Ugly oat cookies

I should have called this blog, “the lazy cook”, because I like to cook, using one bowl, one utensil, I want it to take 5 minutes, and taste amazing- like, really amazing.

Tonight, as I packed school lunches, looked in the pantry to see the cookie jar empty, and the cake container holding only a few crumbs, I knew I needed to whip something up.

As we settle into some warmer weather here in Melbourne, Australia, the kids are starting to spend extra time outside, so after dinner, when they were outside on the trampoline and playing basketball, I thought I would whip up some cookies.

I’ll warn you, these are a little bit ugly, and not overly sweet (although, they are sweet enough for us ūüôā ), so if you prefer, increase the sugar slightly, or add extra choc chips.


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Christmas presents for kids

I’ve been wanting to do a post about Christmas presents for kids for a while now. Problem is that each child has their own quirks and preferences, we all have own¬†budgets, and who knows which child has what,¬†so these lists are usually not particularly helpful. Instead, I’m going to let you know how we make our Christmas lists for our kids.

We usually give our children lots of little things for Christmas.  The big things are left for birthday presents during the year. This list is just to give you some ideas, if you think of anything to add, please leave a comment to let us all know!

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Gender specific marketing

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I know this may ruffle some feathers, but I’m going to put it out there. What is the big deal about gender specific marketing?

Yes, barbies are marketed towards girls. Did it stop me buying barbies for my son when he was younger? No.

Did it stop me buying matchbox car for my daughter? No.
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It’s that time of the year again…

Everywhere I turn I see people getting overwhelmed with their busy schedules. To do lists are being written and re-written in the hope¬†that¬†some things can actually be achieved.¬†¬†Ok, so I may be looking in the mirror when I say everywhere I look,¬†but I know I’m not the only¬†one¬†struggling to hold everything together at the moment.

Recently¬†I had a little melt down about the lack of ‘me time’ I was getting. Miss O (newly 2 years old), has been my best sleeper by far, but also my most demanding during the day. I have been, quite simply, exhausted.

During my meltdown, there were tears and frustrated stamping of feet. I told my husband how I was feeling, and he was wonderful. But he did point something out to me.

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I had taken myself off the priority list. No one else had. I had gotten myself into a rut of being home all the time, not getting out and about, socializing or exercising. I was starting to snap at the kids when they had done nothing wrong.

Feeling frustrated and helpless, I cried. It just felt so hard! How do I do these things with this lively 2yo? The reality is, I’ve done it before. I did it when my older 3 were young and home with me. So now I have put on my big girl knickers and today was the first day of good, healthy eating and exercise in a very long time.

So, it’s that time of the year, commonly called the silly season, when it is easy to take ourselves off the priority list. Easy to meet everyone else’s needs but not our own. So I am putting the call out to all mothers to remember your own needs as the craziness gets crazier. Remember to take 5 minutes to just take a breath. Try to do something nice for yourself this week. Maybe book yourself a massage or manicure. What about a cleaner to lighten the load? Maybe just go outside, close your eyes¬†and take a deep breath.


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