I help busy women and men create the lifestyle they deserve. Providing useful articles, information and helpful tips on saving money and time to allow even the busiest person the best opportunity for a balanced life.
I am a very busy mum of two adorable primary school age children and run and operate a few very successful businesses that keep me on my toes!
I live in Sydney, Australia with my beautiful family.
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It only occurred to me the other day how important it is to take “time out” outside our immediate environment with good friends and your own family.
Don’t get me wrong – I love spending time at home. In fact I cherish the fact that I am lucky enough to do so. Working from home has so many wonderful advantages. Sometimes however we need to stretch those wings and do something a little different that we might not normally do.
I purchased a 10 person wine tasting session at a gorgeous vineyard in Berry, NSW. To be honest, I had never heard of “Silo’s Estate” and little idea of the true value of my voucher. Never the less I felt I had a bargain to share amongst friends plus the reassurance that I had contributed to a great cause. So the 2 hours’ drive down the south coast seemed more like a long awaited adventure than a simple wine tasting. I couldn’t remember the last time we were all in the car together going somewhere fun and unfamiliar.
We arrived a little early which meant the kids (yes, they attended too) had plenty of time to run around the rolling green hills and chase the Alpacas. The sun was shining and we had a stunning relaxing lunch to look forward to.
Raj, owner and wine maker at Silo’s Estate was a delight to listen to. He was relaxed, friendly and informative and resolved many of our group’s unresolved wine questions! In fact it was his passion on the subject of ‘running a sustainable business’ in relation to the ‘carbon footprint’ and the impacts on the earth’s environment that really got my attention. Proudly his operation is carbon neutral which appears to be a bit of a stand out in that industry. Although my knowledge in this area is limited I found it an educational and very thought provoking tour. What a great way to enjoy an outing with great friends and my own family. Oh, I haven’t even mentioned the wine – which naturally was a highlight & also highly recommended!
Following the tasting was a relaxed restaurant lunch down on the river in Nowra. Food was great, wine was great as we were surrounded by a bustling ambience of relaxed patrons all enjoying their Sunday afternoon.
At the end of the day, what was initially ear marked as a ‘girl’s day out’ turned out to be a welcomed family adventure that we would highly recommend. It set a lovely pace to the week ahead and “time out” is something we definitely need to do more of!
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Have you ever wished for a few more hours in the day? Why is it that some people seem to get everything done effortlessly and others feel that time constantly escapes them?
The secret to managing your time well isn’t working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively.
The secret is working smarter, not harder. So we have heard this all before Or have we….
Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super-organized at work or school, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and visions.
Rather than labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger. To help you get started, here are some steps to update your days at work, school and/or at home.
As we mature (sounds better than ‘getting older’) subtle changes shape the way we do many things in our lives. Weight is harder to lose, late nights are no longer sustainable, work is more tiresome, our body needs more sleep & rest and the list goes on. Here I share with you a couple of simple ideas that can make a huge difference to your ‘every day well- being’, that you can slip into your ‘already busy life’ that wont take up much of your precious time & essentially cost you nothing!
We all know we should exercise more, eat less fat and drink more water…. So why is it that we don’t?
Good Question! Typically the answer is usually ‘I don’t have time! ’…..
To see any real results, any changes you make in your lifestyle, need to be sustainable. Often people choose a task but action it at the wrong time. Or they fail to make a commitment to seeing it through ‘rain, hail or shine’.
Recently I came across an article in the Globe and Mail written by an extremely Busy Women and mum of 6 children, Ann Kaplan. She refers to ‘staying afloat’ which is a term often bandied around my busy peers. Keeping our heads above water whilst striving for fulfilment, peace and happiness is often like walking on a tight rope! Ann shares her top ten tips. Enjoy.
Running a business is difficult. Starting one with little support can be nearly impossible. Add to that family commitments and personal commitments, and you’ll quickly start to feel overwhelmed. But there is a two-word solution that most successful business owners will tell you is key to their success: time management.
