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Why I Write Blog-hop (better late than never)!



About a month ago, I was approached by Seamus of Dadinating the Country Side to take part in a blog-hop with the theme of ‘Why I Write’. He was so kind and patient as we emailed back and forth, with me wondering if I’d already exhausted that topic in a post I’d written a little while back…on the topic of Why I Write! He reassured me that it was a little different and with that, my arm was twisted (wasn’t going to take much convincing to be honest).

I love reading his blog because it is filled with honesty and humour, it gives a dad’s (and a good one at that) perspective on life with kids and it is pretty cool how he’s made a tree change with his family and he gets to do weird and wonderful stuff like making salami and growing an orchard!

I was so flattered to read Seamus’ glowing review of my own blog and finally after a month of shamelessly reliving my holiday in Korea and Japan through blogging (I really need to let it go haha), I am ready to do my part and complete my contribution to the blog-hop! To be honest, I don’t even know if anyone cares about this anymore and I fear that most of my favourite bloggers have already participated, but I shall do my best! By the way, I would have totally nominated Seamus first if I’d had the chance!

Here we go!

What am I working on?

Right now I’ve just finished documenting my huge family journey overseas to Singapore, Korea and Japan. Now, I’m just trying to get back to real life and finding inspiration in the ‘every day’. I am trying to up my game a little bit and blog more often than my previous once-a-week on average – writing is just a great ritual each day (when I can fit it in).

How does my writing differ from those in my genre?

I suppose my genre is mostly ‘parenting’, but I think my blog encompasses all parts of my life. I don’t know that I’m anything really revolutionary or completely refreshingly unique, but I suppose I am me and no-one else is me or has my exact life or writing style. I talk about being adopted and what it means for me as a grown person and now a parent. I write about life with my toddler the Little Mister. I share how we bumble through life and I try to be really honest about it – for better or…not so better. I don’t believe in stupid ‘mummy wars’ – there’s enough of that out there.

Why do I write?

I write because writing is such a massive part of who I am, that if I couldn’t I would be a certifiable mess (and I’m not even joking). I love sorting my thoughts out by writing. I express myself the best when it’s in written form. I might not be amazing at drawing, painting, or using my hands to create things, but writing? Writing is my way of being creative. It’s an amazing outlet for me, especially in my role as a SAHM or as a mum in general, and I love blogging because I get to not only share my writing with others (and have an excuse to do it regularly) but I get to be a part of a really cool blogging community!

See more of why I write here.

How does my process work?

I don’t know that I have a set process. I’m always looking for inspiration. Sometimes something funny will happen that I want to record, or there will be some kind of event in my life that I want to talk about. The Little Mister might go through a milestone and I might want to share that. I might just have a thought on a certain ‘hot’ topic that I need to vent about. I sometimes write a note on my phone or simply make a mental note. If I don’t have time to blog right then or the mood hasn’t really taken me, I will open a new post and draft a couple of words so I remember to come back to it.

It might take me days to finish one post, because I’m busy catering to the needs of the Little Mister and trying to keep things afloat on the home front, but that’s OK with me! It can sometimes improve the quality of my bloggings because I can look at a draft with fresh eyes the next day.

I just write to my heart’s content! I spend a while proof reading and trying to make sure it’s not too hard to read. Sometimes I’ll edit it a few times before clicking ‘publish’ because I can be a perfectionist. Other times, I will say, “NOW OR NEVER” and click it with my eyes closed because if I don’t I might chicken out!

Who do I want you to meet?

Here are the three bloggers I want to introduce you to. There is no pressure for you to participate in the blog-hop if you do not wish to (or already have), but I just wanted to pass on the love. Let me know if you do, so I can promote the crap out of it 🙂

Sweet Mama M

This lovely woman is someone I’d definitely consider a friend, even though we’ve never met! She is definitely as sweet as her blog name suggests. Her blog is fantastic as it chronicles her life as a wife and new mama to the gorgeous baby CJ. She writes really useful reviews of great local NZ parenting products and places to shop/eat (and how child/baby friendly they are) too! If only someone would do that for where I live (I’m too lazy for now haha). She sadly lost her mother to cancer two years ago and the courage she shows in writing about her journey through the grief is inspiring. I have no doubt it will help others out there who have been through something similar.

