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Come Again Another Day

30 June 2011

There has been a lot of rain these last few weeks.

And at the end of the day, there’s only one thing you can do with 3 very active, rowdy, young boys bursting with energy and excitement.

You put raincoats and boots on them and take them to the park.

Liam at the Creek

This is the creek that cuts through the middle of our local park. It’s basically a water catchment for all the drain water flowing from the streets.

It’s not exactly a sparkling blue lake with meadowy aspects.

BUT it’s got flowing water, rocks, stepping stones, muddy islands, tadpoles, a waterfall, lots of trees and a narrow section of the creek where kids can jump over to get to the other side. It’s absolute heaven for little people.

Usually my husband takes the kids to the park at the end of the day.

But because he’s away at the moment, I have to do it. I irritates me a little, because I have a zillion things to do back at the house. And I have to be honest, I get very bored, standing around doing nothing, for an hour… in the cold, wet rain.

Not to mention, in winter it gets pretty dark by 5:30pm. And I feel absolutely crazy, being that irresponsible mother who lets her children play in the dark, on slippery rocks, in the pouring rain.

But, sigh, the kids love it.

They always come home wet, muddy, exhausted, smelling disgusting, but with big, wide, happy smiles on their faces.

So I always try to slow myself down and try to enjoy the moment.

Yesterday, I took this snap (above) with the camera on my phone.

Quick, scroll up to have another look!

I let my 2 year old climb the rocks by himself. He negotiated all his footsteps very carefully and made it to the waterfall’s edge.

The whole time (and every time) I watch my children play – I am at war with myself.

On one hand I think – Holy crap! That’s so dangerous! I shouldn’t be letting them do that!! What if they fall and split their head open on the rocks? Break their teeth and lose an eye? Blood will spill and it’ll be on your watch Karen.

And on the other, I’m all – Oh just chill Karen. Kids have to be kids. You can’t go around wrapping them up in cotton wool. This is what childhood is all about. Remember all the stuff I used to do when I was a kid? They’ll be fine.

And I just stand there, in the rain, tense and tormented by my own thoughts. This is one of the things I dislike about being a mother. All this constant worrying is such a drag.

Anyway. Funnily enough.

This particular day, my middle child (6yo), was perched on the OTHER SIDE of the waterfall, after I took this photo.

He took a step, slipped off a rock and PLOOP! He went in face first, straight into the lake. He was completely submerged in brown water and sludge… and re-emerged 3 seconds later, spluttering and shouting and looking like a swamp monster from outer space.

I saw everything in slow motion. And what did I do?

I laughed. I totally cracked up.

I can always rely on Sean for slapstick comedy. It completely made my evening. Just what I needed to shake me out of my own self-inflicted grumpiness.

He was a bit shocked, but thankfully he saw the funny side of it and was very cool about it in the end. Not to mention, I was all – Aww you poor baby. Did you hurt yourself? Are you cold? Let me give you my jacket.

We all walked home… wet, smelly, exhausted and very happy indeed.

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Two Outfits: Casual Checks

28 June 2011

Lots of people seemed to enjoy my post about Casual Winter Outfits that I wrote a few weeks ago, so here are some more.

Casual Checks

I was determined to wear my new checked shirt – in a classic and polished way, while still looking modern – and not looking like I was going to milk a cow!

I actually wore a navy trench coat over this outfit – for extra warmth, and to bring together all the colours.

You can’t go wrong with a slouchy jumper and fitted pants. I loved this outfit! I had a smile on my face all day.

Shirt: Cotton On
Knit top: Yes Style
Camisole: Abi and Joseph (who are having an online clearance!)
Jeans: Country Road
Boots: Betts
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Casual Checks

Then I was determined to wear my checked Burberry scarf, in a slightly more modern way.

I can’t believe I put together the whole outfit based around a scarf, I’m so lame. But it was fun.

I was so rugged up on top that I didn’t seem to notice the cold on my legs. Noting like a bit of winter sun to inspire some shorts-wearing.

