Mummy’s been in time out and she likes it, likes it, yes she does.

Hi blogging world!

How goes it? I’ve missed you all terribly but I have also really loved my little hiatus. It has given me the head space I needed to think a few things through and figure out what to do with business ideas and blogging and the fact that 24 hours in any given day doesn’t seem to be enough.

I basically figured out that when it came to blogging I was constantly compromising on my posts. I have a bunch of things I really want to write about but all require research and research takes time and I just feel I don’t have it. So in the end I’d sacrifice the research piece for something I can post in less than hour and while sometimes this was good and it was fun, I was never really reaching the goal I had in my own mind.

So, where to from here? Continue reading

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Where’s my freaking Valentine?

Heart pic found at park

Thought I’d rock out this old chestnut again. Seems appropriate!

I love Valentine’s Day. I really do. I KNOW it’s a Hallmark holiday. I get it. I don’t care.

It’s all mushy hearts and flowers and even though I practice being a tough bitch on the outside, I am really quite romantic and sensitive on the inside. I want the flowers at work; the romantic dinner; the box of chocolates; the serenading at my window (not by you creepy weird guy); the blah blah vomit blah. Continue reading

A bit of verbal diarrhea straight from the heart

Me just doing the LIFE thing.

Me just doing the LIFE thing.

How many posts actually use the word diarrhea in their header and get read do you think? Can’t be that many. It’s hardly enticing. But it aptly explains where I feel this post is going to go. Nowhere. But I’m going to take awhile about getting there. It’s the scenic route.

Some of my more regular readers will probably have noticed that I haven’t been around so much lately. I have had so much on that I’m struggling to find the time to think straight, let alone write. This post from Rose, one of my favourite bloggers, really nails how I feel right now. Specifically she says: Continue reading

You are a Miracle Blogger Award

What a gorgeous award!

What a gorgeous award!

A couple of weeks ago I received this beautiful Miracle Blogger Award from Brenda over at Friendly Fairytales. I was so honoured to receive this award. On the day she handed it out she decided to share it with those that are caregivers to our children. I want to include her words here as they are truly beautiful. Continue reading

Photo Fables – the story behind the picture

Click me to read the photo fable.

Click me to read the photo fable.

I think this is one of the loveliest things a stranger has ever done for me. I recently followed the FortunateArtist blog as I thought this idea of Photo Fables sounded really cool. Then all of a sudden an email appeared in my inbox from the lovely Finn saying how she’d love to write a fable for me. I don’t know how she finds the time and keeps up with them all but I’m so glad she does as the result is AMAZING.  Please head over to Finn’s website and check out her work. Her About page is beautifully written and tells the story of how Photo Fables began.

So this is the photo I sent her. I told her no background at all (she prefers it that way). Interestingly the fable was more accurate to the truth than you could imagine. The photo was taken at Angkor Wat in Cambodia in 2008 where I spent most the year. I had been aching to get back to this country after a visit in 2004. I wanted to spend more time there and do something to help its most wonderful people. I have been back visiting a number of times since and to this day my heart aches for it just a little. It is my other “home” in the world and I think this fable perfectly captures that. Click on the pic to zoom over and read the gorgeous fable. PLEASE. Finn’s efforts deserve a viewing.

I won that damn blog competition so now I’M PUBLISHED!

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Sensational Pic by Pachoncku. You can find it on Deviant Art. Click pic for more info.

Holy moly, I don’t believe it. I won. I won. I won. I won. I won.

If you’ve been following my blog you may recall that I submitted a post to iVillage.com.au last week for their iBlog Friday comp. Well it seems I won the damn thing. Wowsers.

Thrilled doesn’t begin to describe how I feel. Ecstatic? Yeah that’s closer. Bewildered? Yup that’s pretty close too. That will do. I’m ecstatically bewildered that the post I entered in the iBlog Friday comp on iVillage.com.au last week won.

Saying I won sounds a bit fancy as it makes it sound like there were a thousand entrants and I came first out of them all. It wasn’t quite like that. There were 11 entrants. All of them have beautiful blogs and were quite stiff competition for a newbie like me. Not only that but my work was judged by writers. Real writers. Ones that get paid to write as their job. They get paid for their writing and they picked me. So I am very proud of this result.

So what did I win? Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award

lovely-blog-award2Weeeeeeeee! I got another award. I’m going to need to find a new way to react but seriously, I just get so excited by these awards. It thrills me to the core and makes my damn day. The only dud thing about them is that you can’t go on and nominate the person that gave it to you as I totally would nominate the lovely Tara over at Working Mother Assistant if I could. Thank you so much for nominating me Tara. I am eternally grateful.

