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Pop goes the year as a busy mum

Pop goes the year as a busy mum | My secret to making the next year just as successful as this one is to celebrate and review 2018. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/celebrate-review-2018/
Next year’s diaries are already on display in the stores. Being a super-efficient, organised person means I’m so excited to celebrate, finish 2018 and bring on the new year. I personally can’t wait to start using my brand new 2019 Pop Planner – there’s something really nice about starting a new year with a clean slate and, of course, a brand new diary. Can anyone else relate?
My secret to making the next year just as successful as this one is to celebrate and review 2018. I make sure I celebrate the highs but also review the challenges I’ve had in order to decide what important lessons can be learned.

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Celebrate Mums Revive Retreat

I’ve enjoyed many highs in my business and home life this year. Business-wise, a definite highlight was having the opportunity to spend two August nights in Hepburn Springs with nine beautiful women who all said yes to taking some time out to reconnect with themselves. It was a time to relax, laugh and enjoy the company of like-minded mums and I really enjoyed collaborating with local businesses to make it a weekend to remember for all participants. If you have FOMO from this year’s Mums’ Revive Retreat, jump on the waitlist and be one of the first to find out the dates and location in 2019.

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Celebrate Kid’s Workshops

I’ve also loved educating kids at my Bath Bliss Workshops about the importance of using natural ingredients and how to live a natural life free from toxins. The kids have loved getting their hands dirty. They’ve also enjoyed experiencing science in a fun and interactive way. They’ve learned all about how essential oils can help them concentrate and relax. I’m looking forward to teaching kids in Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne over the summer holidays. If you’re looking for the ultimate school holiday fun to entertain your kids this January (and enjoy two whole blissful hours to yourself) then check out the details HERE.I’m also open to doing Kid’s Workshop for a birthday party, holiday program activity or an after-school care activity just contact me for details.

Pop goes the year as a busy mum | My secret to making the next year just as successful as this one is to celebrate and review 2018. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/celebrate-review-2018/

Celebrate Chaos to Calm

Stepping back from a regular teaching job and doing some casual relief teaching this year has also been a huge win. The result? A calming of chaos, especially in the mornings, with more time for kids activities and things I want to do. A happier family.

Lessons learned

I’ve faced many challenges as a mum this year. Having my son finally diagnosed as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has actually been a relief. We’re now able to better understand his problems with social situations and social behaviours. We’re also able to provide him with so much more understanding and support, especially around his sensory needs. I’m so grateful for the help and knowledge I’ve gained from his Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Psychologist and Allison Davies’ Brains=Behaviour course. Even though having a child diagnosed with a developmental delay is challenging, it’s also brought some positive changes. I’ve learned to be kinder to myself and tune into what my family and I really need.

Pop goes the year as a busy mum | My secret to making the next year just as successful as this one is to celebrate and review 2018. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/celebrate-review-2018/

In 2019 I want to…

I want to feel ease in both my home life and work.
I’ll continue progressing my business in the ways I have been this past year.
I’m going to devote more time to doing yoga and spend more one-on-one time with my husband.
Does any of this resonate with you? What are you celebrating from 2018? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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6 Tips to feel more festive and organised this Christmas

It’s two weeks out from Christmas Day. The kids still need presents for their teachers and Kris Kringle gifts for classmates. There’s break up parties, end of year school concerts and of course, letters to Santa.
This is all before your work Christmas party, your partners and trying to squeeze in festive feasts with friends.
Did I mention the Christmas Day preparations, decorations and presents?
No wonder we mums feel frazzled and un-festive at Christmas time.
You know what though, busy mum? There’s no need to hit the panic button. It doesn’t have to be like that this year. I promise.
The key to enjoying the silly season is to start early. Here are six tips to help you feel more festive and enjoy an organised Christmas.

1. Start Stocking Up

Throughout October and November I start buying goodies I need for Christmas each week in my shopping. Things like meat, bottles of drink and sauces (I can’t go near chocolate as I’d eat it all before Christmas). This helps me feel more organised at Christmas and spreads the cost over two months.