Trench: Star Mimi
Shirt: Yes Style
T-shirt: Rebecca Minkoff from ShopBop
Scarf: Burberry
Leather shorts: Popo
Shoes: Betts

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.

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Missing Dad

27 June 2011

Missing Dad

My husband is currently away on a 3.5 week overseas trip to Scotland. He has been gone for 3 weeks… with only 5 days left before he comes back!

It’s the longest time my children have been without their dad… and they are missing him a lot. A few tears have been shed, and there’s a general low mood in the house in the evenings.

We have had lots of communication with him – phone calls, texts, emails and postcards – so that has helped a lot.

Their behaviour has been pretty much the same. Their daily routine is also the same.

If anything, my two older children (8yo and 6yo) have been doing a lot more work around the house. They help me vacuum the floor, put dishes away, put their laundry away, tidy up the outside area, tidy their rooms, and tidy up the play room at the end of every day.

I’ve been pretty strict with them. The poor kids don’t get any sweet treats (including NO HONEY on their cereal) until their jobs are done.

In turn, I give them a bit more independence (and a bit more time with their computer games).

And it’s been quite nice. It’s like having 2 young men look after me.

My youngest child is a bit clingy though. He probably understands what’s going on to a certain degree. Beyond that, he just wants to be cuddled a lot.

Missing Dad

But the biggest question everyone is asking is – “How are you coping with THREE KIDS Karen??“

Honestly, things have been going fine. I’ve been managing everything quite well. I just get on with life, really.

During the day, I’m very busy. I go out a lot, I look after my youngest kid – so it’s as if my husband was at work anyway.

After school is usually the hardest part of the day. My parents have been coming over everyday for 1 or 2 hours to help me. They bring afternoon tea, they bring makings for dinner, they bring eggs and fresh fruit, hot croissants and homemade chicken pies, they bring smiles and new stories to share. They have been an absolute blessing.

In the evenings, I help the kids with homework, I bath them, we do reading or some other activity, we clean and tidy the house.

Once the kids are in bed, I usually wash the dishes, clean the kitchen, and tackle some laundry.

After that, when the house is all quiet, I have to admit that I do get a bit lonely.

Sure it’s nice to have the whole evening to myself – to do WHATEVER I WANT. To read, to blog, to watch tv, to surf the internet til 1am in the morning…

But after a week of it… being by myself sucks.

I know myself. And I know I need some kind of emotional support and connection to keep me sane.

So on top of all this, I have been making a HUGE EFFORT (so much so, that it’s almost ridiculous) to keep my weekly schedule full and very social.

I set up play dates with girlfriends, organise girl-night-outs on the weekends, have lots of dinners with friends, manicure nights, movie nights and more. I have some big event every day, and haha it’s been great!

So with 5 days to go, I look back and try to sum up the experience…

I feel happy, tired, lonely, and very proud that I’m managing it all so well.

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Moon Stones

26 June 2011

Wanderlust and Co - Moonstones

I received a couple of new rings from Wanderlust and Co, an online boutique with very cool jewellery. I can’t stop wearing them!

Wanderlust and Co - Moonstones

I have the Oval-Moonstone Charcoal Ring, from their latest collection, “Fly Me To The Moon”.

Wanderlust and Co - Moonstones

Pictured here from the top : Oval-Moonstone Turquoise Rings

Middle: The Grasp-Stone Slate Rings in Hunter Green and Slate.

Bottom: And the Double-Gem Pink Stack Rings.


( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.

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A Book by its Cover

23 June 2011

A few weeks ago, my husband came home with a very old book.

It was quite possibly the oldest book I have ever seen, touched and smelt. (You don’t smell books too?)


It was old, worn and ragged. It was very cool, like pirate’s treasure book, or some ancient spell book.

When my husband first requested the book, the librarians couldn’t find it on their shelves. And librarians don’t like that. They had to go down into one of their deep book vaults to find it.

