Nature mandalas and art for kids - #screenfreedom

Nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are at the park or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. This is an activity that is good for the youngest to oldest of kids (I love making ...

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Keeping it real online

Keeping it real online

At what point do we agree that nobody is sugar coating parenting anymore? Because despite the schtick that mothers don't "really tell it how it is", these days that's pretty much all we do. Mothers across the land are hanging out their dirty ...

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In the quiet - Maxabella Loves

In the quiet

I've always had a strong need for quiet. I am not one of those people who can happily read or work while music plays or kids bellow. My focus shifts from the task at hand to the music to the bellow to the task at hand to the music... I am what ...

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Periscope parenting

Periscope parenting

I've decided I'm tired of second-guessing my parenting all the time. Bone weary. I think because I write about parenting, I edit parenting, I live parenting, I'm SUBMERGED in parenting that sometimes my periscope just isn't working. I shouldn't need ...

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Step out of your comfort zone (5)

Days like today

Every now and then on a Wednesday, I venture into the city to the office. Evolve (parent company of Mumtastic) is based in a warehouse conversion in Surry Hills. It sounds way cooler than it actually is, but it's a lovely, light space and the people ...

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Why I never fight with my husband

Why I never fight with my husband

Last week, the hubs and I turned 20. Well, we met 20 years ago and the 21 June has always been the date that's counted for us. Our wedding anniversary on 3 March (14 years this year), is just an excuse for a nice dinner out. So, 20 years, huh? ...

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil - Edmund Burke on Maxabella Loves

Bad things happen when good people do nothing

I get that we feel inadequate. I get that we don't know how to help. I get that we feel that someone else is better qualified. I get that we're worried about our own safety. I get that we feel like it's none of our business. I get that we think ...

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Carrot and Quinoa Muffin Recipe - an easygoing recipe with a big nutrition punch

Carrot and quinoa muffins

Lauren created a carrot and quinoa muffins recipe for Mumtastic and I just had to have a go. Of course, I can never quite stick to any kind of instructions. I always have to add my own thing in or remove stuff I don't like (or don't have in the ...

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Dealing with difficult people - martyrs

Dealing with Difficult People #13: Martyrs

I have a lot of experience dealing with martyrs because I am one. I am that mum who takes on too much and then self-flagellates by taking on even more. I am the mum who says, "oh, it's no bother" when clearly it is very much a bother. I am a martyr ...

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Having it all - school life

1966 called and it wants its school back

Last night I banged out a post that has been flickering around my consciousness for YEARS. I always wanted to write it, I just didn't quite know where to start. I wanted to get it right. I wanted to encompass everything it is to be a woman today and ...

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