What kind of friend are you?


There are many types of friends out there, but for the sake of this blog, I am only going to list 5 types. Choose which friend you think you are and send this blog to your friends and see what they think.

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Yet Another Anti-Bullying Campaign

It’s true, mum and I have been floating on cloud nine after this happened last night:

A few days after we posted our blog Not Just Another Anti-Bullying Campaign, the boys we wrote it about (Bars and Melody) tweeted a link to the blog. Well we flipped obviously! It’s not everyday you get noticed by someone famous. After we got over the initial shock of being tweeted to over 200,000 people, we got more excited when we considered why we would be tweeted about.

Bars and Melody promote anti-bullying, and they’re famous for it. After their performance on Britain’s Got Talent, they went viral. Since then, they have moved on to travelling the globe spreading the word about how bullying affects so many people daily. The fact that these boys who have made it their life mission to support the anti-bullying campaign think that our blog about the topic was worth reading, is amazing.

These boys are really making a positive difference in the world and it feels really good to know that they think our post might help. Mum and I are so excited to know we have so many new readers who are willing to support Bars and Melody (and us of course) in the movement to stop bullying on a global scale.

As a teenager myself, I am surrounded by people who try and tell us their own bullying experiences and telling us to speak up if we are being bullied. As hard as it is to listen to these stories, there is always the thought that they are older than us and my generation doesn’t do that. However, when you hear a boy who is your age say that he was beat up for being different is a real reality check.

It’s really hard to imagine moving on from something like that but Leondre didn’t just move on, he went on to become a huge sensation that works towards stopping things like what happened to him. Well, I can say it’s working. Listening to all the girls talking after they spoke to us at my school, it was obvious that what they had said really stayed with them and probably will for the rest of their lives.

Bars and Melody are following the leads of other famous people who are taking a stand against bullying too. Some of these stars who feel just as strongly about the issue of bullying are Victoria Justice (star of Victorious), Demi Lovato (star who has faced bullying in the public eye as well as in private) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games trilogy). As well as these individuals my favourite TV cast, Pretty Little Liars, has come out against bullying.

These particular people stand out to me as people that are doing similar work to Bars and Melody. This is because all of the solo people I spoke about have done TV and radio interviews to promote anti-bullying and have joined organisations devoted to the end of bullying. The Pretty Little Liars cast is different. The entire TV series is devoted to bullying and the impacts it can have on the lives of everyone involved. Its a great TV show to show the effects (whilst extreme) of cyber bullying.

After hearing Bars and Melody talk about bullying, sing their self written songs (did I mention they are 14 and 16 and have written their own song. Can you say talent?) and then have them tweet about my blog post, I can safely say that these two boys are doing a great job to stop bullying. If you haven’t already, I would suggest checking out their audition for Britain’s Got Talent, it really is an inspiring video.

Ciao, Ash

Advice to your mum…

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Circle of love

Circle of love


The loves of my life – my four children. Each child brings me joy, love, pleasure, anger and have made me the woman I am. I love them all equally but there are times when I like one more than another. A Favourite child I do not have.

Do you have a favourite child and afraid to admit it?


Ashlea and I have been blogging for a year this month. WOW. Thanks Ash for all your amazing work. I love you chickie and love that you are one of my greatest friends. cheers Mum xxx

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Pretty Little Secrets

Pretty Little Secrets

Over the past month I have been busily reading all 17 books of the Pretty Little Liars series. At first I was not impressed with the books, much preferring it’s TV show counterpart. However as the series wore on, I got addicted. As I’ve been reading through the books, all it could think about was secrets. Although not everyone’s secrets are as big as the girls from Pretty Little Liars (stealing a priceless painting and pushing an innocent girl off a cliff for example), everyone does keep a secret at some stage.

Since I’m only young, I don’t have any major secrets to keep. I don’t cheat on anything (non existent boyfriends and math tests alike) and I have never stolen anything. I’m not part of a group of girls who like to go around blinding people (I did say that the liars had twisted secrets). When mum told me to write a new blog, I knew exactly what I would write it about. Secrets.

The idea of secrets can either be really good or really bad. There is no in between. Secrets can bring people closer, give them a common ground to talk about. Secrets can also be dangerous, a harm towards a relationship. Some secrets are safe to keep whereas others aren’t.

A line frequently mentioned in the book series, and is THE line from the TV shows theme song, “two can keep a secret if one of them is dead”, is false. As much as it rings true, it just doesn’t work in everyday situations. In normal cases, you keep a secret with someone close to you (such as a best friend or partner) and it is usually harmless. It doesn’t cause anyone physical harm. Unlike the girls on PLL, no one has the secret of a murder hanging over their shoulders.

Instead of having the other half you’re keeping a secret with being dead, I’ve decided to give a few healthy tips on how to keep a secret.
1. First decide if the secret is worth keeping. If someone is going to be hurt, in any way shape or form, then don’t keep it. That means anything from self harm to murder. If anyone is going to end up hurt.
2. Don’t tell. This one is obvious. A secret isn’t a secret if everyone knows about it. There is nothing worse than having someone spill your secret, so don’t go spilling everyone else.
3. That’s it. There is literally nothing else to do when keeping a secret. It’s simple. Don’t let someone get hurt and don’t tell.


Our First Month of Blogging

A lot can happen in a month. Exactly a month ago, Mum and I started our blog. Despite it only being thirty days, I look back and marvel about all that has happened. Since November 7, the birthdate of our blog, a lot of things have occurred. For our blogs “Month-a-versary” I thought I would highlight the top 5 events for the month of November:

  • Catching Fire!!! As you all know, Mum and I along with a couple of friends went and saw Catching Fire. This movie was the definite highlight of my November and I know Mum really enjoyed it. As it was something that I had been waiting months for, the film was everything and more than I had wished for. Along with the hype leading up to it, Catching Fire was my favourite thing in November.
  • Despite watching the most amazing movie ever, Mum says that her favourite part of November was Melbourne Cup Day. Every year our family hosts the occasion and over one hundred people come. Our house is always chaotic but I can see why Mum enjoys it, our family always loves the party atmosphere.
  • Finishing Yr.7. Obviously this was a really big moment for me. All within one week I had finished Yr.7 and started Yr.8. At my high school we finish the school year a little early so we can begin transition for the following year. This can be a scary time as we actually start Yr.8 work and classes but I find it fun!
  • A small glimpse at what we hope the summer weather will be. Although it was only spring, our entire family loves the warming weather. We all enjoy going to the beach and living it up in the sun. We love swimming, surfing and sunning on all the warm days November had to throw at us.
  • And of course, our blog. Mum and I love writing, reviewing and talking about our blog and everything we have written for it. I know that I personally have really enjoyed working with Mum on pieces that we have to write and have written.

Mum and I have had a really successful month with blog and can’t wait for many more successful months to come.

Ashlea xxx

one month anniversary

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