Thursday, 18 July 2013

School Holidays - Love Them or Loathe Them

The kids are home for 2-3 weeks :)
The kids are home for 2-3 weeks :(

You don't have to pack lunches.
You don't have to make lunch because the kids have hoovered their way through the entire pantry and there's nothing left to make for lunch.

There's no ironing to do.
There's no ironing to do because there is that much washing piled up from the 4 changes of clothes every day x 3 kids as if anything is going to make it into a washing basket.

It saves you money on after school and before school fees.
After spending every cent in the bank account on Day 1 of the holidays after listening to 6 straight hours of "I'm Bored" you are now on a forced savings plan whether you like it or not.

You get to sleep in.
You get to sleep in because there is no way you're getting out of bed to face what the boys have done to the cat, walls, each other..........

You rediscover your love of cinema.
You rediscover your ability to cram every new release Disney movie into a 2 week period because of course these can't be spaced out during the year.  What family would want to see a kids movie on a weekend that doesn't fall into the school holidays.

Your kids go to their friends houses to play/hang out.
Their friends come to your house to play/hang out.

You have 2 glorious weeks with no routine.
You have 2 weeks with no routine, nothing planned and the animals are running riot as a result.

You have 2 glorious weeks to prepare at leisure for "back to school".  Stocking up on new supplies, mending uniforms, polishing shoes.
It's 10pm the night before school starts, the kids have nothing for lunch, no one can find any school socks, whatever was left in the school bag has now turned green and is emitting a very strange odour and the library book has been eaten by the dog.

Ah school holidays...........over for another Term.........woo hoo!!!!


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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Who Needs Clean Clothes Anyway, Plus A Giveaway.

Ah laundry, my absolute favourite past time.  I love listening to the cheerful cries of my children...."Mum, where are some socks".  "Mum, I don't have any undies!!!"  "Mum, where are my shirts?".

How would I know where they are?  Do I look like a washing machine? 

Is it my fault your clothes seem to prefer their days lying in a giant pile of filth on your bedroom floor and can't seem to manage the basic step of magically growing legs and making their way down to the laundry? No, I think not.

Is it my fault that my washing machine has a secret fetish for socks and eats them when no one is looking.  No, it's not.  Take it up with the washing machine buddy!!!

Anyway, I digress.  I was lucky enough to try the new Cold Power Sensitive Touch recently - ooooh.  It's a bit nice if I do say so myself.  

In all seriousness for a moment, for my family it is especially fabulous because it's hypoallergenic, dermatolgically tested, and free from perfumes to ensure sensitive skin remains free from irritation.  In my books, that's a big plus. 

And, Cold Power Sensitive Touch is a proud partner of the Eczema Association of Australasia, another big tick.

In fact, below is a little before and after picture I thought I would share with you.  Before using Cold Power Sensitive Touch, and after using Cold Power Sensitive Touch.

Okay, not really, but hey it really is super easy to use, simply place the recommended dosage into your laundry load and it will do the rest.  Plus, it works best in cold water, which means it is saving you energy, which saves you money which could be better spent on maybe buying new socks to replace the ones the washing machine eats.

The best bit, we have 2 packs of Cold Power Sensitive Laundry Detergent to give away.

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This is a sponsored post for Cold Power and Digital Parents Collective.  Cold Power Sensitive Touch provided complimentary samples for this post, however the opinions and content expressed within are completely my own.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

A Despicably Great Day

As a mum of 3 it's often hard to devote that special one-on-one time to just one of the kids.  You feel like you are being pulled in 3 different directions without really being there for any one of them.  I find it especially hard as my 3 boys are all at such different stages of their lives.

One is in high school, one is in the early years of primary school, the other is still toddling around in nappies (let's not discuss the disastrous toilet training right now).

That's why for me it was so great today to spend some quality one on one time with "Middle Child".  The often neglected Master 8 year old and I hit the town today - well our local shopping mall, but hey, hitting the town sounds so much cooler don't you think.

We dropped the 3 year old tornado off at pre-school, dropped Mr Attitude (aka the 12 year old pre-teen) off at his mates house, and off C and I went on our little adventure.

First stop, the hairdresser.  Not the daggy barber, not "mum's hairdresser" but the seriously cool men's hairdresser, who, if do say so myself did a pretty awesome job of cutting hair that seriously has a mind of it's own.  You know that hair that has that crown that just won't do as it's told, curly hair when he wants straight, please don't tell me it's only girls who stress over their hair.

Anyway, one funky hair cut later and we off on our next stop.  The food court.  Always a little tricky as C is on a gluten free diet but we found some pretty cool chicken and chips that he was happy with and I snuck in a pretty yummy (probably pretty fattening) burger.

We even managed to sneak in a Super Heroes show in the there somewhere.

After a wander through the local surf shop (yes, I know we live in "the hills" but hey, every mall has a surf shop right), and the standard wander through Smiggles, it was time to hit the movies.

Choc M&M's for C and a hit of caffeine for me we were all set for Despicable Me 2.  One thing I love more than anything is kids movies that adults can enjoy too.  With 3 kids the amount of kids movies I've been to see where I seriously want to just poke my eyes out after the first 5 mins - sheesh.  Not so with Despicable Me.  I loved it, but most importantly so did C.  He has since spent most of the evening reciting his fave lines from the movie.

My other favourite past-time during kids movies is picking the "movie star's voice".  Gold star to me, I picked the quite yummy Benjamin Bratt, let the team down with Russell Brandt - I hate to admit it, but I had to hang out for the credits to roll on that one.

Overall, it was a really special day for me.  To be able to spend some quality one on one time with C was great.  Made especially awesome when he looks up at me and says "Mum, H will be having fun today with his friend, N will be having a great time at pre-school days, it's only Dad having a boring day today cause he's at work". Yep, you got it kid.

Do you try and schedule some one on one time with each of your kids, and if so, how often?  I really need to do it more often, that's for sure.