Mum is everyone’s personal secretary; but never her own!

Organising the family along with ones individual tasks, activities, jobs, chores, outings, sport days, excursions, swimming lessons, football/soccer/netball training, appointments to the dentist, hairdresser, doctor, optometrist etc is something the mother often does.  It is almost like running a business and being the personal secretary for the children (and the husband too) !

One household addiction that is impossible to break…

Children’s accessories are numerous and the number of items can vary, however there are a couple of items that have very special miraculous powers such as disappearing and/or morphing into another. There is no explanation as to why this happens and perhaps we as parents will never know the answer, however to be brief; these would have to be “socks” and “school hair […]

DIY Tooth Paste Savers

We all have found a squished, half empty toothpaste sitting on our bathroom sink area and getting that last bit of paste out can be quite difficult and messy – especially for the kids! Here is an easy idea to make your own toothpaste savers with household items. Why not make your own!

Stay at home mums lack culture and lifetime experiences…

Recently I was accused of not having any culture by a friend who posted an image on her Facebook timeline of a strange meal as I happened to ask what it was she was eating.  I was told however, that I don’t get out much or have enough cultural experiences (mind you this came from a young single lady about to embark on […]

“When I was your age dear…. I made my own baby food”

Brought to you by Heinz Infant. Becoming a parent for the first time can be one of the most exhilarating and life changing experiences in anyone’s life and whether you have only one child or several; we all want what is best for our family. The first few years from birth to infancy are enjoyable […]

Preparing lunches for the following day

If you have school aged children, you would know about that the daily routine of making school lunches. Here at No Excuses, the lunches are made the night before and we have a pretty good system in place – just take a look here!  Of course with 7 lunches to make each night we try to keep things […]

Going NUDE……..with food

No Excuses has a motto ~ easy organising, easy cooking; making everyday life a little easier and what I am about to show you, falls into these categories. Running a house of 9 people at times can be hard work and when it comes to food preparation and those school lunches, you can only imagine the amount of […]

Out of sight, out of mind…

Messy bedrooms happen often in any sized family (even the parents rooms can get into a state of clutter and chaos); yet there is always one particular person in every family that can not get organised.   No amount of encouragement, advice or help does any good, they never seem to see the light at […]

The next stage – teens driving me crazy!

For years I have been dealing with dirty nappies, crying babies and toddlers, the terrible two’s and troublesome three’s, night feeds and sleepless nights.   Then the school years began and life became more hectic with many appointments, including school excursions, sports carnivals, meetings, parent/teacher interviews, school concerts and rehearsals,  other sporting commitments along with after school training, swimming, music or […]

Never complain about your role or job again…

Have you ever complained about your job or the chores you have to do?   Does being a mother take a toll on you sometimes? Come on mums, we all have our share of worries and frustrations.   But….when it comes to cleaning there are definitely some chores which are up there on the list that are the […]

The Hokey Pokey wash…

Have you ever wondered where the Hokey Pokey song originated from?  It seems to go back to the early 1800’s and has many different names and meanings based on the lyrics below.  If you are up for a bit of history, the Hokey Cokey (as it was named in the UK) can be read about […]

Have you had to crack open a bottle for sanity purposes?

When children are old enough to attend school, life becomes busier, more chaotic and time consuming.    Life before school (as a parent) was bliss, carefree and quite frankly easy. (Perhaps those who are at the early baby and toddler stage might think otherwise, however just you wait and see)! Before children attended school, time was […]

Don’t feel bad, sometimes it’s not possible to exercise

Exercising, going to the gym, personal training, running or even boot-camp are the rage at the moment. Someone you know is doing it; however don’t feel bad that you are not on the same level as everyone else. Sometimes physical exercise just ISN’T possible and especially if you are a full time mother.   Most […]

Don’t leave home without a spoon again…

Have you ever left the house with a packed lunch for yourself or child or  perhaps taken a tub of yoghurt with you or bought one while out at the supermarket and realised you needed a spoon?? This is what No Excuses does!  

“Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine…………”

When children are old enough to attend school, life becomes busier, more chaotic and time consuming.    Life before school (as a parent) was bliss, carefree and quite frankly easy. Before children attended school, time was not an issue. If you were are stay-at-home-mum the clock was never watched; school drop off and pick up times […]

Camping indoors……..we survived (only just)!

Anyone that knows me would have to agree that I detest and refuse to go camping. This might be due to an earlier experience as a teen having been sent off to a Christian camp. I won’t go into detail, however I do remember crying my eyes out when I got there upon seeing the […]

Washing blunders and what the……..

Washing is something large families do EVERY SINGLE DAY, so when something goes wrong with the washing machine, leaking pipes, an overflowing sink or drainage problems occur; these mishaps can create complete chaos and all efforts of getting through the days washing is a big fail. Overflowing sinks would not be a problem if the […]

One shoe off and one shoe on…………….diddle diddle...

One shoe off and one shoe on…………….diddle diddle dumpling my son……….

When taking children to visit friends and family, they are expected to be polite, obedient, well behaved and have lovely manners;  these conditions are expected of them however, at times some children just seem to forget no matter how well the children have been taught!!

“Put on your jumper it is cold today”!

How many times has the above phrase been applied to children as they leave the house and getting into the car before the school trip?  Of course the usual “I can’t find it” reply is spoken and the next 10 minutes are spent either searching the child’s bedroom, the entire house and finally inside the school bag (of […]

YOU have HOW many children?

Deciding to raise a family is something that is usually agreed upon by both spouses. Whether families have 1 child, 2, 3 or 4 children or even a large family (No Excuses has 7 children); it is personal and each families right regardless of how many children they wish to have.  Having children is a […]

Breathing a sigh of relief!

We all have those mornings; those that turn a mother from the gentle creature she should be  to the roaring lioness, ferociously snarling and snapping at the cubs to get a move on, eat their breakfast, find and put on those shoes, jumper and hat, grab their lunch, brush their teeth and hair and GET […]

Sleeping in; a thing of the past!

Gone are the days when parents could lie in, stay in bed (well at least one of them) and recharge the batteries for the following week. Once children start getting older and begin school, life becomes busier and busier.  Very soon children’s interests change, new friends are made and their passion for various sporting activities awakens. […]

Believe me, IT IS FERAL!!!

When I wrote this post about the job everyone hates doing; there is one that is far worse; a job that tops any job regarding parenting. That job would have to be tending to sick and vomiting children in the early hours of the morning and throughout the entire night. This IS something that all […]

Tardiness is NOT tolerated!

Being late is something people either hate and try to avoid or have made it a habit and are never on time. Whether you are one or the other once you have children being LATE is a constant struggle in life. When one is organised, being late should never happen. If you prepare ahead (the evening […]

If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

For those who know me, I have always used this saying “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” and it is so true. Obviously it takes some courage and a bit of stamina to ask for things. Whether you are speaking to someone face to face or over the phone, business related or personal; asking for things […]

The prang I never had!

Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable This is a tough one for me; if I was to answer this as a child, the list would be huge.   Nothing worries me too much these days, those that know me would probably honestly say that “nothing fazes her”. Grizzly critters, crawling bugs, spiders, insects etc do not frighten […]

We are all good at something ~ YES YOU ARE!!

Day 2, Thursday Friday: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic) We are all good at something ~ YES YOU ARE!!  Finding what it is can take time or it may just come naturally.   Just because so […]

A home-schooling mum’s chore chart

Need some jobs or chores done by the kids; here is a simple idea for getting chores done around the home.  This busy home schooling mum of 6 has kindly shared her effective chore chart with No Excuses! Easy organising for large families. Each child has a A4 laminated card printed with their name at the […]

Easy routines for the children and the family

Organisation is a big part of my every day life.  I like to plan ahead, and finish a job before moving onto the next one.  Schedules and routines are essential in businesses, so why not use these methods in the home too? As a mother of seven, life can be pretty hectic.  Peace and quiet […]

School routine planner

Getting back into a routine after the end of year school break requires some motivation and organisation skills.  Having chore charts, schedules and a simple system can help the children to become organised, have everything in order and be ready for the following  weeks and school terms ahead. With every school year, new challenges arise for […]


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