- Visit the Libraries in Brisbane. Don't worry if you aren't a member, it's super easy to join! Check out the library in person or online for holiday activities, our local library has craft, lego, author (last holidays it was Roald Dahl) celebrations. Best of all it's free! Most libraries nowadays also lend DVDs, comics, and magazines as well, something for everyone!
- Check out your local National Parks, botanic gardens, bush reserves. Nothing burns off excess energy and curbs cabin fever like a good run around, and some bushwalking. Pack a backpack, water and first aid kit and you are good to go. It's also worthwhile checking online first, as a lot of parks have special programs just for kids. Try National Parks Association and Find a National Park in Queensland for information/ ideas.
- Have a bake-off. Split up into teams and have a baking competition, keep it fun though as things can get pretty competitive once the kids start to get into it! Here are some recipe sites to try... Food to Love, Delicious
- Hold a crafter-noon with some friends, take turns with other parents and have a few of the kids friends over for a craft session. Lego/ brick making also works well. This one works best outside/ on the verandah, and use recyclable material if you can, super cheap and easy to clean up. Take a look here and My Poppet for ideas!
- Have a movie afternoon, make popcorn and snacks. Steer away from new releases and break out a classic like Back to the Future, Goonies, The Labyrinth. Kids and grownups will love it!
Last week I got a fantastic piece of advice from a lecturer. It went like this… Most people, tend to put things off because they don’t think they can get the job done, or are worried that when they are done, what they have created will be poorly made/ crafted/ be a little bit rubbish. […]
Motivation is a tricky thing to nail down. How do you get yourself motivated to get up, get moving, make a change, get started, and well, get on with things? Some of the challenges we try to tackle seem insurmountable at first. Giant mountains of stuff to tackle, decisions to make, which options to choose, where to […]
As we grow older, it can get harder and harder to carve out time in the day to think. Reflect on life, how things are going, what went well, what went pear-shaped. All the healthy reflective thinking we are meant to do in order to grow as individuals, as humans. Sometimes, life can get in […]
- Remember...nobody is as interested in your kids as you are. You are the Mum (or Dad) so it's your role to believe that your kids are the coolest/funniest/most special people in the world. Put yourself in your co-workers shoes... Replace 'baby' with 'cycling', then imagine if you would regale a non-cycling enthusiast with all the details about your bike, the rides you've done, how the Tour is going. Falling asleep yet? Same applies to kids and babies. I know it's sounds a bit harsh, but it's true.
- Treat each role with respect. When you are at work, work. When you are at home or spending time with your kids, then be present. Simple right? Try and keep a clear line between the two. There will always be times when your worlds collide, however day-to-day show respect for both sides by focussing on where you are.
- Take the time when you are on maternity leave, no matter what the duration, to think about what you want when you return. Do you want to keep your skills current? Progress your career? Interact and socialise with adults? Earn money for your family/lifestyle/future? Whatever it is, own it. Being a little fuzzy about why you are back at work can make the whole situation a lot tougher. Be honest with yourself.
- Don't apologise for returning to work, or staying at home. Be proud of your decision either way. Women, men, society in general can be tough on women and men and the choices they make in having kids and raising them. There will be enough critical analysis of your actions without adding to it yourself.
- Find a way to carve out time to be you. Whether it's exercise, reading, getting creative, meditation, whatever takes your fancy! Find a way to be kind to yourself and do it daily. Don't feel guilty, know that it's critical to take the time to make sure you have the energy to put your heart into all parts of your life.
Hello Spring! The first day of the month feels like a fresh start in a lot of ways. It’s the first day of Spring and sunny Bris-Vegas is being true to form, the days feel warmer and brighter already. The kids are well and truly into the swing of things at school. I am now […]
Yesterday I was part of the lovely Mummy Tree Markets at Everton Park. I had a lovely morning, my gorgeous sister helped me with my little tribe (super huge thank you!!), lots of lovely customers to chat too and friendly stall holders to gossip with between customers. One of the questions I got asked quite […]
- The lovely, clever and very creative soul Pip Lincolne from Meet Me at Mikes. Plus she's funny to boot!
- For the literary buffs and writers out there - have you visited Allison Tait's website? A fab writer, generous giver of advice for writers who are just starting out, plus she'll even give you a friendly nudge to just get on with it...
- Cinta from My Poppet - subscribe, visit regular or buy one of her digital creations. Take your pick! This clever lady provides the perfect inspiration for crafty folk.
This week marked one month since our epic trek across the country to make Brisbane our home. Ok, maybe epic is overstating it, but this time last month as I geared up for the last week in my office, I felt overwhelmed. I was staring down the barrel of packing, cleaning and winding up our […]
It’s a familiar battleground. Homework o’clock. Understanding, encouraging, cajoling, threatening, pleading, and any other tool I have in my arsenal in an attempt to ensure the kids are receiving a good education and we are not going completely loony trying to get EVERYTHING done. One of the major quandaries I seem to be coming […]
Happy Tuesday! Today is Super Tuesday – when I kick in to super-speed mode and smash out a big day on all fronts. Fuelled by coffee (all catch-ups today are taken at cafes when I can), I have jam-packed my day full of meetings, networking, finishing off, planning, big thinking, then after work I have […]
- Write a detailed to do list. Make your jobs specific, like ‘finish reviewing x report, and send back for editing’ or at home ‘clean three shelves in pantry’ or ‘sort through odd sock pile and throw out/ up cycle any remaining solo socks’. Check out The Organised Housewife for some great printables and tips.
- Make sure you aim high! Write a giant list when you first get up, you can use it as a base for your next Super Tuesday.
- Do it on a day when you are going to have some energy. For me Monday is rough after the weekend, Wednesday I am well and truly into my week. Tuesday is about right. This works well for me as I work five days a week. Change it up to suit your routine.
- Ban all distractions. No social media, no TV, no time-wasting and no procrastinating. If it's not on the list, don’t do it. Push back on meetings, lunch dates, anything you can to give yourself the best chance of success.
- Tackle your most dreaded jobs first. Make the awkward phone call. Clean the crisper/ veg drawer in the fridge. Tackle the most complex report. Whatever it is, tackle the big stuff first.
- Take the time at the end of your Super day to reflect on how it went. What did you smash through? What gave you a lot of satisfaction when you finished? What took you longer that you thought? How did you go with your tough jobs? What’s left for next week?
- Reward yourself! Read a magazine, spend a bit of time on Facebook, Instagram, whatever your favourite social media time waster/pleasure is. The point is to take the time to celebrate you much you rocked it on Super Tuesday!
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