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HOW TO KEEP A HEART FULL OF SPRING

 

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The days are getting shorter, the temperature is cool

No more basking in the sun, or floating in the pool

My heart is feeling heavy, but I know a special art

A list of happy thoughts, to keep springtime in my heart

 

 

As my wonderful friends in the northern hemisphere celebrate the beauties of spring, we here in the Land of Oz are enjoying the treasures that autumn has to bring. Well, some of us are. And winter is just two days away.

I haven’t been officially diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) but sometimes feel certain I suffer from it as my mood plummets along with the temperature.

Is this you too? Do you know someone who gets sad when it’s cold? Read on, I will share the secrets to keeping your heart full of spring.

Even if you are enjoying the wonders of spring right now, these tips can help you when the seasons change.

 

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HOW TO ENRAGE A MOB (Mother of Boys)

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Enraging any mother is pretty easy. Just say something rotten about her kids and you’ll wish you were being gored by a bull or clawed by a bear – the pain would be less.

This fierce protection starts in the womb and increases to a point of touchiness that would put a snowflake’s sensitivity to shame.

For some of us, sanity prevails (usually when the kids are teenagers) and we eventually realize our kids are human and therefore come with a few eensy weensy faults.

All the same, we mothers NEVER like to hear negative stuff about our kids.

MOBS (mothers of boys) have their own special sensitivity points, added to the general ones all mums share.

This is a practical guide on what NOT to say to a MOB – whether you are a friend, loved one or stranger.

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16 EASY, FUN AND SUPER CHEAP KID CRAFTS

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday – this week I’m sharing lots of little projects to keep your young children happy and creative.

Most of these projects can be done in a few, simple steps and you probably have everything you need to make them already sitting around your home.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen some of these – each Tuesday I share a tip or trick to be organised and/or creative – I have put a bunch of them together for you this week so be sure and bookmark the page, or better yet, Pin it, so you can easily find these crafts again.

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HOW LOVE CURED MY ANXIETY AND GAVE ME COURAGE

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There it is. That sick feeling in my stomach combined with a kaleidoscope of butterflies reminding me of my terror.

On the really bad days, it’s hard to make my legs work, my hands are shaky and I’m sweating.

But my children are waiting – tiny infants school kids waiting for mum to take them home and nurture them with listening ears and milk and cookies.

I have to get out of the car and get them, but my legs don’t want to move.

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TANTALIZING TRIVIA – 28 TOTALLY USELESS FACTS JUST FOR YOU

Are you a lover of trivia? Then you are in the right place.

I’ve collected a bunch of interesting facts that you really DON’T need to know and put them together for a bit of fun.

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some of these on Thursday Trivia days. If you don’t then you’re missing out as I post new bits of trivia each week.

What’s so good about trivia you may ask. Well, it’s interesting (mostly) and can be an absolute saviour when you’ve run out of witty things to say at a party.

So grab a cuppa and enjoy this fun fact feature.

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HOW TO MAKE HEADS TURN WITH PAPER MACHE

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – paper mache heads.

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Life-size head made from paper mache

I love making these life-size heads with my art students. The paper mache process teaches patience and coordination while the decorating process unleashes creativity and imagination.

The finished product is full of fun and fantasy and can be used as a decoration or even a hat stand.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR KIDS KEEP SELF LOVE ALIVE

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There are so many articles on self-love at the moment and it strikes me this is not a new skill to be learned, but more like a forgotten art.

Consider babies and children – their absolute fascination with their bodies, even the things their bodies produce, shows a lack of the disgust we adults often feel for ourselves.

We look in the mirror and listen to the outburst of our inner bully telling us we are too old, too fat, too thin, too whatever.

A child looks in the mirror and smiles and laughs in delight.

 

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We were once those smiling children, delighted to see our own reflections.

How did we lose the art of self-love?

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THIS IS THE REAL HORROR STORY OF RETIREMENT VILLAGES

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Here is the true horror story set in some retirement villages in Australia.

If you’ve been following my Friday posts for the past four weeks you will have read the fiction mystery set in a retirement village – Smiling Palms.

I’m back to the facts this week, but keeping the theme of horror and mystery.

It’s a terrible thought, but did you know your inheritance could actually make you poor?

 

Many Australian families are finding that the retirement unit left to them in a will, far from being the gift that keeps giving is a gift that keeps taking.

It can eat away at their own savings for years. The problem is all the hidden costs in the contract.

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HOW TO TURN STICKS INTO WONDERFUL AND USEFUL OBJECTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – stick art.

There ae so many wonderful things you can create using the sticks you find in your yard – or even in a park if you live in an apartment.

Crafts involving nature are a great way to boost imagination for kids – also yourself – and help them become really aware of nature’s beauty and its ability to give us all the tools we need to make beautiful art.

Consider the natural dyes that have been used in painting for thousands of years.

While it’s always fun to play around with a new art set or creative kit, designing your own creations with the bounty of nature truly enhances creative thinking.

More than that, it is really cheap and accessible to anyone, regardless of budget.

This week I’m sharing five fun projects using sticks and a few other supplies.

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HOW A BABY MADE ME FIND MY CALM

 

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It’s no secret that children can often be our best teachers but it comes as a surprise that a five-month-old baby is teaching me something no one else has been able to.

Our newest little Goddess is teaching me how to calm myself – from the inside out.

Perhaps it helps she is not yet able to talk.

I recently saw a thing on Facebook that said; “never in the history of calming down has anyone calmed down by being told to calm down”. Truer words have never been spoken.

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