Wonderfully Inventive

Getting stuck into Brian Selznick's beautifully illustrated, inventive tales

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The Flight of the Gay, Innocent and Heartless

This past year, doors have opened while others have closed. For example, I got the perfect job for my current stage of life, while learning to let a few of my housekeeping standards go so that I can keep my sanity. I've had to learn to manage my time even better so that I can... Continue Reading →

Growing Up Subtly

So I had a minor-major mum moment on Sunday where I realised, slightly tearfully, that my baby is well and truly growing up. Horns Tails Spikes and Claws by J. Elizabeth Mills and Jef Czekaj was one of my opshop finds a few years ago. It's one of those mix-and-match books you can flip different... Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks

So I think everyone can agree that 2016 has pretty much sucked. Starting right off with the deaths of major artistic talents, through to Brexit and Trump. For our family, we've also had the death of a beloved cat, who's been there right from Iris' birth and the passing of my 103-year-old grandmother. While we... Continue Reading →

Not That Kind of Mum

There are mums who never raise their voices or lose their temper. They take the time to get their children's attention instead of yelling, then speak levelly with them and they never, ever resort to threats or bribery. I am NOT such a mum. But I try. Most of the time. Ok probably about 65%... Continue Reading →

Home Alone

Now that Iris is in full time school, six hours a day, five days a week, I thought I'd have free time coming out my ears. Nope. In fact, I feel more busy than I was last year when she was in school a lot less. So let me just say for the record, especially to... Continue Reading →

Making Them Feel Special

So about a third of Iris's library is made up of hand-me-downs from her cousins and among them is Max Lucado's You Are Special. We always say the year has flown by at the end of it but somehow this year really has gone quicker than previous years. This is probably because so much has happened... Continue Reading →

My Baby Can Read!

This reading mum is so bursting with pride I just had to post this. Iris read her first book on her own! Now, she has been sounding out words for several months already but it's never been a sustained length of text, just random words. In the last few months, she's grown familiar with all the... Continue Reading →

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