The Link List 4

The Link List

Hello Hello,

Its Fri-yay! I hope you have had a great week! How are those of you with kids on school holidays coping? Ready to send them back yet?!

I’ve had a pretty good week. Very excited as behind the scenes, Brooke from The Lover Lab has been giving my little blog a bit of a make over and it’s close to being complete. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Carly & Christina

I’m also super excited to be off to the Little Blog Big workshop tomorrow, run by the uber talented Carly from Smaggle and Christina from Hair Romance. (pictured left) Cant wait to meet them both, learn as much as I can and see some of my awesome Bloggy friends. (photo source)

In the meantime, here’s some gold I’ve stumbled upon this week…

If you love reading blogs as much as I do, Fleur from Our Urban Box wrote a cracker of a post on how to support your favourite bloggers. We really do love a bit of comment love!

Speaking of bloggers, two of the my faves, Emma Kate Co and Jacklyn from Blog Society have teamed up in a collective celebration of self care during April, offering a free printable each week. Come and join the celebration… frame them, pop them on your vision board and share on social media tagging #bloglovefest and don’t forget to take some time out for just YOU!

I shared these Shedquarters the other day on the facebook page, then I saw these She-Sheds  and she-sheds-12OMG!! I now want to turn the kids cubby house into a She-Shed. Surely they wouldn’t mind?! #3 is my fave (pictured). Which do you like?

You know how much I love an Ikea hack, check out these ones for nursery’s. I adore #8!

The lovely Arlene from Starrtrekking joined me on my2morrows with this guest post during Autism Awareness Week, sharing some honest tips on how best to support families affected by Autism. With 1 in 100 of our kids having Autism, chances are you know someone who would greatly appreciate a casserole and some wine!

And on the work/career front, this article about The Motherhood Penalty raises the question… how are we meant to ‘lean in’ anyway?

Enjoy the links and have a wonderful week end!






As you head into the week end, how are you taking some time for you?

Has the Motherhood Penalty affected you?

How would you theme your She-Shed?





Taking Stock- February

Taking stock - February

And just like that, summer is gone. A new month, a new season, a new opportunity to take stock.

Inspired by Pip from Meet Me At Mikes, taking stock is a great way to look back at the month that was, breathe it all in, then move onto the month ahead.

February was such a busy month for us. So much going on! Forget Feb Fast {I would have been a big fat failure at that}, for us it was more like Feb Fest! All those tickets we bought way back when, finally got used and we also had a wedding, a baptism which included a quick trip to Port Macquarie and on top of all that, Miss 5 started school!

So here’s my taking stock February…

Making : This DIY shadow box. I just couldn’t part with Miss 5’s first ballet shoes
Cooking : Baking up freezer friendly muffins and lunchbox snacks.
Drinking : Too much! I really should have done Feb Fast!
Reading: Blogs, blogs and more blogs
Wanting: More hours in the day
Looking: Forward to a couple of upcoming blogger events and meeting some of my bloggy friends in real life
Playing: The school mum. It’s a whole new world!
Deciding: What to wear. Will it be hot or cool? Will be asking this question all Autumn!
Wishing: Dinner times were not so stressful
Enjoying: Family time on weekends. Now that Miss 5 is at school the weekends have become even more precious
Waiting: For our 8 year anniversary. We passed the 7 year itch. Yay us!
Liking: A new photography project I’ve joined. More to come soon…
Wondering: If I should have become a teacher instead of a marketer!?
Loving: My time with Master 3 on the days I don’t work, now that his sister is at school. I forgot how easy grocery shopping with just one kid is!
Pondering: Taking a trip to my home town to see my family
Considering: Buying new black sneakers
Watching: Revenge! It’s back.. Yay!
Hoping: Miss 5 continues the dream run she’s had since starting school.
Marvelling: At just how quickly she’s learning. It really is incredible.
Cringing: At the many measles stories I’ve heard recently. Just immunize people!!
Needing: A massage and a chiro adjustment
Questioning: Where has common sense gone? Blog post coming soon!
Smelling: Chocolate honeycomb I’m about to eat
Wearing: Peter Alexander PJ’s
Following: Working Mum’s Collective. It’s like a cheer squad for working mums!
Noticing: How much worse Peak hour traffic has become in Sydney
Knowing: That there’s more to know. Gotta keep learning!
Thinking: About the families of the Bali 9 ringleaders who are about to be executed.
Admiring: Morning people and wishing I could be one
Sorting: Through paperwork… Bills, school notes. It’s never-ending!
Buying: Actually not much lately. Strange for me but I’m sure it won’t last long.
Getting: Well into the swing of 2015
Bookmarking: these links from Jess on raising boys. Think I’ll need to refer to them as Master 3 seems to have reached the effing fours already!
Coveting: These Yoga pants
Disliking: The morning routine. Or lack of thereof!
Giggling: At My2Morrows. Always laughter in this place
Feeling: Tired. All the time!
Snacking: On a Chocolate Honeycomb. Yum!
Wishing: I could do more yoga classes every week
Helping: Miss 5 learn to read. Such a fascinating process!
Hearing: The Foo Fighters… on high rotation since we went to their concert last week!

