Well because I am a proud Mum and I talk a lot about my kids I thought I would share the photos of our first two days and a little recap.


Day one was full of nerves on all sides! Halen hid under her bed in an effort to miss starting! The drop off was exciting, but they both broke down into tears when I said goodbye. I have to be honest I started to cry myself so I had to exit out of there pretty quickly before they saw!

The day seemed to go well – according to both the girls and their teachers. Layla made a little girl friend and Halen said she hadn’t met anyone yet. They made it clear they were working on building friendships separately!
I expected them to be exhausted after day one, however, they seemed to be bouncing off the walls when we got home. Maybe from all the excitement, holding in the anxiety, the relief of the day being over, or a combination of all. So we actually went for an evening swim. It had been raining all day long so they hadn’t been able to run around outside either, which may have contributed to all the post school energy.


They said they were excited and prepared for Day two, however, when they woke up they did not want to go. I think they were tired and the adrenalin of the first day had worn off. It was raining hard again and as a result Dad had the day off from work and they asked him to come along and see their school. This seemed to help ease nerves somewhat.

We stayed for a little while to get them settled. Halen, who is generally more anxious about going, seemed to settle in better. When it was time to say goodbye Halen shed some tears and Layla screamed hysterically and grabbed for my leg. Oh it was so sad. But I knew they would have a good day once they settled down.

At pick up they both said they had a good day. Layla had made another girl friend and Halen a boy friend. Halen tends to enjoy playing with boys I have noticed and Layla is a girlie girl. They were excited to know they had a few days off. Thankfully this week was a short week because of the long weekend. They have been exhausted all day today!

Do you have any first day memories?

Jess xoxox

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Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day All!


I hope you have all had a lovely weekend! And my Aussie mates a wonderful loonnnggg weekend! They are they best right!?!

Tomorrow is my girls first day at Preschool! I am so excited for them! (And a little sad, but happy sad.) Just can’t believe this day is here! Time goes way too fast!

I’ll be back soon with a longer post. Do you have first day of school memory that sticks out? My Dad told me he escaped and ran home when he started Kindergarten and got a big spank from his Mum when she found him! (That was in the 50s).

Jess xoxox

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February Preview #dontsitonthesidelines


How are you all? Hope you are enjoying January!

It is summer here and  we have spent the last few weeks at the swimming centre or in the beach pool everyday, sometimes twice a day. And do you know what I have observed? Loads of kids in the water having a blast and loads of parents sitting on the sidelines, often staring at their phones looking bored. This is not supposed to sound judgmental towards those parents, kudos for them for taking their kids out, they may be working from home or they may just be revelling in the moment to themselves. Whatever, it doesn’t matter.

Little did those parents realise that they have inspired me. And I have decided to make February my crusader month. I am calling it -Don’t Sit on the Sidelines- month aka February.  After all you don’t get many better months, when people such as myself were born. Ha!

This February I am hoping to reach some of those parents, some of my readers and whoever I can and encourage you all to get up off the sidelines and join in. Jump in the pool, splash and have fun with your kids. Get off the bench at the park and play. Whatever looks the most fun to you get out there and get active.

Try something new with a friend, try something you used to love many moons ago, go on a walking date instead of coffee, or get up and help your kids warm up before their soccer game.  I want you to join me in getting up and joining in! Do something you wouldn’t usually do or do something you have always wanted to do. #dontsitonthesidelines

I will be honest I am one of the first to complain that it is really hard to fit in “workouts” with small children. It is also hard for those with full time jobs, physical limitations, sick relatives, stressful lives, long commutes etc. I don’t see those as excuses they are real issues for many people. That is why 50% of Australians are struggling with their weight.* It is not generally easy.

Part of the problem is our way of thinking about movement. All or nothing. In the gym, go hard or go home. Our days are filled with opportunities to be lazy and we passively accept those opportunities. But they are also filled with opportunities to be active, we just sometimes have to creatively seek them out and open up to them. It doesn’t have to be about squats and burpees. It can just be about having fun. Have you ever tried to copy the movements of a toddler? Or keep up with school kid?

So in February I want you to join me, get up, get active and get involved and #dontsitonthesidelines. My posts throughout February are going to relate back to this theme.  I am going to run a little contest and encourage people to # their photos on social media, more on that to come.

What is your favourite way to sneak in movement? Or is there something you are curious to try?

Jess xoxox



*A statistic I guestimated not based on any study. 

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