About

Welcome to my little corner of the Blogisphere; I'm so very glad you dropped by.  Let me introduce myself properly... 


I'M SIMONE

...Mother, Party Nut, Book Lover, Blogger, Human Being.
I love to tell stories and share my struggles honestly but with hope.
I love to make things beautiful and memorable. 
I love all kinds of celebrations and making the everyday special.
Here on my blog I share my foibles and failures as well as my successes.
I usually learn by messing up.
I'm not any kind of expert, just a fellow struggler like you, sharing my journey on this rollercoaster called Life and Parenting. As I write about my ups and downs (and what I'm learning) I hope to make your way a little easier and encourage you with the knowledge that you're not alone.

Where/how this blog began

WHERE I'M FROM

I'm blessed to live in one of the loveliest places on earth: New Zealand. Our home is in the central suburbs of Auckland, a five minute drive to the nearest beach, in a 1920's bungalow that I love to DIY. My antipodean viewpoint colours who I am and how we live (relaxed, laid back, take us as you find us).

> More about living in New Zealand

WHAT I WRITE ABOUT

PARENTING:  I write about the ups and downs of parenting and motherhood and what I'm learning along the way. I share things that make me laugh or cry,  as well as bright ideas I think will help make life easier or more fun (like our theme dinners and family movie reviews)Quirky is the norm in our family - there are spectrum issues in the mix which complicate family life. You'll find all my stories on Dyslexia and ADHD collected here.

PLANNING KIDS PARTIES: I love to share my parties (with how-to instructions and free printables) so other people can take the ideas and use them. I also sell party invitation designs on my Etsy shop.

MUM DIY: I have been known to splash some paint around on occasion. Room by room, I'm transforming my house through the magic of paint.

RECIPES: I share my tried-and-true favourite recipes, many of which are gluten free and/or refined sugar free.

ADVENTURES: There's nothing better than getting stamps in your passport, even with kids in tow. This page is a collection of our travel adventures, both at home in New Zealand and abroad.

ROLLERCOASTER: I write about getting through Depression and anxiety (which I've battled for years). A few years ago I was also diagnosed with "stealth" dyslexia which explains a lot. I also write about the faith that gets me through.

BOOK REVIEWS: I can chew through a thick novel in two days. My bookaholic alter-ego is Mrs Readalot. You can read her book reviews here.

BLOG TIPS: After blogging for eight years I've learnt a lot. I share my blog tips for beginners, newbies and code-phobes.

WHO'S WHO

My offspring are Dash (14), Miss Fab (12) and Scrag (9). This crazy quirky bunch have quite often been the focus of my writing. 
The kids were babies when I started blogging but as they're getting older I have to be more careful what I share about them. My philosophy of blogging about my kids here

The beloved furry members of our family are Clyde (the rescue puppy) and Dave (the female cat)... where would we be without them?

Go here to read more about Our Family

NOTE: "Dash", "Miss Fab" and "Scrag" are actual real-life nicknames. (Names have been changed to protect the guilty.)

Ten Worst Mothering Moments
Confessions of a Lazy Mother
The Lazy Mother's Guide to Defeating Dudgery
My Two Cents on the Christian Response to Gay Marriage
My thoughts on Parenting in the Online Age

LOL

22 Things I've Done to Avoid Exercise
Scrag's Guide to Getting Attention
Scrag's Guide to Making Girls Scream
Simone Jones Diary: The Movie of My Life
Gravity Strikes Again

CONNECT WITH ME...

You may choose to remain an anonymous reader. Fine by me. But if you want to connect with me, here's a few ways you can do it...
  • Join the conversation and make my day... leave a comment!
  • "Like" my Facebook page. You're also welcome to share your own party photos there (I love to see how my ideas get used)
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  • If you're shy you can Email me (I promise to reply)

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