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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 [...]

A Two Day Journal Of My Anxiety

Self Improvement|

I never had anxiety until I was pregnant but it has lingered ever since. Just like everything, there are good days and bad days. And I recently had two bad days in a row. So this is a journal of my anxiety for those two days. Friday I almost didn’t leave the house this morning. I'd booked and paid for a play session with a candid photoshoot for my daughter but I almost didn’t go. I changed my top twice. I made sure to have a breakfast that wouldn’t make me look bloated. Even shaving my legs for fear of [...]

The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received

Parenting|

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

DIY|

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

Self Improvement|

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

Uncategorized|

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

Self Improvement|

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 [...]

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