Wednesday, December 5, 2012


This delightful face is me when I was about 3 - and not impressed with having my photo taken.

This little cherub is my almost 2-year old not impressed at having to share her crayons.

Most of the time she looks like her Dad but the pout is all mine!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bosistos Lavender Review and Giveaway

I recently received several Bosisto's Lavender products to review and giveaway and they happened to arrive  shortly after one of my day care children had been sick on my carpet.

Talk about good timing!

Anyone who has ever been in this situation knows it's a tricky one. You obviously need to clean the carpet as soon as possible but there's also a sick child to attend to.

...and then there's that awful lingering smell.

Thankfully Bosisto's Lavender spray works wonderfully as a room deodoriser and I've been using it ever since, it's also especially useful after changing nappies and to freshen up rubbish bins.

I love the scent of lavender and it takes me back to my childhood when I used to pick it from my Aunts garden and make little lavender bags with it, I think they may have been the start of my love of embroidery.

I have a child who is cutting teeth at the moment, her second year molars, so she hasn't been sleeping well. Since I received the Lavender pack I have made it part of our nightly routine to spray her bedroom about 10-15 minutes before Evie is going to bed and I really think it has help her settle.

Some of the special features of Bosisto's Lavender Spray are:

*  Contains 100% pure, natural Lavendula angustifolia, Lavender Oil
*  Natural antibacterial, antiseptic & insect repellent
*  Only spray on the market with 100% pure Lavender Oil
*  Calms, soothes and relaxes for insomnia & mild anxiety
*  Cleans, freshens and deodorises, especially musty areas.

Now, onto the giveaway details.   Bosisto's / FGB Natural Products have 4 prize packs to give away.  The competition is open only to Australian readers.

To enter:
  1. Leave your name in the comment section below
  1. Winners will be selected at random by
  1. Your prize pack will be sent directly from FGB Natural Products
  1. The competition opens today, 21 November 2012 and closes 30 November 2012 at 5pm.
  1. The winners will have 5 days to make contact to claim their prizes otherwise they will be redrawn. 
Edit 5.12.12: Sorry for the delay in announcing the winners; I've been laid up with an ear infection!

The winners, as chosen by, are Dusty (for Carlie Staples), MichVee, Phil Dean and Kim Maxwell.

Please email me your contact details - and enjoy these wonderful products!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I recently had an hour or so to kill before a Doctor's appointment so I decided to wander through Spotlight to see if I could get any craft ideas and to see what Christmas fabrics they had in stock.

Big mistake!

I am a little addicted to fabric, okay a lot, and I have a rather large stash that I love looking at but I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.

I walked out of Spotlight with another another 17 pieces to add to my stash!

My favourite fabric of the day had the words London written on it with images of crowns, guards and carriages printed on it.

I had to have it.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with it but to start with I have made myself an owl softie that I have named Oxford.

I think he's very cute.

Monday, October 29, 2012

My Other Blog

For a few months now I have been writing a blog about my love of Scotland and how I acquired the title Lady Carolyn.

Home Is Where The Heart Is is a collection of my personal photos, recipes, reflections and anything else relating to Scotland, no matter how tenuous the link!

I'd love it if you stopped by.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 Minutes Peace

At Annabelle's bedtime last night we were walking down the hallway hand-in-hand when she looked up at me and said 'you're my best friend' and then she gave me her best smile.

It was one  of those moments as a parent that makes your heart sing.

Some days being a single parent is really hard, especially when the input from the girls father amounts to a 2-hour visit once a fortnight.

There are days when I am so exhausted I start nodding off as soon as the girls are in bed, and thankfully there are other days when I am able to relax and watch a favourite TV show (Homeland, The Good Wife) without falling asleep.

Last night I tucked Annabelle into bed, read her a story and then reached over to turn off her lamp. As I was doing this her sweet little voice said 'I'll stay in my bed all night Mummy so you can go and eat your dinner in peace'.

And so I did.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In The Picture

I was recently trying to find a photo of myself with the girls when I realised I have less than 5 decent photos of us together.

The fault is mostly mine as I am normally behind the camera rather than in front of it and even if I'm not the photographer I don't normally volunteer for pictures.

I have several friends who also avoid the camera and I suspect their reasons are similar to mine; we now have a post-baby body, there's less time for hairdressers and none at all for make up, and let's not talk about those extra chins that have started to appear!

I was discussing with someone today how children love looking at photos and I realised I want my daughters to have pictures of me to look at, preferably with them in it too! When I was a child I loved looking at my Mothers photo albums and the thing that I remember most isn't whether she was overweight or if she'd had her hair done (although some of the clothes were pretty funny), it's the way she's looking at us or holding us that's important.

One day I won't be here any more, hopefully that day is more than 50 years away, but I want them to have lots of pictures of me and to see me holding them the way my Mum held us.

Most of all I want them to know how loved they are.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Annabelle

Way back in August (yep, that's how far behind I am) my big girl turned 3.

We went to Symbio Wildlife Park with family and Annabelle had a really lovely birthday.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Another year, another birthday

I recently celebrated a birthday, not a milestone just a regular birthday,which is just as well as it fell on a Monday and I had to work.

