Birthday resolution

You know how New year rolls around and you make resolutions?
I resolved not to make any a few years back and maybe it’s time to resolve to quit resolutions too.


After about 15 years of empty promises to myself, all except for one, (eating as much chocolate as possible in my life time), I decided to quit the quickest route to disappointment.

But as my birthday rolls around I like to write down a few birthday wishes. Last year I was pretty pregnant and it was my last year of the 20’s so I made one wish. I wished to find something that would make me happy. Something I could lose myself in. I wrote that I hoped it would make me money but more than anything that it would give me satisfaction.

Recently I started helping brides put together their weddings. Help for the DIY bride. It is wonderful. I am helping people and I am being creative but I want something I could use to reach more people. Something I could pass down to my children and their children.

I love writing. I just haven’t sat down and written stories in a long time. I haven’t been a practicing writer. I have this one novel and I feel like I can’t let it go. I believe in the story. I lived the lessons. I love the characters and I believe that other people will love them too.

Sometimes I have been tempted to throw in the towel and quit. I don’t know how to get to where I know I can be. Maybe I am afraid of success. Maybe the idea of being recognised on the street scares the living daylights out of me. Don’t most writers write so they don’t actually have to engage with actual people? Don’t we really live in our heads?

I just know in my heart that I am a story teller.

Approaching thirty wasn’t scary or depressing. I suffer from depression and anxiety disorder so I would know!  The idea of a new decade is exciting to me.

I decided I would be hopeful instead of make promises I may not keep. You don’t want to burden yourself.

I am hopeful that I will learn and perfect yoga. I am hopeful that I will raise a family. I am hopeful that I will still be married by the end of this decade. I am hopeful that I will touch your life through my writing. I am hopeful that I will be able to tick off many items on my life to do list for the next ten years and I invite you to do the same.

Let us get our to do lists,  bucket lists, dream walls back up there.

And I hope you and I can shape our lives to what we would like it to resemble. It won’t come easy. Life practice never has been easy for anyone. I just know it is a sure path to making life a little bit happier.

Here’s to a happy new year!

Posted from WordPress for Android 2015

Mama Series: Weaning

My little person is almost nine months old and I can’t believe how time flies but I am blessed enough to be home with him everyday. To personally watch him reach milestones is wonderful. Being a full time mother is a tough gig. It is filled with mommy moments of pure heart clenching happiness but I have my moments of dread too. Like when he fell and banged his head on the coffee table. I felt like I had failed but now it’s just a little scar that will fade with time and he is still growing in leaps and bounds!


My little person has been breastfed from the start. I thought I would only be doing it for the first six months but after he had an allergic reaction to follow on milk I decided against it. That was a very scary moment.

We started his solids after he was four nearly five months old. We got a box of Milupa cereal and used two glass ramekins and baby spoons to start.

For the most part I would steam and puree various veg for him everyday.

Sweet potato
Potatoes and broccoli
Potatoes and zucchini
Mint and mushy peas
Chicken and mince

These were the foods I remember my gran preparing for my youngest cousin. By then I was fifteen so I committed it to memory. Oh that and the plain biscuit with a little butter mushed with boiled water. It’s yummy and my little boy thinks so too. Can’t argue with a woman who raised nine of her own and four grandbabies!

But shamelessly! Somedays I am too pooped. I do worse than my gran ever could at being domestic and I rarely, if ever, cooked when my husband was home but God has a sense of humour about these things. Just when my baby goes on solids my husband gets a job overseas and now it’s me and getting to know the kitchen. I still don’t like it but girls gotta eat right?  Especially a breastfeeding girl.

So I found a 100% organic range of baby foods. My gran likes to comment on anything I do that she didn’t as “you modern mommy’s.” But I like this range. I like it alot!


My stock left over in my pantry


Strawberry cereal from 7 months

My eight month old loves this cereal. But for how long? Time will tell.
I had a taste and it was bland but he finishes his bowl every day now so all in all. Success! You can add milk or boiling water and mix to a consistency your baby is comfortable with.

They also have a fantastic range of on the go brekkies with various fruits. I have yet to try those.


The range of stage 2 dinners are so yummy but both baby and I found the lamb and couscous flavour a little sharp. These are the three favourites. Great texture to encourage chewing but not so much that it makes him gag! Yay!


Finally we have been enjoying these pureed fruits. Gets super messy but I love hearing him make those delicious sounds of enjoyment especially now that he can slurp it straight from the pouch!  Score!

I have also tried their mango and rice pudding which we finished this week so it’s not above and the red one and yellow one isn’t shown above but they really are all fantastic to try and baby is eating which is a big deal.

He won’t always eat. This weaning thing is full of trial and error but when he is fully engaged and willingly opening his mouth and clapping his hands I am a very happy Nani. And you will feel it too.

Thanks to Ella’s Kitchen for making delicious and organic healthy meals for our precious children. 
Read the story behind Ella’s Kitchen here ://

Posted from WordPress for Android 2015