And when they did find it, they gave it a new barcode sticker and scanned it into the computer system – for the first time in it’s existence. This book had been slowly mouldering away on a shelf, in a deep dark room, for a very long time.


When I opened the book, on the inside, it was like new.

I thought was a bit odd. It was published in 1925, but the pages were still white, and the print still crisp.

I was amazed that the outside was so old, and yet the inside so preserved. How could that be?

And then I looked at the old fashioned “due date” stamp in the back… check out when it was last taken out and opened!


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Up to 50% off at My-Wardrobe

21 June 2011

The other day I was talking about some clothes I bought recently, all the clothing sales (online and offline) that were popping up everywhere, and how I was wincing from the pain the temptation was causing me.

Well, behold, here’s another sale to get excited (or scared) about…

Up to 50% off at My-Wardrobe!!

I was given a special opportunity to pop over to the site… and choose a few items to review!

First up, where do I start? Everything was completely drool worthy.

My-wardrobe Haul

I looked at my own wardrobe and knew that I had lots of basics and classic pieces. So I was looking for something that made a bit of a statement.

I loved the look of this black and white Helmut Lang Maxi Skirt. I thought both the cut and the print were very cool. Suffice to say, in real life, it was very cool indeed.

Will it sound tragic if I said my heart skipped a beat when I put it on? Oh well, it’s been said. Don’t judge me. I think I just found my perfect skirt.

The print is just gorgeous. It looks dark and edgy, almost like an xray of bones. But then you look again and it looks like tropical, black and white palm leaves.

It’s made from soft, sheer jersey. It has two layers that wrap over each other on the side into a cool ruche. And I love the split! It’s like a mini skirt, with an asymmetric hem.

My-wardrobe Haul

The second item I chose was this ACNE Snakeprint Dress. It’s a racer back dress with some wide pleats at the front.

It’s such a versatile dress. It can be worn to work, to an evening function, or worn casually.

As you can see, I even tucked into some jeans, and it worked as a top. It was really lovely.

My-wardrobe Haul

And lastly, I chose an item that was very (very!) affordable, yet versatile. This ACNE Tube Dress is really one huge stretchy tube.

It can be worn as a long maxi dress, and you can probably scrunch it up and make it a mid or mini dress. But I suspect it is most useful as a slip, worn under drapey layers. As the ACNE collection contains a lot of billowy sheer dresses.

So yes, I did have a lot of fun choosing, receiving, styling, wearing and reviewing the clothes, but alas I had to return them.

I also made a list of other items I had my heart set on. Enjoy!

Up to 50% off at My-Wardrobe

And happy shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.

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My Week of Smells

20 June 2011

For the past week, I have been a bit sick, with flu like symptoms, a bad cough and no sense of smell.

Thankfully it’s all resolved, and this is me celebrating my new found ability to smell again.

My Week of Smells

The musky, rich and heady smell of rose petals.

I love the crazy, firework colours and patterns on this rose.

My Week of Smells

Hot, buttery, honey smells from homemade Anzac biscuits.

I made these for an after school snack for my kids, here’s the recipe if you’re interested.

My Week of Smells

Warm, fresh, soapy smells from the children’s bathroom.

All three of them piled into the bathtub and went crazy with the bubbles.

My Week of Smells

Slow cooked lamb stew, with fresh herbs from the garden.

It sat on the stove for 2 hours, bubbling away, filling my house with the most amazing aromas.

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Shopping Goodies – Country Burgundy

18 June 2011

I bought a few things recently, in completely different and unconnected circumstances.

And as I photographed them, I was thinking that -visually- they all actually go quite well together in a “country style” kind of look.

Unfortunately, I don’t pull off the “country look” very well. And don’t think I will wear them together in one outfit. Because I had other different and unconnected plans in mind…

Burgundy Jeans

Burgundy is very on-trend at the moment, which is nice because – since I was 18 – I’ve always wanted a pair of wine coloured pants! I’m so happy! I found this pair on YesStyle.

