Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Presentation Day......Where Everyone Is Not A Winner

School Presentation Days

Everyone's Not A Winner!

The end the school is is coming to a close and with that come the inevitable school presentation days. A day where schools celebrate their high achievers in all areas like music, sport, academics and community.

As the term draws to a close, parents check the letter box with baited breath in anticipation of the letter that may or may not show up advising them if their child is receiving an award at their schools respective presentation day.

There are some parents who are old hands of the Presentation Day Award Ceremony, you know the one's, their child seems to pop up year after year receiving award after award. 

In the case of some of these parents, I am yet to figure out who the award is actually for, them or their kids!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sydney Under Siege

Sydney terror siege

Live Your Life As Normal - How Do We Do That?

Yesterday started just like any other weekday for Sydney, kids set out for school, Mums and Dads left for work and I waved Mr Barbie off at the station, just like I do every week day morning.

Little did I know of the horror, that was going to plunge our lovely and peaceful city into panic and uncertainty.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

All You Lonely Starbucks Lovers..

Taylor Swift Parody

These ladies are fast becoming one of my favourites on Youtube.

They have done quite a few videos that I'm sure most parents could relate to, they are gold.

This is the latest one and I don't care what you say, I think she still says "Lonely Starbucks Lovers"....

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Friday, December 12, 2014

10 Teenage Moments We Would Like To Forget #Stumbleintotheweekend

teen moments we want to forget

The Teenage Years #StumbleIntoTheWeekend

Now that we are all getting on a bit, we tend to reminisce and look back on our informative years with rose coloured glasses.

Aahh those trying and turbulent teenage years... were they really the best days of our lives, or are we forgetting all the trials and tribulations too?

Looking back, yes life certainly seemed easier and more carefree.....but was it?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

There's A Storm A Brewin'

Sydney Storms

Hasn't the weather in Sydney been absolutely crazy over the last week?

I think today is the first day that we haven't had some sort of thunderstorm of an afternoon in like 8 days!

All you people who live in the tropics you would be well versed with this kind of weather. The stifling humidity during the day and an afternoon storm to clear the air. But this is all new to we Sydney Siders!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Recipe - Easy Christmas Egg Nog

Egg Nog Recipe

Christmas Egg Nog Recipe

Living in Australia Egg Nog isn't traditionally on our list of Christmas treats however with the influence of the American culture through TV etc, this seasonal drink is gaining popularity here.

We are seeing it sold in cartons at local supermarkets now, where even 10 years ago this was practically unheard of.

With this in mind I thought I would share with you my easy and delicious version of this Christmas drink.  It is much nicer than those watery store bought varieties .

I don't add any alcohol to my recipe so the kids get to have some too.  I typically add some Whiskey, Rum or Scotch to the glass before pouring for the adults, if they want the alcoholic variety.

Please note this is the Australian version....hence the "chill before serving" and ice option.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Easy DIY Christmas Craft

Christmas Craft

*This post first appeared on Barbie on 3/12/13*

Are you like me and don't possess one single "crafty" bone in your body?  

I sometimes feel very sorry for my girls that they have a Mum, who was and still is, never very good at craft projects.

Well I have stumbled across some ideas that even I might be able to do!! Have a look!!

Christmas Craft
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Little Girl Tells Off "Gaston" For Being Sexist

Little girl tells off Gaston

You Go Girl

Ha, we all knew that Gaston was a sexist seems this little girl realises it too!!!

This little girl sure is feisty, and she certainly puts "Gaston" in his place...."No No No aren't marrying Belle"... she yells at him, to the delight of the crowd.


"The Beast is going to beat you up"!! She taunts him with.

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Christmas Threw Up On Our House..

Decorating Your House For Christmas

How Do You Decorate At Christmas

How do you decorate your house for the Christmas season?

Are you happy with a small tree, placed strategically in the corner and bang you're  done? 

Or are you like us and go completely overboard..?

As my girls say "It looks like Christmas threw up on our house"!!

I know they secretly love it. They love cars slowing down to take a look at our pretty lights and garden.

They like the fact that our house still remains the only one lit up in the whole street...
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Monday, December 08, 2014

You Are So Lucky To Be An Only Child.....Am I.....Really?

The struggle of an only child

What they don't tell you about being an "only child"

I am an only child.... there I've said it.....

I was born in the early 70's during a time when most families at least had 2 or more children and the stigma of being only child was a lot more pronounced.

I used to get the sympathetic looks from some of my parents friends. 

They wondered why my mother and father never had any more children. It never occurred to them that the reasons for that, may have been for other than just purely choice.

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