A second week in hours

I’m currently tracking my time to see how I’m spending my 168 hours each week and what I can do to use them a bit better. A few of my Facebook friends are doing this at the same time. You might also like to try it for yourself and see what insights you get from…

A week’s worth of (interrupted) hours

Last week I decided to keep a log of all my hours after reading how a time-management expert, Laura Vanderkam, kept a log of hers for a whole year. She wrote both on her blog and in a New York Times article about how tracking her time helps her to ensure that the way she spends it…

Feeling better after burnout

I had a rough start to this year, but am feeling much better and am trying to make changes to the way I do things to make sure I don’t get as run-down as I was in February. Greatly encouraged by the Restore workshop, which was offered again this year by author Elizabeth Foss,  I’m…

Lazy Sundays are the best

Last Sunday was one of those rare days when we had no plans or anything in particular we wanted or needed to do. Saturday had been a very full day so we didn’t feel the need to do much. So after Mass we just hung out at home for a while and then decided to…

Summer Bucket List

I was just looking over my 40 by 40 list. I’ve done nearly everything on it. Doing that list was such a good motivator for me. Some great things got added into those 12 months that might not have happened otherwise, and the whole family benefited as well. It’s also good for me to look over…

The Best Thing You Will Do All Year For Your Children

To welcome guests to our home I keep a peace lily plant in a pot by the front door. Whenever its dark glossy green leaves lose their graceful arch and start wilting (usually when I’ve been too busy to notice it for a few weeks) I don’t just spray some water onto it and expect it to perk up.  I…

A Day in the Life of a Typical School Mum

That would be me! If you’ve ever wondered what parents who aren’t working do all day while their children are at school, or if you do know but would like a peek into my non-working day anyway, this is for you. Yesterday was the first one back at school for my three eldest kids. We had a great holiday…

Seven steps to a large family holiday on a small budget

The Christmas school holidays have already begun for our family. We have eight weeks to rest and recover from a full and happy year. These holidays my priority is to create lots of family fun while spending as little as possible. We have five children aged 10 and under and like many larger families have to be careful about our spending. I wrote…

What I’ve been up to

I’ve had an intense couple of weeks trying to write a 50,000 draft novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), writing around 1000-3000 words a day, mostly in the evening when the children are in bed. At a tad over 43,000 words I’m not far from the finish line, but the plot is kind of petering out lamely (is…