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Why every day is Father’s Day around here!

If you ask me every day is like Father’s Day around this joint!

And I can say that without fear of being stabbed in the eye because 95 per cent of my readers are women (who are quietly nodding their head right now).

Let me clarify myself in five ways:

1. ALWAYS THE FAVOURITE

My husband is always revered, adored and the kids BOUND out the door when he flies up the driveway nearly crashing into the garage door arrives home from work. He can do no wrong and I become chopped liver (which I secretly LOVE).

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2. HOUSEWORK

I’m pretty much chief cook and bottle washer around here anyhow and so telling him not to lift a finger won’t be needed. I should say that he does unload the dishwasher. This is a job I hate so much that I’ll wash dishes by hand instead of unloading in order to re-load it (does that even make sense?) .

3. GOODIES

We always have a steady supply of chocolate and lollies in the house, so there’s no need for Father’s Day gluttony around here.

4. PASHING

I’m always trying to pash him – usually at inappropriate times – this isn’t something I only try to do on the first Sunday in September.

Yep that's pretty much how I do it!

Yep that’s pretty much how I do it!

5. SOCKS & JOCKS

I buy these when they’re on special at the shops, why just spread the sock and jock love one day a year – you can’t get a much better wife than that surely??

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I will do all of this for you on your special day – especially the non-nagging part!!

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To those of who have a dad – celebrate, nurture and love him.
To those who no longer have a living dad – hugs to you.

To my dad – I love you to the moon and back!
To my husband – you are my soul mate, my rock and I appreciate everything you do for me and our crazy gorgeous family!

What you got planned this Sunday?
Is every day Father’s Day at your house??

Gonna flog ma blog with Grace @ With Some Grace tomoz!



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On being a mother to five for the weekend – Wordless Wednesday

Over the weekend I was a mother to five kids under five-and-a-half-years old – now surely that deserves another trophy?

Ahhh - so peaceful just me, myself and I ...

Ahhh – so peaceful just me, myself and I.

It didn't last for long - I was soon bamboozled with love from seven gorgeous cherubs, just three of which were mine!

It didn’t last for long – I was soon bamboozled with love from seven gorgeous cherubs, three of which were mine, two were staying with us over the weekend and two more were just visiting!

After having five young children under my roof for three nights – I’m not sure I will ever moan about my three again (yeah right).

Honestly though, to those who have lots of young children, I salute and admire you – but certainly wouldn’t want to be you – no offence!

Did you have a crazy weekend? How many kids do you want/have?

It’s Wordless Wednesday – linking with the lovely Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

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Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye

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And Ai at Sakura Haruka


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Is there anything more awesome than getting a kick-ass trophy? NUP!

It doesn’t matter if you win or lose as long as… YOU GET A TROPHY!!

BOOM!

Just a wee bit excited about getting this trophy!

Just a wee bit excited about getting this trophy!

Last night my netball team, the Bluebirds, played in the grand finals and we …

LOST!!!!!!!!!!

Yes hard to believe considering the shit-hot trophy I have in bed with me to show for it, but it was a super close game.

After 40 minutes of gruelling play, including a few Academy Award-winning stacks by yours truly – the score was tied!

So – much to the excitement of the crowd, all five of them, we had to play for 10 minutes more – you could have cut the tension with a blunt, rusty knife.

I could say that “it was a game of two halves” and “the better team won on the day” but that’s not the case, it was honestly a tight game, with lots of handling errors on both sides.

We were bloody legends on the court – and I’m proud to be a retired Bluebird!

Just after we lost by one point - BOO :(

Just after we lost by one point – BOO 😦 I’m smack bang in the middle of this pic, just in case you can’t recognise me!

You know – before I got on the court I wasn’t stressed about winning, but as soon as that old dude on the sideline started cheering for our opposing team – REALLY, REALLY LOUDLY – something inside of me broke.

I leaped like a muppet and ran like a headless chicken to defend those shooters because I wanted to WIN mother fuggers!

If you didn’t know I once got an F for sportsmanship – I don’t like losing.

But it wasn’t to be – sadly they won by one – YES ONE BLOODY GOAL 😦

However, they say every cloud has a silver lining and ‘they’ were right – this particular silver lining came in the form of a TROPHY!!

WHOOP  - a runner-up trophy!!

WHOOP WHOOP – a runner-up trophy!!

