Flexible working – does it work?

When we say ‘flexible working’ what exactly does that mean to you? Is it working part-time; or shorter hours; or from another location; or having adjusted start and finish times? Is it having the flexibility to leave work early so you can pick up the kids from school and then work from home in the evening? Or being able to spend some of the working week focusing on an area your passionate about, whether that be volunteering or an active sport? The saying ‘One shoe doesn’t fit all’ comes to mind when thinking how we apply flexible working opportunities to people. Continue reading

Co-Parenting: a relatively new term and the impact it has (Guest post by Laura from Straight Talking Mother)

I decided to post this on International Women’s Day after reading Laura’s piece that she put together for my blog. Parenting is hard enough; co-parenting seems to take it to another level. Laura, I’ve no doubt you are an inspiration and strength for your daughter – happy International Women’s Day. Here’s Laura’s story. Continue reading

Lunch that’s not a sandwich

I’m a lover of bread. I’m a lover of pasta. And I mean I’m a lover! Lately though I’ve tried to cut back on my loves and just change my diet slightly – cut out wheat and try add more healthy but enjoyable food. I was feeling sluggish with not enough energy to keep running a household, a job that I enjoy and two active kids. For me it was either all or nothing so I went cold turkey and cut it out of my diet completely. Not the right decision… Continue reading

Review: Bellhop Files

How many of us would like to be more organised? I like to think of myself as organised, and if I’m being honest most of my friends would say I am organised. However there are days when I feel far from that! If you’re a busy mum, a corporate worker, a social entertainer or all of that in one, then Bellhop Files might be the solution that brings it all together. Continue reading

A letter to my boys

Time is going by way too fast. I remember the time I found out I was pregnant with you and the days you were born like it was yesterday. I remember the first few months as I struggled as a mum with both of you – first and second time mum – but enjoyed the days that we got through unscathed. The pain of initially breastfeeding and then the feeling of loss when I decided the time was right to stop. The sleepless nights – there were many – and the days were we smiled and laughed. The frustrating times especially through the age of 3 – gosh how I dislike that age! However I remember far more good days than not good. Continue reading

Weetbix slice

While I’ve managed to mix up the humble Vegemite sandwich to a Vegemite wrap or a Vegemite croissant for school lunches, I wanted to come up with something new for snacks. The weetbix slice has cropped up in the many lunch box posts that I’ve seen so I thought I’d give it a go over the weekend. Continue reading

Toilet Training – is it driving you potty?! (Guest post by Dominique from Ohbeehave)

Guest blogger of the month is Dominque from Ohheehave. Dominque has a background in psychology and teaching and, with her husband Sam, developed Ohbeehave to help parents access information on different stages of kid’s behaviour. As well as providing techniques and strategies for everything from getting kids to eat their veggies to getting them to go to bed at bedtime, Dominque and Sam also share their journey to parenthood on the blog. For this post Dominique delves into toilet training and its methods – one of many stages of childhood made to drive parents crazy! Continue reading