I have been sent a book to read and review by Tanith Carey. It’s called “How to be an ‘Amazing Mum’ when you just don’t have the time” You can find her website here….
Life with us at the moment is even more hectic than usual…we have a newborn baby, we’re renovating a house, we have loads of cars to fix and we still have a social life!!!!!! So to say we “don’t have the time” is an understatement!!!!!!
I have to admit when I signed up to review the book I did think…if you are that time-starved (which I am) will you have time to read the book??? I also expected it to be like other books that tell you to get organised…. So my copy arrived, quite a while ago actually, and my initial reaction was great it’s not massive I might just get chance to read it at some point. I then opened it up and discovered it was written in bullet points which was GREAT!!! It meant that I didn’t have to sit and read big chunks of it, I could read loads of points or if I only had 1 minute I could just read one point!! I absolutely LOVED that about it. I am addicted to Hollyoaks and make time to watch it most days, but I could read a couple of pages of the book in the adverts..great!!
The book starts off with saving time in the kitchen. It is full of loads of fantastic ideas to both save time and ones that just make life easier. Some I already do, like cook in bulk and freeze, which made me think the book was on my wavelength. Some I haven’t thought of but why not???? Like make a stash of Marmite sandwiches and freeze them..then on packed lunch day when you are out of bread/fillings/time you can just grab one and you are done! Given I consider myself the queen of freezing food I can’t believe I didn’t think of this! I also loved the bit on in a rush give your kids a bowl of cereal for tea..it won’t kill them! I so agree with this, once in a while they will be fed and fine and have done this in the past and my kids are fine!!!
There is a whole section on picking the right toys with less bits, less mess to clear up and therefore less time devoted to it!! I am hopeless at this and I am a complete sucker for all the wrong toys. She suggests boxing up toys and rotating them so there is less to get out and create mess with, and they will have renewed interest in the others when they reappear! This is a great idea and one I’ll definitely do when we move in a few weeks!
In the housework section there are lots of tips to get the kids to help – like get the kids to put there own shoes away which Caitlin and Noah do….well most of the time! They also put their dirty clothes in the washing basket…something my mother in law is always impressed with. And put hooks at their level which we have and that really is a God send. There is also a section all about make up etc which I didn’t read yet as I don’t wear make up..but I will be reading as I do wash and brush my hair and I’m sure there’s something useful about that in there too!!
I could go on for ages telling you all my favourite tips and ideas but then you wouldn’t need the book :-)! I’d highly recommend it, it’s great!!! As I said I already do a lot of it but I do loads of things for an easy life… Lots of these I hadn’t thought about when I only had Caitlin though…so for the first time mum there is loads of help, but even for people who like to think they already do all the time saving tricks out there I’d bet there’s at least a few in here for you and its an easy book to read so won’t drain you of all your free time…. You could read a couple if you arrive at school a few minutes early etc……
3 responses to “Time…..with Tanith Carey.”
I’d say it’s not just for Mums.
Interested to read your review. I was sent a copy to review as well, but I’m afraid I thought it was dreadful. Haven’t done a review yet, as I don’t quite know what to write. Oh dear.
Oh no, I wouldn’t know what to put if I wasn’t impressed either.. Hope you manage something!!