Sew Busy in our house! Teaching life lessons with needles and chin ups.

Where to begin?! When life gets so overwhelming I had to let something go and unfortunately that was talking to you guys through this blog 😦 I’m sorry!

The loveliest thing though about my last 6 weeks was having my sister & nephew visit from out of town and training together, hanging out, and showing them a few of our homeschooling activities. The days have been packed so the whole family is looking forward to a few days off over the holiday season!

A few great focus areas for my two children have been sewing (the very latest obsession), rock climbing, developing chin up strength, and non violent communication. For me, alongside busy days with my children and managing some events for our community homeschool group I’ve been working my behind off trying to finish up some illustration jobs I’ve been commissioned to do, as well as compete in the grand final of my basketball league (we won!) and attend the Disney reunion down in Sydney (where I previously worked as an artist)! You’ll probably see the evidence in my Instagram feed – Phew it has been busy!


So I’m super happy about how my kidlets have been developing over the last two months as THE biggest lessons I’ve been trying to imprint on their ever-sponging brains are;

  • Have a plan/be prepared
  • Practice and persistence to achieve your goals
  • Words are like magic if you use them properly.

And these lessons, through every day activities, are sinking in! Yay!! 

Sewing has taught my two the pretty big lesson of having a plan, and being prepared. Oh how the tears did flow! Seam allowance, needle threading, hand sewing, placement of cut outs…. All the mistakes are being made and it’s wonderful as once the frustration has cleared we can talk it through and do better next time. 

Chin ups are a big focus right now – for some reason they’ve been something my two have latched onto through watching myself and my husband train at the gym. Practice and persistence come up very regularly in most activities or pursuits but chin ups have been demanding and the joy of reaching goals has been sweet! My eldest can now do more than me!!! Talk about confidence booster! And because this is something it’s not possible for me to help them with it’s been extra special as they’ve achieved all by themselves 🙂 and the goal posts can always be moved to achieve more if they wish ❤️❤️❤️

And finally, this is a long running, always continuing lesson which I’m still learning for myself! The power of words! Now that my littlest is 3&½ she’s coming to a stage where she has her own opinion, she wants to lead and direct what she is doing, and her independence is growing. So, therefore the disagreements come thick and fast some days and we need to learn to master our communication. This is a work in progress that’s for sure! 

I’ve been so happy to see the progress with my two I just had to share!!! 

Did you find any activities in particular helped your own children with perseverance, preparation, or communication?

Would love to hear if you did 🙂

C xx

5 ways to get your Mummy Exercise Time each week

I’ve struggled with this over the last few years but I think I’ve finally cracked the nut – so here’s what I do to get my 6 exercise sessions in every week at home. An important thing to note first though is to talk to them about why you need exercise and the importance of it for your health. It doesn’t matter their age – repetition and education will help them to accept your training time as a normal part of the day.


1. Tinker Trays

You may have seen my Insta feed with this recently. To make yours grab a cupcake baking tray and fill each cup with craft pieces and set out with varied pieces of paper. This held my two for an hour this morning !!! Focus, creativity, screen free, outside or inside, joy, and requests to do it every day. Win win win.

2. Water Play

What child doesn’t love water play? Buckets, wading pools, tools, scoops, toys, sand, hose, anything. Even asking them if they’d like to clean off their outside toys with a dash of cleaning liquid and sponge occupies them for ages and develops a myriad of other skills.


3. Puzzles/painting/play dough 

This may depend on your child’s age and if necessary set them up beside you. A side note here is that I have my child draw a chalk line (on the ground) that they can’t cross while I’m training (for safety reasons), if they’re going to be playing beside where I am.

4. Outside play

You could even set them up with an obstacle course here if you feel so inclined, but outside play doesn’t need much description I guess!
5. Reading/books or their fave educational program.

Not everyone has an early-reader-older-sibling as I do. So sometimes my 3 yo pulls out a few books for my 6yo to read to her. This gives me 20-30minutes on shorter training days and not only improves sister bonding, but reading skills, positive association with books, and readies my little one for reading in the future. If you don’t have this situation, even sitting them down individually with their own books works. Some people also use tv programs for this uninterrupted time. My two watch a dinosaur documentary once or twice a week.


6. Cooking/food handling

This is a bonus and if your child is ready, simply allocate them the task of preparing some food. Easy 20-30 minutes!

Let me know how you go! Good luck 😉

How Working Out at Home with Kids gives you Cat-Like Reflexes. Part One.

This is the first in a three part series where I will reveal the details of how I train at home with children and get away with it.
Anyone who does this will tell you their reflexes and fitness have improved ten fold since beginning the program. It’s not easy. And it does get better. But right now let’s be honest. It’s like this;

Training-withChildren-Pt1

So as you can see, by including children in your workout routine you not only need to run and catch and wipe tears while you exercise and therefore double your workload, but you must develop superhero senses and know when your child needs attention before they do, in order to save them from breaking a leg. Or yours.

Until the next program – Ninja C.