Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I don't blog here anymore

If you want to keep up with me please go over and check out Free Range In Suburbia

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See you over there!

Monday, March 26, 2012


Back in October in 2008 this blog was born. I was 14 weeks pregnant  and I had a 1 and a 3 year old. We had just moved back to Melbourne and were finding our feet.

We've all grown so much since then, we've outgrown this house and the girls are 3, 4 and 7.

I also feel like I've outgrown this blog.

The whole premise of "Yay For Home!" is all the "home" labels that I identified so strongly with at the beginning, but I seem to be moving away...

I never use the term homeschool because what we do is so far from school-at-home.

My last baby was born three years ago and, while I will always be passionate about homebirth as a legitimate choice for women, I'm not sure I have anything else to say about it.

My passion for real food goes into where it's bought and how it's grown, not simply if it's cooked at home.

And while I don't have any paid work I dislike the term stay-at-home Mother. Anyone who cares for kids full time knows that home is not the place that you spend the bulk of your time.

So when the very awesome Kate started designing my blog over at my very own wordpress site I wanted to go for a new name as well as a new feel.

I've moved across my best, favorite and most visited posts to the new blog but have not shifted Yay For Home in it's entirety. Tomorrow the site goes live and I'll let you know where I am. I won't be posting here anymore, I'm a bit sad but it feels like growing up and moving into my own place.

The new site is about unschooling, real food, growing an edible backyard, loving your body, traveling with kids, connected parenting with playing and creating ideas. As well as the occasional overshare.

I hope you come with me....

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Treading water

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This time in 2 weeks we will have started moving into the new house. We will have the keys and most of our stuff will be boxed up.

But today it feels like I'm looking at the beach from the ocean and wondering how the fuck I'm going to swim to shore. Mostly I'm treading water but sometimes I'm getting dunked under and I'm feeling tired.

It's not just the move. It's coming down from being away from home a couple of times and trying to unpack before repacking again. It's seeing Harper decompress from being out of her comfort zone and feeling apprehensive about how a whole new house will be for her. It's new activities and busy afternoons that I need to adjust to.

It's also feeling a little claustrophobic at the thought of this perhaps being a house we live in forever. The itchy feet part of me finds that a little scary when I know I should be feeling grateful.

It's leaving the house that Harper was born in. As I sit and type not a metre away from the spot where I bought her out of my body and into my arms.

Something about packing up this house feels like growing up. Maybe it's because my baby will turn 3 (THREE!!) as I'm packing and my biggest girl will turn 7 (SEVEN!!) as I'm unpacking in the new place. Maybe it's because I'm putting on my big girl panties and doing what needs to be done. Not half assing it or delegating that hard stuff.

Maybe it's just because 4 years is a long time and when I moved into this house Tannah was only a bit older than Harper is now and Willow was just a baby.

All I know is looking at all the stuff (good lord how did we accumulate so much stuff?) that needs packing makes me a bit sad that some of it is outgrown and proud that it's ours. And a little overwhelmed at the logistics of getting it from one place to another with 3 kids who need me too.

But I'm treading water and it's OK because I'm a good swimmer and I do like to swim. Maybe I need to spend some time floating on my back and looking at the sky......

Monday, March 19, 2012

7 tips for staying in a caravan park with kids.

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I'm just back from our annual trip to Warrnambool. The girls and I enjoyed 4 days and 3 nights spending time with other school free families at a caravan park. This year we stayed in a cabin as Luke needed to stay at home for work. Here are some tips for enjoying your time in a caravan park.

-if your children are old enough to be without constant supervision set clear boundaries. I made a point of showing my big 2 on the first day where they were able to go without me and let them know where was not OK and what they would have to check in with me for.

-Make a couple of meals before you leave home. Cook up a batch of spaghetti bolg or soup and have it ready to go at dinner time when tired, hungry kiddos need to eat. If you are staying in a tent freeze the ones you don't want on the first day and they can defrost in the esky.
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-take a few toys and some drawing stuff. You never know what the weather might do or if kids might like an hour of time out.

