Preparing for school holidays

It’s the last day of term today. As a parent, a thousand thoughts come to mind. Here are a few…
1. Yayee – no more school lunches to prepare the night before. Kids will eat leftovers, eggs, smoothies or whatever is on hand
2. I’m going to be broke by the end of the holidays, because every time you leave the house with 4 kids, it costs a tonne of money
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When life gets busy, bake muffins

Life has been crazy busy these last few weeks. I feel like I’ve been on some psychotic merry-go-round that is spinning out of control, I’m pretty sure there was a laughing clown there somewhere too. Thankfully, hubby seems to be getting better, and things are starting to settle back into some form of normality.

When things are out of control, as a mother, I find myself putting my own needs at the bottom of the list. This week, I made a promise to myself that I would start prioritizing my own needs a bit more and taking care of myself, as well as my family’s. So I’ve re-established an exercise routine (by golly my legs are sore today!), upped my water intake, and put aside some time to do things that make me happy. Like eating. Eating muffins. Healthy muffins. And then sharing the recipe with you so that we can all eat muffins together. Continue reading

spinach shrek cake

dairy free with gluten free options 🙂

shrek cake   It has been one helluva week. Hubby ended up in hospital (and is still there now, 3 days on), nothing too serious, but something that needed to be monitored. Hopefully, fingers crossed, he will be out tomorrow. We are so close to the end of the school term, Friday next week is the last day, and I find myself struggling to keep everything together. I even said to Miss E the other day “you only need to read 4 pages of your reader because it’s nearly the end of term”. Complete lie. Thankfully my kids are pretty good readers, so I don’t tend to stress too much about that anyway, but still, my standards are slipping in more ways than one. Continue reading

gluten free honey banana muffins and make your own paper cases

gf banana muffin cooked

It’s Sunday night, I look in the cupboard, I look in the fridge. Bleh. School lunch time again. I bought some bananas yesterday, that ended up under some heavy stuff – so now I have squashed bananas in my fruit bowl. Kids are turning up their noses at them, so I think the obvious. Banana muffins. I set to work pulling out ingredients then realized that I didn’t have any paper cases to put the batter in. No big deal, I could have greased and floured the tray, but that seemed like too much effort, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you how to make your own when you too, have run out.
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Little changes to make a big difference

When I originally started this blog, my intention was for it to not just be about food. I wanted to talk about my day to day life, and how I organize myself, my four kids and hubby, share my experiences, and in doing so, possibly help other parents who are struggling to keep it together.  Over time, I realized that I really wasn’t organized enough to share any of what I did in my day! I found myself, once kids went to bed, doing an entire day’s cleaning and sorting, even though I had been cleaning and sorting all day. Does that make sense?

vintage nilfisk ad

I love a good vintage ad!

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Fried rice and how to cook salmon perfectly

It was father’s day here on Sunday. I was woken when I heard the kids rustling about, getting their hidden gifts out, and discussing if it was still too early to wake us up or not. I love fathers and mothers day. I love seeing what the kids choose to spend their money on and they are always so proud of what they have chosen.

As well as bought gifts, they always have cards and craft as well.

My son bought a medal that said ‘Australia’s no. 1 DAD’. He was so proud of his gift. He said, ‘it’s a real gold medal, it cost me $5 but it was worth it!’. My son is nearly 11 years old, but in that moment, he seemed like a 5 year old boy. No attitude, just love and pride for his dad. It also reminded me of those Peppa Pig episodes when they go to Mr Fox’s shop to buy something and Mr Fox says it’s real gold plastic! lol.

After an overwhelming week last week, it’s been nice to have things back to normal this week! Continue reading