On Tuesday's I like to spend the morning reading articles on News.com.au and then share any interesting articles I come across. I don't generally get the chance to keep up to date with what's going on with the world, so setting aside this time each week, at the very least - gives me a clue. 

Many of you who are connected to my personal account on facebook will know that I love The Voice. The following article is about contestant Harrison, a 19 year old boy, who, despite having quite a severe stutter, can sing beautifully. 

Article by 
  • Holly Byrnes - National TV writer
  • From: News Limited Network
  • June 10, 2013 11:28PM

  • Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/emotional-scenes-on-the-voice/story-e6frfmyi-1226661509031#ixzz2Vri63YYS

    HARRISON Craig's estranged father may not be a fan of The Voice, or have seen his son's triumph on national television.

    But the 19-year-old Melbourne singer was gracious enough to acknowledge the man who abandoned his family and inspired the heart-breaking original song which could carry Craig to claim this year's reality talent series title.

    In raw and emotional scenes reminiscent of last year's winner Karise Eden, the teen sensation channelled his family break-up, schoolyard bullying and the stutter which for so long kept his feelings locked inside, finally let his voice - and his heart - be heard in the lyrics of a moving song he penned, prophetically titled More Than A Dream.

    With the composure and vocal control expected of his more senior rivals, Craig made his final and most compelling claim to be named the winner of this year's Voice series - with just a week of voting now left before Australia decides between the Team Seal favourite and his competition: Team Ricky's Luke Kennedy, Team Delta's Celia Pavey and controversially, Team Joel's Danny Ross.

    More than a dream immediately went to the top of the iTunes chart and Harrison's Unchained Melody was at No. 2.

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/emotional-scenes-on-the-voice/story-e6frfmyi-1226661509031#ixzz2Vrhyy6Q2
I can't believe how close we are to Christmas! 15 days away and we're there! Yikes. 

Has everyone got their shopping finished, or are you making a made dash last minute? 

Personally, I am all done. I just have to post some interstate gifts in the next week and food shop. 

My children are all very hyper about it and can't stop talking about what Santa will bring them. 

We are attending the local Carols By Candlelight on Friday night so we have our battery powered lights and glow sticks ready to participate (we can't have actual candles due to the bushfire risk) 

Looking forward to it! 

It has been unusually hot for Springtime in Melbourne, Australia and as a result creepy crawlies try to get inside as they search for water. 

Tonight, my husband and I were enjoying a drink of green tea while we watched Last Resort. All of a sudden, Michael sat bolt upright and held his glass up, refusing to swallow the last mouth full of his tea. The lights were switched off so I assumed his tea bag had broken, and he had a mouthful of tea leaves, but when he turned them on and showed me his glass, I saw a small huntsman spider clinging dead to the side - it had obviously climbed into his glass to get a drink and drowned in there. Not so great for the spider but fairly amusing to me, although I don't know that Michael will be asking for tea anytime in the near future! 

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Yesterday I had to take a break from my NaNo novel so I could take my daughter to get her photo taken for her dance class. The photo session was scheduled for 4:15pm, so time wise I needed to take her out of school 15minutes early to put her hair in a high bun and apply her stage make up. 

A friend's daughter goes to the same school and dance class so we both decided to get the girls ready at her house and split the work between us, I did hair and foundation and she did the rest of the make up. 

We were rushing to make sure we were there on time when her mother in law (who was there to watch my friends other kids while we prepped the girls) started to ask us why we were putting make up on our daughter's. 

Turns out the whole time we were primping the girls she thought we were doing it for fun - just to see what they looked like  o_O  
Despite having to pause and clutch our stomachs laughing for a good five minutes we made it on time and the girls all looked beautiful in their stage costumes, I'm not a big fan of the amount of makeup they were wearing but when they were all together for the pics it looked very professional so it was worth it in the end.