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SAHM Sanity Guide – Giveaway Bonanza

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August has been an awesome month of achievements here on The Organised Housewife Blog.  The blog turned three,  reached a community of over 100,000 on facebook and I launched The Stay at Home Mum Sanity Guide.  So it’s time to celebrate and what better way than teaming up with some great businesses and giving away some awesome products!!!

This Upward fashion diary comes in 2 stylish printed covers and easy to use day to a page layout. The ideal diary to suit your every need. All Upward diaries contain extensively researched information on every page like full moon, religious calendar, equinox/solstice and much more. Available in both week to an opening and day to a page.  Available at Officeworks stores and other selected stores.  $9.99 – $14.99

GIVEAWAY - The prize is a bundle of journals and notebooks from Upward Diaries

BOSCO BLF150 Slow/Cold press juicer is our new addition to the well-respected BOSCO range of kitchen appliances. This juicer is the latest design and the MOST AFFORDABLE  juicer of this kind and quality available on the market today. It features a silent operation, 3 processing screens and a very efficient Cold Press Juicing Technology including dual stage juice extraction. In this model you get a reliable, extremely high quality slow juicer that has high processing volume capabilities with no wastage. It is a must in today’s modern kitchen if you enjoy healthy, fresh vegetable or fruit juices or would like to make a change for a healthier life style. We provide 5 Year general warranty and 5 year motor warranty in addition to our outstanding customer service as an indication of the outstanding quality and design of BOSCO Slow/Cold press juicer.

GIVEAWAY – 1 x Bosco BLF150 Slow Juice RRP $440

Bespoke Party Products don’t do printables, instead everything is made and posted ready to use.  Perfect for the busy Mum! Tailor made paper designed to your exact specifications – I can match existing items like table cloths, art work or clothing! An endless number of products can be created, everything from customised chocolate wrappers to cupcake toppers to favour boxes. Bespoke party products have been featured on blogs, websites and magazines around the world, including; Amy Atlas Events, Kara’s Party Ideas, Modern Wedding, HWTM and The Little Big Company.

GIVEAWAY - 1 x Bespoke Party Products custom (designed to your exact specifications) party package for 12, either adults or children (prize is valid for 12 months).  RRP $135

Package includes the following items:

  • 12 waterproof bottle labels- printed on glossy water resistant paper and will not run or smear when placed in ice or splashed ($18)
  • 12 cupcake toppers- custom designed to any shape, the cupcake toppers are mounted on a 11.5cm lollipop stick ($24)
  • 12 custom teaspoons- environmentally wooden birch single-use teaspoons, 11.5cm in length ($9)
  • 12 custom forks- environmentally wooden birch single-use cutlery, 15cm in length ($12)
  • 12 custom knives- environmentally wooden birch single-use cutlery, 15cm in length ($12)
  • 12 custom dessert spoons- environmentally wooden birch single-use cutlery, 15cm in length ($12)
  • 12 custom stickers- cut to any shape with a custom design of your choice, these stickers are printed on glossy water resistant paper ($24)
  • 12 custom chocolate bar wrappers- printed on thick glossy paper and cut to fit any size chocolate bar ($24)

 

hardtofind. is an Australian shopping website featuring beautifully designed, hand-crafted, unique products – homewares, gorgeous gifts, kids’ stuff and accessories – that are not easily sourced elsewhere. As working mothers with little time for shopping beyond the basics, owners Eri & Trudi realised that there was a gap in the online market for a quality website where you could rely on finding only the best available. They know where to find those irresistible products. And they’ve brought them all together on hardtofind., with one easy checkout, free shipping and gift wrapping on most products and all purchases dispatched direct to the consumer from the seller.?? No more schlepping all over town or trawling through endless websites to find what you’re looking for – hardtofind. is a one-stop shop, whether you’re looking for an unusual gift, searching out a special something for yourself, or just wanting to treat your home or your kids to a new look.

GIVEAWAY - 1 x Carnegie Sunglasses – Striped Mahogany and 1 x Classic Elegance – Bayswater Nude Ballet Flats RRP $248

Crafted from some of the world’s finest tea gardens and enclosed in a silky feel pyramid bag, Twinings new pyramid infusers allow the leaves more room to move during brewing to deliver a truly exquisite experience. This unique range includes premium blends of black teas, Infusions and green tea. From Brisk English Morning to Cottage Mint Leaves, we’re sure you will find the perfect Twinings Pyramid Infuser for your special tea moment. Twinings, bringing the boutique to you.  Available at Coles and Woolworths. $6.39 for 16 Pyramid Infusers.

What is more perfect than a beautiful wooden Twinings Tea Chest, filled with 4 of our favourite blends? Nothing, apart from the enjoyment you’ll get from every delicious cup of tea you brew…. Blends: A 10 pack of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea, and Camomile

 

GIVEAWAY - A Twinings tea chest & the Twinings premium range

Kitchenware Superstore is Australia’s premier kitchen store with one of the biggest ranges of cookware at unbeatable prices. Absolute lowest prices saving you up to 70% off RRP all year round.

They offer:

  • a 100% Price Match Guarantee so you can be sure you are buying your products at the best possible price
  • Free shipping to anywhere in Australia for all orders over $150. International shipping also available
  • Products include Australian warranties and 30 day money back promise
  • All orders placed before 3pm are dispatched the same day
  • Product reviews from real customers on the website
  • All our Kitchen Aid mixers come with free shipping anywhere in Australia

GIVEAWAY -  1 x Joseph Joseph Nesting Set 9 Plus – Multi Colour – RRP $90

At Kindred Gifts, the inspirational words of Winston Churchill aren’t just a mantra but a way of life, and the team are driven every day to help all customers achieve their best life possible – whether that’s through their customers giving a gift that makes both themselves and the recipient feel great, or simply by becoming a part of the Kindred ‘family’.

Vers Audio Slimline iPhone 4/4S Bamboo Shellcase

This sustainable, beautifully designed iPhone case is tailored for a trim, pocket-friendly fit, with the ability to protect your iPhone 4/4S from every day wear and tear in style. The two-part slider case design assures a custom fit. Every handcrafted bamboo Vers case has steel pin reinforced corners for added strength; comes with a soft, scratch resistant lining, and there are openings for the headphone jack and the charging port.

Dogeared Make a Wish Sterling Silver ‘Fearless!’ Charm Necklace

This funky necklace made from eco-friendly recycled sterling silver is all about being bold and brave – it’s fierce yet still feminine….the perfect accessory for those with a fearless spirit! Wear it as a reminder to look at life as an incredible journey. The necklace’s card contains the following message: “Make a wish and put on your necklace. You are a true trailblazer…fearless and always up for the next adventure! With your courageous spirit, life will always be an incredible ride. When your necklace wears off, your wish is ready to come true.”

GIVEAWAY - 1 x Vers Audio Slimline iPhone 4/4S Bamboo Shellcase and 1 x Dogeared Make a Wish Sterling Silver ‘Fearless!’ Charm Necklace, RRP $99.90

The Junior Whale Whisperers is a great program that teaches the kids about whales and the environment that they live. Helping them learn about the importance of looking after these most beautiful creatures.  You can read all about our recent whale watching adventure here.

GIVEAWAY – 2 x Junior Whale Whisperer kit (1 per winner)

  • Junior Whale Whisperer Tote Bag
  • Junior Whale Whisperer water bottle
  • Junior Whale Whisperer t-shirt
  • Humpback whale puzzle
  • Havvey the Humpback soft toy
  • Junior Whale Whisperer information kit and activity sheets
  • Journey of a Humpback book

The latest addition to the Betty Crocker range is the Carrot Cake, made to an authentic recipe and finished with delicious ready-to-spread cream cheese flavoured frosting. This retro cake can be quite complex to make from scratch, but Betty has made it super simple to whisk, bake and spread, ready to entertain in under an hour.

The Irresistibles range includes three mouth-watering cakes, each oozing with rich chocolate flavours; decadent Chocolate Mud Cake with rich, ready-to-spread frosting; light and fluffy Chocolate Mousse Cake and on-trend Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes with liquid chocolate centres.

GIVEAWAY – Betty Crocker Prize Pack RRP$100

The Ikea Family loyalty program rewards members in store, at home and online. By providing family members with tailored offers to match their needs Ikea Family has quickly established itself as one of the leading loyalty programs in the country.

To celebrate the milestone of reaching one million members, Ikea has launched the Ikea Family Concept Store exclusively for Ikea Family members. The concept store, which is featured within all Ikea stores, offers a collection of more than 70 exclusive products from Ikea’s international catalogue at reduced prices, available only to members. The products are designed to be little things that help Ikea Family members create a better life at home and range from slippers to books to beach accessories.

With every swipe of an Ikea Family card, 10 cents is donated to charity, with more than $330,000 donated since the program launched in September 2010. Members can choose whether they want to donate to UNICEF or a local IKEA charity partner.  All members of the Ikea Family program receive so many great benefits, view them all here.

GIVEAWAY –  Crocodile Bath Mat, Book, Backpack, Console case, Pencil case RRP $105.95


Lime Tree Kids is an online parenting and children’s lifestyle store featuring only Unique , Stylish and Fun items ! We aim to help grow your family in a nurturing and healthy environment through providing items, parenting tools and information.

You are unique, your children are unique and your lifestyle is unique. No reason why the toys and other children’s products you use shouldn’t be unique, right? We try to source products that will fit this uniqueness and add variety to your parenting journey. We don’t stock items you find in large department stores or those that have saturated the online world.

GIVEAWAY (1 boy or girl pack per winner)

Neatfreak Organiser system is designed to help organise and maximise your closet space

  • 1 x Boys Neatfreak cupboard pack RRP$ 138.80
  • 1 x Girls Neatfreak cupboard pack RRP$138.80

Lust have it! takes the confusion out of finding products that work for you.  Sign up today and you could be sampling 5-6 of the industry’s most exclusive, premium and international beauty brands, as chosen by our beauty experts.  We deliver them direct to your door each month in our gorgeous collectible boxes.

Stop buying the wrong products and start discovering the best in beauty from the comfort of your own home with Lust have it!

GIVEAWAY – A 6 month subscription to Lust Have It RRP $119

Tell me in the comments below what is your SAHM secret weapon that helps you keep your sanity?

Please note the following Terms and Conditions

  • Entries are for Australian residents only
  • Must comment to enter.  One entry per person
  • Giveaway opens 7am AEST Friday 23rd August and closes 12pm AEST Thursday  5th September
  • This is not a random draw, the 10 most creative answers will each win one random prize
  • There are 10 prizes to be won, with a total prize pool of over $1615.00
  • Winners will be notified via email by Friday 6th September
  • Winners must respond within 72 hours of notification, or another winner will be selected to receive the prize
  • This giveaway is coordinated by Nuffnang and run in accordance with my disclosure policy.  

