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Mummy, I need you too

I love girl weekends away. Not just the ones you have with your girlfriends (although that is also very therapeutic). I am talking about with your little girl. The treasured mummy and daughter time. Sometimes we need to take some time out together for some real quality time. One on one trips to the shops, a walk down to the beach or bedtime cuddles are all wonderful. But sometimes, we need those spontaneous getaways to regroup and really nurture our relationship.  Continue reading

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Family-versary at Blue Dolphin Resort

Recently Hubby and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in a very unorthodox way. We decided to go on a family-versary. Yes, you read right. A family-versary (a family wedding anniversary), somewhat similar to the familymoon (family honeymoon) we had last year. Don’t get me wrong Hubby and I would love to have and will hopefully one day have a real honeymoon or wedding anniversary with just the two of us, but with a lack of support around and young kids it makes the whole thing a bit tricky so for now instead of fretting about not celebrating the way everyone else does we just improvise and make different kinds of memories.

So for this family getaway I went to Hubby’s bucket list and picked Yamba. It’s only 1.5hrs drive from the beautiful Byron Bay or 2hr from the Gold Coast. Continue reading

When Mothers Groups don’t work out

So recently I read a blog by the beautiful Amy from This Mum Likes titled “10 Reasons I Love Mothers’ Group”and it got me thinking about what happens to those of us who don’t click with the group we are given? What if we don’t feel like these women are our sister wives or our mama village, then what?

I feel there are milestones in our lives as mothers just as there are in a child. Children learn to crawl, then walk, then run. Without one it makes it difficult to move on to the next stage. I realise now it’s much the same with motherhood. If you don’t click and build that village in the early days of motherhood it makes the next few milestones hard, lonely and isolating.

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A Motherless Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is such a bitter sweet day for me. As it draws near I feel myself getting a bit anxious and my heart getting a bit heavier. I know I won’t be able to share any new ‘mum and me’ photos on social media and when Sunday comes around and I see photos of friends with their arms draped around their mum’s neck as they pose for a photo I am sure I will feel a ping of envy.

I long for those photos, the new mum and me photos taken over a Mother’s day brunch or lunch, or the generation shot of my mum, kids and I but there will be no photos or moments captured and I imagine it will hurt just the same as it did last year.  Continue reading

It’s all about the Journey

When I started writing today I was going to tell you a story about how my blog came to be. How over the months that it took me to create the blog, and now the couple of months its been ‘live’, I found parts of myself I had lost somewhere in the journey of motherhood & wife-hood. Parts that have laid dormant for way too long. Instead, I find myself drawn to taking down my brave face for a minute and sharing part of my journey about how life’s continual curve balls have impacted my little family. How slowly losing your village as a mum can be soul crushing. Continue reading

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20 Bali Tips

In my previous Bali blogs I covered off on different parts of Bali to live and schooling. I also discussed visas, passports, vaccinations and where to stay. I know I haven’t covered off on flights or travel insurance yet (this is mainly because I have been sharing the journey as I do it and as I haven’t booked flights I haven’t written about it yet). Today I thought I would share with you 20 things I have learnt about Bali since planning for the move that I have found very interesting and helpful. I hope you get something out of it too.  Continue reading

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They don’t call it Paradise Resort for nothing

So recently we did a last minute get away for my birthday. I posted a photo on Facebook and asked our followers to guess where in Australia we were. Listing some clues about the place , I hinted there was a resort which had a water park; a kids club; an ice skating rink; rock climbing; an adults zone and most importantly… cocktails!

For the those of you who guessed, if you guessed Paradise Resort, Gold Coast you are right!

I had heard some mixed reviews about this place including: “it’s heaven for kids but not adults”, “some of the rooms are dated and definitely need a face lift”, “it’s really noisy” and so on. Even with the mixed reviews, it was still on my ‘to visit’ list, so I bit the bullet and booked it.

I am so very glad I did.

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Moving to Bali – Reconnaissance Trip

Moving to Bali? Things to know when planning a Bali reconnaissance trip. We cover what you need to know about passports, vaccinations, visas and of course where to stay…

After our initial planning we decided the next step for us was to do a reconnaissance trip. I had some preconceived ideas about Bali, some positive and some negative and I felt I was unable to commit to the move without doing a ‘test run’. So I started planning a 2.5 week recon trip to visit 3 potential areas we could move to (Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud).

Whether you are going to Bali to live or to visit there are 3 things you might want to consider before even thinking about booking accommodation or jumping on the plane. Continue reading

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Moving to Bali – Initial Planning

Moving house has never fazed me and neither has moving interstate. So when the opportunity came up to move to Bali I was mindful to see if that would be pushing any of my boundaries. We are still in the planning stage and there is a lot to learn and consider, but it’s hasn’t seemed to faze me in the least. There is a lot of research and note taking going on so I thought I’d to share with you my thoughts and findings for two reasons:

  • If I document everything now whilst it’s still fresh I can one day refer back to it if need be
  • It might help you if you ever decided to move to Bali

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