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2. De-clutter + Make Money

I recently did a stock take at home because the kids wanted a trampoline. To make room, the cubby house (and furniture inside) had to go. The festive season is the perfect time to sell, as other parents are looking for big-ticket items at a bargain price. Are there any pre-loved items you could buy or sell this Christmas?
3. Embrace Socks + Jocks
My Little People are getting older and have been given one big item the past couple of years. I also add everyday essentials like socks, underwear, pyjamas, bathers and books. When I’m out late night shopping at Kmart (aka the perfect excuse to get out of putting the kids to bed) I’ll also grab these goodies to put away for presents.

4. Gift An Experience

My kids have received Adventure Park Passes for the past three years from both sets of grandparents. They love the experience and that it lasts for months. Other ideas: zoo passes, museum and movie tickets, craft sessions or dance lessons.

5. Reward Your Loyalty

Last year I used my Flybuys points to buy a glass teapot. I used my points and paid the difference. Online shopping saved me time and money. Accruing loyalty points? Reward yourself!

6. Fill that freezer

I’ve started preparing meals and restocking our freezer in advance ready for those chaotic December nights (you know the ones – arriving home from breakups, parties and concerts).

What helps you feel less frazzled in the lead up to Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.
Good luck out there, busy mum. If you need a hand to have an organised Christmas, I’m here for you.
Thank you for reading,
Narelle 😊
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P.S. As a thank you for reading, I’d love to give you 24 kindness ideas to use in your advent calendar to teach your kids about giving as well as receiving this Christmas. Download Christmas Kindness Ideas HERE
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How I deal with being an overwhelmed mum

How I deal with being an overwhelmed mum | Are you an overwhelmed mum? | https://simplyhappy.com.au/overwhelmed-mum/

Are you an overwhelmed mum?

It’s 5pm, the dinner is starting to boil over on the stove, the kids are bickering about who touched who and the dog is whining to be fed. Before you know it, you’re yelling at the top of your voice for some peace and quiet. Then you shut down, retreat to your digital device for some mindless scrolling, or reach into the cupboard for a sweet treat to tide you over.
Don’t feel bad. Every parent gets overwhelmed sometimes. Like you, I’m a busy mum trying to juggle work, home and kids. I’ve often felt stressed out, snowed under and like I was doing so much but achieving so little. I hated it.
Three pivotal points in my life helped me realise I needed to calm the chaos. Making small and simple changes have helped me to feel calmer than ever and more present with my kids.

How many hours are there in a day?

Rewind to four years ago: My daughter was at kinder, my son was a toddler and I was teaching part-time. I was also (somehow) on the kinder fundraising committee, secretary of the local toy library and wedding planning. At the time I had zero boundaries and said ‘yes’ to everything. Guess what? I took on too much. I was doing the do but actually felt like I was dropping the ball all the time. The change came when, after our wedding, our son was diagnosed with Perthes Disease. I sifted through The To Do List and how it all made me feel. The result? No more extra commitments + simple meal preparation tweaks = more time, feelings of calm and actual productiveness.

How I deal with being an overwhelmed mum | Are you an overwhelmed mum? | https://simplyhappy.com.au/overwhelmed-mum/

Fuel Up

When my son started kinder I decided to study Wellness Coaching (as well as teaching part-time). The strenuous workload resulted in skipping lunch. But, guess who turned up at 3 pm? Those sugar cravings. Internally, my immune system shut down and I was getting sick often. So, I switched my exercise from night to morning, ate a more fulfilling breakfast and nibbled on high-energy nutritious snacks during the day so I wasn’t running on empty.

How I deal with being an overwhelmed mum | Are you an overwhelmed mum? | https://simplyhappy.com.au/overwhelmed-mum/

Attention Mum!

