3 Things I Learned about Family Holidays

I’ve just come back from a week-long family holiday on Fraser Island. I know, you’re jealous. It was a brilliant seven days of detoxing from TV, the real world, and coffee (okay, I had all the right intentions for a coffee detox but it just never happened). The phrase...

Change – the only constant.

If there’s one constant in life, it’s change. I’m feeling slightly adrift this week, after a huge few days that have heralded quite a few changes in our little lives. The biggest change – we bought a house! The contract on our first home went unconditional last week,...

The REAL puppy birth story.

One of our puppies went to his new home last week – which was very sad for us! I’d become quite attached to the cute little fluffy balls of destruction. It’s probably appropriate now to reveal the truth of how they actually came into the world, as...

A tribute to 30 years.

My parents have been married for 30 years today – an anniversary that’s definitely worth celebrating! So naturally, as this column is about marriage and relationships, this week’s edition is going to be dedicated to them. They’ve come through a lot in the past...

Why marriage is like housework

I find a strange pleasure in housework. I know, it’s fairly mundane, repetitive and flies in the face of everything feminism stands for…but I actually do enjoy making my home tidy. Whether or not I actually do it on a regular basis is another matter altogether....

Time keeps ticking away…

Last week, I was asked to speak at the unveiling of a time capsule that Heights College has unearthed after a decade. My first reaction was disbelief. I couldn’t believe it’s been 10 years! Disbelief then turned to a lovely time of nostalgia as I thought about what...

Fake diamonds vs. real diamonds – yay or nay?

Would you be upset if you were given a ‘fake diamond’? I read a story the other day about how a well-meaning boyfriend proposed to his girlfriend with a ‘man-made’ diamond. It was a gorgeous 3 carat stone set in white gold (for those of you who don’t do...

I can hear noises!

This column is difficult for me to write…I can’t do it without scratching my ear every two seconds. This week, I read an article about a British woman who heard scratching noises in her ear, only to discover that a fly had laid flesh-eating maggots in her brain....

That awkward moment when…

If you see someone with food on their face/in their teeth/stuck in their hair…would you tell them? While we were in Sydney last week (yes, that is shameless travel name-dropping right there), my husband and I did what you generally do on a holiday…we ate...

Puppies…I can’t believe it!

Warning: this post is composed mainly of cute puppy photos! Our dog had puppies last week,and I am totally surprised by how amazing the whole process is! Now it wasn’t that long ago that she was a puppy herself, coming to live with us and crying all night long. For...