Pretty Little Life

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On the weekend we attended a wedding, a union between two new friends and it was very special. I meet "Meeks" at Aidan's preschool and casually built up a friendship as her daughter and my son were smitten with each other. We invited their family to Aidan's birthday party and we all just hit it off, even Steve and he's a hard nut to crack. We were excited to get to know this family better but sadly a month later they had to move for "JJ's" work. Meeks + JJ got married on Saturday and it was ... [ Discover More ]

Family Photo 2013

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It's the new year and I'm feeling a little nostalgic, even about moments that only occurred a week ago. As the family was getting together to celebrate Christmas I took it as the perfect opportunity to get us all dressed up, to take a new family picture and head out for a relaxed dinner. No elaborate background locations, no matching outfits, no stress, just us as we are. I asked the neighbour to take the photos and we all stood in the driveway. I'm happy to say it all worked out ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Christmas

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Christmas has been and gone. We travelled up the coast to stay with my family for the holidays and it was bliss. Just Dad, Mum, my sister Stephanie, Steve, Aidan and myself. We went to the beach, the park, the shops and even went out and looked at all the pretty Christmas lights, it was just so damn lovely, the whole trip, everything. So here I am, a week later and I'm writing this post reminiscing and looking at pictures. Ever since we got home I've been cracking the sads. I just want to go ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Cocktail

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I don't really have any more fancy parties to attend, my silly season is officially over and I literally just tied a bow on the last bit of work I had to do for the year. I'm officially done. We will be driving up the coast to celebrate Christmas with my family and I can't wait to chill out and relax. I'd be surprised if you found me in anything more than a bikini and sunscreen this week. The make up, heels and hair extensions are definitely staying at home but I will be wearing this dress on ... [ Discover More ]

The Kids Store

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Aidan's been receiving quite a few kiddy fashion event invitations lately which is always a bit exciting but I've been selective about which ones we RSVP for. The latest was for the launch of The Kid Store and we couldn't pass it up, I mean even from first glance you can tell it's pretty funky. We arrived and straight away Aidan was in his element. We got to meet the lovely team behind the brand and I kind of fell for them a little more than I thought I would. You know when you meet people ... [ Discover More ]

Front Row Family

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On Monday Aidan and I were flown down to Melbourne for the day to attend the Kmart Spring/Summer Fashion Launch. It was very exciting for Aidan who was pumped about it for days, I on the other hand was worried about the logistics and possible public tantrums from over tiredness. I needn't have worried because he was an absolute superstar the whole trip, up and out of his bed at 4am and back in it by 9:30pm. By Kmart We arrived just as everyone was finding seats for the show. The event was ... [ Discover More ]

Aidan’s 4th Birthday Party

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My baby turned four years old on Sunday and on Saturday we threw his very first proper birthday party with lots of friends, food and dinosaurs. The planning started a month before, Aidan and I would look at Pinterest together, make lists and window shop for ideas. Even Steve was actively involved in the planning and execution as he's escorted Aidan to a fair few parties whilst I've been away and considered himself a bit of an expert. It was nice, all working on the party together. I learnt to ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – LBD

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Finding a black sparkly garment used to make me happy. Those were the days before body-con, sheer lace and colour blocking and all the other fabulous things about fashion that I've discovered in recent years. My wardrobe is no longer confined to black "slimming" or "flattering" dresses, I just own dresses. Printed dresses, colourful dresses, sexy dresses, I love them all! As much as I embrace all these things you simply can't go past a Little Black Dress aka: LBD. They're perfect for any ... [ Discover More ]

All the Little Party People

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Events aren't something new for me, I attend them all the time but they're always more special when my little dude comes along. By the time he's six he'll be a professional socialite I'm sure. I was hesitant at first about mixing sticky little fingers with new season launch samples but I quickly got over it once I remembered he's a well behaved little man. Aidan's crazy cute if I do say so myself, he's packed full of enough charm to convince any PR girl to slip him an extra cupcake and ... [ Discover More ]

