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Monday, June 4, 2018

My favourite tips for when you feel overwhelmed getting your home in order

Here are my favourite tips for when you feel overwhelmed getting your home in order:

* Start in the space that makes you feel the most irritated

* If it’s overwhelming, set your timer and do 10 minutes twice a day

* Declutter a bag full every week or every day until your house feels easier to manage. One week toys, one week clothes, etc

* Decluttering is better than organising because otherwise you’ll have a house full of containers and no one will bother putting things away if the space is so cluttered - it will be too hard 

* But once you have cut back, then look at storage with a focus on making things easy to locate, easy to get out and easy to put away

* Set up daily and weekly cleaning routines to stay on top of it

* If your kids are school age it’s their responsibility to help you manage the household - and your partner too! Families help each other so they can spend more time together xx

What are your favourite tips?

x Marissa


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Product review: Battle of the drink bottles

* I'm an ambassador for Smash Enterprises
I’m a BIG believer in reusable products and we haven’t bought a disposable bottle of water in almost a year now!
My drink bottle broke recently so I’ve been trying new Sports Chiller drink bottle from Smash Enterprises​ and it totally beats “regular” drink bottles!
Here's why I love it compared to regular drink bottles:
  • It keeps my water colder for longer
  • It has a wide neck for easy cleaning (plus you can regular sized ice cubes)
  • It’s much lighter than my old drink bottle 
  • and my favourite part is that there’s no condensation ruining my handbag! It doesn't get wet on the outside, even if my water is really cold

Definitely worth checking out next time you’re at Coles! They come in 3 colours (pink, blue and grey) for $10 RRP. 
Let me know which colour you get!

x Marissa

Nude Food Day 2018 - your chance to reduce lunchbox rubbish and earn money for your school!

I’m excited to announce that I’m an ambassador for Nude Food Day 2018!

Through Nude Food Day's Nude Food Grant School Program National Nude Food Day are giving away $10,000 to schools, classes and students :)

Applications are now open and close 22/6/18. For further information and to register visit

*Note : The Nude Food Grant is only open to Australian and New Zealand Residents that are a part of a recognised education provider.

As someone who is passionate about reducing waste and cutting back on the use of disposables, I’ll be sharing over the next few months how my family packs our lunches ‘in the nude’ in order to reduce rubbish. 

I hope you get some value from our ideas and examples and I’d love to see how you embrace Nude Food Day too!

For more information and to apply for your school grant, go to

x Marissa

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Simple baking from scratch with Kitchenaid

I've been using a Kitchenaid KSM170* lately to do some simple baking from scratch!

Check out the baking I've done so far:

First was Simple Scones:

Look how pretty the scones turned out! So delicious too :)

Next was Simple Pizza Dough:

I wish I had a photo of the pizza for you but it was gone too fast!

Super Simple Jammy Bread Roll Thingys:

Part 1

Part 2

Easy Baked Doughnuts:

Look how lovely they turned out!

What's next?

Next on my list is home made warm doughy pretzels, cookies, cupcakes, and home made tortillas!

x Marissa

*Kitchenaid kindly loaned me the KSM170 for this series! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6 easy ways to play with your kids when you’re tired

Do you struggle when your kids want you to play with them but you’re SO tired already? 

It’s been a HUGE day already, now you’re home with the kids, and understandably, they want to spend time having fun with you.

I'm not very good at playing. I’m not great at imaginative play, I’m a little too competitive at structured board games, I get tired by about 4pm, and I’m usually thinking about all the stuff I still need to get done.

But I also know that kids grow up fast, and quality play time together is really important. It shows them how special they are, it’s a great way to bond, to find out what you have in common, and to create fun memories together.

Sometimes you’re just too tired, I totally get that, so here are 6 ways you can play with your kids that gives you quality time together AND gives you a chance to relax as well:

1. Play hospitals. They're the doctor, you are the patient. Get your bandages out and let them wrap up your arms and legs while you relax on the lounge.

2. Play the cloud game. Go outside, put a blanket down on the grass, look up at the clouds and tell each other what you see.

3. Lay down and listen to an audio book together. Audible has a great young adults book section on their app, and you can get your first book for free if you haven’t tried it before. All you can has books for younger kids too, and if it’s a long one, you can do a chapter each day and get even more relax time!

4. Colour together. You’ll be surprised at how relaxing it is!

5. Have a “spa day”. Do your nails, then pop on a face mask together (or just use moisturiser with small kids), and lie back for 10 minutes listening to relaxing music.

6. Play hairdresser. You sit down with a magazine and they brush your hair for ages. So relaxing! But hide the scissors ;)

There you have it - 6 Easy ways to play when you're already tired. 

If you’d like more tips on how to manage family dynamics in simple ways, make sure you grab one of my freebies! If you have babies and toddlers, I have a great ebook  for you called 5 steps to an easy morning that will help you get out the door on time, stress free when you need to :)

x Marissa

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