The last and only ever trophy I won was at a work function where I kicked ass – wait for it – at go karting!

So to get one for netball was amazing (and not just because I paid $120 plus for fees) BUT I know that my children are going to go OFF when they see it!

I will be like a SUPER DUPER NETBALL MUM in their eyes!

And seriously, isn’t it a great feeling to see your children’s eyes light up – no matter what the reason?

Just a tiny bit proud - and sweaty - YUK

Just a tiny bit proud – and sweaty – YUK

I also have to admit that I might have acted like a bit of a pork chop when I was handed my Academy Award trophy.

I’m not saying that I bowed to the crowd other players – but I might have.

Isn't she GORGEOUS! Seriously - what a stunner!

Isn’t she GORGEOUS! Seriously – what a stunner!

Before I shut the hell up about winning a stupid runner-up netball trophy wrap this up I want to point out the good and bad of playing netball outdoors in winter.

PROS
1. I usually get out of the dinner, bath, bed routine.
2. The girls I play with are AWESOME, most were mums, but there were two or three lovelies under 20 that were FANTASTIC, and happy to listen to my mum drivel.
3. I had 15 minutes, to and from netball, in the car ALONE and got to have MY music up loud.

CONS
1. My IBOT newspaper writing deadline is Tuesday so always makes Monday a stressful day.
2. It’s bloody cold in winter and on Mondays I usually like to do FUG ALL because weekends are so full on.
3. 8.30pm games – those are just torture!

Totally loving my new BFF sick right now!

Totally loving my new BFF sick right now!

Did I mention I got a trophy πŸ˜‰

What was the last trophy you won?
Have I inspired you to get your ass out and play a team sport?
Do you want my autograph?

Linking and sharing the LOVE with Jess @ Essentially Jess


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Why I’m not a stream of consciousness writer

I’ve always loved stream of consciousness writers, and while I like to think I’m one of them, I’m probably not.

However, for one time only I will be one.

For the next 10 minutes I’m going to share my inner monologue – just for shits and giggles (probably more shits than giggles).

Here are two definitions of “stream of consciousness” according to the ever hilarious Urban Dictionary:

1. The tendency of the human mind to inadvertently jump from one subject to another.
2. The act of daydreaming while you’re peeing.

Behold my verbal diarrhoea – defined by the Urban Dictionary as a:

“Nonsensical verbal diarrhea. Blathering a never-ending stream of craziness at someone who has no interest in and/or cannot understand what you’re talking about without a break in “conversation” allowing for them to politely escape.”

Strap yourselves in – it ain’t pretty…

I can’t stop thinking that the crown I just had fitted to my molar is not quite right because it’s trapping food and that can’t be great – FUG!

Do I call the dentist and go back for more pain? But if I don’t I might regret it because I paid a bloody fortune for it (just kidding husband it was a BARGAIN).

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And when will I have the time to go? I have just agreed to write lots of BORING SHIT for various organisations and people because I am not in the position to be fussy when it comes to writing, because I work from home and only have two free days a week without children to try to make an average person’s income!

But that is what happens when you take maternity leave when you’re nearing the top of your game and then refuse to go back because you can’t bear the thought of not being around your baby every second of every day.

Mind you it was pretty shit they said come back full-time or not at all – bastards.

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Whatever, I should be grateful that I am able to write from home, and while it’s not breaking (or making) news anymore, it pays the bills. It is also helping out small businesses who need a plug in this tough economy.

But if I did get my tooth fixed, the only day I have is Thursday but then I parent help and there are only two of us in the entire class that do it and if I pull out then our lovely teacher will miss out of valuable help and my daughter will miss not getting the coin I give her to go to the tuckshop when I parent help.

SHIT – okay so I have to go – wonder if they do late nights?

Then if I went at night I would miss out on quiet drinking time, and then wake up even crankier than I do usually at 4.30 – when the Husband’s alarm goes off.

Man I hate that, I wish I could attach a buzzer to his pecker so he’d wake up when it jolted him, because as soon as I hear that alarm I’m FUGGING AWAKE – yes at 4.30am every morning, then I get three kids streaming in from 5.30am…

OKAY so that is 10 minutes of my head dribble – isn’t my inner monologue boring??
What exciting things are going on in your brain at the moment?


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All creatures great and small – Wordless Wednesday

My eagle-eyed and very observant two-year-old (in 3 weeks) found this ant and was amazed by what it was doing!

