Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Family

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Today I talked to my Mum, being mothers day and all she opened up to me about a lot of things that I hadn't heard before...and I loved this.

It was wonderful, even though I heard some things that were not so wonderful, the stories are true and are about my family history. Have you ever really sat down with your mother or father and quizzed them about their past and got them to open up about their lives?

I have on a number of occasions and although it must be at the right time and they must be in the right mood, when the time is right, the fortunes they can reveal are wonderful (well I think so anyway even if they are not so glamorous).

These stories have helped me connect better with reality and what life is really all about, both my mother and fathers families have had their fare share of challenges and lived much harder lives in comparison to mine. Split families back in a times when this was not looked upon favourably, scandals, harsh punishments, low incomes and living/working hard on farms or in single family units with a large amount of siblings...

I found out something really emotional this evening talking with my mother and it made me wonder just how many secrets may lay hidden without families knowing of them? I challenge you like I challenged my mother, to find out more.. this is our family history and we should know more about what has happened even if it is not so pretty.

I am blessed to still have both my Nana's alive and I called them both today for a Mother's Day chat and to have a wonderful catch up. I love talking with them regularly to see how things are and find out the friendly gossip of how all the family is going and connect with them again. I try to do this regularly but I need to do it more often as making an effort to connect is so important.. you don't know how much longer you will have the opportunity to do so.

Connect with your love ones. :)

Brenda :)


Friday, May 11, 2012

A Huge Hug for Us Mum's



Ok so I haven't been the best blogger and I probably wont continue to be for the immediate future either...I've been busy as most mums are; being a mum, working and doing all the other 101 million things that mums do...

But I wanted to take 5 to say; Mum's WE ROCK!!!

Because we do.. honestly only a mother could go unpaid each day and do the things we do, there is NO one else that could commit to the huge tasks we handle each and every day unless they were paid very well to do so.

I hope you are all spoiled rotten on Sunday for Mothers Day and are given some well deserved time off... I'm of course thinking breakfast in bed, followed by some QUIET time to read a book or favourite magazine in bed, followed by a lovely cup of tea in bed, followed by a movie in bed, hahahaha I think I'm in La La land really but dreaming of the most awesome day ever don't you agree??

I cannot even think of how long ago it was that I was ever so self indulgent and that's what I think needs to be recognised most about Mothers Day. We give up basically anything self indulgent to be a mother first but its also important for us all to put ourselves first sometimes too for the benefit of everyone in your family especially you and your kids.

I'm sure Mothers day is also a day when you look back over the last year and think about what you have to be thankful for and what has changed/developed in your family unit. Well there have been a few changes in ours, I took a couple of photos of my little girls over the last week and have welled up with emotions every time I look at them with such an overwhelming sense of joy and love for my little girls. This is when I think of how thankful I AM to be a mum and not the other way around.

Yes I do go above and beyond the earth to make sure my family is happy and they have everything they need even if we cannot afford it but I am the one who is thankful EVERYDAY, as they have opened my heart to a love and joy that I in no way could have known would have existed if I did not have children. My children and my family are the light of my life and I am so blessed to experienced such happiness.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY FOR SUNDAY

Brenda :) xx

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Do you hate washing your hair like me?


I wish I had time to wash my hair, dry it properly and then style it so that it looks nice.

Instead I'm lucky if I get time to wash my hair once a week.. I keep putting it off each night thinking "I'm soooo tired I don't feel like blow drying my hair now....I'll do it tomorrow" then that turns into the next day and the next, so on and so on. I wish I could have a routine that worked where I could do it twice a week but at the moment I rarely get around to it once a week and my hair ends up looking so disgusting/oily/yuk and up in a pony tail all the time.

I don't need to look wonderfully glamorous like this picture but I know I feel so much better about myself and far more confident when I take the time to wash my hair and dry/straighten more regularly. I just wish I could figure out a way to find the time to do it twice a week that works in well with the rest of the weekly routine when I don't feel so tired and exhausted before bed at night. I would love to be able to do it in the mornings but mornings with small kids are crazy and having them in the bathroom with me while I'm trying to do my hair would just drive me crazy.

Do you have the same problem? or have you figured out a good way to get your hair looking good without knocking out some of your precious sleep time? Would love to know if you have.

Brenda :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Frustration!


