I’m lucky that my kids are pretty good eaters. They eat most things happily – and the things don’t even have to be cute, that’s just my own little obsession – and eat meat (chicken, pork, beef) like it’s going out of fashion. I try and get fish into them at least once a week, and my go-to dishes (which I know they’ll like) are either steamed barramundi with ginger & black bean sauce, or salmon & sweet potato patties. Last night I tried a new one on them – baked honey soy salmon.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! It was only a matter of time before I fell down the Yumbox bento rabbit hole. The cuteness level of some of these bentos? Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t get sucked in sooner (but obviously I have now). Most mums get bentos for their kids to encourage them to eat a wider variety of food. You can serve smaller portions in more interesting ways and we all know that interesting looking food tastes better right?

But my kids are good eaters (wonder where they get that from?) so I didn’t need a bento to encourage them to eat. For me, it was for a completely different reason: WORLD PEACE.

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Gong xi fa chai! Because it’s the Year of the Rooster Cock Rooster, my social feeds are full of GIFs and images of cocks because yes, we are all juveniles at heart and it’s so funny when we can celebrate the year of the penis 🙂 So it was refreshing to find this adorable creation, born from an amazing collaboration between Blackstar Pastry, N2 Gelato and Baked By Andres. Cute chickens > than penises any day 😉

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relaxed me

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in saying that my life as a mother to young creatures feels like a never ending cycle of packing snacks, making lunches, cooking, cooking again, washing clothes, washing sheets, washing toys, washing butts, feeding, more feeding, cleaning hands, cleaning mouths, cleaning faces, cleaning entire bodies, playing, chasing, walking outside, walking in the house, walking to go get something for the millionth time today, building lego, destroying lego, building lego, bathing, scrubbing, drying them, drying myself, drying the entire bathroom. I crash at night realising I haven’t had a moment to even breathe and then I take half a breath before passing out, ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Not that I’m complaining. I love being a mum. Every once in a while though, I just need to get away from it all. I think we all do.

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