Friendships: This Month’s Focus

The first few months after having a baby (particularly your first) are disorienting, isolating and a little bit lonely. I am so grateful that I had a network of support around me. Friends that I could call at any hour. Friends to laugh with. Friends to cry with. Friends to complain to. Friends I could hand a baby to when I just needed five seconds to myself.

Note to pregnant mums: build your support networks just as carefully as you prepare the nursery. You are going to need back-up more than your baby will need twenty bond’s wonder suits. And in reality that back-up is most likely to going to in the form of another mum.


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ProBlogger & helping the parent who stays home

helping out parent who stays home

In less than two weeks, I will be attending the ProBlogger conference – two days dedicated to all things blogging and a chance for some “me” time. I am excited, nervous and so looking forward to meeting some online friends and heroes in real life.

I am also leaving my two boys under the exclusive care of their father. This is not an issue. My husband is perfectly capable. He is not one of those hapless and helpless types favoured by nappy commercials back in the day.

However, he isn’t as familiar with their day-to-day minutiae as I am. He doesn’t have their time tables ingrained in his mind the same way I do. And he isn’t a morning person. So I know getting himself and two boys out the door solo isn’t going to be easy. I think it’s good for him to have to wrangle the kids solo occasionally – just so that he understands a little of what I do each day. But I do want him to enjoy it.

To help him out, I have put together this printable to assist with organising the boys while I am away.  Read more

Getting it Sorted – August’s Challenge

getting it sortedIt’s a whole new month and a whole new challenge. The past few months of my life have been taken over by a school craft stall. When a huge project consumes your life SO many things are left undone. The project wraps up and you are left with the fall out of all that has been ignored. That’s exactly where I am at.

Time to step back, see what needs to be done and get stuck in. (But I don’t think I can face cleaning my sewing/craft room just yet).

This month I am going to focus on getting it sorted.

The big things and the little things. I need to re-group and re-organise my life. Maybe you’d like to join me?

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June/July School Holiday Planner & a bit about my June/July

Playing Child - June July HolidaysSchool holidays are just around the corner and I thought I’d share the June/July school holiday planner I just put together. It’s at the bottom of this post. I think it’s always nice to have a bit of a plan and also to make sure there are a few down-time days included. Yes, I am trying to get better at down-time days.  Better at just allowing the small moments to come to me, rather than scheduling all the minutes. Read more

Healthy Social Media Habits + a Plan + Free Printables

This month I am focussing on the thing I spend a lot of time worrying about and not enough time doing something about: my social media and phone use. I love social media but I need to introduce healthy social media habits. My favourite social media is Instagram and my friend recently told me that you can buy real Instagram likes so I might check that out!!

Do you remember when mobile phones were just phones? And that was amazing? I remember those early models, big as shoe, clunky as hell and more status symbol than anything else. I remember when we used to regard those early adopters with suspicion – wanker phones we used to call them. Then we all got our own: indestructible brightly coloured Nokia bricks, with nothing more than a primitive game of snake to keep us entertained at bus stops. Smart phones happened and within a few short years the mobile phone that could access the internet became ubiquitous. Every man, woman and increasingly younger child has one. We are always on, always available, always plugged in. And I have to wonder if that’s such a great thing. Read more