Friday, 30 March 2012

The Benefits of Simplifying Your Life

Happy Friday everyone!! In Brisbane it is the last day of school before 2 weeks of school holidays, so I am enjoying the relative peace.

Today I have a guest post on a A Dose of Dannie. I hope you find it interesting. It is called The Benefits of Simplifying Your Life.


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Lego Inspirations and Pinterest Praise

Every so often I get an email from a website in the States called Online Colleges.

They always include a cool link to one of the interesting posts on their website, and they ask me if I would be so kind as to share it with my readers.

I think that anything education related is interesting and worth reading. So I always say yes! I receive nothing but I think that knowledge and wanting to further your education is a wonderful thing.

1.  The first one is The Learning Power of Lego. I love this page! It has everything you could ever        want to know about that humble little brick.

The Learning Power of LEGO
         Via: Online College Advice

2.  The next article is called 48 Great Ways that Homeschoolers are using Pinterest48 great                  ideas! Not only for homeschoolers but for everyone.


Monday, 26 March 2012

Elusive Self Esteem

Where was I when they were handing out self esteem to everyone?

Maybe I was hiding under a rock, to scared to come out because of my low self esteem...

I find it very hard to comprehend why some people have it oozing out of their pores, some are comfortable in their own skin and others say they are nervous and shy while displaying this confident, self assured face to the world and say it is all an act.

I haven't got any of those things. On the computer I can be myself, I can relax, I can put down in writing the many, many things that go through my mind. Face to face I come undone. My nerves take over, I feel stupid, I feel scared of people, I feel so inferior. I have always been this way.

People like me. They see me as someone quiet, calm, intelligent, caring, somewhat boring and slightly odd. Yes, I agree there is nothing to dislike. I am easy going, don't like confrontations and will always put others needs and wants ahead of my own.

At the moment I am feeling very defeated. I hate that about myself. I am not a quitter. I have been fighting my inner demons all my life. But now I am tired. I don't like myself.

I want to assure people that there is nothing to worry about with me. I am OK. My kids are my world. While I wish at times, that I was a better mum. My kids do deserve a mum who cares about herself, who cares about her personal appearance and always wants to look good, a mum that her children are proud of. But how can I do that when I find everything such an effort? 

How can I say on one hand that there is nothing I wouldn't do for my kids and then on the other hand say I don't care about their mum. Surely if I love them so much I can do this for them. I can pick myself up and be the mum, the person I want to be. There is nothing I wouldn't do for them.

Do you suffer low self esteem? Do you feel shy but put on a brave face and bluff your way through. Do you have a healthy ego? Please share. I would love to know.


Friday, 23 March 2012

Things I Know

It has been a bit of an up and down week for me. Lots of car trouble, but a few good things as well.

  • I Know that if you are on a slippery slope and you just can't stop sometimes it is best to enjoy the ride.

  • I Know that my nephew is a gorgeous, wonderful human being.

  • I Know four and two year old boys are highly competitive and it is enough to make me want to pull my hair out.

  • I Know that the price of petrol is daylight robbery.

  • I Know that although there are some very nasty people around, there are also some extremely kind, helpful and generous ones that go out of their way to help. Thank you to Jeanette, Karyn, Kath, Ang, Steve and the lady behind me when I broke down the other day.

  • I Know that mud and small boys are attracted to each other like magnets.

  • I Know that I need to find the time to exercise more.

  • I Know that people are a little surprised when they find out how old I am, and it always makes me smile.

  • I Know that I really need to focus on the positives in my life and find the things that make me thankful and happy.

Now it's your turn ... What do you know?


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Encourage a Love of Reading

I am a bibliophile. I love books and reading and losing myself in a well written and absorbing book is my idea of a good time!

I want to help my four children gain a love of reading too and help them find the joy that escaping into a good book can give. There is nothing quite like it.

How do we help our kids? How do we teach them about the pleasure, the escape, the excitement that books can give and make them want to pick up a book all by themselves?

As parents I think we have a big responsibility as our child's first teacher. I don't agree with leaving it all up to school teachers to teach them. I want to have a hand in it too. 

So what can we do to encourage and foster a love of reading in our little ones.

  • Play simple word games with them like eye spy and hang-man.
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Paint and draw. Let them express themselves creatively.
  • Play with blocks.
  • Do a jigsaw.
  • Play outside. Playing with sand or water is a great way for them to learn about simple numeracy concepts.
  • Read to them as often as possible. Children love it when you spend time with them. Make it light-hearted and fun.

A trip to the local library is always a fun outing in our house. Libraries are wonderful places. During the holidays they have story-time or arts and craft days, that are a lot of fun.

We should lead by our own example too. If your child sees you reading, they will be more inclined to want to read themselves. Make sure you have lots of reading material about the house - books, magazines, comics, information books, novels, maps, recipe books, shopping lists. 

Remember to praise them when they try out new things. Be encouraging and make it a happy, positive time.

If reading isn't a chore and is something they like doing, when they are older it will make life a little bit easier for them and that is what all parents want for their children.

Tina Gray {dot} Me


Saturday, 10 March 2012

A Dream at 2:00am

Two wild horses galloping about.

Two robbers creeping when the lights are out.

Two puppies waiting ready for a game.

Two raindrops trickling down my window pain.

Two trees growing, trying to touch the sky.

Two people parted, trying not to cry.

Two ducklings waddling down to have a swim.

Two old men sharing a bottle of gin.

Two flies buzzing, trying to be a pest.

Two kittens, tired out having a bit of rest.

Two people hurrying, trying to catch a plane.

With bread and cheese for supper,

I could dream it all again.

I wrote this poem way back in 1981 when I was twelve years old. 

The above free image is from and I have pinned it on my Amazing Animals Pinterest board. If you would like an invite to Pinterest please send me an email and I can invite you.

Tina Gray {dot} Me


Saturday, 3 March 2012

Things I Know ...

I Know ... You can't believe everything you read on the packet. 

I Know ... Sometimes it is easier just to stop, accept things and go with the flow than to try so hard and get nowhere. 

I Know ... I don't have to make myself sick with worry about something that I cannot change (actually I have known this since I was very little, but do you think that knowledge actually changes anything? No. 

I Know ... As Grandpa George says in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory "There's plenty of money out there. They print more every day ... Only a dummy would give this up (the Golden Ticket) for something as common as money. Are you a dummy?" I know that in this life there are plenty of things that are more important than money. 

I Know ... That sometimes tears are needed. They cleanse the soul and help you to cope. 

I Know ... That the laughter of children is one of the happiest sounds in the world. 

I Know ... Friends, family and your relationships with other people are the important, 'big' things in this life. 

I Know ... Coffee helps... 

I Know ... To never, ever underestimate the mess that four little people can make in a very short space of time. 

I Know ... A good laugh is great medicine.

Linking up with Singular Insanity this week for 


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