Monday, 24 November 2014

the summer of yes

I say no to my kids

a lot

I don't know if it's more or less than other mothers

but I've started to notice recently that I say "no" just to stop them

make them go away

without really listening to what they're asking

and I don't like it.

I don't like the parenting I am doing

and in some ways, it's not surprising that they're a whole lot just a bit naughty at times

I wonder if I said "yes" more often, if they wouldn't ask for so much stuff?

If I said "yes" to every icy pole and biscuit and turn under the sprinkler, and time on the ipad, would they self-regulate better?

or would it backfire, and they'd eat a bag of popcorn for breakfast, and soft drink before bed?

I think I need to have a go at saying yes more often*

- because I'd like to think that my kids have better self-control than I give them credit for

I hope I'm pleasantly surprised by them

It could be a interesting summer

* within the bounds of safe & sensible, I'll say yes to everything for the month of January, and make note of what happens for all the kids. Call it an experiment, if you will.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

seen around the web

How to make mason jar salads  |  The Organised Housewife  |  this looks good enough to tempt non-salad-eating me to make some better choices

The art of keeping a journal  |  Katie Clemmons via The Art of Simple  |  "And to be honest, we just need to know we have a voice, and that our story matters."

Ornaments and their stories mini album  |  Monika at I love it All  |  I have had this on my list for forever. I've purchased photo albums, taken photos of ornaments, designed my template for words. And that's it. Until now.

5 tips for avoiding memory keeper burnout  |  Documenting Life Workshop  |  As I scroll through my list of bookmarks, I realise that the posts about scrapbooking and creativity are jumping out and catching my attention. I think it's time to figure out how to fit them back into my every day.

Going analogue in a techy world  |  Laura Rothlisberger at Life Your Way  |  I love my bullet journal. It totally makes sense to me to expand it a bit to a journal and catcher of all words.

Paper & pen or electronic?

Friday, 21 November 2014

stocking stuffers for bakers

It's no secret that I love to bake, so all these things would be suitable to find under my tree on Christmas Day, but my guess is that any baker would love to find something from this list, too.
  1. Baker's Secret fluted tube from Matchbox
  2. Cake Boss mini alphabet cutters from Kitchen Style
  3. Cake Boss offset spatula from Kitchen Style
  4. OXO angled measuring jug from Kitchenware Direct
  5. Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds from Booktopia
  6. AWW Children's Birthday Cake book  from Booktopia
Other ideas include cake stands, ceramic mixing bowls, spoonulas, balloon whisks, piping bags, measuring spoons, cookie trays, fresh spices and a microplane, sifter, magazine subscription.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

stocking stuffers for the men in your life

If the man in your life is anything like mine, he has no idea what he wants when you ask, because he always buys what he needs when he needs it. It makes gift-buying very hard! So as I've been browsing to create my other lists, I've kept a sharp eye out for suitable items for him.

it's my mug from Maxwell & Williams

whiskey stones from Atticus Fox

man candle in sawdust from Atticus Fox

Stanely vacuum flask from Kitchenware Direct

Rubber mallet from Bunnings

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

today you are thirteen

Dear Douglas

today you are thirteen

Is being a thirteen year old boy different to being a thirteen year old girl?

I guess we'll find out in the next couple of months 

- although it probably can't get any worse than twelve has been

You've discovered tinkering - currently, you're trying to build a usable scooter from two rusty ones

And since we started saying "yes" the crappy outbursts aren't as common


You've gotten taller in the last couple of months, and thinner, if that's ossible

but you've hit the hungry-boy stage, I think

You told the hairdresser you wanted a "Justin Beiber" haircut

{yep, I hate it! but you like it, and it's just hair}

and we invested in face cleanser on the weekend, and I've been showing you how to use it

but I can't let this day pass without saying thank you to your mum,

she did the sleepless nights when you were little.

it's been almost ten years since she passed, so you probably don't remember her well now

but she'd be proud of you - a great big brother to all the kids,

respected by your peers at school

a good friend and scout

and {except for a few small glitches} a good kid all round

Happy thirteen, Douglas
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