Author: Ali

Can a Night Owl REALLY become an Early Bird?!

How to be a Morning Person – When You’re Anything But! You know you should get up … but you can’t. Every cell in your body is begging you to stay in bed … it’s so warm and snug and you are still so damn tired! … and yet it …

Understanding not Punishment for our Kids

With the best will in the world as parents there will always be times when we need to step in and address our kids behaviour.  Good social behaviour is after all a learnt skill.  We use (what I used to think was) “Time In” rather than Time Out as a …

Why I Threw Away The Parenting Rule Book

One Mum's mission to put the fun and frolics back into childhood and parenting. To free ourselves from the weight of societal pressure to be perfect and to celebrate our & our kids unique individuality.

Aligning values and goals to achieve mindful harmony

Conflict of any kind is difficult, we all understand that.  Conflict in your mind is really difficult and at times hard to recognise.  After my recent episode of depression, I have worked hard to understand what triggered these feelings, so I can work to negate them in the future.  My …

Top Tips For Ensuring Car Journeys with Kids are Fun not Frightful!

Have you ever been put off the thought of a weekend away because of the dreaded long car journey with kids?! We have recently re-ignited our passion for stay-cations.  Our two love going on adventures to their “new holiday houses” and get so much out of the trips we are …

Stage 1 Strategies to Prevent Depression Relapse

I’ll admit being diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety was initially scary.  I can see now it was actually really positive.  To hear someone say I needed help and was in the right place lifted a huge burden off my shoulders.  Only then, sat in the Dr’s surgery, did I …

When you are struggling to simplify life…

Something I read earlier today has really stuck with me … like, REALLY stuck & it’s this simple: *This post contains affiliate links, for more info please click here: It’s a diagram from the first chapter in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. I downloaded it onto my …

Mindset Changes I am Making To Be the Best Version of Myself

How I am focussing on changing my mindset; to regaining me … For so long I have struggled with not really knowing who I am anymore – the very title of this blog gives that away and the fact I have designated a whole section to my journey into self-care!  …

How To Declutter When Your Default Setting is Hoarder.

Hi, my name is Ali and I am a Hoarder … so the last topic I ever thought I would be writing about was decluttering!  In fact the very idea of decluttering sent a shiver down my spine for many years (& not in a good way!).  Now, however, I …

What they don’t tell you when your firstborn starts school…

Like many parents at this time of year we have just navigated the stormy seas of the FIRST WEEKS OF SCHOOL … The obligatory FB & Insta posts went up of him in his immaculate uniform on his first day (… albeit he was only there for 2 hours!). The …