Mum, you are enough

Mum You Are Enough - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

Today I have written a few words for all the mums out there who may feel a little unappreciated at times. Being a mum is the most important job in the world, but it can also be one of the hardest. Sometimes the thank yous are not spoken often enough, but it’s important to remember that they are always there, we may just need to look a little harder to find them. Sometimes it feels as though the little things that mums do each day go by unnoticed, but this is certainly not the case. Never doubt yourself and always remember that in each and every way you are a mum, you are enough.

Mum, please know that you are enough.

It’s in the early morning starts to make sure their day goes right even though yours may not.

It’s in the loads and loads of clothes you wash, dry, fold and put away each day.

It’s in the breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks you make without fail even when you really wish someone else would step in occasionally and take over for you.

It’s in the countless nappies you change every day to keep your baby clean and fresh.

It’s in the toys, books and games you pick up off the family room floor only for them to return an hour later.

It’s in the cakes you bake together and don’t even mind if they make a mess.

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Recipe: Oma’s German beef goulash

Oma's German Beef Goulash - Ever-changing Life of a MumAfter a rather mild autumn here in Melbourne, the weather has finally turned cold which means it’s time to crack out the casserole pot for some winter warming dinners.

One of my favourite meals is my mum’s beef goulash. It’s a meal I often request that she makes when I visit for dinner but for some reason I have never tried to cook myself.

Last week, I was looking for something different to add to my family’s weekly meal plan, so I called up my mum and asked her to share her recipe for goulash.

It’s one of those meals that has been in my family for generations, with my Oma sharing it with my mum and now it has been shared with me. I really love that!

It turned out so well and was surprisingly easy to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Tips to cut your family’s living expenses

Tips to cut your family's living expenses - Ever-changing Life of a MumSo you’ve set up your family budget … but it’s in deficit. How do you cut it back to ensure you live within your means but still enjoy a nice lifestyle?

I was in this exact position the first time I set up our family budget about two years ago. After more than 10 years as a working mum, I was about to leave work to spend some much needed time at home with my family. But that meant dropping one whole income, so obviously our budget wasn’t looking particularly good and our family was spending more money than we were making.

Our family budget allowed me to see where all of our money was going and made it much easier to find areas where we could cut back to make up some of the loss.

Here are a few tips to help get your budget back on track and hopefully looking a little healthier.

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Setting up a family budget

Setting up a family budget - Ever-changing Life of a MumLet’s face it, budgeting isn’t much fun. But when you’re living on one income it’s kind of a necessity.

Before making the decision to walk away from my career to spend more time with my family, I crunched some serious numbers to figure out how we were going to drop one full time income.

Through that process, do you know what I discovered? That there’s actually something quite satisfying about seeing our money trail written down on paper or the screen and realising that it could be done. That there wasn’t any reason why we couldn’t live on one income, besides not wanting to.

After more than 10 years as a working mum, I’m extremely grateful that we are currently in a position to allow me to be a stay at home mum. But the change has brought along plenty of challenges.

Living on one income has involved a major change in mindset for our family … and it’s certainly a work in progress. If there is anything that living on one income has taught me, it’s questioning just how important particular purchases are compared against others. You really need to want to make it work.

I’ve had this blog post on the to do list for some time now. But in all honesty, I felt like I needed to ‘walk to talk’ for a while before I could start making suggestions to others interested in doing the same.

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The exciting adventures of Bear Bear and Bunny

The exciting adventures of Bear Bear and BunnyOh no. Bear Bear is gone. Again.

I have lost count of the number of times my daughter’s beloved comforter has been been lost.

I bought this pretty pink and white blankie with a bear head for Miss 6 when she was just four months of age. On maternity leave and with my return to work date looming, I wanted something familiar for my baby girl to take with her to childcare. Since then, Bear Bear (yes, she has a double name because she’s extra special) has been by her side for every sleep plus to soothe the occasional ouchie and in moments of sadness or general grouchiness.

Not long before returning to work, I realised my then 7-month old baby girl loved her Bear Bear so much that a back up plan was needed just in case she ever went missing. But could I find another Bear Bear anywhere?

Instead, meet Bear Bear’s best friend, Bunny. She’s exactly the same as Bear Bear in every way … well, except for the bunny head.

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