December 22, 2014

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Christmas came early (with pesto tarts)

I’ll be out of town for Christmas this year … more about that later … so the House sisters celebrated early with a brunch over the weekend. My sister’s gorgeous bloke cooked bacon and egg rolls on the barbecue, my mum and dad drove down from Newie, the dogs wore reindeer antlers and DD braved […]

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December 21, 2014

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My week: a dog ate my Christmas presents

I was in such a good mood last night … until I came home and discovered the dog had unwrapped the Christmas presents under the tree and gnawed on them. Christmas wrapping paper confetti EVERYWHERE. Farking dog. Deep breaths. Tread carefully with your guffaws, as the incident has been banned from the funny list until […]

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December 20, 2014

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My white Christmas

The youngest makes a snowball on Christmas Day.

I’ve been wandering down memory lane since writing my blog about meeting the real Santa while we were living in New York. Looking at those old pictures prompted me to search for the photos of our white Christmas … those sweet little faces! Then I remembered that long before HouseGoesHome, I had a blog called […]

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December 19, 2014

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The triceratops takes top position

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HouseGoesHome started out as a blog about leaving the workforce after 20 years and becoming a full-time mum … well, that’s what I thought it was about. It was actually about me having a mini-breakdown and battling my way back to a better place. And this year it took another turn and became about becoming […]

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December 17, 2014

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Believing … and bursting bubbles

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When I mentioned in one of my festive blogs that the whole Santa thing was a bit of an elephant in the room with my kids, a Facebook friend commented: “I’m sure children at school have burst that bubble.” But I don’t know about that because, five years ago, we met the real Santa. He was at Santaland, […]

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December 17, 2014

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I grew strong

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At first I was afraid I was petrified Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side But then I spent so many nights Thinking how you did me wrong And I grew strong And I learned how to get along I went to lunch with an old friend yesterday. We hadn’t spoken […]

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December 16, 2014

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Give me a hard slap

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I don’t have an amazing story to tell. I didn’t buy a coffee at the Lindt Cafe just moments before terror struck like The Australian journalist Chris Kenny. I sat at my desk writing my usual travel fluff while the world as I knew it lost its marbles in Sydney’s Martin Place. The terror is finally […]

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December 15, 2014

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Having a personal day

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The problem with having a personal day at HouseGoesHome is that people think I’m dead if I don’t blog every morning, regular as clockwork. But it’s one of those rare moments when I don’t have much to say. Yesterday was a lovely blur of sunshine and burgers by the beach, Christmas shopping, drinks with new […]

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December 14, 2014

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My week: two nights in a spa, one in hell

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You just know a day is going to be challenging when you wake up and discover the dog’s upset stomach has done unspeakable things to the dining room carpet (“upset stomach” may be a euphemism). Then your kids have a fight over the sliding door in the bathroom and break it and you can’t fix […]

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December 13, 2014

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Christmas 2014: celebrity style

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I’m taking the kids to meet Santa this morning. They’re telling him what they want in their pillowcase for Christmas. The youngest is even wearing her Santa’s little helper costume into the city … it’s getting a little skimpy after the third year, but oh-kay … Someone at work looked a little startled when I […]

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