I feel like I'm falling behind in everything and its getting to me. We moved into our new rental a few months ago now and while everything looks like we've set up the house on the surface if you scratch it a little you will see there is still a lot to do. I've been trying to get on top of it all finally but I feel like its getting the better of me.

This was my list of stuff to start tackling along with the normal list chores:

  • Ironing - my pile of 'To Iron' clothes, has been growing and collecting dust for about 3 months now and it was really starting to annoy me as I was only ever wearing the wash and wear clothes over and over and wondering where all my other clothes were. Well I started on the pile but ironing is really only something you can do when the kids are not around for safety reasons in a small house as its just too likely an accident will happen. I did start one day when the girls were both having a rare nap at the same time but it wasn't long enough to get it finished so it is still unfinished and now growing again.
  • Time to go through all the clothes that the girls are growing out of and pack them away and dig out all the hand me downs for winter and the next size up. I did get into the shed on the weekend and go through all the clothes and pulled out a massive amount of clothes for both the girls for this winter and then started the huge job of washing, drying, folding and putting away all of these items....I am still working through this and re-organising their cupboards to fit all the bulky winter stuff in. Its difficult to fit everything in the draws and cupboards when its still a bit too early to put all the summer stuff away as the days are still warm.
  •  Trying to sort out a meal plan/routine for the month. I have been getting really annoyed with myself over the last month as I seemed unable to get myself together and organise something for dinner most evenings. I  think everything else was getting on top of me and dinner was just the last thing I felt like tackling and then had no ideas of what to cook when the time came around. So I made it my mission to sit down and go through all my recipe clippings and look through my cook books to get new ideas and be inspired to start cooking good meals again. This all started off well enough and I had a really good list going but then other stuff had to get done and its ended up unfinished sitting on the kitchen table for the last 2 weeks.
  • Work on my business - this is something that I am meant to do every Tuesday and Wednesday (minimum) when my girls go to day care but again life has had other plans and for the last 6 weeks I have had to deal with other urgent personal matters which I have had no choice but to deal with but this has only made me depressed as I have not been able to work and spend the time doing what I love and what I have worked so hard on. 
  • Finding a place for all those little bits and bobs - you know when you move house and you put a pile or in our case a few boxes aside to deal with later.. well I'm trying to deal with those now and find a home for all these things that need a cupboard to sit or wall to hang on etc...well they are still not unpacked. 
  • Then there are the stupid crappy things that happen which doesn't spell out 'The end of the world' but it sure does make things hard and annoying - like the other day when we snapped our car key off in the ignition and were left stranded at the kids day care with no way of getting home (we sorted it all out and were OK) but this sort of stupid stuff happens to us a fair bit and you just get tired of it - we just have to laugh about it.  
  • Add to all of this the endless amount of normal washing, looking after and keeping entertained my beautiful girls, putting together Indi's modern cloth nappies, cleaning the house, gardening and looking after the dog etc..etc...

I think this is all contributing to my current feelings of massive frustration. I know that I should just focus on one project, finish it and then tackle the next one but I'm one of these people who constantly feels annoyed if things are not settled and organised (I don't mean all prettily organised, I just mean everything has a place). I think that I have a better handle on things and I suppose more control over things when I'm organised and after living in temp or short term living arrangements for nearly a year now, I am really feeling the need to gain  back some control and feel like I have a handle on it all again.

Wish me luck :)

Brenda :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

What a week! - Kitchen Garden Update

Well its been one of those weeks, both kids were sick which meant neither went to day care (on their two registered days) which therefore resulted in me feeling like I achieved nothing. I have actually achieved heaps in relation to looking after the girls but with regards to getting the house cleaned and working on my business - no nothing was achieved really. Instead I tried my best to keep happy and entertained my two little grizzly bears who were out of sorts. I should be glad its Friday but now I'm flying solo with the girls for the next 3 days but at least the girls are on the mend and not so grizzly anymore.

We finally finished preparing and planting all our herbs and veges for our Kitchen garden last weekend, the girls and I have spent much of the week outside tending to it and have been so excited to already see sprouts appearing through the soil. I cant believe how much I have enjoyed the whole process of researching, preparing and planting our Kitchen Garden and then how even more excited I have been to see it growing already. It has also been really lovely to finally spend some nice time outside with the girls since all the rain has passed. Have a look at our progress.

