One of the main things I have to whine about in my life is money - or lack thereof. No matter how much comes in, well actually it's not much, but it always seems to fly back out the door in the blink of an eye. Grocery bills, mortgage, utilities, rates, school fees/supplies, clothing, petrol, insurance and I haven't even had a wine yet. I stressed a lot less about money before having kids. Maybe because there were less outgoings or maybe because as a parent, you want to be confident you will always be able to make ends meet and provide basic needs plus a little more for your children.
The summer school holidays seem to be the hardest time for us financially, as is the case for many other families. Any extra money we have put aside throughout the year is spent on Christmas gifts and then we have the kids home for six weeks - and they wanna do stuff. That "stuff" always seems to cost a packet. I know there are plenty of activities to do that are either free or low cost - go to the beach, the park, play with the new toys Santa brought etc, but it's also nice to be able to splurge on a couple of activities as well. So what does one do when there's nothing in the 'splurge' budget?
Did you know that, on average, women retire with less superannuation than men? I know, I booed as well. If you weren't already aware of that fact, it may not come as a surprise to you considering the gender pay gap and all - boo again. We also tend to live longer than men so we actually require more funds to get us through our retirement years. There is some good new coming though, I promise. I can't close the gender pay gap - I really wish I could, but I can tell you about Super Rewards.
It's less than 2 weeks until my birthday and besides spending time celebrating with family and having legit excuse to enjoy a few too many wines, one the things I look forward to is scoring some awesome freebies from my favourite food places. Yep, I spend the day treating myself to tasty treats and it's all free.
A blog post a friend had recently shared on social media caught my attention and gave me a bit of a laugh. Ok, that's an understatement. It was piss-your-pants funny. It was a post about funny kids drawings that have innocently gone wrong. If you're up for a giggle you can view the post here. Go to the bathroom first.
Anyway, it got me thinking about a recent artwork Miss P (aka Tiny Whiny #1) recently produced. She is a mad Beanie Boo collector and likes to do their portraits every now and again. On this particular occasion, she decided to draw 'Princess' a pink poodle.
This is what I thought was the finished product, but then Miss P decided Princess was missing something. Ok, like a bow? Some accessories maybe? Nope!
Just like we all enjoy a good wine, we all enjoy a good laugh too, right? Memes are great for that and there are some awesome ones circulating the net. Here are a few of my faves.
Just before Christmas I had entered a few giveaways in hopes to win some tickets to the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular. You see, I had tried to take the kids a couple of times before back in 2016 & 2017. We made the 45 minute journey both years only to arrive and, while stopped for dinner, discover that they had been cancelled due to storms that were brewing - yep, both times. So you can imagine how excited I was to win tickets this year and not only did I win a family pass to the gardens to see the lights, but also an overnight stay at Harrigan's Irish Pub, which is right next door. I was a little nervous about locking in a date, given our previous run ins with the weather but luckily all the stars aligned and we finally got to go - not a storm in sight.
For those not familiar with the area, the Hunter Valley Gardens are located in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country (about 45 mins from Newcastle, where we are from). This trip was just me and the kids though so no wine tours or wine tastings this visit *** insert whines here ***
Christmas has now passed but if you're like most people, you may have noticed a hole in your bank account comparable to the size of the Grand Canyon. When I look at my post Christmas bank balance, I do a little more than just whine - it's more like a full blown adult tanty. With 6 weeks of school holidays I pray that the Christmas gifts that I'd purchased for the Tiny Whinies are enough to entertain them until school goes back as there's little left over for costly school holiday activities. However, there are a few things you can do to put some dollars back in your pocket and help ease financial stress in the new year.
Here it goes, my very first post. Hi, I'm Sarah, mum of two from Lake Macquarie, NSW.
Firstly I just want to say I do not sit around drinking wine ALL day, but I do enjoy a glass or two on special occasions, or special days...... you know, the ones ending in 'Y'. Ok, well lucky it's made from fruit so technically it's good for you with all the antioxidants and stuff.
Anyway, I don't only drink wine. I cannot function without my morning coffee and cocktails are my thing too. Although they really are just for special occasions because they cost a small fortune which I definitely do not have!
Wining and whining my way through life.