Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

Becoming a Mother has been my greatest life accomplishment.

My heart is full.

My life is complete.

Happy Mother's Day!

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Making Mornings Easy with Uncle Tobys {Giveaway}

And the winner is...


Shoot me an email at so I can get the prize out to you!

I don't think I need to tell you that mornings at the Five Little Reasons house are hectic.  We have a "loose" schedule, but of course, mornings happen and most of the time we just go with the flow.

The kids wake at about 6:30am and we have to be out the door at 7:55am sharp.  Needless to say, we need breakfast to be quick, easy but most importantly nutritious and filling.

The Five LOVE oats, however I have never been a fan of standing at the stove making a huge batch of porridge.  I always make waaaay too much and it somehow manages to get it everywhere.

We discovered Uncle Tobys Oats "Quick Sachets" last winter and they were an huge hit.





something the Reasons can make themselves!  No more stirring forever and having to clean the stovetop every morning!

And as a mother, the fact that oats are made with no artificial colours or flavours means that I can trust the Five are having a healthy, nourishing and varied breakfast every morning and will have enough energy to get them through the day.

Did I say easy?  Seriously.  Just empty the oats into your microwaveable bowl, fill the sachet with milk to the fill line, pour over the oats and cook for 90 seconds.  Let it cool for a bit and serve.

 The hardest part is choosing from the NINE different flavours.  Hayden's favourite is Golden Syrup.

Uncle Tobys want all young Australian families to have the opportunity to start their day with a healthy bowl of oats and have launched the My Little Oats campaign.

Find tips for getting your little ones onto oats, request your own free sample and your Little Reasons can make their very own placemat to help encourage a healthy breakfast routine.

Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets have been given the Five Little Reasons stamp of awesomeness!

To celebrate the My Little Oats campaign, Uncle Tobys have an awesome prize pack for one Five Little Reasons reader to help warm your family this Winter.

 1 x Winter's worth of Oats - The prize will be delivered to the winner as 2 cases of UNCLE TOBYS Quick Sachet Oats Classic Variety; 2 cases of UNCLE TOBYS Quick Sachet Oats Fruit Variety; and 2 x cases of UNCLE TOBYS Quick Sachet Oats Original. In total you will receive 340 Quick Sachets.

1 x Canon Video Camera RRP Value $400 to help you capture your family's warm moments.

To enter: Leave a comment below telling me your favourite Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachet flavour and also tell us how you entertain your kids at breakfast time.

*Open to Australian residence only.  Competition closes midnight 17th May 2013 and winner will be announced Sunday 19th May.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Independence Day

This week, I hit a wall.  I broke down in front of Brett, tears quietly streaming from my eyes and I told him.

I am burnt out.

I didn't know what to say.

I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong.  I didn't need sleep.  The kids weren't challenging.  I was keeping up with everything that my life throws my way.

And then I realised - *that* was the problem.  I needed to slow down.

I am always on the go.  From the moment I wake, to the moment my head finally hits the pillow at night.  I thrive in the adventure that is our life.

I have been successfully been doing this gig for over 10 years.  I love my gig.

But for the first time in 10 years, I was burnt out.

Coincidentally, I had a night in Melbourne already booked this week.  I was heading down with a friend and we would be heading to a Bloggers Brunch on the Friday.  It was a time out I was needing more than I even knew.

The night before, my gorgeous friend, due to her babies being sick, had to pull out.  I had a slight panic attack.  Then the voices in my head kicked into overdrive.

"It will be fine, Danielle. You will be fine!"  I am not sure I convinced myself.

Let me back peddle a little.

I started dating my first boyfriend at the sweet age of 15 years old.  And to me, a boyfriend was more than a boyfriend.  We were best friends.  We would do everything together.  Explore our city together. Travel to the beach together.   See movies together.

When we broke up 2 years later, I had already met my next boyfriend and within a week, we were dating.  When we broke up, I again, went straight into my next relationship, this time with Brett.

I was good friends with all these "boys" and we did everything together.  I then pretty much went from living at home to marital bliss and after having the first Little Reason, I never had a moment without a "sidekick".

You can now guess that at the age of 33, I have never:

  • Seen a movie on my own
  • Gone out to lunch or dinner on my own
  • Spent ONE night without someone else in my room/house.
  • Travelled on my own
Let me set this straight.  It isn't because I can't do these things.  It isn't because I can't look after myself.  It is because I have chosen not to.  I have always shared my life with someone else.

Brett is my best friend.  My partner in crime.  I not only love him to death, but I love spending my every moment with him.  We have a lot of fun together and with the Five Little Reasons.

So you can understand why I had a slight panic attack at the thought of spending the most part of 48 hours




As I drove down the highway, airport bound, my panic button went off yet again.   Little things like getting from the airport to my hotel.   Where will I go?  How do I get out of the city?  How does the tram system work?  All these things, I have had someone else either looking after it for me, or to work out with.

This time, I would be on my own.  100% independent.  This was huge.  Well, not as huge as I thought, but big enough.  

As the plane touched down in Melbourne, slight panic set out again.  Right, this is it.  You're on you're own kid.  For the fist time in your life, you are on you're own.  Let's go.

The next 2 hours was filled with walking, trying not to look too lost when looking at bus timetables, more walking, trying not to look lost when searching for the perfect cafe for my much needed coffee,  getting lost again until... I finally decided that it was ok to get lost.  

I had no timetable.  I had literally nothing to do.  And it was awesome.

After checking in early to my hotel, I decided to head to St Kilda for lunch.  A familiar place where Brett took me the last time we were here together.  I had to work out the Tram system on my own.  And that has changed since I was here last. 

I now sit peacefully by the ocean, sipping on my latte, and just being.  Being with myself.  I might get up soon and go for a walk.  I might not.  I don't have to consult anyone.  

I am feeling much better now.  Proving to myself that I can do anything.  I knew I could.  But now I have proof.  


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