Blinding clarity at 6am

This morning I awoke at 5.58am with blinding clarity about the next stage of my working life. For so long now, I’ve pondered ‘what should I do next’, and starting a new direction with the impending arrival of my first child seemed daunting. But then it hit me, so clear and obvious, I was almost…

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Coombe Farm

I grew up in the Yarra Valley on a 130 acre property called “Brampton Park”. It had a long history that always fascinated me. The property was purchased in 1869 by David Mitchell (Dame Nellie Melba’s father) as 1441 acres and held the land until he passed away in 1916. In the late 1930’s Mr…

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2014 in review

I saw this fantastic questionnaire over at A Graceful Disaster and thought I’d answer it myself. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? The obvious answer is that I fell pregnant. We weren’t really planning it, after being told it would be really difficult, it happened in month one. Did you…

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Why investing is important at any age

We started our investing a little later than we would have liked but this was due to enjoying travel and experiences that many of our friends did not. I was 27 years old when we bought our first house which was a very exciting time for us in a number of ways. We bought a…

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The minimalist parent

One thing we are really keen to do with our parenting is to keep the number of items we buy and amount of new items for a number of reasons including: We do not have a big house and we have a lot of our own items already which mean a lot. We don’t like…

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Our 1960s bush wedding

I wasn’t one of those girls who dreams of their wedding. Although my husband Ben did propose, I knew it was coming, it wasn’t a surprise. We talked about it like we talk about a lot of things. We had been to visit the Healesville Sanctuary a week before the proposal and I instantly knew…

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A beautiful reminder of why

Just when I’m feeling sorry for myself, I get a great reminder of why I am doing this. I am so tired from only getting 3-4 hours sleep (I can’t seem to stay asleep!) and feeling pain throughout my body as a result of my hips and back. Jensy from Born to be a Bride…

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The reality of pregnancy

There is no lack of understanding that the media present images of women in various stages of life that don’t truly represent a realistic view of what is experienced. This is never truer than in pregnancy. image credit: Mother and Baby Australia No one seems to talk about this openly, I’m not sure why, but…

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Reasons for wanting to live more simply

I want more time to enjoy life I want to use my money to have and enjoy experiences not things I’m worried about the world and the amount of landfill I want more quality time with my husband, family, friends and our future children I want to learn the value of having things I want…

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An update on my pregnancy

I’d really hoped I’d write more in this blog about how my pregnancy was progressing but luckily I have kept a written journal. Some of the experiences are a bit personal and sometimes a bit whingey, so perhaps it’s better I didn’t. I’m now 22 weeks and it’s starting to get a little easier. I’m…

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