Raising Miss Matilda :: San Diego Mom and Lifestyle Blog
29 October 2014


Having one little girl and another on the way, it got me thinking about what things I want to teach them. I can see the impact my own parents have had in me and I want to have that same impact on my own. Here are my top ten lessons in life I want to teach my little ones.

1. Always look on the bright side of life - by finding the good in the world you will be setting up a life full of happiness and gratitude.

2. But don't forget to be resilient  - There will of course, be challenges and disappointments, but that is a natural part of life. Get back up. There's a solution to every  problem and a brighter day is just around the corner. 

3. It's fine to take pride in your appearance but take pride in your brain - as a female it's very probable you will care about your looks, but never forget your mind. Feed it, challenge it, be quiet and just sit with it. Your brain is going to take you very far in this world. 

4. Work hard - No matter what you decide to do in this life, make sure you work hard at it. Don't give up if things get tough, because good things come to people who work hard.

5.  You can do anything you set your mind to - Dont let anyone tell you otherwise. With hard work and dedication the sky is the limit. 

6. You are not better than anyone, no one is better than you - it's that simple really.

7. Don't be afraid to fail - mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. Own them and most importantly, learn from them.

8. Be rich in love - money and material things will tempt you but always remember true success will be measured by how rich you are in love, how close your family and friends are and what kind acts that you do.

9. See the world - Your academic education will be an important part of your development, but seeing the world, experiencing different ways of living and appreciating all forms of culture will help build your perspective on life in a way that only travelling can bring you. 

10. Your dad and I love you - No matter what life brings us, always know that your dad and I love you so so so very much and will always be here for you.

13 October 2014


This weekend was a quiet one - we were getting back on track with the last of the jet lag and still getting over our Aussie colds.  But by Sunday afternoon it was time for some fun.  It's funny what you think is cool now that you have a kid, because pre child I would have never had suggested this one but off we went to Belmont Park down at Mission Bay for a little sunset and Halloween action. 
It was actually heaps of fun, the flowrider was in full effect, the arcade was crammed with families and as the sun set people starting arriving in costume for the halloween festivities.  Belmont Park is set up really well with free parking, free entry and lots of beach front bar options to watch the sun set. 
We snagged a seat right by the fire pit and had lots of fun watching everyone walk past.  Matilda's really been getting into dancing so she was bopping to the random music they had playing in the bar, man imagine feeling so free you could do that.  These days I'd need about 10 champagnes and a guarantee that there would be no under 25's there. (No offense to under 25's - you just make me feel really old, HAHA!) An hour or so later we were on our way home to Spag bow, bath time and then a double header of Manhattan.  #Sundayscore!

PS - Behind the scenes pic!  Here's what it normally looks like till I can convince / beg Aaron to have a go on the camera.  He's learning manual mode so we'll make a photographer of him yet. hehehehe.

27 September 2014


It's been a week since we touched down in Sydney town.  You might have seen from Instagram that our flight was ..... interesting.  Nope Matilda was great, in fact, she slept 12 hours out of the 15 hour flight (thank you for juuuuust fitting into the bassinet my lovely) but I had a severe allergic reaction about 45 minutes into the flight to who knows what so I spent the trip coming over with hives, trouble breathing and a lovely doctor who was with me the whole time working out what a 6 month pregnant woman could or couldn't take.
Touching down in Sydney was the most amazing feeling in the world.  We were home and my heart instantly felt happy.  After seeing our family the first order of business was the most delicious fresh bakery bread vegemite sandwhich (I'm a very plain eater FYI) some tim tams and then a nap.
We've brought a San Diego cold over with us but despite the the lurgy we've been so social - we've hosted a party (More on that soon) we've been to parties, dinners, lunches, camping trips and hang outs at people's houses.  Aaron's had his birthday here (more on that soon too) and we've visited some of our favourite haunts from when we lived here.  

Being home I realised I've missed family hangouts in the kitchen, Opporto's chicken burgers, Sydney fashion and style, episodes of The Block, girly nights with my BFFs and shopping days with my sister.  I've also realised how much Matilda thrives off being with her family - she is in HEAVEN. She walks around saying 'happy happy happy' all day while playing in a big backyard.  She's obsessed with her granny and nanna and follows them around everywhere.  It's really cute to see.

Stay tuned and I'll be back soon with an update from our baby shower and homecoming party.
26 August 2014


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It's not long till we go home to Sydney for a visit, and while we are there we are going to have a little party for our new little bubbaka.  I can't resist pulling together a look for the party, its sad but its an addiction that I can't get rid of (sometimes I even think about how to pull a look together for a weeknight meal. Ummmm......yea) 

We've got a great outdoor space and lots of kids coming so I wanted to play up the outdoor theme with a tee pee picnic.  I'm not into over the top pink baby showers the colour palate will be a modern black and white but we'll add a few splashes of soft pink, peach, gold an mint to keep it baby appropriate.  I'm going to accessorise the tee pees with some oversized balloons and some lanterns with ribbon in our colour palate.  The food is going to be simple but we'll have a decorate your own cupcake station to keep all the kids entertained when they aren't playing in the tee pees.  As for favours, we'll have crowns for all the kids to take home and I'll bring some American treats home for the adults.  That is, if I don't eat them all myself.  