With both kids at school last year, their extra-curricular activities ramped up. My business was in its infancy and I was teaching three days a week. When we’d get home at night, I would turn into a snappy, crazy, screaming mum. I’d also forget simple stuff like assembly and to message people back (even though I had a diary and a reminder on my phone). I had to find time to switch off, give my brain a break (from thinking about The To-Do List), and focus on being more mindful.

How I deal with being an overwhelmed mum | Are you an overwhelmed mum? | https://simplyhappy.com.au/overwhelmed-mum/

Does any of this resonate with you? How do you deal with being an overwhelmed mum? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In my up incoming Calm the Chaos challenge I am going to share with you simple strategies to be more organised so you don’t feel like you’re dropping the ball all the time and have enough energy to easily get through the day. Reduce the stress and overwhelm in your day as a mum so that you can feel more focused with your family by joining Calm the Chaos Challenge.
Missed a post? You can check out my other Simply Happy blog posts like ‘How to calm the chaos using essential oils’ here.
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Travel Tips For A Happy Family

Travel Tips For A Happy Family | Here are some travel tips on how to have a fun family road trip for your next holiday. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/family-travel-tips/
Few things can bring a family together than an enjoyable holiday, and a road trip is a classic way to enjoy some time off and see the sites all over the country. Depending on the distance of your planned trip, though, family travel can become frustrating. To ensure that your family enjoys as much of the road trip as possible, a little pre-planning is in order. Here are some travel tips on how to have a fun family road trip for your next holiday.

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Travel tips on the open road to save and build experiences

Airfare is expensive, especially if you have a large family. Instead of forking over the bulk of your holiday budget on plane tickets, plan a holiday that is reachable via car. With a road trip-based holiday, you can add some unique sites along the way and help your family experience more of the country while also experience the fun of the open road.
Most people live within a day’s drive to major cities or recreational sites, such as lakes or coastal regions. Do some research on the places that are between 500 and 700km away from your home. Look for exciting and unique destinations that lie between your home and a significant tourist destination and plan a stop or two.

Travel Tips For A Happy Family | Here are some travel tips on how to have a fun family road trip for your next holiday. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/family-travel-tips/

Children often enjoy camping trips, but only in small doses as roughing-it can become boring to young minds that are accustomed to frequent stimulation. Try adding a night or two of camping to give your kids a taste of the wild, while adding some creature comforts to those who prefer a hotel bed to a sleeping bag.
If your kids want to spend some time at the ocean shore, you may even be able to enjoy beach camping, where you pitch your tent on the soft sand rather than the hard forest floor. Camping can help lower costs considerably, as camping fees per night are typically minimal. With your savings, you can upgrade your hotel room for part two of your vacation, or add some fun activities along the way, such as hitting a regional amusement park.

Travel Tips For A Happy Family | Here are some travel tips on how to have a fun family road trip for your next holiday. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/family-travel-tips/

Tips for successful family travel

When you are planning your road trip, think about how your family normally reacts to long car rides, considering their ages and the proposed distance for your trip. If your kids are young, it may be better to try to travel while they are asleep. Some families find that the roads are quieter and traffic can be avoided during off-travel times as well. Be sure to plot out your trip, noting where you would likely be during typical rush hour times. Leaving in the middle of the night might save you time at one leg of your trip, but if you end up driving into a major metropolitan area, you may have just made your trip worse.
No matter when you embark on your trip, plan to keep your kids engaged when they are awake. Kids can get bored quickly, and no parent wants to listen to a chorus of “are we there yet” for hundreds of miles. Recruit the family in finding ways to keep everyone alert and excited for the trip. Have your kids choose the road trip playlist, or download a podcast or audiobook on some topic that you can all enjoy. You can also bring some small toys along. Just make sure you keep these toys clean to avoid any unfamiliar germs.