Soil all prepared and ready for planting

Pearl and I starting to plant the seeds

Planting the seeds

All mulched and finished


We were super excited to see sprouts of broccoli, corn and zuccini plants after only 4 days!!



Brenda :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jam Drops - Baking Post

With all the rain that we have had over the last few weeks, I have spent many days inside with my girls trying my best to keep sane and them occupied :) Baking is one of the best ways to keep my 2 1/2yr old Pearl entertained/happy and busy. This is a great, simple, quick and easy recipe that tastes great!

Jam Drops





Ingredients
125g of soft margarine
1/2 cup of caster sugar
1 3/4 cups of self raising flour
1 egg
Vanilla
Your favorite jam - I highly recommend Bonne Maman's Raspberry Jam, so yummy :)


Method
Pre-heat your oven to moderate temp.
1. Beat sugar and butter to a cream
2. Add the egg and beat well then add cap top of vanilla
3. Gradually add sifted flour and mix into a stiff dough
4. Take small pieces of mixture and roll into balls
5. Place on greased baking trays and make a hold with your finger in the centre of each (to prevent sticking dust your finger in flour)
6. Fill the holes with a drop of your favourite flavored jam
7. Bake in a moderate oven until golden brown then cool on a cooling rack.




Yum!
Brenda :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Great looks right now at Forever New - Style Post

We are finally enjoying some cooler days after a very hot and muggy summer in Central Queensland, I for one am very happy that Autumn seems to be finally showing its lovely face. I love Autumn and Spring, cooler days and nights, the sun is usually out but not so intense, I just wish these seasons would last longer.

Now onto more important things - Fashion..I haven't done a style post in a while (sorry) so thought I better get cracking. Forever New used to be one of my favorite retailers (pre-babies) but since having my girls I found that every time I ventured into one of their stores, the hemlines seemed to get shorter and shorter.

It is well known to mums that short hemlines and small children just don't work. Even if you have great legs post baby/babies you would be kidding yourself to you think that you could get away with wearing anything too short (much above the knee) as you will be guaranteed to spend your entire day bending over picking up whatever your babies/kids have thrown on the floor, you need to clean up or constantly pick them up and put them down.....Its just not worth the risk of flashing innocent bystanders for the sake of feeling like you can still pull off a mini skirt.

As much as you may have hated to admit it, once you become a mum practicality has to come first when making fashion/style decisions. Once you come to terms with this, you can then move on and work out how to adapt your individual style to your new practical needs....I should talk about this more in another post.

Anyway back to Forever New, I was looking over their new collection and was pleasantly surprised to find many stylish and practical fashion options for mums this season. I do have a couple of dresses in the mix which I'm sure may be too short but the great thing with Autumn is that we can now wear stockings!! So grab yourself a few pairs of opaque stockings and you will be much safer wearing the shorter hemlines.

Forever New have a great colour pallet this season with navy/turquoise/tomato/cream/watermelon/cobalt/grey along with great pant styles, stylish loose jumper knits and tank tops, giving you great options for different combinations. These are all well priced too so you don't have to feel guilty about grabbing an new look for the season and spoiling yourself a little :)


















Happy Shopping!

Brenda :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This rain is driving me crazy!

If you are in Queensland like us than chances are you are totally over the non-stop rain, I feel like we are going to wake up one morning and find our little house washed away to a new location as the down pour just continues and continues.





It's also becoming more and more difficult to find entertaining things to do with the kids inside during the day as it's just way to wet to venture out.

We have been baking, doing craft, reading lots of books, watching movies, playing fish, colouring in and watching the rain... We are all dying to get out in the garden and work on our kitchen garden but its just way too messy for that so we have to wait and hope that the rain will ease off soon so we can venture outside again.

What do you do to keep sane with all this rain?

Brenda :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Just a thought about judgements we make

I had a great morning with my girls today, like most Friday's I try to take them to a Mainly Music session, which if you haven't heard about it you must check it out as there are groups all over the country that organise them for a very small fee each week. My girls just love singing and dancing around silly with me and watching the other kids do the same.

After the session all the kids get a great little morning tea and then play time with heaps of toys while all the mums and carers try to take five with a cuppa. It was while I was enjoying my cuppa this morning that I was listening to another mum talk about how she had never eaten McDonald's and was glad of this as she had no intentions of ever trying it, 'I'd rather eat rat poison than that stuff, you might as well be eating posion' is what she said. Wow a bit harsh I thought...I'm not really a fan of McDonald's either but I've made that choice after eating it and I think I just prefer KFC really (even though I regret it later haha).

