We have been away from our families for over a week now attending major trade shows and as much as we know the importance of attending and participating in these, it certainly takes a lot of pre planning and organising at home prior to leaving! All the pre planned baby sitters, meals, lists of which child is where before and after school, who has sport on the weekends, you name it!
But some how as parents we manage to juggle it all or do we?! I don't know if we ever feel like we do but what I do know is that as long as our kids feel loved and cared for, are fed and clothed then everything else will just fall into place!
How do you juggle daily life?!
My first born was a beautiful girl, Maya. As she grew we had blissful years and she taught me so much about myself and, I thought about little people. Turns out, she taught me so much about Maya. No two kids are the same right? Then when I had my second, Gus, I realised that boys can be so different to girls – or maybe everyone is an individual? In saying that, Gus became a gatherer, and a collector. I’ve heard this is not uncommon and I have witnessed this wonderful stage in many a little boy with two hands full of special tiny treasures. It only ever bugged me when the treasure was obviously not special… I mean, when did a rusted old, flattened Victoria Bitter lid hold any value? Or why covet a bit of plastic coated electrical wire that was discarded by the electrician who fitted the outdoor sensor light? I’m not so sure. My saving grace has been the Mini Play Pouch. “Gather what you like my darling, as long as it goes in your special Mini Play Pouch… very important and secret collections can go in the pocket!”. Suddenly I’m all earth-mother, uber-cool again. And interestingly, I have been far more accepting of the bolts, gum nuts and plastic unknowns. But blu-tak that could well be old chewing gum is actually not a collector’s item. Ever!
Wow, well to say that we are excited and almost a bit overwhelmed to be a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards is a bit of an understatement! Kate and I are so thankful to you our stockists, customers, family and friends because without you we wouldn't be where we are today!
We are looking forward to the Awards night next Tuesday and hope that we can do SA proud!
Love and Best
Kate and Kate xx
Something I have learned as a mum is that cleaning up is not a natural skill. Early on I expected that my kids would simply pick up the things they had scattered and put it where it should be. Well boy was I wrong! Realistically I never cared for tidying until I had kids of my own and then I thought that everyone could easily keep things in basic order. But now I appreciate that the idea of keeping things in order is not something that comes naturally to most kids. Fair enough! But I have long known that a good percentage of kids will be motivated by pleasing their caregiver or parent. And if it is easy to do that then the action of pleasing is a priority. With Play Pouch I have seen that kids delight in the clean up… the instant gratification of pulling on the rope and having a task complete in a matter of seconds is too easy. So the tidy up happens and activities that were once avoided due to the pains around the clean-up become a joy. Yay Play Pouch!
This post seems a no-brainer to me… but I write it for those of you who seek a sorted and organised home. Just so you know – my home is not perfectly organised! However, I have toyed with the idea of becoming a professional organiser. In this era of consumerism, we need to earn skills to deal with all the stuff that comes into our lives. I’m inspired particularly by Lissane Oliver and Peter Walsh. These guys are absolutely consummate at keeping it real when assessing how we stay on top of the chaos around us rather than letting it take over our lives. My mum was always a winner at this – she was a natural organiser. I admire the natural ability some people have at choosing quality, curating the items that take their attention and fill their space and making those things work for them. For now, what I can offer is the Play Pouch vs the plastic tub. Try it in your home. See how the items you store in a Play Pouch are vested with the attention they deserve. Test the way that the Play Pouch may allow you to have those things to be used rather than being out of reach or mind. And consider whether using a Play Pouch rather than a plastic tub contributes to your lifestyle and quality of life. xx
I remember when I was a teenager, first hearing the phrase “random acts of kindness.” It propelled me through so many moments with family, friends and strangers. I had a label for my sometimes actions and it felt so good! Lately I’ve been feeling the “first world problem” vibe. Oh wow, how this label helps to put things in perspective. It’s crazy how many of my ‘problems’ are not related to basic needs. While I do a little bit to help those less fortunate than me, I know there is so much more to give. What do you do to give to your local or our global community? When do you remember that we are living in the lucky country? How do you teach your kids about the ways that we are blessed?