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

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!

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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

Healthy Eating: Homemade Bread

I am prioritising healthy eating for our family!

We have recently been quite busy, resulting in having a few too many convenience meals! We normally eat quite healthy, so I am on a mission to start us all eating well again! One of my first steps towards healthy eating: mastering homemade bread! It has been quite a journey, and I am nowhere near having mastered this task, but I have found a great recipe that worked for me, so I’d love to share it with you!

Homemade Bread

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Minimialism with kids – how to start

Minimalism – find what works for you!

Minimalism may mean different things to different people. To me, a minimalist lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean that you have nothing in your house. It means that you’re surrounded by fewer things, but that everything you own is either useful/practical, or it gives you true joy when you look at it and hold it.

Choose Joy

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Meal Planning

If you haven’t yet figured it out: I love minimalism!

The Sane Mum’s Meal Planning

In support of utilising each and every moment of your life purposefully, in this section I will provide my Meal Plans with links to recipes and full shopping lists! I find that Meal Planning is a huge sanity-saver and it is a crucial step in eliminating over-spending on last minute shopping trips and take-out. This is also the place where I will talk about once-a-month-shopping and how it helps us stay on budget and how it ties in with my Meal Planning.

Meal Planning

Amazing Guide to Lunches by Kylie from Kidgredients

As a lover of monthly shopping and fool-proof kid recipes, it is my pleasure to recommend The Kidgredients Guide to Awesome Lunches! It is not just a recipe book, but a great resource, packed with fantastic information about health and nutrition, lunchbox packing tips, as well as my favourite: tips for once-a-month-baking! I’ve already got my copy: having pre-prepared lunches in the freezer is extremely useful not just when you have to have a lunchbox ready every day for school, but also when you homeschool! I am very excited to be an affiliate for Kylie’s amazing book, because I do truly think it is brilliant! Best of all, it is only $10.00!

*As an affiliate I will get a small commission when you purchase the book, however it comes at NO extra cost to you!

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Our journey: Minimalism – how it all started!

Minimalism

I came across minimalism by accident. I was overwhelmed with life – with trying to maintain a home with three young children, while homeschooling. I felt there were just not enough hours in the day to look after the kids, teach them, feed them a healthy diet, keep a clean house, be a good wife, and be happy! We were buried under paperwork, toys and knick knacks! I had to dust daily underneath and between all the candles, statues, vases and photo frames. It was time consuming and frankly – depressing. I’d had enough! I was overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we had and I decided to purge what I could!

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Pierogi Ruskie Recipe

I promised a regular recipe for Pierogi Ruskie when I posted the gluten free recipe! It’s taken me way too long, but here it is! This is a recipe passed down from my Grandmother, translated from her old, Polish cookbook! Hope you enjoy it!!

Filling ingredients:
1kg potatos (peeled and halved/quartered)
40g onion (finely diced)
250g hard ricotta cheese
Salt
Pepper
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