Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Our RV Holiday - Part 2 - Roma to Charleville

Roma QLD to Charleville QLD

* This is a sponsored post brought to you by Southern Cross Travel Insurance*

Part 2 of our great adventure saw us start up old "Bertha" and head west. We were starting our mammoth journey to Longreach QLD via a quintessential Aussie Outback town, Charleville.

As we departed Roma we got our first glimpse of a couple of wild emus, these wouldn't be the only ones we saw soon realising that Outback Queensland indeed was home to countless numbers of the flightless birds. The girls were very excited, the only Emus we had ever seen before had in our local zoo.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Struggles Teaching the Learner Driver

Teaching the Learner DriverThe Roads are Full of A#$holes!

When I was 15 I couldn't wait for the day when I was going to be able to get my Learners Permit. I couldn't wait to start driving, this was the start of my independence and my emergence into adulthood. 

I received my learners permit in a little country town in NSW. The first thing my mother allowed me to do was drive the 45 minutes back home from the closest largest town centre where the RTA was located, a great initiation.

These roads were perfect for the new driver to develop their skills. Light traffic, fairly straight and apart from the occasional cow crossing and ever frequent pot holes, there wasn't much to distract a beginner driver making it the perfect way to ease myself into the driving community.

Monday, August 18, 2014

How To Create An Awesome Blog Profile Picture

How To Create an Awesome Blog Profile Picture Design a Terrific "About Me" Blog Profile Pic With Clickable Link For Your Sidebar

When I go visiting other blogs, the first thing my eyes gravitate toward is the profile picture of the author.

I like to know who the writer of the blog is at a glance. 

Having a great headshot, a visually appealing blog profile picture and short description will not only enhance the look of your blog, but make it look more professional also.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quote Of The Week-Maya Angelou

Quote Of The Week

Given the circumstances of this week, I thought this quote to be very apt and appropriate.

We all need to, myself included, make sure that we don't get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our own lives, that we unintentionally neglect to check and make sure those closest to us are OK.

All it takes is a few moments out of every day to give someone a friendly wave, a quick phone call, shoot them a text or email and just let our loved ones know that we are thinking of them.

Make the time to ask "RUOK"

If you or someone you love is experiencing signs of depression contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue for advice and support.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Day The Laughter Died #StumbleIntoTheWeekend

Oh Captain, My Captain!

We were all getting ready for school the other morning, muddling through our everyday routine of school lunches, hair and trying to get dressed and out the door on time.

The kids as always, seemingly drag their heels purposely each and every morning, it finally got to me and I snapped....big time.....

It must have been while Miss 6 and Miss 9 were carrying on with their all too frequent morning argument in the car that I turned around to stare at them shooting daggers from my eyes, "be quiet" I yelled "for once just stop fighting!!!!".... some other words may have slipped out too and I just hung my head in shame, while tears sprang to my eyes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

9 Simple Steps To Help You Take Amazing Family Photos

9 Steps to a Great Family PhotoTake Fantastic Family Photos in 9 Simple Steps

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Photobox*

My father was the quintessential hobby photographer, he could quite often be seen snapping gorgeous photos of his gorgeous grand daughters, often taking them by surprise and capturing that all allusive perfect picture.

As a result of him constantly being on the shooting end of the camera, I don't have that many photos of him, but I have plenty of his handy work and they are pictures that will remain with us and ones we will treasure forever.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our RV Holiday - Wordless Wednesday

Port Stephens NSW - Roma QLD Australia

An RV-Campervan Holiday

I'm going to be sharing some of our great holiday pics for Wordless Wednesday each week!

This is one family trip we have been looking back on with fond memories and I'm sure we will forever.

Take 4 kids (one with a broken arm), 2 parents, cram them all into 1 RV named "Bertha" and tackle the open Queensland road..... in January......I know we were NUTS!!

We started off from Port Stephens NSW and headed North West to Tenterfield NSW and Roma QLD.  It was January so it was HOT!!! Thank heavens "Bertha" had air conditioning and the caravan parks had pools!

RV-Campervan holiday
Tenterfield Saddler.....time is a traveller.....

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How to Save Money Raising Girls

Save momey raising kidsHow to Save Money When Raising Girls

Apparently, on average, the cost of raising 2 children from birth to age 24  totals around $812,000!! Wow....seriously??

One of the main differences I have been told between raising boys and girls is the financial difference.  Girls seem to be so expensive! It starts young and it only gets worse as they get older.

Monday, August 11, 2014

How To Design Your Own Header for Your Blogger Blog

Blog Header Design Design Tips for Your Blogger Blog

Creating Your Own Unique Blog Header

I often see bloggers throwing the same old question around,  "Blogger" or "Wordpress"? I myself have also wondered whether I would be better off switching.

The thought however of switching platforms is a somewhat scary one and sometimes a bit impractical for some. There are hosting and design costs to consider and then there is always a purchase of a domain name.

If you are just starting out, or indeed if you a seasoned blogger. A Blogger blog can provide you with everything you are looking for, until the time you feel like you need or want to have a change.

With that in mind I thought I would offer some design tips to have your blogger blog looking and feeling more like your own quicker and easier than you might think.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

6 Things Your Teenage Daughter Feels

A Quote For Your Daughter

I do believe that body image and self confidence is one of the hardest things to overcome when raising a teenage girl.  

  • They feel so unsure of themselves at times, although I guess we all do... 
  • They feel so self conscious, sensitive about how they look to others and sensitive to any criticism directed their way...
  • They feel so alone, even though that is the furthest thing from the truth and they are surrounded by love and warmth every day...
  • They feel so inadequate when they compare themselves against their peers, however apparently only we can see just how fantastic they really are...
  • They feel so pressured and stressed letting everyday life sometimes get the better of them and struggling hard to find a balance...
  • However we make sure that they feel loved, appreciated and beautiful,  because as their parents and family this is our responsibility...

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