All posts tagged: Family

What’s Your Grocery Game?

Daily, Weekly, Fortnightly? Do you enjoy Grocery shopping? [Me: “Hell No”]. In my ‘Single Mumma’ days, I was paid fortnightly, so I shopped fortnightly. When Hubby and I moved in together, we lived in central which meant we just went daily, we’d take in turns and get whatever we needed on demand. Mind you, neither of us would ever walk away from our daily shops spending any less than one ‘Pineapple’ ($50). I’ve also tried weekly shopping, online shopping, online/pick up. I’ve had routines that have worked and others where we spent way too much [i.e. choosing extra things we didn’t need and weren’t on the list] or, having a huge amount of wastage and filling a big garbage bag full of veggies we didn’t end up using [wastage is a pet hate of mine]. The verdict… I’m going to share with you, ‘My Grocery Game’ – Tips and tricks where I have had the greatest success. I’m not just talking about saving money and minimising wastage, I’m talking about the ‘practicality’. What suits our …

Simplify.

Can we have it all? All at the same time… All working harmoniously and simultaneously… All with equal prioritisation… All with equal attention and focus… What am I talking about? The ‘all’ refers to all the different pieces, or facets of life, (the ‘slices of cake’). Can we eat the whole cake? Should we eat the whole cake? No… I don’t believe that would be healthy for us, both literally and metaphorically. Why? If we try and cram too many pieces or facets into our everyday world, we will overindulge, we will eventually feel sick and eventually it will all come unstuck. Who struggles with balance? Work, kids, hobbies, ‘me’ time, relationship time, family time, study time, exercise, healthy eating, cooking, kids sport, extra curricular, chasing dreams, working on a project, working on yourself??? How do we get the balance right? For me it’s piece-by-piece… It’s imperfection and it’s a constant balance between learning and listening to myself, my intuition. If you feel torn between two facets of life and it leaves you feeling like …

Go Easy on Yourself.

I’m back after two days of ‘missing in action’… though I was not short of action with plenty to be done, places to attend, business to sort and a never ending list of things to organise. With that being said, you can understand why my words needed to be put on hold whilst I was living life… And so, I granted myself a reprieve to get through a couple of busy days. Let’s do a little re-cap and make up for day twenty-six, twenty-seven and the fabulous, ‘sunshiny’ day twenty-eight… If you do nothing else but scroll to the bottom and read the section in Pink… then you will gain the key message from this particular blog. Sending smiles and sunshine for your weekend ahead.  Also – my garden is blooming, I just LOVE this time of year. In my shoes for a few spring days… I then went on to write precisely 492 words below, which I have omitted, because I didn’t think anyone would really need to know, nor would be interested in my movements over the past three days…. …

Time Out

Sometimes you need to know when to take a break… Today is that time for me. This week I have been very busy with Ellie’s (my daughter) crohns disease flaring up, toing and froing from tests and liaising with her doctors to whether her treatment would proceed this week due to infection etc. Today I didn’t have time to place the finishing touches on a blog. I was busy with the kids all day and then chose to take them to afternoon tea instead of rushing home to study, prep dinner and polish a blog. It got to after dinner and I thought SH*T I nearly forgot to blog. My remaining topics were too much to punch out prior to bed. So… here I am typing in bed, very ready to fall asleep and recognising in myself that sometimes you just need to take a break. We all lead such busy lives these days, squashing in so many events and extra curricular activities, running our children around, organising and adhering to medical schedules that we …

What about invisible illnesses?

What happens when you are unwell, but nobody knows? Nobody knows the pain behind closed doors, the perseverance shown despite things not being ok? What if you were unwell and nobody ever really understood, in fact, a very small percentage of people you cross in your lifetime will ever truly ‘GET IT’? What if you knew that you would battle this illness for the rest of your life? There is treatment, however, there is no cure? What if one treatment caused another problem which lead to another treatment or procedure, and another problem… and it all just kept going round and round with no real long term solution? What if you’re ‘good’ for a few months and then you’re not, but people say, ‘Why, what’s happening now”? Like there is a new issue, even though, this is a pattern that becomes your life. Let me introduce you to my beautiful daughter Ellie and every other Crohns Disease or IBD fighter on the planet. My daughter has been through hell and back. She is polite, well …

Words From My Mum

The people we are closest to are often the ones so busy caring that their grief can be overlooked. My mum was an absolute blessing when I was diagnosed, she stepped straight up and looked after my children, ensuring they were loved and cared for when my husband and I were in Sydney for surgery and IVF. Mum, like myself or should I say, me like my mother love to release emotions through writing. My mum writes a lot of poetry and she is also the proof-reader behind pretty much everything I write – thanks mum, I love you so much. So here is a piece my mum wrote when I lost my hair. I remember mum going home from work the day I shaved my head, she knew it was going to happen; yet it didn’t make it any easier. On that day she wasn’t coping and her daughter in her eyes wasn’t a thirty year old woman with two children, I was just mum’s baby girl who had always adorned long blonde hair… …

Say Goodbye to the Winter Blues!

One would think we’ve been living in Cherrapunjee! Where? Cherrapunjee or more commonly known as Sohra is situated in India… because of its geographical location and monsoonal showers; it holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year. (Source: Wikipedia) So basically Sohra is monsoonal all year round. One of the “rain-iest” places in the world… Holiday anyone?? [No thanks]. Initially when the rain began to fall (months ago) I loved it. Rainy days for me is where I grant myself permission to do nothing, go nowhere, and let the kids watch endless movies. We snuggle up, and wear our comfy, ‘daggy’ clothes and hope that it rains all day. I never feel bad for my lack of washing or cleaning and I usually throw the ‘healthy eating’ out the window and dive straight into copious amounts of comfort food. Exercise… well the rain is my perfect excuse. So really, when I think about a rainy day, it’s a casual, snuggly easy day of fun, lack of activity …