Category Archives: Tips for new Mums

Ladybug Ladybird Party Theme Ideas

First of all, what is the different between a ladybug and a ladybird? As far as I understand it, it’s a cultural thing (eg. Aussie v American). Either way, this is the theme I’ve chosen for my daughter’s 1st birthday. It’s in 2 WEEKS!!!! I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly!

Invitation Ideas

I’ve decided to make the invitations myself. I would have LOVED to have made little ladybugs with wings that open for the invitations, but I have to be practical – I go back to work tomorrow and it’s just not going to happen.

I’ve just whipped this one up using Paint – it’s not terribly fancy, but it’s still sweet.

Ladybug Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces |

I really liked the following example invitation too, although unfortunately I have no idea where I found it. Probably off Facebook or Pinterest, but you can see that it was made by Serendipity Design.

Ladybug Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces |


Decoration Ideas

There are so many beautiful parties out there and planning a 1st birthday has its pressure, that’s for sure. So here are some lovely examples of parties with decorations that I aspire to have.

1. I simply adore the hand-made art at the back of this dessert table. I might even try to make one for Hannah, I love it that much! I also really like the garland hanging in front of the table. Source.

Ladybug Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces |


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Selling up and moving on!

So I made the huge decision last week to sell my lingerie business (Honeypot Lingerie) and am stoked to say that I’ve had a lot of interest. I’ll admit; I was a bit worried no one would be interested. In the end I may have listed the price too low :-/ oh well! 🙂

I was upset to begin with – it’s been my baby for almost 2 years and had so many ideas and dreams for the future, but life is what you make it and at the moment I don’t see a lot of quality.

Hannah’s with me at the shop, but I rarely get time to sit down and play with her. I’m freelancing a lot lately (which I adore), just so that I can afford not to be at the shop full time, but then I’m doing more freelancing because I’m not at the shop full time, and somehow 11pm comes around awfully quickly each day, and I have to wonder – what did I achieve today? What did I do for myself? What new activity did I try with Hannah or new skill did I try to teach her? What was the best part of the day?

And I come up empty.

So I’m thinking, surely there’s more to life than this? So! Step one – sell business. Step 2 – set aside Hannah only time every day – no work, no TV, no distractions. Just us playing and having fun. Step 3 – go for a walk with the dog every day, unless the weather would endanger our health. Step 4 – start enjoying life more, however I can 🙂

Do you have any suggestions? What do you do to enrich your life? Where does your spark and sense of fulfilment come from?


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My First Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was really lovely 🙂 I spent it with my parents, my sister and her son and we kept it really simple; we took the dogs for a walk, had a lovely breakfast and lunch, and then did some gorgeous art work with Hannah and Zeb.

Here is my day in photos:


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The top 10 reasons I love working from home

The top 10 reasons I love working from home

I honestly have to say that working from home is one of the best decisions I have ever made, for my lifestyle, my baby girl, my hip pocket and my sanity! Here are my top 10 reasons why working from home is a great idea:

  1. I get to rock up to work in my PJs, without make-up and breastfeeding Hannah if I want to, with absolutely no judgement.
  2. I can clock on at any time of the day, so if Hannah’s keeping me up at night and simply won’t go to sleep, I don’t fight it – I do some work instead on one of my many jobs.
  3. It has allowed me to brush up on old skills and learn new ones.
  4. I am working in areas that I would never have thought of when I left school, or that simply weren’t available at the time. For example, managing the social media marketing for various businesses. Facebook hadn’t even been invented, let alone Pinterest, yet I am now able to stay connected and increase sales and interest in my clients’ businesses straight from my laptop.
  5. I am not being judged on how I look; I am being judged purely on whether I can produce great results efficiently and effectively.
  6. I choose which jobs I bid for and how much money I would like to be paid; if the client agrees, fantastic, if not then there are plenty of other clients out there who would be happy to work with me.
  7. I have developed networks and friendships with other freelancers, which could work to some great collaborative projects.
  8. I have been able to help other people sign up and start working, some of whom were also in dire need of income.
  9. My freelancing jobs have been complimentary to my usual job as a teacher, so even though I’m on maternity leave, I’ve been able to work on educational projects like curriculum writing and the use of social media in the classroom.
  10. Most of all, I’m able to spend time with my best friend Hannah and I can work without paying extra for childcare.

