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!

minimalism

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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
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Pepper
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The Sane Mum’s Beetroot Risotto

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

Gratitude

There’s a lot to be grateful for in The Sane Mum’s world!

Grateful, Gratitude

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

Dying Fabric – The Easy Way to Dye Fabric at Home

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

Parenting, housekeeping and perfectionism

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

Homeschooling tips! Homeschooling doesn’t have to be stressful!

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

Recipe: Pierogi Ruskie (Gluten Free)

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! 

Filling ingredients:

  • 1kg potatos (peeled and halved/quartered)
  • Two onions (finely diced)
  • 300g hard ricotta cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter

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Renovations!

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!

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How to dress the Christmas tree perfectly, when you have small children!

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

Welcome, 2014!

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions! Not one bit. I always thought that if someone needs to wait until January 1st of the following year to be able to start doing something positive for themselves, then they are probably not determined enough to do it. Hence so many broken New Year’s resolutions out there, right? If you want to change your life, do it NOW. Not starting fresh tomorrow, not starting fresh on Monday, not starting fresh next year. NOW! Continue reading