Why I’m not ready for the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Hi there! If you are active on Pinterest or other blogs, you may have heard of Marie Kondo’s book: ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. I recently borrowed a copy from our public library (after waiting on-hold for over six months!), and read it over a weekend to see just how life changing it would…

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My favourite things: the kitchen timer!

Once a month, I write a blog post about a program, place or product that has been really helpful in my journey as a mum. And today, I am featuring a product that I use practically every day in our house to maintain order: a digital kitchen timer. A principle I have tried to work…

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The Great Toy Toss

One of my goals during the summer holidays was to go through all the toys with my two children and hopefully remove some of the ones we don’t use any more. Our house isn’t terribly big, and the two boys share a room, so most of their toys are out in our lounge/dining area, stored…

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Coping with a Holiday Hangover

It’s happened twice in the last couple of weeks: I’ve arrived home to an explosion of luggage, food, toys and laundry after a family holiday. And although I haven’t been hungover in the traditional sense of the word, I’ve certainly felt the exhaustion and lack of motivation that comes from trying to deal with the amount…

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Graduation Day!

Today is the last school day of the year for us, and I’ve got two boys who are excited about Christmas and holidays coming up next week. They’ve had a great year in Kindergarten and Preschool, and are looking forward to seeing their friends again and sharing the same playground at school next year. And,…

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Be Kind to Yourself

I saw this post by a friend on Facebook the other day: ‘OK this is a note to future me… take a deep breath, have a cuppa, ask for a hand and just take it day by day.. you can do it’.  It reminded me how important it is to be kind to yourself. I…

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Milestones and Motherhood

My youngest son turned 5 years old yesterday. It was a special day, our last birthday of hanging out alone together before he goes to school full-time in the new year. So I made sure that I could have one of those ‘yes’ days where I was able to put aside my own agenda and…

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Despicable Jobs

Despicable jobs. We all have them –whether they are household tasks, paperwork, or elements of childcare that we just can’t handle. As you keep reading, think about the top three tasks that you despise, ones you would rather not ever have to do again! I was at a friend’s wedding a few years ago, and…

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Over the Overwhelm

As much as I love school holidays for their change of pace, freedom from routine and increased spontaneity, I usually end up feeling pretty stressed after taking a few weeks break from ‘normal’. This is because, whether we are travelling or holidaying at home (read ‘catching up on jobs around the house’!), I still have…

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Feel Like Giving Up?

It’s Friday afternoon. My kids are getting to each other and making me crazy. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of the week, maybe it’s the wind? (Teachers all say windy days make crazy kids!) I’m tired and trying to get dinner ready. And the words ‘I just want to give up’ just flashed through…

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