Bec from Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting 

Bec has been a great inspiration. While she had me at her blog title (who doesn’t want to see the lighter side of parenting in this crazy world?), I have loved watching her blog grow. I love her humour, her honesty and her blogging community spirit (I am so honoured that she takes the time to read my blog too). I was so excited and cheering her on when she popped up as a guest blogger on Woogsworld and iVillage Australia recently. She’s definitely one to watch!

I know she has already participated in the blog-hop but I really wanted to mention her x

Lisa from Two Point Five Kids 

I know it’s a bit of a theme with me but I really really love blogs that include both honesty and humour. Lisa’s blog has both. I love reading about her life as a police wife and mum. She really doesn’t hold back much and I love it. She’s the blogger I wish I was brave enough to be! She has even been known to make me laugh, get misty eyed and say, “OH NO SHE DIDN’T!” (in a good way) all in one sitting! I love her sense of integrity as a blogger too.

A special mention also goes to Bruce of Big Family, little income  who wanted to nominate me, but I was too busy ignoring his email (accidentally of course) while I was travelling – guess what…his blog contains honesty and humour just like all the others I have nominated – what do you know??

What’s a Half Liebster Award? It’s awesome. That’s what it is.


I’ve seen these awards go around quite a lot since 2010 when they began circulating. It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers and to show our appreciation for them. I don’t want to brag, but I have received them in different formats a handful of times and each time has made me feel so special! The most recent version of the Liebster Award often involves a long and intricate number of questions to be answered, new questions to be created and the nomination of more bloggers than you can poke a stick at!

I really loved receiving a ‘half’ Liebster award from Bec over at Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting because she has modified the rules to suit my lack of attention span (well, that’s not quite how she put it to everyone she nominated but it’s pretty much how it applies to me).



All I have to do is…

  • thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • answer 5 questions from the nominating blogger
  • provide 5 random factoids about yourself
  • nominate 3-5 blogs with <2000 Facebook fans that you feel deserve the award
  • create 5 new questions for your nominees to answer.


So, thank you, Bec! I do feel so flattered that you think I’m funny. As long as you don’t mean funny looking or funny weird. Actually, I don’t mind. I think bloggers are allowed to be odd haha.

1) Why do you keep blogging?

I keep blogging because it’s everything to me! I love to write! It’s therapeutic, it’s fun, it helps me to get to know people I would never otherwise meet in real life. It allows me to share my life, have a laugh, reflect. I don’t think I could ever give it up. I’m addicted! It is embarrassing to admit it, but I like that I write and the whole world can read it (especially if they google just the right thing like Bear Grylls or Jimmy Giggle). There is obviously a little attention seeker inside me begging to burst out. Also, I joined that WordAds thing, where you get about a dollar for roughly every 1000 unique hits your site gets. They don’t pay out until you’ve earnt $50…let’s just say I have a long way to go and I am determined to get that $50 one day hahahahaha.

2) What’s your dream job (assuming finances and childcare are not an issue)

My dream job? Honestly, if I could blog full time then that would be pretty awesome. Even better if I could do it as my own boss!!!

3) Favourite TV show of all time?

Oh man. ALL TIME is a pretty big call. I am paralysed with the pressure of deciding! So I will totally ignore the question and tell you what I’m loving AT THE MOMENT. I know. Such a rebel. A maverick if you will.

Right now I LOVE Parenthood, Offspring, Puberty Blues…those are the shows that never stay on my DVR for long because they are MUST WATCH RIGHT NOW shows for me. In fact, I think that despite my rebellion, Offspring probably is my favourite show of all time. The characters, the cast, the writing, the locations. I cannot fault it. Can. Not.

