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The Mission to Become a Minimalist Mum

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Written by Alison Gallagher Friday, 22 May 2015 13:10

Becoming a stay at home mum has afforded me less time to myself, but oddly, over the past 8 months, I have still found the time to whittle away precious hours online, filling shopping baskets at various sales websites (in most cases not actually completing the transactions), fantasizing about the next Boystown lottery home becoming my own in order to accommodate a growing family and are ever expanding collection of 'stuff', and scrolling through the many ‘deals’ emails to find really excellent savings. There is the occasional win where I might find something heavily discounted which I actually need or use – but in most cases I have to justify the purchase and then try to find space for it. And I’m still waiting for that call from Boystown….

get back to the bare bones in time for winter
Get back to the bare bones in time for Winter's retreat          image by Alison Gallagher

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Save on Your Holiday this Winter

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Written by Alison Gallagher Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:36

Those lovely balmy nights are a thing of the past, and most of us are bunkering down for the Winter, seaside holidays and weekend escapes are something we will remember fondly and fantasize about until the Summer returns. But do we really have to wait that long before a much deserved break is on the horizon?  Why not kick back and enjoy a much needed break over the cooler winter months instead? It'll save you money, clear your head, and hopefully keep those winter blues and colds and flu at bay.  

get away this winter and enjoy the great outdoors
escape into the crisp winter wilderness                                         image from Flickr

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Bringing the outdoors inside – Building a mini garden in glass

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Written by Alison Gallagher Thursday, 07 May 2015 16:03

Winter is almost here and as the weather cools we often find ourselves spending more time indoors and less time outside. We are drawn to snuggling on the sofa in front of the TV, sleeping in and sinking into hot baths or dipping into a good book. It’s lovely to be able to let go of the pressures to socialise and instead spend time unwinding and nurturing ourselves. However it is very easy to go a bit stir crazy being indoors too much, with the windows closed to keep the cold out our homes can feel a little stale and stagnant. A lovely way to enjoy the indoors while still feeling connected to the outside world is to bring the outdoors in! Get your hands on some potted plants, (Peace Lillies, delicate Cyclamen and boldly coloured Orchids are nice options); fill vases or empty bottles and jars with fresh flowers, scatter natural objects such as driftwood, shells and seed pods around, and place pretty terrariums in key focus points in your home. A terr-a-what? You might ask?

it's like an aquarium without the fish and water!
My recent terrarium creation - it's like an aquarium but without the fish and water! 

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Ghosts in the Garage

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Written by Alison Gallagher Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:34

I am so lucky to have had a variety of work related experiences since graduating from University back in 2000. I’ve been paid to listen to the radio and watch TV (as a media monitor), I’ve been paid to play with, smell and sell beautiful natural aromatherapy products (as a shop assistant), I’ve been paid to stand in front of a camera and play pretends (various acting gigs over the years) and (one of my very favourite jobs) I’ve been paid to write about all manner of things financial and non-regretsy.

building new memories with childhood relics
building new memories with childhood relics                                       image from Flickr 

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Singing For Her Supper

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Written by Alison Gallagher Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:45

I'm always on the look out for inspiring stories to share with you.  I recently met up with Brisbane based singer songwriter Erin Fitzimon who is building a profile for herself as she follows her dreams of being a musician while also learning how to juggle her finances as she finds balance between full time study, work and regular gigs.  

Erin Fitzsimons
Erin is following her passions while balancing study, work and performing

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Flying interstate for Roast Dinners

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Written by Alison Gallagher Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:05

I have been taking advantage of my time away from the office, aka being a ‘stay at home mum’ or SAHM for those in the know (I wonder if this is something I could add to the end of my name –does it have the same merit as the Bachelor of Arts I completed 15 years ago and am still paying off? Is a Bachelor of Arts really worth all that much anyway? Alison Gallagher BA – vs Alison Gallagher SAHM - it’s much more exhausting being a mum, and I definitely spend more time being a mum (24 hours a day) than I did attending lectures in philosophy, semantics, the history of Witchcraft (yes I actually found it a very interesting subject), Journalism and Drama (perhaps a total of 24 hours a fortnight? – yes I think SAHM should get many more brownie points... )

Me and my cherub with bellies awaiting some roast dinner! 

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