3 Steps To Clear The Clutter In Your Life

How to clear the clutter from your life

Clear Out The Old Before Bringing In The New The theory behind this exercise to clear the clutter in your life is to clear out the old before you bring in the new. If you think about when you redecorate your living room, it’s very difficult to a new couch … Read More

Surviving Toxic People Before Ejecting Them From Your Life

Surviving Toxic People Before Ejecting Them From Your Life

In the early 2000’s Peter and I ran a business where we let a group of toxic people nearly strip us of our power. Peter and I remained strong through the constant bombardment of mental and verbal abuse and eventually managed to extract ourselves but the 3 years of fear … Read More

How Make A Major Life Shift And Find Your Passion

Are you thinking about a major life shift and following your passion? Perhaps you are bored with where you are at in your life right now. The kids are independent and following their dreams. You want more. You want to do something that will light your passion. What is that … Read More

5 Best Free Organisation Apps That Make Life Easy

5 Best Free Organisation Apps That Make Life Easy

I love being organised. It is what gets my blood pumping and my heart racing that and finding free organisation apps that help me stay organised. Sad? Maybe but your raised eyebrows and declarations of sympathy won’t change that. Fail to plan, plan to fail – Winston Churchill Despite everything … Read More

5 Tips To Help You Prioritise Things In Your Life

5 Tips To Help You Prioritise Things In Your Life

Use these five tips to help you prioritise things in your life and decide what to next. It is not easy dealing with things one at a time when they refuse to get in frigging line. If you have a family, run a business, work from home, write to deadlines, … Read More

How To Tame Your Inner Beast And Liberate Beauty

How To Tame Your Beast And Liberate Beauty

Has your beauty been hidden underneath the beast that is motherhood? When you kids are a little older having time on your hands is both good and at times a little soul destroying. Now you get to glance in the mirror from time to time and the beast staring back gives … Read More

7 Inspiring TED Talks By Brilliant And Remarkable Women

7 Inspiring TED Talks By Brilliant And Remarkable Women

These seven remarkable women have powerful messages we could all learn from. I have just discovered TED talks. Now I have them on my computer while I’m getting stuff done in the kitchen. Not whistling while I work but learning while I work. The seven dwarfs would be proud. The remarkable … Read More

5 Tips For Surviving When Your Children Don’t Need You Anymore

5 Tips For Surviving When Your Children Don’t Need You Anymore

My children don’t need me or want to spend time with me anymore. It started when they wanted to hold the spoon containing green healthy goop that was being choo-choo’ed into their mouths and continued later when they told me every detail of their day including when so and so walked past at … Read More

How To Help A Child Who Is Addicted To Snapchat

How To Help A Child Who Is Addicted To Snapchat

Our daughter Lulu became addicted to social media, Instagram and Snapchat were here drugs of choice. She measured by her friendships by their Snapchat Streak score. This is Snapchat’s way of keeping these teenagers on their app.  Lulu became truly distressed if she thought her streak was about to be broken due to her … Read More

7 Tips For Keeping An Organised Kitchen

My Top 7 Tips For Keeping An Organised Kitchen

Before we moved into this teensy tiny townhouse with not even the hint of a pantry my kitchen was organised, at least I thought so at the time. I lined up everything in my pantry like fairground ducks. It was so big; it was so glorious. Shit it was hard to … Read More

5 Essential Survival Skills For Mothers Of Teenagers

5 Essential Survival Skills For Mothers Of Teenagers

These five survival skills for dealing with teenagers won’t be all you need but they will serve you well. Just yesterday I left the house to get some groceries. As I was coming home I caught sight of myself in the mirror.  I was sporting a great big smear of something … Read More

Missing Blogger Found

Due to the dogged persistence of one of our lead journalists a blogger who has been missing in action for the past four months has been found. According to sources she was discoverd holed up in an undisclosed suburb of Brisbane while rebuilding her blog. Reported sightings of the blogger in … Read More

7 Staggeringly Simple Tips for Healthy Eating On A Budget

Staggeringly simple tip number 1 – Plan your week’s meals This would be my ultimate budget tip. It helps keep you on track and stops you going off-road into unknown territory where takeaways are lying in wait to entice you into their lairs. It doesn’t have to be elaborate just … Read More

3 Things A Vision Board Can Do For You

3 Things A Vision Board Can Do For You

I finally finished my vision board for 2016. Great! That sounds like the trumpet call of self-promotion, which always gives me the shits when coming from someone else. Before you go running off to the smallest room in the house, this post is not about the board but the discoveries … Read More

7 Ways To Spoil Yourself On A Budget These Holidays

7 ways to spoil yourself on a budget these holidays

We all need a bit of spoiling from time to time and at this time of year even more so. It is important for your health that you keep your stress levels down. So here is how to do it on a budget. Cortisol is the hormone that is released … Read More

5 Tips To Help You Build Your Self-Confidence

5 Tips To Help You Build Your Self-Confidence

Lacking self-confidence for some can cause stress and anxiety which, if left unchecked, can become quite destructive to your health. Does your self-confidence completely desert you in social situations to the point that you want to lock yourself away from the world, never going out, never trying new things? Are … Read More

5 Simple Ways To Make Life Easier For Yourself

If there is one thing I get asked a lot (besides whether or not I know about the ten chia seeds stuck between my teeth) is how I carve out some extra time in the day to make life easier. Here are 5 simple tips to follow so that you can … Read More

Extra Luxuries To Pack For That Special Holiday

Extra Luxuries To Pack For That Special Holiday

This post isn’t about reminding you to stop the mail and the paper when you go on holiday. I assume you know to do that already. No this is about making sure you pack those extra little things that you always remember when it is too late. Each time you go … Read More

5 Reasons Why Your Sister Is Important To You

5 Reasons Why Your Sister Is Important To You

What does your sister mean to you? Growing up my sister was like an alien being. Complete foreign to me. She wasn’t just from another planet but a whole other solar system with a language of its own that was untranslatable by me and apparently, my parents. You won’t be … Read More

One Top Tip To Make Housework Easier and Quicker

Housework contributes to your health and wellbeing. Here’s how: If your house is clean that aids you keeping healthy, and finding the quickest easiest way to do your housework, well that definitely aids your wellbeing. I have one all-important tip when it comes to household chores. Break. It. Down. No, … Read More

Living A Simpler Life That Is Right For You

Living A Simpler Life That Is Right For You

I stumbled across this post about living a simpler life by Sara Wilson the other day. It struck a chord in me. Living a simpler life is something that has become important to us as we have got older. I have always hated consumerism for the sake of having the latest … Read More

Ode To The Christchurch I Love

This is a post I wrote just after the Christchurch earthquakes. Over four years after the earthquakes and Christchurch, it’s well on it way to being rejuvenated. It is becoming a trendy, light airy city with a fabulous energy. The scars still remain but there is now hope… I’ve just … Read More

Skinny Geek All Grown Up

I remember lying in bed one night when Molly was about 6 months old and saying to Pete “I’ve had this jolly song stuck in my head all day”. “Oh, which one?” he said and I sang, “I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat, I can shake … Read More

Mother’s Morning Tea

This is the event of the year for Molly’s school. It is a day to celebrate the mothers of the All Hallows community. One thousand women get together to celebrate mothers. The huge collection of bone-china teacup and saucer sets is the star of the show. We spotted one that … Read More