Versatile Blogger Award

versatile-blogger-1I am so honoured to have been nominated for my first award- The Versatile Blogger Award (eeeekkk!)

The very fabulous Sabrina at queenofmyworld.com has so kindly nominated me. Check out the post she wrote that made me fall in love with her ‘I am’

Three words to describe her? Strong, fearless and inspirational.

Thanks for the love Sabrina- so touched to know someone is enjoying my site as much as I enjoy writing it.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My 15 Nominations

I understand that some of the nominees will have received this award before so there is no obligation to accept.

The blogs that I have nominated are the ones I enjoy reading the most.

The ones featured here are daring, funny, witty, clever, insightful, entertaining and light hearted. You’ll appreciate that they are all Mama blogs- but they are oh so different.

Just want to let you know I appreciate your honesty in your writing and I love reading your posts!

1) Mothering with a side of whine -my fave post ‘These are the good ol days’

2) A Morning Grouch – this post touched my heart ‘I see you’

3) Robyn Jackson – I loved this post ’10 things I want my daughter to know before she turns 10′

4) Live and Work at Home – my fellow Work at Home Mama posted this ‘Motivation Tips’

5) Stacey Chia – such an honest look at motherhood on this post ‘Being a Mother’

6)  The Little Laneway – a funny and clever post ‘Mama Time Management’

7) Seriously – I can really relate to this post ‘Growing Pains’

8)  Diapers and Tutus – I could have almost written this post myself ‘Letter to my stubborn child’

9) Motherhood The Real Deal – I couldn’t agree more with this blogger ‘Skewed idea of parenthood’

10) All Together in a Scattered Sort of Way – Intelligent, informative, bold and so relevant ‘It is time’

11) Sexy Mama – I just love this post ‘I’m sorry to all the Mothers I used to work with’

12) Doodlemum – Because her pictures tell a thousand words. Check out her book

13) Eden and Atticus – A very real and honestly refreshing break up post  ‘Heartbreak’

14) A Moderate Mama– This post is so accurate! ’10 weird things that happen when you become a mom’

15) When the Kids Go To Bed –  This Mama has a very impressive bookshelf

Now 7 things about me

1) My first pet was a black cat who died after being hit by a car 😦

2) Cooking for me is a chore (pizza for dinner kids!)

3) I have a serious sweet tooth (any excuse for chocolate!)

4) Despite being a Mama I am terrible at multi tasking (anyone else have this problem?)

5) I am an introvert but I love to talk (I’m just a walking contradiction)

6) My 11 year old is now almost as tall as I am (this is not hard- her friends have been taller than me even when they were in grade three)

7) My family are my life (just in case you hadn’t already picked up on that)

The floor is yours 🙂

 

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The 5 different Mamas you’re likely to know

When you head to the playground, or to a playgroup session or even when you gather amongst your tight knit group of friends- you are likely to encounter varying types of Mamas.

The good news is there is no good or bad type of Mama- we are all individuals, all unique and oh so special in our own little ways. The Mama’s I have encountered over the years have turned into my very best friends and even though we sometimes have to agree to disagree I love each and every one of them.

1) The health and beauty Mama

This Mama can rock skinny jeans weeks after she’s just had a baby. As soon as she’s able she is hitting the gym and talking designer lipsticks whilst you can scarcely whisper ‘sleep deprived.’ Greasy pony tail and track pants? No way. Health and beauty Mama won’t be seen in anything less than high heels and a full face of make up. I admire her efforts because after all we have to take care of ourselves too right? I’ll admit I feel great after showering and brushing my hair, but these days my high heels are lucky to see the light of day. I love being around health and beauty Mama especially when I need an insta make over. She can turn me from frumpy mummy to yummy mummy with a lick of her mascara. She’s great to have over just before date night with hubby!

2) DIY Mama

This Mama makes all of her kids clothes, makes all her own puree foods and won’t be seen buying from the frozen dinner section. Ever. She’s the one you can rely on for an awesome midweek recipe and you’re likely to get a hand knitted with love cardigan for your newborn when you have your baby shower (she’ll probably be the one organising it). She also bakes the most amazing cakes and can rock an apron like a boss. You secretly envy her but hate her even more when you find how generous she is at sharing her skills. She is great at birthday parties and afternoon tea get togethers. DIY Mama is kind and helpful and always ready to lend a hand.

3) ‘I can do anything’ Mama

I was tempted to call this Mama the ‘Perfect Mama’ But the truth is there is no such thing. The ‘I can do anything Mama’ is a combination of the DIY Mama, the health and beauty Mama, the ‘my kid is the best in the world’ Mama and a whole lot of in between. She is usually the first to arrive and the last to leave because she is always so damn busy. You admire her for all that she can do and wonder how on Earth she does it. Not only was her kids first holiday in Paris (jealous much?) she just recently started an accounting business with her hubby. But just because her exterior is picture perfect does not mean all is well- talk to your ‘I can do anything’ Mama friend on a deeper level and find a connection. You’ll soon see that the picture she puts out isn’t what it seems. Offer to help out by taking her kids for an arvo or invite her for coffee sans kids. You’ll find you have more in common with her than you think.

