Wanting to take some of the chaos out of family life?  Check out these resources to get you back on track with some simple planning 101!
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Planning 101

Last week I mentioned that I was in the process of updating the Where to start page on the blog.  This page is aimed to help those who are wanting to organise the chaos of family life one step at a time.  There is loads of info on that page and it can be overwhelming if you look down the list.

But the advice I give to readers who are still not sure where to start, is to ask yourself what is the biggest issue for you at the moment.  Is it school mornings, is it bedtime, is it mealtime?  These issues are generally always interlinked, but if you start with the biggest issue and make inroads with it, you can then work on setting up a solid base.  

To that end, the Where to start page is ordered to help you make that base starting with meal planning and working through other key areas of family life.  I won't copy all the links I have added to the freshly updated page, but I have highlighted below  some new additions to the page that may help you on your planning journey.

Menu Planning

Stress free meal time is essential when you have a busy family. Meal planning allows you to simplify the eating and shopping process in one hit. In my post Family Menu Planning FAQ and Monthly Menu Plan I answer questions like:
  • Do you always eat exactly what you planned?
  • How do you try new recipes amongst your plans?
  • Do your kids eat these meals?

Night Time Preparation / Smooth Mornings

Going to bed organised, means that mornings will run so much smoother and allow it to be an enjoyable as opposed to a hectic time of the day.

Last year on the blog not only did I share what we do in the morning, but I also asked other mums to share what they do as well:

Kids and School

Once you have children in preschool and school there are a number of ways that you can support their learning and manage their activities:

Family Relationships

Communication is the key to keeping the relationships in the family in a healthy shape. Here are some ways we manage the relationships in our family:

Recipe Updates

The Where to start page is not the only update on the blog.  Thanks to my fab virtual assistant Lara, all the recipes on the blog have now been converted to the new format.  You will still see the long version of the recipe at the top of the post, but if you scroll to the end you will find an easy to read and print version.

Lara will be updating the Menu Planner App soon as well, so look out for updates there.

Happy Planning!

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I am having a sale on the Planning With Kids Book which is available from most bookstores and BIG W.

If you order via the blog, you will receive a signed copy and the price is usually $30 for Australian addresses, but from Aug 8 – Aug 18 2013, the price is discounted by $10 where ever the book is to be sent. 

You can read more about the book, including reviews and purchase the book here.


This Coconut Slice Recipe is such a moist and delicious slice.  Perfect if you are having friends for morning tea!


Want a smoothie in the morning for breakfast, but don't want to make it in the morning?  Here is a smoothie you can make ahead.


My daughter and I love making these self covered button hair ties.  They make great presents too.


This posts collates some fantastic articles and videos on Reading, Learning and Education.

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