25 Parenting Hacks (and Words of Wisdom)

This mum-ing game is a wacky roller coaster, right? Totally in control one minute. Naked, paintbrush-wielding toddler running through the house with red paint the next minute. (That doesn't happen at yours? Oh.) Last week, a friend shared the delightful news that she...

A letter to my 16-year-old self

Last weekend I attended my niece's 16th birthday party. I felt old. And frumpy. And prude-ish. (Have you seen what kids are wearing these days? Have you heard what they are listening to?!) I spent most of the night lamenting how it only "felt like yesterday" that I...

A piece of advice

I have the seeds of a new picture book idea sprouting in my crowded brain. (What's the baby doing? Do I need to take the meat out for dinner? Must book a haircut! Where's my other shoe?) This story will be set in a dystopian future. (How schmintellectual does that...

How did I get here?

I don't want to sound like a reality TV show contestant, but let's talk about "the journey." Do you ever have those moments where you stop, take a look at the life you've created and think, "Well, how exactly did I get here?!" I'm currently on Maternity Leave from my...

Your comfort zone

When was the last time you sat firmly outside your cushy, nicely-furnished, climate-controlled comfort zone? For me, it was last Sunday between 10am and 1pm. It involved the most amazing lamington I ever did meet, beautiful flowers and watercolours. It sounds lovely...

Van Gogh stole my creativity*

It was 1995. The setting was a large all-girls school in Sydney’s Inner West. My friends and I spent our days trying to channel our inner-Coolio to sing along with Gangsta’s Paradise. TLC warned us not to go chasing Waterfalls. I was in Year 8. Life was grand. We were...

Hi! I’m Shannon

I’m a mama and a teacher celebrating our perfectly imperfect attempts at living a creative life.
AKA trying to remain sane whilst raising 3 kids under 5 and holding unrealistic life expectations thanks to Pinterest.

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