4) What’s your perfect holiday destination (with or without the kids)

Well, my dream destination is Hawaii. I haven’t made it there yet. I would go with OR without the Little Mister. As long as I got there. I have been invited to a very very dear friend’s wedding for early 2015, but sadly it’s not looking good financially! However, I hold out hope that I will win the lottery just in time! I almost went years ago for a conference of overseas adoptees, but university got in the way. Phooey! I will make it there. I will. I think I’m attracted to it because the scenery is stunning, my favourite musician Jack Johnson is from there, the surfing, the people. For now I get my fix watching the most ridiculously unrealistic Hawaii Five O.

5) Are you a winter or summer person?

SUMMER! Winter was my friend while I was pregnant (and very sensitive to heat), but I will always remain loyal to summer. The relaxed vibe, the wonderful holiday celebrations, the beach, the ability to leave home without planning all those extra things like waterproof clothing and umbrellas. A night out is easy, because you can dress for fashion and not functionality!

BONUS QUESTION: What’s your favourite post you have written and why?

They are all my babies. Some better than others. I suppose I am proud of the post titled It’s not just my voice. It signified a very important turning point in my life after having the Little Mister. I learnt how to be more assertive and he inspired me to stop caring so much about what other people think (an anxiety that has plagued me all my life). I felt like I grew into myself as a parent around the time that I wrote it.

Five random facts about me:

1. I can’t keep a straight face when the Little Mister is misbehaving (in the hilarious way that only toddlers can). It’s terrible. It’s even worse when Mr Unprepared is in the room and we’re looking at each other in some kind of awful game to see who can keep a straight face the longest. Agony, I tell you!

2. I secretly enjoy watching Dr Phil when the Little Mister is napping. How embarrassment. I don’t love him. I don’t always agree with him. I find many of the guests annoying. But I can’t stop watching. I think it’s the people person in me (or the part of me that enjoys trashy shows). There are some wack people out there!

3. I will go to any length to kill a mosquito. Think Liam Neeson in Taken.

4. I like the colour green.

5. I get irrationally angry when my coat hangers get all tangled. My anger management strategy is to avoid hanging things up. I am not a domestic goddess. Duh.

I nominate…

The Dadinator – partly because I know he nominated me for a full Liebster award once and I never got around to it and now I feel guilty. I really appreciated it so much, though. Also, I enjoy his blog very much. He’s a dad who’s had a tree change. So interesting!

Sweet Mama M – I love the blogger behind this wonderful blog. She’s got a little 3 month old CJ and he is just so cute. Her journey as a new mum does make me feel quite clucky, which is no mean feat as I am not a natural clucker haha.

Mr Unprepared – my husband!!! He’s only just getting started and I’m so proud of him. It’s all very new so I hope some of you will join him for the adventure. Also, I must say I take no responsibility for what he might write hahaha.

None of you have to feel pressured to take part (I won’t be checking up on you). It’s not for everyone. Just know that I love your blogs (and really appreciate the people behind them – especially the last one)! However, if you do post a response I would love to read it so don’t forget to let me know!

Here are your 5 new questions:

1. What is your least favourite household chore and why?

2. What is your most embarrassing guilty pleasure? Maybe a TV show, a grooming habit, something you enjoy doing that isn’t ‘cool’ anymore? A food?

3. What’s the last thing your kid did to make you laugh/smile?

4. What is your favourite childhood memory?

5. What do you love most about blogging?

There you go. Now you know some stupid stuff about me and you have learnt about some awesome bloggers you can start reading about. My job here is done.

Peace out.

Blog love.



When I’m not working on my blog, I’m most certainly p*ssing about on Twitter or Facebook. No wait, that’s not right. I mean, it’s mostly true, but it’s not what I am trying to say today…

I really really enjoy reading other people’s blogs. I find them inspiring and I just love the privilege of having a sneak peek into somebody else’s life. I love to see how another person writes, what their world looks like to them, and if I can get a laugh or a cry out of something then I’m hooked. Bonus points if I can relate and feel like I’m sharing someone’s experience.