Dinosaurs Go RAWR

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My little dude loves dinosaurs. Aidan could play with them all day long. He absorbs dinosaur books, can say all the names perfectly, plays with his figurines for hours and he prefers the documentary style movies over cartoons. He loves fashion just as much, the boy is pretty fly when it comes to pulling together outfits in the morning. Washed denim jeans, woven belts, a long sleeve tee under a printed short sleeve tee and a cap tilted slightly to the side is his go-to look. I've always ... [ Discover More ]

Absent

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Being away from my boys these last few weeks has been tough. Aidan amazes me everyday without fail so to be away from him and miss all that was painful. His tenderness, his imagination, his bravery, his cleverness. The trip to New York was the longest I've been away from him in his entire life so to think it wouldn't affect either of us was delusional. Aidan is a trooper. He understands I work and whilst most of the time I'm home with him, sometimes I have to work elsewhere and he's ok with ... [ Discover More ]

Stackhouse Territory

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This post was brought to you by MasterCard "Would you and the boys like to come Kayaking with us on Sunday to explore the Manly area?" An email from Sonia greeted me on my return from New York. "Sure" I said. "Of Course" I said, "That would be lovely!". The whole time I'm thinking "What am I going to wear? How am I going to get up that early on a Sunday? Will my ass even fit in a kayak?" Shaking off the jet lag and the doubt I was determined to experience it. My first challenge was ... [ Discover More ]

Lullaby

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"T'was a sweet song that filled the night, her hand pressing softly against my back as I was lulled to sleep. Her warmth surrounds me as fear slips away and the night is yet again claimed for silent slumber." - Aidan, 3.5 years old At least thats how I hope Aidan feels about me at 1am (and 2am... 3am... 4am... 5am) when I'm crouched by his bedside, cold and shivering, stroking his temple in a rhythmic pattern willing him to sleep so I can get some of my own. I don't know where he gets it from ... [ Discover More ]

Cheap Easter Gift in Less than 1 Minute

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We'd spent all weekend up the coast relaxing and forgetting about the real world only to return home to a never ending to-do list. One of those things was Easter, the time of year when mothers across Australia get their craft-on and buy all the feathery, shiny and crepe-papery things from the $2 shop. I already had a game plan, I had to make some for Aidan's teachers and a few for his friends. It was so simple that I could: Make it in a Minute! Here's what you'll need*: Printed Paper ... [ Discover More ]

You got to have friends

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Bette Midler had it right. There's something about that special non-sexual relationship between two people that is utterly addictive. Friends can consume you, lift you higher than you've ever known, drag you down with harsh reality until your bawling and make you laugh until you wet your pants. I have friends, many actually but as I grow older I realise the relationships I have now with both men and women are vastly different to the friends of my youth. Maybe I should say pre-marriage. You see ... [ Discover More ]

Simone Perele and BGM Models Lingerie Couture Plus Size Model Search

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When Darrianne Donnely of BGM Models invites you to spend the day at her Pyrmont apartment otherwise known as BGM HQ, you go. I was offered the opportunity to go behind the scenes during the 'final five' photo shoot for the Simone Perele & BGM Models Plus Size Model Search back in November last year. Things got pretty crazy with PSFWA straight after but I really want to share my day with you. Darrianne and Natalie Wakeling were already working hard by the time I arrived with Aidan. Yes, ... [ Discover More ]

First Day of Pre School

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Today is Aidan's first day of Pre School and we were both so excited. I've been prepping him for this day for months and so far the transition has gone smoothly. Even Steve skipped out of work for an hour so he could come too. It was a big morning full of excited giggles, lots of questions and a lot of hugs but thankfully no tears from any of us. We were the first to arrive at school. When Aidan was at daycare they said that he was more confident when he arrived earlier and met the kids one by ... [ Discover More ]

