Siblings getting along just fine

Siblings getting along just fine

Lottie and Max have a rather fraught relationship. They are similar personalities in many ways (don't tell them I said that), but they clash on the regular. Finding common ground when you are an 8-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy can be difficult. It's interesting watching their interactions (and trying not to intervene). They find each other ...

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The world’s longest renovation begins

Renovation begins

About three years ago, on this here blog, I talked about how desperately our bathrooms needed a renovation. Actually, I think I first mentioned a reno about five years ago, but hey, who's tracking these things? Nobody, that's who. That's part of my problem. I've realised that I procrastinate about renovating for many reasons: There are too ...

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Walking home from school (shine only)

Walking to school

My kids walk home from school each day, plodding a well-worn path out the back of the school, down a track past the scout hall, across a local oval and playground and down our long, winding street. It's about a 15-20 minute walk, depending on enthusiasm. Max, my enigma, who was like a skittish horse at the gates of school each morning, baulking ...

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Never underestimate what sleep deprivation does to your wellbeing

Sleep Deprivation and wellbeing

"Is he sleeping through?" was the question I was most asked when Max was born. "Is he a good sleeper?" The answer was always no. It was no for a very long time indeed. I won't tell you how long because I don't want to scare new mums -- years, it was years!! Oh I'm sorry, it was YEARS and YEARS!!! Enough! Your baby will sleep through really ...

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Lately

Hail bucket

We all act badly sometimes and it's mortifying to get caught out doing it. I had a major road ragey turn at the intersection at the top of our street on Friday. There was a car turning right off the main road that I had to give way to, but it didn't move. It was peak hour traffic streaming past and I have to make a right turn onto the major road, ...

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100 Days of Pushups Challenge

100 Days of Pushups Challenge

I've committed to doing the 100 Days of Pushups Challenge and when I mentioned it on Facebook, lots of you wanted to make the commitment too. So I thought about creating a Facebook group to keep us all on track. But you know what? I struggle to keep a page going, let alone a group. I'm not really a group person, truth be told. I don't even like ...

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We make time for the things we love

We make time for the things we love

There was a vast desert full of crickets and tumbleweeds and then there was... a rushing river. I've had quite a few emails from you all, wanting to know how I managed to break my blog silence: "How did you get your mojo back?" "Where is the inspiration suddenly coming from?" "How are you finding the time now?" And, luckily, "so good ...

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When it comes to work/life balance, the days don’t matter so much

Days Don't Matter

Last week Josh Spector* shared an article by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang from Thrive Global called Work-Life Balance Is About Years, Not Days. This is basically a fresh take on the 'tilting' theory of finding balance, something I first read on Planning with Kids years ago and was recently reminded of by Brooke at Slow Your Home. I like to think I've ...

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The trouble with being a fixer

The Trouble with Being a Fixer

I'm a forthright person who calls it like it is (or at least how I think it is - very important point there... ahem), so I can sometimes run into a spot of bother. See, when you're used to being open and people respect you for that openness, your filter isn't called on all that often. It gets rusty and often doesn't work very well. The elephant ...

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Lately

Lately

I've rescheduled our drinks to Sunday afternoons. I hope that still suits you... I like Sunday afternoons. They feel like both the end of one week and the beginning of another. Today we're having a lovely cold Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye. Good drinking. Here's what I'll be telling you: I’m loving: hanging out by our pool. I take my towel ...

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