I thought about writing a love note to one blogger that I really enjoy reading about, but to be honest I cannot narrow it down to one. If you’d love to sit down for a bit and check out some fantastic reads, then here is my list (I only ever mention bloggers that I believe are so awesome that their awesomeness deserves to be shared). Please note that I have some favourites that will not be shared in this post, due to previous honourable mentions in my post about ‘daddy bloggers’ last year (click the link to check them out because they’re totally worth it).

Don’t Quit Your Day Job – A Chronicle of Mommy Mishaps

I have only just discovered this blogger and I am in bloggy love. Vicki is a SAHM (a former marketing executive – which sounds very exciting and important to me) and because of her professional background, I just know that I cannot sell her to you as well as she does in her ‘about me’ blurb…

“I have searched the blogosphere for other people who share my same appreciation for all things wacky. If for no other reason than to make myself feel like I’m not alone. But most of the ladies out there are way too Martha Stewart for me. I can’t relate to them. They are either really creepy Pinterest-perfect, skinny Supermoms or maybe they are just completely fabricated and they secretly go in their closet at the end of the day and get in the fetal position. (No offense to perfect people). Either way, I’m hoping if you find yourself here you can read a story that you can relate to. No BS, no sugar-coating. Just real life stuff. And maybe my daily life stories can help you get through a situation or maybe just smile a little.”

Now I don’t know about you, but she is totally my kind of person. Her blog is really easy to read and has a massive likeability factor. She’s funny and clever. I’ve not read a single post of hers that I haven’t enjoyed. I’m not just saying that either.

Twinkle in the Eye

This blog by Bree is great. It’s an attractive site and one of the blogs where I never skip over her posts. I literally read every single one. Bree shares her life as a mum, wife and a great individual. I am inspired by how well she has set up her blog and turned it not just into a hobby, but a little business. She’s a smart cookie 🙂

Make-Up and Mirtazapine

This blog blows me away every time I read it. This is basically the ongoing story of someone striving to make their life better, despite having battled some pretty cruel mental illness. Each post documents her ups and downs, along with her amazingly insightful observations on life. No joke, every time I read a new post, I come away inspired by her strength and her journey. She is an honest blogger and she is brave. I don’t know if I could be that brave, but I am grateful she shares her life the way that she does.

Mommy Man: Adventures of a Gay Super Dad

As you know, I really do enjoy a great ‘daddy blog’. This one makes me laugh, moves me and makes me even more passionate that gay people all over the world deserve to have their own families (something I’ve always believed in but this guy should be the poster boy – along with NPH haha). This guy (Jerry) is fantastic. He blogs about his family life with his two gorgeous twin toddlers and he is honest, candid and funny!

I believe that it’s blogs like this that will slowly help to change society’s ignorant views on what a family looks like. Jerry is a parent. Not just a gay parent. All of his struggles, triumphs and funny anecdotes are those of any parent trying their best to wrangle a couple of kids and get out alive 🙂 Truly a great read.

Jill of All Trades

When I first started reading this blog, I thought the blogger’s name was Jill. This was very confusing to me because she kept referring to herself as Samantha. Silly Kez. Once I figured that out, I realised just how funny this chick is. Her blog is made even funnier with her stick figure self portraits and funny illustrations. Samantha/Jill is not afraid of the TMI and I just love that. She’s just so charming about it!

I hope that you will enjoy these blogs as much as I do 🙂

This post is a part of the Blog Every Day in May challenge.

Who’s your daddy…blogger?


Look, I still have trouble admitting this to myself, but if you were to label me as a blogger, I would definitely be a “mummy” blogger these days. I am a mummy who blogs. About being a mummy. I try to think of other things to blog about, but being the biggest job I’ve ever undertaken, all the “mummy” stuff seems to dominate! I guess I’m reluctant to label myself (or be labelled) because I worry that I’ll just be one of the million bajillion parents out there who is trying to make something of themselves in the blogosphere (is “blogosphere” a naff thing to say?) and it’s not exactly an original or unique idea. I want to show that I have more than one dimension, I suppose. I feel like I’m a happy new parent, but I am also more than that. In saying that, there will always be mummies (not the toilet paper wearing zombie ones – no wait…) in the world. Billions of them. Reaching out for support, advice, sharing of funny stories and enjoying new perspectives on parenting. Each parent is a different person who offers something slightly new, with their own back story to tell and build on. And gawd, it’s therapeutic to blog about the experience. Who am I to stand in the way of myself and millions of others who stay sane this way?