I’m planning to wear them with the many black-and-white striped tops that I have accumulated this winter!!

Checked Shirt

In Australia, almost all the high street brands are having amazing sales – from 30% – 70% off. And I’m wincing from the pain the temptation is causing me. So yes I’ve bought a few items, including this – a super cute checked shirt!

I’ve only ever owned ONE checked shirt… so for a few months I’ve been trying to buy another one. I was stalking a few styles from luxury labels online…umming and ahhing about which to buy… but I just couldn’t find a colour combination that I like.

Lo and behold I walked past a Cotton On shop, saw this design in the window and ran in to buy it. For $15!

I’m planning to wear it layered in my classic and simple winter outfits – with a white or grey or black t-shirt, with a wool cardigan or pullover, with a trenchcoat and scarf.

Top by See by Chloe

I bought a cute See By Chloe tee from Sweet and simple. And on sale of course.

I’m planning to wear it with a brightly coloured maxi skirt that I’m currently sewing!

Betts Shoes

And lastly, some very cool wedge booties from Betts. I adore the colour, the suede, and the laces!

I’m planning to wear these with floaty sheer nudes tops, chunky knit layers, and leather skirts or shorts.

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.

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Magic Gecko Feet

16 June 2011

The other day, my 2 year old toddler ran up to me and said – “There’s a red back spider on my wall!”

Red Back spiders are famously poisonous and dangerous to small children, so I RAN to his room only to discover… this gecko on the wall.

It was clinging to the paint, probably terrified, hoping that we didn’t notice him. But the little guy’s camouflage was not quite working on the wall.

I stood there staring at him. The  more I looked, the more amazed I was. He looked so soft and fleshy. Almost translucent.

Up close and personal. Check out his feet. He may be small, but those crocodile eyes and those sequiny scales show he really is a reptile.

I lifted him carefully into a container and brought him to my lounge room. I set him onto the glass table and turned on some lights.


Isn’t this just amazing?! The underside of gecko feet!

If I keep staring and examining this photo, my mind boggles.

His fingers look like lobster tails. It looks like it was from another planet.

Geckos (apparently) have lots of microscopic hair-trees that have nano-scopic (is that even a word) hair-branches to cling onto tiny cracks in surfaces that we can’t even see. And that’s how they climb up walls.

(I had to crawl on my back under the glass table to get this picture. But it was so worth it.)

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Kind of Wonderful – Colours and Pleats

15 June 2011

I picked out a few items from Kind of Wonderful, a fab online fashion boutique, and I had so much fun styling them up into outfits to wear.

Kind of Wonderful

First up, I love a great blazer – and Kind of Wonderful have this awesome Wonder Boyfriend Jacket for AUD$28 and it comes in black, cream, red and white.

Great item for what you pay!

Kind of Wonderful

They also have this pretty Wonder Wrap & Drape Dress in Coral, Pink, Mustard and I’m wearing it in Turquoise.

This aqua colour is stunning. It goes so nicely with black, whites and golds. I think I’d like to get my hands on a coral version too.

Kind of Wonderful

And lastly, I chose this very pretty Accordion Maxi Dress. It’s see-through at the top, so I’m just wearing a black bandeau underneath.

The prices are really affordable at this shop – most dresses, tops and jackets cost between AUD$40 – $20. And they have a new collection of stock every week.

Happy shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.

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Some things were meant to be

13 June 2011

CD Player

The other day I went to buy a cd player.

I know! I’m such a dinosaur! Do people even buy cd players anymore?!?

The story is…. My old cd player, which I have had for 15 years, recently died during our house moving adventure.

I was really sad to let it go. So instead of throwing it in the bin, I moved it to the shed. Which of course, is how we get into our “we have too much sentimental junk problem”.

I didn’t really want a NEW cd player. I just wanted my old one to work again.

