Blogging: why bother?

The last week has been action-packed, but restorative. I enjoyed a child-free day on Monday that saw our tax finally completed for 2011 which I celebrated by taking myself off for a solo movie date to see the Descendants (loved!).

It was around that time that the raining began, and it’s been raining without much break since. Following the floods last summer, so much rain seemed even more disconcerting than usual. Summer rain, relentless and humidity-inducing. Yet, for me whether by coincidence or reason the rain brought with it more clarity, washing away some fears that have been plaguing me and I could see my path, lit and clear in front of me.

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Our backyard: small yet perfectly formed

Our backyard is small but perfectly formed.

Although we live in a house, our backyard is more a paved courtyard with all our grassiness at the front.

A legacy of sub-dividing our city’s middle suburbs, our block was cut in two before us and now a house occupies the space where the sprawling block used to be. But moving from the inner suburbs to be here, it still feels so roomy – like all the possible space we have, works harder somehow. Continue reading

When the going gets tough

I had just started a post against the wall of sound of wailing toddler, lamenting everything that was hard right now. I am tired, the boy is tantruming and waking at night shaken, my attempts to toilet train have thus far proved ineffective and baby number two will be here in just over 10 weeks.

But then my computer miraculously rebooted and I lost that post. The boy is now sitting here on my lap watching television quietly and my morning too feels like its received a reboot.

The feeling remains though. I sometimes feel like I suck at this parenting gig. And maybe that’s worth sharing. Continue reading

Resolution 2012 #1: Sunday night facials

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Happy new year! Well it’s almost two weeks in already, but better late than never hey? Tardiness has become somewhat of a lifestyle here at Save Mum’s Sanity lately.

I’m blaming pregnancy and holiday mode mentality primarily, but with the onset of a new year comes a new resolve. Yes, you guessed it – resolution time.

In recent years I haven’t really done the resolution thing, preferring a casual review and reflect type thing: a few mental notes here, a scrawling in a notebook there.

But last year particularly I felt I’d lost my way somehow and this year I’ve decided to be more proactive in steering my life’s ship in the right direction.

So this will be my first in a series of new year resolution posts this month. Outlining a few of my big and small resolutions that all aim to get me back on track.

Resolution #1 is partaking in a new ritual of the Sunday night facial. This is a chance to take time out, relax and pamper myself in preparation for the week ahead.

Last night was my first facial of the year. I cleansed, I exfoliated and then retreated to my bedroom with a face masque applied and book in hand and I did what every nutty blogger would do and captured my attractive look with an Instagram pic.

It was blissful! This simple act helped me prepare for my return to work today and my skin feels so soft and smooth. This is just one of the small ways I intend on nurturing myself this year and I’m excited to share a few more in the next couple of weeks.

How do you aim to take care of yourself in 2012?