My eagle-eyed and very observant two-year-old (in 3 weeks) found this ant and was amazed by what it was doing!

Here is a close up of what he saw, a small ant pulling probably 10 times its weight in cheese - ain't nature amazing!

Here is a close up of what he saw, a small ant pulling probably 10 times its weight in cheese – ain’t nature amazing!

PLUS – here are some photos taken by my daughter near our house at the weekend.

She’s pretty talented I think!

Up, up and AWAY!

Up, up and AWAY!

About to take off and follow the other balloon!

About to take off and follow the other balloon!

I have to credit the Husband for taking the kids out in the car to see this happening - I was still in bed. I love that man!

I have to credit the Husband for taking the kids out in the car to see this happening – I was still in bed. I love that man!

Have you been up in a hot-air balloon?
Do you have those big ants that bite and boss you around your own home?

PS – it’s my little sister’s birthday today – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLISSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE xxx

Another Wordless Wednesday post and I link with a trio of troopers!!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

My Little Drummer Boys

Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye

Twinkle In The Eye

And Ai at Sakura Haruka


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Look what I can do with a zucchini and an electric device!

Eat your heart out Thermomix crusaders – I’m bringing the beater back! YEAH!

Bet you Thermomixers can't do this with your machine, you'd lose your tongue, or a digit - BOOM - go the old electric mixer!

Bet you Thermomixers can’t do this with your machine, you’d lose your tongue, or a digit – BOOM – go the old electric mixer!

For those who aren’t familiar with the Thermomix – be proud ashamed, be VERY proud ashamed.

Here it is, in all it’s $2000 (give or take) glory!

For someone like me, a writer, this device would be the equivalent of me having a minion to take notes while I spoke, to interview boring people, do research on the internet and then present me with all the info.

All that would be left for me to do was press a button and VOILA an amazing article would appear.

Basically you have to do FUG ALL and you get a shit-hot baking product!

But alas I am not one of the privileged few who owns one, nor will I likely EVER be gifted one to write a review about.

So I thought I’d go retro and make cupcakes with… wait for it…. an electric beater!

Nothing like a vibrating hand to make you feel ALIVE!

Nothing like a vibrating hand to make you feel ALIVE!

The aim was to hide three large zucchinis in them, like I do with risotto and spag bol!

I LOVE ZUCCHINIS!

No need to bore you with a description of how I made them, but here is a pictorial of my baking adventure.

Then I added zucchini - just TRICKS - this was just to see if you were still awake - looks a bit, umm, crude!

Then I added zucchini – just TRICKS – this was just to see if you were still awake – looks a bit, umm, crude!

Totally pureed those zucchinis!

Totally pureed those zucchinis!

This is more like it and I only found a few (dozen) tiny bits of egg shell in the mixture - will give the lucky cruncher a GREAT surprise, a little bit like crunching on sand!

This is more like it and I only found a few (dozen) tiny bits of egg shell in the mixture – will give the lucky cruncher a GREAT surprise, a little bit like crunching on sand!

Oh it's the simple things in life that keep me happy!

Oh it’s the simple things in life that keep me happy!

Doesn't it look so picturesque?

Doesn’t it look so picturesque?

Man it's hard not to spill the mixture, a slow boring job!

This – not so much!

Out of the bowl and into the oven baby! And not a Thermomix in sight!

Out of the bowl and into the oven baby! And not a Thermomix in sight!

YUMMO - and they were gone in less than 24 hours - NO SHIT!

YUMMO – and they were gone in less than 24 hours – NO SHIT!

A happy customer, excuse the open mouth eating food photo!

A happy customer, excuse the open mouth eating food photo!

I’m starting to wonder if I have missed my calling? Am I perhaps destined to be a FOOD BLOGGER after all?
Have you got any other tips to hiding veges in food?
Nah just kidding I don’t care, I only bake once a year and I’ve done my dash for 2013!

A rather wordless IBOT – but they say a picture paints a thousands words!

WAIT – don’t got!!!

I’m GUEST BLOGGING over for Kylie @ A Study of Contradictions – LOVE LOVE her blog, the fact she can rant and swear like a pro while being super intelligent!

Go on visit me her blog TODAY

Thanks Jess @ Essentially Jess for hosting


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Why we all need time at the beach – Wordless Wednesday

The love of my love and I had lunch at the beach mid-week – a rare treat for us!