Stay tuned, I can't wait to do a reveal shortly. 
25 August 2014


This is Matilda at 18 months.  As soon as she wakes she's full of beans, she's got nearly all her teeth and she loves to talk to her teddies.  She can make a happy and sad face and she claps her hands with force. She's started dancing in front of the tv and commercials make for the perfect toddler friendly 30 sec burst of music.  Her favourite food is avocado and she loves steak. She likes to pretend she's shopping by walking around the house filling up a paper bag with household items and she loves to help her mama cook.  She's warm and very patient and a true girly girl.  She can point to the new baby in mama's tummy and blows kisses over skype.  She's the light of my life and so loved by everyone she meets. 

PS - Matilda at 16 months, Matilda at 15 months
18 August 2014


Last week was a crazy one so I'm sorry for my absence from the blog.  Matilda came down with a fever and it was a high one - 39.9 degrees Celsius or about 104 Fahrenheit. When I picked her up after first discovering she was hot, I saw that she was shaking and breathing funny.  I try very hard to not panic when she is sick (yes this is a first time mum talking right now, please note I say TRY, hehe) but this time I knew something wasn't right.  The good news was that the shaking and breathing were a response to the high fever so after some Tylenol and a check over from the doc we put it down to a throat virus and we bunkered down for three days of high fever.  
After riding out what we thought was the worst Matilda woke up with a huge red bumpy rash over her.  Another trip to the doc and we found out she had roseola.  Now everything made sense!  The roseola is always preceded by a few days of high fever and then a rash comes out.  Oh man we were winning last week weren't we?  
Another three or so days and then rash went as fast as it came. It's pretty common for kids to catch roseola and the good news is Matilda is working on building immunity after her run of colds, roseola and hand, foot and mouth.  But 6 days at home left us a little ..... well stir crazy.  It's all done now and she is back to her normal bubbly non rashy self. And we can venture out into the big wide world again.  So lets crack into this week! 

07 August 2014


I'm 18 weeks pregnant now and my cravings are coming thick and fast.  So today I thought I'd share a few of my pregnancy cravings.

- Ice Cream.  Its my number 1 craving and if I could eat it all the time I would.
- Crisp and cold fruit. Cold apple slices, ripe raspberries and chilled grapes are rocking my boat.
- Cold Drinks of all kinds - Water, Mineral Water, Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice (or a combo of the three) and Diet coke are what I want all day.
- Slurpee's.  I feel like I'm 14 again but a coke slurpee hits the right spot.

- Big Juicy Hamburgers - A pre pregnancy favourite, just the thought of it now makes me want to hurl.
- Steaks - So strange but I craved these with Matilda but big hunks of red meat aren't doing it for me at all.

- All I wanted was sugar sugar sugar and as I mentioned steak with Matilda.  While I don't hate sugar I'm not indulging in a piece of caramel slice everyday. 
- The thirst.  I really wasn't that thirsty with Matilda but now all I want are things of the cold liquid variety.

05 August 2014


San Diego has had some super hot, sunny and humid weather in the last week so I jumped at the chance for Matilda to cool off with an awesome new swimming pool when Backyard Ocean invited us to take part in the Backyard Summer Challenge!  

They have a great range of all kinds of kids swimming pools and pool toys at a won't break your bank balance price point.  We chose the castle play pool - it had sprinklers that came out of the sides and the dragons nose (funny right?!) and it had a cute castle tower so we could really create a fun playtime mood. 

Matilda has become more and more of a water baby as she's grown older so for her to spend an afternoon playing in the pool was like hitting the jackpot.  She used the inflatable rings to play and I gave her a few clean gardening toys to splash away with as well.  I dipped my feet in the pool too while I supervised her so we both got a break from the humid heat which drives me bonkers by the end of the day.  I liked the quality of the pool too - it was thick and durable so I didn't have to worry about damaging the plastic at all.   So if you are ready to beat the heat check out Backyard Ocean.  

This is a sponsored post from Backyard Ocean.
04 August 2014


Happy Monday Friends.  Today marks the start of our third week of challenge to take it easier on ourselves as moms.  There's no point in being hard on ourselves and plugging away silently with a whole heap of mom guilt sitting on our shoulders.  

This week's challenge is an easy peasy one.  We're going to shift how much the kids fit into our day vs how much we fit into their day.  It is very easy, nay, almost instinctual to put our children first in how we spend our time but if we do that 100% of the time but before you know it you feel like you've lost your own identity, you're swimming in a sea of sesame street repeats and park visits and you don't do a single thing in the house that you want to do until those kidlets are in bed.

The world isn't going to fall down if you put a little more focus onto yourself in the day and while it may require some clever tricks or adjustments from the kids, getting the children to fit into our lives can be done.  Here are some simple thought starters for you
- Leave the kids at the gym creche and get a work out in for you
- Get your mind active and put a pod cast on to listen to in the background while you watch the kids play.
- When you start clock watching, get up, and do one task like clean the benches.  That simple task will take no more than a few minutes and to make yourself feel productive
- Go out and about to somewhere you've been wanting to go (The mall, a gallery, a cafe) and keep the kids occupied with a cheerio necklace or a busy pack.

So will you join me?  Lets make this week feel more balanced!  

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