This Week: Happy Halloween!


Halloween has always been a special time for me. It’s the birthday of a friend I’ve had since the day she was born who has always been my sister-from-another-mister. This year is also the first birthday of one of my closest friends’ baby, and that’s an amazing and special time.

Halloween is also the day the Viking and I got together, suitable considering we’re both a bit gothic at heart, 8 years ago.

We’ve grown a lot during that time. Changed a lot. And he is my partner, in every sense of the word. He is my business partner, my best friend, my confidante, the love of my life. I can’t ever picture a world without him. I’m excited to announce my partner & I will soon be embarking on another business adventure, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

But enough mushiness, on to the week…


Today is a special day for all the reasons listed above. It also involves two things I adore: dressing up and eating junk food. I traditionally have a Halloween rant but couldn’t muster the energy this year, so go read last year’s and save us all some time.

Last weekend I went to Melbourne with the Viking, my parents and my brother to attend my cousin’s engagement party. It was wonderful to see her so happy, and I’m so pleased for her that she is engaged. She is actually my second cousin but she and the birthday girl mentioned at the top lived down the road from me growing up, so we’ve always been very close. She’s really more of a best friend, and was one of my bridesmaids on my wedding day (as was birthday girl).

The food in Melbourne was amazing and I got to meet birthday girl’s older sister’s baby, who was only 3 1/2 weeks old (ahh! So cute!!)


It’s been a really busy few weeks for me and it’s about to get worse. On top of it all my body has betrayed me and I’ve spent half the week with the shakes for no apparent reason.

Best 2

The busyness is tinged with happiness as I will be Acting Manager at work from Monday. Plus the amazing women of KiKi & Tea have really pulled together to help me out during this hard time.

We have decided, however, not to run any posts next week. It’s been a fantastic month with a focus on Mental Health and we’re all in need of a little mental health break.

This Week’s Pic

The picture at the top is of me holding 3 1/2 week old baby Zara. Such a precious little girl and I’m never happier than when I’m holding a baby.

My brother and I also did a bit of a graffiti tour in Melbourne last weekend, and here is one of my favourite pics:

Melbourne Graffiti

Around the web

This week I read a fascinating article about how it would be different if it had been Reeva Steenkamp who shot Oscar Pistorius.

I adored this post from Maxabella about wanting our kids to be something they’re not, and vowed to keep that in mind in helping raise my stepdaughter.

On KiKi & Tea

The final two weeks of Mental Health Month has seen us examine the view from each side of the counsellor’s room, provide some advice on how to get a good night’s sleep, examined what it’s like to be a night owl and how other people’s perceptions can affect your mental health, and provided a list of 20 songs to lift your mood.

We have had two recipes, chilli con carne and lemon cupcakes (both sound amazing). Examined what it’s like when a book really gets in your head and you can’t get it out again, Mandi got angry on behalf of Renee Zellweger  and I wrote about what it’s like when people approach you about things they read on your blog.

How was your week? What did you write, what did you read? Best and worst? 

  • Maxabella

    Thanks for the shout out, Tamsin. I know it sounds weird, but it’s a post that I will also return to to remind myself to keep on track.

    Hope the busyness and the shakyness are tamed soonest. x

    • Tamsin Howse

      Thanks Bron! I hope so too.

  • Carla

    I think I’ve been busy and in a state of reflux (yes, the stomach kind) since I started my new job. Today was no exception! I have too much work and only 8 hours, but the presses stop for no one. So I feel your pain and I agree with mental health breaks! I made a decision recently to let go of all my ‘extra curriculars’ as it were and just simplify my life to home, work, friends and family, and Zumba. That is all I’ll be doing next year so that I get to have me time and I get to have a break and focus on the important things. So, so important! Great post. Have a good weekend.

    • Tamsin Howse

      It’s really important! We all need to take time out :) xx

  • Bec

    I remember holding you at 3 1/2 weeks old… Glad you had the same opportunity with Zara. Xo

    • Tamsin Howse

      And adored every minute of it!