The girls and I spent Sunday afternoon with my brother and his family and after dinner they brought out a birthday cake for me - a very cute caterpillar which the kids loved!

with Tilda and Evie

On my actual birthday Annabelle wanted to do the whole cake thing again so I found an old candle, put it in a cupcake and let the girls sing Happy Birthday to me, which made them happy, and therefore made me happy too.

Annabelle also took a couple of photos for me- not a bad photographer for a 3 year old.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Eat less C.R.A.P

I saw this post on the Occupy Food facebook page and I thought it was brilliant.

I am going to print it out and put it on my fridge and hopefully some of the parents of my day care kids will see it.

Thankfully my girls drink water, eat lots of fruit and a variety of vegetables (I'm working on getting them to eat more) plus they like fish and red meat (unlike their Mumma).

As a child care Educator I see some interesting lunch boxes - some of which have never contained a single piece of fruit. Ever.

As a parent myself I know it can be easy to give in to children when they want junk food but if it isn't in the house then they won't ask for it!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Moving forward

There have been lots of adjustments in the house recently, changing from a two-parent family to being a single parent hasn't exactly been easy going.

The first few weeks were the worst as Annabelle constantly asked for her Dad or wanted to know where he was, Evie being younger didn't seem as distressed as Annabelle was.

Fast-forward a few months and we seem to have settled into a rhythm that works for us, and I have discovered that routine is the key to keeping us moving forward. The problem with working from home is that there are people coming to the house every morning so there's no going to bed leaving dishes in the sink or the floor not vacuumed (looking after 5 children each day you can imagine the messy floors).

Once everyone has gone home we have dinner together then it's bath time, book and bed for the girls. By the time I have cleaned up and had a shower I'm too tired to do much else so my clean laundry pile seems to be growing higher every day, thankfully it's hidden away in my bedroom so no one sees it but me!

Of course the distraction that social media brings probably doesn't help me get my laundry done but I figure I'm entitled to a little bit of 'me' time at the end of the day!

Probably the biggest change that I've made is that I make sure I take the girls somewhere over the weekend. Monday to Thursday they share me with other children so on the weekend we go to a park, a play area or even just to the shops for a wander around and a donut.

The girls really enjoy it and so do I.

It's our time together.

 Eating her treat at the shops

I love how Evie pokes her tongue out when she is happy or excited

She may only be 18 months old but Evie knows where to put the money in to make the ride go

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bosistos Giveaway

Bosisto's is one of Australia's oldest brands. This family-owned company has been around since 1852 and they remain one of our most iconic brands. There would be few households in Australia that didn't have one of their products in the house.

One of my favourite Bosisto's products is the Eucalyptus Spray. As a day care Mum I have up to 7 children in my house each day so you can imagine the dirt that gets left behind, not to mention the germs! At the end of the day I spray it over the kids toys and the door handles and it gives me peace of mind knowing it kills
99.99% of germs, not to mention giving the house a lovely fresh smell.

Another favourite use for the Eucalyptus Spray is to use it as a pre-wash spray to remove stains from the kids clothes. Even stubborn stains come out in the wash after I have used the Eucalyptus spray.

Before wash (spaghetti stains)

After wash

To celebrate 160 years of Bosisto’s in Australia  one lucky Ordinary World reader will win a massive Bosisto’s prize pack valued at $160. It is filled with Bosisto’s favourites for you and your home. A handy ‘hints & tips’ is included so you can really get even more out of your eucalyptus products.

For your chance to win simply visit and then come back here and tell me which product you would most like to try.

Please leave your comment below, including an email address so I can contact you. The competition ends 29th July 2012 at 5pm. 

Competition open to Australian residents only

Edit 29th July 5.10pm

The winner, chosen by, is Kim Morgan. Kim could you please send me your contact details so I can pass them on to Bosisto's. 

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sleepy heads

Most nights at least one of the girls has started sleeping in my bed, and some nights it's both of them.

I used to take them back to their own bed but now I don't bother, I figure they're only little for such a short period of time so I should make the most of the snuggles while I can.

My little sleepy heads waking up

Morning Mummy

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mother's Day

I've had a few posts sitting here in draft mode and I decided I either had to finish them off or delete them!

I think it's a bit late to post the Easter pics but Mother's Day was only last month so here they are:

First stop was morning tea at the lovely Kiama.

The iconic Kiama blow hole 

After leaving Kiama we headed to Gerroa for a picnic lunch and a walk on the beach. 

Grandad and Annabelle collecting shells

Evie's first visit to the beach

You wouldn't know it from these pictures but the weather changed pretty quickly and by the time we got home a storm had arrived - we walked inside the front door just as the rain came down!

I had a lovely Mother's Day with my girls.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Last weekend I had to deal with a miserable 2 year old because a grown up broke their promise to take her to McDonalds for lunch (or 'the Donalds' as she calls it).

Annabelle was excited at the thought of going out for the day and then sad when it got to lunch time and it became obvious she wasn't going anywhere. It broke my heart to see her so upset, especially when one phone call in the morning would have changed how we spent our day.

I promised Annabelle that I would take her, and Evie, to McDonalds this weekend and yesterday I kept my promise.

Cheeseburger and chips, yummo!

After shopping it was coffee time for Mum and a
mushroom tart for Annabelle

As Evie slept in the stroller there was time for a quick ride

Waiting patiently at the bus stop

Dandelion fun on the way home

She was baffled by this

We walked inside our front gate just as the rain started

We all had a lovely day.