Oops - I got a bit carried away!

Oops – I got a bit excited and overfilled my glass! And check out that bread platter – BOOM!

I couldn't waste it!

I couldn’t waste it!

Almost composed.

Almost composed.

The photo I posted on IG :)

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LOVING time to myself

LOVING time to myself

Me LOVING time with my soul mate!

LOVING time with my soul mate!

Nothing nicer than the sound of waves crashing!

Nothing nicer than the sound of waves crashing!

Getting feet wet and loving it!

Getting feet wet and loving it!

Ummm, can you read this?

Ummm, can you read this?

Promise me if you live near the beach to do this as much as you can – it’s tonic for the soul!

It’s Wordless Wednesday and I link with the lovely

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

My Little Drummer Boys

Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye

Twinkle In The Eye

And Ai at Sakura Haruka


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Ten things men think but are usually smart enough not to say out loud!

Learning when to hold your tongue is a trait may of us aren’t so great at.

But in order to survive parenthood and marriage, many couples refrain from saying things they would LOVE to get off their chest.

I recently I wrote a post about books I’d love to publish

Here is a list that is sort of not really an extension of this:

Ten things husbands or partners would LOVE to say to us but never will – for fear of getting shot.

1. I know you were crushing candy just before I walked in the door and then quickly did the husband hustle to clean up this pigsty.

2. Your mum cooks way better than you! (Actually the Husband says this to me!).

3. Yes, yes I know you work WAY harder than me and you don’t get a lunch break, sick days, or to speak to other adults, blah blah blah.

4. Do you really think it’s such a great idea to eat chocolate and drink wine so late at night? Your GUT ain’t getting any smaller!

5. I couldn’t give a shit about the bargain you got at the supermarket today – unless it involves boobs.

6. Surely you’re not that naive to think that I only look at news videos on my very large-screened 4G smart phone.

7. If the lawns annoy you so fugging much get off your chocolate ass and do them yourself instead of hinting at how good the neighbours look!

8. Of course I love you but please shut the hell up about how tired you are – I’m trying to ignore you by watching sport, reality TV or play a game on my iPad.

9. I think it’s a great idea for you to get out of the house more – because it give me a few hours without your nagging.

10. I stopped listening about 30 seconds ago, what the hell are you talking about WOMAN? (This is when they start smiling and nodding).

What do you think your partner is secretly thinking but values their life too much to say?
Does your significant other actually say any of the above? Are they still alive?

Or are you kidding yourself in to thinking your lovely partner would NEVER have these thoughts?

It’s a Tuesday IBOT post – inspired by Jess @ Essentially Jess


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A flash back in time to when there were two – Wordless Wednesday

A trip down memory lane to when my second born arrived – inspired by Kylie @ A Study of Contradiction – who just had her second child a week or so ago.

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All these gorgeous photos were taken by my friend Aroha – catch her at Photography By Aroha
or Colours of Sunset

She is reasonably priced, lives on the Gold Coast and takes great kids, babies and families!


CONTACT HER HERE!

It’s my weekly Wordless Wednesday post:

Linking with three lovelies:

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

My Little Drummer Boys

Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye

And Ai at Sakura Haruka


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Life isn’t like a box of chocolates – it’s like a board game!

Forrest Gump’s mama got it all wrong – life isn’t like a box of chocolates, it’s like a board game!

Indulge me if you will, while I attempt to associate the names of the below games to what it’s like to be a parent.

SCRABBLE

What you will be doing from the moment you child is born, whether it’s figuring out how to swaddle them, holding on to a runaway toddler or stopping them from body slamming their brother.

You will also scrabbling for money, to get them to school on time and to explain to your inquisitive kids what ‘adult cuddles’ are.

Surely this has got to win me the game!

Surely this has got to win me the game!

KERPLUNK

What happens to your uterus once you have kids, say goodbye to carefree bouncing on the trampoline or laughing without fear!

For dads, this is what will happen to your sex life.

You will also lose your marbles over and over again.

HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS

Your life will revolved around feeding, or attempting to feed children.

If you have grazers you should put a stool in your pantry or kitchen and sit there for the entire day because you’ll be asked to hand out food every 30 to 45 minutes!.