So then I immediately thought ohhhh ok this woman must be one of those mum's who is a vegetarian or something and only eats organic everything blah blah blah (nothing against vegetarians) and that's why she is rattling on about all the poisons in our food etc. But you know maybe I was too quick to judge her? It seems that she was quick to judge those at the table who had already eaten MacDonald's before and then alienate them with her comments. I don't know? but after hearing what she said I don't think she would really be the type of person I could sit and have a yarn with during our next music session.

This did make me think after though, how often do we make immediate judgements on people we meet through statements they make or something they do? Just because you disagreed with their opinion or action on one thing doesn't necessarily mean that you will have also have such different opinions on other things? or is it a good indication that you will? Should we be more open to seeing what else is going on in their mind before we shut the door on them? I'm not sure? What do you think?

I'd probably like to think that I could be patient enough with every new person I meet to give them the time to see what is really going on and makes them tick but in reality I just don't have the time and quick judgements seem to filter out those that I think are just not my cup of tea. I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you handle this sort of thing.

Brenda :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Garlic Prawns in Coconut Cream - Meal of the Week

I only started making dish this late last year and its been such a hit that we have it all the time now. I really love garlic prawns but wanted it to stretch it further as a family meal so I've added a coconut cream sauce to it now which is really yummy served with steamed rice.


Garlic Prawns in Coconut Cream with Lemon Grass

Ingredients
700g to 1kg of green prawns - both Coles and Woolworths are selling these for only $13/kg as an on going thing and they are Australian prawns too which is great if your on a budget as I only like buying Australian seafood.
4/5 Garlic cloves - Crushed
About 150g of softened butter
Fresh parsley or if you dont have then basil instead
1 to 1/ 1/2 cans of coconut cream
about 1/2cup of water - rinsed out in the coconut cream can to get any extra cream.
1 Lemon - juiced
Lemongrass - cut the very end off, give it a good smash to make it soft and tie in a knot if possible
Either 2 Carrots - pealed and cut into lovely thin sticks about 5cm long - or 1 Red Capsican sliced thinly into lovely thin sticks.
1/3 cup of dry white wine - if you have any
2 tsps Fish Sauce
2 Tbsp of Brown Vinegar strained from pickled chilli's (if you don't have this don't worry, I always have a jar of chilli's pickling in brown vinegar in the fridge and I love adding a bit of the vinegar to a lot of my meals for awesome flavour boot)
Diced chilli - to suit your heat preference
1 tbsp of soft brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to season
1 1/2 to 2 cups of rice

Method

Peel and de-vein (get rid of the poo track in center back of prawn) all your green prawns leaving the tail on. Mix your soft butter and crushed garlic with finely chopped parsley and rub all over the prawns, add a little lemon juice (1 tbsp) cover and set aside in fridge for at least an hour so the garlic can do its flavoring.

Prep your rice for absorption cooking method - wash the rice well so that all the starch is washed off then start cooking your steamed rice either in a rice cooker or in a saucepan on stove top (absorption method not boiled).

Once the rice is looking like its nearly ready take your prawns out and heat your wok or deep fry pan up. Add a quarter of the prawns at a time to cook in batches so that you can brown and cook each side of the prawns. You will only need a few minutes for each batch - make sure that you get a good amount of butter in the pan with each batch to cook the prawns in.

Once all the prawns are lovely and browned them add them all back into the pan along with the thinly sliced carrots or capsican and give a toss. Next add your lemongrass, lemon juice, wine and seasoning. Cook off the wine and then quickly add the coconut cream, brown vinegar, fish sauce and brown sugar. Add some chili to suit your heat preference. Give a good stir and as soon as the sauce comes to the boil then turn it down to a low simmer for another 3-5mins. Taste to check the seasoning and add any more salt or pepper as needed then serve hot with your steamed rice. (Take out the lemongrass before serving).

Enjoy!

Brenda :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

David Lawrence Fall Looks - Style Post

I'm really quite loving these looks from the David Lawrence Fall look book. There are some great bold colours with the cobalt blue, orange and burgundy which is great to see as I love colour.









