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6 good books about starting your period

6 good books about starting your period

Can you imagine what it was like starting your period back in the days when nobody talked about periods? Perhaps you would wake in the night to blood-soaked sheets and the thought that you had died in the night and are now a ghost, floating above the murder scene. Or...

5 gentle ways to for mums to practise self-kindness

5 gentle ways to for mums to practise self-kindness

A massive chunk of our role as mums is to be kind. But, while we get very good at treating others well, sometimes we forget to do the same for ourselves. Self-kindness is just not on a mother's To Do list as much as it should be. That was definitely me for a long...

Me-time vs we-time: the fundamental importance of both

Me-time vs we-time: the fundamental importance of both

I spent my children's early years craving me-time - it's what mums do. Amidst the jungle of raising three little kids with big needs, I would raze space for myself. A half hour here to grocery shop alone (the things mothers of very young children find indulgent are...

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

By the end of last year, I felt totally depleted and fatigued by doing all the things that we mothers do.  The mothering, the schooling,  the working, the cooking, the washing, the emotional caring, the disciplining, the routine making, the routine keeping,...

How to be a mum when you’re exhausted

How to be a mum when you’re exhausted

Some days, like today, I'm just a bone-weary exhausted mum. It comes from all the doing. It's days like this when we are told to 'just take a break' or 'be kind to yourself' or 'ignore the to do list', but that would start a domino effect that I'm just not ready...

3 things learning to surrender has taught me

3 things learning to surrender has taught me

It's true, I don't do new year's resolutions. Instead, each year I choose One Word that I aim to focus on in the year ahead. In 2018 my word was 'surrender' and it was the perfect word for me in a year that involved starting a second business (hello Mumlyfe!),...

10 ways to build resilience to help kids cope with life

10 ways to build resilience to help kids cope with life

Change is an expected part of modern life and the ability to cope with it an important aspect of good mental health. Helping our kids build resilience is an important part of parenting them. Sometimes the word “resilient” is a bit misleading, however. True...

5 basic financial lessons all kids need

5 basic financial lessons all kids need

Every time I see my two young nieces, I’m reminded of what perfect, untouched little souls they are. They’re so lucky to have been born in a country where girls do have the opportunity (theoretically) to do whatever they aspire to.Brought to you by StockspotAs an aunt...

6 things we need to do now to invest in our kids’ future

6 things we need to do now to invest in our kids’ future

I don't know about you, but I've barely come up for air since having the kids. It's relentless! Every day is just packed with the doing of it all. We are so consumed with everyday busyness of raising kids, that there is little time left over to think about the big...

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It’s official: being nice wins more friends in high school

It’s official: being nice wins more friends in high school

Simply being nice wins more friends in high school than being a rebel, our ANU study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology has found. by Joseph Ciarrochi, Australian Catholic University We looked at what sorts of social strategies help teens win close...

Quick homemade muesli bars

Quick homemade muesli bars

Can we all just agree that it was a good day when the muesli bar went mainstream? Prior to the eighties, homemade muesli bars were seen as hippy snacks. In fact, the entire muesli/wholegrain thing was dismissed as hippy healthfoods and not the kind of thing that...

How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

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