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Five steps to embracing holiday minimalism

Does preparing for the holidays fill you with stress? Are you dreading finding something for everyone on your list? Are you fearing for the barrage of STUFF that will soon descend upon your household? Wouldn’t it be nice to replace these feelings of stress and dread with feelings of calm and joy? Here are five tips to cut down on …

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Vegan Eats: Sausage Rolls

Our family loves these healthy sausage rolls – even our picky, texture sensitive five year old. It’s an added bonus that they contain some protein, grains and greens. They’re also vegan but have fooled many who haven’t been able to tell the difference between these and your traditional meat based sausage rolls. This recipe is based upon one from “Where’s …

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How to Deal With Unwanted Parenting Advice

It can be frustrating and discouraging (or downright infuriating) when you try to share beautiful stories with your family or friends and receive terrible, unwanted advice.  Now is the time to arm yourselves with some tools to handle unsolicited parenting advice, comments and general negativity from people.

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Why Shy Is A Good Word

When my daughter was born she was very quickly labelled SHY. Before the ripe old age of 6 months people had started calling her by the ‘s-word’ and it spiraled from there. She spent most of the first 3 years of her life in my arms or on my lap. She rarely wanted to go to anyone else, even many …

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Managing big emotions (yours and your child’s)

One morning a few weeks ago, my two daughters were happily playing together in the backyard. Few things bring me more joy than watching their growing friendship develop. But at ages 4 and 2, the number of minutes that they can play well together without needing the services of a referee still tends to number in the single digits. On …

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Control, Let It Go

Control. Deny it all I like,  there’s a significant part of me that likes to have control. Eek, that’s not so easy to admit. Control, at least it’s negative aspects, is a pretty ugly word. I remember days gone by when I was all carefree, super chilled and pretty relaxed about practically everything. I thought that’s how I was anyway. …

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It’s Not An Emergency

  It’s not an emergency. It’s not an emergency. It’s not an emergency. I practice this mantra on a regular basis. But in the heat of the moment I still don’t always remember it.

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The 3 Day Sleep Challenge

Do you wake up refreshed and eager to start another day? Do you bounce out of bed with lots of energy moments after first opening your eyes? Yeah, neither do I. My kids, on the other hand, usually do. While I struggle to open my eyes and get out of bed in the morning, my 4 year old and 2 …

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Nursing – I Used To Love It

I love our second born with all my heart.  I’d do anything in the world for her. So why do I have to stop myself from wanting to throw her as far away from me as possible when she’s nursing?! I used to love nursing her. Honestly I wish it just hurt. I wish it just felt annoying. I wish …