4) ‘My kid poops gold’ Mama

“What do you mean terrible twos? We by passed all that”

“My kid was walking at three months- how old were yours?”

“My two year old speaks Greek, Latin and Thai. He never learned gibberish.”

Sound familiar? The ‘my kid poops gold’ Mama thinks the world of her kids, and so she should. Any Mama should be proud of her kids accomplishments. But when it is constant and she is always comparing her kids to yours- it can be downright tiresome. Next time this Mama refers to your child as less than inferior- rant and rave about how your kids can do back flips, front flips and aerials all whilst holding a latte. That’ll send the message loud and clear, she’ll realise what she’s doing and she’ll know she’s crossed a line.

5) ‘I haven’t slept in days’ Mama

This poor Mama just can’t catch a break. Not only are her kids driving her mental, she is recovering from the flu, her car was totalled due to no fault of her own and her rents gone up by another $20! Truth is misery loves company, even though she may be going through some tough times it’s fair to say that we ALL go through those days- but with this Mama it seems to be every day. Help this Mama out by changing the subject if she goes on a tangent about something negative, compliment her  if she tells you something positive that’s happened. It’s important to be a good friend and always listen, but don’t let that fear and negative emotion get you down too.

Which Mamas do you know?

10 things I can’t live without

1) A good book game-of-thrones

My favourite thing to do is read. Dr Seuss said ‘the more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more places you go.’ When I read, I get transported to another world, I’m a different person and I can  have 100 different experiences all in the comfort of my home. At the moment I am loving the Game of Thrones book set- dragons, lions and dwarves! Oh my!

2) Face cleanser

Most nights I can get at least 6-7 hours of sleep. When the little ones are unwell or have some serious gas going on down there- I’ll be lucky to get two hours of sleep. Enter miracle cream. Even after an all nighter I will force myself to cleanse my face in this stuff. It helps to un zombie-fy my face. My skin just loves me for it- so will yours.

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3) Slow cooker

How we ever survived without this I’ll never know. Makes week night cooking so much easier and that much more delicious (see my post on 7 ways to avoid the 9-5 meltdown). Like heck- I have better things to do than being in the kitchen! I could be cleaning the bathroom instead!

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4) Kisses from my girls

This one cost nothing but love and hugs. It is my most favourite thing of all. Enough said.

lip gloss5) Lip gloss

If you’re like me you don’t really go anywhere except to pick the kids up from school and to the supermarket. A little bit of glamour never hurt anybody. Don’t wait for an excuse to get pretty, do little things every day. When I brush my hair I actually get a compliment, with decent clothes my husband tends to check me out more. Can you imagine the audience I would get if I tried every now and then? Not saying that looking good is the most important thing in the world, but if it makes me smile it was worth my while. This one’s a steal at just $15!

 

6) A bath (alone and without an audience!)

These days a shower is a luxury, but a bath? Please stop. When you get the chance- grab it with both hands and soak in the bath until your fingers resemble prunes. Remember a relaxed Mama is a happy Mama. Do it, I dare you.

7) Bburp clothsurp cloths

These things saved my life (not to mention my wardrobe) when I was nursing. They are soft, lightweight and will save you from smelling like your babies puke. Later on as the girls got older- they were perfect as bibs. When they’re finally over the messy stage I’ll use them as kitchen cloths (recycling at it’s best people!)

8) Hubbys love

Now I’m the type of person who cringes when I see a corny love story played out in the pictures. But you wanna know what the truth is? I’m a romantic at heart. I gush when hubby tells me he loves me and I can’t help but love hubby more when I hear him reading bedtime stories to my girls. Yes that may sound corny but I’ll wear that badge proudly because I absolutely love my husband. Even more than my slow cooker.

9) Sexy nappy bag

Just because you’re carrying nappies, wipes, tissues, clothes, lip gloss and the entire contents of the kitchen- does not mean you have to look like Reese Witherspoon on her latest film Wild (by the way great movie). Get yourself a sexy nappy bag that carries everything you need and doesn’t resemble the cooler bag you packed your hubbys lunch in. This bag comes with a bottle tote and a change mat. WINNING!

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10) Baby swing

Slightly controversial- but from my experience, I can tell you it helped out tremendously particularly when I had my third daughter. When my just two year old craved my attention and my newborn was still in her clingy newborn stage, I could rely on this swing to gently rock her to sleep. I used it mainly for the midday naps and to keep her entertained whilst I was busy with my toddler. In my eyes, anything that makes life easier for Mama is absolute gold.

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So there  you have it.

Reply below with a link to your top 10 things you can’t live without!

If you click on any of the pictures above you can purchase the item for yourself through the Amazon store. Happy shopping 🙂

 

Why We Need More Mothers at Work

How many of you can relate to this?

