6 Ways to Sneak Writing Time

Some of the world’s best books have been written in an hour a day over months.

I saw Elizabeth Gilbert speak earlier in the year and this is what stayed with me. In all her practical glory she pointed out that every writer wants acres of time, a pretty loft and an inspirational view. No one gets that. If you wait around for the perfect time, perfect space and perfect level of inspiration, you won’t write.
6 ways to sneak writing time
As a working mum, I snatch at time to write. Beg, borrow, sneak and steal it. It’s important to me so I follow it. If writing wasn’t a need, I wouldn’t treat it like one. But it is and so I try to fit it into my busy life as best I can. There is no loft, no pretty view (only chores undone) and sneakily small cracks which I  stuff with words.

So how do I do this?  Find these small spaces of time to write and make the most of them? 

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Pyjama Dressing: How to wear it

Pyjama dressing is shaping up as a huge trend this spring.  Slip dresses, pyjama pants and jackets with a boudoir feel all made an appearance on runways. Unfortunately it doesn’t mean we can roll out of bed, head out without showering and declare ourselves “en vogue”.  There is a subtle art to making this trend work.
Pyjama Dressing: How to wear it

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The problem with yelling

The other day I yelled at my kids. Not a garden-variety yell. A screech. A holler. A roar. The kind of yelling that reverberates around the house and continues to echo in corridors of guilt. The kind of yelling that the neighbours will talk about (three doors down). The kind of yelling that leaves your throat hoarse and every time you swallow you are reminded of your parenting failure. The kind of yelling that stops a child in their tracks. In fear.

yelling at your kids

This is the problem with that kind of yelling. It works.  Read more

Nearing Forty

It was my birthday last week.  I’m still a couple of years off the big four-oh but that didn’t stop my dad from bringing up its proximity. And consoling me about it. Truth is that before that message I hadn’t given my age much thought.  With a birthday sandwiched between our school fete and a number of other projects I hadn’t given my birthday much thought at all.

How to organise your wardrobe

I love the term “shop your wardrobe”.  The idea of taking what you have and mixing it up in new and creative ways. Whether you are inspired by a magazine, a pin, an Instagram pic or someone’s awesome street style, it’s refreshing to find a new outfit and not spend a cent.
How to organise your wardrobe
So if your wardrobe was a shop, what kind of shop would it be? A well-designed, easy to navigate boutique? Or a trash and treasure sale? I must admit my wardrobe goes to trash and treasure pretty quickly if I don’t keep on top of it. But if I want to effectively shop my own wardrobe,things need to be well organised.

Here are my tips for a beautifully organised wardrobe, worthy of shopping in. 

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