Are you living an intentional life?

One of the hardest things as a parent is knowing that you set the first example of how to live to your children. I’m not sure how other parents think, or what they think about, but I am often reflecting on the ways our lives set us up to be parents. Whether you were part…

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I am enough

Since my Ripley was born it has been 2 years, 3.5 months of waking every 1-2 hours. Sometimes I lose count of how many times I wake and other times I’m excited because it was only 3 times in a night. We have never had more than 5-6 hours of uninterrupted sleep since he was…

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Failing to be a minimalist

I am in a few minimalism groups on Facebook and also regularly talk to other people about minimalism, other mothers, family members or friends. I often hear the phrase ‘I want to be a minimalist’. There is no doubt that there is a prevalent view on what minimalism is, and it is heavily associated with…

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Taking back motherhood and every day life

More. Defined as ‘something more than she expected’ or greater than what is already. A concept so prevalent in our society, a concept that defines our choices and our thoughts. But why? Mothers with young children are particularly vulnerable to the concept of ‘more’. My facebook feed is full of posts from mothers in groups…

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Bringing minimalism to life

Practicing minimalism is helpful for me as a mother as it allows me the space to play with my child, to reduce the amount of time I spend cleaning or organising and most importantly for me, it reduces the stress I feel from a busy life.   However, items invariably start stacking up again in…

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Why a minimalist approach to toys will help your children

Everyone remembers the Mastercard ad with the baby playing with the cardboard box. I always thought it was an astonishing admission for a credit card company but nevertheless, society has not received the message that children need very little. There are countless articles and books on the topic of toys with many agreeing that ‘less…

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That familiar feeling: overwhelm

Maybe you’ve had a busy week or the kids have been sick, or perhaps you have had a lot of events or obligations to attend to. There are so many times that life can interfere and create a sense of overwhelm. What is overwhelm? The original meaning of the word overwhelm relates to quite literally…

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The Fourth Wave of Feminism

I’m not really the bin your bra and not shave your legs (oh wait, when was the last time I shaved my legs) type but I do love strong and powerful women. I actually wanted to be a journalist, I studied journalism and planned to be a journalist. But what happened? A man. He changed…

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Why gentle parenting is important

There are always new memes going around the internet but there has been one, in particular, a newspaper column in the US which basically claims that the problem with our society stems from too permissive/passive parenting techniques and the way we prioritise our kids. Carly aka Grubby Mummy summarised my thoughts so well overnight that there…

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Minimalism, motherhood and women’s rights

There is more to life than shoes. Back in 2007 and 2008, I wrote a weekly column for a mass website called The Vine – it’s still around today but most of my posts have been deleted. At about 23 years of age, I was pretty obsessed with things like shoes and clothing, as well…

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