organising family life

A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

A quick guide to organise daily family life (once and for all)

This quick guide to organise daily family life is part of our quick guide to life series. Short, sharp advice that tackles the pain points of parenting. The overwhelm of daily family life comes swift and mercilessly. One minute we feel like we've got this, the next we...

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

A couple of years ago, you caved in and got The Elf. The kids loved it, you kinda loved it, that cheeky, funny, lovable elf brought the Christmas joy in sleigh-loads. You called him Noel (geddit?), and he was the most fun you've ever had in December while sober for a...

My top 3 biggest parenting regrets (and how I’m fixing them)

My top 3 biggest parenting regrets (and how I’m fixing them)

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I say that I've got parenting regrets. There are so many, many things I wish I'd done differently. Of course, coulda woulda shoulda. Brought to you by Stockspot. I try not to dwell on my parenting regrets, but the fact is, there are...

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

2019 Australian public school calendar: school holidays and term dates

Trying to get your head around the school holiday and term dates each year is diabolical, isn't it? Not to mention the fact that schools refer to 'weeks' instead of actual dates like the rest of us. It did my head in, until I sorted it by creating a school calendar...

How to raise your finances like an extra child

How to raise your finances like an extra child

There's something I wish we'd done ever since we had kids. I really wish we'd been raising our finances with the same care and attention that we've been raising our kids. Our money kid would have been doted on, nurtured and growing up beautifully. Brought to you by...

Readers tell us their best money saving tips for families

Readers tell us their best money saving tips for families

Our recent The Barefoot Investor for Families (affiliate link) giveaway turned up some fantastic money saving tips for families. So good, we found it really difficult to choose two winners. The tips were all too good! We didn't want to lose any of these money saving...

7 super-easy ways to spring clean your budget

7 super-easy ways to spring clean your budget

Brought to you by Electricity Monster I'm in the middle of what can only be described as a budget spring clean frenzy. Stripped of a house to clean from top to bottom (we are renovating and yes, it's awful), I've instead turned to the finances. Let's just say there...

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

How to balance work and family aka a full life without guilt

The #1 parenting issue I get asked for advice about is "how to balance work and family". How do I balance my work and family life? How do I balance being a working mother? How do I balance work and kids? Except for three lots of maternity leave (each a  little...

Easy meal planning: the super-simple way to reduce stress

Easy meal planning: the super-simple way to reduce stress

Producing food for the family day in, day out sux balls. There's no easier way to say it. It's relentless, time-consuming and it can be boring. Easy meal planning is a way to make it a whole lot easier and more bearable, I promise. See, preparing food each day doesn't...

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

A quick guide to connecting with teens and tweens

It's like kids put on roller skates the minute they turn seven. One minute they're calling us Mummy and telling us long-winded stories while we snuggle; next we blink and they're calling us Life Wrecker and grunting at us through walls. The more they grow, the more...

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