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Smart Watches and Students.

Smart watches and school students .

It was recently bought to my attention the about of technology that school aged children have and or want.

My 2 are still quite young do have not got caught up in wanting iPads, iPhones or other digital stuff. Although my 4yo boy will sometimes ask for my iPad, it’s not an every day occurrence nor does he have his own. My little girl is only 18mo so is still to young to even realise what they are, thank goodness.

Anyway, I was in my local shopping centre and saw a group of boys probably about 12years old all with apple iwatch’s I was quite shocked. So young with such advanced technology- oh and expensive technology.

So it had me thinking many things-
1, wow that’s a lot of money on a young child.
2, do they need this type of ‘smart’ technology? 3, do they also have a ‘regular’ phone?
4, what is society coming to when such young children have such advanced technology?

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love an iPhone watch / Apple Watch, whatever they are called, but I already have a watch and an iPhone, so would it replace both? Or would I still need my iPhone? How smart is this Apple Watch?

It also had me think of the watches capabilities and how a young person would use it, and the first thing that came to my mind was fear.

They can access all types of things through search engines so is this technology taking away innocence?

Or is it creating other things, like enabling cheating in school exams?

I may be overreacting here or thinking ‘worst cade’ but as a mother with two little ones my mind does leave me pondering what may be the future for them.

I know that recently a very affluent Sydney boys school put a ban on lap tops for students as they found that the students were not always using third brain, instead quick to google answers and also their hand writing became quite poor.

It’s also been proven that children who do type notes, rather than hand write them, don’t take in as much knowledge as they don’t have to use their brain for things such as spelling and grammar as laptops and computers have spelling and grammar auto corrections.

So with this in mind, will they ban the smart watch also?

Can children cheat by googling and swears or sending a text message or email of the question to another person and have answers sent back?

Or even taking a photo and sending the questions to someone for answers. And there goes my mind into overdrive.

Are these technologies being used correctly, are they safe to use and how can they be monitored for our society?

What are your thoughts?

I would love to hear from you.

Noordinarymummy@gmail.com

Swapping designer bags for nappy bags!

When we swap designer handbags for nappy bags.

I’m not sure about you but I don’t use a ‘nappy bag’ I simply throw all my toddler needs into my oversized handbag.

I know it’s possibly not practical and ideal – but it works for me. At this sat age, however I am expecting number 2 in 16 weeks so perhaps I will change my mind?

I didn’t have so many things in my handbag that I meant I needed the oversize nappy bag, plus I didn’t really want to use a nappy bag and let’s face it, how many nappy bags out there are ‘sexy/nice/attractive’ to look at?

I get that they were made for a purpose and have many different compartments for all your baby or toddler needs, but I find them so bulky and big and generally unattractive.

Yes I know – they are not always designed for fashion but it would be nice to have something that doesn’t feel like an overnight bag or swag right? Oh and don’t forget the hefty cost as most mothers feel they ‘need’ to use a nappy bag just because they have children. They have their target market!

I’m yet to find one that I like that suits my needs and is user friendly, not with multiple compartments so that you forget which pocket had the wipes and which one has your keys! I’m also not into rummaging around trying to find different things.

I don’t do the overkill with my bag either, it’s usually a daily throw into my handbag for when we are out and about. My handbag has a few pockets where I can slip my keys for easy access and also a mobile phone pocket so I know where everything is at any stage.

My handbag now consists of:

My belongings.
– Wallet
– Mobile phone
– Keys
– sunglasses
– Small pencil case with band aids, lip balm, panadol, pen, nail file,

My toddlers belongings.
– 2 x nappies in a medium sized pencil case for hygiene reasons
– small packet of nappy wipes
– small roll on sunscreen SPF 50
– hat
– drink bottle of water
– a small car or toy of some sort
– 2 x nappy disposal bags
– small lunch box of toddler snacks

So why carry the extra large nappy bag? All this stuff fits in my handbag and isn’t too heavy. It also means I’m not carrying a big full bag and feel like I’m almost going on a road trip!

What are your experiences?

Do you use a nappy bag?

Have you found one that you love?

Do you find them useful or do you simply make do with your handbag like me?

Email me – noordinarymummy@gmail.com

New year, new you!

New year new you!

So with all the New Years resolutions, a lot of people will have some resolution to do with fitness or training or the gym.

So this isn’t a blog about working out, instead it’s a wardrobe re vamp on your work out clothes!

A lot of us fall victim to monochrome of basics black, white, navy and sometimes grey. Be gone with that and add some colour!

We all know colour can enhance our mood so why not help get us motivated also? It is understood that bright colours evoke energy so why not try to add some bright colours into your workout wardrobe?

I understand some of us like to wear dark clothes especially on our bottom half to ‘cover’ or not enhance our assets however that doesn’t mean plain boring black!

I’ve recently purchased a pair of black tights but with a leopard print on them which is a shiny black. Imagine Matt black tights with a shiny print! I love them, not boring and yet still black!

Why not also add a bright sports bra under your top? I think it’s cute having a little peak of colour from under your clothing.

