• helping others,  Kez Recommends

    Feel good Christmas gift ideas that won’t break the bank.

    Sponsored by GroupTogether When I think of Christmas, I think of the act of giving. I think of the ways in which we can show the people in our lives that we care about them and that we have appreciated them throughout the whole year. Christmas to me is about togetherness. In the ever increasingly commercialised world that we live in, we could almost be forgiven for thinking that it’s about ‘stuff’ and ‘money’ and ‘more is better’, but we don’t have to remortgage the house each year to please those we care about. Truly. A little imagination and a lot of love can go a long way (which is…

  • Little Mister,  milestones,  Uncategorized

    Three.

    Dear Little Mister, Today you are 3. You are also the best little buddy I could ask for. I read somewhere that you should never call your son ‘buddy’ or ‘mate’, because then you are not setting the boundaries between parent and child firmly enough. Well, that’s crap. I know that you know I’m mum. I’m very clear about that! BUT…you are my little buddy too. You make boring things interesting. You come with me everywhere I go (OK so it’s not ALWAYS ideal but I love ya). You keep me company, while I wait. For anything. You make me laugh. I love love love that you’re young enough to…

  • just some thoughts,  Little Mister,  milestones,  Parenting

    Triangles and one grubby little hand.

    Triangles on the Little Mister’s IKEA toy box cushion (it doubles as somewhere to sit). A grubby little hand. “Take a picture, Mummy!” “Triangles!” he proclaimed with great pride. “That’s right!” I exclaimed with the same amount of pride. Maybe even more. I knew he has his colours sorted, but shapes? This is a wonderful new development. I think the Little Mister is experiencing a growth/developmental spurt again. He’s been eating like a maniac and one time? One time, he actually ASKED me if he could go down for a nap EARLY. He’s also a bit clingy and easily frustrated. More so than usual. It always signals the same thing.…

  • Little Mister,  milestones,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    Three in three months.

    filling his pockets with shells Something has happened in the last week or two. Suddenly I realise that my (mostly) terrific two year old is almost three. In three months he will be three years old. That is just positively ancient and very very grown up. I don’t know if I’m ready! I’ve been watching as the baby section of each store I visit becomes a more distant experience (apart from the times I buy gifts for the massive baby boom my friends are having). The toddler section seems to blur into the ‘big boy’ stuff. The Little Mister is getting a big boy room soon (it’s half done). With…

  • just some thoughts,  marriage,  milestones,  Uncategorized

    Better Together.

      pic Today marks the 6th anniversary of marriage for Mr Unprepared and I. We’ve been through a lot together (and even for a small not so talked about time apart) over the years and it has only been because of our hard work, determination and commitment to each other that we have found ourselves where we are today. Really tough things have happened to both of us over time and we have had to learn to be strong – not just as individuals but also as a couple. ย It hasn’t always been easy. As long as we keep growing and learning for the rest of our lives, I know…

  • just some thoughts,  Little Mister,  milestones,  Uncategorized

    A piece of cake?

    pic When I planned the Little Mister’s 2nd birthday party, I did not have many big ideas. I just wanted a simple family gathering at our house. I didn’t feel the need to pay hundreds of dollars on catering or decorations. I didn’t want to spend hundreds of hours making some kind of Pinterest fantasy come true. I’ve always considered myself to be pretty bullish*t immune when it comes to this stuff and as my husband and I had exhausted ourselves providing a ridiculous (although successful) sit down meal for the Little Mister’s 1st birthday party, we decided to take it easy this year (we never want to see that…

  • Little Mister,  milestones

    Two.

    pic To my special Little Mister, Today you are TWO! I have been excited about this for weeks! Maybe even months ( I might have been a bit enthusiastic at the annual mid year toy sales)! I cannot wait to wake you up, so we can give you your presents and do everything we can to make your day special. We’re going to have morning tea with your great grandparents, Granny and Gramps (followed by an obligatory visit to the park). This is so special, because not everyone gets to meet their great grandparents during their lifetimes and you are very lucky. I really hope you’ll be able to remember…

  • getting silly,  just some thoughts,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    The silly things are so important.

    Sometimes with the challenges that can be faced when raising a toddler, combined with the fatigue and other adult life stresses, it can be hard to remember the positives and take the time to appreciate the silly little things. It’s these silly things that are my sanity savers. The things that keep me going and make my job as a stay at home mum so worth it. These silly things stop the boredom in its tracks, make my fatigue melt away and remind me to look at the world in new ways. If a toddler can teach you anything, it’s that the world is a wondrous place. These silly things…

  • Inspiration,  just some thoughts

    Hump Day Hell Yeahs: Some inspiration on a “blah” day.

    I have ‘blah’ days every now and then. This happened after I got home from my grandfather’s funeral and it’s happening now after my grandmother’s. It’s like all of the action and drama of it (particularly when you have to embark on a cross country journey each time) falls away and you’re left sitting at home with your own thoughts. It creeps up on me bit by bit. I see one too many people being perfect on Facebook (I have banned myself for a few hours – longer if I need it). I start to think about the things I haven’t been able to achieve (particularly as a parent and…

  • just some thoughts,  Uncategorized

    Never forgotten.

    My dear readers. I have some sad news, I’m afraid. As some of you may know, around three months ago my grandfather passed away and was finally relieved of his dementia. His wife – my beloved Nana – was left behind and we spent some special quality time with her while we were in Tasmania to celebrate his life only recently. Well, my friends, Nana passed away on the 4th of July. While this is an American day of Independence, I believe it was Nana’s too. She went peacefully in her sleep, sitting in my grandfather’s favourite chair. Isn’t that just heartbreakingly beautiful? A lifelong love story with a poetic…