So you may have noticed that my Blog Posts are all over the place. Initially created as a blog for Executive Assistant’s to view and gain insight from, this blog is now morphing into the things that consume my day-to-day life, which has now changed whilst I am on maternity leave and learning how to be a Mum and Domestic Housewife. Things like recipes and my random insights are generating my most hits and followers, which I really didn’t expect.
I have created a website called “The Curious Mumma”, and “A Woman’s Lifestyle” as these are the only names I can think of to cover all the things I want to talk and write about in this blog.
I’m just not sure if these names fit, or if they could ever be successful.
I would love your comments and insights as to what makes a blog a success. Please don’t leave this blog yet either! I will still be using this blog to post about Organisation, Executive Assistants, and Hints and Tips for Administration Staff.
If you have any idea’s for me, I would really appreciate it.
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated one of these, and I feel like I have a LOT to go through, so let’s get started…
Articles / Conversation Starters
From Co Exist, How would you feel if your co-workers decided your bonus? Oooo, so controversial!
A super easy way to search your Evernote, Dropbox and basically every other app you can think of? Try CloudMagic!
Do you feel like a break from it all sometimes? How about from technology? I would love to try unplugging, via Fast Company.
Thinking of starting up your own blog but don’t know what to name it? I’m in a similar conundrum at the moment, and I loved this article, via SheKnows.
Products I Love
These gorgeous bathrooms, bought to you by HomeLife.
Country Road keeps getting it right for me. Their winter collection is amazing. I bought a blanket that I’m in love with, and some more crockery. Pity when they blanket arrived they left the security tag on it. D’oh! Adding a trip to Country Road again to me To Do List. And my wallet 🙂
New Meals to Make
I have to talk about Frittata’s, and that you should be making these! Once a week I would make a meal with roast vege’s, and I have now taken to making more than we would eat, and using the leftovers to make a Frittata that I have for breakfast. A great way to increase your vegetable count for the day. Hit me up if you want the recipe 🙂
I made this Key Lime Pie recipe via Taste.com, and it was delish!
101 Make up and Fashion Tips. I love stuff like this. Find it via this link on Real Beauty.
I am in desperate need of a white dress for my Sister’s Wedding! Please help – do you have any fave’s here?
Adding to my Nightstand
So I tried and failed to start reading The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. Can anyone please tell me why I should continue?
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I was in Melbourne this week, spending time with my family and it was so amazing and wonderful to be with them. I haven’t been to Melbourne in so long, but when I do I spend up big:- even if it’s only one day that I get to shop – so I will post some links to my fav stores in my Fashion Fix.
Articles / Conversation Starters
So it’s Spring in America and the Spring Cleaning suggestions have started. It’s never a bad time to clean out your house and start fresh, so here is a nice reminder, from the amazing Martha Stewart!
Are women less decisive than men? An interesting article here on why women could be better leaders.
So I talk about productivity all the time, but what do the most productive people do before sleep?
Finally Facebook has listened and delivered a version of the ‘dislike’ button.
A few of the recipes in this blog have hit my ‘New Meals to Make’ section – http://www.thekitchn.com
Products I Love
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I will be shopping at T2. Where else?
This list from BuzzFeed shows amazing products that all new parents will want. So many of these I will be buying online or will be on the lookout for in the shops.
I have been buying a bunch of tulips every week, so this week, I’m going to out this windowsill arrangement instead, via World Gardening Blogspot.
New Meals to Make
We are all busy and it’s much easier to eat breakfast on the go. It’s the most important meal of the day – so check out these cool recipes from Oprah.
These dinner rolls look perfect for my next dinner party. Now that bubs is three months old, I really have no excuse not to entertain anymore!
I’ll also be posting a recipe for lactation cookies I made when I got home this week!
I thought this dress from Collette Dinnigan was the perfect mix of Corporate and Feminine.
My favourite store that really needs to be available to all states and cities! Glassons will give you 20% off when you sign up online, and free shipping Australia wide!
Sometimes I feel as though the outrageous fashion pieces for particular seasons really need to be bought cheaply, as they only stay in fashion for such a short period of time. Cocolatte has to be the cheapest out there, and once again, free shipping Australia wide (on orders over $50)
Topshop is now in Melbourne! So jealous…
I did a lot of shopping at Zara when I was in New York which I found super cheap. I did find the one in Melbourne a lot more expensive, but the kids section was super cute and almost worth it…
Well that’s it for another week! Hope you all enjoy your weekend…
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I feel like I’ve said it so many times on this blog, but I’m a big believer in:
“the more you do, the more you get done.”
