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What does my handbag say about me?

What does my handbag say about me?

I was recently reading this article on Mamamia about the most useless things women find inside their handbags. There has also been a lot of talk lately about how the contents of one’s handbag can reveal a great deal about a person. Are you prepared for everything, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? Furthermore, it’s not only the contents of the handbag, but the way in which one organises it. Compartments or chaos? Lauren Conrad recently posted a description of the contents of her handbag….Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 11.59.52 AM

She described that the contents of her handbag reveals that she is a ‘beauty loving health nut’. As I was reading I thought that this was another gimmick, until I thought about the contents of my own. Then it hit me…my handbag IS a window into my life, and I’m not sure if I’m happy or embarrassed?

Here is what I have found inside my handbag on a regular Thursday afternoon…

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  • My wallet
  • A black clutch
  • A sequinned british pouch (that I bought from London over ten years ago!)
  • A Mimco pouch (nothing in it)
  • Perfume
  • Band aids
  • Two iPhone / iPad chargers (without the chords)
  • Two pens
  • A lip liner
  • Tampons
  • A hair clip
  • Five USBS (FIVE!)
  • A manicare nail pen
  • A toy brush
  • Neurofen dispenser (for Ella)
  • Tooth floss
  • and finally…one baby sock and one baby food cap

Upon reflecting on this contents, I’m a little perplexed as to how many of these items have stayed in this bag for a while. Needless to say, being a relatively new Mum, I’m not very surprised. If I had to describe how the contents of my bag reflects my life, I would use the words; random and chaotic. Random because of the fact that there are bits and pieces, some of which do not have all of their parts. Chaotic because there is no real order, there is bits of everything. Often as a working Mum, I feel a bit like this. I’m trying to get from one place to another and grabbing everything that I might need, without actually getting anything that I really need. There is a lip pencil, but no lip gloss. There is an iPhone charger socket, but no chord. What is with the five USB’s, one baby sock, and where are the baby wipes????

I’ve often driven off to work with baby in tow and get half way up the freeway only to remember that I have forgotten her lunch box, or socks. My husband recently rang me and asked if I still had the pram in the boot. It’s all a bit hard sometimes to get everything in sync and in working order. By peeking into my handbag, I guess you could predict that it’s owner is trying to ensure that she has everything she needs, but struggles to get everything in the right working order. Oh well, maybe it’s just an excuse to buy a new handbag? Maybe a Chanel like Lauren Conrad? In my dreams!

kate

Friday Finds: Cake 2 the Rescue!

Friday Finds: Cake 2 the Rescue!

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.43.49 AMWith Ella’s first birthday just a few weeks away, my mind has landed in the world of Birthday Cakes. Growing up, we always got out the good old ‘Womens’ Weekly  Birthday Cakes‘ book and spent days picking and choosing our dream cake. I remember vividly the ‘witch’ laced in liquorice, the ‘duck’ with a potato chip beak and the good old smarty train. Most Aussie kids do not remember their birthdays without fond memories of this great book. I’m not sure if my baking skills are up to scratch to venture into this timeless tradition just yet, so thank goodness I stumbled across the fabulous ‘Cake 2 the Rescue‘ thanks to an old friend Veronica on Facebook!

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.44.23 AMCake 2 the rescue does just that…it rescues time poor (and skill poor) Mums and Dads who want their precious kids to have that ‘amazing cake’ on their Birthday. Without the hassle of forking out hundreds for an intricate cake, Cake 2 to the Rescue provide you with all you need to bake your very own masterpiece. Founded by two Queensland Mums – Lisa and Lou, aka ‘The Baker Girls’, this great service was created following their own experiences of frustration as they tried to make their kids the perfect cake.

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.44.38 AMThe idea is simple…you choose the design (over 7o), and for a very reasonable price (starting from $29.95), they send you all you need to re-create the cake of your dreams. From the ingredients, to the candles and disposable, grease proof baking tin…this is a miracle in the post.  Inspired by a friend’s effort in making her own Peppa Pig cake (from scratch I might add), I have decided to give this idea a try and order my own Peppa Pig pack. I’m hoping that my excitement will be met with equal satisfaction when the final cake is complete….all I can say is…watch this space! I’m certainly hoping that this little package in the post ‘rescues’ this new Mum!

To view the many great designs available from Cake 2 the Rescue…click here.

The are also on Facebook where you can view testimonials and great ‘baking’ experiences.

kate

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Friday Finds: Finding the ‘right’ words

Friday Finds: Finding the ‘right’ words

This week’s Friday Find is more a chance for me to have a bit of a whinge than anything else (sorry). It’s not about a great product or cool gadget that I have found. This week rather, I need to voice my frustration about something that I have not found….

New Mums and Dads everywhere will tell of their need for advice and guidance for all things parenting. Whether it be sleep, breast feeding, sickness or safety, new parents everywhere seek advice to help them make the best choices when it comes to their bubbas. Along the way, you are faced with a vast variety of different theories, suggestions and practices. No one seems to agree. I get it…all babies are different, and therefore cannot follow one set of guidelines. To be honest, I’m not someone who ever really searched for a regime or routine to help me through each minute of the day. In my hospital and in my Mothers Group, we were almost ‘scared’ away from these ideals, and names such as Tizzie Hall were flouted as ‘unrealistic’ and ‘unnatural’. It’s not in my nature to stick to a strict schedule, but then there are also people who need such schedules to keep themselves sane. I myself, have tended to look for advice, ideas and suggestions and then take from them what made sense to me. Robyn Parker’s ‘Baby Love’ was recommended to me from the beginning, and this book gave me confidence that I was doing the right thing.

