Category Archives: Life

Oh Creative Lady: Meet Viv from @papercutmum

May 19, 2017

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

Somebody recently asked me what motivated me to start the Oh Creative Lady series. I replied that it’s mainly because I’m nosy. I love getting an insight into the lives of others. I especially love seeing how ladies balance their creative callings with motherhood. It’s always interesting to see how these mummas then infuse creativity into the lives of their littles. Viv from @papercutmum embarked on the coolest project with her boys. I loved finding out that when she’s not cutting bits of paper with her boys, she works…. well, I’ll let her do the talking.

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Emily Neuburger

May 3, 2017

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

Strap yourselves in, people. Emily Neuburger is an artist, teacher and author who is passionate about helping people explore their creativity. Prepare to sigh at the loveliness sprinkled throughout this interview- Emily’s words, perspective on the world and creativity, her art.

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6 Podcasts to Download

May 2, 2017

Life

podcasts to download I spend large parts of my days conversing with an almost 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, whilst cooing at a newborn.
Conversations with the almost 4-year-old can be epic.
“No. I’m not sure why there aren’t footpaths in the clouds.”
“You want your apples cut into see-saws? Right-O.”
Conversations with the 2-year-old involve a fair bit of grunting (on his part) and guessing (on my part. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!)
To remind myself that I am an adult, capable of adult thought and communication, I’ve been delving into podcasts. I listen when I’m doing the dishes or when everybody is napping.
I really dig being inspired by Seth Godin whilst standing at my kitchen sink.
Here are 6 podcasts to download.

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Zanni Louise

May 1, 2017

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

Did you know that I originally started this blog as a part of my dream of becoming a picture book author? ‘Tis true.
I have a few manuscripts gathering dust, and Life seems to have taken my blog and I slightly off-course from these aspirations. I have taken so much inspiration from this interview with Australian children’s author, Zanni Louise.
Even if you aren’t an aspiring picture book author, I can guarantee that you will find beauty, wisdom and inspiration in Zanni’s words. (I’m IN LOVE with her thoughts on Motherhood and Creativity. Talk about a shift in perspective for me!)

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Transport Themed Party

April 25, 2017

Life / Special Occasions

Transport themed party My little guy is nuts for anything to do with transport.
Which presents an interesting challenge for me because apparently a truck is not always just a truck. I’ve also had to increase my knowledge base around construction vehicles.
The things we do for our kids.
As we approached the little guy’s 2nd birthday, it was a no-brainer that we would celebrate with a transport-themed party.

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Catalina from Red Violet Studio

April 21, 2017

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Do you follow Catalina from Red Violet Studio on Instagram? If not, I’ll wait here with my cup of tea whilst you go and check out her feed. It feels as though each time I comment on her posts, I write something like “I wish you lived closer so I could send my kids to your studio.” I obviously need to work on the originality of my Instagram commenting, but Catalina’s feed is always filled with such glorious creativity for little people. She has just set up a home studio that makes me sigh with it’s loveliness.
It is a pleasure to introduce Catalina.

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Samara from Purple Twig

March 29, 2017

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day I dream of, one day, going on a huge trip that involves visiting the art studios of some of the amazing ladies I’ve met online. Samara’s studio, Purple Twig, is one of these dreamed-about destinations. Once you’ve read Samara’s words, and seen the images in this post of her creative space, I suspect you’ll understand. Once you’ve read Samara’s words, it’s easy to see how her philosophy permeates all that she does. It’s a pleasure to introduce Samara!

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What to Pack in Your Labour Bag

March 27, 2017

Life

what to pack in your labour bag It seemed a bit ironic to be writing a post on what to pack in your labour bag in the lead-up to a planned home birth with Babe #3.
Babe #1 was born in hospital. Babe #2, like #3, was a planned home birth.
With both home births, the midwives strongly recommended having a labour bag packed in case of transfer to hospital. And because I would have made an awesome Girl Guide, I made sure I had a bag packed for “just in case” purposes.

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OH CREATIVE LADY: MEET JOANNA FROM THE BLUE BARN

March 9, 2017

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Joanna from The Blue Barn and I have been Instagram friends from way back. I love her love-soaked tales and colourful insights into raising her brood of 4 in the countryside, fostering creativity in the Big Blue Barn on her property. I once asked her why it mentioned in her profile that she was an “occasional rally car driver.” She replied that it was an accurate description of the way she was often tearing around in her car, shuttling kids between activities. That’s when I knew she was my kind of lady. How fun it would be to hang out with her in The Barn, elbow deep in paint. One day.
Until then, it’s a pleasure to introduce this Oh Creative Lady, Joanna.

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Freezer-Friendly Family Meals

February 22, 2017

Life

AKA Preparing for BabyGeddon

Freezer-Friendly Family meals We’re entering that uncertain period of pregnancy where the baby could arrive ANY DAY.
If I look back at my 2 previous pregnancies, I have a familiar behavioural pattern.
At about 35 weeks, I’m possessed by this insane nesting instinct to COOK ALL THE THINGS and stock up on freezer-friendly family meals. Read More