Au Revoir!

Hello! Here we are a few days out from our trip and I feel like I need to leave a few reminders and notes before I go. My life over the past few weeks has been led by 'to do' lists and meetings (why is March so busy?) and so, along the way, when people have asked if I've been excited about the trip, my honest answer has been that I haven't had a … [Read More...]

Tips on How to Market your Book

Tips on How to Market Your Book

  I had the pleasure of talking to Summer Land last week via Skype about writing and marketing your book once it has been published - a sometimes tricky topic but, as I mention in the video, Summer does it very well. Further details below. As ever, you can watch the video or just listen if … [Read More...]

What I'm Reading March 2015

What I’m Reading – March 2015

I had a really good library visit last week. You know those magic days when you walk in and stroll along the shelves and pluck down titles you've known about for a long time but haven't gotten around to reserving or finding some other way. Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett is one of those titles. … [Read More...]

Riley is 9

You Are Nine

  Your bedroom floor is a battlefield of board game figurines in a series of poses from victorious to defeated. Littered nearby, cascading down beside the bed, are pages of writing fragments blueprints and designs that will one day “change the world”. But it already is changed. … [Read More...]



Today is the 9th of March and sits between two significant dates (of course, every day of the year is significant for reasons big and small, momentous or otherwise): yesterday was International Women's Day and tomorrow is Riley's birthday. The older Riley gets, and the more IWD gets stamped into … [Read More...]

10 tips to calm your mind

10 Tips to Calm Your Mind

Life is frenetic and full of responsibilities. As someone who has suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember, I can hand-on-heart say that we all need some help on occasion, as much as might think we're independent and doing okay. What follows is some methods I have used over the years. … [Read More...]

a day at melbourne museum and surrounds

A Day at Melbourne Museum

Here's a video I made a couple of weeks ago on a picture perfect outing we took to the Melbourne Museum and then lunch afterwards. Below is more extra information about the places mentioned or featured. Hope you enjoy!   Melbourne Museum -  a family favourite over the years, where we … [Read More...]



  You might have seen this image in the media over the past week. If not, let me briefly explain: this is a statue of Buddha that has the 1,000 year old mummified remains of a monk hidden inside. The owner bought the statue without any knowledge of its secret contents - this happened in the … [Read More...]

hot air balloon

Living List Tick – Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

  As you'll hear in the opening minute of the video, we were told to meet at Yering Station. In the time it took to get from my suburb over to Yarra Glen, as I passed (and was passed by) a surprising amount of traffic on the back roads of winery country, I had woken up a little thanks to the … [Read More...]

packing light for overseas

Packing Light for Overseas – Kids Version

  Keira came along when I was shooting the video for last week's post about what I will be packing for Europe (100+ outfits and they all fit in half a suitcase!) and asked if she could do one too. Of course I said, and this is the result. If you stick around to the end you'll see how we … [Read More...]

What I'm Reading February 2015

What I’m Reading February 2015 (+ a Question)

  A few months after putting a hold on it at the library, Poems that Make Grown Men Cry finally came in. I can't confirm first-hand that it indeed makes grown men cry, but what I can say is that it made me cry. Several times. Many inclusions are poems that I am familiar with and are to be … [Read More...]

Valentine's Day

The Weirdest, Most Random, Wonderful and Hot Moments of Love (for Valentine’s Day)

It's almost Valentine's Day. If you're like me, that means the day is of semi-interest (at best). I won't be heartbroken if I don't get anything. A hug will be fine! Maybe a hug... and someone to cook tea. Oh, that and maybe a flower. From the garden. Or the florist. AND CHOCOLATES DON'T FORGET … [Read More...]

karen packing

Travelling Light Overseas: 20 Pieces = Over 100 Outfits

  I've put together a fun little video today going over how we are going to be packing extra super light for Europe next month: 5 weeks, 4 people and only taking 2 regular-sized suitcases. Can't be done? Au contraire! (I'm practising my French.) What 20 Pieces Am I Taking? 1 pair of … [Read More...]