Avoiding drama (aka wiping off the ugly)

Avoiding drama

I am a simple person with a simple outlook on life and unless I'm watching it on stage or screen, I absolutely despise drama. If I feel so much as a solitary goosebump of drama, I will get away as fast as possible. Well, best not to run, but I'll do that walk-run thing you do when you see so-and-so on the other side of the street and you know it's ...

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Days like today

Step out of your comfort zone (5)

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 are awesome. Whenever I plan to go in, it feels like such an inconvenience. Having to get a bit ...

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Everyday rituals | Good mornings

Good mornings

Getting up in the mornings is no fun for anybody and it’s not surprising, really. Oh, there are a few of us who leap out of bed, eager to be off on our 10 km morning run. But the very thought of that run, or at least the guilt of not going, is what keeps most of us firmly under the covers. I’m betting that the other thing keeping us wrapped up ...

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Set yourself free

Set yourself free

I've often thought that one of the best things about being a parent is getting those moments when you are allowed to forget that you're a parent for a while. I know that's not what I'm supposed to say. I'm supposed to say that the best thing about parenting is watching my children sleep, or smelling my newborn's creamy neck or dancing with my kids ...

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10 tips for overcoming fear of change

10 practical ways to embrace life's changes

This one is for me. I'm about to make a major change in my lovely little life and it's rather scary, but good scary. I mean, good scary is still terrifying, but it feels right so at least there's that. I will let you know what that change is and more very soon (and forgive me for all the vagueness of late, but all will be revealed shortly). In ...

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Weekend Rewind | Taking care of yourself

You can't calm the storm

After a rocky couple of weeks, this week I slowed right down and took care of myself. It was the best idea I've had in ages. I spent time in mornings making and eating a proper breakfast - mostly porridge and fruit with a cup of licorice tea. I met a friend for a mid-morning cuppa. I walked up to collect the kids from school and we all ...

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Early birds vs night owls: why do owls bother larks so much?

Night owls versus early birds

My mate was over on the weekend and we really get each other. He's a confused night owl just like me. "Why do early birds always assume I'm lazy?" he asked. Hot dang! I've been wondering that exact same thing. We both agreed that we are sick to death of the early risers assuming that there is something wrong with us because we don't like ...

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The story of Mr Sock

Mr Sock

A post supporting Oxfam with much love  Meet Mr Sock. He's an Oxfam sock monkey and while he has found a new home being loved by my daughters, he began life in a very special place too. Mr Sock was made through the community-based group Woza Moya by Thembeka Tenza. I know this because each sock monkey that is crafted by the Woza Moya group is ...

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10 lovely things to do today

10 lovely things to do today

When we're busy, we need to pause more than ever. We need to treat ourselves even when there are a million things to do. Even when we feel like if we stop  it’s all going to unravel and tangle in one of those giant knots that you can’t even get out with your teeth. Even then, we need to put it all down. There is magic every day if we just stop for ...

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The importance of everyday rituals

heart in the sand

I think we often find ourselves getting so caught up in life’s ‘big things’ that we forget the importance of honouring the everyday. The rituals that shape the ebb and flow of life are generally not the big ones, even though we put enormous effort into planning for graduations, birthdays, weddings, baby showers, Easter, Christmas… how much thought ...

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