• 10 things to do in Camden this weekend

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    So you’ve probably heard me banging on about the many glories of Camden, NSW. Well, this is the weekend to get down here. Why? Because I am running the Camden Garden Festival, the Crystal Festival is on and Camden Park House is open (it only opens for one weekend a year). We haven’t even gotten […]

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  • Why a Bali villa holiday is awesome for baby mamas

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Did you know that you can hire baby equipment in Bali? Yep, you can. There are a number of baby hire services that not only hire out prams, cots, pool fences and hire chairs, they also offer nanny and babysitting services. These same services can arrange nappies, formula, baby food and even a personal chef […]

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  • Thoughts on happiness

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    I have become noticeably happier since I stopped reading women’s magazines. I rarely go shopping, and if I do, I don’t spend more than I can afford. I try not to shop from boredom or a sense of unworthiness (buying things to make me feel more socially acceptable, or cool, or professional). I care a […]

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  • Stay away from The Jones’

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    I have been thinking about The Jones’, that mythical family who drive the status anxiety of the aspirational. Why would you want to keep up with wasteful, greedy mega-consumers? The Jones live in a mansion, drive new cars, have shiny white teeth and golden fake tans. They holiday often and throw fancy parties. But really? […]

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  • Sacred places

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    I have always been a sucker for a crystal shop, a psychic reading and a tarot deck. As a godless heathen, these things allow me to connect to a sense of spirituality. Same goes for yoga, swimming, walking and Goddess cards. I am a tragic hippie cliche. Nevertheless, I think we all yearn for a […]

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Nov
27

Bellbird Dining + Bar

When quality local produce, cheerful staff and a relaxing setting – complete with actual bellbirds – come together, it’s a happy union. Bellbird Dining + Bar at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney’s South West is all of this, and more. The chef, Federico Rekowski, cares deeply about what he puts on the plate. The fresh goats curd, for […]

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Nov
24

Gold thread

If you imagine that every day is a thread in a tapestry that you are weaving, ask yourself: what colour was today? The cumulative effect will be visible when you finish. The mistakes, the design choices, the colours and complexity. What do you want the overall picture to look like? Every single day contributes to the […]

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Nov
21

Dear Aunty Em: Sex number

‘My boyfriend wants to know how many people I’ve slept with. I know how many people he’s slept with and my number is way higher. What should I do? Tell the truth or lie?’ – Sexy McSexface Dear Sexy McSexface, Men are funny. They want to date an attractive girl but then act all surprised when she’s popular. […]

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Nov
16

The problem with government

The first problem is recruitment. Do you know how to get involved in politics? If you wanted to run for the local council, your State Government seat, or for the Federal seat in your electorate, do you know how to go about it? Have you met any politicians lately? Have you had a chance to speak […]

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Nov
15

How to find a Bali villa

This has truly been one of those weeks. Joey is teething and has also learnt to crawl. I have at least 100 new grey hairs. I have also had some weird tummy bug, been crushed by deadlines and for some mysterious reason, can’t sleep. Such fun. Naturally, my thoughts turn to holidays. Namely, when am I […]

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Nov
13

Small life

  I have a lot going on in a small space. My world used to be huge. I would fly interstate and overseas without a second thought. Sydney Airport felt like a second home. But now? I haven’t even had time to pick up my new passport which has been languishing, uncollected, for four months. […]

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Oct
25

Gifts from the storm

So here’s an obscure movie reference. In The Good Dinosaur, there’s a pterodactyl-esque character called Thunderclap. He’s a predatory bad ass in the same vein as the hyenas in The Lion King. [Spoiler alert] In the middle of the movie, there’s a severe storm that wreaks havoc. After the storm has passed, Thunderclap rejoices because a lot […]

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Oct
25

Removing decisions

Choice is a good thing, right? I would argue that yes, choice is excellent, but being overwhelmed by choices is not. It’s easy to spend a lot of time deliberating over things that will not improve your day. For the first six months of mat leave, I wore the same H&M shirt in five different […]

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Oct
18

Needless suffering

We all do it. We all have one drink too many, or eat that thing we know makes us sick. We put up with the back pain because we’re too broke or busy too go to the chiropractor. We put off holidays because work – or our boss – is just too crazy right now. […]

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Oct
17

Guide to Thanksgiving

So you want to host a Thanksgiving dinner but you’re a clueless Aussie? Help is at hand, dear reader. My gorgeous friend Victor and his equally delicious hubs Jim throw a massive Thanksgiving bash every year. Victor is a Chef so you only imagine what that looks like. I asked him to give us the skinny on this […]

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