I got a quote, and it cost $100 for someone to take it apart and LOOK AT IT.

Sigh. So I decided that I just wanted a cheap replacement. I spent days scouring secondhand stores, ebay, gumtree. Everyone seemed to offer $50-$70 for one, but no one could GUARANTEE that the cd player would work well.

So I finally decided to suck it up and buy a new one for $100.

But even THAT was such a hassle. I had to go to 3 stores until I could find what I wanted, and THEN I was told that they didn’t have it in stock and I’d have to wait 2 weeks for it blah blah blah. So after going to yet another store, I finally found something adequate, and reluctantly bought it.

I walked out of the shop and I was so grumpy.

The sales guy talked down to me. The cashier was rude. The queue was so long. I should have bought it online. I didn’t want a NEW one. Why did my old cd player have to break anyway? I just wanted a cheap secondhand one. I’m sure the world was full of old but perfectly working cd players, but why couldn’t I find one? Now here I am producing more landfill for the earth…

I stepped onto the carpark footpath… and a car zoomed around the corner so quickly that it jumped up onto the footpath and it almost knocked me over.

And it was just one of those moments.

If I had been walking just that *little bit* faster, the car would have smashed into my knees, bowled me head-first into the pavement, and my legs might have been crushed.

I stood there completely stunned.

Me, holding my brand new cd player.

Me, with my brain moving in slow motion, trying to digest what had happened.

I wasn’t upset that I could have broken my legs, shattered my teeth, damaged my spine, and cracked my head.

I wasn’t upset that the guy driving the car was talking on his mobile phone, driving too fast, AND driving on the footpath.

…For some reason I was upset that I could have lost my new cd player.

Yeah the thing that I didn’t really want.

I looked at the box in my hands. I imagined it all smashed up… torn cardboard corrugations, black shards of plastic, broken silver buttons and colourful wires tangled and spilled out all over the road.

Yet here it is. Still intact. Just like me.

I gave the box in my arms a little hug.

And I decided that the cd player wasn’t so bad, and we could definitely be friends now.

(Isn’t it silly how it takes a near death experience before we appreciate what we have. Even when we didn’t want it.)

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The Colour of Sunshine

11 June 2011

Lately I’ve had a fondness for wearing gold accessories, and it made me wonder whether I would wear a bit more yellow in my outfits.

I have never worn a lot of yellow – be it, ochre, mustard, sunshine, lemon, or canary!

I guess I’ve always made the assumption that since I’m “yellow skinned”, wearing a lot of yellow will make my skin tone look weird and I’ll look all sickly? Don’t know, I’ve never tried it.

I have worn this dress by Aelkemi, but it’s only half yellow, so I don’t think that counts.

I had a little look in my wardrobe to see if I had any yellow items… and this is what I found.

Yellow Zu Shoes

I own a pair of cute, small heeled, leather shoes by Zu. It’s not exactly LOOK AT ME YELLOW! Just a muted mustard colour.

Yellow Generics Belt

A black and gold belt, by Generics Accessories. I’ve been told that they will soon launch their online shop – very exciting, as their stuff is really cool!

OK it’s not really yellow.

Yellow ASOS Dress

This is a one-shoulder, slinky, bodycon dress from ASOS. Again, it won’t exactly make me look like a canary. It has this digital print of a blurry watercolour, mixing black, purples, oranges and yes, yellow.

Yellow ASOS Ring

This is a chunky ring, again from ASOS, featuring a semi precious yellow green stone, which looks more yellow in real life.

And that’s about it!

Who knows, maybe I’ll give it a try one day and dress head to toe in yellow – like Big Bird.

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Supremely Hot

10 June 2011

My husband is currently away at the moment. He has gone overseas for 3.5 weeks, which means I have been left to fend for myself (and my 3 kids) for a while.

THE DAY AFTER HE LEFT, what do you know, both the taps in my bathroom broke. Both of them.


