Tuesday, 15 July 2014

weddings and roadtrips

My sister is getting married on Saturday.

We're going slightly insane here, because we are driving to Airlie Beach.

Driving, with 4 kids who have never done a long road trip

Including 1 baby, who cries if the trip is longer than 30 minutes

The trip is 12 hours

Insane, I tell you

It's 9.30am on Tuesday morning, we are leaving in 24hrs

And I am sitting at the computer, writing blog posts

Because it's more fun than the pile of packing that is waiting for me

{or the housework that I'm avoiding}

I've been looking at statistics this morning, marriage and divorce statistics

Our marriage rate is lower now, per 1000 head of population, than it was 20 years ago

And 60% of females granted a divorce in 2012 were aged under 44

It's kind of eye opening

{and a totally weird thing to be doing}

I'm procrastinating. Now I'm going to start my busy day.

Friday, 11 July 2014

5 tips to rock your pinterest profile

I love pinterest! I have spent long hours on the couch, browsing pinterest while feeding Sophie in the last year, so I decided to share the things I look for when deciding to follow someone on pinterest.

  1. fill out your profile! And don't be cute, I just want to know if you blog, and what you're interested in.
  2. arrange your boards. I checked out a profile yesterday that had boards without pins in the top row! Doesn't make me want to explore your boards further. 
  3. leave the group boards down the bottom! Another profile I checked out yesterday was about 50 group boards, and only 3 personal boards. I want to learn more about you, I can't do that if you don't pin anything personal.
  4. browse the boards of people who pin you. You never know what interesting boards or pins you will find.
  5. I rarely follow every board from one person. But I'm more tempted to look if you follow all my boards. (did you know, if you follow all, then go through and unfollow boards you're not interested in, the person will never know)
Do you have any great tips to rock my pinterest profile?

Thursday, 10 July 2014

advice for new and old bloggers

Dear new bloggers

You need to write! Create content before you start worrying about stats. Build a community on facebook or instagram or twitter (or all 3 if you want), and get them engaging with you (blog comments aren't the only mark of an engaged community these days)

If you're blogging just to make money, stop now, save yourself the heartache. Because blogging is not the quick-fix answer. The bloggers you see talking about making money have been slogging away for years, building their communities, writing engaging content. And they started by not making money, but working their contacts and accepting "product for review" (not all, but some)

Find your authentic voice, that spot that captures you in your words. And forget the stats!

signed, an old blogger

Dear old bloggers

Want to try writing about something new? Maybe you can get that old spark and enthusiasm back, and reignite your passion for your blog. And don't worry about the lack of comments, in this social media age, everyone is "busy", but we are reading your posts!

We love that you share your knowledge with us, even if sometimes we forget to say thank you. But you're the first person we ask for help when we're lost, because you rock!

Write a guest post for us, lets get you up and humming again.

signed, new bloggers

inspired by this post from Melissa Ford on BlogHer

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

why I write

When I was a kid, I was going to be a writer. In fact, I wrote, complete with illustrations, a book series called "the veggie gang", who were going to convince the world to eat veggies! In about grade 5 or 6, dad promised if I pulled As in my report card, he would introduce me to a writer.

I pulled my grades up, and true to his word, dad invited Alan Finch (who co-authored a book on our local area history in 1982) to our house one evening. I don't remember much about the evening, except that this strange person was sitting in our lounge, encouraging me to write if that was where my passion really was. But in typical 10-year-old-fashion, I promptly forgot about it in the days afterwards.

I was reminded of that visit when I started high school, and Mr Finch's wife was my English teacher! She made words exciting, even if I have always hated reading books to then discuss them in class.

These days, I write to capture the memories. I write because it helps me sort my thoughts out. I write, because I can.

What am I working on?
I'm going away next week, so I want to get some posts scheduled before then. And I have this crazy idea to build a newsletter. And there's an ebook lurking inside me, wanting to bust out.

I also write over at And Sew We Craft
Why do I write what I do?
Because one of the few things that upsets me most about my childhood is having no photos. And no words to share with my kids. So I need to capture those moments, and those pieces of me, while I still can.

How does my process work?
Since the arrival of Sophie, my process hasn't worked. And I've struggled to find one again. But just last week, I pulled out my journal, and started writing long hand, and wrote 2 blog posts in less than an hour. For now, it works.

How does it differ to others in the same genre?
If I knew what genre I fell into, I could answer better. Am I a lifestyle blogger? A crafty blogger? Or even a creative educator?

I'm passing this blog hop on to the following three bloggers

Amy-Louise at Frockabilly Freakout

Tara at vegeTARAian

Krissy at Pretty Wee Things

and linking up with Maxabella Loves

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

breastfeeding and normal in the same sentence

 This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Medela and Kids Business

Like my {super-quick} labours, I've never spoken of my breastfeeding journey before. So it was slightly emotional to be asked to share at a talk hosted by Medela and Kids Business at the PBC expo last month.

a very young me, feeding Natalie
I've always labelled myself one of the lucky ones - except for a 3 day bout of mastitis when Riley was 8 months old, I've never had a problem with breastfeeding.

And that is why I've never shared my story - because there's something in women that means they only share the bad stories of labour and pregnancy and breastfeeding. I felt excluded from the sharing club.

So it was interesting to hear the new research from Dr Jacqueline Kent that found there is no normal when it comes to breastfeeding, no specific pattern babies follow, and no rules to benchmark the right way to breastfeed.1

For example

30% of babies always take only one breast a feed, 13% have both, and a whopping 57% change from feed to feed!
Boys have more milk than girls. The daily range of milk consumption is 478ml - 1356ml. Boys take an average of 831ml, while girls take 755ml.
The number of breastfeeds per day ranged from 4-13, and the range of time taken for each feed was 12-67 minutes. {all of my kids fall at the top end of time per feed!}
This means that my breastfeeding experience is just as normal as the experience of many of my friends! Even when we are all having very different experiences.

Learn more about this research by clicking through to the Medela website.

1. Kent,J.C. et al. Longitudinal changes in breastfeeding patterns from 1 to 6 months of lactation. Breastfeeding Medicine 8, 401-407 (2013

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT

Medela provides real solutions for breastfeeding mothers to get over any hurdles in the early days and to support their long term breastfeeding goals. Through its extensive range of breast pump products and other breastfeeding products, Medela is committed to promoting the benefits of breast milk and encouraging long term breastfeeding. For more information visit: www.medela.com.au I www.facebook.com/medela.au
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