A little bit more about ~ The Face behind No Excuses!

A little bit more about ~ The Face behind No Excuses!

It’s been a little quiet on the blog right?  So I thought I might join in with BLOG EVERY DAY IN MAY CHALLENGE.  Day 1 was on Wednesday; however better late then never right? So here it goes…… The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… […]

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 […]

Dirty School Lunch boxes

Either at the end of the term or final school year the children’s lunch boxes can become very dirty and worn. Those that wont last another use get tossed into the garbage; however the ones that can go another round, can easily be given a good clean and sterilise. All that is needed: sink nappy soaker […]

Time out! How often do mothers get to do this?

Time out! How often do mothers get to do this?

Parents (and in particular) mothers need some time out once in a while. I am not talking about hiding in the bedroom or bathroom (although the bathroom hiding never works does it…..they still find you in there “mum…………….mum…………mum”, we can’t even……*$%*@ in peace can we). Nor do I mean a day of shopping (not the […]

New look, new browser and new location!

New look, new browser and new location!

Hi everyone; and welcome to the new look of  No Excuses! Easy organising for large families. 

Driving accessories and that unorganised mess

Driving accessories and that unorganised mess

Keeping the car clean and tidy on the inside is a constant battle (especially with lots of kids and a huge space to clean – see our Toyota Hi Ace). Here you will see the view from the drivers seat.  Our model of Hi Ace did not come with a middle console or storage compartment. […]

Just hanging around….

Here is a handy hint!  What to do with those micro-fibre mop heads/pads cleaning cloths, mitts  or gloves. Perhaps you haven’t heard, but I am a big fan of the Sabco brand and love my mop.  I have two because one was not living up to its part of the bargain (you can read about Mr Sabco Mop here).   […]

No more milk?

No more milk?

Here is an idea I came up with while starring at my messy white board area (due to the school holidays).  

A Mother’s Prayer

A Mother’s Prayer

Pick it up, put it away, a home in order is the only way!

The most common phrase that gets thrown at me whenever I am out and about with my seven children is “wow, you must have your hands full“.  Well yes I do, but not the the way everyone thinks. My hands are full of love (to cuddle and embrace), compassion and praise (to give a pat […]

My Sewing / Art Room

My Sewing / Art Room

Having a special room to sew is a real treat and since doing our house renovations about 4 years ago, I was fortunate enough to request a sewing room all to myself. Sewing is something I really enjoy ~ that is using a sewing machine and over-locker (not the knitting, crocheting or cross-stitching kind; although I will do […]

Why were they not born with a user manual?

Toilet training would have to be the worst possible task when bringing up children (especially boys). There is no right or wrong way about going about it as each child is different, individual and has their own way of achieving this goal. Whether it be with ease or utter chaos, the potty training saga can […]

The warm comforts of home.

The warm comforts of home.

Here in Victoria when the cold weather begins, it can hit suddenly. For those who are from this state, one would agree that VIC can really have ‘four seasons in one day! During Autumn and the coming of winter; most days are cold, wet and miserable. As a stay at home mum; these cold and rainy days […]

Kids and technology

Kids and technology

If by chance you enjoyed reading my last two posts on our driving holiday with the kids, you may have realised (or perhaps not) that I did not mention any electronic ‘entertainment’ within both those posts.   The children did not have any iPods, MP3 players, Nitendo DS; DVD players (though a DVD player or two […]

“How many more hours to go dad”?

“How many more hours to go dad”?

“On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again”….Willie Nelson obviously never travelled with children when he wrote this song…. If you haven’t had a chance to read the previous post ~ Part 1 ~ “Are we there yet”, please do so before you continue below.  

“Are we there yet”?

“Are we there yet”?

Travelling long distances with kids has its moments of enjoyment, but for the most part it can be classed as pure exhaustion, frustration and total agony. Over the week and a half (2012 Easter holidays), my family took an epic never ending journeydrive across two Australian states. Part 1 of our journey started out from the SE Gippsland […]

A lifestyle change

A lifestyle change

This weekend and the following weeks are going to be different and also relaxing.  With the Easter school holidays beginning; hubby will be home for a change.

Too many face washers?

Too many face washers?

I came up with another idea today for The Kids Bathroom; if you have a look a the link and go down the page you will see that I tried storing the face washers in the cabinet drawers.  I got the idea from The Organised Housewife.  While it worked for a little while, I also found that […]

First-Aid Kit Organisation

For the last few weeks I have been shaking my head, grunting and getting completely annoyed with the state of my First-Aid Kit area in my pantry cupboard. The kids have a bad habit of getting not one but several band-aids out of each pack and throwing them all over the place. I have found band-aid butts in the […]

Cleaning the Play Room….after the kids have trashed it.

Recently I wrote a post for Mouths of Mums called Storage solutions for toys; it’s time to put the toys away! You can get the general idea by reading at the link above. It will give you an idea of what toy storage systems I have used over the last 14 years.Like most parents, I […]

Tiredness, stress and “I just can’t be bothered”

Recently, I received an email from one of my readers with a rather interesting question.  The question is quite a good one (as we all have these days) and I am more than happy to share it with you all and perhaps give her (and any of you with the same thoughts) a personal answer. “Hi, I found your […]

I cried a tear, you wiped it dry….

I cried a tear, you wiped it dry….

This evening, my 7 year old boy brought a small tear to my eye. Only yesterday, hubby left for his second stint in Mexico; this time he is gone for another 3 weeks. During the time he was home over Christmas and new years (from 22nd Dec 2011 till 11th Jan 2012) every moment was […]

Setting the table for a large family

Setting the table for a large family

One can image that dinner time in a large family would be the busiest time of the day. Setting the table is a big task and sometimes difficult.  Little ones love to help, but dishes can be heavy, glasses can be dropped and tablecloths dragged along the ground. Recently a friend of mine put me onto an […]

A Mothers Prayer

A Mothers Prayer

A Mothers Prayer Now I lay me down to sleep,I pray my sanity to keep.For if some peace I do not find,I’m pretty sure I’ll lose my mind.I pray I find a little quietFar away from my family’s riot.May I lie back and not have to thinkabout what they’re stuffing down the sink.Or who they’re […]

Family Sacrifices Part 2

Family Sacrifices Part 2

I got some disappointing news today; news that will effect the whole family. My hubby may have to delay his flight home.  He is meant to be here with us on 22nd Dec.  It is no one’s fault and part of the industry he works in.  

Large Family Calendar

Large Family Calendar

Planning your time, appointments and meals can be organised easier if you have a large calendar.  This one is the size of two A3 pages (the top and bottom sections are both A3 sized). The BLUE = appointments. RED = MENU.  Any other notes in another colour. Notices, cards, or forms are attached via the clips.

Family Sacrifices

Family Sacrifices

Some of you may have read my recent Facebook post regarding my hubby going away soon.   In fact he leaves us on the 3rd December (for Mexico) and returns (on paper that is) 22nd December. Yes; you read it correctly….right before Christmas.  I am not sure how long he will be home for; but […]

Handy Hint – Lining a Spring Form Tin

Here is a simple way to to line a spring-form cake tin without having to drawer around the circle shape with a pencil or pen. All you will need is: Grease proof paper,scissors and canola or non-stick cooking spray.    

Easy Indoor Party Games

Easy Indoor Party Games

When outside games get cancelled due to wet weather, here are two quick alternatives!



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