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  • Amanda Hunter

    My almost daily trips to the gym are what maintain my sanity. (That and my regular weekend evening glass of wine) I think I’d be stark raving mad without them!!ReplyCancel

  • A SENSE OF HUMOUR!!!!!!!!! ;) ReplyCancel

  • Rainee McKean

    my SAHM secret weapon is getting up at 5am, it means i can get everything done before the kids get up and gives us so much more quality time :) ReplyCancel

  • Nicole homes

    Facebook so I can reach out to other SAHMs and not feel alone!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    To keep my sanity I do a pick up of things lying around house that shouldn’t be before I go to bed, coffee cups, books, toys etc; so I get a fresh start in the morning. When I get up there is no mess to deal with, a fresh start each dayReplyCancel

  • Katrina Origliasso

    Try not to take things too seriously and my wonderful husband who knows when I am stressed. He can always makes mw laugh and forget what I was stressed or angry about.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha Williams

    Get out of the house at least once EVERY DAY! It gives you some perspective and stops you from sweating the small stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Jade

    Chocolate! Lots of it! I don’t drink so find my sanity in a yummy treat and chocolate wins everytime ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Hayles

    Taking my boys (3 and 1) on a (budget friendly) adventure day once a week (train/ferry/bus ride, visit to the free museum) followed by everyone coming home for an afternoon nap … Including me :) ReplyCancel

  • Mitzy Wedd

    My sanity is intact, thanks to my hobbies, that’s a fact!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Coles

    My wonderful husband who is a far better sahm than me. He will often get up early with the baby and get stuff done before I wake up!ReplyCancel

  • kelly cleary

    I love doing my scrapbooking with my daughter next to me doing her art work.ReplyCancel

  • Nalena

    By reading what other Mums do on blogs such as this one, forums and PINTEREST!! It keeps my day interesting by trying new fun art activities, making yummy food, going on special “dates” with my family and even trying new cleaning techniques! So many creative Mums out there, we are our best resource!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Mitchell

    Having a weekly planner with tasks and meals planned has kept my sanity with a 2.4 & 1yr old with a dash of exercise to burn the stress!ReplyCancel

  • Joelene

    Lol, housework! A change is as good as a holiday :) especially hanging out washing in the sunshine with bub playing happily in his stroller.ReplyCancel

  • Megsy

    Walking! I find the improvement in my mental health, attitude, love life and fitness is so greatly improved when I find time each day to head out for a walk. Most days I only manage to find the time for my daily walk after my four little angels have gone to bed, and after finishing up my evening housework routine, I head out with the dog to walk on the dirt roads near our farm. I think just that little snippet of time (30 minutes or so) makes such a difference it is worth going no matter how much I can’t be bothered. The 15 kg I have lost as a result of my daily walking schedule is just a bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Della Price

    A bubble bath in a candle lit bathroom, with/without a book! It helps me remember there is life beyond the washing, cleaning, cooking, taxiing etc. and it recharges the batteries for the challenges of the next day :) ReplyCancel

  • Kandi Sharpe

    With twin toddlers, a very disobedient obese sausage dog and a husband who works long hours the days tend to be soooooooo loooooong. The amount of no’s and ah ah’s are in the hundreds. My sanity savour on the rare occasion is putting the babes in the toy room with the door shut for 5 minutes while I sit down and have my cup of tea I poured a few hours ago. I am a newby to your page and absolutely love all the ideas and tips I have implemented already and it has made such a difference – now just to get the hubby to declutter his areas and we might just be getting somewhere (yep he is a hoarder!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Casey Owens

    Forgetting all the adult things when it all gets too much and having fun with the kids enjoying their laughter and making memories, the housework will always be there but kids grow up too fast!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Cox

    Enjoying the little things that might be taken for granted. Someone making an effort to help out or a quiet coffee in the morning sun.ReplyCancel

  • Kells Bells

    Taking time out for me whenever I can, and doing whatever I can to have that time to myself. But what I absolutely love… and is a great way to calm the mind and refocus my energy, ready to tackle the moment as soon as I step out of the bathroom… is a bubble bath! Mummy time is rare, but pure bliss when it happens! :) ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Regular outings with my girlfriends. We go to the “Chicks at the Flicks” movie nights then meet up for a glass of wine or a coffee afterwards. Sometimes we go out to dinner – usually somewhere “cheap and cheerful” but it’s the adult conversation and laughs that matter – not the location. It’s really great to let off some steam and is very grounding to realise that your not the only one who has some really crappy days :) ReplyCancel

  • Fi Kerslake

    I shut the toilet door … and take my iPhone with me … just for a bit of me time, by myself, to look at social media … :) ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Parker

    I count down the hours till my beautiful mum comes over and we all spend time together listening to her patient kind and wonderful stories, thoughts and great fun nana ideas.ReplyCancel

  • tam childers

    Whenever it seems like too much I remind myself I have 16 years at best with them before they will be doing their own things, so I gladly welcome them in my bed an get over myself. And I ignore comments from others that complain about the house being dirty, it will get clean later. If all else fails eat some chocolate. A bab day is usually always followed by a good one so hang in there.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda O'Brien

    Hi Kat,
    My SAHM secret weapon is ringing an imaginary alarm bell in my head and lists. Lists keep me in check with what is happening and what has to happen. Then I get great satisfaction in checking off what I have achieved for the day. If it does not happen I slot it into another space when it can happen. The lists must be bright and portable and not over loaded. As for the alarm bell that is my sanity saver to back off. Up until 6 months ago something had to change. Nothing was running smoothly with three busy children and a house. Now when the stress is rising I imagine the alarm bell , deep breath and step back. That moment allows me to assess the problem and try to sort it out more rationally. Happier for mum and happier for everyone. That’s the theory. It has been much better and sometimes the bell has to ring very hard but it is helping. When I need to mix things up and take a break I make a day of no lists and feel free.
    Love your webpage.
    Cheers Belinda O’BrienReplyCancel

  • Peta Bruce

    Probably to make sure to tell myself cleaning can wait because they won’t be babies forever!ReplyCancel

  • Allison E

    My Secret weapon is girlfriend! I can always find someone to have a cry with, and whinge to or to share a great day with. Coffee time, lunches, or phone calls are the best way to keep me sane! I love my family to bits, but my BFF’s are altogether another thing xox love themReplyCancel

  • Jessica Kearney

    Having a one year old can be really challenging, and we live on the opposite side of the country to my family and closest friends, which can often be isolating. I find that sitting on the couch with my little man and reading him stories is the best way to remind me of what a beautiful job I have, and how every meal, every dirty nappy, every emotional breakdown is 100% worth it for him. His little belly laugh when we “find” Iggle Piggle’s missing blanket or when the cheeky gorilla (from Goodnight Gorilla) climbs into the zookeepers bed, and his little exclamation when we “find” the Green Sheep, are precious and priceless. It reminds me that as hard as my job is, I wouldn’t change a thing for all the riches (or “me” time) in the world! #slowparenting #gratefulparenting ReplyCancel

  • Smitten Kitten

    Dinner at the table, making a list of the good & bad things that occured during the day, there is always more good and it reminds you to appreciate all the small blessings.
    So far it’s good that we walked the dog & my husband made me coffee & a collegue bought me a hot donut but it is bad that I have a sore throat. Good always outweighs the bad :) ReplyCancel

  • LJ

    Good friends and family to debrief…and laugh with, good food, good coffee, red wine….and trying to see the lighter side of the day! although usually easier said than done :) xReplyCancel

  • Marina

    My SAHM Secret Weapon is to have only a few priorities for the day. My to do list, like most mums is endless, but if I only focus on a few for the day, I usually find I accomplish more than just those – which leaves me feeling like Superwoman – simply because I got more done that I had planned.
    This leaves me room for playing with the kids and being present with them – rather than checking my phone or being distracted because I’m feeling overwhelmed.
    LOVE your newsletters, those little simple quick tasks really make a difference to staying on top of the house too :) ReplyCancel

  • Shaz

    This is so cliche but it really is the simple things that makes me smile and realize how lucky we are to have this toddler in our life. And it is one of the reasons that even when he is driving me batty that I think back on and just remember to breathe and breathe some more. Because soon enough he will be off doing his own thing.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Planning meals and weekly outings but knowing that I can be flexible where I need to be. Having good friends and family to help out and also being able to help them as well.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    Shannon Lush! Her books are my cleaning bible and it’s doesn’t matter what my children throw at our house I know I’ll find the cleaning solution in them. Saves me stress and time running around trying to figure out how to clean things.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    My biggest secret weapon to staying sane as a SAHM would be
    having an easy-to-follow routine checklist that keeps on top of the main
    household tasks (cleaning, washing and cooking). My morning and evening routine reminders also remind me to do things for me (moisturising, writing in my gratitude
    journal). When the basic household tasks are done, it keeps my mind clear to appreciate the little things in life and gives me more time to spend with my wonderful family.ReplyCancel

  • Bec Wilkin

    Several secrets/weapons help make a happy house –
    1. Pre-plan dinners for the week, and writing them up somewhere so there is no “what’s for dinner” whining.
    2. If you don’t like grocery shopping arrange home delivery, and make sure it arrives when your partner/older children are home so you have helpers.
    3. Figure out what it takes to make your house presentable in as little time as possible.
    4. Use a timer when cleaning – set it for 10 minutes for each room (kitchen usually needs to be done twice), then work hard for each 10 minutes. By the end your house will look completely different.
    5. Learn to be happy with what you have got, and not look to constantly “keep up with the Jones”. I have also instilled in my children to always ask “do we NEED it, or do we WANT it”.
    6. Take five minutes each morning to spend on yourself and put on some makeup/do you hair – even if you are not going out you will feel better and thank yourself when the doorbell rings.
    7. Have small treats – even a selection of nice teas (bought on special of course) will lift your day.
    8. Learn how to budget – yes it takes time, but I find that I am a lot less stressed when I know where the money is going and that I will have money put aside for large bills.
    9. Finally – try to do something for yourself, purely for yourself from time to time, without feeling guilty. It may be a takeaway coffee and a stroll through the shops, a wine with a friend or simply reading a book – but self-care should become a regular priority.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    stick to the routine and stick to the lists and once a week allow myself so me time. So I can do it all again the next week!ReplyCancel

  • JB Perth

    My SAHM secret weapon is having a green/fruit smoothie every morning (it may take me ALL morning to get around to finishing it!) I know I have had a great start to the day and feel great and energised for whatever the day brings on!ReplyCancel

  • susan folau

    with 7 children and have just moved inter state its a bit hard not to lose your sanity.
    but by not stressing that the house work is not done.. And enjoying time with the kids we like to exploring our new area,and this helps to keep me calm.we like to find new parks to play at. And new things that we can do together as a family. If my family are happy then I am happy ;) ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Shepherd

    My secret weapons are:

    I cook meals on a Sunday – freeze them and for those midweek nights that are so busy with after school activities. Pop them in the microwave and dinner is served. No stress or fuss.

    I try to tidy a little every day so the house stays in some order. I get the kids to do the EMU PICK. Grab a plastic shopping bag and go around the house ‘picking’ up the stuff dropped on the floor, things get put back into the rooms where they belong, and rubbish ends up in the bin.

    thanks for the opportunity to win such amazing prizes. Fingers crossed for everyone!
    JennyReplyCancel

  • Katherine Nott

    sewing… its my “me time”, create some beautiful while I sit with a hot cuppa beside me… and I can drown out kids noise with how fast I sew away… lolReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    A nice glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed and enjoying the quiteReplyCancel

  • missdaisymay

    My girlfriends save my sanity. A little while ago, I worked out that only a small number of friends were there for the long haul and the rest were what I call frenemies – only there to pull me down to make themselves feel better. So lets say I did a little spring cleaning and removed as much negativity in my life. My girlfriends and I try to get together once a month, I create positivity on my facebook by only reading the uplifting and nurturing pages and removing the rest. And I make time for those who are there for me. If i need a quick pick me up, hubby and I always have the dogs and the beach.. nothing clears the mind like a brisk walk with two energetic dogs :) ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Campbell

    It’s the little things that help me keep my sanity. A cup of coffee or 3. A nice hot shower (on Saturdays I pump up the iPod and sing in the shower while hubby watches the kids). Enjoying a TV program with the kids (iCarly is my favourite). Interacting with other adults via Facebook, when at home for long periods (my daughter has Gastro). Last but not least, I keep sane by indulging in my love of a little eye candy by obsessing over my favourite Hollywood hunks. Oops I think I just crossed over the line to insanity.ReplyCancel

  • Kat P

    Don’t stress!! I am a planner & have learnt the hard way not to stress when things don’t go the way they should because being a SAHM to 3 children & a self employed hubby not everything always go to plan so I have learnt to just accept the changes & go with the flow, oh & also vent to my mum & sister too ;) ReplyCancel

  • Shaghig

    My secret weapon is no secret at all. Its “The Organised Housewife” Blog and emails. It simplifies the littlest things so i can keep up with my household. Also, the smile on my girls’ faces, when they giggle and just want to be cuddled resets my mood/stress every time.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Stone

    I throw my hands up in despair at the chaos and mayhem everywhere.