So that’s me for Feb!

I’d love to hear from you… Pick a couple of prompts from the list above and tell me how you are taking stock?

Shannon xx pink

Clever Cookie School Of Blog – Freshly Baked Graduate


I was scrolling through my Facebook feed back in August, when I came across this post…


And it got me thinking…

Hmm, I should totally do that course and finally start blogging as my blog had just been sitting there idle for over five years.

And it wasn’t just any blog course, it was run by Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim fame. For those not familiar with Chantelle, she’s an uber talented, creative, successful Aussie blogger, voted 2013’s most clickable woman, founder of the famous #fmsphotoaday challenges and Little Moments App. Together with the equally talented and creative Rowe, an Australian natural light portrait and commercial photographer and co-founder of 3 Annie’s, creators of beautiful leather camera bags – these two creative souls who first met fifteen years ago while both working as nannies in Sydney had spent years brainstorming, dreaming and putting together this course.

So this wasn’t just any old course. If I was going to do a blogging course, this was the one for me. You see it was Chantelle who originally inspired me to want to start a blog all those years ago via her letters to Lacey.

I had just had my first baby, was on mat leave and wanted to start documenting life as a new parent and write letters to my new little miss. I only ever intended to set it to private, it would just be for me to look back on in years to come.

But life got in the way, two babies in two years and next thing I knew… five years felt like five minutes and although I thought about it an awful lot, I had still not started that blog…  And then I saw the Clever Cookie Facebook post, and not long after, I saw this one…


And before I knew it, I had handed over my money and was enrolled in the first intake of The Clever Cookie School of Blog and was sitting on my couch with a glass of wine nervously thinking to myself “Crap… what have I just done? Now I really have to start that blog!”

I’d been wanting to do something like this for a while now. Something just for me, to inspire, to keep my brain active and ultimately gain enough courage to finally start that blog and what the hell… maybe even make it public. HUGE deal for me.

Some people choose Sudoku or crosswords to keep their mind active, I choose blog school.

I received my gorgeous clever cookie welcome pack in the mail and the next week was spent goal setting and learning how to use wordpress, chosing a template and getting the blog as ready as possible for blog school. Then the night before the course started I thought.. shit, it’s all well and good to have a blog, but I really should actually post something!


Clever Cookie Welcome Pack and my original goals set.

Then the back and forth in my mind started. Well what should I do my first post on? It can’t just be on any random topic. Oh the pressure! It was Father’s Day that day and I though bugger it, I’ll just write and see what comes to mind and this is what I ended up nervously pressing publish on.

Short n sweet to start with and the feedback I received gave me a spring in my step for that entire week and from that point on, I think I had what they call ‘the bug.’ Yep, as I’d heard, blogging is rather addictive.

Since that first post, I’ve published five more posts and in four weeks I’ve learnt a truckload of stuff through this inspiring course. Everything from photography to finding your voice. I’ve heard first hand from super inspiring, creative successful individuals like Zoe Foster-Blake, Nikki Parkinson from Styling You fame, Hailey Bartholomew and many more clever contributors.

Being a marketer I thought I was pretty up with some of this stuff, but I have been blown away by the course content and now have a list longer then my leg of things to master and keep me challenged. Things like this…

Rowe and Chantelle have been simply amazing, sharing their knowledge with so much passion and have been there every step of the way to answer our silly questions and provide guidance.

I’ve been inspired more than I thought possible and I honestly never would have found the courage to start this blogging journey without this course.

The community of Clever Cookies have been so supportive and I can’t wait to meet the Sydney based Cookies IRL (that’s in real life in blog speak) when we get together for our graduation celebration in a couple of weeks.

So Chantelle and Rowe, thank you thank you for pouring your everything into this course and for being there every step of the way. What you have created with Clever Cookie is something very special and I’ve learnt so much from you both.

I’ll be forever grateful for the connections I’ve made with this awesome group of like minded Cookies who will no doubt continue to support and inspire each other for years to come.

In Chantelle’s words…

“Time to throw confetti and pop the champagne! The world is your cookie!”

School my be out, but this little blogging adventure has just begun!

If you think Clever Cookie School of Blog may be for you, check it out here. Highly recommend you do!