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Feeling very blessed!

I am so incredibly lucky. I start each day not knowing exactly what will happen, what kind of work I’ll do or who I’ll be working for; that’s the beauty of freelancing.

As you know, I’ve been freelancing for a year now and I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing companies and people in that time. I have gone from purely undertaking administration roles, to voice overs, video tutorials, accounting and now social media marketing and PR.

I am currently actively promoting two books; one is a suspense thriller by Ken Boehs called The Tilted Truth and the other is a children’s book, details for which I’ll reveal soon. How exciting is that?!

I’m also working with some other fantastic companies:

  • The Canvas Factory – who print photos directly from Facebook and Instagram onto canvas. Awesome!
  • Perfect Party Pieces – a future party supplies company, although at the moment I’m providing fans with inspiration for cakes, decorations, party food and party games for different party themes.
  • Elance Australia – I help others use Elance to find work or hire contractors.
  • Paint My Place App – A fantastic iPhone app that allows you to paint your home with virtual paint colours. I’m no longer working with them, but it’s a wonderful idea!

It’s so nice to be able to be able to clock on and off around Hannah’s needs, and fulfill my own at the same time.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how Elance or freelancing works 🙂

 

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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:

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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:

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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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My budding musician

My budding musician

When I was pregnant, Hannah would groove away whenever Bob Marley was played. She wasn’t really fussy which song, but particularly enjoyed “Could You Be Loved?”. I tried to engage her in the songs after she was born but I think she was a bit young; definitely a goal for the near future though.

Lately I’ve been wondering about the benefits of ‘sensory play’. I’ve read a bit about it through the Facebook page Sensory Learning 4 Life, as well as finding great resources on Pinterest, so I decided to have a go and gave Hannah a bowl and a spoon, to see what would happen. I didn’t expect it to be so popular and for Hannah to start playing with rhythm and repetition!

 

I’m also really keen to try ‘Cornmeal Play’ found on the Productive Parenting website. The idea is that you fill a container with cornmeal (or a similar substance), simply add a couple of measuring cups or scoops and away they go! The skills covered include tactile stimulation, sensory development and fine motor skills. I might even try it later today 😀

If you have any great sensory activities for your baby, I’d love to hear them!

 

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