    Get Hubby off to work, kids off to school, then out the door for a walk, I go and chill.
    To feel the air on my face, makes me so energised and feel great.
    Have a chance to refocus, regain my thoughts and know that my secret weapon to maintain my sanity has worked once more, I can handle what else the day has in store.ReplyCancel

  • Debby

    This site is inspiring… it makes what seems like daunting tasks simple, easy and no stress. Being a working mum, being organised is essential, and this site has it all. It has even inspired be on ideas to keep myself busy when bad urges arrive. Having recently stopped smoking, i am looking at ways of filling that “gap”and being healthier, this site has it all. I have never excercised, nor have I every watched what I eat, so really, i suppose I was a ticking time bomb. Being now past my mid 40s, something twigged in me, that little voice that said, c’mon, what are you doing!! Time to get that butt off the couch and look at yourself. Both my daughter (13), and I are keen to progress on this new journey. Although neither of us are overweight, we could be heathier. My daughter has started experimenting with home made juices, she grabs out the grater and fork and juices away, rather funny to watch. Make it a late New Years resolution!!.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa White

    My secret weapon is something that I truly hate to admit. It completely goes against my OCD and my need for control but after 4 kids in 5 years I have learnt that I have to ask for help! While I would love to be able to do it all myself I have to let others help. I think we have a much happier household now and I’m not running myself into the ground trying to everything for everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I use a 1-3-5 To-Do List everyday. It has 1 big task, 3 medium tasks and 5 small tasks. At the end of those days where you feel like you were run off your feet all day and haven’t achieved anything it is a great reminder of what you have done! Plus it really helps me limit my To-Do’s – I was constantly writing lists longer than the Senate Ballot paper, then feeling like I had failed when I hadn’t got through the list in one day (despite their being two or three days worth of jobs on it!). I fill out my To-Do list before going to bed the night before, which helps stop my thinking about all the things i have to do tomorrow (I know its written down and won’t be forgotten).ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    A wall calendar, a meal plan weekly
    We like lists to put it meekly.
    No surprises for any one
    So we can spend more time having fun.
    Routine works best in our home
    So the kiddies arent giving a groan and a moan.
    With the week planned out for all to see
    Chores, sports, events & meals can happen easily.
    So when its time to unwind and play
    We can all enjoy this time each day!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And, my “other” sanity saver is when i go to the gym or a walk each morning – fresh air and releasing of the toxins – i love it!!! Best way to start the day!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Creek

    I have a little bottle of wildflower essences that I carry with me everywhere I go! Four drops under the tongue and I’m on my way again.ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    A supportive husband and friends who care
    A moment to myself in the easy chair
    Taking the time to make a plan
    Then changing it up because I can
    Teaching my kids to help out too
    Being realistic about what I cannot do
    Noticing the precious little things
    And sometimes wearing fairy wings.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wallis

    My SAHM keeper is is to make a latte and to take 5 minutes out from whatever is happening in my life to just sit and enjoy it. Also to catch up regularly with a girlfriend for coffee, shopping, laughs and to vent.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie

    Accepting that I do not have to be the perfect mum, perfect wife, perfect cleaner, perfect chef. Yes we are a hundred jobs rolled into ‘one’. That there will be good days and bad days. But in the end it’s really the little things that count like tucking my little ones into bedReplyCancel

  • Karina

    SLEEP! Seriously, if I’m tired, I don’t cope. If I’m rested, I can deal with anything the day throws at me and I am more tolerant and patient with the kids. I make sure I go to bed early when I’m getting worn down, no matter what the state of the house is. If I’m rested, it’ll get sorted the next day.ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    I try to remember that although I have to get things done, it is more important to spend some fun time with my family. Kids will remember these moments, not whether I vaccuumed the fiddily bits on the skirting boards or wiped down the fridge. These are the times that matter most, and its a bit cliche, but it is over so fast. Jjust as important is “me time”. A glass of wine/coffee/deliciousness in the sun with a friend works well :)
    P.S Weet bix for dinner occasionally is fine!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Pybus

    Lists lists lists. Sometimes a list of what lists need listing.ReplyCancel

  • Joni

    I have 4 kids at 4 different schools/pre schools, one of whom is Special Ed with a lot of issues and I have never had one minute of family help. We have a large yard where I grow veges and fruit, have 11 chickens, I work online, I cook everything from scratch and subsequently have a huge workload!

    I have found the secret to keeping my sanity is making lists, prioritising each task as
    1. MUST BE DONE TODAY
    2. COULD BE DONE TODAY
    3. WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE DONE TODAY
    and then I just tackle them as best as I can. The house is often messy and not clean but I make the children’s emotional. mental and physical well being come first as they are only with me for a short while and the housework can wait.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Tehan

    Knowing hat you are not perfect and can only do what you can. I have my days pretty organised, but I know that if I cannot wash or vacuum or clean a bathroom on that day then it is not the end of the world. The important things in life are your children, family and friends, everything else comes second to those and your sanity! Thank you Katrina for your assistance in not only realising this helping to organise our lives!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Watering the garden – I know it sounds like a job but it is my ‘quiet’ time. Its outside in the fresh air and the water really sounds relaxing. Its my ‘time out’ from everything that is going on or needs to happen inside the house.ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle

    I simply wear a smile, it miraculously has the power to charge positive energy within yourself and your surroundings :) ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle

    I simply wear a smile, it miraculously has the power to charge positive energy within yourself and your surroundings :) ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle

    I simply wear a smile, it miraculously has the power to charge positive energy within yourself and your surroundings :) ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    ORGANISATION! I have a weekly calender, as well as a monthly one. I make sure I have every appointment etc written down on the monthly one, under each of our names, so that I can just glance at it and know what needs to be done. On the weekly planner I have activities that we do every week – mother’s group, story time, fit club – I try to get us out of the house at least once a day. I also have our meal plan written on this. Next to it I have a list of to do! Everything I need is on the one board on the fridge so that I can glance at it whenever I pass. It stops me feeling overwhelmed as it is all there in plain site for me to work through :) ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Duke

    As a SAHM for over 12 years I have learnt its very important to have ‘me” time (not just coffee play dates) but something fun, active and thats just for you and your mental health. Ive done belly dancing, tap lessons, pilates, musical theatre – just to name a few. Its helped me meet new people, keep my mind and body active and its just for ME!ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    ORGANISATION! I have a weekly calender, as well as a monthly one. I make sure I have every appointment etc written down on the monthly one, under each of our names, so that I can just glance at it and know what needs to be done. On the weekly planner I have activities that we do every week – mother’s group, story time, fit club – I try to get us out of the house at least once a day. I also have our meal plan written on this. Next to it I have a list of to do! Everything I need is on the one board on the fridge so that I can glance at it whenever I pass. It stops me feeling overwhelmed as it is all there in plain site for me to work through :) ReplyCancel

  • Tegan

    ORGANISATION! I have a weekly calender, as well as a monthly one. I make sure I have every appointment etc written down on the monthly one, under each of our names, so that I can just glance at it and know what needs to be done. On the weekly planner I have activities that we do every week – mother’s group, story time, fit club – I try to get us out of the house at least once a day. I also have our meal plan written on this. Next to it I have a list of to do! Everything I need is on the one board on the fridge so that I can glance at it whenever I pass. It stops me feeling overwhelmed as it is all there in plain site for me to work through :) ReplyCancel

  • shantellk

    Knowing that at the end of the day my children are healthy and happy. That thought keeps me sane when my house looks insane!! Looking at my children smile always warms my heart!ReplyCancel

  • cathy

    My sahm secret weapon used to be (my girls (21 & 19) are all grown
    up now but still living at home and i am currently working full time! –
    so not sure if im eligible to enter but am going to comment anyway, hope
    that is ok!) was to put them in the car & drive to my mothers
    house. Another was to make sure i had regular girly dates, and i have
    been know to go and sit in the coffee shop alone whilst everyone at home
    thinks im doing the grocery shopping! Nowadays I find working fulltime
    (im talking 6.30am to 6.30pm mon – fri) and trying to run a house, a
    business, encouraging my girl through there growing up and studies has
    been my biggest challenge, harder than anything i have had to do. I find
    i love my time in my space, my space is on the back verandah on an old
    renovated cane lounge (that i rescued from the side of the road and
    revamped) just sitting and thinking and just doing nothing – i
    absolutely love it and if i can only manage 10 minutes a week to do it, I
    am happy and more often than not one of my girls will join me for a hug
    whichof course is the ultimate secret weapon to sanity :) ReplyCancel

  • Karen Tippett

    A good coffee, good book/website and some special games up your sleeve for when the usual fun things just aren’t cutting itReplyCancel

  • Fiona Marshall

    I make sure I have at least half a day once a week to ledo what I want, whether it’s something crafty (rarely) or, usually put my feet up with a cup of coffee and catch up on some of my favourite tv shows that I tape during the week just for this time.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Bolton

    My secret weapon is my Ergobaby carrier. My five month old loves to snuggle in it – he feels warm, safe and cuddled – and it leaves me with my hands free to get things done around the house. It’s a win-win situation, as he is secure and the gentle movement calms and settles him, and I can still manage to keep on top of most things, while still feeling close to my precious wee man :) ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    for 7 years straight I have been a Stay At Home Mother.
    Oh my goodness, I must admit it has been a rather big struggle.
    But with a beautiful daughter and her two amazing big brothers,
    My sanity returns when they shout “MUM, I NEED A CUDDLE!”ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    I love hearing new practical tips, I find it helpful to prioritise early nights and morning showers and I couldn’t get by without my gorgeous husband’s support. But my secret weapon is gratitude. The difference between the days I cope and the days I cry is how I think about what I have. My three homeschooled kids are bright, funny, healthy, loving, affectionate and (usually) trying their best, my house is solid, spacious and unique, I have all I need and more. So when the kids aren’t perfect or the house is messy and cold or I just don’t want to sweep the kitchen floor for the fifteenth time…it really does help to genuinely appreciate the myriad of blessings which surround me.ReplyCancel

  • Annette Imber

    Taking the camper trailer out bush regularly is a wonderful way to unwind – sitting by a creek & reading a good book – no technology at all!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristal Villis

    My secret weapon is my Man as when ever Im feeling stressed he will take over so I can destress we work together to keep our families sanity also grandparents help alot to have couple time <3ReplyCancel

  • Kieran

    I have an 8 month old. Going for a walk every day keeps me sane. I don’t have to entertain her while on our walks and I get time to think. ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Westacott Blair

    My ‘sanity saving secret’ is pretty simple, remember to FEED YOURSELF TOO!

    It is so easy to get caught up chasing around after the kids – feeding them, filling up drink bottles, changing nappies, cleaning up, getting them dressed, reading books, helping with homework etc etc.

    And I can just about juggle all that in a happy, pulled-together mummy kind of way… as long as I don’t get the dreaded ‘hunger grumps’!

    Forget to feed myself a proper breakfast or lunch and suddenly the stress builds and “grumpy mummy” comes out, as my daughter calls it! Lol

    Not exactly rocket science, but in this house it’s the difference between relatively smooth operation and a crazy, manic mess!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Oh honey, it’s got to be a glass of wine and some sneaky trash tv! I find that some vino and an episode of the Kardashians is all I need to relax and find the humour in life :) ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Heron Jazownik

    using nap time(rest time) as time to chill. Yes I could get 20 things done but instead I have a cuppa and have some time to myself. Makes me a better, more patient mumReplyCancel

  • Andria C

    What is my SAHM secret weapon?
    That is a very good question.
    There are many things I like to do,
    To save me from going cuckcoo,
    From going for a run to clear my head,
    Which saves me from wanting to curl up in my bed.
    Then something as simple as having a cup of tea,
    Helps to keep me as happy as can be.ReplyCancel

  • Millie

    When the stay at home mum gig is getting tough
    And i’m worried that I am not good enough,
    To help me stay sane, I keep in my mind
    That for my family, I am one of a kind!
    There isn’t a replacement for little old me
    Being here for them – helps me feel free!
    So though the sink may have a few dirty dishes
    My loved ones didn’t miss out on their kisses
    and, yes those papers might still be in a muddle
    but today no one has missed out on a cuddle!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    It has to be my friends, When im going a bit mad or feel like I could jump of a cliff I call my girlfriends who put a smile back on my face and tell me hey its not just you we all feel this way and of course a glass of wine is a friend to.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Rova

    I’ve had breast cancer twice; once in my thirties when my youngest had just started Grade 1, and then again 9 years later in 2011. When you’re feeling unwell from chemo etc for months at a time, you really need to save your ‘good’ days for being with your kids and enjoying yourself. To achieve this, my sanity savers were to accept help from others (friends, family, Coles online shopping!!), and to let go of the guilt that I couldn’t do everything myself. Looking back, my girls only remember the fun we had, not how clean the floors were! Now that I am well, I follow the same philosophy of “near enough is good enough”,because without physical & mental health, you have nothing.ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Duke

