Life Behind The Purple Door

inspiring and encouraging mums of big kids (because little kids grow up) to create family adventure every day

Thursday, 19 October 2017

How I use Trello to organise the Genius Bloggers Tool Kit

I am not the most organised person in the world, unless I really want to be.

I still feel guilty 10 months later that Riley missed a LaserZone play date with his best friend because I forgot to look on my calendar, so I've been working really hard over the last few months to become more like my university-attending-single-mum-self was.

That means that when I decided that I was indeed going to spend a lot of money on the Genius Bloggers Tool Kit last week that I needed a way to keep it organised, and I needed to set it up straight away.

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 Enter my favourite digital organising platform ever - Trello.


First up, I created a new board, and starred it, so it sits at the top every time I open Trello. I use purple (of course) to denote blog-related boards, and I collect Trello boards from other people, too. (There are so many amazing ways to use the platform to organise everything, it's pretty cool to see how others apply it. Besides, who doesn't love sticky-beaking?!)
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

5 easy tips to stop researching and start writing


On any strengths test I have ever completed, being a lifelong learner is top of my list. The desire to learn everything I can about whatever fascinates me right now has lead to Google and Pinterest being my best friends, and some pretty random conversations with my kids as I lead them towards the same path of learning everything.

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Hello Monday

[photo of Steve taken in Normanton, Qld. He sends photos of his bed every night at Sophie's request, and as he travels further north he's started sending tourist photos home, too.]

hello school holidays Or rather, hello second week of school holidays. We have not had a success break this time. Everyone is tired, niggly, and finding the adjustment of not having dad around difficult, so tempers (from everyone) have been frayed, and behaviour has been appalling (from everyone) We're all brainstorming ways to make this week better.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

what my 10 year old taught me about kicking fear to the curb

It was a bright and sunny Sunday morning. With a quick pat of the dogs, the kids piled out the front door and into the car, excited about the prospect of an adventurous morning at the local show.


We eventually found a car park, popped hats onto heads, and walked through the front gates.

We follow the same path each year, wandering through the craft, baking and art exhibitions first, stopping to marvel at the woodcutters, then meander towards the steam engine displays while licking ice creams.

As the morning wears on, we wander through sideshow alley, around the corner to the dodgem cars, and the Ferris Wheel.

I love the Ferris Wheel.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Hello Monday


goodbye flu While the cough is still lingering, the flu has finally left the building. It's been an unsubtle reminder to all of us to get our flu shots on time next year!

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

How to make memories with Banana Bread

Hands down,  chocolate wins in our house every time. And, despite beings slightly over bananas, even this recipe has everyone from the biggest to the smallest coming back for another piece.


The best recipe blog posts are those that weave a story into the recipe, the why and wherefore of a recipe's life cycle in a household. The magic of seeing what and how other people eat and make is part of the allure of recipe blogs. To know that food ultimately comes down to bringing people together over a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

How to stick with blogging for 10 years


The computer monitor precariously balanced on phone books was covered in dust again, but with an unexpectedly long nap from the not-quite 6 month old non-sleeping baby girl, the internet had become an escape from the juggle of life. Facebook was still a month away from introducing itself to me, so hours lost in chat forums was the norm. On this particular day, the discussion was about blogs.

"Is it easy to set up?" said one participant.

"Sure," I said "I've done it before"

"So what do you use it for?" asked another member.

"I'm going to share my scrapbook layouts" responds a third person.

"Wow," said I, "that's a great way to use it!"

And the rest, they say, is out there for the world to see for forever.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Hello Monday


hello growth My word for the year has been kicking my butt lately... as I move through understanding what it means for me, and how I can be successful, I've had so.much.doubt. It's why I haven't written much over the last few months, because once upon a time I had a voice in my head that said I shouldn't. That voice seems to be gone now (although I expect I might hear from it again if I let it in), so it's onwards from here.

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