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.
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.
Amazing Guide to Lunches by Kylie from Kidgredients
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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!
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!!
1kg potatos (peeled and halved/quartered)
40g onion (finely diced)
250g hard ricotta cheese
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Let me tell you a truth about myself, which you’ll no doubt learn over our time together: I hate cooking! It’s true! I know what you’re wondering… then why am I posting recipes? Because I believe that due to my hatred of cooking, I have been super inventive in creating EASY recipes which we all love! Because while I hate cooking, I love a good meal!! Here’s a Beetroot Risotto I threw together the other day from things that were in my pantry, which took me 40 minutes total, and the kids absolutely loved it!! Continue reading
There’s a lot to be grateful for in The Sane Mum’s world!
The page has been in maintenance mode for the past couple of weeks, as I was changing over to my own hosting and learning a whole lot of website related things while I was at it! Main thing I’ve learnt – I still have a lot to learn!! Continue reading
I love a good upcycling project, and our lounge is in a desperate need of reupholstering! In order to save money on expensive upholstery fabric, I picked up two large canvas drop sheets at my local hardware store. They were beige, but I had already imagined the sofa being lovely light grey… I had no choice, but to attempt dying fabric for the first time ever! Continue reading
Redefining Perfection in Everyday Life and Parenting
When we do a big shop, we like to use the local supermarket’s delivery service! Since we get paid once a month, we tend to buy our non-perishables monthly, too. A big shop like that takes a bit of planning and preparation, but we find that the effort is worth it as we end up saving money in the long run. Continue reading
Following on from my Homeschooling Tips! blog post, I have put together a list of the school books we use and love! This year, my kids are in Year 3, Year 2 and PP. Our needs may change as they grow older however, for the past five years, these have been my favourites! Continue reading
The new school year starts in less than a week and I’m writing this as a homeschooler, so I should be very stressed right now, however, 2017 is now going to be our 5th year homeschooling and in the past couple of years I have worked out several things that make my life much easier and less stressful!
Since I have been asked so many times about homeschooling, how it works and my tips regarding it, I thought I’d better write about it! Continue reading
One of my favourite Polish dishes are Pierogi Ruskie, which are basically spiced-potato filled dumplings that are just delicious! Here is my gluten free spin on the recipe! For those of you who don’t have to follow a gluten free diet, I will post a regular recipe in the next couple of days!
- 1kg potatos (peeled and halved/quartered)
- Two onions (finely diced)
- 300g hard ricotta cheese
Last night we had a visit from the Tooth Fairy! That reminded me of the last time she came by our house, in July! It was hilarious! I mean magical, it was magical!
Anyone who knows us, knows how enthusiastic we are when it comes to home improvement! We love renovations! So much so, that we have about a thousand ongoing, unfinished projects going on around the house! From gardening, through landscaping, to having ripped our ceilings down. Yes, you read that right – we are in a 1930’s cottage and have decided to bring it back to its former glory, by raising the ceilings back up to their original height!
I have been thinking about sharing this blog on social media since writing the Christmas Tree post last week.
Funny, how such a simple step seems so scary!
I have three amazing little kids, Mr8, Mr6 and Miss-almost-5! So far, every Christmas I have somehow managed to keep our tree simply dressed in silver, with a splash of colour coming from the coloured lights! A couple of years ago I bought the kids a little $5 tree for their room and about another $5 worth of little colourful decorations for it, so they’d leave ‘MY’ tree alone! ? Well, this year I decided to be a fun mum and to make Christmas about what it actually is about: family-tree-dressing, laughter, fun and love! So here are my few, simple steps to dressing your Christmas tree this year to make the kids happy, if you, too, are a control freak like me!!! 😂 Continue reading