Keep your family fueled for the trip

Healthy snacks can help make the ride pleasant as well. Highway rest stops are filled with unhealthy choices that will make your family restless and miserable. Instead, pack simple, healthy snacks, such as classic peanut butter sandwiches, hummus with crackers and veggies, or wraps. For a fun twist, have your kids help you make protein boxes with cubes of cheese, deli meat, nuts and sliced fruit.
With planning and consideration of the whole trip, your family will have a road trip to remember, rather than just a blurry memory of an expensive flight.
Thanks to Jenny for her guest blog and sharing tips on how to have a fun family road trip for your next holiday. She is a homeschooling mum to her 4 children. She has a blog with lots of useful educational ideas that you can check out on her website Special Home EducatorMissed Jenny’s last guest post? You can check out here.
Do any of these tips appeal to? Let me know which ones you will be trying on your next holiday.
If you want to survive these holidays and give your kids fun and engaging ideas that don’t require you to spend a small fortune, leave the house or hours of setting up then download my free holiday ideas survival guide below

5 easy organisation tips for your kitchen to eat healthier

5 easy organisation tips for your kitchen to eat healthier | Family mealtime (does anyone else call it ‘feeding time at the zoo?).| https://simplyhappy.com.au/5-kitchen-organisation-tips-to-eat-healthier/
Family mealtime (does anyone else call it ‘feeding time at the zoo?). Chaos, bedlam, a never-ending saga – trust me, busy mum, I’ve been there.

Your hectic day aside, by the time you’ve got everyone else organised at the dinner table, you are absolutely exhausted.

But you know what busy mum? It doesn’t have to be like that anymore.

Here are five helpful tricks from my kitchen to yours. These tips will help you feel more organised and you’ll eat healthier in the process (who doesn’t want that, right?!)

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1. Chop ‘til You Drop!

Chop all vegetables, herbs and fruit as soon as you get home from the shops. Store them in plastic containers in the fridge (this will make it easier to use for dinners throughout the week. I find that when the kids get home from school, they are more likely to eat these foods if they are washed, cut up and ready to go. *This tip also works for weekends and holidays – chop up some fruit for the little people to help them select healthier options.

5 easy organisation tips for your kitchen to eat healthier | Family mealtime (does anyone else call it ‘feeding time at the zoo?).| https://simplyhappy.com.au/5-kitchen-organisation-tips-to-eat-healthier/

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2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Simply put: I just don’t buy unhealthy food options (we live by this in our house). If the bad stuff is lying around I’d eat it and the kids would nag. So, I always keep a full bowl of fresh fruit (apples, bananas, or pears) on the bench. This way it’s the first thing the kids see and grab when they want a quick snack.

3. Eat Healthier at Snack Time

I prepare healthy snacks on the weekend so they’re ready for school lunches, after-school snacks or when I am rushing out the door. Having our healthy snacks ready to go in the fridge or freezer means I don’t even have to think twice about what I am going to have for morning or afternoon tea. Some examples: homemade muffins, biscuits, bliss balls, chia pudding and nuts in a small container.

4. Be Prepared

I make time every weekend to do a big batch of cooking. This helps me get ahead with meal preparation so on the nights we’re home late, a healthy dinner is already organised, ready and waiting. Voila! Batch cooking is SO MUCH BETTER than making a big mess in the kitchen every night (dishes, argh!), and it saves time so I can be more present with my kids.

5 easy organisation tips for your kitchen to eat healthier | Family mealtime (does anyone else call it ‘feeding time at the zoo?).| https://simplyhappy.com.au/5-kitchen-organisation-tips-to-eat-healthier/

5. Befriend Your Freezer

I make a big batch of brown rice, quinoa, smoothies, pizza dough, stock, biscuits and muffins and freeze them in small portions. This saves time and ensures healthy options are always on hand.
Do any of these tips appeal to? Let me know which ones you want to try, I’d love to hear from you.

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If you enjoyed these tips but are feeling like there’s never enough hours in the day to implement them. You’re always wishing you could just have a bit more time. Let me help you feel more organised so that you actually have time for the things that you want to do without letting anyone down. Book a free 20 minute ‘Time Review’ with me NOW.

