A guide to driving with a toddler

Charlie and I average 700km a week, sometimes with company, sometimes by ourselves.  Yes over 700km and that’s with no extra trips anywhere.  So I’d like to think we have the driving thing down pat and that there are a few things I’ve picked up in the hours and hours in a car with a toddler that might help someone else, so here are a few handy suggestions for you.     Continue reading

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Out & About with a new baby; what were my must haves

Anyone who has had to take a small human into public knows it’s not as simple as hauling them around in your arms.  The amount of stuff you have to take with you can get ridiculous, and it’s hard to know what you might really need, and what is just taking up space.  I was recently asked what were the things I used the most and so I’ve made a list of the 5 things I have used a lot in the hopes it will help cut down on the unnecessary ‘stuff’.  Continue reading

5 surprising things I’ve gained from becoming a student again

So many good things come from being a uni student- you get a student discount on public transport, you can get free Microsoft office programmes, and you (hopefully) learn new things!  I’m now in my third term of a bridging course that will see me eligible to enter a bachelor degree, I’m studying part time (25 hours a week is what they estimate) and I’ve been surprised at some of the positive things that have come about thanks to my study.   Continue reading

“Mum, how many sleeps until Christmas?”

Oh, surely those words strike fear into most parents hearts?! I know this year I am woefully unprepared for the festive season, but it is approaching with the speed of a freight train, and so it’s time to start trying to get organised.

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When you have something to say

I don’t know if this is a surprise, but I’m pretty shy.  I used to struggle with public speaking (and still do sometimes if I have no prep time), I still sometimes struggle to speak up in a group situation, but I am conquering my fear more and more.   Continue reading

Helping kids deal with grief

It’s not something any one wants to deal with but death and dying are natural parts of life.  Whether it be a pet, someone in your community, or even closer to home eventually our kids will have to face the concept of death, and it’s an issue not many parents are equipped to handle.  Recently our family had to say goodbye to a family member- here’s how we helped the kids cope.  Continue reading

Stop, drop & roll- 3 things to do when you are overwhelmed with life

No it’s not a fire drill!  Lately life in our household has been frantic.  Not only have we been running through daily life as per usual, but we have also just been through ‘show season’, where we volunteer at the 3 local agricultural shows around us.  Add on a few ‘bonus’ bits and pieces (hello football windup, sick kids and various unexpected events- I’m looking at you) and you have a frazzled family and an overwhelmed Mum (that’s me).  So I’m sharing my 3 coping strategies for getting through your week when you are feeling overwhelmed.

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Toddlers are A$$holes (and other parenting truths)

Most people think that the newborn stage is the hardest and most exhausting to get through, and maybe I am one of a very few who would say this, but I actually think toddler-hood is even harder, and here’s why. Continue reading

Farm Wife Life; when the paddocks are bare.

It’s hard to explain, to someone who hasn’t lived ‘in the bush’, what it’s like to be here day in day out.  There’s a lot to love about living here, when I’m not finding creepy crawlies in my house.  One of the hardest times to live in a small town is when the industry around you is struggling.  This is especially true if the reason a year isn’t going well is due to something as simple as rain.

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Life Lately; (hint it’s been crazy busy!)

Wow, I forgot just how stressful and hectic taking on an extra ‘thing’ in life can be.  You get lulled into a false sense of security, with everything swimming along well enough, and then WHAM, life hits you in the face with another obligation and you aren’t sure which way is up anymore….. That’s what has happened to me anyway, since I started studying again, and boy oh boy, it’s been a crazy few weeks! Continue reading