Welcoming Spring

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Springtime is upon us.

And that means Father’s Day and the Queens Birthday long weekend and Halloween and the start of the holiday season!
Insert screaming in fear face emoji here.
As an expat, I am always somewhat confused by this time of year…I have been living in Brisbane for over ten years now but somehow springtime as a sign that Christmas is coming still doesn’t seem right.

While I love all the community events and the excitement that is heading our way (how good is Christmas read more

Six things you DON’T have to do when you are pregnant!

What NOT to do when you are pregnant

 

Photo by Tahnee of Lemonade Lane.
After you get over the excitement of being pregnant (and then get over the nausea) and actually start thinking about having a baby, it seems that having that baby involves a to do list a mile long!
And everyone wants to add things to your baby to do list.
Your caregivers, your partner, your parents, the well meaning grocery check out woman.

Don’t worry, I am not going to add to your baby to do list.
I am going to share six things you DON’T have to do when you are pregnant!

1.  Absorb the opinions of anyone other than read more

How To Cope With Fear In Birth

How to cope with fear in birth.

Photo by Tahnee of Lemonade Lane.
I have been reading Playing Big by Tara Mohr.  She devotes one chapter to exploring the duality of fear.
She refers to the Hebrew Bible and explains that in it, two different words were used to describe two different types of fear.

The first is Pachad.
This is the fear of projected or imagined things…what could happen, what if, all those worst case scenarios that our complex human brain considers.  Our response to pachad is fight or flight, that adrenaline driven reaction which, read more

Thermomix Postpartum Porridge

Thermomix Postpartum Porridge

 

I know, I know…when you have a newborn breakfast NEVER looks like the above photo!
But you don’t have to be a new mother to enjoy this porridge.
While the ingredients were specifically chosen to support Ayurvedic suggestions regarding recovering from childbirth, this Thermomix Postpartum Porridge can be enjoyed by anyone.
Whenever I make this for a new mothers, I am reminded of how good it is and I always end up making some for myself too!
And yes, with a six year old and a two read more

The Portrait Series: 16/52

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Glued to their respective screens.
Power Rangers Dino Charge for him.
Peppa Pig for her.

School holidays were lovely.
Lots of slow, down time at home.
Playing cars, dinosaurs, pottering in the back yard…and engaging in this game that Lyddie calls “bear marching” which is a combination of card matching and physical challenges.
Charlie caught up on sleep.
Lydia did the opposite.  Her new trick is to take off her sleeping bag, take off her pjs, climb out of her crib, read more