    As a SAHM for over 12 years I have learnt its very important to have ‘me” time (not just coffee play dates) but something fun, active and thats just for you and your mental health. Ive done belly dancing, tap lessons, pilates, musical theatre – just to name a few. Its helped me meet new people, keep my mind and body active and its just for ME!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Crosbie

    My Sanity, my sanity where for art thou sanity!! The hugs and kisses of those happy kids make everything well worthwhile; and when my sanity slips a little my girlfriends are always there to pick up the pieces.ReplyCancel

  • Trace083

    Routine and a set Bedtime,6 kids can be very busy and as I work full time I find having a morning routine and evening routine makes life easier I have a fat cat bedtime of 730 we read a book then the kids are off to bed/room for the teenager, Leaving me kid free from 7.45 till morningReplyCancel

  • Amber W

    My SAHM sanity saving secret weapon, is one night a week after my daughter is in bed I have a pampering session. Every Wednesday night I make time to wash and put a treatment in my hair, wax, pluck my eyebrows, pop on a face mask, paint my nails and splash on a bit of fake tan once bubby is asleep and hubby watching tv. I find taking this time out for some ‘me’ time once a week helps me feel more prepared and ready to tackle the rest of the week and weekend. When you feel good your mood is lifted and life just seems a bit easier. And of course reading all the fabulous tips and guides from Kat makes it a lot easier to keep on top of things!ReplyCancel

  • Emma McEwin

    We start the day with exercise and fresh air
    I walk with the pram and Master 4 scoots
    This clears my mind so I won’t go spare
    To manage 2 toddlers and their disputesReplyCancel

  • Valerie Wee

    My SAHM secret weapon
    When my little girl is napping or play by herself, I will have my ME time such as eating meals, baking or cooking. Baking and cooking make me happy because my family members can enjoy my food.
    When my dearest husband says “I love you”, it makes me feel very energetic and happy to be a Super Mum because I know I can do it.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Gorman

    I have 3 kids under 5 and a hubby who works away a fair bit. My best secret weapon is to a) do a toy rotation so there is always something new and fun for the kids to play with; and b) prepare dinner early in the day, a slow cooker recipe or something that requires only to be thrown in the oven at dinner time. Anything that requires lots of input just before dinner is prone to disaster at our house!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    Having an outing planned or not to somewhere the kids enjoy. I can have a little break and watch for a bit before joining in on the play. A rest and then exercise, can’t beat that. I usually go home feeling tired but good.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Chivers

    My SAHM secret weapon is not just one thing. It’s the little moments of AHHHHHH in my day which start with my favourite cup of earl grey tea at 6am looking out my kitchen window enjoying the silence. The 20min I take eating my soup at lunch reading my favourite blogs. The glass of red wine I enjoy while talking to my wonderful partner when preparing dinner. Finally the moment I put my feet up at night and enjoy a movie, read my book or work on a project. Little moments but oh so important ones!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Reed

    Honestly, I’m yet to find my sanity let alone keep it!
    However, I find contentment in hearing my son giggle and my new born smile in her sleep. I love dancing with and seeing the joy in my sons face. When my husband comes home we all snuggle on the couch and playing ‘hide’ under the blanket.
    The house isn’t always tidy and the meals are certainly not gourmet but my house is a home. Its in the imperfection that grace abounds. Love blooms here.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    I have a couple of secrets….the first is having my cup of coffee in bed before everyone wakes up! Then when in the kitchen making lunches or cooking dinner I have the radio on to relaxing music, and lastly having a cup of tea on our front deck watching the children play outside in the afternoon….these three things help me stay calm and focused and hopefully make me a better mum and wife!ReplyCancel

  • Kel

    Make sure I unload. If that be to my mum, or that I pray, or catch up with a friend with a listening ear. For my sanity, it’s SO important not to bottle thingsReplyCancel

  • Caris

    Mother’s group. We’re a bunch of women who never would have crossed paths normally but because we were blessed to have children at the same time in the same suburb, we’re now friends and an amazing support network. I hang out for Tuesday mornings – its like therapy, with chocolate cake.ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle Hasofer

    I simply wear a smile, it miraculously has the power to charge positive energy within yourself and your surroundings :) ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie-Kate

    I could tell some funny story but thought I might touch on a serious topic which is often taboo for lots of us, ‘depression’.
    My weapon of sanity Is a ‘happy pill’ each day. We tragically lost our first born which resulted in a serious case of depression. Unable to be reconciled, I was at the point of desperation, not coping with her death, and at the point of suicide myself. If it was not for my caring, sensitive husband who convinced me to go and talk to our doctor, that I am now copying with life with great confidence.
    We are now the parents of three gorgeous, healthy children and I can honestly say that I would not have experienced this precious role, if not for the anti-depressants, sensitivity of my doctor and endless compassion from my husband.
    I look back now and realise, although I will always long for our gorgeous lost girl, that something good did come out of something tragic; anti-depressants have changed my outlook and copying skills and if taking a pill every day allows me to keep on keeping on, I will happily keep taking it for as long as necessary.ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    I began reading the organised housewife last year when I was trying to find a way to organise my sons’s Lego. Kat’s ideas inspired me to empty my linen cupboard and use the lower shelves for a system like Kat’s – with little filing drawers, labels and magazine files for all those instruction booklets. I read Kat’s emails every day and will always use a recommendation each week. We now have chore charts, budgets, posters and so many other great ideas. Do I have the home of my dreams? No but I am getting there and I love showing friends my sorted shelves, labels and checklists. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    My husband is my sanity saver. He has always supported me so much being a sahm, since our first child was born 8 years ago (now have 3 aged 8,6 & 2 with number 4 on the way!). He is a fantastic cook so we’ve had a deal from day one – he cooks & I clean ( I do all the baking which I love). If I’ve had a bad day/night/week he’ll always ask what I need him to do ( I’m a perfectionist clean freak so there is always something) and do it without complaint!
    He is never critical of what I do at home, I love him and appreciate his support and respect so much.ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    My 91 year old Nanna is my sanity saver. I have no idea how she does it but she is just so stoic about everything in life. Nothing seems to really bother her. She knows when she can manage something herself and when she needs help. But she is very independent. I think we can sometimes forget that our grandmothers primarily did not have a choice about being a SAHM. It was almost a taboo to be a married and working, some jobs even fired you if they found out you were married. She has taught me about home economics, living simply but happily, how to be organized, and how to have silly, naughty fun.ReplyCancel

  • viviennedobin

    My SAHM sanity saver is to try to exercise once a day, I don’t always manage it but when I do I feel fantasticReplyCancel

  • Debbie B

    My SAHM sanity saver is my diary -every activity for all members of the family goes into it. I make lists of what needs to be achieved each day; and throughout the day if I think of something that has to be done, but there is no time that day for it, I mark it on another day when it can be achieved. Birthdays, anniversaries, important school dates are entered as soon as I know them. I love to use different colour pens for different types of notes, and I love blinging it up with some stickers. Can’t survive without it!ReplyCancel

  • Picassomama

    My sanity saver is my craft room. This room is painted in my ‘go get creative’ colours of orange and cream and it’s the one place I really ‘zing’. In this room are all my essential creative bits and bobs – paper, adhesive, blingy bits, ribbon, fabric, stamps, inks (oh how I love ink!!), pencils, pens, my camera, diecut machine and of course my laptop which will open up the amazing world of blogs and Pinterest!! And when I’m done I can lay on my sofa and read…. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette

    My fortnightly trip to do the grocery shopping & run a few errands! Leaving my little one with my partner for a couple of hours when he has a day off lets me get organised for all our meals, pay bills & do all those things that become harder with an unwilling toddler in tow. Keeps my sanity intact knowing I don’t have lots of things on the ‘to-do’ list hanging over me :) ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Goulding

    coffee! Every Sunday I go for breakfast with my girlfriends, we go some where yummy, we never watch our calories and we laugh. I always come home refreshed and ready to start the week!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Saad

    Mine would have to be my Mother’s Group, over the past 5 years they have become my ultimate sanity saver!! Being a mother whose husband works away Monday to Friday it is just me and my girls during the week and I always know any of these beautiful ladies will be there to help me out whenever I need it. Our regular Friday catch up is like a therapy session some weeks and all laugh together, cry together and cheer each other on. We have regular mum’s nights which will either be out to a restaurant or just take away at someone’s house with a movie that of course is never watched as we are too busy talking!! Once a year we try for a mummy break weekend away, I missed this years as I had a 2 week old bubba so look out mummy break 2014 :) They are a wonderful bunch of mums and I’m so lucky to have found them.ReplyCancel

  • joctra

    Our secret girlfriend group that we created on Facebook, my friends and I post quotes, pics, share our random daily happenings, as we are now living all over the state its our way easily keeping in touch – - and staying sane :-) ReplyCancel

  • lisa roberts

    When the kids are in bed and the house is quiet I can indulge in whatever I feel like at the time. Sometimes it’s my craft – crocheting or cross-stitch usually. Sometimes it’s Candy Crush and chatting on Facebook. Sometimes it’s retail therapy on eBay. Some weekends I have a drink or 2. I have been known to attempt all of these at the same time… I don’t really recommend that though.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    A supportive husband willing to work with you & your crazy organising ways rather then against you. Team work & communication makes our house flow happily :) and coffee as the icing on the day helps too :) ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    Taking a big step back when I feel frustrated or overwhelmed, and just enjoying being in the moment with my son. Giving him 100% of my attention, and actually having fun and laughing with him. Because in 20 years time, he won’t remember the dishes in the sink or the dirt on the floor, the unmade bed or the pile of laundry, but he will remember the laughter and the cuddles, the books and the games, and the mother who adores him.
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  • Sarah Webber

    I use 2 drops of pure essential lemon oil on a tissue and have a little sniff when i’m feeling flat. It is invigorating, just the pep up I need when I hit that 3pm slump. Definitely my sanity saver.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Martin

    When it all gets a little too much, I simply close my eyes and hum the song ‘I am woman hear me roar’. Then I ask myself would I trade my life and kids for anything else – answere always no way!ReplyCancel

  • kylie Hemberger

    I try to exercise at least 4-5 times a week. It makes me a better person, be able to handle more and clears my mind.ReplyCancel

  • lindasteabben

    An equal dose of ‘acceptance’ and tolerance,
    … both of others AND myself, helps me keep (debatably) sane! :) ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I try and stick to the one minute rule around the house so the jobs don’t build up, so if a chore can be done under 1 minute do it then & there before it accumulates.
    I also find at least 15 mins morning and arvo to get out of the house, outside in the fresh air with the kidsReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Stepping back and leaving all the messy dishes, unswept floors and unwashed clothes and walking to the park with my son. Even if we are only outside for 10 min, it puts all the housework in perspective as not the most important thing.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Bullock

    I’ve got twin toddlers who seem to want to drive me insane, but I always remind myself that as long as they are safe, happy and healthy is doesn’t matter how the house looks and that I shouldn’t worry so much. On bad days, a few minutes locked in the bathroom with the ipod on brings me back to reality and I can face whatever the problem is.ReplyCancel

  • Elissa gross

    My SAHM secret weapons are-thanks to you, KAT, not so SECRET!! I read your daily tips religiously. Just doing a small task a day makes me feel like I am accomplishing something. No matter how big or small, that tiny success (dusting bookshelf, cleaning oven, organizing one junk drawer) leaves me feeling MOTIVATED to GO GO GO. I love the lists, labels and all of your organizational strategies. I also take great solace in reading other people’s comments whenever possible. You have created a community of people who can be mutually supportive…sharing tips, frustrations, strategies, and funny little stories. None of us has to be, or feel alone!.
    A true live saver!!
    Elissa grossReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Coluccio

    Mine is very simple a block of chocolate and online shopping!!! Loving it :) ReplyCancel

  • Lana Jamieson

    to keep my sanity I allow my imagination to go wild like the kids to keep them happy and keep them entertained and at the end of the day when they are tucked up in bed I have a coffee some chocolate and tv time just for meReplyCancel