Or if you dare, wear a complete brighter / coloured outfit.

Don’t be scared to clash prints either, it’s the gym, or fitness training – not a fashion parade. Just be comfortable and remember your not there to impress with your outfit, however I do know it’s nice to look the part and wear nice / cute / sexy / impressive workout gear.

Workout gear also doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve purchased many work out clothing from cotton on body, target, k-mart, forever 21 and other stores that are not exclusively targeted at workout gear or are ‘labels’. These clothes are durable, comfortable, wearable and long lasting.

Working out can be as expensive or as budget friendly as you like, just remember to have fun with it and add colour, you will be surprised how good you feel when your wearing colour and it has been proven to be a mood enhancer!

I’ve listed some colours and the moods that they enhance, hopefully they help you to choose a brighter happier workout wardrobe!

Red = anger, determination, ambition, energy, passion, action.

Pink = unconditional love, nurturing, success, passion.

Yellow = strong mind, intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful.

Orange = social communication, optimism.

Blue = trust, peace, loyalty, integrity.

Green = balance, growth, self-resilient,

Good luck and enjoy!

Bath paint?

Bath time fun!

Well my little one loves bath time. Weather he is taking a ‘big boy’ shower or having a soak in the tub, he doesn’t mind.

He has one thousand things in the bath with him which range from toothbrushes, to funnels, to Tupperware, anything he can really find that takes his fancy really, and who am I to stop him exploring and being creative?

So to enhance his creativity just a little more I’ve made bath time just that little be extra special by making bath paint!

Yep you heard it – painting in the bath!

With special paint of course, which doesn’t stain the bath and us easily washed away. How I hear you ask?

With shaving foam!

It needs to be the thick foam almost gel like but don’t waste money on expensive stuff, it all works the same except the more bubbly it is the quicker it dissolves.

So get a silicone ice cube tray.

Fill each hole with the shave foam.

Add different drops of food colour to each hole.

And there you have it!

A miniature paint pallet for bath time fun!

Ps – you can use your fingers to paint or an old tooth brush, or perhaps a real paintbrush, you can pick small cheap paint brushes up at the cheaper variety stores or even the local super market of hardware.

Home made piñata!

Home made piñata!

We all want our little ones birthdays to be special and almost every child I know has a party to celebrate every year!

Party’s can become quite expensive and we are not all wealthy. Although sine children think that we are and become expectant of birthday parties.

I am trying to raise my little one not to be expectant. I say trying as he is only 20 months old. I will however not allow a party every year just because he wants one.

I know some readers may say I’m ‘mean’ or ‘that’s nasty’ but seriously, do children need a party every year? What is wrong with having a nice picnic with your family or having 2 friends come over for a play and cupcakes? Why does it need to be extravagant and excessive?

This could be a whole other blog about parents and children who try to ‘out do’ each other with hosting parties. So back to my piñata !

Easy to make and don’t cost a lot, plus lots of fun! Get your little ones involved!

You will need –

2 x old news papers torn into pieces approx 1 inch squared or similar ( the shape doesn’t matter)

A selection of coloured child friendly or non toxic paint.

As many balloons as you wish to make piñata

1 x tub of child friendly / non toxic paper glue. (Something like clag or water based – easier for the piñata to break when being hit)

A leg nth of string to tie the balloon whilst drying.

Firstly blow up the balloons and tie a knot in each end.

Tie some string at least 40cm in length around the knot. This works as a handle as such.

Then paint the entire balloon with the glue making sure not to leave any in painted.

With the newspaper stick each pice over the balloon to cover the entire thing with the newspaper or until you can no longer see and balloon. Making sure that you leave the tied end uncovered. This is where you will fill the piñata with lollies! Or toys, or whatever you fancy!

Repeat the glue and paper process 3 times. Allow the paste to dry over night in a cool well vented space. Perhaps tie the balloons up so that they also cannot be touched.

Once all dry you can carefully pop the balloon with a pin and fill with your desired filling.

Once filled, stand the piñata upside down so that the opening is at the top and carefully cover with a piece of newspaper and glue down again but be careful not to get the glue inside with your goodies.

Using another piece of string to your desired length paste carefully so that this will be what you use to tie up your piñata. You can also use decorative ribbon if you wish.

** My tip if your using lollies, use lollies in wrappers. This also helps if glue get on the but also nice when the piñata breaks and lollies fall to the ground.

Once completely dry you can paint the balloon as you wish. Perhaps making a face or patterned in any design you like. Again allow to dry for a few hours or over night.

Your piñata is ready! Have fun!

Working mums.

Can you be a working mum without guilt?

So I feel like I’ve been juggling / multi tasking what ever you want to call it.

I’m a wife, a mother, a step mother and until recently I also worked full time. Not full time in the essence of 5 days per week 8 hours per day in an office environment, but 4 days working from my home office averaging 6 hours per day and then in the office one day per week for 7 hours.

I have always worked full time and always supported myself. Even when I married. My husband has an 11 year old to his first wife so I have been step mum for the past 8 years. We now also have our own adorable, wonderful, amazing little guy who is 16 months old.