As a busy entrepreneur and mother of six, here are some tips on how to stay afloat:
1. ‘Calendarize’ everything. Schedule everything you do in the day including driving, shopping, studying, reviewing documents – and include the time when you will finish the day. Having a clear idea of your downtime is just as important because no one can be effective if every minute of the day is busy. While it may take time up front to schedule your day, doing this will allow you to make the most of every hour of your day and make efficient use of your limited time.
2. Face difficult tasks at your peak. Generally, it’s best to face the most challenging, tedious tasks in the morning. Why? Because counter to what you may think, the morning is generally when you are at your optimum performance level. Any follow up or repercussions can be managed during the same day, and you can breathe easier by putting the task behind you.
I love sharing in one’s success! Whilst writing one of my earlier posts on “Getting the Most out of your daily Food Budget without Spending an extra cent”. I was introduced to Mari’s “Kitchen Wizard Flexipes”. What a fabulous read.
Imagine making one simple base, and having a variety of dishes for the week… “Kitchen Wizard Flexipes: Simple Time-Saving Secrets for Tasty Global Cuisine” unlocks the secret of how to whip up delicious meals in minutes night after night, from what you already have on hand. Distilled down to the essence, this book is your key to more efficient cooking and better eating in this busy world. It will cut your time in the kitchen by half, and let your confidence soar. By using her Flexipes (flexi-ble reci-pes) and tricks, you too will soon feel like a wizard in the kitchen!
All the recipes are tested, tasty, and global. You will find unique, simple, and practical secrets you’ve never seen before — inspired by the culinary wisdom that home cooks from my native Japan rely on every day — yet applicable for any kitchen, cuisine, or diet.
If you are looking for some time saving tips in your kitchen, you need to check out Mari Suzuki’s awesome book “Flexipes”.
Mari recently wrote ….. “Thank you so much for your downloading and sharing my “Kitchen Wizard Flexipes” during the promo last two days. Thanks to your support, it was #8 on all free Kindle cookbooks, food and wine category; #11 on Lifestyle and Home; and #1 on International and Regional Cookbooks at the end of 2 days.
Even though there was no pre-announcements, there were thousands of downloads — more than 1 download per minute! It was so exciting! There even was one from Amazon Brazil! It happened because of your support. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you so much!
Hope you like “Kitchen Wizard Flexipes“.
If you like my book, please write and post a review on Amazon! It’s a lifeline for a new author like me. Thank you for your support, in advance!
Have fun Kitchen Wizarding!”
Keep an eye out as I will be posting more great valuable tips on how you can save precious time and money in your kitchen. If you enjoyed this post, please share on your social media or leave me comment. Have a great day!
Woohoo – I did it !
My Video Reflections at the end of the 90 Day Challenge on why I deserve to celebrate !
Are you getting the most from the food you buy and prepare for yourself and your family? Is your current system cost and time effective? I used to long for the “Food Fairy” to drop by, wave her magic wand and walla – food would magically appear! Although this did happen on the odd occasion, for me, Food and Food Preparation became a drag. Especially during those sleep depraved days of babies and young children and fussy eaters. Here I share with you a bunch of simple strategies that can take the ‘angst’ out of food preparation whilst saving money, reducing stress and saving precious time in your kitchen!
Food is such an integral part of our day to day living and with an increase in health issues more people are changing their eating and buying habits.
Plan at least 3-5 meals in advance for the week. This will save time on unnecessary trips to the supermarket and allow for easy preparation.
- Shopping List – Have a running list of items you have run out of which can be easily added to the list of items needed for your planned meals.
- Buy in bulk – This can be a great way to save both time and money if you have extra storage space.
- Buy items on special – You can save substantially on items when they are on sale. Great for those regular purchases you know will get used. For example toilet paper, dog or cat food in cans, cleaning products and even washing powder. You can save even more if you are not brand loyal! Take advantage of promotions and specials whenever you can.
- Buy Fresh – only buy food you know you can eat. Often buying produce directly from the farmer or market place is generally fresher and will last longer. This can also be more cost effective and deliver better nutritional value.
My week 13 video reflections – what i am excited for moving forward!
“Maggie” our crazy yet adorable Magpie ‘drops in’ whilst I am filming ….. One skill I have gained following the 90 day Challenge
I share one of the many fears I have overcome after the 90 day Challenge….