I don’t know about you but at this stage of the year, I start to feel tired. Really tired. Admittedly this year has been pretty full on, and with our house currently on the market life is pretty stressful. My domestic standards are usually pretty low so maintaining a showroom of a house is not easy. In fact it’s virtually impossible. Trying to keep an ordered and tidy house with three kids underfoot is pretty much the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my parenting tenure!! So, we decided to get out of the house and head down to my parents’ holiday house for four blissful days down at the beach. To my “sweet spot.”…
When I was a kid my mum would send us off to school with our lunch packed in a brown paper bag. She would make five lunches the night before and we would collect our brown bags from the crisper in the morning. She often wrote a handwritten message on the front. Inside these brown paper bags were delicious sandwiches, often a little too gourmet for my unsophisticated palette. Chicken schnitzel, lettuce and mayo were her specialty and she included interesting snacks like pate and cheese, alongside a token piece of fruit. Her lunches were legendary at school but they were not especially environmentally friendly. The sandwiches and snacks were all individually wrapped in plastic wrap or foil to keep fresh.
Today parents are much more environmentally attuned and so are our kids. The brown paper bag has been replaced with non-toxic, waste free lunch box choices. BPA, PVC free and insulated lunch bags now reduce the need for packaging and plastic wrap and rubbish….
Hands up if you feel stressed? Yep, me too? Modern life is fast and furious. We are over-committed, over-scheduled and over-connected. While not all stress is bad, if left unchecked it can have a major impact on our lives, affecting our physical health, personal relationships and our mental wellbeing. Fortunately, in many cases, examining the triggers and approaching the condition from the right mindset can help to manage stress. Next time you feel your stress levels rising, try these effective ways to help restore calmness, allowing you to gain a sense of control over your situation….
The past few weeks have been tough for me. Actually, scrap that. The past few MONTHS have been tough. No, scrap that too. The past YEAR has been tough! A combination of unfortunate life events has made it a very stressful and difficult time and my emotions have been all over the place. My husband’s ongoing unemployment, financial stress, missed opportunities, family worries, the recent death of a very close family member, uncertainty around life direction, and that’s merely the short list. It has been a turbulent and uncertain time. And I don’t like uncertainty. I rather like to know what’s coming next. Stability. Structure. Purpose. Direction. This is where I am most comfortable. But sometimes life throws you some curve balls and you have no choice but to sink or swim. Here are three things that help me to stay afloat when I feel like I am drowning:…
We have a few rituals in our family. Sundays are typically SLOW SUNDAYS, where we take a break from the hectic pace of the week. I try not to schedule in anything on this one day of the week. It’s all about family time and I love it! We begin the day with a fresh fruit smoothie. My girls are reasonably good at eating fruit but I like to top them up on the weekend and a smoothie is the perfect way to do this. We’ve had this ritual for as long as we’ve been parents and it gets us off on the right foot for the day. The blender we received as a wedding gift, eight years ago, has come to the end of its natural life. It had a good innings so I was not sorry to see it go. Instead I was DELIGHTED to welcome the George Foreman Mix & Go PRO into the kitchen and into my family….
May is a great month. Smack bang in the middle of autumn (the Fall for my northern followers) we celebrate Mothers’ Day (Sunday, 10 May). This significant day allows us to celebrate and appreciate the mums and mum figures in our lives. But this year, I want to think beyond it being just one day.
I am dedicating the month of May to kindness. I am dedicating the month of May to celebrating mothers. I am dedicating the month of May to acts of compassion. I am dedicating the month of May to….
‘Make a mum smile in May’.
After a frantic end to 2014, we have enjoyed a slow and calm start to the new year. Let me tell you all about it, in stills.
A chance of scene helped us reset and recharge….
When Mr NASD asked me to keep a weekend in November free, I was naturally curious. He offered little information other than the significant detail that it would be a KID FREE weekend. He arranged for the girls to go to his parents for two nights and he told me nothing else. The destination was a mystery….
It’s been school holidays in Australia and although my little ones are not at school, it’s meant a break from preschool, occasional care and the girls’ activities. So we’ve had two weeks of moving at a slower pace and it’s been lovely. Here’s a little snapshot of some slow moments.
A few days of sand, sun, sea and salty air…….
Modern life is fast and furious. We are overcommitted, overscheduled and over-connected. Most of us are working long hours, managing a family and social obligations, and trying to fit in exercise, errands, and all the other activities of modern life.
The majority of parents feel like they don’t have enough time for themselves, but mothers are especially burdened by this feeling. Whether you are working inside or outside the home, being a mother means making adjustments, compromises and sacrifices every day. Often, “me time” is made up of what scraps are leftover at the end of the day. I wrote this article recently about being in a state of mothering burnout. It resonated with so many women, partly because we women tend to overlook their own needs.
Taking time out for yourself is not indulgent; it is critical, but it doesn’t come easily. The good news,as I have discovered, is it gets easier with practice. Here are four tips to help you get some of the often elusive, yet all-important, “me time.”…