Organising

There is a super organised mum called the Organised Housewife. A really great blogger, the Organised Housewife sends through a little job to my inbox every day. Mostly I don’t actually complete the little job but I do look at the job and think, mmm, what a good idea! I especially loved this post – 12 habits of an Organised Mum. Found some super ideas. Take a look at the little post it notes in her featured image. What a great idea for meal planning. I’m going to steal that…

A beginner’s guide to moving countries, starting a smallholding and retaining (?) your sanity

We did it! Actually, I did most of it, but its probably safest not go into too much detail in the department of who did what. We have landed in a new country and almost feeling like locals again after 24 days. The whole process of moving to Ireland was emotional, draining and exhausting and I don’t plan on doing it again in the near future. A good friend of mine estimated I had made approximately 15,000 decisions over the past 6 weeks. I think that would be an accurate…

Friends

It’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks. We’ve moved. The packing is done, the house has been left and the flights taken. Before we left I love it here in Australia… I love waking up and seeing the sunshine streaming through the window. I love the beautiful birdsong that comes with it, especially the warbling tunes of a magpie. I love driving at night and stopping to look at the great expanse of clear sky and the carpet of stars spread across it. I also love being surrounded by…

Christmas

Christmas… It’s supposed to be fun. Or, How to ruin the Christmas spirit… Wednesday marked the end of our schooling days in Australia at least for the foreseeable future. I have loved just about every second of it. We have loved the school, the teachers, the parents and most of the students most of the time. That’s probably a good lesson in life for both the kids and I – you will always find people who aren’t your cup of tea, but you learn mechanisms which help you to  cope…

Escape from Reality

Last blog I spoke about us getting down to brass tacks and how our impending trip to Ireland is becoming a reality. This blog is all about my recent complete and thorough escape from reality. A very good friend of mine whom I have known since I was around twenty one recently announced her engagement. We share another best friend – who lives in Sydney. We often spend an annual weekend together reminiscing about our past lives and when we next plan on going to the Olympics as dressage riders…

Reality sets in

Thanks so much for the beautiful comments which have been coming my way for Super Mum. I really love the feedback I’ve been receiving. I do want to point a few things out though. I have absolutely no formal training in the education and handling of young or old children. My knowledge started the day they handed over our first bundle of joy in the hospital when my husband and I looked lovingly into each others eyes and said… “now what?”. We weren’t much better the next day having to…

Wisdom tooth removal

Recovery Guide for Wisdom Teeth removal Expert advice I read a “how to become a successful blogger” post the other day that a writer’s posts need to inform readers, show them how to be better at something or give them helpful advice. Every day as I muddle my way through life, I wonder at the expert levels of anyone. At what point does one become “expert” at anything. In retrospect, I must admit I am slightly more “expert” than I was fifteen years ago when it comes to child rearing.…

Get to know your dinner…

Farmers Markets In my last blog I was talking about my visit to our local Farmer’s Market at Denman in the beautiful Upper Hunter Valley of NSW. If the truth be known, my sister and I were in search of a Saturday morning coffee. We ended up coming away laden down with bags of fresh produce from local farmers. We met up with two lovely farmers who are growing and selling locally produced meat from their own farms. They breed the stock, feed them and see the entire process right…

Pulled pork in the Instant Pot

Phew! Have you ever been so tired you put dirty washing straight into the dryer? I’ve done that twice today… We have just come back from a week of camping with our local pony club. For one week we rough it, camp in our horse floats and our children ride for up to six hours every day. This year we had two full days of rainy weather which was challenging for the organisers and the parents. (Lots of fun for the kids and their ponies!) When I returned yesterday with…

Getting organised with kids

Wow, I’ve just come across a fantastic site called Planning with Kids. There are some fab ideas and awesome checklists which I am definitely going to get to know a bit better over the next few days. I have been busy cleaning up the house in preparation for our move in December. It’s so incredible the amount of “things” we seem to have accumulated since we moved here 7 years ago. It all adds up to more mess, a harder to clean house and a general feeling of disorganisation! I…

Teaching children resilience

The last few weeks have seen some pretty seismic shifts in our family structure. My husband left for Ireland a month ago with our two eldest children aged 15 and 12, whilst I stayed behind with our 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son. This exit wasn’t met with much distress as I followed them over on my own just 5 days later. There was much to do on my arrival, name tags to be sewn on to freshly purchased uniforms, school books to be bought by the…

How do you do it?