If you would like to find out more about freelancing, I’ll be running webinars soon and I’d love for you to attend. Alternatively, please feel free to contact me or check out my official Elance mobilizer landing page to get started.


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Why didn’t I listen?

It is 7:01pm and Hannah is in bed… asleep! Not only that, she slept for 1.5 hours this afternoon – the most she has in I don’t know how long. And how did this come about, you ask? I finally read ‘Save Our Sleep’ by Tizzie Hall, after my sister and numerous others had told me how good it was.

My efforts began last night – she was down by 8pm, woke up again around 10pm, then slept til 1am. That’s when I had some difficulties – the book says keep her in her cot without going in until a minimum of 18 minutes passes; I lasted 10 minutes.

She fed and took a while to go back down, but on the stroke of 2am I was back in bed and didn’t wake up until she was crying for me at 7am – not bad! And once we were up and going I got into the routine really easily and so did Hannah.Here’s Tizzie’s suggestion for a baby between 7 and 9 months old:

  • 7am – Milk feed
  • 8am – Solids (2 courses is recommended, so today I went with Farex then custard)
  • 9:20am – Down for a nap. This she wasn’t prepared to do, even though she was tired. I let her protest for about the same amount of time last night and then ended up rocking her for 3 mins in her rocker and she was out. Cheating? Maybe. Effective? Yes.
  • 11am – Milk feed
  • 12pm – Lunch (2 courses again)
  • 1:20pm – Nap time (Hannah would have been asleep by 1:30pm, although I rocked her again for a couple of mins after I couldn’t stand it anymore – we were at the shop)
  • When she wakes up, milk feed – except when she woke up she was grinning from ear to ear and was so happy that I forgot!!
  • 5pm – Tea (solids – 2 courses)
  • 6:15pm – Bath time (this was my addition to the routine, so that I could cook and eat dinner between 5:30pm and then)
  • 6:30pm – Milk feed
  • 7pm – Bed (except that Hannah had already been yawning before her bath, so she made it to 6:40pm and was out – yay!)

Hannah napping yesterday

It remains to be seen how long she sleeps tonight, but apparently she has the potential to sleep from 7pm til 7am – imagine that!!!!


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Time to get organised, people!

Like a lot of working mums, I’ve found it difficult some days to get organised and know what’s happening. Lately I’ve started coming up with a timetable, just like I do for teaching, in order to print it out and stick it to the fridge every week. My plan is simple: try to create a Hannah friendly routine that allows for work AND play time.

For me, it is 100% crucial that I spend as many precious moments with my daughter as possible, whilst giving her the opportunity to discover and develop imagination and creativity. Some of my best memories from childhood are of creating amazing Lego or Barbie worlds and playing for hours on end, just myself and my toys.

So far, this is what I’ve come up with:


The idea is that I have the definite times scheduled in and can then add around those. I’m thinking about scheduling in play ‘dates’ with Hannah, where I’m not working and am focused solely on her. Times, for example, where I can try out new sensory play activities.

I have also just read on the Seven Cherubs blog another great idea to get organised, but this one focuses on one day at a time, which is also fantastic! You simply buy a whiteboard and make a list of what needs to get done each day. This can include jobs, chores, appointments, parties and family time. Here’s what Naomi from Seven Cherubs uses:


I think that this would be a great organisational tool for us, used in conjunction with the weekly overview, and will hopefully ensure that fun and play are occurring alongside work and chores.

How do you stay organised?


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Tips For Slowing Down and Still Getting Things Done

Here are some motivating thoughts on how to cope with multitasking, particularly when working from home. I believe that these strategies can be applied whether you’re unwell or completely healthy. Whether I am able to apply them or not is another matter…

Fibronaut At Home

When I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, pacing myself was one of the biggest challenges I faced.  I was used to running around from thing to thing, all day long.  I was like the Energizer Bunny on crack.  Fibro/CFS has a way of bringing you down a notch or two or ten and adjusting to that has taken me almost two years and I’m still learning my limits every day.  Today, I thought I’d share some of the strategies I’ve learned for getting things done without killing myself.

  • Give all your focus to what you’re working on.  Don’t focus on time or on other tasks.  Set an alarm for breaks and anything else you have to get done in between.
  • Listen to music while you work, it’ll make time go by faster.  Check in from time to time to make sure you’re staying on task and…

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