My Little Handful

My Little Handful

My daughter’s not even two yet and I’m already sick of the warnings about what a handful she’s going to be when she’s a teenager. There seems to be this general acceptance that teenagers are the worst and for us parents it’s revenge for the awful things we put our own parents through at that … Continue reading

Help Launch Sydney Creative Playground

Help Launch Sydney Creative Playground

Don’t you love it when the starts align? I feel like this has suddenly happened for me this week – it’s been a big one. On Monday I submitted a grant proposal to the City of Sydney for my new venture. Yesterday I found out that I’ve gotten an art teaching job at an early … Continue reading

The Life-Changing Tower

The Life-Changing Tower

I’m one of those people with a DIY board on Pinterest who’s never actually picked up a hammer to DIY anything. But when I saw this IKEA Hack I thought it was such a great idea… so I put someone else onto it. So my friend’s partner made me (and her) a Learning Tower. What’s … Continue reading

Watch This Space

Watch This Space

I’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog which generally means one thing… I’m up to no good! Oh no, wait, that’s my toddler. But I am up to something. Something I’m pretty excited about actually, and glad I can finally share. A few weeks ago I signed up for a course in Social … Continue reading

Sneaky Broccoli Biscuits

Sneaky Broccoli Biscuits

I always said I’d never be one of those mums who had to sneak vegetables into my child. She’d get fresh veggies and love them, dammit! It’s one of the reasons we went with Baby Led Weaning to introduce solids. And for a while, it was great. I’d beam proudly as Luella chomped on fresh … Continue reading

We All Scream For… Sorbet!

We All Scream For… Sorbet!

This past weekend was Australia Day, a holiday I have decidedly mixed feelings about. I love my new country but hate everything that comes with this day: bogans, race riots, and Sam Kekovich’s goddamn lamb ads. But I sucked it up and despite my better judgment, we went to a neighbour’s barbecue. Luella had a … Continue reading

Inner West Creative Play Group

Inner West Creative Play Group

One of my parenting resolutions for this year was to find more opportunities for Luella to spend time with other kids. During the school holidays, all our regularly scheduled play groups and rhyme times are on hiatus. So instead of lamenting the lack of activities, I decided to start up one of my own. On … Continue reading

Baby Pickle at 18 Months

Baby Pickle at 18 Months

Where did the last six months go? I swear, it feels like just yesterday we were sharing birthday photos, and now the whole first half of Luella’s second year has come and gone. What started out quite rough as we struggled to tame the demonic toddler who’d invaded our sweet baby’s body, has now given … Continue reading

What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

Maybe it’s because of the new year. Maybe because we’re in a “sweet spot” with Luella. But lately I’m feeling a bit… antsy about the future. Right now I’m loving the full-time mum gig so much that I’m contemplating ways I can keep Luella an 18-month old forever. But barring any major medical breakthroughs, one … Continue reading

Back Off, Grandma, You Had Your Turn!

Back Off, Grandma, You Had Your Turn!

This morning I was walking through our apartment complex with Luella. She’s learned the word “outside” and loves to use it. An elderly neighbour approached me with a concerned look and told me that I shouldn’t allow Lu to walk on the part of the driveway that has a crack, because “she could fall.” I … Continue reading