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Here are a few of my top tips to get stuck into Term 4 without losing your cool.
We’ve all heard the experts preaching to us that we need to be saving money for a rainy day – for our superannuation, for our retirement, for health emergencies, and hopefully for holidays.
But it’s not always easy, is it?
After you read this, make sure you have a look at the video. The video will make more sense :)
As a parent or carer of a child, when they grow up, you’re often left with the keepsake clothes that they wore as a baby, that you will treasure forever. They will sit in a box for years upon years, perhaps to get passed down to another generation, or perhaps even to just gather dust. Joanne Grimanis from Love Twinkletoes will change this for you forever. Joanne takes the clothes of loved ones or from special occasions and crafts them into the most beautiful keepsake items to cherish always.
When I sent our daughter’s baby clothes off to Joanne, I was excited and also a touch scared – what if it wasn’t perfect, what if our daughter’s baby clothes were gone forever? They’re so precious, and to be sending them to a complete stranger to cut into pieces was a big thing for me. My oh my, was I thrilled when I received my bear back, all nicely tucked into a box.
Rosie, as my daughter has now named her, was absolutely perfect. You’ll see from my reaction in the video at my immediate emotional response when I opened the box. Feelings of relief, love and happiness washed over me, knowing that I would forever have memories of our daughter as a baby, represented in this way.
Thinking also about friends who may have had an angel baby, or a little one who has gone too soon, or even for those with partners away for work, these keepsake bears are absolutely amazing and have the capacity to provide such comfort for people in times of need and mourning or grief. Rest assured, Joanne creates each piece individually and with the greatest of care, and your memories will be preserved forever. Crafting such beautiful work is a wonderful skill, and I can’t thank Joanne enough for our beautiful Rosie bear. If you’re thinking of a present for a loved one, or even yourself, it will be hard to go past Love Twinkletoes. Check them out at www.lovetwinkletoes.com.au
This. This is what makes me happy. Too often we are in such a rush to get the kids to bed that we forget to have fun. Too often one or more of them are mid tantrum due to being tired (or insert reason here...).
They rarely like to play outside by themselves but tonight for some reason they did. They dug in the garden, they made a worksite, they drew with chalk. That gave us enough time to clean up from dinner and actually go outside and have fun with them.
Together we dug. Together we kicked the footy and the soccer ball and watered the garden. We stayed up an hour past their normal bed time and it was quite honestly, the best evening I have had in a long time.
Being a parent is bloody hard work, and in my life as Naval Officer, I had to keep to a pretty tight schedule. We run our household in the same way, almost every night having dinner at the same time, bath, story, bed etc. This is great for routine, but I need to learn to embrace the joy of enjoyment, the joy of the kids having fun, the joy of just spending time, playing. This for me, is very hard, but it is so very important.
In all the chaos of running a family and running 2 businesses between us, I must remember to stop and enjoy our 2 most wonderful creations xx