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A glimpse into the world of one fertile and careless woman and the allconsuming mess that follows. It’s raising four boys, reconciling the special needs with the normal, being married to a Chef, living with your mother and a personal quest to see just how many loads of washing you can generate and wash in one day. There’s recipes, tragedy, tales of public humiliation, the occasional tirade and so much more.

I realise some of you may not have the time to trawl through my archives. Nor do I particularly need you to. Some of those early posts are ATROCIOUS. Like that diary you used to keep when you were 15 and you thought you were such a good writer but really were just a teenager with hormones crushing your will to live and any recollection of the grammar you may or may not have learnt in primary school.

So check these out, these should bring you up too speed. A bit.

The ubiquitous 100+ things about me post

My take on being a parent to a child with special needs

Parenting 4 vs Parenting 2

Something I really believe about raising kids

One of my stock standard blathering posts about how I love youse all from the Glamorouse days

The allconsuming guide to losing weight – or at least being less fat

When Chef and I hooked up – to confirm my status as: klassy. It’s like The Pioneer Woman’s Black Heels to Tractor Wheels but shorter. And drunker.

On being adopted. Or relinquished.

The voices in my head.


The finer points:

The names I use for my children on this blog really are their names. I KNOW!

Chef really is a chef and no he doesn’t cook at home very much and I’m totally fine with that.


Will write to eat. And maybe to buy new shoes. I love shoes. 

Kim Berry is a freelance journalist who has worked in communications roles for almost 20 years. She has worked for print media, government and private sector clients. She currently writes on the environment and risk management for Thomson Reuters as well as having a blog and several first paragraphs of the next Great Australian Novel.

Her passion is to write with good humour and pragmatism, to engage an audience and to maximise the impact of the materials she is working on. She finds people infinitely fascinating and loves nothing more than telling the world about something they might otherwise not know or have thought of from that angle.

Kim likes writing for print and online media but let’s be honest, she’ll write anywhere for money.

She has a skill of being able to reference any life experience to an episode from The Simpsons or Seinfeld.

She can also cook and got to the Top 20 in NSW in the inaugural Australian MasterChef. There’s footage of her somewhere snotty crying at not getting in (George Colombaris was SO mean). This will stop her from ever entering politics.

Kim’s fertile imagination and creative genius is almost out shone by that of her ovaries as she is the mother to four boys aged from five to 15 years old. Yeah. She also has excellent skills at washing but is allergic to dusting.

Email her at allconsuming72 at gmail dot com to talk about how her creative powers can work for you.

Go on, you know you want to.


Recent published articles: 

Don’t call me mummy blogger

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Finding their tribe

Surviving the non-sleeping screamer



Talked about:

Media Watch

SMH’s News Review


Alluded to:

The Age



  • Simon Bleasdale

    Hi Kim,

    I have been looking for your 7hr roast lamb recipe, but the link to the page now appears to be dead. Has it been deleted, and if so would you mind emailing me the recipe please?

    Many thanks


  • Germaine Montgomery

    Hi Kim, as I am in relative social isolation in Brisbane – I am very pleased you ‘discovered’ me on LinkedIn and I am enjoying your blog posts (the first ever blog I’ve read – I am so last century I know).

  • Mary Lou Carter

    This is just brilliant thank you — I know St Edmund’s (my son’s disabilities were too severe for him to attend but attended another school which met his needs beautifully – that’s what’s great when there’s choice in schoolingv and you are able to make a choice) St Edmund’s is a wonderful school with caring highly motivated and magnificent professionals. This is a great blog — power to you and your family and the inspriation you give others

    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      Oh wow, and thank you. Thanks Mary Lou – yes, St Edmund’s is what we commonly refer to as The School of Awesome.

  • http://hidow.com.au Ted Kell

    Hi Kim, We have a home based business Supplying a product called a Pain Pod. It is a Fantastic little tens machine used for alleviating all types of aches paines especially stress related ones. We want to promote this in conjuntion with LIFELINE for Stress Down Day this Friday 27th July. We will be donating 50% of profits to Lifeline. Regards Ted

  • Finbar

    Hi Kim

    Hope you are well.

    We hope that you can join us as we name and shame Australia’s worst offenders at the 7th annual CHOICE Shonkys hosted by Julian Morrow.

    Venue: Ivy sun room, Level 3, 330 George Street, Sydney
    Date: Tuesday, 30th October, 2012
    Time: 11am (11.30am Awards Presentation)
    RSVP & Media Enquiries: Finbar Corrall at finbar@acagency.com.au or call 02 9365 0007

  • http://j9sopinion.tumblr.com/ Jeanine H

    Love your blog! Im quickly approaching 40 and excited to start reading .. (However, one of your widgets/gadget/options for “follow by email” says that its “not enabled”) Is there anyway to fix this? I love getting emails of new posts from the blog I follow. Gives me GOOD reason to check the emails DAILY ;D
    Thank You!

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  • Daisy

    Just stumbled across your blog and have to tear myself away to get to bed, what a delight :)

  • Tim

    Thank you for building visibility for mental illness. You have inspired me to write about my own experiences. Thank you for teaching me some skills in your class this week.

  • Heather Trussell

    Hi Kim
    I was at the “Blogging for Beginners” at AWC on 1/4/15. It was a bit of a rush at the end and I’m sorry I left without saying thank you for your insight. I have now set up my blog “Death By Gina” (Gina Amos is my pen name). I am still trying to negotiate my way around Blogsville. I’m hopeless at reading maps by the way!