-always pack 2 extra pairs of undies per per person than you think you will need. This goes without saying.

-always err on the side of caution when it comes to children being warm at night. Cold kids don't sleep well and it really is unpleasant to be freezing in bed. Take an extra blanket or a tracksuit to sleep in if you think you might need it.

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-the best way to keep all of the sand/debris/bugs out of everyone's bed is to sweep the floor often and keep the shoes outside. And in my case, keep the kids out of my bed in the daytime!

-accept that while these kinds of holidays may be awesome, they might not be relaxing for the parents with younger children. There is a lot of supervising littlies around cars and playing on parks and paddling at the beach as well as feeding, clothing, sunscreening and general business. It's a great holiday and I adore this type of time away but I'm not sitting around reading a novel...yet.

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So instead of forking out big bucks for a fancy resort a plane ride away why not consider ducking off for the weekend to a caravan park a couple of hours away and staying in a cabin if you don't have the camping gear. Be sure to pack the scooters or bikes and the towels-kids will swim no matter the temperature.

I'm already planning our next trip.....

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Selections-Harper and the mud pit

I'm joining in with Frogpondsrock for Sunday Selections today (who is doing World's Greatest Shave and you should totally sponsor) with some photos I just had to share.

Harper got such joy out of playing in a little area of mud the other day.

Such concentration and wonder!



A little muddy bouncing

Shower time

Go check out the other awesome photos over at the linky.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

What visiting my hometown is all about

So we're back from holidays! Almost 3 weeks of staying with my parents on the Gold Coast. I grew up there and still have many friends and lots of family to catch up with. It's busy, fun times and it means a lot for me to go back. I always shed a tear as I walk across the tarmac to board my Melbourne bound flight but Melbourne is now home-and I always feel like I am "coming home" when the wheels hit the ground at Tullamarine airport.

But I will always be a "Goldie Girl" at heart. This holiday for me was about


Getting the cousins together. It was the first time that I met my niece which was very special and I just loved seeing all six of my parent's grandkids playing together.


Getting outside! We took full advantage of the predictable warmth and got out and about whenever we could.


We tried out a new outdoor water play park at the Broadwater Parklands called "The Rockpools" That I cannot recommend enough. Lots of water doing lots of fun things, suitable for young kids with any or no swimming ability and close to a clean toilet and yummy cafe. And it's FREE.


The girls spending time with and being loved on by their grandparents. They have such a great relationship despite the distance and my Mum lets them give her "makeovers" and my Dad takes them swimming at the beach and watches endless hours of Dora the explorer.


Showing my kiddos fun things I did as a child. Like taking them to the Queensland museum and taking the exact photo that my parents have of my brother and I.


Doing Seaworld. It's become a holiday ritual.


Reliving the old "family bed" days. I'm not ashamed to admit that I love having us all in together.

It was such an ace holiday despite a bit of illness and me having the WORST hangover in my life. I so enjoy catching up with family and friends and being cooked for by my Mum and looked after by my Dad. It's so lovely to kick back in my old 'hood.

But it's also nice to come home

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cinema love

I went to the movies last week and saw "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

It was an amazing, moving and thoroughly captivating film that I cannot say enough good things about. I have read a lot of bad press about this film despite it's Oscar nomination. It made me feel something. I cried. I think I may have actually made an audible sob at one point. And I could have watched it for another hour.

Last night I watched the Academy Awards and Mum and I started talking about our favorite films.

I love cinema. I love that there are a million genres to please a million people. I love that movies divide people and spark discussion. And I like to know what movies other people love.

My favorite movies are Pulp Fiction, The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Silence Of The Lambs, Se7en, The Breakfast Club and probably Happy Gilmore. But it's hard to pick favorites. What of The Harry Potter movies? Philadelphia? Flying High? The Shining? American History X? Fight Club? One Flew Over The Cuckoos nest? Bridesmaids?

I'm sure if I sit here for another 20 minutes I could come up with a bunch more movies that are awesome.

But I want to know.

What's your favorite movie?
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