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5 minute decluttering projects worth doing now

5 minute decluttering projects

Unless you are a decluttering fanatic like me, decluttering won’t top your list of fun things to do. The feeling of satisfaction the results reap however is another story. And when it takes a mere 5 minutes to do – it’s a win win! Here are a five 5 minute decluttering projects worth doing NOW 1. Winter accessories They’re thick and bulky, and winter is totally over. Remove all of your thick scarves, gloves and hats. Check that everything is…

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Food & Home

Ask an Expert: Picky Eating no more with Annabel Karmel

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45 cookbooks, a 25 year career, 3 children, and a revolutionary baby and children’s food expertise business make Annabel Karmel THE perfect person to answer to the struggles us mamas all face on a regular basis: picky eating. A week or so ago I announced that I would have the pleasure of meeting Annabel Karmel, and Annabel would very kindly answer your questions for the ever-popular blog series ‘Ask an Expert’. There was very obviously quite a bit of excitement,…

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Life

Why I quit my day job

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Yes! If you’ve come across Monday’s announcement on social media, now you know that it’s true. I did quit my day job to pursue blogging full time. And it was also truly the hardest decision I’ve had to make. I’ve been working at my current job for almost 10 years. That’s a decade. 10 years of driving the same commute, parking in the same spot, greeting the same people. To me, it feels like going home every single morning. Not…

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How owning less can reduce stress

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I will not go as far as saying that I am a minimalist. However, the older I get the more I come to terms with the fact that I do not need a lot of things to be happy. On the contrary, there are actually several reasons why owning less lends to less stress and more happiness. Here’s why. 1. It’s far easier to keep the home tidy Amen! Less stuff in our home equals less tidying up and less…

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You

Why you will never find ‘me’ time

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‘I never find ‘me’ time’ is a phrase I hear often. The statement is as true as it can get. I never find ‘me’ time either. Do you? The moment I hear this phrase escape someone’s lips, I ache to say exactly what’s on my mind. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t, depending on the circumstances. Me bluntly stating the truth might make me sound insensitive or patronising, especially if I do not know the person making the statement…

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Life

6 tips to take amazing photos of your kids

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“How do you take such amazing photos of your kids?”I get asked this question SO MANY TIMES. I’m lucky with Nina. She is a natural. Well, in all honesty, Yanik used to love the camera too when he was little! Teenage years and mama’s photos don’t really mix. On the rare occasions that I do manage to get him in a snap however, he always looks poised and handsome! However, it’s not just about the kids enjoying being in front…

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Food & Home

5 slow cooking myths I want to clear up

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When it comes to slow cooking, there are many falsities going around. Some of them have been unwittingly fabricated by beings who have never tried to slow cook in their life, and others by those who have tried to slow cook once or twice, and never taken it upon themselves to learn how to properly use this handy kitchen gadget. Here are 5 slow cooking myths I want to clear up 1. Slow cookers are for cooking stews and casseroles…

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Food & Home,You

On being a mum & eating healthily (yes it’s possible!)

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Healthy eating was never an easy task – but it can be simple if you want it hard enough. In today’s fast paced world, the convenience of unhealthy food has created a massive inconvenience to our wellbeing. Often, our needs take a backseat, and we resort to opening the fridge and eating whatever is available.  Bread is a staple we all keep at home, and the easiest snack of all is often bread filled with whatever we can get our…

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Life

Why our (younger) child has a 7pm bedtime

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Nina, who is almost 4 years old, goes to bed at 7pm every night. We might decide to stretch it just a little bit on weekends, but we would never let her stay up way past her bedtime for no valid reason, or until she decides she wants to go to bed. Yes, summer and winter, holidays and not, our child has a fairly strict 7pm bedtime. We’ve had a few odd looks from parents who think that this is…

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Life

5 fun things to do on a dreary, rainy day

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5 fun things to do on a dreary, rainy day The throes of winter. Summer seems so far away. Now, I am one who enjoys the cold winter days. Nonetheless, come February, I long for some warm sunshine. There are too many days when the weather is less than ideal for fun-filled days with the family. Dreary, rainy days make me inventive. I think of ways to enjoy an otherwise bleak Sunday. This is what I’ve come up with for…

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