Lunch Boxes

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You think you have it all sorted, you have a plan and everything will just pan out as it should, but it doesn't and you're left standing in the lunchbox aisle pulling your hair out. That was me at 8:45pm last night, in BigW clutching the giftcard that Mum & Dad gave us for Christmas, utterly determined to make a decision before all the Mum's come back from holidays and destroy the joint. I had 15 minutes and counting... Aidan starts pre-school three days a week in February and I want to be ... [ Discover More ]

Driving Holiday

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Driving in the holidays can seem daunting but since we don't own a private jet or a helicopter we're kind of used to it. Preparation on my part is pretty easy, pack the bags, arrange for the neighbours to take care of our bins for us and clean the house so we have something pleasant to come home to. As for the car itself I drive it 90% of the time so my job is to keep it clean and filled with fuel, the mechanics of the car and all that other stuff is usually left up to Steve. This year we got ... [ Discover More ]

Christmas 2012

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Everyone is currently napping and I've stolen a few moments to myself to blog. I'm not sure exactly what I want to say as my brain is still slightly switched off. I'm learning that taking a break is ok, actually it's necessary. March is fast approaching and with it a new fashion season. If the last three years are anything to go buy, things will get busy again soon enough. Right now, in this moment I'm appreciating the stillness, the quiet and the ocean breeze. Those who follow me on facebook ... [ Discover More ]

Thomas Steam ‘n Speed

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Australia. Quite often an opportunity for Aidan to review a fancy new toy arrives in my inbox and I hover over the reply button, trying to decide whether or not I should. Will it help Aidan learn anything through play? Will it suck up too many batteries? Does he really need it? As soon as I got the email about the Thomas Steam 'n Speed I said yes with absolutely no hesitation. Aidan's not a Thomas fanatic but he loves his TrackMaster Train Set that he reviewed a few ... [ Discover More ]

Sunday Driver

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Sponsored by Nuffnang & Baskin-Robbins My sister Stephanie is going to be staying with us for a few months until Uni starts back up again in the new year. It's nice having her around and not just for a week, we'll really get to hang out and just be, together. Let it be said though, our house is tiny so on the weekend we decided to get out on the road and go for a Sunday drive. Disregard the look on Steve's face, he loooooves Sunday drives as does Aidan. They head out every Sunday ... [ Discover More ]

Dinner, a Birds Eye View

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Australia The last few months have been manic. In order for me to balance out my work flow, the housework, playtime and downtime a few things have had to slide... fancy elaborate meals at dinner time were one of them. I don't feel guilty though as I made sure they were still healthy. Coming into the warmer months has made it easier, lots of pasta salads, quick sizzling steak and fresh seasonal salads. We've also been eating a lot of steamed vegetables and fish so when ... [ Discover More ]

Chobani FroCHO Pops

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Earlier this week Chobani sent us a great big crate of yogurt awesomeness, this stuff is crazy good. They sent us a package around this time last year and Aidan was thrilled with it so I was keen to see what was in this one as they're always a surprise. In case you're wondering Chobani is an all natural greek yogurt company. Aidan and I knew straight away what we would make... FroCHO Pops! Aidan's confident in the kitchen so I let him make them, he was so pumped. I sliced up some ... [ Discover More ]

Canteen Bandanna Day

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Today is Canteen's National Bandana Day, the annual fundraising initiative which helps to support Australian youths with cancer. Canteen and Girls Night In are two my chosen charities so I'm always thrilled when they reach out and ask me to collaborate in raising awareness of their fundraising efforts. Even Steve and Aidan got in on the fun! In case you're wondering, Steve's making pirate noises... and this was the best picture I was able to capture of the two of them together. Steve rocked ... [ Discover More ]

The Ultimate TrackMaster™

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Aidan likes presents just as much as the next kid. You can probably tell from the gigantic grin on his face that he loves big presents more. In our house we have very limited battery operated toys. Working from home I just can't bear the inane noises and flashing lights from toys but when Nuffnang asked to send Aidan a Thomas & Friends Trackmaster "Risky Rails Bridge Drop" set to review I couldn't bring myself to say no. It didn't take him long to rip it all ... [ Discover More ]