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This is my little sister Stephanie, although it seems a bit redundant to call her that now she's a fully functioning and independent adult... but I'm her big sister so I guess I can call her what ever I like! We've grown really close over the past few years, it's really nice. Before we just kind of swung around in our own orbits, occasionally colliding, often resulting in tears. Not only have we become closer on a personal level but she's also been learning more about what I do for work. So ... [ Discover More ]

Dramatic Tendencies

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Do you constantly feel overwhelmed? I do. Most of the time it feels as though it's one thing after another. You get through one drama only to step right into the next, you're lucky if you even get a few hours or days to breathe between them. I've felt this way for a few years but really noticed it in the last 12 months. It creeps up on you and it's hard to shake it off. I found the most common triggers fall under five major categories: Health Friends Family Self Esteem Sex Now ... [ Discover More ]

Salt + Silence

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After the Christmas holiday break with my family in Port Stephens I was really unhappy. I missed the togetherness, the seaside living and weirdly enough, the disconnect. I left my laptop at home for over a week, barely used my phone (except to take pics) and put my email in vacation mode. That might not sound like a big sacrifice to most but for me it was like going completely off the grid... and I liked it. I liked it so much that after we got home a week later Aidan and I left Steve at home to ... [ 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 ]

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 ]

Where Does the Time Go?

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I recently flew to the Northern Territory which is where I grew up, it was a secret and utterly magical. Darwin was brilliant. I turned 28, surprised my friends, got dressed up for the races, got to snuggle babies and chilled out by the beach on numerous occasions. The only thing that could have made my birthday sweeter was having my boys by my side. Whilst everyone down home was wearing track pants and jumpers, I was working my shorts and chiffon numbers. The weather was spectacularly ... [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Aussie Curves – Shorts

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As you might be able to guess, I'm at the beach for the holidays to celebrate Christmas with my family. I seriously considered skipping this week's challenge. We had a long drive, I still couldn't find any shorts that I really liked and to be honest I wanted to play hooky and you know, not do my homework. At the last moment I had a change of heart, I went to Kmart and grabbed the first pair of shorts I could find that fit and what's done is done. No make up, no fancy hair, not even a properly ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Mixing Patterns

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My eyes hurt just looking at this post. I guess that wasn't really the point of this week's theme "Mixing Patterns" but I don't blame the outfit, it's the lurid acid lime green walls at my local shopping center car park. Suger took these photos for me and it seemed like a good idea at the time. We'd just had a lovely mexican dinner (hi food baby) and we were heading back to the car when I told everyone to stop so I could get my model on... would you believe no one batted an eyelid. Outfit photos ... [ 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 ]

Chilli For Whimps

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I posted this photo on facebook tonight, sharing what I'd made for dinner and I was instantly asked to share the recipe... so here I am. You wont be blown away though, it's pretty simple and yes, it involves a packet mix because I'm lazy and enjoy consistency. CHILLI MIX: 1x Chilli Con Carne Spice Sachet from Aldi. 500gms Beef Mince. 1x Brown Onion, diced finely. 1 Tbs Olive Oil. 1x Can Red Kidney Beans. 1x Can diced Tomatoes. 1x Cup frozen Corn kernels. 1x Tbs Tomato ... [ Discover More ]

Cardio Tennis

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Australia When I was asked if I would like to review an exercise class, I have to be honest, I hesitated but the opportunity to hit things and wear a cute outfit sealed the deal. A high energy, tennis based cardio workout for an hour one afternoon, sure no worries I could handle it. Tell me... does this look like the face of someone who handled it? Errr... no would be the answer. That class kicked my fat chunky ass. I burned in places I'd never burned in before. ... [ Discover More ]

The Dark Door

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Aidan is amazing. Honestly somedays (even the tough ones) it's hard for me to believe I'm a Mumma, especially Aidan's as he's the coolest dude on the planet. I may be biased. There will be a moment everyday, without fail, when I will whisk him up into my arms, smoosh my lips into his chubby cheek and tell him how smart / clever / handsome / kind / funny he is. I sometimes wonder if he's missing out by not having a sibling. Aidan is three years old. He's curious, loves to dance and likes to ... [ Discover More ]

Down in Melbourne for MSFW

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This is a pretty tough office to beat when you're away from home. TS14+ had flown me down to Melbourne to cover their runway shows during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and I was staying at the lovely Novotel on Collins. By some weird fate I always seem to stay there and that's cool with me, I like it. It's comfy, close to everything and I know my way around. Last time I definitely didn't have one of these bad boys in my room though. I'd always wondered if these chairs would live up to the ... [ Discover More ]

TS14+ MSFW Invitation

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TS14+ is hosting two twilight shows in Melbourne CBD today and they've flown me down to cover the event, I feel so extremely lucky. You can be lucky too... the shows are absolutely FREE for the public to attend! The first show is at 5:30pm the next at 6:30pm. Afterwards you can join me at the Australia on Collins TS14+ Store, which will be open until 9pm. The gorgeous Bella Model Management ladies will be walking and I'm so excited!!! I'll be heading backstage with my camera snapping all the ... [ Discover More ]

Embrace the Winter Sun

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This is a tired yet ecstatic me returning home from Blogopolis... post coming soon. ASOS Peppermint Swing Dress 17 Sundays Take Me Away Crop Jacket - gifted SWAK The Perfect Leggings - gifted Payless (USA) Gold Glitter Flats City Chic Bangles Forever21 (USA) Sunglasses Lane Bryant Neon Pink Nail Polish - gifted  The sun was still shining so we played outside soaking up the warmth of the sun. Steve's practicing taking my outfit photos so I pranced about the backyard for ... [ Discover More ]

Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Childhood

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 If you've voted, commented or shared any of my posts for the Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Competition, thank you so much. If you haven't there is still time, just click the link, click on my face and enter your email address to go in the running to win $5000 cash! This week's post is all about "childhood" so I decided to mix up parts of my past with parts of our present. I hope you enjoy the video and the little sneak peek into what it was like for me growing up, almost a total contrast to ... [ Discover More ]

Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Passenger

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As one of the (extremely lucky, like omg how did that even happen?!?!) Top 5 chosen from the Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Bloggers competition I'm required to write four blog posts on specific topics over the next few weeks. Who knows, if I do a good job I might get to drive this bad boy around for a whole year and maybe even land myself in New York in August for BlogHer alongside the likes of Woogsworld, Edenland and Styling You... as they say, it would be #totesamaze!!! A beautiful brand ... [ Discover More ]

Generations

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Yesterday my Grandparents "Poppy" and "Grandma" (my father's parents) came to visit us for the afternoon. We hadn't seen them since September and Grandma had been quite ill. Even though we only live a few hours drive away, Aidan's constant sniffles and colds made it difficult to visit for fear of making her condition worse. It was lovely to see her so well and playful. Aidan couldn't get enough them both, he loved them to bits and as you can tell they loved him right back. They played cars, ... [ Discover More ]

The Tide is High

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I watched as my personality seemed to shrink in front of the mirror as I stood there, my eyes grey and bemused by my reflection. I slipped on my favourite SARA swimsuit, I loved how I felt in it, secure yet colourful. My eyes caught a glimpse of my inner upper thighs and I shuddered, how did I get this lazy? Once firm taught flesh had become chubby, soft and saggy, I felt far from sexy and tired of feeling so blah. It was late in the afternoon and Steve and Aidan were playing outside, I could ... [ Discover More ]