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Quick school holiday meals

Quick school holiday meals are a must during the long summer Christmas break. During the school term I’m relatively organised.  I know what we’re having for dinner in the morning, the meat’s usually defrosted by the end of the day and the meal usually contains some form of vegetables. Come school holidays my meal planning gets […]

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Boys from Balamara return to the Capricorn Coast

Twenty-five years ago, eight year old Pete and his six year old brother Mick Ireland sailed onto the Capricorn coast with their mum, dad, four brothers and sisters on the way to Lizard Island. This week they revisited the journey on their own boat Balamara as part of a documentary Return to Lizard Island. MTV […]

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Preschool teacher breaks up with class

It’s sad but true, Mr 2’s Preschool teacher, the cool dude who wears shorts, beanies and a lazy smile is breaking up with us. Okay maybe he’s not breaking up with us but he is leaving and we want to say thanks. What do you buy a 20 something, guy preschool teacher? Nope.  I couldn’t […]

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5 things the start of big school will teach you

I knew that big school would teach my kindergarten kid a lot, but I wasn’t prepared for the five things the start of big school would teach me. This year I became the mother of a kindergarten (Qlders read prep) kid at big school and my littlest went back to preschool.  I’ve been describing it as traumatic but as […]

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Kickin with the kids in Canberra

A quick two-hour trip from Wollongong and we were ready to start kickin it with the kids in Canberra. The purpose of our trip was some quality family time and birthday cake with the sister-in-law. In the meantime we had three days to fill and two kids to keep entertained. Questacon was the suggested first […]

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Birthday party for 12

Kid’s party panic

Organising, a Christmas party for 200 or a town party for 1000, no problem .  Have me organise  my own child’s fifth birthday party for 12 and I start to sweat. I’m not kidding. The Rubinator turned five recently and a Batman party was high on his agenda for a perfect birthday. Hosting it at our small abode was […]

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Dear Max, please go the **#@ to sleep

Dear Adam Mansbach, when you wrote THAT book, Go the **#@ to sleep, politely dual-released as, Seriously just go to sleep, I read it and I laughed. I try not to make profanities a part of my everyday vocab, but I laughed the laugh of a parent who has two children that go to sleep as […]

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Long distance driving cut short

What if you could read a book without taking your hands off the steering wheel? or discover the steps to a new career.  All this in the time it takes to drive from Brisbane to Sydney.  Would it change your mind about long distance driving? Our family drives long distances a lot. Whether it’s a 300 or […]

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