It may sound really stupid to say – like duh – but what I mean is the difference between the days you get nothing done and the days you get everything done. In my life, there is rarely an in between.
This morning I woke up (Or should I say I was woken up by my baby!) and made breakfast, got dressed, fed, changed and dressed my little man, did three loads of washing, the ironing, went to Mothers Group, got home and did another load of washing, washed the floors, made a Quiche with my leftover food in the fridge, cleaned the bathrooms, prepped dinner, played with my little man in between, and wrote this post.
It sure beats those days when I wake up and migrate to the couch and barely move from there, feeling guilty that I’m not doing more but not guilty enough to actually do it.
What I’m saying is if you start doing something, more than likely you will feel so happy with yourself and so high on the endorphins that you will continue wanting to check the tasks off the list and have the energy to keep going. That’s one theory.
The other theory that I thought of today, is how you start your day.
See, last weekend not much got done. I woke up, and like most Easters, started my day with some chocolate!
Today I woke up and had one of my favourite things to drink. It’s packed full of energy and rich in iron, which we all need more of in my opinion!
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Ok so it sounds gross, but it’s so not. You can’t even taste the spinach. Starting your day with this energy boost will keep you going all day. Just saying. Maybe you could try one and see if it makes a difference to your energy levels. It has made the world of difference to mine today… Enjoy!
How do you start each day to get the most out of your day?
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So I wanna talk about the negative people in your life. Coz you have a few. Coz I have a few. Because as a society, I’m not sure we know how to deal with them. I know I struggle but I’ve learnt a few tactics over the past year that I want to share.
First of all, if there is someone negative in your life, you don’t necessarily know about it. A negative person doesn’t just say ‘no’ to your suggestions or disagree with your idea’s. A negative person may be slyly negative, and you will know the relationship is bad for you if you feel emotionally and physically drained by the end of seeing or speaking to them and you haven’t just run a half marathon with them. Negative people drain your energy and sap away your happiness.
My in-laws are the type of people that cannot pass comment if it’s to praise or compliment. It’s not in their DNA. It’s so difficult to deal with because I find myself immediately defensive. My house may be spotless and they will point out that one weed in the backyard. The garden may be green and thriving and they query if one plant is perhaps dying. My baby may be the apple of his grandparents eye, but wait, does he have a black eye? And what a pity he sounds like a dog when he cries.
Yep, it kills me. The responses range from polite replies of, “yes unfortunately I haven’t got around to weeding since the birth of my son 10 weeks ago. I keep telling myself once I sleep through the night I will get out there again…” to the defensive, “no he doesn’t have a black eye that’s what newborns eyes look like for god’s sake! Is he barking? Then NO he doesn’t sound like a bloody dog!”
Sigh. Can you tell I’m venting? I’ll try to be less negative and more diplomatic. 🙂
Being negative doesn’t do you any favours. Like the quote I’ve attached above which re-iterated to me the damage you can do to the way others perceive you or think of you when you are constantly negative about your life, and especially when you are negative about theirs.
Detach yourself from the negativity. This I feel is all you can do. This isn’t about you, this is about them not feeling good enough in themselves. Easier said than done, but if you’ve had as much practice as me… well trust me – you get there eventually.
When someone says something negative, if the response fits, the best reply in my eyes is: ‘what do you mean by that?’
Try saying something mean in a nice way twice. Enjoy watching someone who has said something nasty replay it in their head and realise how they’ve come across. I’m not a fan of the people that say ‘I always speak before I think!’ It’s not an excuse, it’s social ineptness. It can be very interesting and funny if you have detached yourself from the situation to ask this question after a nasty or negative comment.
I have a girlfriend who I love dearly. She adds so much to my life and I’m blessed to know her. She is also an extremely negative, depressing person. I spent the better part of our relationship trying to ‘fix’ her, when she called up with a problem (which is a typical response of a male I might add – when most women just want you to listen to their problems and agree – always agree!). I could see a number of solutions, and never agreed that her issue was a problem, the problem was always her mindset. So we would sit for hours as I would present solutions and she would present problems. My solutions never fit, there was always a reason as to why that answer wouldn’t work for her, in this case. But you know what I learned after while? I’m not her Mother. It’s not my job to fix the negative out of her. Once I was willing to detach myself from her life, from our friendship and from her problems, my relationship with her became much better. So now, I agree that it’s a tough problem, I don’t ask for any information unless she willingly provides it and I find I can agree and be sympathetic. I am also a big believer that some people are bought into you life so that you can be grateful for the things you have and for who you are. She is that for me. I don’t have any problems in comparison to hers.
In the workplace, negative people can ruin your day, your meetings, your projects.