  • Allison Strickland

    To keep my sanity I try to make sure I wake up before the kids. It takes discipline but you reap the rewards all day. To be able to have a cup of coffee, read scripture and plan the day means that you have had your ‘me time’ before the kids wake up and they wake up to a mother who is already organised and ready to spend the day with them. It makes our days, and especially our mornings, go so much more smoothly than when they wake me up!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Holmes

    COMMUNICATION! With a family of 7 we often have what we call a ‘revolving door’. Constantly in and out throughout the day and evening with a changing timetable from week to week, we need to have the communication open so that each of us know what where we need to be, when we need to be there, what we need to take, and what we each need to do to get there. When the communication isn’t there, there is a breakdown in organisation and it all falls apart. Part of my communication includes a whiteboard with the days of the week and each child’s name showing what everyone is doing placed in our ‘home central’, the kitchen. It allows the younger kids to be able to know what they need to grab each day.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Phillips

    I am a single mum of three beautiful kids 11 and under. Between Studying, cleaning, cooking, medical appointments & running the kids around I don’t get much time off. The one thing that I do is get me nail done, it relaxes me & with nice hands I feel so much better. I know it sound silly but it’s just how I feel.ReplyCancel

  • Saam Thorne

    I have made the habit of getting up an hour early so I can have some me time. This has become my exercise time – I either walk, run, or go to the nearby gym. I can just clear my head, think about the day’s priorities and get fit at the same time. Then when I get home, it’s into gear.
    Routine is my other big SAHM tip. Work up a routine, whether it be for washing on particular days, dinner for the week, or cleaning certain rooms. WRITE IT DOWN, stick it on the fridge, and if it doesn’t work, tweak it, baby!
    Most importantly, don’t compare yourself to other mums. They may do things entirely differently to you, but would it suit your lifestyle? Be happy within yourself. You are the best person to determine what you can do. Have faith in yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Wade

    I cook or bake something with my 18mo helping me stir or add ingredients, I then put her to bed for a nap get changed into my ‘daggies’ curl up on the lounge and read a good book – nothing is better :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Secret weapon is the courage to ask for help – i have 2 lovely young girls that come in and play with the kids a couple of times a week. It brings a bit of fun into the kids lives to have someone with different stimulations, outlook etc, and it gives me the time to quickly run around and catch up on things that have been playing on my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Marita Beard

    My SAHM secret weapon that helps me keep my sanity is other Mums. Joining Mama Bake and also setting up a Mama Clean group and working together to help cook and clean for our families is fantastic. Tedious housework goes so much faster when it is a social occasion.ReplyCancel

  • marypreston

    My secret weapon is to write lists. Things actually get done & get done easily, quickly & on time. Being just this much organised is of enormous benefit & actually gives me some much needed down time. Crossings things off the list is cathartic & I feel great because I have accomplished so much.ReplyCancel

  • Marnni Morris

    for me a good friend, coffee and a chat always helps, and of course your blog to keep the household stuff on order.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary Saunders

    Having a plan and a routine that works for me and my kids, and then giving myself, and them permission to break it when the need arises. And counting to three – that happens a lot…ReplyCancel

  • Gweneth Boddington

    Start the day with a smile,
    Take time to play a while,
    Don’t turn cleaning into a trial,
    Having fun is my style!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Cruickshank

    I have twin toddler girls. I remind myself when they breaks something or make a mess they are only learning. I also remind myself how lucky I am to be a stay at home mum and they are happy and healthy when others dont get to be so blessed. They are only small for such a short time. My little piece of sanity is when I have cleaned the whole house while they are at daycare and I can look around and enjoy it being so clean for 30 minutes before I go pick them up the house doesnt get a full clean in one go very often because of all the other stuff I have to do when I dont have them but it is something to look forward to.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    My exercise bike which is outside – when the world is too much for me i hop on and ride my troubles away with my dog sitting next to me thinking that i am a nut…ReplyCancel

  • Louise Prater

    My sahm sanity saver is a morning shower routine. I’ve had periods in my life where I was so down and out with no motivation and been completely overrun by clutter, the one thing that gets me going again is a good morning routine, if I get up just 20 minutes before the kids and have a quick 5 minute shower, get dressed, spend a few minutes doing something tidy and nice with my hair and putting on some lipgloss and mascara im ready for anything…… Even if its just the school run, or cleaning for the day, I feel ready for it and it sure beats slumping around the house in my pjs struggling to get moving for the first half of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Pam

    In all honesty, what’s been keeping me sane for the past 5 months is Zoloft! And with help of zoloft and CBT I have learned a good few secret weapons for not going nuts in the world of 2 under 3 and a home to run :-) My fave is, dance!! Especially when it gets to around 5pm, still an hour to go before daddy is home and I’m starting to crack – one with the music! And I don’t mean Wiggles lol. And I crazy dance with my girls. Gets us through those last 60 minutes :) ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Price

    My Breville Tea maker. I love different teas and my husband bought this for my birthday one year. When things are getting overwhelming I wait till nap time (or when hubby gets home) to brew whatever blend takes my fancy, find a nice spot to sit and either chill out or read. sometimes it helps – and sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s life round these parts :) ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn B

    Sounds weird, but my hair straightener. As a brand new SAHM, taking a few minutes to take care of myself and do something that makes me feel ‘normal’ has sometimes been all that has gotten me through the day!ReplyCancel

  • corrie

    S-SAHM sanity saver is me time, whether it is an hour shopping (even groceries) or just alone in my room
    A-Always taking time to shower alone
    N- Never (will trying to never) give up on myself or kids
    I- I go for a walk or to the gym
    T-Talking to my husband and friends help immensely
    Y-Y, trying not to do it all myself, by realising that lif is more about enjoying time with your family than trying to have a spotless house!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    My SAHM sanity is to get outside and go for a run a couple of times a week.
    When mummy is sluggish and grumpy and frumpy then running makes her cheerful and a little more pumpy!ReplyCancel

  • Katieg

    Sing! When things start to go a little crazy in our house i break into a tune. It may be a bit of Bon Jovi, wiggles, Katy Perry or even a little tribal… Break the crazy with something a little crazier and fun! P.s sometimes there is even a little crazy dancing attached:)ReplyCancel

  • Jasperelly22 .

    I make sure my kitchen is cleaned and a load of washing is done on a daily basis. Keeps the 2 busiest rooms under control.ReplyCancel

  • Nikky

    I make sure that all the dishes are washed and the kitchen is clean before I go to bed. I find that makes the morning routine easier when I don’t have to worry about all the other mess left behind from the night before.ReplyCancel

  • Mel B

    My gym has a crèche so I go to the gym at least 3 times a week. To have an hour those days to just turn my off switch off is my sanity. Forget about chores, bills and a million other things for a short while. I’m doing something for me and feeling better both mentally and physically. Plus the kids benefit with a play and socialise with other kids. To be greeted by huge hugs at the end of my session is icing on the cake.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    My good ol’ slow cooker! Too many times it reached 6pm and I realised with dread that I had not even thought about dinner! But with my slow cooker in my arsenal, I can get dinner ready when my little boy has his morning nap and know that even if I don’t get anything else done that day, dinner is sorted!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Louise

    I have a serious addiction to scrapbooking cardmaking and cross stitch but my sanity saviour is my music it never lets me down always picks me up .ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    The housework becomes my sanity saver from my children, and vice versa. My little reminder I give myself each day is that I am a mum first and a Stay At Home Housewife second. They each hold their place though and save me from the other.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Regan

    My secret weapons are organisation and balance. I like to wake up early and have everything set to go before I wake my daughter for her school routine, then I start my daily chores, love to write lists and cross my daily tasks off, I keep a diary, love to write on my whiteboard. I also set aside ‘me’ time. I have started a TAFE course this semester and love to have a weekend getaway about once a month catching up with a good friend of mine.ReplyCancel

  • soniaelsheikh

    I like to jump into my bath robe and give myself a facial helps me stay calm and relaxed :) ReplyCancel

  • Georgia Glindon

    My number one survival tip is flexibility, you can have your whole day or week planned, however we all know that its murphy’s law that something will ‘come up’ to destroy all that planning. I find that flexibility allows me to roll with whatever life throws my way!ReplyCancel

  • Monica griffin

    For a lovely coffee break AND an organised pantry, my master three loves pasta jobs!
    Save your plastic containers of peaches, two fruits etc.
    have several different sorts of pasta (shells big and small, macaroni, penne) or lentils, anything that is fun to scoop up and organise.
    Grab a large clean oven tray, and tip one sort of pasta shapes into the tin.
    Grab a couple of measuring scoops. Place plastic container in the dish and let them scoop away and fill the container . Once done, move to the next shape pasta.
    Hours of fun and your pantry is organised. Master three loves to line up all his containers on the pantry shelf and collect pocket money for his hard work too.

    De stress tips!! “Mums dance party”When times get tense, we find some good music on MTV and dance crazy to music together. We all have a ball, laugh, create silly dances, AND I get some exercise!
    When all has hit the fan and everyone is moody my best remedy for everyone is a giant bubble bath together (who says the kids get all the fun!!) we all jump in together and make bubbles moustaches and funny faces with the bubbles, and soak the day away. Just brilliant!

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  • Chris-Anne Turner

    Stay calm and carry on.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Freshwater

    Im a sahm of a 2,3 & 7 year old and what helps me is getting up early for a cup of coffee before everyone wakes up and be organised for the day. Also what helps is having that time with my partner without the kids either date night or curled up on the lounge watching a movie together.ReplyCancel

  • Joe Glavan

    My kids and partner,
    My greatest support, fill my day with laughter,
    Deliver my life total zest,
    Keep me sane, make me feel my very best.ReplyCancel

  • Doulamum

    I’m not sure I have a secret weapon to help me stay sane because of late it feels like I’m barely hanging in there. I’ve been through a couple of traumatic events this year personally and to top it off my youngest child has been recently diagnosed with a serious health concern. At times I feel on the verge of a breakdown but I guess the thing that is keeping me sane is that I’ve finally realised I’m NOT Superwoman. I can’t, and don’t have to, handle everything on my own, and it’s ok to seek help and support, and to let others know I’m not coping as well as I appear to be. And it’s ok to put my needs first for a change.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    Have the water jug, kids cups and healthy snacks at kiddie height so the kids can help themselves when they need to. Frees up my hands a bit, teaches them skills and they don’t have to wait until I’m able to drop what I’m doing when they are thirsty or peckish.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    Wake up before my children, workout. Drink coffee in peace – Plan my day and our activities!ReplyCancel

  • Shebb

    Although I would like to attribute secret weapon status to the delicious stash of organic raw chocolate I indulge in now and again (which is hidden in my walk-in-robe!), my true sustenance comes from the precious relationship I have with my Daddy God through Jesus. I wouldn’t be on the sane side of the spectrum without His love and grace; He blessed me with 4 amazing little people to mother, after all. :) ReplyCancel

  • Kamilia

    Getting myself ready for the day before breakfast. And when things don’t go as planned or things get difficult to handle, recalling “Will this matter in five years’ time?”ReplyCancel

  • Kim Miller

    I have 3 secret weapons to get through my day, a freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning is my tolerance boost, avoid moody people at work and a bubblebath at the end of the day to strip away any stresses that may have formed.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wyatt Oviatt

    Darn it! I’m am American reader and want to enter lol. Love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel K

    I find that laughter and practical jokes are the best way to keep your sanity! For instance if your children are misbehaving and you can no longer take it put a medium sized garbage bin on the kitchen table and wait for one of them to ask what it’s for. Respond by saying that “Due to the economy we are going to have to let one of you go!” The perplexed look on their face is priceless – then hug them both and tell them you love them, and of course, that no one is going anywhere. Their past behaviour is forgotten because there’s nothing that a big group hug won’t fix!

    Another way to keep your sanity is to just escape! Pack the kids and a hairdryer into the car and drive to a street with medium to busy traffic. Sit in your parked car and point the hairdryer at passing cars. See if they slow down! The kids will find it hilarious!

    For pure amusement when you’re next at the bank and the money comes out of the ATM scream “I won!”, “I won!”, “Third time this week!”