Looking forward to some more great looks this Autumn

Brenda :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Kitchen Garden - My New Sanity Project

We moved house a few weeks ago, into a tiny little 3bd cottage, (rental) it is a hot box (fibro, no insulation, fans or aircon) but we are thankful we have our own place to call home and have been busy making it more comfortable. The first essential job was putting in portable air cons into the bedrooms as its soooo hot along with changing the curtains to block out ones or blinds to try and keep the rooms cooler and block out a lot of the heat. Feeling comfortable in our home is really important to me, so I really want to make the most of what we can so that its more enjoyable for us over the next year.

I feel living in such a small house with two small kids will be my biggest challenge, as they just dont have the space to play and move around like they used to. So my idea is to get outside more (when its cool enough that is) early in the morning and later in the afternoon. We have a large empty lawn area at the moment but are working on finding an area to set up the sandpit and a little shaded play area for the girls.

The one good thing we have in the back yard is an area for a vege garden, I think it must have been one a long time ago as it's a long raised garden bed about 2m x 8m. As soon as I saw it I thought YES that will be the perfect spot to start my next sanity project with the kids - a Kitchen Garden. I've always dreamed of having a kitchen garden as they are just so practical and convenient when cooking but it will also be a great challenge for me.

Our Kitchen Garden Plot - lots of work to do



Now this spot may not be the absolutely perfect but its a hell of a lot better than any other options I've had anywhere else I've lived as it will get full sun all afternoon. The plot was in quite a state and will need a lot of work to be done before I even think about planting but its all good fun and it will keep my 2 1/2 year old out of the house for a couple of hours in the morning every few days.

We have started cleaning it up and have cleared away rubbish, leaves, weeds, grass etc and have prepared about 2m so far (so only another 6 to go). My daughter Pearl had an absolute ball helping and loved keeping busy pulling out weeds and picking up leaves. Anyway you can see from our progress that we still have a lot of work to do but I welcome the fun times ahead and hope that it will help keep my sanity in check by getting out of the tiny house with the kids on mornings we are home.

Great reading and watching material to educate me


I also want to try and do this properly as I have not got the best gardening track record. So I have loaned from the library a vege garden book and DVD to help educate me well (along with watching Martha Stewart) to prevent me from doing anything ridiculous....well I hope so anyway. I will keep you posted on our progress.


Brenda :)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cottage Pie - Meal of the week

I love to cook, I am by no means a master in the kitchen nor do I pretend to be but I do really enjoy cooking up good honest tasty food for my family...even in my itsy bitsy tiny kitchen with no dishwasher! It just forces me to be more organised and tidy while cooking.

I'm going to starting posting about a different meal each week which I have cooked for my family and will include the recipe for you. I would love to hear your feedback and comments on these ideas. We work on a tight budget so the majority of my meals will be budget friendly like my first meal of the week which is an oldie but a goodie - my version of a cottage pie. YUM :)


Cottage Pie

Ingredients


2 Sheets of Shortcrust pastry
Pie weights or 2 cups of rice
500g of beef mince (I just buy the regular mince as its usually well priced)
1 Large Onion - Chopped
2 Garlic cloves - Crushed
2 Tbsp of Beef Stock
1 Pkt of Hearty Beef Soup (or a tbsp of beef Gravox or gravy powder for extra flavour)
1 Cup of water
1 Tbsp of Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp of Brown Vinegar strained from pickled chilli's (if you don't have this don't worry, I always have a jar of chilli's pickling in brown vinegar in the fridge and I love adding a bit of the vinegar to a lot of my meals for awesome flavour boot)
Salt and Pepper to season
3 Carrots pealed and cut into circle pieces
2 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
5 med to large brushed potatoes, peeled and cut up for boiling
About 70 to 100g of butter - don't use margarine if you can as it just wont add the flavour you want. You can use one of those light Devondale butter varieties if you like as they taste OK and are a bit healthier than pure butter
About 1/3 cup of milk 
Handful of grated cheese - whatever you have

Method
Heat your oven to about 180 Degrees Celsius, Spray your pie tray with some Canola oil or something similar then line it with your Shortcrust pastry. You will most likely need to do some cutting and pasting so to speak and join two sheets together to cover the whole tray well. Then line your pastry with some baking paper and put in either some pie weights or about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of rice to weight down the pastry for blind baking. Pop the pastry into the oven for about 10 -12 Min's - you want it to be lightly browned but not fully cooked, take the baking paper out and pop back in for another 3 Min's to dry out the bottom. Set aside to cool.

