I challenge you to find me a parent that doesn’t need a few Mum Hacks in their life.
We now have around 50 million things (accurate average, I’ve researched) on our modern-day to-do lists. From keeping children alive and entertained, to pursuing clean homes and well-stocked cupboards, there’s a lot on our plates.
When I started blogging a few months ago, I thought it’d be a lovely little past-time to plug a few gaps in the schedule. Fast forward a few weeks and I was knee-deep in self-promotion, wading desperately through social media to reach the washing up stacked on my kitchen side.
I needed help. Stat.
And then, as if by a miracle, I was offered a copy of the book Mum Hacks to review. This wonderful book has guided me out of the mounds of mum-clutter I got lost in and kicked me back into shape.
So what is the book Mum Hacks about then?
Since you asked so nicely, I’ll tell you.
Mum Hacks is written by the wonderful Tanith Carey who seriously seems to have her sh*t together. She’s thought of pretty much every struggle you may face in daily life and provided a sensible way to get it under control. She doesn’t offer expensive or unrealistic solutions – it’s all pretty straight forward stuff. In fact, I spent much of the book thinking, why the hell haven’t I thought of that!?
By the time I got halfway through the book, I had pretty much turned down the corner of every other page. I don’t usually enjoy damaging my own property like this, but there were so many things I needed to remember. Considering my daughter is only 4 months old and the book covers hacks for a variety of ages, I think there’ll be far more bent corners in the future.
What sort of Mum Hacks should I expect?
Curious about how you can get your life together? Let me give you a little taster of what to expect in this book… (you’re welcome).
A whole chapter dedicated to sorting your kitchen
Think food, utensils, a few recipes and some amazing advice on keeping meal-times stress-free.
Managing playtime without having a meltdown
Practical advice about the toys that are best for certain ages, avoiding mess and keeping things organised.
Dealing with bad behaviour (or avoiding it altogether)
Including rule-setting, getting them to bed and everyone’s favourite – doing their homework.
And of course… The ultimate hacks to look after yourself
Many of us have very little time to actually bother with how we look. This offers some fantastic tips for getting all sexy in the least time possible (including a 90 second make-up routine!).
These are 7 chapters in the book that each cover a mammoth topic like those above, packed full of helpful little pearls of wisdom. To be honest, I could’ve probably used a whole load of them before I became a parent anyway. I’d have saved so much time in my life already!
So have you put anything into practice?
Funny you should ask…
I got quite over-excited by how a number of the hacks could help me straighten my life out instantaneously.
Take this blackboard for example:
According to Carey, having a blackboard in the kitchen is a great ‘organisational hub’. And it is. I forget at least one item on my food shop each week. Especially since my husband often neglects to tell me that he’s run out of something. If we both wrote what we needed on a blackboard, I could just take a picture on my phone – easy peasy. The minute I read this tip in the book, I ordered a blackboard online. It now hangs wonkily (whoops) in my kitchen and has saved us both time and money on the shopping. Which is always helpful!
I’m also terrible at dressing myself.
Style does not come naturally to me. Not to worry, there are websites for that – who on earth knew!? Besides some very helpful tips on how to shop quickly and easily, Carey shares a few sites that will hopefully stop me from looking like I got ambushed in a bad charity shop.
Mum Hacks has set me on the path towards not going completely loopy. I can see myself relying on this book until my baby is a small adult, and probably beyond. Let me know if you’ve read it and which hacks worked best for you!
*I was given the book Mum Hacks in exchange for a review, however all statements and opinions are very much my own.