I'm Joanna, a busy married mum of two beautiful boys aged four and three. I'm sharing my experiences as I navigate the wonderful world of motherhood! Mistakes, routines, mum / life hacks, cleaning, beauty…little bit of everything!
Well…that’s me done for the day…🥱…took 4 hours with 3yro ‘helping’ but I managed get 90% of this room decluttering done before 5yro school bus home.
I ruthlessly filled my car with Op shop donations, created a tidy corner in shed for bags of electronics etc (husband to sort, I wasn’t tossing potentially important cords etc…), and threw out lots of unnecessary packaging, broken items etc.
I wiped surfaces with Earthchoice chemical free surface spray then cleaned floors with my trusty cordless Dyson V10, and Ayers spray mop.
We have our guest bedroom back and functional office. Now to tackle the kitchen dishes and dinner I’d neglected all day in the process.
I still need to pull stuff from under bed and declutter it. Plus go through the drawers and paperwork, but I’m happy with what I got done today. Now I can tackle those smaller tasks in a more relaxed space without rushing.
(It’d become basically a storage area for random things, toys, equipment, broken items need of repair, electronics etc…not dirty as such.)
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All parents worry about their kids… but I do honestly worry about my eldest 5yro more than my 3yro.
(Autism diagnosis process at the moment, it’s been a long frustrating journey…)
He comes home from school in tears quite often, or cries at bedtime as he tells me about his day… about how his classmates aren’t his friends, won’t play with him, or don’t like him. He tries so hard, in his unique way, to gain a connection with others & it’s heartbreaking to see look on his face when he feels rejected.
This cold morning I decided to focus entirely on boys instead of housework. He’s completed over ten puzzles, more or less without my help just a little prompting, and assisted his brother building other puzzles too.
I’ve noticed traits, hand gestures & behaviour pattern I’ve not really noticed before… He communicates, learns & processes knowedge in a different way to other children.
Somehow watching him happily using logic to find & spin pieces into place, noticing & sourcing the different animals/patterns has been eye opening…
I’ll always worry about him… but I worry just a little less now.
He’s going to figure out where he fits & rock this world, in his own special way.
When have you done a task, knowing you wouldn’t be able finish it 100% properly, but chose to do it and see what difference you could make anyway?
I cleaned our shower today. It had been too long…green n pink mould and soap stuff was starting to build up…I’m almost afraid to post photos…
I knew I’d not be able to clean it perfectly…but I had thirty minutes spare and I couldn’t really use chemical cleaner as it was shortly before bathtime and I didn’t want boys inhaling it.
I sprayed it all over with EarthChoice Bathroom Cleaner, waited fifteen minutes (during which I prepped beds, pyjamas etc) then scrubbed grout with an old toothbrush, wiped with microfibre cloth and sprayed with nozzle jet.
My three year old was all up in my space the whole time…frustrating at the end of a long day…but I threw him a wet cloth and he cleaned the floor n wall tiles. That kept him happy and occupied.
I’ll need go over it soon properly…clean the bits I missed…but I still made a difference, despite having littlies underfoot.
I’m certainly glad that I took the effort to make a difference, despite knowing from the beginning that I wouldn’t be able to finish the task completely.
I always check the discount sections at supermarket.
I often find fruits, veggies, bread, baked goods, dairy etc on heavy discount prices.
Most often, there’s nothing wrong at all with product. Sometimes store simply has an excess of new fresh stock so needs to turnover older products, or its nearing/just past expiry, or product is absolutely fine with damaged packaging. If it’s fresh food ie veggies, incorporate into a meal within a day or two.
Today I picked up two packs of these Hot Cross buns, expire today. They’re still soft, would last days in fridge and less than half price.
I kept one pack in fridge for this week for recess and after-school snacks. Other, I buttered them and wrapped individually to freeze in my “snack drawer”. Easy to add to fridge / lunchboxes in evening, and by next day they’re perfect to eat. (Or grab out n bung in microwave for 30-45secs for easy home snacks).
I do this with cheese n bacon rolls, tiny hotdog buns, muffins etc. Saves money and time each day.
So don’t forget to check your supermarkets discount section.
You could be surprised what you find!!
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