So that’s 2 boys and a husband in a very demanding role which requires him long hours in the office and stressful odd hour phone calls to international branches of the company he works for. Providing a stable environment for them including cooking healthy dinners every night for all of us, daily cleaning, packing lunches, doing the washing, ironing, vacuuming, groceries, dusting, mopping as we have floor boards, and many other house hold duties.

With this I still worked full time – 40 hours per week right up until a week prior to giving birth. I then proceeded to work from home averaging 35 hours per week since my bub was 5 days old. I was only in hospital 2 nights.

Yes this was a struggle as there was not a single day throughout my pregnancy where I wasn’t ill. I threw up minimal twice daily and was constantly tired and nauseous, however I loved my role and felt obliged to work as I had only been with the company / business 10 weeks when we found out we were expecting.

I told the CEO of the business straight away as I was also still within the probation period so thought it was the right thing to do. Give them the option of letting me go within the probation period. Although I was t through my 12 week safe zone, I felt I needed to be honest with the company. To my delight they decided to keep me on.

After bringing my bundle of love and joy home I worked 35 hours per week from our home office up until July where I started going into the city office on Tuesdays. I had a private Nannie for my bub as he also suffered severe reflux and had dairy intolerance which meant day care didn’t want the responsibility of him in there care at 6 months old. As he had reflux he refused his bottle and rightly so as it would be painful and burn him when swallowing the milk and reflux also causes acid burn within the trachea – quite painful. With his dairy intolerance it would mean also being very cautious as to not allow him access to any dairy.

I understand they didn’t want the responsibility so we chose the safe option of a private Nannie in our home.

This was also not a cheap option costing us $250 per day. It did however give peace of mind knowing the love of my life was safe and in his own surroundings.

I know it was a hard position for me to return to work as being a first time mum I didn’t want to leave my 6 month old son.

I also appreciate it was a hard position for my employer as they didn’t have me in the office full time. Being in the office full time provided team moral and as I am quite a bubbly, easy going, energetic, ‘up and at Em’ kind of girl I feel I provided a sense of energy in the office. I was also the only person within the company doing my niche role.

I know they wanted and needed me in the office full time however I just couldn’t do it. We didn’t have confirmed day care and we certainly couldn’t afford a private Nannie 5 days per week.

This played on my mind daily as I felt I was letting them down, especially after they were so good to me and understanding and supporting my position with my bub and also especially after keeping me employed when I announced my pregnancy.

But who was I really letting down?

The company?

My baby?

Or myself?

I loved working and felt lucky to work in the role I was in. I’m a qualified interior designer and worked for an art investment house. Quite niche and with only 5 competitors within Australia very fortunate to be employed within the industry. Id been working in this role for just over 4 years. I’d previously worked with another company doing the exact same thing for 2 years prior to being head hunted by this company. (Head hunted is where the company approaches you and offers you to work with them)

I have however sadly since resigned from this position.

There were many factors which equated to any decision, however I ask myself – have I don’t the right thing?

This is the first time ever in my life that I’ve never been employed. Well since I was 15 – I started waitressing and worked in a restaurant kitchen 4 nights per week after school at the tender age of 15 but prior to that was baby sitting on a regular basis from about 13 years old earning approx $50 per week (back then – think circa 1993 – this was a lot of money for a tween) This is also the first time ever that I’ve had to rely on someone else. I’ve always provided for myself.

So this is a bad thing you ask? It is as I’m very self sufficient and proud. At any point in my 20’s I would work 2 jobs and an very proud to say purchased my own first home at 26. With my own hard earned money with no hand outs or gifts or help from anyone. Just me and my savings account. 🙂

So I’ve had to learn, to ask my husband for money – this is a task to me as I’m a proud person to hates to ask for anything.

I’ve always been on a budget as I’ve also arrived to save and provide for myself so this isn’t new, but I’ve never been unemployed.

How will I fill my days?

Well I plan on spending every minute with my little guy. I’ve felt guilty working whilst he has been so young. I’ve been consumed with thoughts that I’ve missed out on precious moments with him.

Now it’s time for me to relish in being a mummy. Gosh we tried so hard to have him – that’s another story of daily Chinese herbs, acupuncture 3 times per week, daily meditation, a clean natural diet with no preservatives and weekly yoga!

So my time to be a mummy!

Tell me do you feel guilty?

Do you feel society puts pressure on you to work and be a mummy?

Do you feel judged for not wanting to be employed?

How do you juggle being employed and being a mummy?

Don’t get me wrong, I actually believe that being a mother is the most rewarding job ever. If I were to write a list of daily jobs that make up being a mother you may be shocked however I defiantly take my hat off to those mothers who can do it all.

I struggled not with time management but with guilt. I couldn’t get my head around leaving my little guy 5 days nor could I stop feeling guilty that I had a sense of owing the company that I worked for.

All in all a very tough decision for me.

Well I always have my blog!

Tell me your story. Do you work? How do you juggle? Do you feel guilt with regards to your company or your family?