“Fixing things around the house” is my husband’s specialty. He just loves little tactile problems. Especially simple jobs that take 10 minutes to feel like a superhero.

But what was I going to do now that my husband was away for 3 weeks?

Obviously I should ask for help. And I know lots of people I could have called to help me fix a tap… but the trouble is – I don’t like to ask for help. I would rather try and fix something myself. And I’d only ask for help once I have clearly established that I couldn’t fix it myself.

So driven by pride, I grabbed a spanner from the shed, and took apart the tap handles.

Tap Fixing

What I found was… that the inside plastic ring thing had cracked apart, and when I turned the handle, the plastic bit didn’t grip the metal turning water valve thing.

(Wow, I sounded like a complete airhead! But it makes perfect sense in my head ok?!)

I didn’t have time to pop into the hardware store that day, which meant I didn’t have time to fix it for another day or two… so this is how I turned on my taps for a few days. Martha Stewart look out!

Tap Fixing

Omg trying to wash my face while turning a spanner handle with my ELBOW is close to impossible.

When I finally found some time to fix the thing, I gathered all the tap bits into a zip lock bag (I’m such a woman) and drove to my local hardware store.

This particular hardware store is usually full of happy, friendly women who call me “DARL” and “LOVE” but today they were no where to be seen. There were only grumpy looking men, who were busy with other customers, which immediately made me revert to my “I don’t want help, I want to try to fix it myself” mode.

But there I was. Looking at a FREAKING WALL OF TAPS AND HANDLES. WTF I don’t know anything about all this handyman shit.

But you know what, it wasn’t very hard. With a little bit of brain power, I actually worked it out myself. I bought one set of handles, went home, took them apart, screwed them back together with all the little screwy bits… and DONE, I FELT LIKE A SUPERHERO.


Tap Fixing

I did a crazy happy dance into the lounge room and dragged my sons over in a train formation to let them BEHOLD MY SUPREME HOTNESS. And they were like, yeah whatever mum.

Nonetheless, I felt rather smug.

Yeah baby I can fix things.

(Smug, but still missing my husband.)

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Some Daily Winter Outfits

8 June 2011

While I love to dress up, play with trends and put together outfits when I go out and on my blog, when it comes to my “daily mummy duties” I prefer to dress a little more… conservatively.

Meaning – when I’m dropping my kids off at school and going to toddler gym, I most certainly WON’T be “experimenting with layered textures” and wearing sequined leggings with a fur jacket. I’m not a hardcore fashionista… I like to dress appropriately.

Some Daily Winter Outfits

During my “mummy duties”, I like to wear simple, classic-styled outfits which make me feel comfortable and happy.

So today I thought I’d share a few winter outfits.

Outfit: Trench by Mersh, Cotton blue shirt from YesStyle, Striped top by J.Crew, Jeans by Sass and Bide, Wedge boots by Betts.

Some Daily Winter Outfits

I love these tan boots by Ecco – they are so, so, so comfy! They are definitely a staple for many winter outfits for years to come.

The stripe jumper was a new purchase. I already have a few stripey tops/jumpers, but the style of it – slouchy cut, bat wing arms, and a slightly cropped front and 100% wool… it was an irresistible buy. Not to mention it was on sale.

Outfit: Black camisole by Abi and Joseph, Stripe jumper by Country Road, Jersey scarf from Sportsgirl, Camel coat from Gap, Jeans by Vivienne Westwood, Tan boots by Ecco.

Some Daily Winter Outfits

Ok maybe this outfit isn’t so conservative for “mummy duties”… but hey, my day also consisted of “lunching with girlfriend duties”.

I recently acquired a blue leather jacket from YesStyle. I adored it so much that I had to wear it that day. And I paired it with a pair of velvet pants that I bought when I was 17.

Outfit: Blue leather jacket from YesStyle, White t-shirt by Country Road, Velvet pants no brand, Satin heels from ASOS.

