The new attic

Last year I blogged about our need for more storage space. Our house is by no means small; in fact, it is just right for us at this stage in time. We just needed somewhere other than the dirty and dusty garage to store things we needed to keep but…

Cruising with Kids: Pros & Cons

I have mixed feelings about the last vacation we embarked on. It was a 10 night Sydney to New Zealand cruise on one of Royal Caribbean International’s newest and largest ships, Ovation of the Seas. Of course, overall, it was a terrific experience, both for Eugene and I, as well…

The Importance of Recording Our Dreams

I was determined to stay awake until midnight this past New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure why but I felt it was important to welcome the new year in which I will turn 40. 40? 40! We won’t talk about the fact I prepared for bed well before midnight so…

Loving the spaces we live in

Since we’ve been married, Eugene and I have moved house a LOT. We’ve both bought and rented. We’ve lived in a place as tiny as a 50 square metre apartment (before kids!) and a large house by the beach. In total, there have been 6 dwellings and 6 moves. One…

Life is short – why I no longer save things for special occasions

If there’s anything that almost entering my fourth decade of life has taught me, it is that there is no point in saving things for the “right” occasion. From a young age, I was taught the value of money as Mum and Dad scrimped and saved to build a home…

What gets me through when the kids are sick

I recently discovered that my toddler, Gabriel, is a complete terror when he is unwell. It’s not that he hasn’t been sick before. When his nose started running, I thought I knew what to expect based on past behaviour. I knew he would be clingy and sooky and mentally prepared…

Moving Towards Minimalism – Am I Deluded?

I have been reading Joshua Becker’s book, Clutterfree with Kids, on and off for the last few months. Becker is an advocate for people finding their own “style” of minimalism unique to their own circumstances. He defines “minimalism” simply as “a lifestyle where people intentionally seek to live with only…

Oh My Gorgeous! Love Mae wall decals

This past weekend I finally put up these beautiful Love Mae wall decals in the girls’ bedroom. I have hung onto these for, dare I say it, a couple of years! Having nothing planned on Sunday afternoon, I suggested to Eugene we should touch up paint some of the walls…

An update on travelling with kids – eating my words

During the recent school holidays, we visited beautiful, sunny, freeeeezing Melbourne. You may recall I did a post a little while ago about how difficult it was travelling with the three munchkins but giving all sorts of reasons why I would do it all again. Well, I take it back.…

Learning to say “no” – a vital step to self-care

There are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact we donโ€™t really have to do. Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process. โ€” Elaine St. James I am, by nature, a people pleaser. I found…