I actually saw Tizzie Hall on the Today show here in Australia the other morning. She was asked why parents find putting baby to sleep so hard. She said that it isn’t hard, it’s actually easy. It’s just that we are making the wrong decisions. I was flabbergasted when I heard her speak this way. I get that there are a few simple rules that help babies sleep, but labelling the process as ‘easy’ in my view over simplifies the process. For those of us who are new to the game of being Mums and Dads, its not easy. It’s hard. Really hard. Dan and I have been really lucky to have a good sleeper in Ella, but we know people who pull their hair out in trying to get their baby to sleep. No matter whether or not you rock, pat or control cry, the endless information makes the whole process so overwhelming. Just sifting though the information itself is hard.

Don’t get me wrong. For many Mums and Dads, her views work. If they work and give you confidence then fantastic. Its just that after being a Mum for eight months, I’ve come to think that there is so much information out there for new parents, it is no wonder we all feel like we are going batty from time to time. My friends and I have often commented on the lack of continuity and agreement in all things ‘parenting’. Whether it be about how much sleep a baby should get, when to start solids or what foods a baby should eat and when, parents are getting bombarded with so much information that is often contradictory and confusing. I was talking with a friend a few months back about the fact that when you search the net, there WILL be a website somewhere that tells you what you want to read. Not eating at 6 months? Don’t worry. On the other hand, most research now says you should have your child eating solids from around four months. When you do find your baby is ready to eat, the mismatch of information about what foods to eat and when is unbelievable! Furthermore, many new Mums talk about their experiences in hospital in trying to learn to breast feed. With each new shift, a new nurse approaches you with a new theory on how to do it. Most give their advice with a caring outlook, but there are also some who tell you that what you are doing is wrong and you should change your whole approach. This would be fine if the next nurse agreed!

I guess the thing is, you don’t know who to believe and when. We all are just trying to survive and be good parents. I guess I should just stop whinging and get used to the idea of conflicting advice. Heaven knows that this is only the beginning! Thank god for friends and Mothers Groups. The best advice seems to come from those who have been through it, the good and the bad. Then again they have all had different experiences, challenges and successes!

I can’t wait for Ella to be able to tell me what she wants herself. Then again, it will probably be the complete opposite of what she should be doing. I guess when it comes down to it, the advice to ‘stick with your gut’ really makes sense. I just wish that I always knew what my gut was telling me, so I could do it!

Apologies for my whinging. It’s over now.

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I heart Pinterest!

I heart Pinterest!

My name is Kate Korber and I am a Pinterest-aholic. I never thought I would be, but I am. I admit it. I’m on this band wagon in a big way. When I saw all the talk about Pinterest (via Twitter and Facebook), I thought – yeah, yeah…another thing. Coming from someone who openly admits to loving social networking and the fantastic world of mobile devices, I was apprehensive to delve into this new ‘fad’, for reasons that I now seem to forget. After a year of learning to be a Mum (still learning and always will be), I was quite proud of myself for embracing Instagram and starting this little blog. I thought that I could not possibly be into something else – boy was I wrong.

I am always talking about (no raving about) the possibilities of Twitter in terms of networking and professional development for teachers.  It is such a fantastic tool to ask questions, share knowledge and resources. It really is an untapped resource for many who seek to broaden their networks, whether it be for a new business, community group or personal interest. I also used to love and use a fantastic resource called ‘Delicious’. Delicious was an online bookmarking service that allowed users to tag their favourite websites with keywords and save them to the ‘cloud’ (ie. the web). This means that all your favourite sites could be accessed any time, anywhere and be shared with anyone you like.


Pinterest brings this idea to a whole new level. As a teacher, and now a new Mum, interest has allowed me to browse the web and ‘pin’ ideas, resources and any new finds to virtual pin ‘boards’ that I have created. Instead of bookmarking a link, you basically bookmark an image from the site that you like. Thus you develop a fantastic pinboard of images relating to your topic of choice. As a new mum, this means that you can pin ideas for your baby’s room, cute clothes, recipes, art and craft ideas etc. If someone shares a great website with you – pin it! If you find a picture of a great birthday cake for next year – pin it! You can create boards for any topic you like!

Some of my favourite boards that I have created include:

  • Being a Mum
  • Kids Fashionista
  • Kids Wonderland
  • Fashion Style
  • Cool for School
  • Dream Kitchen
  • Dream Bedroom
  • Dream Bathroom
  • Education Inspiration
  • Awesome Interiors
  • Cool Images
  • Frames, Frames, Frames
  • Great Quotes
  • Technology in Education

The best thing about Pinterest is the ability to follow others, so you get to see what other people are ‘pinning’. You can follow every day people, friends, businesses, celebrities or anyone who inspires you. You can re-pin their ideas onto your own boards, email the link, share it via twitter or Facebook etc. You can browse through categories and look at what is hot in the world of interest at that point in time.

I think that the possibilities for this site are endless. If you were researching for your wedding, you could pin all your ideas to a board you have created! If you have a business, you could pin ideas for potential clients, or post images of things you are proud of within your own. If you are researching for ideas for your own home, you could create boards (like I have done) and save ideas for later. If you are a teacher, you could post ideas for the classroom for all areas of Education. This image is a snapshot of my board ‘Kids Wonderland’ which holds heaps of ideas for Ella’s bedroom. Some of these ideas I have used, some are for the future. Click on the image to be taken to this board.

As a Mum, I’m always on the look out for ideas and resources that make our lives a little more easier and fun. As a Mum on the go – Pinterest is a great way for us all to save the ideas that we would like to make happen, but always seem to forget. If you are like me, paper is the enemy – I never seem to remember where I put papers down. However I always have my phone or iPad handy and this site can help me to keep my ideas in order, even when my brain can’t. That has to be a good thing!

If you would like to share the love – follow me on Pinterest via http://pinterest.com/katekorber/