I QUIT SUGAR 8-WEEK PLAN (weeks 1 & 2 in review)

Hi all! Firstly, I apologise for neglecting to respond in good time to the lovely comments on my previous IQS post. Traveling, working and general “mama life” have prevented me from being here as much as I’d like at all. As those of you who have read my previous IQS-related posts will know, I own a […]

BABY CUPCAKE HAS ARRIVED!

I couldn’t be happier to share the news that, at 6:23am on February 9, after 9 months and 2 days of a high risk pregnancy, my little Cupcake was born. She is happy, healthy and has a hearty appetite (to say the least!). I suffered some postpartum complications which resulted in surgery and 4 liters […]

CUPCAKE FOR CHARITY, PART 4 (AKA … and now for some good news!)

We are all bombarded with “bad news” everyday and I cannot allow the chance to share some of “the good” to slip by when it catches my attention. The following story is proof that WE CAN make a difference. We don’t all have to quit our day jobs to volunteer. We don’t all have to become overnight […]

THE COMPLETE BLESSINGWAY ROUND-UP (with LOTS of FREE printables, great blessingway/baby shower activities + links to all recipes & tutorials)

So, Baby Cupcake is due to make an appearance in the world in less than 4 weeks (yes, less than 28 days!). After having had complications from the very start (plus a diagnosed high risk pregnancy condition) and spending months literally counting down the days to full-term, I finally find myself on its doorstep. And now […]

CUPCAKE FOR CHARITY, PART 3 (AKA a time for giving)

A quick recap: After many complications, hospitalisation and finally a diagnosis of a high risk pregnancy condition known as SCH, I returned home at 17 weeks pregnant to face full bed rest and living with the continued fear of losing my baby. I realised quickly that depression and feelings of hopelessness would not help my […]

WISHING THERE WAS SOMETHING I COULD DO (but I can’t even make sense of this tragedy)

I can’t even bring myself to watch the news. What happened today at Sandy Hook elementary school is simply too shocking and devastating to put into words. I feel a strong need to do something proactive and, as my little L is tucked safely and snuggly in bed and I can’t smother him with kisses for […]

HANDMADE GREETING CARD (made with “scrapbooky” stuff)

Every year, without fail, my dear cousin in Australia (who is an avid scrapbooker) sends me a birthday card, homemade with love. Despite this being an annual occurrence, in 2004 I was both touched and surprised when a card arrived from my cousin… surprised because her premature twin boys (born at 24 weeks) were struggling to […]

THE CHOPRA CENTER 21-DAY MEDITATION CHALLENGE (Creating Abundance- my experiences)

Whilst browsing around on Oprah.com a couple of weeks ago, I came across an invitation from Deepak Chopra: Please join me on November 5 for a three-week, daily guided meditation journey to an authentic abundance consciousness. If you wish to attract more goodness into your life in the form of comfort and ease, peace, joy, love—anything you desire—I […]

CUPCAKE FOR CHARITY, PART 2 (AKA changing the world DIY style)

I am so touched and happy to see, via this blog and the private messages I have been sent, that sharing my story (about my experiences with SCH/high risk pregnancy and giving to charitable causes to honour my unborn baby’s life) was a good decision. I thought I’d post an update for those who are […]

PREGNANCY-RELATED INFORMATION (AKA what to read when you’re expecting)

There are two pregnancy-related books I have owned since 2008. They were ordered around the exact period that we started actively TTC* in the mistaken belief, it turns out, that we’d be needing them “soon”. One was a pregnancy journal that I found online (The Belly Book) and the other was Your Pregnancy Bible, with […]