The lonely road in parenthood

broken
adjective
2 (of a person) having given up all hope; despairing
synonyms; defeated, beaten,vanquished, overpowered, overwhelmed, subdued, demoralised, crushed, dishonoured, ruined, crippled.

Mummy blogging isn’t something I personally like to expose myself with. It puts you on the line for judgement and opinions, and those things can make you feel like an even shittier parent than what you’re already feeling yourself. Like we need someone else to point that out for us right? I prefer to keep the positive vibes going, staying positive and battling through parenthood with my husband there to help me out. But the past weeks have seemingly grown tougher and tougher. Today, I’ve felt more broken than ever in parenting. Continue reading

Chilli Minestrone

A cold wet winters day stuck inside the house sparked me to get my cook on and make a firey minestrone soup. It was absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

2cups vegetable stock

400g canned tomatoes (drained)

3 celery stalks diced

3 carrots diced 

3 potatoes diced

1 onion diced

2 garlic cloves

1tbs ground chilli powder

1tbs garlic powder

1 chicken stock cube

1 cup dried pasta 

3 sprigs of Parsley 

1 sprig of rosemary 

Pepper 

Method 

Add vegetable stock, to a large stock pot and bring to boil. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, parsley, rosemary and garlic cloves and let them cook on a low/medium heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add ground chilli powder, garlic powder, pepper, stock cube, drained tomatoes and let simmer for 10 minutes. 

Add the dried pasta and leave to cook, stirring occasionally on a low/medium heat until pasta is cooked.

Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves.

Blue Mountains Adventure

Our first weekend away in our newly renovated caravan was to the Blue Mountains. A place where I was born and lived for the first five years of my life, a place where my parents grew up, a place where my Grandma (we call her Mama) still lives after 65years. We always love to get down and visit Mama when we can but always do a day trip seeing her with no time for exploring. So over the weekend, we camped in Mama’s backyard which backs onto bushland, and gave ourselves more time to get out and show the boys around the Blue Mountains. Continue reading

Tenalach Q&As

With the reveal of our much anticipated caravan renovation, we were absolutely blown away with the love and clicks to the blog received. It was a renovation that we were so proud of, and you guys just helped bring it home for us, that what we had achieved was incredible. A big thank you to all who shared their love!

As expected, there are questions asked about our caravan renovation, so I thought I would log them all here on the blog for future reference. Those wanting to know a thing or two about our personal reno, here’s where you can find the answers. Keep in mind this is just the way we did our renovation, it doesn’t make it the right way or the wrong way.  Continue reading

Tenalach : Take Two

The winter project that was completed before winter even began. We promised ourselves to take it slow, and do it bit by bit. It’s safe to say the excitement of our visions coming to life, bit by bit, was enough to motivate us and push this renovation to be completed sooner. Since ripping everything out of our caravan back in March, we have at times regretted doing it as we’ve missed being on the road and having our freedom on the weekends to just up and go as we please. But now that the renovation is complete and our visions are better than ever expected, we are so glad we decided to do the full demo now after having two horrible water leaks and an ants nest! It hasn’t been an easy renovation, we have certainly had our moments while doing it. I think its safe to say this renovation was far more stressful than our kitchen renovation haha! Continue reading

The Connie Diaries Does Byron Bay

Our much anticipated venture up the NSW East Coast to Byron Bay has been and gone, which was by far, the most incredible and soul cleansing experience I’ve ever had. The adventures we went on and the one of a kind experiences we all had were out of this world. I’m talking crystal clear fresh water creeks, pristine water falls, lush rain forests, stunning beaches and crystals the size of palm trees! We’ve all put our hands up to say it was the best trip we’ve been on and none of us were ready to come home! Continue reading

JORD Wood Watches. The timeless piece for my husband.

This month I’ve been lucky enough to team up with JORD Watches, an american label specialising in natural wooden watches. I especially picked one out just for my husband, because when looking through their online store, all I could see was one on his arm. They looked exactly like something he would love. And boy was I right!

I always am stumped at special occasions with what to buy my husband. Every birthday, fathers day, Christmas, Valentines Day, I always find myself thinking ahead months in advance, trying to come up with something he will love. If only I’d heard about JORD watches before! Because he is utterly in love with their watches. Continue reading

Soul Medicine

So you’re all fully aware of my new found love of life and what’s helped me to get there. All the different methods and rituals I’ve been trying, all the practices I’ve been learning a long the way. For many of you, it’s left you curious and wanting to learn more yourselves, so you too can be the best version of yourself. And not just for you, but for the people around you. So I thought I’d share with you what I’ve learnt so far, the tools I’ve used to start my new found path and my personal recommendations on getting started.  Continue reading