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      Day Spas Coffs Harbour

      As mums we don’t take time out for ourselves and pampering is usually sacrificed. As much as we love our little ones ‘me time’ could be just what the doctor ordered. So why don’t you spoil yourself and indulge in some pampering, enjoy the peace and quiet, even better...

    • You Know You’re a Mum When…

      You Know You’re a Mum When…

      From the time you find out you are pregnant, you start to realise that there is a lot in your life that is going to change. You also become aware that your priorities will become very different than what they were pre-kids. But sometimes it is the little signs that...

    • Local Mum Feature – Celeste Lord

      Local Mum Feature – Celeste Lord

      This week’s lovely local mum is Celeste Lord. Having only recently moved to the area she fills us in on what she loves best about raising a family on the Coffs Coast. Where and how long have you lived in the area and what do you love about it? I have lived in Coffs...

    • It’s Time For You Chookado

      It’s Time For You Chookado

      So you’re a mum now. And the second that baby was born this deep seeded emotion you can’t control suddenly entered your life. Guilt. It hits you like a cold day in numerous ways. It haunts you on a range of topics – feeding, sleep, play, education… It hits you when...

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      All things parenting on the Coffs Coast. From recipes and time hacks to the day to day ups and downs of motherhood.
    • Local Mothers Day Gift Guide 2020

      Local Mothers Day Gift Guide 2020

      Mother’s Day this year will fall on Sunday, 10 May.  While it may be one of the more unusual Mothers days to date and with everyone still adhering to the social distancing rules, you can still pamper from afar. The most common motherly saying is “oh, you didn’t need...

      Fathers Day 2019

      Fathers Day 2019

      The 1st of September is Father’s Day in Australia, the perfect time for honoring fathers or the important male figure in your life.  We often forget the sacrifices and contributions they have made in our lives. This Father’s Day, show him how much you appreciate all...

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Kids love finding surprises in their lunchbox and with the Easter countdown, it is an especially fun time to add a little bit of seasonable love into the lunchboxes.  With so many fun Easter cutters, food picks and moulds its easy to get creative in the kitchen.  We...

      Bulk Billed Doctors GP’s Coffs Harbour

      Bulk Billed Doctors GP’s Coffs Harbour

      Finding a new GP and or bulk billed surgery can be time-consuming.  Taken from recommendations of our local mums we have collated a list of some of the bulk-billed GP’s and surgeries around Coffs Harbour. We have also included a couple of private practices which have...

    • Holidays and Travel

      Holidaying with kids? Check out our top tips to make travelling with kids a breeze. We are blessed to be based here in Coffs Harbour with an awesome holiday vibe all year round. Find out the best the region has to offer for school holidays.
    • Where To Go for Santa Photos in Coffs Harbour

      Where To Go for Santa Photos in Coffs Harbour

      Capture that special moment in your child's life sitting on Santa's knee before he or she is all grown up. Here is your guide on where to find Santa in Coffs Harbour this season.   Coffs Central Santa Photos Santa is back for the annual Christmas photo but with Covid...

      School Holiday Guide

      School Holiday Guide

      Summer is here, it’s getting hot and the kids are gearing up for school holidays. While the Coast has so much to offer with its stunning beaches, reserves, coastal walks, waterfalls and parks the kids do like a bit of variety. If you are wondering how to keep the kids...

      Christmas Day Lunch around Coffs Harbour

      Christmas Day Lunch around Coffs Harbour

      If you plan on hanging up the apron this year and want to get in to the holiday spirit what better way than starting with a perfect meal. Sharing the Christmas meal with family, friends and loved ones is the best way to celebrate the festive season, which is all about...

      Shop Local Christmas Gift Guide 2019

      Shop Local Christmas Gift Guide 2019

      Keep on giving this Christmas by supporting Coffs small businesses and “shop it local” these holidays. Finding the perfect Christmas gift is easy with our Christmas ideas guide. We have pulled together a list of some of our favourites, buy local this Christmas! Gifts...

      Christmas Carols around Coffs Harbour 2019

      Christmas Carols around Coffs Harbour 2019

      Nothing says Christmas like the joyous sounds of carols sung together with family and friends by candlelight. If you love singing your heart out to Christmas Carols, there are some great free community events to attend throughout December. Here is the Coffs Coast...

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    • Easter Crafts to do with your Kids

      Easter Crafts to do with your Kids

      Easter is great fun and we're doing it a bit differently at home this year. It’s a lovely time to spend with your immediate family and a great excuse to indulge in some guilt-free sweet treats. The smell of chocolate is in the air! We have gathered up some fun and...

      Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

      Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

      We are nearing the start of the school year and back to thinking about the dreaded school lunches. For those that have children starting Kindy or returning back to school it can be overwhelming coming up with new ideas to ensure that the kids get some variety. Did you...

