The Lulla Doll: magical sleep aid or expensive toy?


My daughter holding her Lulla Doll’s hand while she sleeps!

When my daughter was eight months old and still not sleeping through the night, I caved and bought a Lulla Doll. I’d heard of them before, but wasn’t desperate/sleep deprived enough the first time to get on the pre-order list for one. The next time there was a release in Australia, I attempted to jump on board. Problem was, they sold out in 24 hours and I didn’t get one in time. These dolls are popular! I wasn’t prepared to wait for the next release though, so I bought one from a store in Canada and got it shipped to Australia.

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Review: Plum Collections

plum-collectionsI was so, so excited when I was offered the opportunity to review Plum Collections clothing and sleeping bags – it came with a bunch of free items for my daughter! Please note however, that while I received some free items, I was not paid for this review and Plum did not have any control over what I published in this review.

Plum is an Australian-owned family business, based in Sydney. The first thing that struck me when I opened the package from them was the quality – the fabrics were just lovely! My daughter, who never seems to show much of an interest in what I dress her in, kept playing with her clothes (especially the dresses), so I’m guessing she was a fan too!

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Book Review: American Dream: Interviews with Industry Leading Professionals

American Dream Book Review

I was asked to review an advanced copy of American Dream: Interviews with Industry-Leading Professionals by its author, Jason Navallo. Don’t let the title throw you – it’s not just a book for Americans. It contains the transcripts of six interviews with business leaders, delving into their career history, business growth and daily habits, as well as their thoughts on success, goal setting and creating opportunities. American Dream Book Review

The six leaders came from different industries, however there were three interviews I found particularly interesting: Peter Mallouk, President and CIO of Creative Planning (a wealth management company); Scott Gerber, Principal and CEO of Gerber Group (a hospitality group) and Liz Elting, Co-Founder of TransPerfect (which offers language translation services for businesses). Although I’m sure they’re very large companies in America, I don’t actually know any of them, but their stories and advice were still interesting none the less.

Here are some of the lessons I learnt while reading this book:

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Things I love: September 2016

things I love

So you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting very frequently. Sorry about that. Life has gotten busy (side note: how do other working mums find time to get anything done? Hats off to you if you are one!)

Long-term might remember that I used to do a monthly ‘reverse bucket list’ post. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one, but I thought I might do a ‘Things I love’ post instead to bring you up-to-date with where things are at in my world and give a shout out to some awesome things I’ve discovered recently:

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How to make good on your goals


The toughest thing (at least for me) about being a mum is trying to achieve my own goals. I still want to do as many things as before, but I suddenly find myself with a lot less time to achieve them. When you have a child, it’s easy to put yourself last.

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Invest in the now

Invest in the now

I have been facing a pleasant conundrum in recent weeks – for the first time ever I have got a fairly decent tax return (probably the result of not working for half the year!). There are many practical things I could put it towards – the mortgage, things for our daughter, our rainy day fund (which was seriously depleted by said maternity leave). But what I really want to do is take a family holiday to Fiji! For the three years prior to having a baby we travelled regularly, but obviously we’re not quite as free as we once were. But I love travel and have been hanging out for a holiday – it’s hard to go from two overseas trips a year to none! invest in the now

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What really happens at sleep school

sleep school

You might remember that a few short months ago my baby girl was a great sleeper and I was praising a certain book for getting her into a routine. Well I should have never been so quick to proclaim it, because once she hit 4 months old, everything fell apart. There’s an awful thing called the 4 month sleep regression that I had no idea about till it hit – in short, a baby’s sleep often gets worse for about a month at this time. Unfortunately in our case though, things never went back to normal. Previously we consistently had 1 hour naps in the morning and afternoon and a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day. I never realised how good that was until it turned into three 45 minute naps a day (and I mean, exactly 45 minutes!)

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My post-baby body journey: Check in #2

This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately... it's cold out!

This may be how my fitness journey has been going lately… it’s cold out!

Way back in February, I wrote a post on how I felt about my body since the birth of my daughter. In that post I listed 12 things I was going to do to improve both my body and my mindset about it. I even did a follow up post in April sharing my progress and promising to check in monthly. Since then? Silence. Crickets. Sorry about that.

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Book review: Get Rich Slow

get rich slow

A little while ago, I received a free copy of Get Rich Slow by Sarah Riegelhuth (not in exchange for review on this blog, just as a result of completing a survey). As regular readers know, I’m passionate about the need to take control of your own finances, which is also the basic message of this book. Unlike a lot of personal finance books, it’s about putting strategies in place to gradually grow your wealth over the long-term, as opposed to advocating get rich quick schemes. Continue reading

To my daughter on my return to work


tidying upv2Today I return to work after 8 months of maternity leave. I, of course, have mixed emotions. Some are positive – excitement at the opportunity to use my brain again and spend more time around adults. To be someone other than ‘mum’. But there have been tears (mine). There has been guilt and second-guessing.

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