Media Day #IBOT

Did you know that yesterday was International Mud Day? I did. Only because kindy decided to celebrate it with a barbecue and mud painting, and it coincided with my older kids being off school (they finish a week early) so we could celebrate all things mud together. Miss Ava was  very  excited. (Mostly about the… 

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Of Pyjama Day and Parenting

This post written in collaboration with Hello Mamas At the time of writing this, my kids are at school in their pyjamas. And it’s not because they got ready too late and I made them go undressed as a consequence (I get the feeling they would like that), but because it’s the last day of… 

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So You Think You Can Dance? #IBOT

If you’ve ever seen me attempt to dance, you would know that it’s not the most graceful event to witness. Picture a drunk giraffe wearing heels, and you will have some idea of the level of coordination and sophistication I display when it’s time to ‘shake my groove thang.’ (Boatman said it’s not that bad…. 

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Dragons are not Cool- Confessions of a not-quite Grammar Nerd

I’m one of those people who is always trying to be better; I think most of us are. I am always looking for ways to improve not only my skills but also my character, and just lately, I’ve been thinking a little about both. Especially when it comes to grammar. Which might be a weird… 

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Things I’ve Learned #IBOT

This week is the last week of my first semester at TAFE. I’m rounding out the semester with a short story which is a fun way to finish. Of course the finality of the end of specific units, brings with it the anticipated ‘what did you learn?’ question. A good part of me would like… 

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The Mystery of Fishermans Paradise. A Choose Your Destiny Story

Some of this story is based on real events. The rest is absolute rubbish.  On the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula, just outside of the picture perfect town of Streaky Bay, there is a small community of shacks in a place aptly named Fishermans Paradise. Paradise because it clearly is; views of white sandy… 

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Remembering 12

I don’t remember turning 12. I feel like I should remember it – like 12 is a big important number to turn in the grand scheme of important birthdays. Maybe I was just fixated on being 13, but honestly, I don’t remember that either. I remember turning 7; I remember the party in our back… 

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