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2019 QLD school calendar – term dates and school holidays

2019 QLD school calendar – term dates and school holidays

I've created a free QLD school calendar to help you track term dates, school holidays, public holidays and more. It's particularly helpful for tracking the 'week' references that schools insist on making. Where else does everyone refer to "week 1" and "week 2" rather...

2019 NT school calendar – term dates and school holidays

2019 NT school calendar – term dates and school holidays

I've created a free NT school calendar to help you track term dates, school holidays, public holidays and more. It's particularly helpful for tracking the 'week' references that schools insist on making. Where else does everyone refer to "week 1" and "week 2" rather...

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

The #1 parenting issue I get asked for advice about is "how to balance work and family". How do I balance my work and family life? How do I balance being a working mother? How do I balance work and kids? Except for three lots of maternity leave (each a  little...

Easy meal planning: the super-simple way to reduce stress

Easy meal planning: the super-simple way to reduce stress

Producing food for the family day in, day out sux balls. There's no easier way to say it. It's relentless, time-consuming and it can be boring. Easy meal planning is a way to make it a whole lot easier and more bearable, I promise. See, preparing food each day doesn't...

A smart evening routine will take the heat off your mornings

A smart evening routine will take the heat off your mornings

We talk a lot about the morning routine in this parenting game. This is probably because mornings are ridiculously frantic for any family trying to get out the door. The evening routine barely gets a look in - indeed, is it even a thing in many homes? The thing is,...

The Sunday Box technique: The solution to messy kids

The Sunday Box technique: The solution to messy kids

The Sunday Box is a flat-out game-changer for getting your kids to pick up their stuff. I know, I know, we say that kind of thing all the time and yet, here we still are, with a house that looks like a rubbish tip. Give the Sunday Box a try. I promise you, this is a...

Time to get organised: Try the parking lot organisation technique

Time to get organised: Try the parking lot organisation technique

There's always a zillion thoughts and ideas I have bubbling around in my head at any given time. I used to lose so many of these ideas because I didn't write them down and it occurred to me that ideas are definitely worth capturing. This is where my parking lot...

Time to get organised: How to find more time for yourself

Time to get organised: How to find more time for yourself

It makes me sad to think about how many things I have missed out on because I seriously believed I didn't have the time to fit it in. You know family stuff or time spent with friends or other important things. I am fully aware that a bit of careful structuring of the...

The Ta Da List: What it is and why you desperately need one

The Ta Da List: What it is and why you desperately need one

I was listening to an awesome podcast (it’s called Happier by Gretchen Rubin) and the team were talking about motivation. More specifically they were talking about how different personality types reacted to things like a to do list. One of their listeners suggested...

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Like so many of us, I'm beyond ready for lockdown to be over. Businesses need to be able to business again. Jobs are needed, space is needed. Many people are desperately lonely and need to get the $%#! out of their homes. Like them, I'm yearning to travel across town...

Midweek chicken and pumpkin tray bake recipe

Midweek chicken and pumpkin tray bake recipe

I really enjoy cooking, but some days I just want something I can throw together and whack in the oven. That's when this chicken pumpkin tray bake is a godsend. It's the quickest way I know to get restaurant-quality flavour. It's the balsamic vinegar, honey and sage...

16+ very helpful books about raising girls

16+ very helpful books about raising girls

When I was gathering this list of helpful books about raising girls, it occurred to me that gender is still very much a thing. It's quite hard to get away from. So, I respect that many of you will have girls who defy the 'girl tag' society wants to put on them. I have...

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