• Still here - blogging again
    Blogging,  Social

    Still here

    Well hello there!  *Sheepish wave*  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  It seems I have taken an unintended, rather extended break from the old blog.  Like I said, certainly wasn’t a planned event.  However, I am still here and feeling like I just can’t let the blog go.  I thought about it, but it just didn’t sit right, so I thought I would just start writing again when it felt good.  

    It’s been a busy first half of the year for us – Ms 5 is in kinder and Mr 3 is in three year old kinder.   They attend a small kinder, which is lovely, but also means that the sessions do not run concurrently.  So a couple of days a week I am up and back, up and back, up and back!  Some days we have a little half hour break in between their sessions, which the kids love, because they get to run around the kinder yard with their friends a bit longer.  

    With Ms 5 in kinder, it’s meant we have had to choose a primary school!  Oh, all the feels!  It’s not like we were making a choice between private and public, but we did have a couple of options in our area.  We’ve gone with the closest one, right near her kinder, which has thrilled Ms 5 no end of course, because that is where nearly everyone else from kinder is going.  It’s such a mix of emotions, isn’t it, choosing a school for the first time.  She is not ‘small’ anymore, not a baby, not a toddler, nearly not a preschooler anymore.  Oh!  How did that happen so fast.  She is hurtling toward being a big girl, she is sooooooo desperate to be a big girl!  And I am just trying to hold on as she speeds by, desperate to have her not grow up too quick, to stay with me just a little longer.  Then she told me this morning, after discussing how grown ups live with friends or by themselves, that she won’t because “mummy I will stay with you and dad.  Because I don’t want to leave you.”  Heart. Melts.  

    Parenting Is So Worth It

    So, I am still here.  I plan on writing a lot more, in between kinder runs and school planning and dealing with the fact that my first born little daughter is rapidly growing up!!  

    Tell me – what have you been doing this first half of the year?  Anyone else approaching school for their kids for the first time?  Tell me how you’re going with it!!

  • #bloggers_bbq
    Blogging,  Family

    A New Year

    Welcome to my first post for 2015!  How was your festive season?  I hope it was lovely, and filled with relaxation and joy.  We had a lovely time – The Mister had three whole weeks off, and we managed to celebrate Christmas, my birthday,the New Year and the Mr 2’s birthday along with a little trip away and some laundry DIY – phew!  More on those in a few later posts. 

    For 2015, I’m taking some active steps for inspiration and organisation – both for here on the blog, and in ‘real’ life.  Here at Tully & Mishka, I’m going to be using the beautiful and super useful Blogger’s Bazaar 2015 Blog Planner.  Have you seen it?  So much organisation!  Hopefully, it will help me with some more regular blogging, and moving Tully & Mishka in the direction I would like it to (I have lots of plans in my head!!!).  Also, this weekend, I’m going to the Kid’s Business Bloggers BBQ.  Anyone else going – would love to catch up!  

    #bloggersbbq

    In the ‘real’ life department, Ms 3 starts kinder this year!  It’s three year old kinder – her birthday is in May, so she will be one of the older kids.  She is soooooooo ready for kinder!  And so am I, just quietly 🙂  I plan to blog a bit about this coming transition.  So 2015 brings busy times.  So organisation is really an over-arching goal for me this year.  Life is about to become very busy!

    Tell me, any big plans for you this year?  Does anyone have their first, or last, starting kinder?  

  • Blogging,  Uncategorized

    eBay Collections Launch

    *This is a sponsored post*  

    ebay collections

    Have you heard?  eBay has launched a new way to shop on their website!  The new Collections function lets you collate items you love, covet and lust over, all organised according to theme, colour, occassion, whatever you like!  Thanks to Nuffnang, I was granted early access and have created several boards, with a few more to come.  For example, Handmade Bubba is a collection of gorgeous hand made pieces that I would love to give as gifts to little ones.  And Kitchen Dreaming is pretty self explanatory!  Man that black table looks good.  

    It’s a useful way of collating items you are interested in, instead of just one watch list.  It’s also another way to find items that interest you – eBay have featured collections and also trending collections.  And you can follow different boards which will allow you to see any updates in your eBay feed.  

