Stress-free cooking at its best

Whether you’re a stay at home parent or a parent who works, dinner time can be one of the most stressful moments of the day. My husband and I both work (I work four days a week), we have two kids at school and I manage our school canteen. Add into the mix after school and weekend activities, trying to keep our (and the kids) social life going and the never-ending list of things ‘to do’, there are days I just want to walk in the door and know dinner will be whipped up in no time. Continue reading

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Urban Graphic: street cred for your desk!

Stationery. You either love it or you don’t. Me, I’m a big fan. I head out at the start of each year and purchase a diary and some cool notebooks. This year I added a funky pencil case and stunning sticky notepads to the list for my desk at home. I’m always picking up bit and bobs. I like to think it makes me feel organised while trying to manage home and work life! Continue reading

Product review: Mustela Stelatopia range for dry and eczema-prone skin

I’ve had dry skin for as long as I remember and of course in the winter months it tends to flare up. Over the years I’ve tried different creams and eventually found one that worked for my skin. My youngest unfortunately inherited my skin type – dry and sensitive. I remember moisturising his skinny little legs on the change table thinking how could a baby’s skin be this dry. Continue reading

What is that thing called ‘work-life balance’?

The first time I seriously focused on work-life balance was when I returned to work after my first-born, like so many other parents. Seven years and another child later, I’m still chasing it. Don’t get me wrong – on some days I nail it and I’m beaming like the child whose just got the last treat. On other days I’m like a shrieking banshee that would make even the neighbours run from their houses. Continue reading

There are such things as ‘I suck’ days.

Have you ever had an “I suck” day? I have on many occasions. Just recently actually. I felt unorganised, there was so much happening (and it’s only April!), the kids were whingey about one thing or another, I hadn’t been able to exercise, the house felt like a pig-sty and I was just totally over all of it! I ranted and grunted as I moved through the house. My shoulders were hunched. I walked around with a face that would make a priest back off. I was fed up. Continue reading

Out of the sunroof

April is Cesarean Awareness month and I’m lucky to have had two of them. When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, there is so much pressure to get it right. It can almost feel as if you’re cheating your pregnancy by having a c-section. Some are planned, some are emergency but at the end of the day all anyone should want is a safe delivery for mum and bub. While each delivery will have it’s own story, there are positive and negative stories to popping the baby out by pushing or by coming out of the sunroof. Continue reading