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Organisations secrets to help mums to create space in their calendar

Organisations secrets to help mums to create space in their calendar | One of the main reasons I hear from mums for not putting their health first is that they don't have enough time and lack organisation. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/organisation-secrets/
One of the main reasons I hear from mums for not putting their health first is that they don’t have enough time and lack organisation. I will share my organisation secrets that will help any mum create space in their calendar to be able to do the things they want to do without letting anyone down. 
I am a big fan of the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. It is all about time management, organisation and getting more done in less time. As a mum, I am all for getting more done in less time. Planning my time decreases my stress, anxiety and makes me feel more in control of my life.

Organisation secrets – 5 P’s

Put pen to paper.

It helps my brain do what it is supposed to do, create ideas not store them. I write a list of projects using outcomes instead of just one word.  I don’t take action when the outcome is listed as one word like ‘declutter’ or ‘present’ because my brain is feeling stressed. Instead, I write ‘declutter the study’ or ‘buy Dad a 70th Birthday present’ then I am more productive. I only list two projects a week these are the two that are going to have the biggest impact on my week. Then I write all the tasks that need to be done for each project.

Plan out your next week or month.

I feel more organised and in control of my calendar when I have taken the time to sit down and plan it out. For every minute you spend planning you save 5-10 minutes in carrying out that task. Things I add to my calendar each week are my non-negotiable activities like exercise and yoga, appointments, family time, catch-up with friends and finally,  when I am going to do the grocery shopping and when I will prepare the meals.

Organisations secrets to help mums to create space in their calendar | One of the main reasons I hear from mums for not putting their health first is that they don't have enough time and lack organisation. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/organisation-secrets/

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Prioritise the most important things that need to be done.

It helps me stay focused and be more productive when I prioritise what I really want to do and what is important. I also can say ‘no’ to things because I can see what time I actually have left.

Produce the work.

I have got a lot more done when I work from a list. Brain Tracy states that you can increase your productivity by 2 hours a day when you work from a list. What mum doesn’t want an extra two hours a day?

Ponder what you did.

I am a huge fan of reflecting and evaluating in all areas of my life and work. It helps me stay positive and also allows me to make changes and improvements next time.
The 5 P’s are my organisation secrets to getting more done in less time, and being able to do the things I want to do instead of always being at the beck and call of everyone else. What I put into my diary is my choice and makes me feel more in control of my life.
Are you more productive when you work from a list? Let me know in the comments below.
Want to read more? Then check out one of my earlier blogs on how to manage your to-do list HERE.
If you want to plan your entire week in just a few minutes each Sunday so that you can actually stay on top of things and not feel like you’re always frantically trying to keep up then grab the simple one-page planner that I use. You will be able to get rid of clutter and feel more organised so that you can start your week off on the right foot.

If you enjoyed these tips but are feeling like there’s never enough hours in the day to implement them. You’re always wishing you could just have a bit more time. Let me help you feel more organised so that you actually have time for the things that you want to do without letting anyone down. Book a free 20 minute ‘Time Review’ with me NOW.

4 Ultimate Benefits of a Mums’ Revive Retreat

4 Ultimate Benefits of a Mums' Revive Retreat | It is not your fault that as a mum you aren’t able to prioritise yourself. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/4-ultimate-benefits-of-a-mums-retreat/
It is not your fault that as a mum you aren’t able to prioritise yourself.  Your entire way of being is focused on making sure everyone else is ok first. Racing between work, school pick up and after-school activities. Worrying about where everyone needs to be and what they are doing. Not to mention running a house and juggling your own career or business. But unless you start to prioritise yourself you will not be able to continue giving to those around you. As the saying goes ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup.’
What an amazing experience spending two nights in Hepburn Springs last weekend with nine beautiful women that said yes to taking time out to relax, reconnect with themselves, laugh and enjoy the company of like-minded mums. This was so much more than a ‘girl’s weekend away’. The mums’ retreat was designed with interactive nurturing workshops and activities to introduce the mums to a variety of other strategies to help them better cope when life feels overwhelming. The simple, yet incredible shifts these women experienced reinforced you can’t afford NOT to find the time for yourself.