TWISTER

It’s highly likely kids will “twist her” around the bend with their questions, repetition of the word ‘mum’ and their ability to poo just as your strap them in their car seat.

Parents will also be twisted and pulled in so many directions that they’ll often end up collapsing in a heap!

This is the classic version, just so you know there are many new takes on it, especially kinky ones (for those of you wanting to spice things up a bit) Image source

This is the classic version, just so you know there are many new takes on it, especially kinky ones (for those of you wanting to spice things up a bit). Image source

SNAKES AND LADDERS

Life is now full of ups and downs and just when you think you’ve got it sussed, you’ll have to start at the bottom and work you way back to the top again!

But there will also be some amazing highs that you didn’t realise existed until you had children.

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Most days you’ll have no clue in regards to what you are doing, but if you wing it, trust your instincts and NEVER read parenting books you’ll get there.

There’ll also be days when you’ll accuse Professor Plum of hitting Colonel Mustard on the head with a candlestick – whereas in actual fact it was Colonel Mustard who started the shit fight by tying Professor Plum up with a rope!

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Wasn’t this one of the best games EVER!
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TROUBLE

A word that you will approx about 5460 times* to your child to your child before they are 15.

Something your partner will be in if s/he wakes up a baby you have spent FOREVER trying to get to sleep.

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They sure don’t make ’em like this anymore, the bobble thing in the middle isn’t as sturdy that’s for sure.
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And if you are wondering why I have left much-loved Monopoly off the list, well it’s because.. I HAVE NEVER PLAYED MONOPOLY – EVER!

Yes it’s highly likely that I’m in the 10th percentile of people my age who haven’t played this game.

That’s my claim to fame and I’m sticking with it!

What board game represents your life right now? What game have you never played? Anyone want to come over and show me the big deal with Monopoly is?

*(I calculated this by the fact you probably say it once a day every day for about 15 years – I’m sure there are days when the word ‘trouble’ is not said at all, but others when it’s used four or five times a day.)

It’s Tuesday, I’m off to the dentist (BOO) but I’m linking with Jess @ Essentially Jess


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Why some beauty DIY jobs are best left to the pros!

You’d have to be a slice short of a sandwich to attempt tricky DIY electrical or plumbing work without qualifications.

But a lot of idiots peeps do – these sort of clever clogs also lick steak knives and put metal things in toasters that are turned on.

So many jobs are best left to the professionals, especially things such as cooking, cleaning, and crafting ;).

I couldn't have said it better myself - well just a little bit better, maybe.

I couldn’t have said it better myself – well just a little bit better, maybe.

But also it’s probably wise to think twice about doing beauty-related jobs yourself.

Three things to avoid if you want to avert a DIY beauty disaster.

1. HAIRY MACLARY

A Brazilian or back, sack and crack wax – sorry for the frightening mental image that might be floating around in your head right now!

But truly – you’re treading on dangerous turf hair, best to leave this job for the experts.

2. MONO BROW

Using tweezers when you’re drunk – you could get carried away and end up looking like this:

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DAMN those are some bad eyebrows! Image source

3. HAIR DYEING

As a fearless teenager, I must confess I had many a DIY hair disaster, and looking back at photos such as the ones below, I can now see why I wasn’t the town bike :(.

Behold, here is a pictorial of “The pink hair incident of 1995”.

BEFORE

Not content with a reasonably nice mousy blonde hair colour, I take matters in to my own hands

Not content with a reasonably nice mousy blonde hair colour, I take matters in to my own hands.

DURING

My friend, whose house we did the dye job at, graciously took these very unflattering pics of me!

I have to thank my friend (the photographer) for letting me do this at her house – and for all those nights I crashed at your place as a teenager, you’re a legend!

AFTER

BOOM  - instant pink!

BOOM – instant pink! And notice how I’m rocking the bright red lippie, what a horn bag right?

What DIY job will you NOT attempt, no matter how much money or time it would save you?

Alright so give a dog a bone here peeps, please link up a post, something, ANYTHING, I’m not fussy!

I have to prove to Kirsty @ My Home Truths that I’m not the worst link-up host in the entire galaxy.

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I Must Confess is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for the whole week.
You can link up something old or new, we’re not fussy around here.
Feel free to go with the prompt for the week or add your own confession, whatever suits.
Please go forth and share the comment love – it is bloggy crack after all!

Next week’s prompt, finish this sentence: “I must confess I am the biggest…”