For this, I say, call them out. That negative person, spreading their thoughts on the management or the office and why it’s bad for everybody, stand up for the company you work for, and say, “I don’t feel that way, and I think Management do everything they can so their employees don’t feel that way – why do you?”
Never agree. You are just stooping to their level and letting them spread negativity.
“This project will never be finished on time!”
“Why not? I know I’m doing everything I can to get it finished for the team. Why do you think it won’t get finished? Are you unable to deliver the sections you’ve promised?” By pushing these comments back on them, I feel that it reiterates to them the image and mentality they are portraying to their office.
Don’t be the negative person in your workplace. These people don’t get anywhere quickly, no matter how talented they are.
In all honesty, this post is a bit of an ‘indian gift’ as they call it. Here are my idea’s, now I would really like to hear yours. Negative people who you can’t remove from your life drain you of so much happiness and energy, and I would love to hear of the things that worked for you!
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They say that the first bag you ever own tells a story of who you are. I think the fact alone that women can remember what their first bag was, tells us something in itself.
My first bag was made from a pair of jeans. I thought I was so cool. Now I wouldn’t be caught dead with it, but then it was fashionable (for a tween!) and I still think of it oh so fondly.
I read a very interesting article in this month’s edition of Marie Claire Australia (April 2013) posing the question – could you fit your life into a bag, slightly larger than your hand? The clutch is making its way back into fashion, but since the huge totes came in, us women have gotten used to carrying around everything we may possibly need.
I am definitely one of these people, so imagine how excited I was shopping for a nappy bag. They are huge! I thought – now I can carry around everything and my bag won’t even bulge at the seams. I can carry around that spare t-shirt, just in case. Just for when… you know… I spill something on it. I actually may need a few spare t-shirts now I think about it 🙂
I can carry around some pre-made lunch. Just in case I can’t find anything healthy. Fruit salad anyone? No fork? Well i have one right here – use mine!
Except, nappy bags are specifically designed for, well… nappies and stuff. I can’t fit anything else in once I have put in nappies, wipes, a change of clothes for the little man, a change mat, a few bottles and some formula, a blanket, dummies, my purse, sunglasses and keys. There is no more room! i can’t even close the thing it’s too much stuff!
Other Mum’s have told me that as babies get older, the bags do get smaller. However, I could never fit everything I need in a clutch, baby or no. My dream of being Mary Poppins will not just fade away. I mean, I specifically went and bought a lint roller to keep in my bag, just because Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie One Fine Day needed one to make a superhero costume for her son, on a whim. That might be me one day! Am I making a point or just seeming crazier and crazier?
Umm… maybe don’t answer that one.
So I pose this question. What do you HAVE TO HAVE in your handbag?
And also… Could you live with a bag just the size of your hand?
And ladies – a challenge. What the hell IS in your suitcase at the moment? Do you even know, or did you find some surprises when you looked? I found a scratchie I haven’t yet claimed, so it’s not all bad 🙂
I’m not discriminating either, gentlemen, can you live day-to-day if you move the contents of your man bag back into your pockets?
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I had a great week as it’s getting easier and easier to be out and about. Sometimes I think I have been given an angel instead of a baby, as my little man is just too easy on us a lot of the time. Here are the things that made my week…
Articles / Conversation Starters, Internet Discoveries
A very interesting article on how to deal with that bitchy colleague, via Perth Now.
Could an hourly exercise break at work be something your company allows? If you can say it makes your colleagues fitter and more successful? Via Fast Company.
I loved this article on doing something that you are passionate about… How many of us can say that we are? Via HerCanberra.
I’m assuming most people follow Design Sponge as it’s one of the most popular blogs on the internet, but this article on growing your blog via google, is a must for all bloggers…
I love Apartment Therapy and this post got me in the mood to spring clean. Hello to my newly clean house!! 🙂
Products I Love
This week, I have been covering my face with Rosehip Oil. It is AH-MAY-ZING. Makes me look less tired just by taking a whiff of the stuff. I swear. Get on to this stuff ladies! (And SNAGs of course)
This week, via Polyvore…
Adding to my Nightstand
The Donna Hay Autumn edition of her Magazine. Love!!
New Meals to Make!
I’ve started getting right back into the swing of using my thermomix, but more on that next week I think. This week, these meals struck my fancy –
I’ve been looking into the Photo Apps, trying to decide which to download to edit my photo’s… So which do you think is best? iPhoto, PhotoGene or Snapseed? Or something entirely different? Any advice would be much appreciated!
Until next week, hope yours is fabbo! As always, let me know the things that made your week, would love to hear them…