On…can dairy do that?

A couple of years ago, my strong healthy daughter began feeling unwell. At first it was simply a matter of being tired all the time. We were used to her being an active child, always on the go, keeping us busy with her sporting activities. Over a period of months, she began to lose interest…

On… rent a kid

I’ve noticed a new trend emerging in our modern day society. I call it ‘rent a kid’.  Having just enjoyed the summer holidays I’ve experienced the emergence of this new trend first hand. It consists of one family ‘renting ’ your kid for the week to keep their kid occupied during their family holiday. It…

On… renovating and running out of money

We’ve been renovating since October 2013. My husband’s a builder so we always intended to get to a point, and finish slowly over time. I should be happy that the structure is now in place and we have a roof (that doesn’t leak!) over our heads. But instead I find myself disturbed by the exposed…

On… creativity

Creativity is the key to your future. It is the spark within all of us and finding it is vital to our health and well being. You can’t force creativity, it comes when it’s ready. Ever tried sitting down at a computer and trying to write or in front of a blank canvas and trying…

On… no-one came to my birthday party

My daughter recently celebrated her 14th birthday. She’s a bubbly teen who lives for people and friends. She is very kind and thoughtful, well loved by her peers and fun to be around. She invited 27 boys and girls to her summer beach party and began excitedly counting down the weeks. Two weeks before her…

On… going gluten free

Celebrities are going gluten free, funky cafes are on board with gluten free options, even supermarkets are joining the latest craze. So what does it mean to be gluten free? I recently had cause to find out. Going gluten free involves removing all gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley from the diet.…

On…teens, ‘cool group’ paranoia

My 14 year old daughter has recently changed groups at school. She was with a lovely group of girls that she met in year 7 and has been friends with for nearly two years. They were the kind of girls you don’t have to worry about as a mum of teenage kids. Responsible, not interested in…