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The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received

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People give you a lot of advice when you are a parent. And to be honest, sometimes the advice even starts before you fall pregnant. The best parenting advice I ever received came from my parent's group facilitator. But first I should explain what parents group is. I’m lucky enough to live in a fantastic area that provides government-run groups for first-time parents. I was placed in a group in my local area with parents that had similarly aged children. My daughter was nine weeks old at our first meeting, along with all but one older baby. There was a [...]

How To Host A Clothing Swap

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I love any excuse to get together with my friends and a clothing swap is no exception! What is a clothing swap? A clothing swap can be a great way to get rid of some of your clothes and pick up some fresh ones without the financial outlay of new clothes. How to pick clothing for a clothing swap Obviously, you want to pick items that are still in really good nick. You want to make sure the clothes that you are giving is in great shape because you want to receive great clothes in return. Think about items that [...]

How To Stop Arguing About Housework

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When I think about the amount of time I have spent arguing with my husband about housework, I could have done a lot of other things instead. Like doing the things I was complaining about. I was honestly tired of having the same conversations, about the same things all the time. And I never set out to stop arguing about housework. but then one day it just dawned on me. If something is important to me, then I should be the one to do it. Since that realisation, I have wiped down the kitchen bench at least once a day. [...]

How I Made $0 In 5 Years of Blogging

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If you go back to my first ever blog post, you will see that starting a blog was one of my goals for that year. And I honestly wanted to start a blog to make some extra money. Some years later and I wonder how I made $0 in 5 years of blogging. Spend money to make money I have to admit that I have been pretty lucky that I don’t have much in the way of expenses to run this blog. I started out on Blogger, a free blog platform owned by Google. When my husband started his digital [...]

How A Girls Night Changed My Life

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I hosted my first girls night in January 2018, and that first girls night changed my life. It was such a great night that I hosted another one in February. I guess you could say the rest is history. Relationships were a major focus for me in 2018, one of the main ones was with my friends. I wanted to catch up with them more often and know more about their day to day lives. We all get busy with work, family, and other commitments. We often don’t make time to catch up with those that have been there for us. [...]

After the birth

Parenting|

After a total of four nights in the hospital, I was I was finally discharged. Armed with my birth notes, and a referral for a colorectal surgeon, we left the hospital. And boy, was I surprised at how hard the walk to the car was. All up it was about 100 metres but felt more like a 5k! Physical healing After being discharged I kept an eye on my stitches so I could see how things were improving. Ten days after the birth of my daughter it didn’t look right down there. My mum is a nurse so I asked [...]

The One Minute Rule

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I first learned about the one minute rule while listening to the first episode of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast. Since implementing the one minute rule into my life it turns out that I usually spend more time thinking about it than it task to actually do it. The one minute rule If something will only take one minute to do, you should probably do it straight away. Put your shoes away when you take them off. If you have a task that can be done in less than a minute, do it without delay. If you don’t read your [...]

How I Cut My Laundry Costs In Half

Parenting|

A while ago I caught a snippet from a morning show on Facebook where it was mentioned that it is not necessary to use the recommended amount when doing laundry. So I followed the advice and experimented a bit on my own. And the result was that I cut my laundry costs in half. Secret confession: Laundry is my favourite household chore. I put the machine on then get to do something else for almost an hour before I have to worry about it again. It takes me 10-15 minutes to hang it up (the right way), and it’s done! [...]

Goals for 2019

Self Improvement|

Once again this year I have decided not to set goals or resolutions, but pick a word, theme or phrase for the year. But again like last year I have chosen two themes for 2019. Around the middle of 2018, I decided to start thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2019. I have heard that the best time to set new goals for yourself is your birthday, rather than the start of the year. I think this makes it a bit obvious that my birthday is in the middle of the year. Health Health encompasses many things. Physical [...]

19 for 2019

Self Improvement|

I first heard about 18 for 2018 on the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast. So 19 for 2019 is not a new concept to me. But the thought of achieving 19 things this year was quite daunting. I’ve struggled over the years to stick to any new years resolutions that I make. So in 2018, I decided to pick a theme for the year. Actually, I picked two. I’ve also picked two main themes to focus on in 2019, but there are a lot of one-off things that I want to do too. So here is my 19 for 2019 [...]

Hindsight at the end of 2018

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There is hindsight at the end of 2018. And of course, hindsight is always 20/20. But I think I did really well with my goals for the year. Rather than making a number of New Year's resolutions that ultimately fail, this year I decided to pick a theme. I actually picked two. My two themes were relationships and mise en place. Relationships The main relationships that I wanted to improve were my friendships, but I also wanted to become a bit closer with my extended family and colleagues. In January I started the tradition of the Squad Night off, which [...]

Summer Bucket List

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The end of the year is fast approaching and just like that 2018 is coming to an end. So what better way to kick of the end of the year than with a summer bucket list. Once again, a lot of these are experiences I had in my childhood. My dad used to set up the tent, and we would spend a few nights camping in the backyard. Last year I discovered some local fruit farms where you can pick your own fruit. It's so much fun and its now something we try to do a few times a year. [...]

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