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Category Archives: Home Sweet Home

 

Domestic grind

Christmas packed lunch ideas

It’s Christmas…and time to go crazy with some fun packed lunch ideas for the kids.

All you need:

Some plastic christmas shapes (buy from any supermarket) to cut out sandwiches into Christmas Tree or star shapes.

Your imagination.

And your …

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Getting rid of the clutter

Children come with so much STUFF. When they’re little, it’s nappies and wipes and cuddly toys, when their older it’s Sylvanian Families and lego and anything small enough to choke the vacuum cleaner….

The problem is that it is so …

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Getting along with the in-laws

For some reason, in-laws seem to get a bad wrap in life. Mother-in-laws in particular are often the subject of unwanted jokes about ‘monster-in-laws’ and the ‘mother-in-law from hell’ and there have been several films made over the years which …

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Maintaining a life after children

Something Nat and I are often asked about is how you can maintain a life after children. We’ve done many talks about it at The Parenting Place and other venues so I thought it about time we shared our 5

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The rise of the school cookbooks

Balmoral School cookbook

Balmoral School cookbook

There’s something in the wind at the  moment. Every second school I hear about seems to be bringing out a new school cookbook. In the last few years alone there seems to...

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Tips for Running a Business while Raising a Family

I have this phrase that I’ve been using a lot lately… I call it ‘Juggling the Motherload’ which to me is the on-going challenge of juggling motherhood with paid work.  Trying to look after everyone and everything without losing ourselves …

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Night Time Toilet Training

I’m in the throws of night time toilet training TWO boys!  It’s stressful and I sometimes feel like I ‘live in the laundry’.  So I thought it would be a great idea to bring Di Hurford from NZ business Brolly …

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How To Be A Happy Stay-at-home Mum

Being a stay-at-home mum can be a fun but demanding job – note the ‘job’ bit ladies, as it is. It’s not a walk-in-the-park by any means. Some women thrive at being stay-at-home mums whereas others lose themselves and struggle …

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Keeping Jacqui a Neat Freak

Most of you already know that I am a teeny bit of a Neat Freak.

If you’ve read our book you’ll know that I cannot leave the house without opening the curtains, making the beds and doing the dishes. If …

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My Food Bag Review

When Nat told me that Cecilia Robinson from My Food Bag had called to offer us a week’s trial of their new Family Bag, I was extremely excited. A few days off from cooking, I thought to myself. I love …

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Cook Book Review – “Munch”

When Nat and I were recently invited to review the family cook book, “Munch”, Nat went into panic attack. Nat, as many of you already know, prefers it when Hubbie, Matt cooks in their home. Reviewing a cook book and …

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Getting Your Kids to Help with the Chores

What ‘style’ of mothering sounds more like you? Nagging the kids to do things (like put on their shoes and make their bed) or rush around doing it yourself (because it’s ‘easier’) ? I’m a bit of both. I definitely …

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