4 ultimate benefits of a mums’ retreat

1. Connection builds well-being

Every mum knew at least one person on the retreat. The relaxed environment, sharing of meals and fun activities created plenty of opportunities for the women to connect and actually have a proper meaningful conversation without the kid’s interrupting or having other things to rush off for. I am extremely grateful for the women being a little vulnerable and open to making new friends and memories. Their connection with the other mums has helped them build their own well-being.

4 Ultimate Benefits of a Mums' Revive Retreat | It is not your fault that as a mum you aren’t able to prioritise yourself. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/4-ultimate-benefits-of-a-mums-revive-retreat/

2. Learning continues after the retreat

Over the weekend the mums were introduced to yoga and meditation – both practices I use to feel calmer and stay sane as a mum who juggles kids, home and a business. Each and every mum walked away either wanting to continue or start using a mindful practice such as yoga or meditation.

4 Ultimate Benefits of a Mums' Revive Retreat | It is not your fault that as a mum you aren’t able to prioritise yourself. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/4-ultimate-benefits-of-a-mums-revive-retreat/

They also participated in two workshops presented by myself, a Wellness Coach. They learned how important it is to switch off when managing the juggle so that they can recharge and be the best version of themselves. They realised by prioritising themselves they are reinforcing to their kids how important they really are. They also started to figure out what’s important to them, who they want to be as both a mum and an individual and looked at what needs to change in their lives. 

4 Ultimate Benefits of a Mums' Revive Retreat | It is not your fault that as a mum you aren’t able to prioritise yourself. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/4-ultimate-benefits-of-a-mums-revive-retreat/

3. Energised and focused

They were able to let go of the mental load and worry that they have as a mum. There was nothing that they needed to organise apart from what to wear each day. They all felt so much more energised from taking time out from their normal schedule. The break left them all feeling energised and more focused on what is really important in their lives.

4. Relaxed and calmer

There was also plenty of opportunities of free time. Each mum made the most of having time to be pampered with a massage and beauty treatment. They also enjoyed walking in the picturesque area, time to read, and even catching up on some much-needed sleep. A surprise dancing session on Saturday night had them all laughing and experiencing something new and out of their usual comfort zone. As one mum said after the session ‘laughing is the best medicine to feel calmer and more relaxed.’

4 Ultimate Benefits of a Mums' Revive Retreat | It is not your fault that as a mum you aren’t able to prioritise yourself. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/4-ultimate-benefits-of-a-mums-revive-retreat/

A mums’ retreat is more than just a ‘girls weekend away’. It is an opportunity for you to start giving back to yourself through relaxation, connection, laughter and learning. Unless you start to prioritise yourself you will not be able to continue giving to those around you. Life will carry on as it is unless you give yourself some time and space from the daily juggle. Join my waitlist and I will email you when the next Mums’ Revive Retreat is being held.

If you loved the sound of the retreat but right now you just need a way to quickly calm yourself down when you feel your blood starting to boil BEFORE you snap. You would love to get your kids to do what you’re asking WITHOUT having to turn into a CRAZY screaming mum. Learn how with my 5 quick ways to keep cool when the kids are driving you crazy, without having to yell.

How to be proactive with your health and immunity this winter

How to be proactive with your health and immunity this winter | Unfortunately, winter is the season for colds and flu and it is really important to support your immunity this winter. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/your-immunity-this-winter/
Unfortunately, winter is the season for colds and flu and it is really important to support your immunity this winter. You can’t avoid them but you can be proactive with your health and immunity this winter. You can use my tried and tested tips to boost your immune system, stay healthy this winter and beat the winter slump.
In winter we escape the cold weather inside with heaters which recirculates the air from those who have the virus that causes the cold. Viruses are very sensitive to UV light, therefore, less UV in winter, more viruses. There is also a gene responsible for slowing down the body’s response to infection. This gene has been found to be more active in the summer months.

