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Hi everyone!

I just wanted to write this quick note to you all. I have been receiving some lovely emails and comments lately.

Some have been words of encouragement, others have been letters seeking advice.
wine and computer
I hope I have been able to answer all of you so far. I always try to, usually with a glass of wine in hand…so please forgive me if they come out as gibberish sometimes!!

I really love getting these notes, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever want to….about ANYTHING

My email is bellasblog@hotmail.com

Go for it!!

Bella πŸ™‚


More about me…

I have been struggling to think of topics to write about, but came across this questionnaire called the “ABC’s of ME” on Love, Laughter and Lipstick’s blog page. A family member who reads my blog said I should write more about myself, thought that I would also give this a go.

A – Available or Married?

Very much married. It will be our second wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks, but we will have been together for ten years this October.

B – Book?

I love romances. Give me a Mills and Boon and it will be finished in a couple of hours. My favourite author is Julie Garwood, she does both historical romances and modern-day crime romances.
I also like series such as Hunger Games, House of Night, Vampire Academy etc (oh, and you should all Β give the Divergent trilogy a try before it gets made into a movie!)

C – Cake or Pie?

Cake- but it is a hard choice between a triple chocolate cake, or a chocolate honeycomb cheesecake.



D – Drink of Choice

Coffee. I have pure caffeine running through my veins some days!! Oh, and wine….of course!!! πŸ˜‰

E – Essential Item?

I can not leave home without my purse, phone and (obviously) keys. I will have an anxiety attack if I lose just one of these three!

F – Favorite Color?

Deep emerald green

G – Game to Play or Watch?

I really enjoy Crash Bandicoot games on our Xbox (I am currently playing “Mind over Mutant”) “Scene It?” is also pretty good too.

H – Hometown?

Albany, Western Australia

I – Indulgence?

Clothes-and probably more often than I should!

J – Job?

Domestic slave to four kids! I also help out hubby with his cleaning business occasionally.

K – Kids?

Yes. It may be time to introduce the kids on my blog. Aaron is almost 8yrs, Eva is 6.5yrs, Ethan is 5.5yrs and Cameron is almost 4yrs.
Aaron and Eva are the two that have Global Development Delay, and Cameron has cystic fibrosis. Ethan is my little sanity-saver!

Ethan (left), Eva (back), Cameron (front) and Aaron (left)

Ethan (left), Eva (back), Cameron (front) and Aaron (right)

L – Life is incomplete without?

My family

M – Music group or singer?

Both. It’s hard to pick my favourite of each, but I really like Nickleback, and my kids and I love all of Bruno Mars’ songs (although, I am addicted to Guy Sebastian at the moment too!)

N – Number of siblings?

Three younger half brothers

O – Oranges or Apples?

Strawberries actually….but probably oranges, I prefer soft and juicy fruits over crunchy.

P – Phobias / Fears?

I’m scared of the dark, there always has to be a little bit of light on, especially when I am home alone at night. I’m also scared of deep water. My biggest fear would have to be being trapped inside something under water (like a car, or boat cabin) You will never ever catch me in a shark cage (not that I am that scared of sharks…but I don’t really want to be anywhere near one! Just being in the cage though would be enough to just about have me screaming!) I don’t even want to go on a cruise ship in case it goes down and we can’t see land (ok, I know even if we could still see land, we would still be miles from shore, but I would die trying my hardest to get there, instead of not seeing land and wondering if you were even swimming in the right direction!)

Q – Favorite Quote?

β€œLife is not about how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away”

R – Reason to smile?

My family (even though they are also the reason for my early grey hairs!)

S – Season?

I prefer the cooler weather because it is easier to warm yourself up than it is to cool yourself down. Autumn is probably my favourite as it’s not too cold. The leaves are a Β pretty colour then too.

T – Tattoos?

No, but I do have a small design in mind. I’m using it as a reward for my weight loss (when I eventually get there)

The logo is the design I want for a tattoo, then I am thinking the words "Just breathe" underneath it.

The logo is the design I want for a tattoo, then I am thinking the words “Just breathe” written underneath it.