Some Daily Winter Outfits

And this outfit was a bit of a cheat from the previous outfit, because I decided that I wasn’t going to walk into my son’s classroom and speak to his teacher, while wearing a blue leather jacket.

So I popped on this stone coloured blazer from Al & Alicia, and loved how it looked!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.

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Two Going on Fourteen

6 June 2011

My poor little 2 year old, Liam.

Growing up in a house, where everyone else is bigger, smarter, louder and faster than you… must suck.

I feel a little sad that he has “grown up” so much quicker than my other two children. He doesn’t play with little boy toys. He doesn’t play little boy games. He doesn’t like to watch little boy tv programs.

I suppose he doesn’t know any difference, so to him, this is all normal.

I have been making a huge effort to take him to storytime sessions for little kids at the local library, indoor playgyms for little kids, and joining a mothers group with children closer to his age.

The other day I took him to a music class. The music teacher spoke with a high pitched voice and HAD PUPPETS FOR HANDS.

Liam was shouting, “WHAT THE HELL?? GET ME OUTA HERE!!!”

He was so grumpy about being there.

He was all, “I can’t believe I have to hang out with these babies!!!”

At one point in the class, the children were called up one by one to the front of the room. They were allowed to choose a multi-coloured, hand-painted, wooden musical instrument from a box. There were drums, triangles, maracas, tambourines, and all kinds of magical treasures.

A 2 year old girl squealed with delight as she produced a xylophone from the box. Another gave a cute little grin as she picked up a bunch of bells. Other boys hooted with excitement, because there were trumpets and mini guitars in there too!

When Liam was called up, he plodded over to the box.

I prayed that he would just walk, take, turn around, and walk back, just like a normal child. Just take something! Anything! And walk away!

But instead, he peered into the box and raised his eyebrows  – like a teenager – then made an expression that said – You’ve GOT to be joking right??

After that, he turned back to look at me and shouted, “Mum, I wanna go home and play the wii!”

It all went down hill from there.

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Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011

3 June 2011

Earlier last month I took a short trip to Sydney, and squeezed in a few fashion shows at Australian Fashion Week.

It is an industry-only event, which means no one from the public can buy tickets to attend the show. It is only for buyers, fashion industry people, media and sponsors.

I had the honour and pleasure of being invited to lots of shows, unfortunately I was only able to go to a handful of them.

Anyway, I did have an enjoyable time looking at the professional photographs at Zimbio (online gallery) and I thought I’d show off some of the stuff that really caught my eye.

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 - Alister Trung

Alister Trung had some amazing, floor-sweeping silhouettes, draping, fabrics and textures. Beautiful! I adore all these colours too.

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 Sara Phillips

The Sara Philips show was simple and enjoyable. I loved the huge pile of Australian native wildflowers right smack bang in the middle of the catwalk. It was a lovely backdrop for the crazy ethnic-snake-and-wild-flower-prints that came forth.

I also spotted that the models were wearing Ecco shoes, from their current Australian winter collection!

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 - lisa Ho

Lisa Ho’s collection had some strong 70s looks, but still graceful, modern and very wearable. I love the white pants and steel blue top!

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The Cockroach Hotel

2 June 2011

Cockroach Hotels

My 8 year old collects cockroaches.

He puts them in Chinese takeaway containers and leaves them on the kitchen counter. He gives them each a little biscuit, a leaf, and a twig.


Apparently his Science teacher has a frog who likes to eat cockroaches.

The frog prefers cockroaches that are alive. And those which haven’t eaten poisoned baits. So being the kind lad he is, he has taken it upon himself to feed this frog… fresh, clean cockroaches.

Sigh. I guess it’s kind of cute.

My son also insists that the cockroaches must be kept HAPPY, hence the food (biscuit) and light entertainment (a leaf and twig).

I lightly asked my son how he came to be familiar with popular cockroach leisure time activities, to which he replied, “Well, what would you play with if you were a cockroach? You have to think like a cockroach mum.”