100 Ways to Love the Moment

love the moment picture

Since I started the Love the Moments Challenges back in January 2011, I have found many ways to enjoy moments both with, and without my kids.  It's less about doing things and more about being aware; weaving moments into to the day as it happens creates a rich texture to life that brings much enjoyment and satisfaction.  When I put this list of 100 love the moment moments together, many of them seemed so small, even too small to include.  But … [Read more...]

Love the Moment Challenge December: All About Christmas

making a gingerbread house is very hard

I have done a Love the Moment Challenge every month this year! You can check them all out here: Love the Moment. This month's challenge is all about Christmas, and our family will be following a Christmas Advent Calendar. Christmas Madness I love the Christmas month. However, I have to admit things are pretty mad here. There are breakups every where I look, and I have so much to do before Christmas Day! Why, oh why then, do I dive into … [Read more...]

Be Anchored by the Big Picture; Live in the Moment

big picture not

I don't want moments  to fly by with without me noticing them. That's what the Love the Moment Challenges are all about.  I've seen life change very quickly, and so moments are all we all have really.  I would love our family to be free to embrace moments but are neither controlled by them or in contrast, trapped by the big picture. I've been thinking about moments recently, and I see three main ways they can play out in our family life; I'm … [Read more...]

A Tree: The Journey Begins

peas in the garden

I'm welcoming Fi back to the blog today to tell us where she is at in planning a 6 month family getaway to Bali.  If you missed the first post, you can read it here: A Walk -- 6 Months on a Tropical Island. You can my interview with Fi : Family Tropical Adventure in Bali. And check out her blog here: Destination Bali. Guest post by Fiona from Destination Bali Beauty in the found, moments and having time to enjoy it. This I what I imagine our … [Read more...]

Love the Moment Challenge August

Happy Things

July Love the Moment Challenge ReCap July's Love the Moment Challenge was all about discovery.  For half of July, our family was on a road trip so we stored all of our holiday treasures in a box. Here they are! This simple idea really is a fantastic thing for kids. You can follow along with the "treasure hunt" (template in the previous post) or use the box as a place to store all the little things kids find so facinating. For example: leaves, … [Read more...]

Love the Moment Challenge — July

Love the moment challenge July

June Re-Cap I challenge myself to think outside the box as I live life so I can find creative ways of doing things. The June Love the Moment Challenge was about that very concept.  Below are some of the things I did that were outside the box (corresponding with the pictures above, left to right). 1. Be true to who you are: Share something you enjoy with your child I love hiking and exploring in the bush. So my son and I went on a short 10 … [Read more...]

Love the Moment Challenge: June 2011

love the moment activities

New day. New Month. New season. New Moon. New Blog design. New Love the Moment Challenge.  Maybe it's time to try someting new!  Images and Inspiration Last month's challenge was inspired by images. Al from Roaming Al participated in the challenge and blogged about many of her "love the moment" moments and you can browse her inspiring posts or read my personal favourites: wind on my face and watching my son play. As I looked through Al's … [Read more...]

Slow Life Down Without Being Less Busy

Junji Hamano international perfumer for P & G House

"It was worth flying from Japan, just to hear you say that,"  international perfumer Junji Hamano said to me after our conversation. Yesterday was no ordinary day.  One of the many things blogging has done for me is open up opportunities to discover great products and meet people I may have otherwise not come across. Thanks to Brenda from The Mother Media and Procter & Gamble, I flew down to visit Sydney for the day to preview new household … [Read more...]

Love the Moment Challenge: March

love the moment challenge march

Another month has clicked over. Click. Did you feel it?  I didn't.  I do wonder sometimes where all the time goes. I seem to lose huge chunks of time somewhere, months even. That's what I love about the Love the Moment challenges: It's not about the big picture, as such, but about celebrating all the little moments that make life so precious. If you're wondering what these challenges are about, you may like to read the previous posts in the … [Read more...]

February Love the Moment Challenge

Love the Moment Challenge February

February is here already. I lost January somewhere. Did it happen? I've put together another Love the Moment Challenge.  If you missed what it's all about visit this post: Love the Moment Challenge. If you like the idea of the challenge, don't you dare worry if you forget and don't do everyday. The Love the Moment Challenge concept is about awareness and joy. It's a little bit of happiness. It's about recognising the little things as important … [Read more...]

Love the Moment Challenge: January

Love the Moment Heart

The Be A Fun Mum Blog is all about reclaiming the joy of motherhood in a fast-paced world. It’s about loving the little moments which are like pieces of a puzzle, together creating a beautiful masterpiece.  This is encapsulated by the slogan, Love the Moment.  The below picture tells the story of one of these moments. My 3 year-old son is heavy so I can't carry him for long periods anymore but I do love to hold him when I can.  On the day this … [Read more...]

Ingredients of a Fun Mum

Mary Poppins . Pollyanna . Willy Wonka

First you need a large serving, let's say a dish, of Mary Poppins Mary Poppins = Firm yet fun. Organised yet spontaneous. Direct yet understanding. Imaginative yet realistic. Able to love the moment yet see the future. Next you need to lace the mix with a dose of Pollyanna. Pollyanna = A happy heart. Pollyanna's 'The Glad Game' aligns itself nicely to the Love the Moment concept.  The idea is to find something to be glad about in every … [Read more...]

Not a Material Girl

NEW DIVA NECKLACE Button Beads

I love pretty things. I like happy things. Pretty and happy things like this necklace from Diva ($19.95). It's like wearing a little happiness around my neck.  When I go in the sun, the light catches on the sequence and sprays like bursts of joy. I like matching things.  I like dots and and the colour red. I like tea and closing my eyes while holding the cup close to my lips.  I like things that match; even Son matched today! I'm not … [Read more...]

Love the Moment

emma clancy

The Be A Fun Mum slogan is "Love the Moment".  I want to elaborate on what Love the Moment means to me as a mother. "By loving the little moments, I experience snippets of happiness and joy around me, which in turn help me to see Motherhood for what it is: a collection of small moments, like pieces of a puzzle, together creating a beautiful masterpiece." Often, this is how my conversations go: "Hi, how are you?" "Fine, fine. And how are … [Read more...]