U – Unknown fact about me?

I cant wink! If I try, I look like I’m having some sort of facial spasm!

V – Vegetable you love?

Technically, tomato is a fruit…so probably…gherkins at the moment

W – Worst habit?

My husband could probably rattle off a few, but I hate hanging out washing. I don’t mind putting it in the machine and pushing a button, and I don’t mind folding it….it is the crucial step in the middle that I tend to put off. Too many times loads have had to be rewashed because they have been sitting in the machine too long.

X – X rays you have had?

Mostly on my lungs for quite a few chest infections. About 9yrs ago I got my thumb stuck in the car door and turned it into a painful “S” shape…luckily I have fat thumbs, so the bones weren’t effected. Pretty sure I have had one on my ankle before from a netball injury too.

Y – your favorite food?

I am addicted to Panzanella at the moment. I posted up the recipe a while ago. Since then, I have added crumbled feta cheese, avocado cubes and finely chopped spinach leaves to it, and I am eating by the tub full!

Z – Zodiac?

I am a Libran

Let us know what your “ABC’s” are, publish the link in the comments below so that we can all get to know you too!

Bella πŸ™‚

2012 in review

The WordPress.com team have done this nifty little thing that summarizes my activity on my blog for the past year. Quite interesting really…have a look!!

I would like to take this moment to thank all my readers for their interest in my weird and often chaotic life. My aim for getting awareness raised about cystic fibrosis is really taking off…and I have each and every one of you to thank for that!

So from my little herd, HAPPY NEW YEAR…and I really hope to see you all around here (and maybe a little more vocal?? πŸ˜€ ) again in 2013!

Bella πŸ™‚

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Still here!

I haven’t written a post in over two months, but I am alive….barely…but I am still kicking.


Our family has had a horrible winter, with the flu hitting the house hard (not a bad cold, a real flu!) I have had it twice so far this season, and I am currently on day 13 (I think, I have lost count!) of my second flu, and this one has absolutely knocked me for six! For the first week I was in a lot of pain, coughing to the point of vomiting (eeew!!) and could barely move. My husband has been absolutely wonderful looking after me and the kids, who also came down sick.
I haven’t forgotten about my blog. I just havent had the energy to even look at it, let alone use the noggin to write something! It’s great to see that despite my silence, it has still been generating a lot of hits!

I have a lot of topics to get to from recent months. My youngest son had his annual review a few weeks ago. My daughter has one very long story to catch up on with her latest diagnosis (or lack thereof). My eldest son has his own story to tell too. I am also hoping to have follow-up’s of both the Mara and MacFarlane diagnosis stories.
So keep your eyes peeled. This stories will probably trickle out slowly, but they will be done!

In the meantime, please send all healthy vibes our way!

Bella πŸ™‚

Something you should look at…

I know…laziness has set in, and I haven’t gotten around to writing any blog posts lately….yeah,yeah…I will get around to the usual stuff eventually.

I have still been reading other people’s blog in the meantime though. They are great sources of inspiration…just a pity it has really been doing much for my motivation 😦

But I came across this link this evening, and felt the need to share. I am always a sucker for a worthy fundraiser!

Please take a look, if you can donate to this deserving family, please do….but at the very least, give them some words of encouragement. They need it in their dark times!



Bella πŸ™‚Β 

Still Alive!


Did you miss me?

The last few weeks have been rather busy, I needed to give the brain a break from writing. I have so many topics swirling around this big boof-head of mine that are going to make appearances over the next few weeks. Many updates to come.

So keep an eye out!

Bella πŸ™‚

Parenting blog

I recently received at letter from one of my followers asking if I would please spread the word of her own blog.

I don’t mind doing this, especially ifΒ I think it has something significant to say about the causes I believe in, or if it’s a great read. Suzanne’s blog is both!

This post is called 10 Bad Eating Habits Parents Often Teach Their Children. I have to admit that even though I am very strict on my children’s diet, I am guilty of some of these traits.

Which ones are you guilty of?

Have a look around at the site. There are some great articles on there!

Bella πŸ™‚