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33 work from home mum hacks for when the kids are around

33 work from home mum hacks for when the kids are around

Aaaaaaargh! Can you hear me screaming in frustration after being interrupted or the eleventy-billionth time this morning? I can't blame the kids - it's just as frustrating for them to be at home while I'm working from home. I get stabby. Hence these work from home mum...

Why we have family meetings and how we go about it

Why we have family meetings and how we go about it

I think our youngest had just-turned two when we first started holding family meetings. She thought it was great sport. The "older" kids (who were four and six at the time), took it very seriously indeed, which made family meetings great sport for us parents too. The...

12 Sunday habits for a much smoother week

12 Sunday habits for a much smoother week

The temptation to do absolutely nothing on Sundays is strong, I know. So instead of 'Sunday habits' you may wish to call these Saturday habits. Or even Monday habits, if you're prepared to get up nice and early on Mondays, which I am not. For me, they have always been...

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

5-minute decluttering tips to start conquering your mess

Before the tiny folder Marie Kondo came on the scene, there was Leo Babauta's  simplicity and decluttering tips. He's passionate about sharing decluttering tips and way back in 2008 he shared this post on his blog Zen Habits. This is how you start...

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

5 tips to manage the chaos of extracurricular activities

After every school day there's a sprint to the school gate as kids race to attend extracurricular activities. Most kids, most families, are committed to some kind of after school activity on most days of the week. The things is, there are so many brilliant...

5 ways to finally be more organised (these ideas changed my life!)

5 ways to finally be more organised (these ideas changed my life!)

Daily life with kids is always going to be complex and complicated. It's hard enough managing our own day-to-day, let alone the schedules, mess and emotional needs of everyone else as well. It's no surprise that most mums have 'be more organised' at the top of our...

A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

This quick guide to organise daily family life is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. The overwhelm of daily family life comes swift and mercilessly. One minute we feel like we've got this, the next we...

Tips for setting and achieving your new year goals

Tips for setting and achieving your new year goals

I love new year goals. Maybe it’s the inner list writer in me, but there’s something seductive about writing a list of all the self improvement I’m going to do over the next 12 months or so. Brought to you by Stockspot Top of my list are: master yoga handstands, get...

52 week savings challenge that will get us in the habit of saving

52 week savings challenge that will get us in the habit of saving

Let's save $1,378 this year to spend on ourselves. OMG, how good would that be?! While it doesn't even seem possible, you can do it with the 52 week savings challenge. Brought to you by Stockspot You've probably seen something like the 52 week savings challenge around...

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

Trying to get your head around the school holiday and term dates each year is diabolical, isn't it? Not to mention the fact that schools refer to 'weeks' instead of actual dates like the rest of us. It did my head in, until I sorted it by creating a school calendar...

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