My finances are a mess right now. We have overdue debts, a tax bill, school fees and bills coming in left, right and centre! Bills aren’t being paid on time because I keep missing them. They come by email, they come by snail mail, and I’m starting to think they are coming by carrier pigeon as well. Now I’m not a natural saver or even that great with money. I have a strong belief in the ‘Money Fairy’, but she’s really running late right now.
Know that doing your regular 9 to 5 isn’t the only way you can contribute to your family budget. Optimizing our daily or monthly spendings and knowing how to do that can go a long way when it comes to the amount of money you are putting on the side.
Becoming a school mum can be daunting. There is so much more required of you than when you were packing them off to daycare. There are uniforms, sports days, swimming carnivals, extra lessons, readers, library, school plays, lunch boxes and crunch and sip– just to name a few.
To help you settle into your new role we surveyed 250 mums on their top organisation tips for first-time school mums. They covered organisation, lunches, uniforms and so much more. So here’s all the information I have gathered, just to help your transition go smoothly…
I am not a morning person and I hate that morning rush where you are trying to get up and out the door and the kids are whining and no one can find anything and you just end up feeling stressed and exhausted before the day as even begun. Because of this, I’m big on a morning routine- especially once school starts. You can get away with a bit more at preschool but school requires you to be somewhere right on time, with different bags, library books, sports clothes, projects and so on. It’s exhausting. So below is my Kids morning routine checklist- with FREE printable to keep you on track.
This post is sponsored by TK Maxx
We all know just how hard gift wrapping is so that the kids don’t guess what they are getting for Christmas. It’s pretty hard to hide building bricks, DVDs, clothing and books, so thanks to TK Maxx, we chatted to Vivienne Anthon, Australia’s expert gift wrapper from The Daily Wrap.
We all have Christmas traditions from our families growing up and merging traditions can be hard sometimes. Does Santa wrap presents or put them unwrapped in a sack? Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? When we start our own families it can be nice to start our own traditions.
We have pulled together some ideas for you to help you create a magical family Christmas.
This post is sponsored by CHILDSMART
My last pregnancy I decided to keep the gender of my bub a surprise. This time I decided to find out specifically so that I could organise clothes and decorate the nursery before the new baby arrived. I knew that I would have much less time on my hands with a second one!
If you want to take the focus off possessions and gifts this Christmas and move it back to family time then the activity advent calendar is just what you need. It takes the traditional advent calendar idea, but instead of a gift or treat your advent calendar contains a Christmas activity to do together as a family. It turns the month of December into a Christmas extravaganza!
I’m a sucker for Halloween, who doesn’t love any celebration that includes lollies and chocolate?!!! However, the dress up part I’m not that good at. I’m just not that organised! I don’t understand who has time to lovely craft a perfect Halloween Costume from things they found around the house. I don’t know how to paper mache (I barely know how to iron!) and I have better things to do than spend hours creating a Pinterest-worthy costume that she probably won’t wear. As you can see from above, last year she wore a princess dress and somehow appropriated a hat from somewhere. I’m guessing I’m not the only one- so here it is, the lazy mum’s guide to kids Halloween costumes…
I’ve been following the whole eyelash extension trend with some interest for quite some time, but was always a little turned off by the horror stories – like when people’s eyes end up burning and itching or their lashes all stick together. EEPPPP! I have enough on my plate people – I don’t need to pay someone my hard earned dollars to end up having swollen, itchy sticky eyes – no thanks!
But then one day, as though the beauty gods shone their #beautyhack light on me when I was compiling my list for the ‘Look After Yourself’ Challenge, I came across the @lashesbysamantha Instagram page, and I was converted! I HAD to make this happen. I mean seriously – who wouldn’t be won over by the promise of never having to worry about mascara and loads of makeup again! (Just between you and me – I am not exactly gifted when it comes to applying makeup – so I was counting on this to save me the hassle!).