Control Your Finances With A DIY Spending Journal

The new year calls for new resolutions, but this year. I am not setting any.  However, I recognise there are some things in my life that needs improvement. Today I’m focusing on my financing. Saving is something I’m determined to get right, especially with a small family now, spending can get out of hand pretty easily. In the pass, we have tried endless times to document clearly where our money was coming from and going to. We have used excel spreadsheets, systems and apps. But I still think the best way is to use a written spending journal (or Kakeibo). Call me old school. Continue Reading!

First Cinema Experience: Tips for a Stress Free Trip to the Movies

S and I love loved going to the cinema, when we were dating and before #JasperBean came into our lives, our weekends and evenings would be filled with cinematic experiences. Heck, our first date was at the cinema! Whether this was psycho-thrillers, chick flicks, war documentaries or secret cinema experiences, we never considered this as a treat. Now with a toddler in tow, this has become a rare treat because I never was brave enough to bring an unpredictable bundle of energy to the big screen. Anyone with a toddler that doesn’t keep quiet or sit still will know what I mean. However, we decided to take the bull by its horns and take our toddler to his first cinema experience. Continue Reading!

A Mother’s Patience and How Not To Lose It

Many a times #JasperBean has tested my patience some days, most days everyday… he would suddenly start crying and throw massive tantrums from no where and no matter how much I calmly speak to him, he just wouldn’t stop or even let me know what has upset him so much. He would just constantly repeat “mummy, mummy, mummy”. I’ve tried talking, hugging, cuddling, leaving him alone to calm down, distraction, food, everything, but in those moments, nothing will do. Like many mummies out there, I’ve discovered that I have reserves of patience that I didn’t know existed. Continue Reading!

70 Ways to Survive Hay fever

99% of the people we come across tells us that #JasperBean looks like me and obviously I’m delighted to hear this! Unfortunately, apart from our physical similarities and personality, we including S, also suffer from the dreaded seasonal allergy – hay fever! I have had hay fever for as long as I can remember and every year we suffer from the following symptoms: Continue Reading!

Honesty and Deception in Young Children - Truth and Lies

My child is lying. The Peeking Game and 5 ways to encourage the truth?

I recently read an interesting article that looked at the evolution of honesty and deception in young children, the study suggested that children around the age of 2 start learning how to lie. I thought to myself: “Great!! #JasperBean has just passed that milestone Continue Reading!