I guess I can live with that. I shouldn’t try to be a total wanker about it.

Moving right along…

I love reading mummy blogs (or posts about being new parents). Let’s face it, I belong to the right demographic. However, I also really, thoroughly enjoy a good daddy blog. It’s fun to find out about the “other” sex’s perspective on parenting. Also? I kind of secretly think it’s cute that these days dads can write all about their parental exploits and it shows how far we’ve all come in sharing parenting roles and experiences. It sure ain’t the 1950s anymore and aren’t we glad?! Also, I like to email all the good daddy posts to my husband. Not sure if he enjoys my forceful sharing of dad experiences with him (he doesn’t have the same non-sports related blog reading addiction I do), but I haven’t yet received any criticism for it…unlike the backlash I get for sending celebrity baby gossip to him…he’s not really that fussed about Blue Ivy, I must say. I also get a lacklustre reaction when I send him NBA news. Not NBA sports news. Just gossip about Kardashians and stuff, which he really says doesn’t count as NBA news. Then I reply that I was being thoughtful keeping him up…with the Kardashians mostly. I really am so amazingly thoughtful. Oh and any cute pictures of labradors being cute (as labradors tend to be) are also important email correspondence between us. For me. Well, I have fun.

Also, I must add that he’d rather chew off his leg after a freakish bobsledding accident than write his own blog (a real tragedy I say). He doesn’t actually bobsled, but I thought that was a fun visual. Also, he’ll read this and I think we can agree that it will get a good reaction. Also, I watched a bit of Cool Runnings on TV the other night…

Unfortunately, daddy blogs are in the minority these days. For every gazillion mummy bloggers, you will find one daddy blogger. That figure may or may not have resulted in me doing guesswork and not any actual research.

I just finished reading a guest post that Aliya from Double the Fun commissioned from her husband (the ‘Hubs’) and thoroughly enjoyed his dabbling in a bit of daddy blogging. It made me think of the other dad blogs I enjoy. I shall share them, shall I?

How To Be A Dad
Follow Charlie and Andy in their day to day experiences as dads “in the field”. They claim vehemently to not be parenting experts but rather to provide a humourous “how not to” guide to being fathers. They aim to entertain, and I’m certainly entertained 🙂

They share lots of funny parenting anecdotes (but only the ones their wives will allow). It’s all in good fun!
As another parent who also claims adamantly to not be an expert, hence my blog title, this is a blog I relate to (as much as a non-dad can)!

Also, every time I’ve ever commented, I’ve received a comment reply which makes me feel warm and fuzzy like my visit means something to them. I think I should probably start doing that more on this ol’ blog.

BIG FAMILY, little income
Ah, Bruce. That’s this dad’s name. Which is also the name of my late goldfish. Don’t ask. Moving right along…

This guy cracks me up. Also, just quietly, he’s nuts. He has SEVEN CHILDREN. Which as you can imagine makes for a LOT of great blogging material. I usually find funny stories about his kids (or his parenting skills) and he shares tips on saving the moolah so he can feed his MASSIVE brood!

Busy Busy Busy
I’ve been reading Jacob’s blog since before he was a dad and now that he is, he is just as funny and lovely to read about! He draws really hilarious little pictures to go with his posts and his experiences as a first time parent to a little boy make me do that whole, “I totally get this.” thing while I’m reading. He’s a few months ahead of me in this whole parenthood thing, so I like to see what I’m in for.

He’s one of those bloggers who make me get excited when I see a post pop up in my googlereader and I always make time to read everything he writes.

Well, those are my favourites. Know of any more I can read or share? x