Today is actually one of those days when I want to just sit down and write down all my thoughts before I forget them. Even when I managed to get a struggling and whinging 2yo down for her afternoon nap, and quickly jumped in the shower because it was already 1.30pm and I haven’t showered for the day… my brain somehow kept coming up with ideas and things to go on my To Do list for this start up business.
Basically as soon as I got out of the shower, I sat down and completed more of my Business Plan, specifically my marketing strategies. I also had so many questions – questions which need answers either by research online or for me to go and ask an expert. Things just kept piling up on my plate, and instead of being stressed out (not yet anyway) I have somehow managed to keep my cool. That’s what planning stages are for.. to explore all these questions and to go out and get answers. Research is so important, and I want to know exactly what I am doing and be fully prepared before we go out to market.
Meanwhile, while my brain keeps working and while I am sitting here writing this blog post trying to process these thoughts – Silver is busy rummaging through my drawers here in my makeshift office. Micah is pretty good, he is happy playing with his dinosaurs. Actually, Silver has now moved on to see what her brother is doing so they are both playing together. How wonderful and seemingly peaceful, right?
Wrong. Just an hour ago, Silver came up to me crying with her hands held out to me. What was on her hands. Poo. Lots and lots of poo. Oh how delightful. The only thing to do with that situation is to chuck her into the shower.. and that I did. So she is all showered and clean now, but that wasn’t a pleasant mess to clean up.
I have a newfound respect for working mums, and a bigger respect for mums who work from home while juggling raising their children. It is not an easy thing to do. I know I have really just started this week, but I can already see how I won’t have enough hours in the day to do everything I hope to do. In the process of juggling it all, I will need my quiet cup of teas to collect my thoughts and stay focused. Basically I have come up with a simple list to keep me on track:
- Avoid unnecessary distractions – uninstall the Candy Crush, no more TV shows (unless you allow yourself an episode or two on weekends, etc), turn off Facebook notifications, stay away from personal Social Media during child minding and working hours.
- Schedule Your Day – by this, I mean, schedule everything you need to do. From showering to nap times to pick ups and drop offs, grocery shopping, blogging, research, business planning, website planning, marketing planning, cooking, cleaning, socialising, play dates, parties, rest time, activities with kids time, everything goes in that calendar! Sure everything may not happen as perfectly as it was planned, but at least it is a guide to your day and you are not feeling overwhelmed by all the things on your To Do list knowing there is an allocated time later on specifically for that task. Helps you to focus, to be productive, and to keep calm.
- Set Goals – What do I want to achieve this week? This month? This year? Setting these goals will help in the planning process as you set tasks that would work towards achieving those goals.
…… and I just lost my train of thoughts. Great! My calendar reminder just popped up to remind me that I need to start getting dinner ready in 15 minutes, haha. Meanwhile, Silver is trying to tell me something but because she doesn’t talk much she can’t really say what she wants. So.. looks like I have to end this post abruptly right here.
I must say though, it feels really good to write down all my thoughts and blogging again. I need this. I need to be able to think out loud.. and this is helping. Thank you for listening, reading, etc.
I might come back and build on that list above. I am distracted now by my beautiful daughter saying “Mummy.. mummy.. mummy…” and that smile she just gave me… melts my heart.
Off to give my babies cuddles before I get dinner started 🙂
- Organise play dates with other mums at least 2-3 times a week. This not only tires out the kids but also avoids them going crazy, hyper and restless being at home with the same toys and the same company every single day. It is also good for mothers to meet up and have some adult conversation, and enjoy each others’ company.
- Go out and do something every single day. For your sanity and theirs. Get out for some fresh air. Even if it is just a quick trip to the shops, a walk at the park or the local playground. For more adventurous days, a trip to the zoo, animal farm, beach, or swimming pool, amusement park, etc. Kids will have a ball and so will you!
- Establish a good routine. Breakfast, play, morning tea, play, lunch, nap, afternoon tea, play, dinner, bath time, story time and bed time at a reasonable hour so parents can have some down time to themselves in the evenings.
- Use TV when necessary. Don’t feel guilty about using TV. Especially when you are tired and just need to rest on the couch for 30 minutes.