TIME

I still am embarrassed by this memory. Five years ago I walked into an office on the twenty-fifth floor of the Manhattan headquarters of Time Inc. (which owns Fortune.) I was there to meet with Time.com’s then-managing editor and pitch a partnership idea, but once I took a seat and surveyed the endless photos of her small children spread across the airy space, I decided this editor was too much of a mother to follow up on the idea.

I still went through with my proposal, but I walked out sure I would never talk to her again. She wasn’t the first and only mother whose work ethic I silently slandered. As a manager at The Huffington Post and then The Washington Post in my mid-twenties, I committed a long list of infractions against mothers or said nothing while I saw others do the same.

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I want to be a stay at home mom.

Amen sister…. work really is the easy part!

Mom At Work

I want to be a stay at home mom.

There, I said it.

I know that this blog is called Mom at Work.  I know that I’m supposed to be writing about the whole work/life/mommyhood balance and how it really is possible to juggle it all and to at least appear to be having a good time of it.  I know that I’m a feminist and I should want more for my life than pureeing baby food and keeping house and reading aloud the same cardboard book 72 times before the sun has come out for the day.  I know that I should want to define my life as more than the success of my children and harmony of my family.

I also know – or at least I have been told – that being a stay at home mom would drive me one hundred percent loopy (or loopy in…

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How despicable are you?

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It’s day one of the Easter long weekend.

We’ve made no plans to leave the house.

Enter chaos.

When you have three children (two under the age of three) then s*** can hit the roof.

That’s why I turn to Gru.

He watches my kids and keeps them entertained (half an hour tops).

So this morning I put this film on for my kids and ate my breakfast in peace.

The kids were eating, I was eating and we laughed out loud (seriously how cute are those minions!)

I swore we would have a TV free long weekend and I broke that prmise in the first few hours of waking up.

Am I despicable?

Not really- just tryna keep sane. Now that the films done and were all fed we can get on with the day.

Enter quality time.

Happy Easter everyone!

Get your copy of Despicable Me by clicking on the image above 🙂

5 ways to have fun with the kids these holidays

These holidays, have some fun with the kids!

I loooove being a stay at home Mama but it is so easy to take that time for granted and default into ‘work mode’ because you are at home with them anyway right?

Make it quality time- allocate time blocks where you are just Mama and you can really enjoy their company. There are countless things you can do with the kiddies these holidays but I’ve highlighted my top 5. I’ve rated them in terms of how much fun they are likely to have, the expense and how easy or hard difficult it is to clean up! Here they are…. click on the picture if you want to buy the product from Amazon and help fund my site.

1) Kinetic Sand

kinetic-sandCleanliness- No where near as painful to clean as it looks-it’s not sand and its softer than Play Doh. The little ones will enjoy the texture and the older ones can really get creative (the ones in packs have the special moulds)

Fun o meter- They’ll be kept busy for at least two hours- little ones get distracted quicker. Make sure you engage with them in order to keep them interested.

Costs- The larger boxes contain the moulds and a tray and sell for just over $20. Not bad considering how easy it is to clean and so much more fun when it’s something new

2) Dress Upsdress-ups

Cleanliness- If you decide to use your old clothes to dress up in then you’re in for a bit of laundry. Otherwise the more delicate pieces can be hand washed easily.

Fun o meter- This will be different for every child but I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t play make believe. My girls love the Princess dresses by Disney.

Costs- Free if you pull old clothes from your wardrobe (Daddy’s old long sleeved work shirt is the perfect pirate outfit) or Amazon do great deals on boxed collections. It is more cost effective to buy the set.

3) Blankets and sheets

When I was younger one of the things I loved doing with my siblings was getting the bed sheets and making a cubby house under the dining table. It’s the most fun you can have with the little ones. Make sure you play my version from time to time where you get to be the Queen and the servants (your little ones) have to wait on you hand and foot!

Cleanliness- Again more laundry but the hours of fun is so priceless.

Fun o meter- Hours and hours of fun!

Costs- FREE

gian-art-jar4) Giant Art Jar

Cleanliness- There will be messy glue, sticky tape, tiny bits of paper and all sorts of art items that will be annoying to pick up. Do what I do and lay newspaper on the ground to avoid paint spills.

Fun o meter- Encourage the kids to get creative and more than anything get yourself created. Imagine, be brave and show the kids how it’s done. I have zero artistic skills but everyday I’m inspired by my kiddies.

Costs- This jar is just over $20. Great value considering all that is included.

5) READ READ READ

Help set up lifelong habits for the kids. Encourage them to read AND read with them. There is no better bonding process even for the little ones. They take in so much (even when you think they’re not paying attention!)

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Fun o meter- Reading can be fun for all ages. Just be sure to select age appropriate books. My 11 year old is in love with the Harry Potter series at the momentand my three year old is now starting to understand characters, their plots and their outcomes. It’s so fascinating to see her make those connections. My one year old takes after her sisters and is also a book worm. Books that will appeal to this age have a hard cover, have bright pictures and books that contain textures and mirrors in them will help the little ones stay more engaged.

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