Sunday, July 31, 2016

What I love: Baths

It's winter here in Australia. The best way for me keep warm is to have a beautiful, hot bath just before bedtime.

I put some Aldi Coconut Water body wash in the water. It smells so good. Totally not sponsored, I just love it.

I have a Golden Oldies playlist on Spotify that I like to listen to in the bath. It features Doris Day, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Patsy Cline, The Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, Dion, The Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Ray Conniff, Bobby Darin, Bobby Vinton, The Ronettes, Brenda Lee, Marilyn Monroe, Connie Francis, The Platters, Bobby Rydell, The Dixie Cups, Johnny Cash, The Shangri-Las, The Drifters, Lesley Gore. I love them all.

Some of my favourites:

Alma Cogan - Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera

Patsy Cline - Crazy

Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home

Elvis Presley - Rock-A-Hula Baby

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy 100th birthday Olivia de Havilland

Wow - 100 years old - what a milestone!

Happy birthday to the wonderful Gone With The Wind actress.

Hattie McDaniel, Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Remembering Marilyn Monroe on her 90th birthday

Today marks what would have been Marilyn Monroe's 90th birthday.

I wonder what her life would have been like if she didn't pass away when she was only 36...would she have become a mother? Would she have found happiness? It's truly sad that she died so young.

To the outside world, she looked like she had it all but her life wasn't easy for her.

Her popularity never fades.

Happy heavenly birthday MM! 

New Colouring Books

Modern Medi-tation: Colourtation - Repetition, Focus, Creativity

This is the third instalment of the Colourtation series by Dr. Stan Rodski.

His colouring exercises are designed to focus your brain on the pattern, repetition and detail of the object you are colouring. 

Perfect sized patterns (75 of them!) that are not too intricate to colour.

Available now.

Kerby Rosane's Imagimorphia - An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge.

This book is the follow up to the best-selling colouring challenge, Animorphia.

The designs to colour are very intricate so it's probably not the best book to chose if you have poor eyesight.

This book would be a great gift idea for people with an interest in fantasy books and films.

It's fun to search for the hidden objects. It's a colouring book with a difference.

Available in July.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dolly Magazine, January 1973

I borrowed a vintage Dolly Magazine from my friend Christine today (thanks Chrissy!). I thought I'd share some of the interesting 70s fashions and advertisements. 

I used to buy Dolly in the 80s when I was a teenager, so it was interesting to see what the magazine was like in my birth year.

How cool are those jeans?

Those bangles are actually portable radios!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day...How has motherhood changed you?

How has motherhood changed you?

For me, becoming a mother was the scariest thing ever. I remember leaving the hospital with my newborn and feeling like an imposter. Everything felt foreign. I was responsible for another human...a little helpless human who needed me. Filled with love, excitement and anxiety, becoming a mother was the best thing I ever did. That's when I knew motherhood changed me as a person.

I asked three famous mothers (women I admire) about how motherhood changed them too.

Kathy Lette (author) - "Kids are like Ikea appliances  - you have no idea how much assembly is required until its way too late. And prepare for boredom. Motherhood is basically about dilating your cervix the customary 3 km for the pleasure of spending the next ten years in bathrooms applauding bowel movements.

But don’t let your guilt gland throb. Just remember that a "balanced meal" is whatever stays on the spoon en route to a baby’s mouth. And “controlled crying" is the art of not shattering into tears when your toddler accidentally wipes marmite all over your new designer suit. Plus the only response to a baby monitor is to talk into it and say, "I'm sorry. But the working mother you are trying to reach is temporarily disconnected. Please try again later."

Kathy Lette

Working mums juggle so much we could be in the Moscow state circus. Just remember that you can have it all, only not all at once. And that perfect mothers only exist in American sitcoms. All mums have those days where we’re tempted to shove the kids back into the condom vending machine for the refund.

Apart from all that, motherhood has brought me such joy. And made me a more compassionate person. Your children are the greatest love affair of your life. Unconditional. Well, there are some conditions – kids, do not ever put me in a Maximum Security Old People’s Home! Or I will come back to haunt you.

For more motherhood survival tips, may I humbly suggest you read two of my novels “Mad Cows” and “To Love, Honour and Betray” which takes the sacred cow of perfect motherhood and whacks it on the barbie. 

And if you really want your maternal heart strings twanged then please do read “The Boy Who Fell To Earth.”  Happy Mother’s Day to you all."

Deborah Conway (singer, songwriter) - "My headlines are empathy and patience - I became a much more patient person after becoming a mother; lucky, I need all the patience I can get with teenager daughters. 

I never thought I had issues with empathy but becoming a mother was a revelation on understanding my mother, wow this is how much you love, you hurt, you ache, you worry, you love!"

Deborah Conway

Mrs Woog at Woogsworld (blogger) - "Since becoming a mother, my life has changed in every single area. Gone are the long sleep ins and my adversity to bodily fluids of any kind, and from every orifice.

It has taught me patience, GOD IT HAS TAUGHT ME PATIENCE..... *deep breath*

And it has taught me a new respect for my own parents who went on this wild ride five times."

Mrs Woog

Check out Mrs Woog's new book, Primary School Confidential. It's out now and is hilarious. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Birthday Girl - Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was talented and elegant, also a humanitarian and a mother.

Here are some interesting facts about this remarkable woman.

She could speak English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Italian - all fluently.

She had hydrophobia - a morbid fear of water.

Audrey had two sons - Sean and Luca.

She smoked three packets of cigarettes a day.

She was fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy's muse.

Audrey had a Yorkshire Terrier named Mr Famous. 

During World War II, she said she ate tulip bulbs and baked grass when times were tough.

Speaking of tulips, she has a tulip named after her in 1990. As in 1990, she was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. 

Audrey studied ballet in London.

Audrey with her pet deer

Her mother was a Dutch baroness.

Audrey donated all of earnings of her last three projects to UNICEF.

Audrey volunteered at a Dutch hospital when she was a teenager. The hospital looked after allied soldiers. One man she helped was Terence Young. He ended up directing her in the 1967 film, Wait Until Dark.

She broke her back whilst filming a horse riding scene in The Unforgiven in 1960.

Friday, April 22, 2016


So glad Prince was born and shared his amazing musical talent with us all.