    Finally if all else fails, pop some popcorn with the lid off and sit back and relax with a nice cold glass of diet water! ha, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Ramage

    My Secret weapon as a SAHM to stay sane is to just imagine how much fun I am going to have doing what my children do to me now when they are older. Random tantrums in public I think will be my all time favourite.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Di Palma

    My secret weapon to staying sane is socialising. I find being at home constantly can cause me to get stressed, anxious and overwhelmed by the constant monotony of SAHM life. So at least twice a week we are out for the day going to story time, playgrounds, mums group giving my boisterous Mr 2 3/4 an opportunity to run around and burn energy and me time to relax and forget about the 5 loads of washing that need to be done or the bath that I still need to clean at home. I also look forward to date night once a month (or so) with hubby/ It is bringing us closer together and giving me some quality adult conversation as well. If all else fails my not so secret stash of chocolate in the medicine cupboard is always there as a back upReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Two things help me keep my sanity…
    1. Relaxing and chatting with my partner after the kids have gone to bed, with or without a lovely glass of red wine! and,
    2. I want to be long remembered as a fun, happy and loving mum, NOT just as the woman whose house was always perfect…reminding myself of this this helps to keep my priorities in order.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    Feeding my new bub
    Just her and me
    Hubby and the other two
    Fast asleep at three (am)

    That’s what keeps me sane
    Cherishing my treasure
    The quiet time to reflect
    It’s something you can’t measure!ReplyCancel

  • Teneal-Lee Sims

    Online studying to my mind active.ReplyCancel

  • You mean aside from top quality dark chocolate? I think I have a bunch of secret weapons, but one I love is time outs. Not for them – for me. When we read about the concept of time out for kids, it was time to calm down, rather than a punishment. When I am about to lose it, I sometimes say to my kids that I need to give myself a timeout to calm down, and I go into another room and close the door. Admittedly, sometimes the other room contains the dark chocolate :) ReplyCancel

  • Therese

    a long, hot shower. It’s great for time out, relaxing, having a good cry when it all gets overwhelming, or a combination of all three.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Carter

    I find that having a routine that includes time for me is important. When the kids have a nap is the perfect opportunity. I also make sure they go to bed early and rise early so I can have quality time in the evening before I go to bed.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Knowing that before to long hubby will be home and that there’s a nice glass of wine waiting for the both of us.ReplyCancel

  • DIANA O

    My very wonderful, always helpful, yet non intrusive mother-in-law. She’s always there when I need anything. A secret weapon I think most women over look :) ReplyCancel

  • Natkat

    It’s my phone. Hand it over to child. Get five minutes of uninterrupted quiet. Gold.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    (Other than my compulsory morning coffee) I would say play dough, so easy to make and it gives hours of entertainment to all ages!ReplyCancel

  • Sallyann Silver

    Once a week, when all the kids are at school and hubby is at work, I take the phone off the hook, lock all the doors, make a cup of tea, grab my book club book (or a new magazine) and run a nice hot bath!! A bath in the middle of the day is my one luxury. Many times, I have had people knock on the door, but nothing disturbs my bath! I have tried a bath at night, but the kids either want to sit and chat to me or Miss 5 wants to jump in with me, not my ideal time out!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    My kids are now at school full time, but as a former SAHM I found it really important to have something just for myself. I was fortunate to find a weekly scrapbooking group with a crèche. This allowed me to have some “grown up” time each week with other lovely, crafty mums like me. Just a couple of child free hours a week was a great boost for my mummy batteries.ReplyCancel

  • kerry santillo

    Apart from the impulse to gun it like a NASCAR driver on that open stretch of road back from school drop off, Is organising. It keeps me very sane, Id be lost in all the chaos. Also the friends catch up on fridays. Coffee and a chin wag with the girls, its my time!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle McGurk

    Putting dad out in the shed,
    A nice soft pillow for my head,
    While the kids play out in fresh air,
    Having a rest to keep me from despair.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia G

    My Stay at home secret weapon is my husband! He’s super organised and consistent in his behaviours! He will rescue me when things are falling down! He shares the duties of housekeeping and childrearing. His love for me and his family is so powerful that with him around, everything else is just easy!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Pennisi

    Time out with a DVD or two we can watch together. Gives me a well earned rest, a cup of coffee, and time to re-energise.ReplyCancel

  • Lache Bacich

    My secret weapon as a mum, wife, daughter and friend is simple, I remind myself daily that some days it’s ok to not get it right all the time. I laugh a lot, learn a lot and say sorry like I really mean it, I take time enjoy what’s important. Some days I don’t….. and thats OK!ReplyCancel

  • sonya

    Um, don’t know how politically correct this is, but it’s my 6 o’clock glass of Moscato! Makes everything better! My email is nic.tesla (at) gmail.comReplyCancel

  • melzanator

    My SAHM sanity guide Is to make a list of what I need to do, do it most of the time, get help when I need, have a cup of coffee with friends, offload when needed and keep a bottle of wine tucked a way in case of emergancy :) I am woman the there is nothing that can’t be conquered witha little help here and there! Best advice is that we do what we do for the love of those who matter and those who mind don’t matter!ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    Facebook. It’s the only adult interaction I have during the day!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Cox

    A box of hidden presents I have stashed away from various Birthdays, comes in handy on rainy days or when the kiddies are sick!!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Thrower

    Always try and take time out in morning and afternoon even if just for 5 mins to have a coffee and gather my thoughts, if that doesnt work a girls night out and glass or two of wine def does the trick.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Owens

    My SAHM Secret Weapon is a breath of fresh air… When the worst chores need doing – changing nappies, emptying the kitty litter, changing rubbish bin bags – I get to go outside to the rubbish bin. While I’m out there I make the most of the chance to breathe some fresh air, look at the clouds, watch a bit of the sunrise, make a wish on a star, check the letterbox or listen to some birds sing. This deep breath of natural sensation re-energises me ready to go back inside to tackle the next task of being a busy part-time teacher and mother of three!ReplyCancel

  • Cait eves

    My trusty to do list/reminders, a honey do whiteboard (honey do this, honey do that… Whiteboard in the kitchen for my husbands chores!), and always having chilled wine or cider in the fridge – just in case. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah S

    The ‘village’ that support me to raise my child and keep my sanity. Accepting their offers of help and guidance, listening to their stories and advice, and accepting that I don’t have to do it all is my secret weapon to embracing my new role as a first time mum. ReplyCancel

  • jessie.batterham

    “Relax and Remain Calm” -You only lose your sanity it times of stress – If you have a calm yet organised attitude to how your household works , things just fall into place!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya E

    Life isn’t always easy and every now and again I have a bad day where everything gets me down. On those days I keep telling myself tomorrow is a new day and accept today I have the blues. The next day I always wake up fine ready to do what I didn’t get done the day before.ReplyCancel

  • Megan B

    S trive to be practical not perfect
    A lways keep perspective
    H umour – laugh – a lot!
    M indfulness – enjoy the moment you are inReplyCancel

  • Alana224

    For my sanity I need to ensure I get out of the house daily! A stroll in the park, playing in my veggie garden or coffee with friends/family keeps me sane….most of the time! :) ReplyCancel

  • spog777

    I turn the music up and sing at the top of my voice or scream for a few seconds then turn it back down and continue as if nothing has just happened – quite refreshingReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    My SAHM Essentials are: secret stash of chocolate (and I see I’m not the only one), a grandparent on standby just waiting for the opportunity to see the children and a tea/coffee companion who loves to be invited over for a chat (even better if they love to bake).ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Freestone

    When everything is falling apart I pack my daughter up and head to the park… where I probably run and play more than her. Swings, slides, monkey bars…everything until we are both exhausted and laughing… nothing better!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Price

    I have 3 rules to keep my sanity. 1 – drink lots of water and flush out toxins and stress, 2 – 1/2 hour exercise every day out in the fresh air/sunshine, 3 – 1/2 hour after school where the kids and I can go crazy and do whatever we want, run around be silly, play loud music, sing/dance, play games, before getting down to the nitty gritty of homework. Working like a treat….ReplyCancel

  • The only way I can maintain my sanity is by being organised. My diary is not quite like military precision, but if I didn’t keep lists and organise my time, it really would be chaos. Great giveaway!
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  • Wendy

    I have a little fern house in my yard with ferns, palms and greenery, a cosy chair and a beautiful picture of a tropical island surrounded by water. I grab a cuppa and sit in my chair, close my eyes and imagine myself in that picture until I can feel my body and mind starting to relax.ReplyCancel

  • Sara Maree

    Sanity Saving Secrets You Say?
    Mums early to rise, children early to bed..
    Stick to the list! It will get you through the day!
    Be open to the unexpected..
    & remember..if it doesn’t go your way..
    Tomorrow is another day.ReplyCancel

  • staceyshailer

    My secret weapon is the trampoline! We have one with the big net all around it, so when it all starts to get a bit much, I chuck the kids in there so they can bounce their ‘sillies’ out, while I retreat to the patio with a cuppa for a break.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Holmes

    When I had my baby,
    I started to go a little bit crazy!
    I didn’t know what to do,
    So I started making cakes for me & you.
    Mothers group was what the doctor had put on order,
    This helped me keep my sanity within the boarder.
    Along came another baby boy
    Lets see if these cakes can bring even more joy!
    The Gold Coast has so many free things,
    This is where happiness really begins.
    Loving the sunshine, libraries & playgrounds,
    Sharing a picnic & spinning the boys around.
    Life is fulfilled with a family full of fun,
    Lets see if I get an email saying YOU’VE WON!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Banyard

    Take 10 deep breaths then go light some scented candles and get stuck into the housework. At the end of the day sit on my front porch and watch the awesome sunsets.ReplyCancel

  • sapna

    Staying at home is a lot of fun,
    Buts its also a fight without a gun.
    As a SAHM got to stay Calm and cool,
    If I go crazy I will be a fool.
    I understand I am Incharge,
    I decide if things remain in control or stay at large.
    Act like a leader and behave like one,
    Keep happy my hubby and son.
    Taking and staying in control without going panicky,
    Is my secret weapon to keep my Sanity.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Gunders

    Count to 10!! Deep breaths!! Remembering my wise old mums advice – everything is just a “stage” – it will only last for a short while, not forever. Just enjoy it for what it is…and then the counting and deep breaths again!!!!
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  • Claire H Simmons

    remembering when the kids are asleep how magical that moment is when everyone is in their place an dim in my place home.ReplyCancel

  • kimlj69

    As a stay at home mum
    I often go to a place where our family can have fun
    In my mind we find
    A perfect spot we found with the creek not far away.
    We pack in an esky, a little picnic lunch
    With plenty of yummy sandwiches to munch.
    Under the shade of the big old Gum
    Best way to chill out for any Mum!
    A favorite place when it’s warm and sunny
    And then one of my little ones scream and I realise
    that I am still at home and look forward to a weekend
    so we can get away but for today
    We get on with what we need to do being a MUM.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Lawson

    After having my first two children close together I felt overwhelmed and found myself in a ‘rut’; we stayed home and I spent our days together just ”getting by’. I was not enjoying my time with my children. I returned to work and a couple of years on when we were having our 3rd I decided I needed to make the most of this time and enjoy it… Now I have routines, an activity or something arranged each day, sometimes it’s very simple an outing to the park or a library visit or something I need to do. I find that the kids as well as I need some kind of routine or structure to our day, otherwise the days seem to ‘never-end’ and we all become cranky. Now that we have just had our 4th child I also find I need to keep my ‘perspective’ in check; this is such a short time that they are little and I need to relax and enjoy it. Sometime we have great days and sometimes I need to remember to breathe! :-)

    Thanks Kat for your daily snippets and tasks. They keep me motivated, smiling and my house more organised each day! I love them!!

