March 11, 2017

New Year – New Lunch – New Sandwich

Organising Tip This is a question/topic that has been circulating on social networks in the last couple of weeks as parents are getting ready for a new school year – and others trying to eat healthily and save money by not buying lunch (every day). If you are running out of ideas or out of time in the morning, these freezable sandwiches could be the solution. Make them in advance, with the filling and then freeze, take out in the […]
December 12, 2016

How to Reduce the Excess to Less Mess

These last few weeks before Christmas and school holidays can be like running the last leg of a marathon. You’re already exhausted by the past 10 months but there seem to be more events, tasks and challenges in the run up (or is that run down?) to the end of the year. If you’re like many women in the sandwich generation with children and parents/parents-in-law to cater for, the thought of trying to contain the amount of stuff entering the […]
October 3, 2016

Going without!

October is ‘buy nothing new month’. It’s promoted by minimalist bloggers and commentators as well as the Op Shops we have in our communities. Some Councils get on board and some charities encourage you to donate the saved money to their cause. On their website they use the slogan:” Don’t feel good, got Affluenza?” Which I find pretty clever knowing how stressed people with too much stuff can be and how much it weighs you down. They have some great […]
September 14, 2016

Travelling with kids – teenagers

I have written about travelling with kids numerous times – one article I did 10 years ago. I used a pic from exactly the same hotel we stayed in in Bangkok as we did this time. And I do have to say, it was the same positive experience – but oh so different. I recently came back from overseas, Germany (mostly). We travelled over to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday. Due to training and HSC commitments of our oldest son […]
May 31, 2016

Storing Medals

Alert: proud mum moment!! Two weeks ago, our oldest son made it into the Australian Junior Rowing team to row at the World Cup in  Rotterdam in August. Apart from a huge financial commitment (we have to find/fund raise $8000 somehow) it also is a time commitment that won’t be easy in his final year of school and HSC exams in October. But we are, of course extremely proud and do hope he wins yet another medal… Which creates another, […]
May 16, 2016

Wardrobe Wonders – how to create a de-cluttered and organised wardrobe

…for and with your children As with everything organising, there is, and should be, a different solution for everyone. We are all different and assuming a kid’s wardrobe is just a smaller version of our own might be the reason it is hard to keep tidy. Once your kids reached an independent age and dress themselves you might find that they tend to pull the whole wardrobe apart – just to find the outfit they are looking for (or to […]
December 21, 2015

Life Hacks for the Lazy Smart Mum

by Helena Tosello I fully admit that if given the chance I would choose not to do most of the everyday tasks that come with being a mother. You know the things I mean. Craft. Helping with science projects. Keeping track of everyone’s vaccinations, eye and dental check-ups. Easter hat parades. Book week costumes. Other kids’ birthday parties. Craft. These tasks are never ending and come around again with monotonous regularity. By the time you have the hang of it […]
August 29, 2015

Make them Wait

“I realised, the problem was more me than time” If you want to get organised – and stay organised, it doesn’t come easy and it does come with a cost: it does cost TIME to get there. And a lot of people don’t take that time, they assume being organised is a genetic trait for some and it comes easy…It is true that for some its easier, but not because they are born organised -nobody is born with clutter- they […]
August 28, 2015

Leaving some ‘fluff time’

Do you leave time to transit form one activity to the next? For the last two month I had four kids; my brother’s daughter is staying with us from Germany – a treat and an absolute delight. It was good for us, for my boys and interesting to know how different teenagers are. With that extra person in the house we where even busier than normal – and scheduling everyone (or encourage to schedule themselves) became even more of a […]