- Do not leave mess to accumulate. Put away something every single day when you see something that don’t belong somewhere. It is easier to put away 5-10 items per day than to leave them all to accumulate and you find an absolute bombsite to tidy up at the end of the week…
- Vacuum 2-3 times per week.
- Do the dishes every single night, without fail. No matter how tired you are after you put the kids to bed, at least do the dishes. You will thank yourself tomorrow!
- Start prepping for dinner during kids’ afternoon naps. That will tremendously cut down your cooking time closer to dinner time, when kids are awake and likely to distract you.
- Hire a fortnightly cleaner if you feel you are not coping. Justify the cost. Cannot afford to? What can you sacrifice in order to afford the fortnightly cost of hiring a cleaner. You will be surprised… it may only require the sacrifice of purchasing new toys or new clothes or sacrificing takeaway and planning your meals better to avoid food wastage and overspending at the supermarket. Or sell a few items around the house each week online, make a few dollars here and there and that’s your budget for a cleaner!
This is why I agreed to review the Lucky Smart Snax range of nut snacking mixes, re-launched in the Dried Fruit and Nut aisle. Snacking on nuts, fruit and seeds are a perfect way to remove any guilt associated with mid-meal snacking, because they are all packed with nutritional goodness and they taste great. Lucky Smart Snax are the smarter way to snack – plus they come in convenient little resealable bags which can easily go in your bag as you head out the door each day.
For me, it is very handy to just keep a few packets in my nappy bag. They are not just great for me, but also for my kids, but mostly for me hehe.
The Lucky Smart Snax range has been extended to include six products:
Lucky Smart Snax Digestive – Oven Roasted Almonds, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Cranberries, Sunflower Kernels and Pepitas.
A great source of dietary fibre to help maintain a healthy digestive system. I usually snack on these while stuck in traffic jam…
Lucky Smart Snax Recovery – Oven Roasted Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews and Pepitas.
A good source of protein, a vital nutrient that is important for body systems, growth, muscle development and recovery from exercise. I go to Zumba two nights a week, and it is a pretty intense 1-hour session, so having these handy to snack on after each session really helps my body recover from my Zumba sessions!
Lucky Smart Snax Womens – Cashews, Almonds, Brazil Nuts and Walnuts.
Because women need a variety of nutrients to meet the demands of each busy day, this is a source of Vitamin E, iron and good monounsaturated fat, as well as calcium, folate and selenium. All the nutrients you usually find listed in Womens Supplementary Tablets, all the good stuff we need. I find this range perfect to go into any salad I make, especially the almonds and walnuts. Great for snacking while you are on the go.
Lucky Smart Snax Cardio – Almonds, Sultanas, Cranberries and Blueberries.
A delicious mix of natural almonds and berries. Great to snack on during my Zumba days leading up to the session, just to make sure my body is prepared for the intense cardio routine 🙂
Lucky Smart Snax Power – my personal favourite – Oven Roasted Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate.
Did someone say chocolate??? Yes, chocolate is in this mix! Dark chocolate, which happens to be my favourite. Gives a boost of natural energy, a perfect snack to help me power through each day… or chasing around an active toddler and caring for a young baby! The tasks are neverending and the house is always a mess that needs to be tidied up, the grocery runs are endless and the kids always demand your attention, and they always need to be fed, changed, entertained, and we are always going on a million playdates and I am always getting in and out of the car and getting kids and prams in and out of the car all day everyday and without the boost of a supercharged snack (and coffee) I don’t know if I will ever survive and get through my day!
Lucky Smart Snax Low Carb – Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Pepitas, Almonds and Walnuts.
It is a tasty mix of nuts and seeds that is perfect for people watching their intake of carbohydrates. Nuts and seeds are one of nature’s super snacks and fit perfectly in a balanced diet.
The Lucky Smart Snax range is sold at Coles, Woolworths and independent supermarkets in the Dried Fruit and Nut Aisle (near the sultanas and other Lucky nut baking products). Check out their website for more information.
GIVEAWAY: Want to win a hamper which includes the whole range of Lucky Smart Snax products? All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me
“Which is your favourite Lucky Smart Snax product and why?”
This giveaway is for Australian residents only and the best response winner will be announced and contacted after Cup Day on 5th November 2014. Please don’t forget to include your name and valid email address next to your comment so I can contact you!
Good luck everyone and happy snacking!