As you should all know by now, there be rules and stuff so here they are:   Continue reading

Dear Santa, I’d like a tape recorder for my brain please.

keep calm writingWhy is it that I can write whole posts in my head that are PERFECT but then I sit down to put them on paper (well type them on the screen but that doesn’t sound so good) and it is a scramble of convoluted rubbish? I want a tape recorder for my brain. Everything comes out so perfect in there. I have about 6 draft posts waiting to go at the moment and I can’t get the words out right for even one of them so I thought I might just sit down and write about how hard it is to write sometimes.  Let you have a bit of my convoluted rubbish this smashing Sunday. It’s a numbers game right. Like dating. Just have to keep getting those fellas through the turnstyle and eventually you’ll get the right one (provided you aren’t too busy slapping then on the arse as they swish on through – it’s important to pause or you might miss the right one). Anyway my point is that it is the same for writing. Sometimes you just have to write and write and write and get all the dead rubbishy words out of your system so the things that you actually want to say can march on through again.  As Margaret Atwood said “If I waited for perfection, Continue reading

“Shine On” Award

shineon1How gorgeous is this?! I’ve been nominated by one of my followers, the lovely Terry over at Bullying Prevention, for a “Shine On” Award.  I haven’t been blogging regularly for long so it’s very touching to feel I’ve been noticed by someone in that short time. Thank you Terry. You made my day!

What a fabulous little idea from the blogging community. There are rules of course and they are as follows:

THE RULES:
1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link person who nominated you for the award.
4. State seven things about yourself.

Note: If you nominate others to receive the award don’t forget to pop over to their site and let them know!

So I’ve done rules 1 to 3 so that just leaves me with rule 4: state seven things about myself. I looked at another blog and the seven things they posted were all their blogging stats for the day, month, year etc which kind of seems like cheating to me. The rules is 7 things about you, not your blog 😉  I’ll try to be a bit more personal.

1. My favourite homecooked meal of all time is Spaghetti Bolognese.

2. My new favourite TV show is Scandal.

3. I have been so busy this week and doing so many things at once that from time to time I have felt like a train that might derail. I didn’t though (yet). Tomorrow is Friday and I’ve almost made it.

4. I used to be a grammar nazi. I still prefer reasonable grammar but I won’t judge you if you don’t do it well (and sometimes I’ll stuff it up too!).

5. At the moment I am really sick of dating.

6. I wish winter was over already and it hasn’t even officially started.

7. I am really enjoying writing my blog regularly.

I don’t think I *have* to nominate anyone else for the award but there are a couple of blogs that I’ve started following that I’m really enjoying so I’m going to nominate them for the “Shine On” Award.  Interestingly, they are also parenting blogs. They are:

1. Mum to Lachlan

2. Jogging Dad

Hope you’ve all had a great week. It’s Friday tomorrow. Hooray!

MFS

Going dairy free with your child

If you click on this pic it will zoom you over to the full post at You & Baby

If you click on this pic it will zoom you over to the full post at You & Baby

Eliminating a major element of your child’s diet can seem pretty full on when it’s happening, especially if you’ve never been down the food elimination path before. It’s particularly frightening if the thing that you’re eliminating is life threatening for your child. Fortunately that wasn’t the case for us. We were just dealing with a “suggested” intolerance and to be honest it felt like more a pain in the rear end than anything else at the time.

Coming up with great treats that your kid likes can be pretty tricky and we’d just settled on a bunch of great finger food options (as dear child was refusing to be fed at the time) that included cheese. And let’s face it, dairy features pretty heavily in most kiddie diets. Yoghurt and cheese sticks are a parent’s best friend. Anyway clearly I wasn’t entirely convinced that dairy was the source of our problems when it was all happening but I’m happy to admit that I was wrong.  Yes. I. Was. Wrong. Doing a thorough elimination (which is more than cutting out milk, cheese and butter I’m afraid) helped us so much that we are still dairy free now.

If you want to know more about our story and see some tips on how to make the transition smoothly then check out my guest blog over at You and Baby. Yes I’m guest blogging now! Isn’t that exciting?!  You and Baby have put together a great little blogging team and they are getting their skates on as we speak.  It will be a great resource for all parents and parents-to-be so head on over and check it out. And if you are interested in the dairy free stuff then keep an eye out as I’m going to do some posts with some of our favourite recipes and also some yummy and filling snack ideas to help you out.

Hope you’ve all had a splendid weekend wherever you are!

Mummy Flying Solo x