Life Behind The Purple Door

inspiring and encouraging mums of big kids (because little kids grow up) to create family adventure every day

Monday, 16 July 2018

Hello Monday

Inside - Hello Monday is a semi-regular post where I flip Mondayitis on it's head, welcoming the new week by sharing my plans and goals and ideas for the week ahead.


hello term 3 Two weeks school holidays felt much longer. It rained, the weather is much cooler than expected, no one felt the energy to do anything but staying home too much lead to boredom and bickering. This morning was just a big sigh of relief  and routine for all.
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Friday, 6 July 2018

Reading through 2018 - part 1

As we were growing up, my dad loved to tell the story that when I started school a letter was sent home asking that my parents stopped me reading, because I was too far ahead of the other students.


I have no idea how true that actually is, but it has become part of the story of me

Cate is a precocious reader
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Monday, 25 June 2018

How to Remember the Reusable Bags

On July 1st, Queensland is banning single use plastic bags.

I'm not sure how others are coping with this news (we've only known about it for two years) but I have been in a tailspin!

I head to the shops a couple of times a week, dragging kids behind me who are tired from a long day at school (because I'm so disorganised that getting there in the 6 kid-free hours is impossible!)
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Monday, 18 June 2018

Hello Monday

Inside - saying hello to Monday has become a way of overcoming Mondayitis and embracing the week ahead. I use it as an opportunity to share snippets of right now, as well as set goals for the week ahead, and remind myself of upcoming events.


hello heater. I think the current cold snap we're feeling in Queensland is being felt across Australia. Chloe tells me it's freezing in Tasmania, and it was colder in Julia Creek this morning, where Steve has been based all weekend, than it was in Brisbane. I'll happily turn my heater on all day for that level of cold.
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Monday, 11 June 2018

the world doesn't fall apart without me

It's no secret I'm a great lover of social media.

From being not-quite-married for a year, with a 6 month old and two kids at school when I first joined Facebook; to being 11 years older, 2 more babies, a house renovator, dog-mum, still married with all it's ups and down, social media and I have an intense love affair.


You've probably been there yourself.
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

5 ways to support your favourite blogger

Inside - 5 quick things you can do to show bloggers how much you love their work.

Blogging can be a bit of a heart-on-sleeve experience, especially when you share personal stories.


Posts can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to write (but those 3000 word missives take even longer), sourcing images and turning them into Pinterest eye candy can take even longer, and then we need to share it in all the places so as many people as possible can see it.
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

3 reasons you should become friends with your neighbours dog

Inside - the neighbour's dog is driving you mad with barking, how do you stop it quickly?

"Yip, yip"

The new neighbours have a new dog.


Only 8 weeks old when she was brought home, she's a tiny ball of fluff next to Daisy and Gus.

And as dogs do, they go mad every time they hear her
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Monday, 4 June 2018

Around Here

Around here, winter is finally poking her head out.


Around here, tantrums reign after school, and Sophie is exhausted.
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