We mums (and no doubt dads) are great at comparing ourselves to others. It’s a competitive lifestyle we lead – everyone is watching what other people do, from what’s in their trolley at the supermarket to what sort of car, house, husband they have. Our lives would be better if only we had that super body, new car, extra guest bedroom… When other people look at our hectic life, with four different children heading in four different directions most of the time, they ask me “How do you do it?”…

I want to be that Mum

This week I ended up in McDonalds twice. I’m not one to frequent McDonalds regularly, but after a 7am drop off for my eight year old son’s excursion to Sydney, I called in for a coffee fix. It was busy so I took a seat and flicked through the paper. Sitting at the table next to me was a middle aged lady a bit like myself, probably frazzled from the week behind and already thinking of the week ahead. Sitting opposite her was a little girl, maybe 8 or 9…

The power of positive people

I often see the quote “The power of positivity” popping up in my news feed and I can not explain how important that quote has been in the last few weeks. In fact I think I would probably change it to “the power of positive people”. The people you meet along life’s journey can have such a profound effect on how you live your life and how you view the world and I strongly believe that they indeed do come into your life for a particular reason. I’m thinking that friendships…

Nom Nom Paleo

Oh my goodness, I think I have found my soulmate in food! I love the look of so many of these recipes. I’ve just gone and bought my very own Instant Pot all the way from USA (and am now trying to source a transformer to be able to use it – don’t follow my lead!) My Top Paleo Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Recipes | Award-Winning Paleo Recipes | Nom Nom Paleo® After reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic ofTidying Up and joining the cult of KonMari, I was determined to…

Packing!

We have really begun our packing in earnest this week. I gave the garage a big clean out over the weekend and threw out a load of things we no longer use. When I say throw out, I actually mean I literally threw out a heap of things that were broken or not able to be used any more. Anything salvagable I’ve sorted into “stuff that someone else may actually pay money for” and “stuff that isn’t probably worth more than 50cents and is therefore heading towards to skip or…

Look after you

Today I had to visit my doctor for a routine ladies check (yes girls, you know what I’m talking about, lads I hope I haven’t turned you off…). This was followed up by a trip to the fitness chief which is part of my  body overhaul (read more about it here). I had my gym gear (slightly unworn I might add) with me and was totally ready to be made to pound out the kilometres on the treadmill and be told how unfit I had become. What happened left me…

It’s only Wednesday?

This evening my daughter and I came in the door late. It was after 7.30pm, we had finished feeding the horses and putting them in for the night and it was blowing an icy gale outside. Unfortunately we don’t have anything that resembles a takeaway anywhere near us, cooking is pretty much the only option. As I said, I’ve been trying to eat well and exercise and as tempting as toasted cheese sandwiches seemed, they weren’t really going to cut it on the health front. I pulled everything out of…

More family

Today being a sunny Sunday brought our family out blinking into the outdoors. We have recently bought a second hand horse float which is close to twenty years old. It’s looking a bit scrappy so with a bit of help from my family, we are giving it a facelift! First of all we gave it a good scrub with the steel brush, sanded it back and then gave it a power hose. Then rubbed it back with turpentine and started painting. It’s probably not the best project to undertake with…

Family

This week an uncle of mine died. 95 years is a good innings in anyone’s language and my Uncle Jack was a man with many talents. He was one of the instigators of bringing television to people’s homes in Australia. He served in the Second World War in the entertainment corps in New Guinea, keeping the troops spirits slightly higher than they might have been. And he was a consultant in Queensland overseeing some of the greatest theatres built in the sunshine state. When we grew up in Central West…

Love…

Today is my birthday. I’m not going to divulge my age but suffice to say it’s greater than forty and less than fifty. I was greeted in bed this morning by four angelic darlings bearing warmed, sugar dusted croissants with hot coffee served along with jam and butter. I was supplied with a towel so as not to make a mess of my sheets and showered with incredibly meaningful cards and gifts bought with thoughtfulness and care. My day was spent uneventfully (actually completing a first aid course which I…

Super boost breakfast

I read this week that oats are at the top of the list for a huge number of health benefits. Some of these include promoting appetite suppression (no more mid morning snacks), boost immune health (especially great at this time of year), reduce bad cholesterol levels (oops that’s me…), lessen insulin production and resistance and promote regularity. Rolled oats are incredibly easy to prepare and are incredibly great value especially in relation to other packaged breakfast options. I’m a big fan of it and my kids would happily munch down…

This week

This week will go down in our family history as the week we announced we are moving to Ireland. Phew, it’s stressful! Over the next couple of months, not only will I be looking after my health (click to read about my health here), my four children, three horses, dog, cat, fish, budgies and 12 chooks (edit – oops and my darling husband of course!), working 4 days a week – I will also be packing up our house, life and belongings and making for a new start in Ireland.…

Freeday Friday

Tomorrow is my official day off, although I don’t care to really think of it that way. It’s not so much a “me” day as an “everyone else” day. It’s the one day of the week I can be in attendance at the school assembly, catch up with the other mums on what’s happening around the school, get up to date on sporting events and future excursions. I can drive the kids to school and we make the journey as tech free as possible. Everyone (except for the littlest one)…

Hello!

Well hello there! My very first blog, thanks for visiting. Please don’t be put off by the title of my blog. I am far from Super Mum! However, I do have four children, work 3-4 days a week for two companies and run my own advertising and marketing business. Alot of the time I don’t feel so super, just tired… Anyway, I love food, I love to cook, I love horses, have been horse mad my entire life much to the dismay of my family. I think they are still…

Health

I’m now at an age when I would have been considered by my younger self as “OLD”. Now that I’ve hit 44, I like to consider myself more as heading towards middle age (gracefully of course). Last week when visiting the doctor, I underwent a routine blood pressure test, which then progressed to a blood and urine test, which then necessitated another visit back to the doctor who informed me my blood pressure was above average, my cholesterol was high and I was barely within my recommended BMI (Body Mass…