L-J’s Ramblings

OMG we look amazing

I’ve been lucky that through difficult times I’ve often met amazing and kind people. The kind of people that restore your faith in humanity. A couple of weeks ago I had just that experience. Danielle told me she’d set up a photo shoot for us and frankly I wasn’t super impressed. Take as many pictures […]

Halloween is a stupid waste of time!

At least that is what a lot of people think. Oh and it’s an American thing! Well, let me address this. Halloween began life as the festival of Samhain 2000 years ago as part of an ancient Celtic tradition! The Celts believed that only on October 31st, ghosts and spirits were able to wander the earth and they […]

I don’t play well with others

This is something I learnt many moons ago. I work better on my own. I work well alongside people but I’m just not much of a team player. I like things done a certain way; I don’t like being micro-managed; I like to just get on with things; I don’t like relying on other people; and […]

Woes of Parenting in the Digital Age – Part I

My beautiful, fantastic, challenging, amazing daughter has a pre-paid mobile phone. She is supposed to do a significant chore every month to earn the money to pay for that month’s credit. Nine times out of ten she doesn’t do the chore, and therefore doesn’t get the credit for her phone. The last time she did […]

Free Books!

We are looking for a rural primary school to donate our books to. Some are brand new. Some are read (but still in great condition). We currently donate all our preschool books and toys to Bubup Womindjeka (our local kindergarten); our YA (young adult) books to Kensington Community High School (a fabulous school which offers […]

A letter from a daughter to her Dad

Dearest Dad, As Father’s Day draws near I’ve been thinking increasingly about you, Mom and our family. It’ll be 15 years this Christmas that Mom died. It seems so long and yet no time at all. I miss her so much. Every. Single Day. But what has made losing my Mom as ok as it […]

Dream Big. Always.

Just when you think this series can’t get any stronger the publisher Frances Lincoln release these new fantastic titles. I simply cannot give enough love for the “Little People BIG DREAMS” books. While they were at the start of this new wave of books to help us celebrate women and encourage girls to believe in themselves, their […]

Why have we become so rude?

I have noticed that people are becoming increasingly rude, selfish, self-absorbed and self-centred. I’m not talking on a deep relationship level (that’s a whole other conversation!) but the every day person you pass in the street. There’s no consideration for other people around us any more. It’s not deliberate rudeness, but more of a lack of […]

Do you love us?

Today is “love your bookshop day”. It’s organised by the wonderful people at the Australian Booksellers Association to celebrate all that is wonderful about Bookshops across Australia. We hope you’ll drop by for a visit with us today and pick up some lovely bookish goodies from Danielle or Sienna.  We have lots of fun bits […]

School Refusal Sucks!

School Refusal:  the refusal to attend school due to emotional distress. School refusal differs from truancy in that children with school refusal feel anxiety or fear towards school, whereas truant children generally have no feelings of fear towards school, often feeling angry or bored with it instead.* I hated high school but as a student […]

Harry Potter Saved My Family

31st July is the birthday of the Chosen One. He turns 37* (OMG how did that happen?!?). Harry has been in my life for 20 years. Actually it’s my longest relationship. I wonder if Harry knows that….? While the girls, Danielle and I have a shared love of a few of my other interests/obsessions (Star […]

Exclusive Sally Rippin Book Club

I am so super excited to announce that we’re having an exclusive book club with Sally Rippin to discuss her fabulous new book “Polly and Buster”. I absolutely loved this book as you can read in my review below. It literally blew me away. After I finished reading it I told Danielle I wanted to […]

Danielle Writes a Post!

Well it’s that time of the week again when L-J normally writes her blog. Last week she had planned to write about what Harry Potter means to our family. Unfortunately in the run up the sleepover time ran short and it didn’t happen, but I promise you that it will soon, because it is such […]

Celebrate Star Wars you must!

40 years? Seriously? I remember watching Star Wars since I was 7. Over the years my love of all things Star Wars has grown continually. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite and less well known Star Wars facts 😀 Learn much you will (also you can impress your kids!). The phrase […]

13 Reasons to Debrief

Thursday night we were lucky enough to host a discussion about “13 Reasons Why” and all the issues it raises.  YA Author Lili Wilkinson; Journalist and Author Kasey Edwards; local English/German counsellor Anjelika and some of our fabulous local mums joined us. While munchies were eaten, wine was drunk and laughs were had, there was […]

Let’s discuss OUR 13 reasons why

Last week I made a very personal post about why I thought the book “13 Reasons Why” should be read. Afterwards I felt very exposed and unsure if I’d revealed too much, but I knew that the message of the book was that important that it was worth any discomfort I might feel. The response […]

13 Reasons Why I Read This Book

I had planned on doing a lighthearted blog this week. However given the controversy surrounding the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” I felt I should address this subject as a children’s book specialist, and a parent of a teen who has threatened suicide. If you haven’t heard the fracas surrounding this new series then you must be living […]

Lest We Forget

I have the great privilege of designing/making/creating our window displays. Some are fun. Some require mad crafting skillz. Some are mental ideas that Danielle comes up with and then expects me to magically create them! The occasional one is thrown together when time conspires against me. And then there are the ones that really mean […]

Picture books about difficult topics

As parents it’s our job, nay our duty to protect our children. Within that umbrella of protection we often shelter our children from the harsh realities of life. Unless specifically required, very few parents pick up social-emotional books that deal with complex situations. Even then we are often find that adults think these amazing books […]

2 weeks to recover from child birth

We do not allow new mothers enough time to recover after the birth of their child. They are virtually shunted straight out of hospital as soon as the baby is popped out and both are “medically” sound, and expected to just get on with it. Unlike days of yore, (or days of now in countries […]

Give your kids more screen time. Seriously.

Screen Time. Two words sure to strike fear in any parent. Since we were children we had it drummed into us that more than 2 hours a day of screen time would be detrimental. Now exactly how does that look in today’s digital landscape? It’s PIXILATED! Figuring out what is the optimal screen time for […]

Our School System is BROKEN!

Sitting at home Sunday night I was extremely surprised when a subject close to my heart appeared on 60 Minutes (Channel 9) – “Can Do Better.” It’s only 15 minutes long and worth every minute. To summarise Channel 9: – The Australian education system is declining. – Our global rankings in maths, reading and science […]

Why I love reading YA

After a marathon reading session over my Christmas holidays (more than 10 YA tombs in less than 3 busy weeks!) I found a few ideas percolating about why I love reading YA (young adult fiction) so much, and even more, what I get from it. The first and most obvious answer is entertainment. Which then […]

Beautiful Failures – Lucky Clark

This book is revolutionary. Forget Mao’s Little Red Book or Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Just pick up Lucy Clark’s “Beautiful Failures.” Every parent, every teacher and every principal should read this book. Our education system is broken and it is failing OUR children. It needs to change. Our expectations need to change. How we measure success […]