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  • Stacey Lee Brown

    A secret stash of chocolate I have hidden round the house
    In places they would never go I sneak off quietly like a mouse
    A couple in the cleaning cupboard, a couple with the linen.
    A few in with the laundry pegs and one I’ll just keep hidden.
    These are the saving of my sanity in moments when i need.
    Just a little something to keep me up to speed.
    Some delicious little treats that only I will know about.
    That as they slowly melt away inside my screaming mouth
    a sense of calm and pure delight and happiness ensue.
    The best friend of a mother is a chocolate I think, don’t you?ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Reid

    Not long after having my first bub, I was chatting with my Community Midwife when I had an epiphany. This Mum caper is a combination of flexibility, a sense of humour, confidence in your own judgement, not getting caught up with what others claim is the ‘best’ way to do it all, accumulating ‘on the job’ experience, open communication with your partner, and developing a routine that works for you.
    You go from managing yourself to managing an ongoing and developing enterprise (a family/household). Don’t judge yourself, and just as important, don’t judge others either! In the early days, ‘routine’ is a very fluid idea, but as they get older it can be a sanity saver for one and all. When kids (and parents) know what commitments or activities are planned in advance, it all goes smoother and things don’t get forgotten or end up being rushed. But if it all goes to custard, as it will do from time to time, a sneaky chunk of chocolate is a good thing. A calm Mum = calm household.ReplyCancel

  • Meagan Draper

    You can never go past the good old fashioned “star chart”. A gold star on for good deeds, a star comes off for bad deeds. It’s amazing how much twinkling little star stickers can matter!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni Ashton

    To keep my sanity, I always make sure I have at least 10 minutes to myself at night before I go to bed. I turn the lights out and have a nice cold glass of milk. I also make one day a week “Me day”. I go to scrapbooking in the morning and usually finish off with a relaxing trip to the supermarket for the weekly shop.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Hatton

    I have a crafty way for keeping my sanity. Crafting, crafting and more crafting. I learning something new, keeping my hands and brain busy, creating. When things weigh me down or there is too much on my plate I just stop for a while and loose myself in creativity.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Scheduling in some “me” time every day – even if it’s just 15 mins to myself to do something that I enjoy. I put it on my To-Do list to make sure that it happens, usually while the kids are having their afternoon naps.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    My SAHM secret to sanity – realising that my past professional life as an EA should carry over into the house! Seems obvious, doesn’t it!! TOHW website at the ready and schedules are being planned, kids activities organised and sanity is slowly coming back to live here!ReplyCancel

  • Lara Daebritz

    Keeping one’s sanity can be in itself quite a task;
    But Mum’s always saying,”If you need help, just ASK!”
    So ASK I do, once every now and again;
    So, it’s MY Mum’s help that keeps me sane!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    taping episodes of “play school” on myStar (austar) and replaying them when i need to get things done on days that bub is super clingy :) ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Definitely games for fine motor and for fun, educational – play dough is great.But,Lego is my secret weapon,
    something I appreciate. It just can’t be beat.
    For allowing me a toilet break in peace!ReplyCancel

  • Alycia Wardlaw

    With 3 boys 5 and under the best way to keep my sanity is heading out to the vegie patch with spades and 3 boys in toe digging out weeds on the hunt for ‘worms’ well so they think!! Helps keep my vegie patch weed free and 3 happy very dirty boys comparing their worms! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Karla Carey

    Take time for yourself – you are no good to your family if you are not in the right headspace or run down.ReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    What helps me stay sane?

    It’s not a product you can buy in a store, and nothing that’s on tv;
    It’s nothing that you can touch, and nothing that you can see …

    My secret weapon is what I know.

    I know that my best friend is raising 4 young kids on her own.
    I know friends who are raising kids with serious medical conditions.
    I think that if they can do it, without going stir crazy, so should I be able to.

    I know that despite my kids having the ability to drive me bonkers,
    That in 4 months’ time, when my eldest begins school, I am going to miss not having this time with him.

    This knowledge is my secret weapon against insanity.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Taking a little extra time than I really need in the bathroom so I can enjoy those few rare moments of peace!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Elo

    Singing in the shower, in the car and while I’m waiting in the line at the bank is what keeps me sane. The sound of my voice sounds wonderful to me but maybe not so wonderful to others.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Cooney

    I recently lost my uncle to cancer, my best friend is going through a divorce, and my dad has just had major surgery. I am so lucky and so blessed that my family is healthy and happy, and that I have a family! When things get hard I remind myself of all the good things in my life, and say a little thankyou to the universe! Put positive in and you will get positive out! :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I find time to go running at the end of each day-helps me de-stress & exhilarates me too…sane enough to return home & deal with mealtime!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Van Der Merwe

    My SAHM secret weapon is a mindset. Try to learn a little, laugh a little and love your family every day. Remember that time with children as littlies is precious and short. I also know that I won’t get it right every day, and that’s ok. I have also learned to accept help from others when it is offered. There is a huge sense of relief in allowing yourself to rely on others.ReplyCancel

  • Ariel Smith

    Juice! Juice is my sanity! I juice cleanse 1 day a week and a few days straight every month, and you wouldn’t believe the clarity and healthy feeling it gives you! And it makes life that little bit easier as I pre-make the juices and dont have to worry about my meals for the day. Also the kids love it as they get to share and I sneak in some healthy fruits and veges for them too! And its setting a great nutrition example for the kids too! Just wish it’d rub off on hubby! ;) ReplyCancel

  • Erin Beesley

    MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC!! Music always puts me in a better mode. I play music when I am outside with the kids, when I am inside doing chores, when I am laying in the bath at night, when the kids are annoying me, when I am cooking dinner, when I am in the car and the kids are going ferrel, when my husband annoys me and I go for a jog. There is ALWAYS a song that is appropriate for my mood/ situation and after singing at the top of my lungs (all while my kids are yelling at me to stop because I sound terrible) I am always in a better mood :) ReplyCancel

  • Leah Rice-Levitt

    My SAHM Secret Weapon is not to stay at home. Get out of the house and catch up with friends (friends with kids and without), do some community work – there are plenty of people worse off than you, play with your kids in the outdoors (rug them up, slip slop slap or whatever your climate permits – just get out there) and spend time being a big kid yourself, jump on the play equipment with them, kick a ball around the field or just put them in the pram and go for big walks, describing things, answering their questions and pointing out things they may not have seen before.ReplyCancel

  • Jaimi

    My SAHM “10 little things” list is my secret weapon for keeping insanity in check :)
    And here it is…
    “10 little things that keep me sane”
    1. Give children chores. Ones that are age appropriate with little rewards for achievement. I then have a smaller list of domestic duties for the day and the kids are happy with their little rewards for keeping their rooms clean.
    2. Have a shower when the kids are asleep. Either after they go to bed at night or before they wake up in the morning. Then there’s no children to invade your me time in the shower.

    3. Meal planning. I cook once a week. Freeze meals that only need reheating and then i have me time to play with the kids or read before dinner.
    4. Do things that make you happy. Whether its going for a run, reading or getting your nails done. Schedule time in for you when you need it. Down time is important
    5. Don’t try to be Supermum. Mess happens, things break, children have tantrums….but remember every mum and every child is different. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to do it all. Be the best mum you can be!

    6. Grocery shop without the kids. And this is a big one for me with two toddlers in tow :) With children nagging, crying and driving you crazy you can’t think. So try to find time to do it without them or have it delivered.

    7. Buy craft items for the kids. Ones that don’t require constant supervision. Like colouring in, play dough and magic water paints. Keeps the kids having fun in a smaller area so you can get things done in peace.

    8. Buy yourself something! At one stage I found myself feeling guilty if i spent money on myself. Don’t! Sometimes you do need that new pair of jeans or shade of lipgloss….its a mood booster and confidence builder. Do it!
    9. Turn your phone off. Sometimes its just relaxing to turn the outside communication off and just be by yourself.

    10. And last but not least! Learn to laugh at yourself. Things happen, stuff breaks, children fall over and dinner burns…..it happens. But when you learn to laugh at these little things…not stress over them, you will be a happier SAHM.

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  • A Brown

    To make sure I get me time :) even if its just listening to music while in the bath or out side reading a book.ReplyCancel

  • K-Lee

    My SAHM Secret Weapon is including my daughter in my daily tasks. Whether it be dishes, washing, cooking or even cleaning the bathroom, I always try to make sure there is a small part of the the job that she can do, so that the housework gets done, and we also get to spend some quality time together at home. That way I don’t have to endure never-ending cries of “Mummy come play with me!” while stressing about trying to get everything done in my day, and we both end up happier for it.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Over years of suffering through an undiagnosed illness, I would look at your website & dream of having the energy to put any of your tips into practice. The only thing that kept me going & sane was the love of my 3 beautiful kids and the hope that one day I would be able to be a better mum. Just last week I finally received a diagnosis and my condition is treatable! I’m told I will be bouncing off the walls with energy and life – words that bring tears to my eyes. I can’t explain the excitement I feel at the thought of doing all those simple things I have only ever dreamed of doing. My kids were my sanity (and a lot of times my insanity) when times were tough but they kept me motivated to get to the bottom of it and to give them the mum they deserve.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Whenever we have “one of those days” and you can’t go anywhere or you and children are fed up I run the bath, fill it with bubbles and toss in my daughter and my feet. It is so nice as there are no distractions like phones or TV and we only have each other to interact with. Sometimes she will get lost in her own bathtime games giving me time to daydream, or she will want to wash my feet (bonus) or we both get a bit silly and the bathroom ends up getting a good “wash”. Best thing is we are both refreshed and smiley when Daddy gets home from a day at work.ReplyCancel

  • joey87

    What helps me stay sane?
    It may not seem like a lot but I get up an hourr or so before my kids and have a coffee and some relaxing quiet me timeReplyCancel

  • Kasia

    Im hoping this is where we enter? My secret weapon is a Dance Off! Im 37 weeks pregnant with a 2 and a 4 year old, when theres tantrums, crankiness, whinging or just simply exhausted and we need to smile I crank the stereo up and we dance! Bum dance, silly dance, floppy dance whatever! If anything it makes me reconnect, shake the seriousness off and laugh! Its a winner around here!ReplyCancel

  • bec

    i go and vist family and friends close by in town for even just half an hour just to have a cuppa and a chatReplyCancel

  • Jenny Wilson

    Mine is simple – taking time to breathe! I always try to sit outside and enjoy a cuppa and stop to breathe! No music, no technology, no kids to attend to (this can be hard) and just enjoy the moment. My girls know that I need that time and have learnt that when I say i am going outside for a cuppa that they need to give me that time.ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan Quinn

    Stay at home secret weapon is this website!!! and a large cup of coffee, sending the kids outside to play and 15 to 20 minutes of me time to learn new tips and tricks to stay on top of the washing, cleaning, nagging and general mum jobs. ie removing stickers from the animals, making a cow costume for kinder from one of dads old jumpers. All whilst keeping a smile on my face as kids remind me of why I am doing all this, so sometimes I just pretend I too am one of the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Chrys

    My best tip is to get fully dressed for the day, from hair right down to shoes. I recently transitioned from full time work to now working just a few hours a week and I’m learning all the time about how to keep organised and motivated at home. I found that when I was thinking ‘oh I’m not going anywhere today, I’ll just wear any old thing’ I would be less motivated and started to get depressed. Also on days where I had a lot of errands to run I was less inclined to leave the house because I’d have to get fully dressed and it seemed like such a hassle.
    So after my shower I get fully dressed as if I’m about to walk out the door, it has been amazing for lifting my mood and I feel totally motivated to complete my daily tasks. Also I’m more likely to get out of the house for exercise, which is another mood booster.

    Such a simple change that everyone can do that has great benefits.ReplyCancel

  • Joan Pethybridge

    Singing; lets the emotions release
    Allowing; let the children to be involved in day-to-day activities (cooking, cleaning, gardening, pet care etc) teaches responsibility and encourages growth & development
    Happy Thoughts; appreciating how fortunate we are
    Music; helps the mood and makes things fun

    Smiling; at the little things
    Enjoying; time with the kids and exploring
    Creating; memories and capturing them with the camera
    Reading; keeps the mind active for both parent and children
    Exhale: Breath in stressful times
    Television: educational kids programs and fun family movies.

