Oops #sorrynotsorry

Note to self: Exercise more caution when discussing organised religion, taxing the churches and the pros and cons of religious charities on public social media when you are applying for work with organisations with religious backing.

Or, just be glad you got that out of the way before you were hired, put your foot in it and faced disciplinary proceedings or getting sacked for voicing your views… because you know it’d happen.

This is why I’ve never applied for Catholic Ed.

Ethos, and not being able to uphold it.

Moving On!

All the bows! #ebay
All the bows! #ebay Be RAINBOW and PROUD

Lunch Out Loud to support those with Perinatal Anxiety and Depression #bePNDaware (The Bach Eatery, Newtown)

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown

I went to a fabulous long lunch at The Bach Eatery in Newtown. The event was for the start of PNDA (Perinatal Depression and Anxiety) Awareness Week (November 15-21). Ten ladies lunching over the “Trust the Chef” menu ($45/head or $55 with dessert), listening to some amazing women who have been through anxiety and depression brought on by, or exacerbated by, the birth of their children.


#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Freshly Shucked Sydney Rock Oysters & NZ Cloudy Bay Clams w/Chardonnay Vinegar

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Pino’s Charcuterie tasting plate

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Cuttlefish, peperonata, squid ink dressing

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Salt Cod Croquettes w/ Kaitaia Fire Mayo

You may have noticed that this year there has been a name change to Perinatal Anxiety and Depression (PNDA) Awareness Week. This change is in response to the importance of including two words:

Perinatal – Supporting parents’ mental health throughout the perinatal period (during pregnancy and after birth). We need to consider a parent’s wellbeing across this continuum, rather than viewing these periods as separate.
Anxiety – Now believed to be just as, if not more, common than depression. Symptoms of anxiety vary, however they can be just as debilitating as depression

The stories I heard yesterday and from my networks of family and friends have certainly highlighted to be the absolute terror some new parents feel upon the arrival of bub. And the isolation they feel, all the while putting on a “brave” face.


#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
The SHINING star of our dishes – Papparedelle w/wild mushroom ragout & slow cooked egg. I kept going back for more!

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Flank Steak w/ homemade “chups” & Red Wine Sauce

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
16 Hour Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder w/ eggplant, roasted heirloom carrots & mint almonds – So melt in the mouth!

Chatting to the others about what some signs might be that a new mum (or dad) is struggling, Amy pointed out that the words “When did you stop breastfeeding?” from one new mum were often a red flag to say she’s struggling with something. It could just be with the feeding, or the question of when to try a bottle or solids, but it can also flag deeper issues around how Mum and bub are travelling.


#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Kiplers & Kumara w/ fried chili, garlic and Rosemary

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
(Super Crunchy!!) Iceberg Wedge w/ Bach Dressing

PANDA is channeling Winnie-the-Pooh this year…


And encouraging family and friends to check in with the new mums and dads in their lives, getting them out of the house, having a meal or a coffee, and a chat.

But also to host a “Lunch Out Loud” to raise funds and awareness to support people with Perinatal Anxiety and/or Depression. Information and ideas to host your won Lunch Out Loud are available here :)

Five easy steps to enjoying your Lunch Out Loud
1. Set the date- PNDA Awareness week is officially from Nov 15-21, however you can hold your event anytime during November and December.
2. Invite guests- Invite as many people as your venue can handle- at home, in a restaurant/café or at work.
3. Use social media- Facebook is a great way to promote and plan your Lunch Out Loud. Set up and event page, invite your guests and keep them updated in preparation for your event.
4. Collect funds- you can accept donations, hold a raffle, charge an entry donation, hold a bake sale- the possibilities are endless!
5. Most importantly, have FUN – At PANDA we hear every day that parenthood is tough; friendship and support are a great first step in this unique journey.


#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Hokey pokey brulee (OMG. GET THIS!)

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
Pavlova in a glass

#bePNDaware Lunch out Loud at Bach Eatery Newtown
“Jelly Tip” w/ white chocolate mousse

Funds raised from Lunch Out Loud support PANDA, which offers counseling through a free National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Helpline, information, and referral services with ongoing telephone support for families throughout Australia.

PANDA’s Helpline: 1300 726 306 (operates Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm EST).
Lifeline: 13 11 14

Get Personalised Christmas Decorations for your Family from NotInShops.com.au

Christmas Banner
Christmas Typographic Banner $44 including delivery (I was gifted this item)

It’s that time again, time to start buying the non-perishable Xmas foods, hiding gifts for the kids at the back of the wardrobe and hoping the Chrissy lights work and they aren’t too hard to detangle come December 1.

Then are the thoughts of, “What else do I want to add to it this year ” (along with what did the cats destroy on December 27th last year forcing us to pack away the tree then and there?)

Table Runner

Not in Shops has a great range of personalised Christmas stuff like the banner above, such as Santa sacks for the kids, a wooden chopping board for Santa’s snacks (or my cheese platter when I’ve done my Santa thing on Xmas eve) and personalised table runners because eating is the most important Christmas tradition.

christmas clock
Or how about a Christmas Clock to try to get the kids in bed before Santa comes?

And how sweet are these bloomers for bub?

xmas baby clothes

Go on, check out these local businesses this Christmas!

Am I not Pretty Enough? (Or am I too crazy?)

Hey look tis me

So, what happens when you’ve been looking for work for nearly two years, and companies start thinking that you’re worth interviewing for the job, and you slam dunk the interview?

Oh you don’t get the job yet, no w you have to prove your health.

Some seems innocuous. No, I haven’t had back injuries, yeah, I can squat.

Then we get to asking about WHY you’re on XYZ medications.

And all the things about why you’re STILL on them, and what made you get a BPD diagnosis.

Oh and are you still self harming? No, it’s been awhile. They’re still skeptical.

But i’m trying honesty for now.

We’ll see if it bites me .