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7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

7 things I’ve changed to give me better mum life balance

By the end of last year, I felt totally depleted and fatigued by doing all the things that we mothers do.  The mothering, the schooling,  the working, the cooking, the washing, the emotional caring, the disciplining, the routine making, the routine keeping,...

4 quick happiness hacks that really make a difference

4 quick happiness hacks that really make a difference

These happiness hacks have been gleaned from the World Happiness Report, a comprehensive study that ranks 156 countries by their reported happiness levels. The report is released annually and joins a long list of reports about being happy. Happiness has been studied...

Why mindfulness for kids is more than just a buzzword

Why mindfulness for kids is more than just a buzzword

The idea of "mindfulness for kids" has been floated around for a while now (no pun intended!). The Smiling Mind app has been an entry into mindfulness for kids for many Australian (and international) families. My nine-year-old uses it and both my boys are aware of...

How to fix things when you feel exhausted by life

How to fix things when you feel exhausted by life

There are only so many times you can lose your shit uncharacteristically at your kids, or cry whilst sorting the washing before you realise things aren’t right. You're exhausted by life. You need to make some changes to get your shizzle back into balance. I was...

12 apps that will give you a happiness boost

12 apps that will give you a happiness boost

We know we use screens too much and everyone I know is trying to cut down on their kids' screen time. With good reason: too much screen time decreases our productivity and interferes with relationships. But rather than labour beneath the guilt of 'I should' or 'I...

The challenge of parenting a pessimistic child

The challenge of parenting a pessimistic child

It's a regular parenting request: how to help the pessimistic child become more optimistic. There is genuine panic among some parents that their kid just seems to see the negative all the time. It's exhausting to parent a kid like that and the concern is that our...

Goodbye angry mum: How I overcame my anger and stopped the yelling

Goodbye angry mum: How I overcame my anger and stopped the yelling

I was an angry mum for way too long. It actually felt like my set-point was Angry Mum - I was just constantly going mental about something and the little respites of not being angry started to get further and further apart. I regularly yelled and felt justified in the...

Can you actually choose happy? (Some thoughts and a printable for you)

Can you actually choose happy? (Some thoughts and a printable for you)

This is something I have been thinking about for a really long time, why am I such a crank right now? I try to choose happy, but about ten minutes later I'm swearing about the laundry basket or getting frustrated about the fact that I have to microwave my tea AGAIN....

Fake smiles, not orgasms (and other secrets to happiness)

Fake smiles, not orgasms (and other secrets to happiness)

The most popular response to the question posted on Quora “What advice would a 70 or 80-year-old person give about the way the life should be lived?”, was a simple one.  Dan Maloney, a 70+-year-old man shared the secret to happiness. Act happy. “I thought in many...

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No-bake honey nut granola bars with added walnuts and stories

No-bake honey nut granola bars with added walnuts and stories

I'm not sure if you know, but in my 'real life' I've been a writer at SBS Food for over four years. I know, right? I some of the content that supports the foodie shows like Cook Like an Italian, The Cook Up with Adam Liaw and Gourmet Farmer (among many other beautiful...

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