Tips to be proactive with your immunity this winter

Love your gut

Fermented foods contain probiotics and encourage the growth of good bacteria for a healthy gut. They help to eliminate toxins and boost your immune system. Fermented foods and drinks (such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha or pickled vegetables) and the gelatin in homemade stock will decrease inflammation in your gut. 

Get some vitamin D

Sunlight provides your body with vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to boost your immune system. Organise your days to be outside for even a small amount of time so you can take in some sun. It may be walking to work, walking the kids to or from school or eating your lunch outside.

Start with breakfast

Breakfast is important to maintain your sugar levels and reduce stress. If you put your body in a state of fight or flight you will lower your immunity. To make it easier to not skip breakfast you could get up a little earlier to ensure you have time for breakfast or better still organise your breakfast the night before. For example, soak some oats, make bircher muesli, add smoothie ingredients in bags and place them in the freezer.

Restful sleep

Melatonin is the hormone that your body releases to promote sleep and we need darkness to trigger the production of melatonin. This is why you feel sleepy in wintertime. Your body repairs and renews cells during sleep, which may be why skimping on sleep increases the risk of catching a cold. Bright lights from computers and televisions are disruptive to your sleep so try to turn them off at least one hour before bed and avoid sleeping with your phone in your room.
If you enjoyed these tips but are feeling like there’s never enough hours in the day to implement them. You’re always wishing you could just have a bit more time. Let me help you feel more organised so that you actually have time for the things that YOU want to do like being proactive with your health without letting anyone down.
Book a free 20 minute ‘Time Review’ NOW

How to be proactive with your health and immunity this winter | Unfortunately, winter is the season for colds and flu and it is really important to support your immunity this winter. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/your-immunity-this-winter/

Imagine being able to connect with other mums experiencing the same struggles without leaving the house? Wellness Hour is held once a month. It will help you connect and identify your biggest struggles, feel supported, discover the secrets to better wellness and finally, enjoy time without the distraction of life or kids. Click here to learn more.

How to be proactive with your health and immunity this winter | Unfortunately, winter is the season for colds and flu and it is really important to support your immunity this winter. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/your-immunity-this-winter/

Fun And Educational Online Activities For Rainy Days

Fun And Educational Online Activities For Rainy Days | For most kids, bad weather means boredom, especially in the winter when they couldn't be having fun outside. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/educational-online-activities/
For most kids, bad weather means boredom, especially in the winter when they couldn’t be having fun outside. When little ones get bored, bad behaviour sometimes ensues, which can lead to problems for everyone. That’s why it’s important to help them find ways to stay entertained indoors, but that’s not always easy to do, especially if you want them to be educational at the same time.
Fortunately, there are several educational online activities that will keep your child engaged and happy while he learns about various topics. From math and science to art and language, there are all kinds of great apps and websites just for kids that have safety features built in. Not only will they stay entertained for quite a while, but you’ll also have peace of mind that they’re using their time wisely.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to find fun and educational online activities for your kids when the weather is bad.
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Starfall

There are many learning sites out there, but one that has been popular over the last several years is Starfall. This learning website helps kids with reading and phonics and has a vast array of activities, from basic letter recognition to reading plays and comic books. Some classrooms utilize this site, so talk to your child’s teacher to find out if you can sync his activity time with the classroom’s.

EarthScienceJr.

If your kiddo loves science projects and experimenting, this site has a ton of great ideas that utilize things you may already have at home. Many of the games and activities mentioned have a creative element or involve building, so they are perfect for a variety of age ranges. Go here to check them out.