Saute your onions and garlic until they are lovely and caramelized, then add in your mince and brown making sure you try to break the mince up well into tiny pieces so there are no chunky bits. Once the mince is cooked through and you have nice brown colouring, add all your seasonings; beef stock, hearty beef soup powder, salt & pepper, worcestershire sauce, brown vinegar, cup of water and tomato paste. Then add in your carrots and bring to the boil for 5 Min's, then take down to a simmer, cover and leave for about 20mins to let the flavours set into the mince (remembering to stir every so often so that it doesn't stick to the pan).

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil then add your potatoes, cook until nice and soft. Then strain out the water leaving the potatoes in the pot and add in your butter, salt & pepper to taste then mash until nice and smooth. Add just enough milk to make a nice consistency, no too much as you don't want it runny.

Now bring it all together, pour your meat sauce into the pie base then add the lovely mash potato on top spooning carefully until you have covered the whole top. Then gently smooth it altogether so there are no holes or gaps. Sprinkle a handful of cheese on top and pop in the oven for about 20 -25mins until the cheese is nice and golden. Let it rest for about 5mins before serving.

Enjoy!

Brenda :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rental Property Managers....I really question the decency of these people?

I've been offline for a few weeks due to some horrible things going on, its not quite over yet either which is very annoying but I need to get on with my life now that we are near the rear end of it all. I have really been pushed to the brink but I've tried very very hard to take the high road and not let it tear me apart or allow me to totally loose control and tear apart those who have caused our grief.

Most of our troubles have been inflicted, through no fault of our own by a previous rental property management office. This is not the first time I have experienced major problems through a real estate agency and from talking with many friends and family who cannot believe what we have been put through, I seem to get the same response - 'That's real estate agents for you!'

I really don't mean to generalise here but it just seems to me, after all the very negative experiences I have had along with the many stories from others, that there is a certain breed of people that take on the real estate agency roles - especially rental property managers. The culture in these offices seems to breed and promote many disgusting traits such as; greed, back stabbing, lying, intimidation, bullying and just general evilness. How is this accepted as good practice I ask?

I also ask why is it that rental property managers seem to think its OK to treat good renters like dirt? Or as if they are in a lower class in society because they rent? This might come as a shock but guess what! Renters are not always renters! and when the time comes for the renter to find a real estate agent to purchase a house from or even an investment property, lets just say we wont be forgetting the terrible customer service experienced before as a renter.

It may also come as another shock that landlords are not always right! and they do not always know best! Just because someone own's a property it does not make them a better person than the person who rents from them. Nor does it make it OK to pressure a real estate agency to do un-honorable things such as threatening, intimidating, lying and bullying the tenant.

Just a little bit angry....well maybe a lot but I'm just saying the Real Estate Industry has in my opinion disgustingly poor morals and deserves a major shake up. If you are fortunate enough in your life to own an investment property, I hope that your real estate treats your tenants well and with respect, after all they are paying off your investment mortgage and taking care of your property. They dont deserve to be treated like dirt from you or real estate agency, so maybe its worth checking up on your agency's reputation amoungst renters and see how they stack up.

Brenda :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Time Out

I'm having a bit of an insane time at the moment, I plan to post a lot more regularly once some horrible things that are being thrown our way settle down a bit. I wont go into it all but we are enduring some tough and stressful times.

I know that everyone endures various battles and dramas throughout their lives and we all know that life isn't ALWAYS a breeze and carefree especially when you have a family to take care of amongst it all. What is important though during these trying times is to take some TIME OUT and let the mind rest from the constant stress and strain of what is going on.

We decided to have a day of this yesterday and went exploring towards the coastline of Central QLD, near Seaforth and found some wonderful sights and treasures along the way. Spending time with my beautiful little family and enjoying the fresh air and greenery around us was a great help in relieving the stress and letting some of the anger inside of me go.









Whatever turmoil you maybe experiencing right now, remember always to be grateful and thankful for what you do have and all that is precious to you, as these are the things that will make you smile and help you through the dark days. If your in the midst of dark days, I hope and pray that they will soon be over for you as I hope they will be for us too.

Brenda :)