iBlog Friday is our weekly roundup of Aussie bloggers. These Aussie writers will take us through all the highlights and lowlights of their parenting adventure this past week, including more than one Christmas freakout, a new anniversary called 'The Monthiversary', making sense of dinnertime, a serious struggle to breastfeed, a mum who escapes to drink cocktails, car trips with kids, a longing for community and the retro home where books used to live - the library.
The winning blog will be posted on Monday. Until then, happy reading.
One Woman Circus
A know a guy who grew up with the same weekly dinner menu his entire childhood. Monday was spaghetti, Tuesday was steak and veg... you get the idea. Sounds mental, but man I bet his mum had some serious spare time up her sneaky sleeves. I did do a meal planner for a while but it dropped off for some reason, so it's time to bring it back. Don't think I can do a set weekly menu for life though, I'll stick to planning each week out on the Sunday night prior. Takes 5 minutes and saves so much time in deciding what to cook, cuts down on trips to the shops, saves money and reduces food waste. Booyah! I'm sure there are a heap of other things I can get more organised about too, like saving online grocery lists instead of doing new ones from scratch each time, and deciding what to wear to an important function in advance.
Shelley Marsh of Money Mummy was shocked when her daughter picked up tinsel while grocery shopping. Is it that time already? Read her tips on preparing for Christmas in her post How to save on your children's Christmas presents.
Can you believe it? Christmas time is creeping up! I was stunned when on a trip to my local Woolies, my daughter picked up pink tinsel and put it in the trolley. Really? Christmas stuff already? After a bit of debate, mainly consisting of me saying the words “put it back”, she insisted it was on my shopping list. I told her that despite wearing glasses, I was sure I could see the list clearly and that I was sure that pink tinsel was not on the list. Oats, yes, milk, yes, eggs, yes and even bread but pink tinsel, no it was definitely not there. Welcome to Christmas!
Today marks 18 months since my partner and I started dating. We are celebrating tonight in style - the much loved, ridiculously expensive french restaurant is booked, and the red wine and sweet nothings shall no doubt flow (he's going to kill me for this...) Today also marks my longest relationship, ever. Of this I am quite proud, and ever-so grateful to said partner for tolerating the border-line insane likes of me for a full year and a half.