    Well-being: keeping active (walking, bike riding, swimming, Playing ball etc), getting out and enjoying the sunshine (Great source of Vitamin D).
    Eating; Fresh Fruit, Vegetables & Herbs (always best if they are home grown).
    Appreciating; that each day is a blessing and that time goes by so fast
    Planning; fun activities to do with the kids
    Organising; catch ups with family and friends
    Not; fretting about the small stuff – things can wait!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Webster

    Remembering that nothing stays the same.ReplyCancel

  • Val P

    My freezer is my sanity saver. I have meals ready for dinner incase I am having ‘one of those’ days! There’s a baking box ready for school lunches or for little ones to snack on or for unexpected guests too! I also have my emergency stock…incase of super crazy days, eat the ice cream while the kids are in bed! It keeps me organised and the kids routine stays the same! ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Margetts

    “HANDS ON HEADS” works every time, when I cannot get a word in, and I need to solve an issue, or I just need some calm, then we follow with where is your…..foot, nose, elbows….BOTTOM. There are giggles and I have everyones attention, we are all happier and calmer and can work out a solution!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey G

    After suffering from PND and feeling like I was losing my mind every day for nearly a year, my new secret weapon is getting outside in the open air whenever I can, even if it’s just walking down the driveway to check the mail, or sitting in the backyard watching the kids play. There’s also something about going for a nice walk that just brings me back to reality and clears my mind. Plus, it’s good for you :), Of course there are yucky, wet days where that can’t happen, in which case I break into my 2nd secret weapon – my hidden choccie stash! Every mum needs one, and I am not ashamed to say I have found myself hiding in the car/wardrobe/bathroom just to get my chocolate fix.ReplyCancel

  • Jodylee Tina Newman

    I have 1 day a week home with a 4yo energetic boy who just cannot understand why he can’t be at school everyday like his 6y0 sister. The best thing for keeping my sanity is to take him outside and play sports for half an hour. Kicking the footy, totem tennis or we throw bean bags and bash balloons insided when it is raining. It’s good exercise for mum and we get fresh air to feel reenergised for the ‘inside’ tasks (which he helps me with).ReplyCancel

  • Nerissa Stott

    Being a single Mum I make sure that I catch up with other Mum’s and have a coffee and enjoy watching the kids playing, having another adult to talk to is a MUST! Taking my daughter and the dogs for a walk getting out in the fresh air and sunlight and getting some exercise that isn’t house work.

    Occasionally treating yourself to some new jewellry and/or clothes always helps make you feel a bit fancy and special :) ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Kiss

    My SAHM secret weapon that helps me keep sane is laughter. If you don’t laugh you would probably cry, so pick laughter whenever you can.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Sully

    hmmm you know it really depends on the situation. Getting more organised has saved some of my sanity especially with my home management binder but if I’m having a really tough time I ask the kids for 5-10 minutes to relax and calm down while they find something else to do and then we can talk about it calmly. My biggest secret weapon though, that would be making sure I get time for me everyday, doing something that I enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    CHOCOLATE – The “secret” is where I hide it.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Sanity…coffee, craft (without little helpers), cake, cookies, cooking, crockpot, and lots of cuddles.ReplyCancel

  • Nelly

    My sanity saver is my ipod. It allows me to get the housework done quickly as I give myself 1 song to do each of the bedrooms and toilets/bathrooms and 2 songs to do the living areas. I have to race the song to be finished in time, keeps me entertained as I dance around the house with a duster. And just like in the car, my favourite song usually comes on just as I’m finishing so I need to find something else to dust :) ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Corbett

    By remembering its ok to take some time out for myself and actually do it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Shaw

    My secret weapon to being a stay at home goddess,
    Is to forget the cleaning, dishes or mess.
    Children don’t remember any of these things,
    Only her dancing or the way she sings.

    My house isn’t perfect, or tidy today,
    And tomorrow, who knows where it might lay,
    But I’ve build a fort, climbed a tree or two,
    Painted and chased, just to name a few.

    Soon there will be school, parties and first loves,
    So forget about the mess, put down those gloves,
    Build a spaceship, use their imagination,
    While you help and revel in your little creation.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Berry

    With a house full of boys, life can get pretty hectic, so my SAHM secret weapon to keeping my sanity is doing Yoga and meditating everyday, first thing in the morning while the boys are still sleeping. It gives me a good start to the day. :) ReplyCancel

  • Karen Blomfield

    My secret is to get outside at least once a day. I love nothing better than to garden on a warm sunny day, it clears my mind and allows me to tackle being a SAHM with more energy and zest. I even like to get outside on those cold, wet, miserable days, it’s good to get fresh air and get my little boy out of the house.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    My secret weapons are: 1. To breathe. Breathe fresh air outside, breathe deeply doing meditation or yoga and to especially close my eyes and take several deep breaths when inevitable problems arise between my girls.

    2. To laugh. To tickle the girls and hear them laugh is one of the best things in life. Teaching my girls to tell jokes is also a lot of fun, especially watching their faces when they think they’ve told me something hilarious!

    2. To be grateful. Remembering all of the blessings in our life is vital. Every evening we share in a prayer for those less fortunate before dinner. We then each share three highlights of our day whilst we start on dinner. This also reminds us of what is most important to our 3 and 4 year old daughters. Usually the best things in life are the smallest (smell of the flowers, hugs together etc).ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn Bosomworth

    Getting together with other Mums, is a sure SAHM sanity saver. Being able to encourage each other help each other and just the sheer knowledge that everyone else has similar ups and downs and stories to share, is pricelessReplyCancel

  • Karen Anton

    My sanity saver is my Family Planner Calendar – I can easily see at glance who is doing what on what day, at what time and where. Any updates – appointments, lunches, celebrations are instantly added to the calendar and the whole family know what’s happening!ReplyCancel

  • Eaglet

    My secret weapon is sharing the household tasks with my darling husband. Period. A burden shared is a burden halved!ReplyCancel

  • snyman

    My sanity treat in a household of fulltime workers are “the faries” who visit once a fortnight and magically make the dirty flloors shine and the showers glow
    Our indulgence in our sanity are our home cleanersReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Horne

    allocating jobs picked out of a hat there is never complaints its fair and only takes1/2 hour a night for everyone to do their tasksReplyCancel

  • Kallie

    Have a good vent sesh with fellow SAHM’s!ReplyCancel

  • Fran Dishon

    My secret weapon is to value my job, if Mum falls in a heap the whole family falls in a heap. So I sip tea, play relaxing music, vent to the dog(she will not tell anyone what I have said) breath, I do a lot of deep breathing. Mostly I remind myself that being a mum and house wife is a purposeful job and I complete a very important tasks each day.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Greig

    Lists, I love lists, I even write things on my list that will happen anyway just so I can tick them off for motivation. Oh and wine, and cuddlesReplyCancel

  • Debbie Davidson

    Enjoy each day, learn to appreciate what we have and quality family time.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Olive

    Accepting that perfection is not the aim of the game! Spending quality time with my children and partner is far more important as is quality time to myself. A run down, sad, unfit mummy/wife is no good to anyone. Its a work in progress but I’m getting thereReplyCancel

  • Yee-teng Davis

    Be organised and plan for everything, including the unexpected. For eg. I always have a snack of some sort in my bag, a thin cardigan for each girls and a spare change of clothes in the car. They have both been toilet trained for awhile, but the spare clothes have come in handy on a trip when they both got car sick!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda Stewart

    I’m walking through the city,
    I’m walking down the street.
    I’m walking through the city with the doggie at my feet.
    My little boys are screaming
    As I push the pram along.
    My little boys are screaming

    But I’m fine :-) ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    As a SAHM to an only child I’m his play buddy as well as his mum. There’s only so much craft, matchbox cars and kids TV I can deal with. Play dates with other mummies saves my sanity.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    Helps having my time out I enjoy keeping creative with arts & crafts,i think staying creative is a good thing because it helps take your mind of things a nd helps keep the sanity. :) ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Murray

    I have found that a few things have kept me sane since becoming a SAHM 6 months ago. They are:
    - a morning cuppa while my little one is napping
    - an afternoon walk in the beautiful Queensland sunshine
    - baking some treats for hubby and anyone who pops around
    - getting out in the garden to get my hands dirtyReplyCancel

  • Sandie

    My Ten Point Survival Guide for Staying Sane …..

    Being a wife and a mother is tough,
    when you’re tired, your stressed and you’ve just had enough!
    And although I’m no expert, I’ve got secrets to share
    on how to stay sane and not pull out your hair!
    When the kids push your buttons and everyone’s moaning,
    remember these tips before your head is exploding!!

    Tip Number One is to create a good routine,
    the kids will adjust and your house will run like a dream!
    Set times for homework, activities and chores,
    and make colourful charts to attach to bedroom doors!

    Tip Number Two, please don’t worry about mess,
    just do the basics and learn not to obsess!
    The ironing and vacuuming can wait till tomorrow,
    don’t look back from your future with regret and with sorrow,
    that the cooking and housework was your top priority,
    over quality time with your growing family!

    Tip Number Three, exercise and look after yourself
    because your greatest asset is your fitness and health!
    Make time for yoga or just go for a run,
    doesn’t matter what you choose, it just has to be fun!!

    Tip Four get a hobby, learn to knit, crochet or sew,
    it’s wonderful to relax, good for the soul, don’t you know!
    Maybe you could scrapbook, it really doesn’t matter,
    as long as it stops you from being “mad as a hatter”!

    Tip Five go out for a movie, some dinner and wine,
    with Mum, hubby, partner, girlfriends, whoever, that’s fine!
    The kids will all survive and you’ll be there in the morning,
    to make breakfast and lunches although you’ll probably be yawning!

    Tip Six, ditch the guilt and don’t ever compare
    to seemingly “perfect” Mums, that’s really not fair!
    Their darlings can be naughty, little “devils in disguise”,
    closed doors tell no secrets and can hide many lies!

    Tip Seven, don’t be scared, if you need help, just ask!
    Your family and friends are all up to the task
    of coming to your rescue when it’s too much to bear,
    so you can go for a walk and just get some fresh air!!

    Tip Eight, spoil yourself, do your makeup and hair,
    paint your nails, bathe in bubbles, it’s about you, you must care!
    Be happy and positive and soon you’ll observe,
    things really aren’t so bad and less gets on your nerve!

    Tip Nine please get organized, invent a meal plan,
    and have faith you’re a great Mum and tell yourself you can,
    cope with the challenges that land in your lap!
    Stay calm, count your blessings and don’t get in a flap!!

    Tip Ten, laugh through the dramas, happy kids are your reward,
    life will never get dull and you’ll never be bored!
    Play in the rain, climb a tree, sing a song,
    shared time when they’re little doesn’t last very long!
    Because the memories you create, you just can’t replace
    And your satisfaction will come with the smiles on their face!!!

    So there you have it, my thoughts and suggestions
    of the advice I would give if you asked such a question,
    of how to stay sane and survive day to day,
    so that every day is sunny, never cloudy and grey!!
    For my family and kids it’s all about my attitude!!
    I’m an organized housewife and celebrate with gratitude!!ReplyCancel

  • Zobrad

    Lighting a candle
    Grab a cupcake
    Get a wine
    Turn on the TV
    Watch Real Housewives
    Seeing crazy on TV
    Helps me keep SaneReplyCancel

  • Kimbo

    My tip is to treasure this time while we have it. On the hard days I try to remember I won’t have this time forever and enjoy it, my little one won’t remember if I kept up with the housework, vacuuming etc, but I hope we’ll always have the memories of fun we had together. So my tip is to just let the housework go sometimes and do the fun stuff with my little boy!ReplyCancel

  • Annabelle Punzalan

    My SAHM secret weapon is starting my day with a prayer to keep me going throughout the day. Just enjoying every bits of everyday.ReplyCancel

  • Zoë McIntyre

    My main SAHM secret weapon is simply write it down…..the shopping list, the meal plan, the afternoon schedule, the to do list….. EVERYTHING. The other trick I leant years ago was to deal with paperwork immediately…..and by this I mean notes from school, mail etc…if it can’t be done right at that second I at least open it and put it in my organizer drawer to be dealt with ASAP, put dates straight on calendar, sign permission notes, pay bills, file or bin it….otherwise it takes over your life!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel T

    If Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over, then I’m definitely sane. Stay FLEXIBLE! Change it up, roll with the chaos of toys all over the floor and every once in a while when the kids are having a quiet moment do a happy dance!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Donohue

    I remind myself just how blessed I am, play relaxation music throughout the day and have ‘mummy’ time for yoga when possible!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    my secret weapon, other then meds (anxiety), is taking time out to take care of me, and to keep a list of what needs to be done.ReplyCancel

    • spot on Aimee, we do need to look after our selves and ensure we have time to do it, it’s one of the best medicines!!ReplyCancel

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