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A day in my life, My Family

My boys have grown…

On Mother’s Day I managed to get this snap taken with my boys. Took us a few turns (rogue hand, stupid face…)! I look at this photo and can’t even believe they are so big. My eldest is 14. He is 1cm taller than me already! He makes me stand back-to-back often so we can check and last week he got me in height. I’m not short either, so he is going to be tall because he hasn’t even nearly finished growing yet! My middle one is 11. He too is a tall and big boy! He will tell me 100 times a day he loves me. He yells out “who loves Katrina?” Then answers himself back with “ah everybody…

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At Home, My Family

How do you feel about your kids living in an online world?

Brought to you by Optus. As a mother of three boys (one in high school), I am pretty passionate about the role of digital media in their lives. My mum always says to me, “thank god this wasn’t around when you were at school because you would have driven me mad…” and I probably would have too! I love technology and I am a big user of social media. I love it for so many reasons, but I am also not blinded to the effect it can have on our young people. Today’s Generation Z (aged 7 – 21) is the first generation to have never known the world without the Internet – can you imagine that! – and the transition from…

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10 Travel Tips for a Healthy & Safe Family Holiday

Brought to you by Bupa Travel Insurance. Do you find traveling with kids easy or painful?! Most people find it overwhelming and too hard! I have 3 wild boys and nothing is smooth sailing with my lot, but we still do manage to go places together. We don’t fly very often, but we do head out on car trips as much as we can. It might be day trips, weekend trips to the footy or a week at the beach. In Wagga, we seem to be situated in the middle of nowhere, so to travel anywhere (like Sydney, Melbourne or the beach!) we’re looking at car trips of 5 hours or more… If I don’t have a plan in place,…

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A day in my life, My Family

Rugby League, our kids are the future

If you follow Rugby League you would have heard about the disgraceful behaviour by some fans after a wrong decision was given by the referees during the Bulldogs vs Rabbitohs game on Friday. I was watching… In short, Souths were awarded a late penalty after the video ref’s reviewed some footage of a late tackle by a Bulldogs player. The penalty gave the Rabbitohs an 18-17 victory and the Bulldogs fans’ were livid. They were so angry to the point where two individuals decided to throw bottles at the referees as they were leaving the ground – one ref fell and broke his shoulder. This ref had been in training for 6 months to compete in an iron man competition, so…

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A day in my life, My Family

We love cricket

Summer is well and truly here at our place. I know this because we’ve all gone cricket mad. Actually I think we’re loving cricket this year more than we love footy (did I just say that!?). My husband is coaching the under 13s team this year and he’s loving it! I think he’s reliving his youth. He’s gone all ‘stats’ mad… ha! My big boy, Cruise, is playing well. He’s on the top of the batting average board for the whole of Wagga at the moment. Now I’ve just written that I’ll probably jinx him. Anyway, he’s doing well and is improving all the time. Tex is 9 and he plays in his under 10s team plus he plays up…

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A day in my life, At Home, My Family

Home is a feeling…

I found this little saying on Instagram the other night and I shared it over there. Lots of you loved it too. Mostly, I’d rather be at home than anywhere else in the world. I am a Cancerian, so I am very much a homebody. My husband and I both still get homesick all the time. Anyone who knows us will laugh at that because it’s true! I love it when he walks through the door at night. I feel better when he is around. I get to work from home too. I think I’m pretty lucky because I don’t have to go far for anything. But I do love the mini trips away here and there – they are good for…

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My big boy had “the talk” at school

I don’t know about your house, but in ours we’re a bunch of prudes. Yep, we don’t talk about “rude parts” too often and there is no swearing or silly talk. I know! That’s why I say we’re a bunch of prudes! I think I’ve wanted my house to run this way for all these years because I clearly have 3 boys who will suddenly turn all of that on it’s head, so for now, I’d like to keep a lid on it… 😉 However, my boys are wild. They are real boy-boys who punch and fight and put each other in a headlock all day long. But I want to keep them little for as long as I can….

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Boys bedroom mini makeover

My biggest boy (he’s 12 and a half) got a makeover in his bedroom this week. Here’s a video with me pulling it together (hospital corners please)! And here’s the final result (for now!). I am always changing and fiddling with things… We’re doing very simple walls in this room. He doesn’t want too much fuss and I refuse to paint feature walls. On the reverse wall (which you can’t see) he has shelves with his TV, medals, trophies and his special things. I put a little sneak preview on on Instagram and Facebook yesterday and you’re dying to know where I bought some of these goodies from… Doona cover – Logan and Mason Crosses Blanket – Adairs Yay banner…

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Out and about with my boys in the bush

At the top of our street is a hill and some bush with great walking tracks through them. Every few days (when it’s not hot because I HATE snakes!), we take a quick wander through. This week we’ve been a couple of times and I took my camera along… Bear is busting to get going! We took the remote control car along (Chevy was 8 yesterday and they’ve been dying to get his birthday present out and about!). If you look hard you can see the kangaroos at the very top. They are always there, every day looking at us. They have even jumped down our street and across our lawn looking for water when it’s really hot. In my…

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A day in my life, My Family

The sunshine brings all the good stuff

Hi there! Just popping in for a quick hello… The sun has been shining around here, and it makes life seem so much more brighter. The dreariness of Winter is so boring. Sometimes I can smell a tiny hint of Spring in the air. This week has been magnificent, but still pretty cold in the mornings with -3! Monday I went to Sydney to film a video about ‘upskilling’ for SEEK Learning. I’ll share that with you next week. It was fun. I had to talk about how my career and life has changed over the years… Then I was also telling another blogger on the phone yesterday about this film and we started chatting about turning our passions in…

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