All posts in happiness




She counts six whole candles, our little Blossom.

We’ve spent the past few days celebrating all she brings to this family of ours and how much we adore her.

This week has been a good one, in so many exciting and wonderful ways.  {I will share more soon}.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  See you mid-week. x

Home 389: Candles – Local Beach




Back to the school routine this morning and I’m missing the ease of school holidays already.

Here’s what made us happy last week:

1. Wind in her hair and sand between her toes ~ Blossy

2. River play ~ Ava

3. Crossing rivers in your knickers ~ (I love her sense of adventure) Poppy

4.  Discovering new surf spots ~ Dean

5.  Bed swapping and caravan sleep ins.  (Waking up and finding my three like this) ~ Me.

What made you happy last week?  Hope it was a lovely one.


Home 386: Daily – 13th Beach



Hello, it’s been a while…..

Sometimes the pictures you capture when they aren’t looking are the ones that make me smile the most.   This one, from the weekend, has filled my heart and guided me back to this little space here…. Where it all started.   I’ve been missing our happy homes and the ever so lovely community of readers that come with it.  Life has been lived the past few months, sometimes in a blur of busy, a foggy haze of absolute exhaustion with the fleeting moment of slow to savour.  I’ve been an avid reader of blogs, lazy comment giver and obsessive instagramer during our hiatus.  We are missing this space and my three monkeys are missing our happy homes.

I do hope you will rejoin us as we strap on our (sometimes sporadic) blogging boots and prepare to share our happy homes again.

Until next time!  Thanks for popping in.

*We took our three on their first big hike over the weekend.  Little Blossy (our reluctant hiker) made it all the way!  Here she is sharing a snack with Dadda, celebrating her achievement.







A postcard from the Otways…..

We’ve been longing for some time away in our Little Home on Wheels.  The simplicity, togetherness and ease that comes with holidaying in a caravan.  Down the Great Ocean Road, where the bush meets the sea, we return.  He and I feel like we’ve come home when we are here, immersed in this breathtaking part of the world.  We drive high up into the hills where the mist wraps itself around us and take some time to wander.  We feel almost fairy like as we stand underneath tree ferns as tall as trees.  By the beach the girls play, the best kind of play, unstructured, at ease with nature and the beauty around them.  Our camping neighbours and their happy combi tent make us smile.  We watch the children make friendships quickly, they fish the river, taunt waves on the beach, build water moats and explore the world around them.

Slow days blend themselves into one another.  We bunker down in the van at night, cosy, together, happy.


Home 383: Camp – Loving this old doorway.

Sharing some of my pictures via Instagram.  Can you tell I’m a teeny bit obsessed with it?

While we were away some exciting news appeared in my inbox.  We are so thrilled to see 1000 homes of happiness included in the top 25 Kidspot Village Voices Personal and Parenting blogs for 2013.  Happy days. xox










They tumbled out of bed just as the sun started to rise.  I love that excitement where they can barely contain themselves, jumping up and down on the spot giddy with birthday joy.  We all snuggle back in bed for a big birthday cuddle and I’m gently reminded of that day seven years ago when I could cradle the two of them in my arms together.  My teeny tiny three-pound babes.

We greet the morning sunshine and head outdoors eager to begin preparations for a twinnie vintage tea-party.  Little hands carefully carry tea cups and saucers outside and set them on the table, cakes bake in the oven, Dadda hangs pom poms, while I mix a bundle of fruit punch in my Nan’s old punch bowl.  The table, a mish mash of old wares and op-shop treasures, begins to come together.

Girls and boys sip punch in tea cups, play croquet on the lawn and decorate paper tea hats with feathers and sparkles.  Poppy and Ava spend the entire day smiling those big happy grins we adore so much.  I’m especially thankful for this camera of mine that sometimes captures the moment exactly in the way that I feel it.  My favourite picture is the one of them together sharing all of this joy while cutting their birthday cake.  A moment treasured.

Collapsing on the couch later that evening with my girls, Ava looks up at me and declares this ‘the best day in her whole entire life’.


Home 382: Tea-party – We hid this little home into a lolly bag.