organising family life

Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

My first kid went back to school today, the other two are in tomorrow. Which reminds me - tomorrow is my new year's day for mums. Ignore the 1st January. It never works out for a mother. We try to be 'brand new' but there's no kidding ourselves: it's hard to turn over...

Time to get organised: The stationery caddy is a game changer

Time to get organised: The stationery caddy is a game changer

Before we can truly be organised in life, we need to get the little bits sorted. It's the little bits that get in the way. Like, before I got myself a stationery caddy, I could spend ages looking for a pair of scissors, a thumb tack, a rubber band, a life. “Who has...

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

“Help! My teen never comes out of her room!”

"My daughter never comes out of her room!" writes a Mumlyfe mum. "I have tried everything to engage her in family life, but nothing is working. It's even worse now that we are all on lockdown. I thought this period might help our family come together, but that has not...

How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

How to enjoy school holidays at home when there’s nowhere to go

This year, huh? This #$%* year!!!!!!!! And we're not even located in Victoria. Oh Victorians, we feel for you. Let's hope it keeps on getting better for you, but in the meantime there are the school holidays and, let's face it, they are already a bust. How can kids...

This is how I take a week off when I really need it

This is how I take a week off when I really need it

I remember writing an article years ago where I said that holidays when you're a mum are just the same sh*t, different location. Nothing has changed. In order to take a week off during an actual holiday, we'd need to go somewhere remote without the family. Somewhere...

15+ actually useful life hacks we all need right now

15+ actually useful life hacks we all need right now

While the term 'life hack' generally makes me switch straight off, I can see no other way to describe this collection. Rest assured, these are useful life hacks - not bleeding obvious things that you've probably already tried (no, internet, a complicated way to fold...

How to comparison shop for anything in one hour

How to comparison shop for anything in one hour

You know the letter, the one that says your contract is about to expire and here are the new rates? The letter you place in a file or drop in a pile and ignore? It’s the letter that fills you with dread because you know that deep down (read: immediately) you should...

How to reboot your social life on your terms

How to reboot your social life on your terms

As restrictions ease across Australia and we all feel The Busy reentering our lives, it's worth considering how much you really need to reboot your social life. During these months of social distancing, some of us have rejoiced in our empty calendars. Others of us...

The three stages of lockdown – a family #journey

The three stages of lockdown – a family #journey

COVID-19-ways-to-roll-your-eyes-at-your-family fever has well and truly set in at the Mumlyfe household.* Like most families out there, we've moved through the first three stages of lockdown to emerge bleary-eyed into the sunlight. Just don't go out into that good...

How to support learning from home when you’re working

How to support learning from home when you’re working

We've all been thrown well and truly in the deep end right now. How are we supposed to support learning from home when we are, in fact, working from home ourselves? We've been doing it for a few days now and day one I. was. done. So done. But I can't be done. And you...

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Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

I've fallen so far behind in everything in life (I know you've been there). I was supposed to introduce you to this marvellous apple and blackberry pie from Sophie Hanson's new book at least a month ago. Yet here we are. Don't let my delayed introduction put you off...

Please don’t let me fall at the last hurdle

Please don’t let me fall at the last hurdle

So here we are. My son turns 18 very soon. EIGHTEEN! It feels bitter sweet, but mostly bitter. I see him there, this child about to be thrust into adulthood. He is six foot six, broad and big boned - incontestably a total unit. Larger than life and full of unstoppable...

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