AWOL, middle finger emoji and a holiday survival guide

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I’ve missed you!

I’m so sorry for being AWOL. I’ve been receiving lovely messages asking if I’m ok and where I am. Everything is totally fine. I’ve just done my usual thing of taking on a bunch of things and the old brain has been a little overloaded. Basically, my prioritisation skills are shite at the moment.

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? I do love it. I’m almost as excited about Christmas as I was to get the middle finger emoji on my phone. THAT excited!

The whole gift thing can get hectic. Are you one of those “super organised, list making, I’ve had my presents for months, gift hiding ninja, I’m ready to go” people? Or are you more like me, the “I thought I was really organised and layby’d not enough shit months ago and forgot about everyone else and now I’m poor so everyone is getting ripped out pages from the boy’s colouring in books which I shall call artwork and nobody will argue because I’ve made the boys practice their sad faces to guilt the recipients” people?

On top of that, we then have to cope with enjoy 87 6 weeks of Christmas school holidays. I think we need a survival guide for the holidays. What do you think? Things to do, free things to do, rainy day activities, outdoor ideas, maps to the nearest Dan Murphy’s…… I’m on it. Let me know what you want to see/hear/read and I’ll get it sorted.

Happy Friday,

Kate xx

Where I’ve been

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I’m back.

It’s been a hectic month or so around here with the usual work/school/kindy/life stuff, however, I also took on another project. An important one.

We’ve all heard the news reports on the ever increasing domestic violence occurrences. As I sat at home one Thursday, a breaking story came on. A woman had just been shot and killed in full view of children, parents, friends and workers at a McDonalds only 10 minutes from my home. This woman had fled a horrific life of violence to try and begin a new life here on the Gold Coast. Her ex partner followed her up here, found her, and killed her.

I can’t properly articulate just how horrific, devastating, shocking and sad this was. So far this year, 69 women have been murdered by acts of domestic violence. 69.

As I listened to the tragic story, which came only days after another local women was run off the road and beaten to death as she lay trapped in her car by her partner, something in me stirred. I wasn’t able to just change the channel and go about my day anymore. I needed to help.  Continue reading

The Hand Up Donation Drive

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I, like so many others, have watched on in absolute horror at the terrifying and increasing occurrences of domestic violence. As of last week, 62 people have lost their lives this year as a result.

62.

That’s 62 mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces, aunties, cousins, friends, loved ones.

According to the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc, just under half a million women reported that they had experienced physical or sexual violence or sexual assault in the past 12 months. I can’t imagine how many more have been suffering in silence.

Enough is enough.

I don’t have all the answers and I cannot even begin to contemplate how we can put an end to this. But as I watched the news showing another tragic story of a women shot and killed by her ex partner only a few minutes from my home I realised I couldn’t just keep watching and then go about my day. I needed to help, in some small way.

I have teamed up with a wonderful local organisation called My Friend’s Place, a not for profit refuge providing a safe haven for women who have escaped a domestic violence situation.

The Hand Up Donation Drive is something I truly feel passionate about and desperately hope it works. I’m seeking the donation of preloved (or new) household items. In most cases, these brave women have arrived at the refuge with little to no belongings. This donation drive aims to help them start a new, safer life.

You’ll see me posting information about the donation drive over on the Facebook page and yes, I’m probably going to bombard you all with info but it’s for a good cause and I need to get it out there. I hope you understand my need to take a little break from the blog while I put all my energies into this (along with working and taking care of my boys) for the next couple of weeks.

If you’re in the Gold Coast or Brisbane area and have anything you can donate, these women would be truly appreciative. If you have a local business and wish to donate please let me know. And if you have Facebook page I’d love it if you could share the images and posters I’m sharing to the Raising Misters page. I’ve also created a website – http://www.thehandupdonationdrive.com – for more information.

If you can help me I’d be so grateful. I want these women to know the kindness of strangers, that the world can in fact be a nicer place and that eventually, life can be sweet. They deserve this.

Kate xxx

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I made GF cookies that don’t taste like shite!

My youngest mister has a wheat allergy. Awesome. While his allergy isn’t life threatening, we found it to be a main cause for his bloated tummy, odd poops and respiratory issues. As difficult as it can be at times, he’s much better without it.

Like a lot of childhood allergies, there’s a pretty big chance he will outgrow this one. For now though, I’ve had to start doing something I’m not a big fan of. Baking.

I wish I was one of this people who had a baking day each week, where the day is spent whipping up week loads of delicious goodies for the kids. But I’m not. Every now and then I’ll bust something out and if it isn’t burnt, it’s a win.

One thing I’ve found with having to remove wheat from things, is that not all recipes we’ve found are very nice. My beautiful friend Trish baked up a storm last weekend and sent me home with a huge batch of cookies that were so yum! Of course after yours truly the boys ate them all, they wanted more. Crap. That meant I had to do it.

Over the past several months I’ve found recipes that we’ve liked and kind of fiddled with them until we loved them. I had one of those days on Friday when I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies that totally didn’t taste like shite!

Here’s the recipe. You’ll note the expert instructions….. Continue reading