Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Your Poor Husband!

You Have Four Girls?

People see me in the street with 4 girls, or if we go to a party or social gathering where no one knows us,  the first they notice are all my girls.

"Wow!! You have 4 girls!!!" They exclaim. 

I politely nod, smiling. I feel so proud and so lucky that they are my daughters.

The next comment to usually follow still has the power to absolutely floor me!! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

11 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Teenage Self

Advice To My Teenage SelfAdvice To Your Teenage Self

Lets face it the teenage years are tough!! 

Or they seem that way at the time. Hormones are raging through our bodies, it's often make or break time for friendships, school is hard and it seems like your life is going to be this way forever.

An Open Letter to My Daughters

Life Advice Now that You are Grown


My girls are growing up so fast that they are literally changing right before my eyes.  Before I know it they are going to be adults and embarking on their own path throughout life.

With this in mind I thought I would write them a letter telling them all the important things in life that they need to remember and not to lose sight of the important things as time ticks away.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Talking To Kids About Scary World Events

Kids and World EventsAre Your Kids Asking Questions?

There are some pretty scary things going on in the world at the moment.  We turn on the 6 O'Clock news and we see pretty frightening images flashing across our screens. 

It happens so often these days, pictures of war zones, crimes, children crying and getting hurt and all while we sit down for our evening meal!

Do we even notice anymore? Have we become so desensitised to these images that we don't even register the horror?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Should We Raise our Sons, More Like Our Daughters?

Quote Of The Week

Growing up I was a bit of a "tom boy".  I played with toy cars and climbed trees.  I still remember that one of my favourite toys was a motorbike that you revved up and then sent it skidding down a ramp and across the floor, it provided me with hours of fun. 

I am an only child, so when I growing up I was sometimes quite lonely.  Family friends of ours had a son my age, who was also an only child and we basically grew up together. I played with his matchbox cars, action figurines and Star Wars models, however each time he went to play with my dolls, prams and Barbies he was met with frowns and disapproval from some of the adults around us.

Why was it OK for me to play with cars and trucks but not OK for him to push around a little toy pram?

Ahhh the 70's where it was important to portray the image  of a "manly" man and hence most fathers had the attitude that "no son of mine is playing with dolls"!!

Gloria Steinem quote

Fast forward 40 years and I'd like to think our view of parenting has changed. My girls have played with matchbox cars, in fact they play with the same ones I used to play with! My mother still has them tucked up underneath the bed at her place and my two younger girls drag them out whenever we visit.

The same little boy I used to play with as a child, is now a doting father of three girls himself.  He is a wonderful father and husband and maybe to a certain degree, sneaking in the occasional doll playing nurtured and developed that softer side of him, but more likely it was probably there all along....

What do you think, do you think boys playing with toys designed specifically for girls is ok? 




























Friday, July 25, 2014

Stumble Into The Weekend - Link Up

Stumble Upon Link Up Stumble Into The Weekend - Link Up

Thanks for visiting yet again for the link I love having everyone and looking at and sharing your posts. After a very busy week it has taken me a while to get back to everyone.... but I will....

Having said that I am looking for a few co-hosts for this link up, so if you are interested drop me an email at barbiebieberandbeyond@gmail.com. I would love to get more exposure for Stumble Upon and introduce a lot more bloggers to it's benefits.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Aussie Beef Pie

beef pie recipeBeef Pie Recipe

This is one of our families favourite recipes and one I cook a lot over the course of Winter.

If you have a slow cooker it is perfect for this recipe.  I absolutely adore our Slow Cooker, it gets used all the time.

With this recipe you can put on the meat mixture in the morning and just let it simmer and the flavours infuse all day.

There are a few cheats in this recipe, I don't make my own pastry and I don't brown my meat first (you can if you like though).

I'm a bit lazy and tend to just chuck everything in together, shut the lid and forget about it for a few hours. 

Isn't that the best part of cooking a recipe like this? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Make Up Tips for Teen Girls

Make Up TipsLess is More - Make Up Tips for Teen Girls

Having two teenage girls in the house means there is lot's of experimentation going on with make up and beauty products.

Some days are successful....some not so much.....

We all know the psyche of the teenage girl is tenuous at best.  So how do we encourage our girls to apply and wear the correct make up that suits them without sounding too critical?

Things Only Mums of Girls Say

Things only Mums would sayHow often do you hear these phrases come out of your mouth?

Since I have had my girls I seem have developed my own vocabulary.  

Some of the things that  come out of my mouth, I never thought I would hear spoken in civilised society, some however sound vaguely familiar..... I think I am slowly turning into my mother..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

10 Reasons Why Girls Are Easier To Raise Than Boys

Are Girls Harder to Raise than Boys? 

A horrifying statistic came out last week that said apparently if your children were girls, you had a higher risk for your marriage to end in divorce.  I don't totally agree with everything that was mentioned in this article, however it got me thinking, is it harder and more taxing for parents to raise girls than it is for them to raise boys?

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