My mental health has not been good as of late. I am just going to come right out and say it right now. To be honest, I feel like I say this a lot but the last few weeks has been a real eye opener for me.

I have realised the importance of self-care and I am now on a journey to make changes in my life that will directly impact my mental health and I would love for you to come on the journey with me.

One of the biggest things I have noticed is how a lot of people relate their anxiety back to clutter, whether it be in their daily lifestyle or in their mind. If you’re a parent then I don’t need to remind you that more toys = more crap to pick up. I am not sure I could live a ‘minimalist’ lifestyle but I definitely need to stop buying shit and am so guilty of keeping things unintentionally like old make up, clothes, shoes etc. So, I am on a mission. To de-clutter my life and my mind. I’ve been doing a tonne of research and can’t wait to start sharing it all.

I have poor routine and poor sleep, all of which directly affects my mental health. I use things like social media which link back to depression – social media, media in general and online bullies. I plan to tie in regular periods of ‘offline’ time to be more present with my family and friends while also striking a balance because my full-time job revolves around social media and of course, its where this amazing community of people are.

I am not putting a time frame on this but I am getting cracking start away. I am already putting small things in place and am noticing a change so it gives me hope that I can do this.

How can minimalism help a mama out? From reading many different articles, it seems many mothers are turning to minimalism to reduce their stress and anxiety.

Minimalism is the processing of simplifying yourself so that you can stop spending your time, energy and emotions on non-essential parts of your life.

Sounds easy right? It’s not. It’s a process, but one I believe will work.

Comment below if you’re keen to come along for the ride to reinventing yourself.

Is it THAT time?
Reuben had always sworn Lily would be in her cot until she was 5 because well, she’s trouble. We had an incident the other week where she climbed out of her cot for the first time. Out of pure fear and in hope ditching the cot would prevent a more than likely injury.
We already had Baxter’s adorable old toddler bed so decided to introduce her to the ‘big girl bed’.
I don’t have any advice on the best way to do it, with both kids we decided to just ‘rip the bandaid’ off and get it over with. It totally worked with Baxter, he never once got out of bed and still doesn’t until the morning. Lily on the other hand has been a total nightmare in the sleep department from about 1.5 years.
We don’t have conventional doors, imagine giant glass sliding ones (yeah, so great for kids right?) so they’re quite difficult to work with. Both kids have their doors shut at night. Baxter doesn’t have a night light and we’ve just introduced one to Lily’s and managed to find a way to lock her door to stop her coming out (but easily opened in an emergency).
Tonight we’ve introduced duct tape to her light switch before well, who doesn’t love bright lights been switched on at 3am?
It’s day two and last night she managed to strip naked and piss on the floor in the middle of her bedroom.
So yeah, how do you think it’s going?
If you have any advice or words of wisdom – please.

  • you can nap and people would be proud of you
  • somebody will prepare all your food, even cut it into tiny shapes (all for you to not eat it anyway)
  • you can have a full blown meltdown in public and people shrug it off as ‘normal’
  • you can sleep through social occasions and it’s okay, in fact – people think it’s cute
  • you can make all the mess you want and some (idiot) person will clean up after you.
What would you do if you could get away with it?

I realized something tonight. Something that made me a little sad to admit.

I don’t really have many friends.

I was always the outsider, going against the grain. Bailing on events and occasions because I had been consumed by anxiety.

I lived on my own for over 5 years after an incredibly messy breakup – something I seem to blame a lot for.

I couldn’t disappoint anybody, and everything was on me. I only had myself to worry about.

I’m 32 years old and can safely say I have less than 5 people I could call on and they’d be there. While I know numbers don’t matter, I can’t help but feel sad. We live in this online world where everything is on show.

People have come and gone over the years, was this because of me? Did our lives just grow in different directions? Did they get what they needed from our friendship?

I get sad when I scroll my feed and see all the big groups of friends who have been together through it all. They got pregnant together, they plan their weddings together, their children grow up together – they even travel together. The constant feed that is social media is playing with my mind, telling me there is something wrong with me because I don’t have this.

I never went to a school formal, I got early exemption from the ministry of education to leave school when I was 15 and I’ve worked full-time ever since.

It probably makes me sound like a huge loser, and maybe I am? On reflection, it could seem petty – like is this all I am worried about? Do I not think my current friends are good enough? Not the case at all. I love the insanely small circle I have but can’t help but wonder if maybe I’ve pushed others away? There are people I once considered really good friends who have never even met my children yet continue to engage online like we’re still the best of friends.

Have I been so focused on my career that I’ve never bothered to really value a friendship in order for it to last? Am I a bad friend?

Has working in the online space for so long made me not able to function properly in real-world situations which has then hindered my ability to form normal relationships?

Has motherhood made me more lonely than ever before?

Please tell me I am not the only one that constantly feels like a loner.

As a Mum of 2 kids (+ manchild) who works full-time, time is not something I have a lot of.  I was lucky enough to be gifted a HelloFresh subscription to trial and review. I was pretty excited about the concept because 1, it would it take the guesswork out of dinner time, 2 save us money on our weekly shop and 3, Introduce new and healthy options to all of us.

Cooking is something I have never really been good at, I am not a fan of baking or cooking things from scratch but have totally mastered chicken nuggets in the air-fryer. Yes, I am that mum. I spend way too much money at the supermarket every week buying meat that I take out with good intentions and then get busy and a bit lazy so I just end up cooking noodles. Having HelloFresh has really given me a boot up the bum to be more creative with meal times, to think outside the box (see what I did there) and to experiment.

It really was cool to be able to involve the kids when it came to unpacking the box, looking at the recipes and having them help me put everything away. I love the convenience of having each meal in a separate colour coded bag – it makes for easy storage and quicker preparation when all you need to do is grab the bag and get started. The pre-packaged meals are colour coded to the recipe cards which makes it visually so simple to see what each bag is. The recipes are super easy to follow with simple step by step instructions. I also love that they have a mobile app which is easy to navigate and allows you to swipe through each step of the recipe.

The meals are created by a certified nutritionist so I know my kids are getting all the nutrients they need to grow big and strong.

While my plating skills may not have been as on point as pictured on the recipe – it tasted delicious! Simple things like adding sesame seeds to home-made chips, why did I not know about this sooner? Honey-soy chicken! OMG. I really did live in a bubble and HelloFresh has kickstarted my journey to discovering tasty and affordable dinner options.

One of our biggest problems as a family is that we’re creatures of habit and I am mainly to blame for this due to my fussy eating habits, I am constantly worrying about these bad habits rubbing off on the kids. The thing that I really loved about HelloFresh is the variety it introduced to me and the kids (Reuben isn’t so sheltered) and the simple additions that can turn a meal from ordinary to delicious!

If you can relate to some of the above or are sick of searching the cupboards or Pinterest for new dinner ideas then order your first box now and get $35 off by using the code NEWMUMCLUB

Thanks, HelloFresh for making me realise dinner times can be delicious, nutritious and super easy!