Balance free time with real-life math applications

Many kids say that math is their least favourite subject, but that could simply be because they haven’t found the right way to utilize it in the real world. Helping your child find ways to use math concepts that make sense to them will help boost their confidence and may even hike their grades up, so check out this site, which offers tons of great ideas on how to do just that for every grade range.

Get creative

Lots of children love to make art; in fact, if you give a kid a piece of blank paper and a crayon, the chances that he’ll ignore it are slim to none. Most kids have a basic need to create, but unfortunately, arts programs around the country have been cut to almost nothing. Fostering that creative spark is important, so consider finding some online art lessons for your child so that he can find his own style and potential.

Head to the museum

Many museums nowadays have virtual tours online that allow anyone to “walk” through the exhibits and explore them. Look at the Louvre or the National Gallery of Art, or check out the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for dinosaur lovers. Technology has made it easier than ever to educate ourselves on history and art, so take advantage!
Finding the perfect fun activity for your child when the weather isn’t so nice can be difficult, but giving him a variety to choose from certainly helps, and it will help him stay entertained twice as long. Take his hobbies into consideration and work those into the sites and apps you pick for him to check out, such as sports, science, art, or animals. With a little preparation, you and your child can have a blast this holiday, rain or shine.
Thanks to Jenny for her guest blog and sharing fun and educational online activities for rainy days. She is a homeschooling mum to her 4 children. She has a blog with lots of useful educational ideas. Check out some more ideas on her website Special Home Educator.
If you want to survive these holidays and give your kids fun and engaging ideas that don’t require you to spend a small fortune, leave the house or hours of setting up then download my free holiday ideas survival guide below.

Fun And Educational Online Activities For Rainy Days | For most kids, bad weather means boredom, especially in the winter when they couldn't be having fun outside. | https://simplyhappy.com.au/educational-online-activities/

If you would like some more holiday ideas and inspiration then check out my Pinterest board HERE.

What twenty things make you happy?

What twenty things make you happy? | What are twenty things that make you happy? | https://simplyhappy.com.au/what-twenty-things-make-you-happy/
What twenty things make you happy? If you can focus on just two of these things each day you will feel more confident, motivated and recharge to give to those around you. Happiness is directly linked to your confidence and ability to love yourself. If you feel confident you will trust your own judgement and ask for help when you need it.

What twenty things make you happy?

Use the following questions to help you come up with your own list of things that make you happy. It is so important to incorporate them into your daily life for your own wellbeing and overall health.
What makes you smile?
When was the last time you laughed?
Do you enjoy reading or writing?
Are you a creative person?
Does singing or music light you up?
What type of movement do you like to do?
Are there new things you love to learn?
Have you got hobbies or interests?
What would you love to do?
Teya is a self-love coach for And So She Thought. She shared with me her tips for encouraging mums to feel more confident and love themselves. She also shared some of the twenty things that make her happy. If you would like to find out more about Teya and read her blog that explores intuition, self-love, mindset, and motherhood then click here.

As a mum, I know you’ve got a million things on your plate right? So, it’s no wonder that when you’ve called out to your kids 35 times to get dressed and ready for school, only to come out and find them still in their pj’s, breakfast half eaten that you snap and end up yelling and screaming. But then you see the look on their faces and you spend the rest of the day feeling guilty for losing it (again).
What if you had a way to quickly calm yourself down when you feel your blood starting to boil BEFORE you snap? What if you could get your kids to do what you’re asking WITHOUT having to turn into a CRAZY screaming mum? Learn how with my 5 quick ways to keep cool when the kids are driving you crazy, without having to yell.

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Imagine being able to connect with other mums experiencing the same struggles without leaving the house? Wellness Hour is held once a month. It will help you connect and identify your biggest struggles, feel supported, discover the secrets to better wellness and finally, enjoy time without the distraction of life or kids. Click here to learn more.

5 simple steps to love yourself and your life | Are you ready to love yourself and love your life but you’re wrestling with your inner mean girl? | https://simplyhappy.com.au/5-simple-steps-to-love-yourself/

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