Category : A dose of Reality

Things I Never Told My Younger Self but I Definitely Will Tell My Kid

Things I Never Told My Younger Self but I Definitely Will Tell My Kid

The moment you become a parent, everything about your life changes; you enter a spiral of feelings, fears, responsibilities, excitement, unconditional love and sudden wisdom, and you have no idea how to handle it all. But you do it anyway. And guess what? It all ends up being amazing. One of the most striking things about raising a child is that you feel like it’s your duty not only to love them Read more...
A toddler, a massive dog, us and a caravan

A toddler, a massive dog, us and a caravan

So we bought a Caravan. We're not even caravanning people, I mean my man caravanned with his family as a kid, we camped and yet someone it seemed like a great idea. We have a toddler, a dog and a caravan.... It all started with my my man suggesting we went to the Caravan and Camping supershow, great idea for a day out.  We like the outdoors, it's easier to camp with our giant bear of a beRead more...
Babies, Toddlers, Sleep and Daylight Savings

Babies, Toddlers, Sleep and Daylight Savings

If you have an early riser or late to bed baby, daylight savings can send a strike of fear right through your gut. In Australia the clocks go back an hour on Sunday April 3rd 2016 and Daylight savings starts again on Sunday 2nd of October 2016. How do you manage the time change with a babies routine? I'm no expert personally, but I do know how tough it can be to find the time to research Read more...
Sitting on the facebook parent panel

Sitting on the facebook parent panel

Yesterday I was honoured to sit on a panel at Facebook HQ in Sydney as a parent for a meet the parents session around how we steal moments of time. Wowee!  I'm excited about it for three reasons.... It got me out of the house - alone - and for 1/2 a day I got to feel like my pre baby self. So much freedom! I got to wear an outfit that I didn't have to consider chasing a dirty toddler in. Read more...
Oh My...  The big 4-0h my goodness... I'm turning 40!

Oh My... The big 4-0h my goodness... I'm turning 40!

I've been grappling with this for a while, the truth, I don't feel ready to turn 40 yet.  Seriously, aren't you meant to have it together and be all grown up and sensible? But the harsh reality stands... I'm turning 40 BUT...  I've embraced it and am ready.  Goodbye dirty thirties and hello naughty forty! A few months ago, I sat and pondered why I was feeling so bummed about growing up, gettRead more...
Nappies - The good, the bad and the Scary!

Nappies - The good, the bad and the Scary!

I heard somewhere recently that each disposable nappy contains a cup of crude oil - A CUP!  I also heard that the same nasties that we're banned from women's sanitary products are still in our babies nappies.  I don't want that near my babies beautiful butt, BUT I don't want to be stuck in the land of cloth nappies full time either, so I started digging around. There are three main reasons thatRead more...
30 day Mum (& Dad) mind body challenge

30 day Mum (& Dad) mind body challenge

OK I'm not sure if I'm feeling really excited or really silly for saying yes to this challenge!  Time will tell, either way I've decided to do a blog series on the journey. I can no longer use the excuse of "I have a baby" to avoid getting back into shape, goodness knows I really did stretch it out!  I have a friend who has been trying to get me to get healthy and exercise with her for almost 2Read more...
New Mum shares her first year in drawings and it's genius

New Mum shares her first year in drawings and it's genius

This may just be more informative than any of the books I read prior to my baby arriving and infinitely more realistic. They're all wrapped up in a book by Lucy Scott - Doodle Diary of a New Mom.  What an awesome gift for any expecting mum... with a sense of humour! She has a great facebook page that's worth following for new illustrations -  or her website. The phone!  OMG so manyRead more...
Showering When You Have A Baby

Showering When You Have A Baby

It goes without saying that once you have a baby, everything changes. And when I say everything, I mean everything! From your daily routine, to how much you sleep (or don’t sleep!), to how your jeans fit (or don’t fit!), and yes, even personal hygiene! When you first bring baby home, you are overjoyed to have this new life that you created in your arms, so much so that you can hardly put theRead more...
What to do when your baby poos in the bath

What to do when your baby poos in the bath

Act Quickly! There is no time to dilly dally around on this one, you need to move fast! Unfortunately this is becoming a semi regular challenge in our house.  I know not all babies do this, but if they ever decide to squeeze one out just when your trying to get them clean, it's best to have a game plan. You'll need: A cup or small bucket A spare towel A sink Disinfecting Spray Read more...
The Great Trash and Treasure $1000 in a Month Declutter Challenge

The Great Trash and Treasure $1000 in a Month Declutter Challenge

It's challenge time! Two reasons for this personal challenge...  The first - our house has limited storage and I need to make some space. The second - our baby seems to be accumulating stuff faster than I can find places to keep the primary coloured plastic bonanza out of site when it's not in use.  I love our lil guy and I also love settling in for some quality time with my better half withoutRead more...
Making Money as a New Mum without working full time

Making Money as a New Mum without working full time

Becoming a mum is a life changing event in so many ways, one of the biggest challenges we face as modern mums is losing our existing identity as professional business people and wallowing through working out who the new you is as a mum.  It's a great and challenging adventure. Hand in hand with that comes the feeling of losing your independence, you're income is no longer, it's hard to feel likRead more...