How to parent in public

Cucumber, lettuce, tomato… with effortless repetition the teenage boy at the checkout scans my groceries, the bleep bleep punctuating the bustling of a busy supermarket. Suddenly the tantruming wails of a small child echo loudly from the next checkout, and pained cries drown out the bleep bleeps and rustling of plastic bags. The checkout boy…

How to ruin Christmas

My sisters and I joke that we grew up with the Christmas Grinch. Our mum hates the commercial fuss of Christmas and has always tried to avoid the material focus: no tree, no decorations, and no fussy Yuletide crafting sessions. Occasionally my sisters and I would rally, decorating a bedraggled tree we found on the…

Life in Sydney 2015

A brief look at some of the fun things we’ve done while living in Sydney, Australia.

Peace on earth… Are you kidding me?

I love Christmas. I get nostalgic and excited for delicious food and treats. I enjoy the nativity scenes and other decorations. I’m a sucker for a good Christmas carol and love to sing along. But in all the happiness and fun with family and friends have you ever stopped to think about some of the…

Four things you didn’t know about ‘O Holy Night’

What do Mariah Carey, the cast of Glee and South Park’s Eric Cartman have in common? They’ve all recorded the Christmas classic O Holy Night. This Christian favourite is a powerful hymn that reduces many to tears and conveys both the majestic glory and redemptive aspects of the Christmas story. Well known for its beautifully…

Becoming a mum is like the first day of high school

A long line of first years, our freshly-minted grey and white uniforms gleaming in the bright summer sunlight—it’s the first day of high school and I’m new in town. The air smells like freshly cut grass and sweaty teenagers. I wait nervously; the feeling of unknown possibility looming ahead. Will I make friends? Will they…

The Internet Diet: Clickbait, Listicles and Cute Animal Pictures

5 Easy Ways To Lose Belly Fat 10 Parenting Hacks To Make Life Easier 31 Things You Never Knew About Your Body List-based articles, or ‘listicles’ have been around for quite some time in popular media formats. But it would appear they have gained popularity with the advent of sites like BuzzFeed, Cracked and Newsworthy…