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Anthropologie : Its like I can't seem to buy from many other places.. I TRY!! but all the best things I find to suit my style, both fashion and at home, are there and the quality and curation of their collections is just magical. As for the styling in store?!

Harrington : My little boy turned 8. I wrote the other day about how them ageing makes me feel old but seriously where do the years go? He has been having a tough run of late at a very strict school with a class of very strong personalities that are quite chatty and have older siblings that are a lot more 'wordly' than his big sister but his birthday was all about him. We went road tripping and I made the most ridiculous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake.. decadent is the only word I can use to describe it.

Christmas : Ours was quiet and focused on relaxation, fresh air and just being together. We have had the biggest year as a family as we have possibly had since 3 became 4 so we just needed to chill. We played games, watched movies, went hiking and cooked good food. It was awesome.

Dexter : Our little guy has been lucky to have found a fab mate in Rudy and we keep swapping extended sleepovers when each family is travelling.. his family do amazing things like get invited to The White House by The Obamas.. we just go visit Dad when he goes away for work.. its our excuse to see more of the U.S!.

Clean Eating : I have always loved the idea of shopping totally organic but as we have only one worker bee in the family these days I figured I could chuck that dream aside for a while but I California Organic food is so much cheaper.. apparently people just stopped buying non organic as it wasn't labeled whether is was GMO free, so things got cheaper and the other week I switched all our pantry and fridge to organic!!

Kids : Moving countries has bonded them further. They were always similar in interests but having no support network here means as a family unit we have become closer and with the two of them playing the same sport 4 times a week together we are just together as a trio during the day.. a lot. They still fight but they are really understanding each other more and being far more kind and considerate rather than argumentative as they have been in the past.

Lemonade Lusts : I couldn't just do nothing after Down that Little Lane and I still love social media, I still adore helping small business and I still have a real drive to find stunning investment pieces or unique items at fabulous prices. I have started a blog to support that and share across Instagram, FB and Pinterest.

San Francisco Landscapes : Ok so I do find the chilly days here a bit too chilly as I am such an Aussie these days, in that I just don't do cold, but oh wow the landscape is stunning. I have climbed so many hills and walked to so many points and each and everyone rewards me with visuals I just want to frame. I am merrily snapping away so when I come back to Aus I can have a U.S.A wall to remind me of all the beauty when all I moan about was how cold it was!

What have you been up to lately? 

The Art of Ageing.. or not?

How old are you? I am 40 an really starting to feel my age..

No, its not aches and pains (although I, like most Mums have a few). Its the way I feel inside AND the visual changes.

Those moments when I am having conversations with my kids and they ask things  that I remember asking my Mum, the conversations that you know the answers are important as they show your kids what type of person you are and also what type of person you want them to be. These are no difficult, life changing questions but it is more that I have reached the age where my kids are old enough to be influenced for life by everything I say or do.. It makes me feel old.. you know.. mature type old.

I decided to go grey last year, that in itself is not making me feel old but it is making me own my age. Anyone that sees me will assume I am 40+ so its like I have chosen not to hide that fact. Being grey up top has almost spurred me to make the rest of me look even better and I am focusing on myself from the inside out.

I nearly collapsed in a Tone & Flow Yoga Class the other day..  when we all hit Warrior and the room turned into a bat cave with droopy triceps everywhere I almost lost the pose giggling.. gone are my days of 'how did you get those arms?' from lovely people offering me a compliment unless I maintain constant tension in my arms..

I should have paid attention when I was at the Chiro doing a shoulder rotation test and Harrington flicked the undercarriage of my bicep and giggled at the wobble.. Yep I truly am ageing visually but it is something that we all need to accept and enjoy.

When I decided to go grey I was inspired by Annika and I am still inspired by her but I have found another lady to admire possibly even more Yazmeenah Rossi.

Seeing her made me want to go back to modelling and just empower myself and my ageing process by owning it and showing it off. Marcus on the other hand said he thought I had enough on my plate..

Hmm defensive me thought 'don't tell me I can't handle something' AND 'but I need to be of value to the family?'.. (monetary value that is).. the fact is being at home IS of value and I just need to settle my vision on what value actually is and that it is not always tangible but that is another blog post!!..

How are you going with the ageing process? 
Going graceful or down in flames kicking and screaming? 

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My Word..

The Gorgeous Bron does this every year and I started back in 2012 with 'Epic' last year I didn't do one and reading back on my first blog post of the year I can see why.. I was juggling way to many balls and am sure my brain would not have slowed adequately for me to think straight..

This year I am back and my word is

I have never had the luxury of being able to focus purely on my family and lots of people don't ever get the chance. So with moving to the U.S for a few years, selling DTLL and just having a work blog that focuses on promoting others purely because I enjoy sharing my finds, I know this is the year that I can do that.

I will be honest. I am not sure the total 'Mum' role is something I adore. It doesn't give me the highs that you get from running a business and it feels less challenging as most days are the same but I will embrace it and challenge myself within the role to be the best Mum I can be for both myself and my family.

This year I will be working on my own fitness again in a big way, both mental and physical. I want to come off my medication and see measured results from my training. The kids are along for the ride already as I now have time for after school sports that I just never did before and currently doing sports 5 days a week with a family hike or mountain bike trail on a 6th.

I plan to really explore our family nutrition. We all have a sweet tooth and love our carbs so I will be looking to find healthy alternatives to feed those cravings (yes I'll share them here.. heck, we all need those short cuts regardless of lifestyle!!)

I owe it to my kids to be as present as possible whilst I can and in an old fashioned way I am looking forward to be a great wife to my husband that is supporting my freedom from full time work. 

So thats it.. FAMILY.. they mean everything to me and thats my word for 2017..

What is your word? 
Did you do one last year? 
Did you stick to it?