Older And Wiser


Good morning!

Slower blog start this morning as I was up with the sparrows doing some paperwork and have only just finished my run at 8.30am. Too hot at this time. But I did it. Gotta have a small achievement to start out the day.

I am celebrating my #birthdayweekend this weekend. Well, it really started yesterday, when my dear friend threw a lovely ‘do’ for me, complete with friends, cake, tea and a teensy little bit of ‘grog’. Hubby is taking me away for the weekend and has told me to pack “a frock, bling, resort wear, togs and running gear”. His words. ‘Resort wear’?  ‘Bling’? Maybe he has secretly been taking note of  Faux Fuchsia terminology.

I certainly hope it is a resort and not an adventure ropes course or something. Running shoes? Maybe he just thinks I might like to have a run on the beach or something. I’m not too good with surprises. Please make it not be a ropes course! … or something too adventurous!

Gran and PaPa are taking the boys for the weekend … which is perfect timing, as my big son is arriving home this afternoon with a week’s worth of stinky camp clothes. Love you Gran. Good luck and see you Sunday!

February is quite nice for me … with Valentines, my birthday and our wedding anniversary all falling in the one week.

I am going to seriously milk it this year.

See? … older and wiser.

A-M xx


This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Kylee at boomerang jane
    February 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Have a lovely time. I’m jelly, but oh so happy for you 😉

  • Annie
    February 15, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Have a fabulous time and yes siree nothing wrong with milking an opportunity!

  • Fiona
    February 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Happy Birthday and Anniversary. Sounds like your in for a wonderful weekend. Im so glad to hear it. Fiona

  • Siobhan
    February 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Happy Valentine’s, Birthday and Anniversary! Have a wonderful time. Relax and enjoy!! I would choose Port Douglas…

  • parisgirl
    February 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Enjoy! Take it easy and spoil yourselves.

  • Tammie
    February 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Happy birthday Anne-Maree. I’m sure it will be a lovely surprise . Enjoy and make the most of it xxxx

  • Karyn
    February 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Happy Birthday A- M , enjoy your weekend.
    Must tell where you went.
    Karyn x

  • Fiona, Lilyfield Life
    February 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Happy birthday lovely A-M, I hope you have a great weekend. it’s our anniversary also today – 10 years! just getting frocked up for lunch!
    fiona xx

  • Lee
    February 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

    A-M have a great birthday weekend. Nothing like a bit of R&R to ponder another year of getting older, wiser…and happier. I do think with every birthday you learn to appreciate everything you have just that little bit more. I know I do. Bon voyage oh wise one :-))

  • Jos Budge
    February 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    An extra special happy birthday for tomorrow A-M. I will cross fingers you are supping champers somewhere divine and not rugged up in a bivouac on the side of a cliff!!!!!! OMG – imagine it?! Can’t wait to read Monday’s post!!!! xxx

  • Viera
    February 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Have a wonderful weekend A-M. Happy Birthday!

  • Ames
    February 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Happy birthday lovely!
    I hope you have the most wonderful time, so very well deserved xxx

  • tinajo
    February 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Happy birthday – I hope it´s fab! 🙂

  • Ness
    February 16, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Happy birthday! Have the most wonderful weekend!

    (Hope you didn’t get the rainy weather we are having here in SE Qld again this weekend!!)

  • kathryn
    February 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary. Have a wonderful time with Luke and relax.
    Give Luke a big hug and squeeze.

    See you soon.

    Love Kath,xx

    P.S. Have updated my top 10 “dislike list” you and Luke would love it!! Ricki Lee Coulter…need I say more A-M.

  • Deanne
    February 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Happy Birthday! I had a birthday this week and every time the kids mentioned it they had to tack on my age, I don’t think they quite got that I didn’t need to be reminded exactly how old I was every second, because to them they are excited about how old they are at each birthday!

  • Julie B.[Holland]
    February 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Im having my birthday too! My birthday wishes are sent you way! Have a wonderful weekend XO

  • Chie
    February 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

    G´day gorgeous A-M,

    Hope you have a great w/end to celebrate your 3 special days.

    Enjoy while lil A-M’s are away with Gran & your Papa.

    Hugs & GB to all,

  • Kat @Low Tide High Style
    February 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Happy Birthday A-M, enjoy your weekend away!


  • Melissa
    February 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    How exciting. Have a wonderful escape and enjoy your birthday. How romantic 😉

  • Grace @ sense and simplicity
    February 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Happy birthday older and wiser girl! I”m glad you had a good one. My birthday and anniversary are both in February as well.

  • Maureen
    February 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Happy belated Birthday!! Glad you had a good time, thanks for sharing it xx

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About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, real estate, interiors and life with my boys. I am starting my next house build, 'The Next House That A-M Built', and hope to have some action on site in January 2018. While I am building I will continue to run my Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. It brings me such joy to be able to do Real Estate so differently and achieve great results for my clients. I am so grateful to be living such a creative and exciting life ... that I have created through blood, sweat, tears and physio appointments!
A-M xx

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