The hard lessons I learned from having kids young

No matter what age you have a child, there are things you will have to learn the hard way- like just how bitchy you can be on 2 hours broken sleep, or how much chocolate you can consume without being sick (or is that just me?).  I had H at the tender age of 21, Max at 22, and was running my own business by 23- I have to throw that in-, then Charlie at 26.  Becoming a Mum at such a young age meant I had to learn some things faster than I might have otherwise, and some of those things were pretty hard lessons.

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Bad Mum

Some days it’s all I can do to keep my children fed, dressed and myself sane.  I don’t know if it’s school holidays, if everyone else just hides it better (especially in public) or if my kids have a special gift, but gosh they can be a handful sometimes! It’s on days like this when I start wondering if I’m a bad Mum?  Continue reading

When there’s blood everywhere; what do you do when your child is hurt?

Tumbles and scrapes go hand in hand with having kids, from the moment they can walk children end up with minor bumps and bruises. If you are lucky, that’s all you have to deal with, but sometimes it can be a bit more serious, and it’s pretty important to know how to react.

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Fast and Easy snacks for kids

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a child who can talk is always either hungry or bored… well maybe not always, but it seems to be a common theme for my kids.  So to beat the hangry mood swings I’ve got a list of a few snacks my kids love.

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My Valentines Day Wishlist; a ‘gift’ guide

Valentines Day is on it a way, and I’ve got to be honest I’ve never really placed any importance on it.  It’s not some extravagant gift that wins my heart- it’s the small things that make up everyday life.  Regardless, there are probably a few partners looking for a last minute gift so I thought I’d give you a few ideas….

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4 Things to Do to Make School Mornings Easier

For many parents (myself included) the school morning rush always involves some degree of shouting or stress.  There are lunches, bags, water bottles, sports gear, homework, gosh the list goes on and that’s just the stuff they need in their hands on the way out the door, let alone actually getting them ready to leave the house.  I am by no means an expert, but I’ve done a few things that have reduced the stress for everyone and made life run a bit easier, hopefully it gives you an idea or two as well!

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Holidays on a budget; a visit to Perth

A visit to your nearest state capital is something many people do routinely, but with Perth about 5 hours away  from us (more if you drive with 3 kids and a husband in the car) it is somewhere we go for a visit on once or twice a year.
It’s a time that we can stock up on clothes from somewhere other than online or a chain store (me), complain about the traffic (husband), explore new parks, make new friends and catch up with the old ones, and generally shout at a level 50 decibels more than appropriate (the kids).

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Dear Grandma,

Last Sunday we arrived at you house, though you are not here, this is still your home.

We took the kids to see you in the nursing home, and though it was bright, clean, it’s not where I see you when I remember the adventures I had with you.

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