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How I Got Started With The Cash Envelope System

Saving Money|

We were lucky enough to be able to get started with the cash envelope system as soon as we made the decision to try it. I had some personal savings that had no real purpose. And I was willing to sacrifice it to get us started. I’ve been tracking out spending since March using Google Drive’s budget spreadsheets. One for each month, then adding them to a yearly spreadsheet. The budget column isn’t really what has been budgeted though. It’s what I think is reasonable. Many of the amounts are actual because I know they are a fixed cost. But [...]

Creating Family Traditions

Parenting|

I had a few unusual family traditions growing up. It was a family tradition that my mum worked on Christmas day. And now that I’m 31, she still works Christmas day. My brother and I used to race against each other to “pinch, punch, first of the month". Our family vacations consisted of going to my nan’s house in the country a few times a year. Sure we had big family holidays. But they were never overseas. And they were only every four or so years. Creating family traditions But now that I am a parent, I have an idea [...]

Please Stop Asking Me When I’m Going To Have Another Child

Parenting|

Please stop asking me when I’m going to have another child. It’s really none of your business. But because you insist on asking me, I come up with something that sounds gracious. I’d never tell them my real answer. When we found out we needed assistance to have a child I made a promise to myself that I would never ask anyone when they were going to have a child or if they were going to have another one. Maybe they have experienced infertility. Maybe they have experienced a loss. Maybe they chose not to have children. It really is [...]

The Two Things I Did To Quit Adding Sugar To Coffee

Health / Fitness|

I quit adding sugar to my breakfast cereal years ago, but I still add it to my coffee. But I’ve slowly been cutting back the amount of sugar I have in a coffee and even tea for that matter. I’ve always had two sugars in my coffee, even when I was drinking store bought flavoured coffee sachets. It does make me sad to admit that on top of the 10g of sugar already in it that I was adding another 10g. It was time to quit adding sugar to coffee. I've used two tactics recently to help me lower my [...]

6 Things You Need To Know Before Travelling To Japan

Travel|

My husband was pretty keen on visiting Japan for a few years. We finally went in May/June 2018 and it was amazing. Japan is years ahead of the rest of the world. Their transport is amazing, the food is outstanding and everyone is so polite! Here are a few things you need to know before travelling to Japan, so you can make the most of your trip. Six things you need to know before travelling to Japan Toilets All of the hotel rooms I stayed in had Japanese style toilets, which I can only describe as a washlet. A washlet [...]

9 Uncommon Ways To Practice Self Care

Self Improvement|

Sitting in a hot bubble bath or doing yoga is not everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to self-care. While I do love a long hot bubble bath, yoga is just too slow for me. The term self-care wasn’t something I was familiar with before trying to become a parent. Before that, it was just part of what I did anyway. But going through IVF, an importance was placed on looking after my mental health. Now self-care means taking the time to do things that I enjoy and being a little bit selfish with my time to make sure [...]

Why I Give Money For Birthdays

Parenting|

Birthday season is upon me and the majority are first birthdays. Between friends, family & parents group, there are about 10 in the span of 2 months, not including my own daughter. On top of all the first birthdays, I also have my mother in law’s birthday, my mothers birthday and my husband is turning 30. Then after all of those, it's Christmas! So what do you even get for a one-year-old? I’m sure they have enough clothes. I’m positive they don't need any more toys. And if they are anything like my daughter, are happy to play with the [...]

Musings of a Super Mum

Parenting|

Years ago a friend of mine used to always update her Facebook status with a long list of mundane things that she had done for the day. Vacuumed, mopped the floors, changed the bed sheets, washed the towels, washed two loads of clothes, folded all the clothes and put them away, mowed lawn etc. You get the picture. Sometimes posts like that appeared several times a day, each time with new things added to the list. She thought she was a super mum. And I get it now. Now that I am a mum, the household chores often fall by [...]

A Grazing Table Shopping List To Feed A Crowd

DIY|

The old bikkies and dip has come a long way since I was a kid. Now it's all Instagram-worthy spreads, specialty cheese and the latest food trends. It goes by many names like grazing board, grazing table, grazing plate, grazing platter, charcuterie board, charcuterie table, antipasto. But whatever you call it, it's an easy way to feed a crowd and almost always looks too good to eat. A few months ago I went to a lunchtime birthday party where they had a large grazing table. There were quite a lot of adults at the party and I kept wondering when [...]

10 Ways to Workout With Kids

Health / Fitness|

It's not easy to workout with kids around. So much time is taken up by housework, employment and spending time together as a family. But here are 10 ways to workout with kids, you'll be sure to find one that works for you. 10 ways to workout with kids First thing in the morning I know not everyone wants to wake up early in the morning just so they can workout. But it is a great way to fit a few more things into your day. Nap time Nap time is a magical time. It’s the two or so hours [...]

How To Extend Your Travels For Free

Travel|

While you may not ever revisit a place from your travels, know that you can return as often as you like while reading a book. And while it’s not the equivalent of returning, experiencing it through a different lens can only add to your memories. It's a cheats way to extend your travels for free! There is nothing better than being able to draw on your memory to say I’ve been there! Having been there, it also helps to paint a better picture of the story.  It can also provide an extra glimpse inside a particular venue. I was unable [...]

5 Things I Wish I Did Before Becoming A Parent

Parenting|

I wouldn’t change a thing. But if I can pass on a small nugget of advice to anyone, it would make my day. I don’t like to use the word regret. It implies that you would change it if you had the chance. I wouldn’t change a thing but there are a few things I wish I did before becoming a parent. 5 things I wish I did before becoming a parent Save Money I saved like mad until I moved in with my husband. That’s how we managed to have such a decent house deposit. It’s also how we [...]

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