Tips for an easier dinner time

Which young mum wouldn’t give just about anything to make dinner time run nice and smooth at their house? Today on the blog, I hand the reigns over to another mum who will share with you how she makes meal planning and preparation work for her and her young family! Thank you Megan from A Dash of Mum for taking the time to share your best tips for an easier dinner time with us!

Meal planning and preparation is a huge factor in getting dinner on the table on time at our house. When my husband is working away, it’s just me and the kiddos, so it’s really important for me to take the time to plan and prepare certain items and have everything ready to go for a smooth-running dinner time. I have a 5 month old and a 2 year old, and around dinner time it’s like the witching hour! If you have toddlers, you know that a hungry kid is a hangry kid! To avoid the hanger, we like to eat around 5 o’clock in the evenings and I try to stick to this schedule daily. As our afternoons are usually busy, I like to help myself out where I can.

One of my favourite kitchen items is our well-loved slow cooker. I love being able to ‘set it & forget it’! I can toss a bunch of items in the morning, and have a mouthwatering meal ready to go by dinner time. Continue reading


Reflection, gratitude and apologies: Life full of events

Today is a day of reflection

They say you’re only given what you can handle. I have been very quiet on the blog in the past couple of months, as I was ‘handling’ lots of planned and unplanned things! From renovation fun and homeschooling, to being flown 600km to a children’s hospital with Mr9… Weeks have flown by and here I am, sitting down and finally writing this post that should have been a series of posts along the way.

Hence this is a post with multiple emotions weaved in: fear and relief, gratitude, excitement and stress, with a pinch of feeling like a terribly unreliable person! Continue reading

Vegetarian Family Meal Plan

Last time on the blog, Magda from The Togetherish shared why and how she meal plans for her family! I am very pleased to have her back to share exactly what her weekly vegetarian family meal plan looks like, as well as providing some of her delicious, go-to recipes – Thanks Magda!

Magda’s Vegetarian Family Meal Plan

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
Monday Granola/ Smoothie or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Roast Vegies and Quinoa Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Tuesday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Mexican Jacket potatoes

Funny Faces for the kids

Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Wednesday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Tofu and Vegie Stir fry

Broccoli noodles for the kids

Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Thursday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Zucchini and potato soup Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Friday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Take away for the grown ups. Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Saturday Eggs or Pancakes n/a (we are usually out and about) Sweet Potato Lentil Curry Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Sunday Breakfast at the markets n/a (we are usually out and about) Potluck dinner with the extended family or homemade pizza Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods

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Vegetarian Meal Planning

If you love minimalism as much as I do, you will appreciate anything that saves you time in the long run and gives you more quality time to spend with your family. One of those time-saving things is meal planning! It might take a little bit of your time initially, but once you’re in the rhythm and do it regularly, you will be reaping the rewards of meal planning in no time! Since I’m no expert in vegetarian meal planning, today on the blog, I invited Magda from The Togetherish, to share why and how she plans her weekly meals for her vegetarian family!

Vegetarian Meal Planning

I have been vegetarian for about 10 years now, and my husband is a lifelong vego (he has never eaten a bit of meat) so vegetarianism comes quite naturally to us these days. It is well and truly our norm. I tend to meal plan as a way to keep on budget and get organised for the week ahead. With two toddlers in the household, things can get pretty chaotic, so I like to keep meal times pretty simple. My general rule of thumb is that it needs to be prepared in 30ish minutes, only have a handful of ingredients and can be prepared one handed with a baby on the hip. Continue reading

Why I treasure every picture drawn by my kids

Have you ever considered, that kids don’t have anything of theirs they can give? They can’t go to shops and buy you flowers or a gift. They can’t take you out for a treat. Often, the only thing that is truly theirs to give away is a picture drawn by them! Kids’ artwork is truly precious in that way!

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Dog training: When you’re one of THOSE people!!!

We have two beautiful German Shepherd Dogs! They are amazing family pets and we love them to bits! Sparky is nine and a half years old, Nala is almost three.

Since we had Sparky before we had kids, we spent a lot of time with him, socialising him and taking him out of the house. Because Nala joined our family when the kids were 5, 4 and 2, we had a little less time for her, so we felt she would benefit from some dog training to socialise her before our caravan trip!

Dog Training

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Minimalism and laundry routine: Regain control and sanity

Minimising our house has been one of the best things we have done, for so many reasons! One of the biggest ones is my laundry habits! Who knew that all I needed was a bit of minimalism and a solid laundry routine!

How minimalism changed my laundry habits

Laundry had been my nemesis for years! You know those memes “Did you know there are people who wash, dry, fold and put away their laundry all in one day? Yeah, I’m confused, too!”? That used to be me!! The confused one, I mean!

Laundry Minimalism

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Self care matters! Plus a little update on where we’re at!

Today we’re taking a small break for self care

I’d like to say everything is going fantastic, things are disappearing out of the house and it’s all perfect!

Well, all these statements are true, we have done extremely well! Things really are disappearing out of our house: we’ve sold the kids beds and our bed, as well as lots of other things! Continue reading

Kids can sense our energy: why I should always mean what I say! {The Sane Mum}

Today I learnt that I should always mean what I say

We’ve all heard about it: the law of attraction, the power of positive thinking. That speaking and thinking with conviction will result in, well, results! As an adult you soon learn that in order to rely a message and to find supporters, you need to present your idea with conviction. That your energy can be contagious. There is no better way to have people believe in you, than them seeing your excitement about something and them seeing *you* believe in you!

The same principle works when communicating with children

Today I found out that my youngest (Miss5) lost a key to a very special, handmade, wooden chest. It is a mini replica of Skrzynia Krakowska, which my cousin sent for her from Poland. Let’s just say I have never been as serious about her doing as she’s told as I was today!

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Our dream: Going around Australia in a Caravan!

Our dream

I can’t believe I still haven’t written about it, but ever since my husband and I got together we have been talking about doing the big lap. We dreamed about buying a caravan and spending a year going around Australia. In fact, while looking through my computer recently, I found folders from 2009 with caravan brochures, prices and information.

Australia in a caravan

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Living Room Renovation

We started our living room renovation last year!

Yes, It’s been that long!!! It’s been a long process, mainly because we have a life beyond renovating! It’s true! Like taking the kids out to experience some Kalgoorlie culture! Or writing about bread making! Or, sometimes, hiding from the children with a cup of coffee and a book! Mmmmm… Coffee…. And books…. But I digress!

Living room renovation

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Beautiful Goldfields: Kalgoorlie Heartwalk 2017

Kalgoorlie Heartwalk 2017: Image Gallery

Today, the kids and I took a wonderful walk through our beautiful Kalgoorlie CBD, where artists from the Goldfields region and beyond got together to paint some amazing murals!

We absolutely loved talking to all the artists and getting to know them, but we especially enjoyed learning the stories behind the paintings! Continue reading