I don’t know how she does it?

You know, I get asked all the time…”I don’t know how you do it? You have a toddler and yet you are always so productive and creative, where do you find the time?”

Haha, I respond, you haven’t seen the state of my house, kitchen, ironing pile…Something’s got to give. The truth is I can’t have it all, and I can’t do it all. Some days I barely manage to cross a teeny tiny task off the to do list, other days things get done a little more efficiently. Often I prioritize the things I enjoy doing over the things that need doing because it makes me happy. And a happy mummy makes for a happy family.

I will always choose to go to the park with Emma over mopping the floor, writing a blog post over doing the ironing, and I hardly ever make a cake from scratch. Mr Man isn’t always cool with that, but hey, a wrinkled t-shirt never hurt anyone.

So that’s my secret. I try not to be so hard on myself. I’ve always got a million creative ideas floating around in my head like a never ending ‘to do’ list, but I just tackle one little task at a time whenever the opportunity arises and things just seem to happen.

As a mother now, I don’t wonder ‘How do I do it?’, I wonder ‘How did I not manage to do it when I was child free and really had all the time in the world?’



  • Anabella says:

    A mi me pasa exactamente lo mismo. Al final termino haciendo todo de madrugada, cuando la chiqui está dormida. A mi Mr tampoco le gusta mucho, pero como dicen aquí en España “es lo que hay”!! Como el disfraz de Halloween, que lo terminaré hoy a partir de las 11 pm!!!

  • Vic says:

    You rock.

    That is all.


  • My Vintage Vow says:

    A balance I am trying to learn writting two blogs and get my business off the ground. You're right though something has to give. I think one of the worst things is a creatively frustrated soul.

  • Max says:

    Thats so true! I do miles more creative stuff now than I ever did when I was childless even though I have about a 10th of the time I had back then!

  • Kate says:

    This post reminded me of the saying 'If you want something done ask a busy person'. I get asked this too and I also prioritise, and washing windows is never going to be a priority and it is also amazing what you can do with 10-15 minutes here and there.

  • one yellow jumpsuit. says:

    You're amazing. I was actually wondering this about you the other day. xx
    I also often wonder what I did with my spare time before we had the girls. I think I spent most of it asleep or procrastinating. xx

  • Nat @ dear little house says:

    Thanks for being so honest! I hate when picture-perfect people try to maintain that being a wonderwoman is easy. Good on you!

  • Anna Bartlett says:

    I could replace your photos with mine and sign my name at the end. My real friends know (and understand) the state of my house. My kids are happy. And I can't believe I used to sleep in 'til noon. What was I thinking??!!!

  • Kristy says:

    Completely ditto to this: “I wonder 'How did I not manage to do it when I was child free and really had all the time in the world?”

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