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    This is the first post in a series, detailing our preparations for travelling to Europe with our three kids. In just 3 months time we will be checking and double-checking our luggage and not sleeping with anticipation because on the 29th May we will be boarding a plane bound for Paris! We’ll be travelling through...

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    Do you want to be a better mama? It all starts with really looking after yourself and making yourself your top priority. These 9 tips can help. #1 – Nurture yourself Make time for you. I learned almost too late just how important VITAL this is. I had this strange idea that the people around...

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  • 03/20/15--01:01: A Love Letter to a Home
  • Dearest Home, It’s a new moon today. Do you know what that means? New beginnings. It’s time for us to part ways, to say our goodbyes and move on to new adventures. It’s sad. And I’m trying not to cry writing this to you. At the same time though, I am, and forever will be,...

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    This is the second post in a series, detailing our preparations for travelling to Europe with our three kids. As I mentioned in my last post, Hannah and Blake have been very interested in learning about the world they live in for over 18 months now. Having this trip to look forward to has served...

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    Writing or drawing cards and letters for friends is one of the easiest and most common ways that I encourage writing in our home. We don’t do workbooks or worksheets, so all the writing the children do comes from opportunities created by what is going on in our life. This illustrates to the children that...

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    This post aims to answer the questions we get asked most, “Can I home school my child? Is it legal? Do I need a degree?” by briefly explaining the registration details by state, and the different home education options each Australian family has. Home education is legal in every state in Australia, although each state...

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    This post is part of a series of our preparations for travelling with our 3 kids through Europe. You can find the rest of the posts here. We’ve been to Europe twice before. Once in Summertime before we married and once in the winter of 2009/2010 with Hannah when she was 14/15months old. Before that...

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    Dearest, darling Daisy, We reached another milestone together recently. After 20 months of breastfeeding, you have had your final breastfeed. This time, it’s incredibly bittersweet because you will probably be my last baby and the last little love that I ever have the pleasure of breastfeeding. As soon as you were born, you easily latched...

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    You will have nightmares about the flight, bring too many activities, and definitely forget something. But the children – or at least one child – will prove you wrong and be complete flight angels. You will be family travel superstars! Note: Said ‘one child’ is unlikely to be the toddler. You will deal with jet-lag...

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  • 08/24/15--00:33: Life Lately…
  • When Brian was offered the opportunity to work in Mount Isa, neither of us were sure whether that was a town we wanted to spend even a short time living in. However, we had been asking the universe for a means to allow us the financial freedom to travel around Australia and this seemed like...

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     Other families always want to know – what does unschooling look like? What is our every day?  Let me show you! Unschooling looks like hanging out at the beach on Tuesdays and having it all to ourselves. Unschooling looks like our children being able to learn skills at their own pace in the way that...

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    I  recently asked my Facebook and Instagram community what burning questions they had about our experiences travelling around Europe with our three kids,  and what follows are the answers to those questions! How did the kids do with traveling? Overall, they were fabulous. We were really proud of them. We didn’t have a relaxed resort-style 5...

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    As a parent, choosing to Unschool means choosing to be responsible for your child’s entire education right? I don’t believe so. A child is an individual and therefore their education will be unique to them. Children are not a vessel to be filled with information and facts, rather they have their own ideas and thoughts...

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    The Birth Story of Blake Matthew Born Tuesday, 12 October 2010 Into water at 04:16am Weighing 3.76kg and 50cm long After a 5 hour labour At the Birth Centre, RWBH Dearest Baby, Before you were conceived I knew I would have an October baby. It was such a strong feeling of intuition and my intuition...

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  • 11/02/15--05:51: Unschooling & Labels
  •  We’ve always used the label Unschooling for our choice of lifestyle and I wanted to clear some of the misconceptions surrounding the term. I’ve recently noticed many families shy away from using the term Unschooling to describe their home education choices because of the seemingly negative connotations attributed to it. Firstly, what does Unschooling actually mean? The most commonly...

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    I don’t have a middle name. I believe in past lives. I love to sleep. But I hate going to sleep. My current favourite colour is yellow. I never knew that I wanted to be a mother. Until one day I looked at Brian while we washed the dishes in our little cottage and then...

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    2015 is coming to an end so this post is a review of what our unschooling journey looked like in the past 12 months. Overall, it’s been a challenging year for our family. Unschooling has literally helped hold us together. I cannot imagine how much more difficult doing some of the things we’ve had to...

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