children, goals, happiness, laughter, love, marriage, New Zealand, relationships, samoa, women, writer

I am Enough.

I blinked and 2012 streaked naked through my life, my messy house. And then it was gone. Just like that. Hello 2013!Right, so I'm going to do something revolutionary (for me) this year.  I am not going to start the new year making a list of all the things I hate about myself and how… Continue reading I am Enough.

Bruce Willis, challenges of motherhood, children, Good Morning Show, hotel, marriage, New Zealand, parenting, relationships, telesa

A Night of Illicit Abandon – Walking on the Wild Side

A fit of fizzy flightiness overwhelmed me this weekend.  I was consumed by this insane desire to be like those people who bungy jump, sky dive and buy clothes that are NOT on sale. I felt like living dangerously and walking on the wild side.  Where did this strange feeling come from? Maybe it was because the week had been crazy busy - I… Continue reading A Night of Illicit Abandon – Walking on the Wild Side

blindfolds, fantasy romance series, Fifty Shades of Grey, flowers, Keats, love, relationships, romance, roses, samoa, shakespeare, Telesa Trilogy, the Hot Man

What Makes Good Romance?

What makes good romance? We all have different answers because what counts as 'romantic' is different for different people. I write YA fantasy romance and that can be fun. Especially when it comes to figuring out what will set spines tingling. Hearts racing. Spark a smile on even the most unwilling of faces. I'm no expert, but… Continue reading What Makes Good Romance?

boys, challenges, motherhood, parenting, relationships, sons, teenagers

She’s Got Six Boyfriends.

There was a disco at Bella's preschool tonight. She's been super excited for days. She picked out what outfit she wanted to wear and as I helped her get dressed, she said, "I'm gonna see my boyfriend there."I'm calm, cool and collected.  "Oh really? Who?" Bella fluffs up her skirt and answers, "Brayden. He's my number… Continue reading She’s Got Six Boyfriends.

children, communication, conflict, marriage, relationships

Who’s the BOSS? Well, its not me.

Me and the Hot Man were having a discussion about our daughters. And what kind of relationships they will have with the people they will marry one day. (Because yeah, that's what lame parents do. Sit around and discuss their children all day.) I said,"The most important factor will be our example. Our children can… Continue reading Who’s the BOSS? Well, its not me.

children, marriage, relationships, the Hot Man, youth

I Hate the Hot Man.

Life's just not fair. This is the Hot Man EIGHTEEN years ago. (With a mildly attractive young woman at his side.)And this is the Hot Man NOW. Is it just me - or does this man look pretty much the same? Hello? Did we not live through the same number of years over the last… Continue reading I Hate the Hot Man.

anger, children, Dragon Queen, Game of Thrones, Jon Snow, love, mother, relationships

Possessive "Angry Face" Love

                              Show your angry face!There are cousins staying at our house. Which we are really enjoying because there are children all the same age as my Fab5 so plenty of fun, laughter and festive season spirit around here right now.Except for… Continue reading Possessive "Angry Face" Love

children, daughters, grandmothers, motherhood, parenting, Plantation House, relationships, samoa, Telesa launch

Screaming Mothers. And Humming Daughters.

Me and my Beautiful Mum.Dear Big Daughter Sade,This morning I was helping your grandmother prepare for a night of literature and dessert at her design store cafe - Plantation House. She had invited forty guests and was getting rather stressed about the upcoming event. She'd asked me to drive her to the grocery store early… Continue reading Screaming Mothers. And Humming Daughters.

children, LDS Church, Mormons, mother, motherhood, parenting, relationships

A Mother Heart.

I had to speak at church about motherhood and what it means to 'have a mother heart'.  Preparing for that got me thinking about this (often crazy) parenting journey that I'm on. I don't often do this on my blog - but today I'd like to share some things that are an essential foundation in… Continue reading A Mother Heart.

daughters, family., friends, love, motherhood, parenting, relationships, samoa

"You’re my bestest friend forever."

The family was in the car heading home after church when I told them that I had invited another family over for dinner. The Hot Man explained to the Fab5, "Your mother has made a new friend, isn't that nice?"Right away the older lot started laughing. Jeering. Teasing me. "Awww mum's made a friend. Finally… Continue reading "You’re my bestest friend forever."