      Is Coffs Harbour a Good Place to Live?

      Is Coffs Harbour a Good Place to Live?

      Deciding on an area to live and building a life with your family can be a tough choice to make.  Many factors come into that process, and deciding on what your family's priorities are, will not be the same for everyone. So, let's think about Coffs Harbour as a...

      Mother’s Day Events and Gift Ideas Coffs Harbour

      Mother’s Day Events and Gift Ideas Coffs Harbour

      Did you know that Mother's Day is celebrated in Australia thanks to Mrs Janet Heyden, who helped pioneer it after she started a campaign in Sydney to raise money to buy gifts for lonely or forgotten mothers?  The original meaning of Mother's Day was to acknowledge and...

      Easter Gifts – That Are Not Chocolate

      Easter Gifts – That Are Not Chocolate

      Regardless of how you celebrate Easter, one thing is certain it doesn't have to be all about chocolate. If you are looking for something a little different this year or just wanting to cut down on the sugar intake there are plenty of alternatives to ensure that your...

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Whether you work part-time, full-time or from home, the life of a working mum is a constant juggle. And I don’t just mean paid work. All mums work hard, and even if you are an excellent juggler, chances are you have little to no time for yourself. Here are a few ways I’ve found can help me keep the chaos at bay when raising businesses and babies.

Catch moments when you can

There are some things that just need to get done in a day like the household admin tasks of paying bills. If you work in an office try and do these things while you are on your morning train commute or in your lunch hour. That way you don’t have the stress of needing to find time to do them at home.

Juggle strategically

When we have so many balls in the air it can be tempting to try and juggle a few tasks at the same time. But I find when I do that I end up achieving not much at all.

Instead just pick the top 3 things you must complete that day. When you can carve out pockets of time to work on them do so with a single focus. That means closing down social media and other tabs on your computer and focusing solely on the task at hand.

Same goes for doing housework. I don’t know how many times I have started something then seen something else that needs doing and moved to that and then I have five all half-finished jobs.

Find out what works for you

If you are trying to work from home on your laptop and the kids are demanding attention you are more prone to make mistakes. It might be a case that just for now, while your kids are young, work can only be done during nap time and before and after they wake up in the morning.

If you need more time, weigh up the costs of if you can afford to send them to childcare one day a week so you can have a focused day on the business.

It is all about finding out what works for you as there is no one size fits all approach that will work for everyone. If that means getting up early and working for an hour or two then that is great. If it means getting a few hours help from family a couple of days a week, that is great too.

Focus on finding out how you work best and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to build an empire while your kids are young.

Getting out the door in the morning (without anyone in tears) is the only thing you have to achieve before 8:30 a.m.

Stop trying to organise everything. Your only goals are to leave the house without your first-grader sobbing because she hates getting dressed in the morning. If that means you have to let the laundry pile grow and leave the dishes in the sink until the afternoon then so be it.

Go with your gut, and don’t second guess it later

If you’ve spent days preparing for a meeting that starts in an hour and school calls to report a painful, though not hospital-worthy, monkey-bar injury, there’s no one right thing to do. On any given day, your instinct might be to skip the meeting. Or suggest that the nurse apply an ice pack and send your little one back to class. Make a snap decision and then―this is key―don’t question it later. Let it go. Really. I mean it.

Leave your kids (and the stories about them) at home

While I’m sure your co-workers love hearing about Sophie’s ballet recital, you can keep them begging for more by limiting updates on family life to one per week. Remember―bragging about your kids is what family parties are for.

Make yourself a priority

It’s not selfishness, it’s self-preservation. Whether it’s sitting down to watch Sex and the City re-runs, going out with the girls or simply having time for a long soak in the bath, make sure you factor in time for yourself and the things you enjoy. This is especially important at weekends when you may feel tempted to catch up on all the jobs you’ve fallen behind with during the week, between time spent ferrying children to parties and classes or seeing relatives you feel you should.

Cherish the good things about working

Apart from the money which pays the bills, hold onto the great things about your working day. It could be something as simple and every day as having a good laugh with workmates, drinking a coffee without having a small child clamouring to eat the chocolate on top, having your boss praise you or simply having five minutes to read your book on the train. Similarly, take time to hold onto the most magical parts of being a mummy too. There is room for both.

When balance is elusive, aim for harmony

Even though I have given you some tips on how you can achieve more balance in your life, the truth is sometimes balance just isn’t possible. Finding balance implies that you need to be a master juggler who can give equal attention to a number of areas in your life. When the reality is on some days my kids come first, some days my work takes priority and some days I put self-care first. I try not to look at it as if I am failing to have balance but instead strive for harmony in everything that comes to you and embrace the challenges.