Song sung silly

Song sung silly, everybody knows one.

There is a lot of music in our house. I’ve written about it before. I dance with Love Bug  as often as I can. We sing a lot. She sings more than I do … if that’s even possible!

We also sing silly songs. You know, the kind where you make up the words as you go along. Sometimes to the tune of a famous song, sometimes to the tune in your head, although probably best to not even go there.

Song sung silly

Truly Scrumptious, you three are truly scrumptious.


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Transformations: before and one after

I don’t think I’m very good at being still. Particularly when I’m not feeling very well. So if we’re stuck at home so I don’t share my germs too widely, let’s attack some projects!

While I don’t have a before photo of Love Bug’s art and craft draw, suffice to say it was a big old mess. Pencils, glue, bits of paper, stickers, books all strewn together. One IKEA cart and a couple of dollar store pieces later, we have an art and craft cart.

In the few waking hours since it has been finished, I’ve watched her take out a tin at a time, or a book and some stickers … and put them all back once she’s done. My room looks really lovely doesn’t it mumma?

art & craft cart

The next two will take a little longer. I have picked these pieces up free or almost-free in the past few weeks, waiting to be inspired as to their treatment.

This antique sewing table will become my bedroom desk. I’m thinking French Farmhouse with the top stripped back and waxed and the legs painted.



It’s the perfect size for the corner of my room and I love that I can fold the sides down when not using it.

My last little treasure {treasures actually – I found two of them!} are getting a metallic makeover. I’ll start with one which I think would make a super cute bar cart, but being a responsible parent most of the time, it may have to serve as a hall table instead!

side/bar table

This is how a mumma on a budget keeps up with her obsession with changing things at home. Give me some paint and a piece of furniture with a little bit of character and watch this space.


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When your physical follows your emotional 

it was bound to happen – my emotional turmoil has manifested itself to a physical being.

A rotten old cold. Not man flu but just a headachy muscle achy snotty cold.

Does this happen to you when you’ve been overly stressed?

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F&cked up Friday 

I saw the asteroid cuffed and taken away.

So why oh why is my head still such a fucking mess? 

Why are my nightmares worse than they were before?

Time maybe?


The confusion that is my head is making me dizzy. And anxious.


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No screen time … for parents

Aware of how much screen time I have {I sit in front of two or three of them all day for a start!} I have been making a concerted effort to put my phone down when we get home and only reach for it if Love Bug and I are either making or taking a call together. I am by no means perfect in this regard, but I try really hard.

I find the mornings/evenings that we have no screen time at all in our home to be so much easier. There are no disgruntled people {small or big} and even though we still can’t manage to get out the door on time most mornings, or into bed on time most evenings, things are definitely calmer.

In another vote for hands-free parenting, somewhere on social media yesterday I saw a link to this Time article, citing a study around the use of smartphones by parents when they are in the company of their children. Guess what? The parents are grumpier and the children feel disconnected. It’s really not rocket science but I think the impact is something that a lot of people would pass off quite easily.

No screen time ... for parents

Link to Alice Park’s 10 March 2015 Time article

The reality is, in this day and age where face to face communication and being present while engaging with our kids {and everyone else} seems to be diminishing, the negative impact of those actions is on the rise.

If you’re really addicted to being electronically connected, start small and work your way up.

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The dog ate my homework

As I struggled to get out of bed one morning this week, the late days of daylight savings and the early days of autumn firmly to blame, I thought of the myriad excuses people give when they are late. Or they can’t produce in a timely manner something they had committed to.

The dog ate my homework.

I am being held puppy hostage.

the dog ate my homework

Poor dogs get such a bad rap, with no way to defend themselves or their actions. Anyone who has lived with and loved dogs knows that both of the above excuses are oh so real!

Dogs seem to have a sixth sense for the things they shouldn’t eat – and of course they are the things which seem to be the tastiest.

I challenge anyone whose dogs have snuggled in for warmth in the pre-dawn cool to not hit snooze on their alarm … at least once.

Next time you are expecting someone or something, only to be told it’s the dog’s fault? It probably is.

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Take me home Tuesday

Because I shared seven recipes yesterday {to encourage people along their Meat Free Week journey}, I figured I’d spend this Tuesday sharing some gorgeous friends who need new homes.


Jelly is located in Victoria – if you are after a big lot of love, this gorgeous girl could be your new best fuzzy friend. Contact Gina at Golden Oldies Animal Rescue.

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Chief is a gorgeous man who has just had surgery to save his eyesight {while in rescue care} and is now looking for a home where he can be an only dog. He’s in NSW and is available for adoption through Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia.

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Barron is not loving life in the shelter, so needs out asap! He’s a big smoocher and is at Renbury Farm Animal Shelter in NSW.

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This gorgeous girl is a rottie cross kelpie who doesn’t have a name – she’s in Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter {PCC227 – breaks my heart!} and is 9 years young. Someone better, before I do!

Many rescues and shelters will offer some kind of help with adoption fees. If one of these beautiful critters {or someone else who has stolen your heart} belongs with you but you can’t afford the full adoption fee – always ask. Or reach out to me. I have a friend who may be able to help.

I wish I could save them all.

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