    My first thought on hearing about it, was that I already have Pinterest!  But it is different in that all the items you put in a collection are there on eBay, available to purchase straight away.  It’s easy to use and smooth to look at.  If you’re like me and love this kind of thing, click on through and check it out.  And if you are on eBay and start your own Collections, leave a link to yours in the comments here so I can check them out and follow some more boards!!

    *This post was sponsored by Nuffnang.  All opinions are my own.  

     

  • Blogging

    Vote for Me!! Best Australian Blogs 2014 People’s Choice

    Best Australian Blogs 2014

    I’ve entered the Australian Writers’ Centre’s best Australian blog 2014!  I figure the best way to get better at this, is to put myself out there.  They have a people’s choice round where you, the readers, get to vote.  Now, no pressure, but maybe you could click on through to the survey and vote for Tully & Mishka.  Joking, there is total pressure on you to do this!!  Ha ha!! There are HEAPS of awesome blogs on there.  And really, I’m just starting to get into some kind of blogging groove here, so I don’t expect to be winning anything.  But just entering or being nominated for these kind of things is, for me, a really great way to challenge myself.  It gets me excited about my potential to do this blogging thing on a regular and improved basis.  

    So if you feel like you could vote for me, click through and I’m on about the fifth page.  While you are there, vote for as many other blogs that your think are great.  There is no limit to how many you vote for, but you can only submit once.  

    Thanks so much!!  

  • Muppets Most Wanted Giveaway
    Blogging,  Family,  Kid Friendly

    Movie Review & Giveaway – Muppets: Most Wanted

    Muppets Most Wanted GiveawayOn the weekend, I was lucky enough to receive family tickets to an advance screening of Muppets Most Wanted, thanks to Nuffnang.  This is the first free thing I’ve received blogging, so it was with much excitement that the Mister, Ms 2 and myself headed off to Village Cinemas at the Jam Factory.  Mr 1 stayed with nanny and poppy – he’s not quite ready for the movies.  Or rather, I’m not quite ready for a one year old at the movies!

    This was Ms 2’s first cinema trip.  She spied the poster on the way into the car park and exclaimed “look Daddy, it’s your favourite Weezer!”  The Mister’s fave band is Weezer and both he and Ms 2 love watching this clip.  Now, these weren’t just tickets – they were GOLD CLASS tickets.  Oh yeah.  Somehow I am going to have to explain to Ms 2 that the cinemas aren’t going to be like that again for a long time!  However, we all had a great time.  The movie was funny, if a little predictable, but Ms 2 was enthralled the whole time.  We loved Ty Burrell.  He’s very funny.  And Tina Fey is always great. 

    Now we aren’t the only ones to benefit from this – thanks to Nuffnang, I have a four ticket pass to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Just in time for the school holidays!  Sweet.  If you would like to win, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

     What kid’s show from your childhood would you like to see turned into a movie?

    The answer I like the best will win! This giveaway will be open until Friday 11th April 2014 at 8pm.  I’ll announce a winner on the blog on Saturday.  Make sure your email is attached to your blog post so I can contact you if you win!  *See below for participating cinemas. 

    Terms and conditions:  Open to Australian Residents Only.
    One entry per person
    The above question must be answered, by leaving a comment on this post. 
    The answer I like the most will receive the prize.
    Entries close Friday 11th April 2014 at 8:00pm Melbourne time
    The winner will be emailed on Saturday 12th April 2014 and announced on this blog.
    The prize is one pass to admit four people to the movie “Muppets Most Wanted”.  Participating cinemas – Ace Cinema, Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema, EVENT cinema, Grand Cinema, Greater Union Cinema, HOYTS cinema, Independent Cinema, Palace Cinema, Reading Cinemas, Wallis Cinema, Village Cinema.
    Prize is not redeemable for cash.
    Prizes are not transferable.
    The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.
     
  • Blogging

    Kidspot VOICES of 2014

    #voicesof2014

     

    Wow.  So someone out there nominated my tiny little blog for the Kidspot #Voicesof2014.  I still cannot believe it!  Thank you to whoever did – it means someone likes what I’ve written so far and has really made me more determined to get the blog to where I envision it.  As a source of support, inspiration, laughter and even info for anyone out there adjusting to life with kids.  I don’t expect to go further – there are soooooo many amazing blogs out there, but to even be nominated is fantastic.  Way to make my week!! xxxx