No Filter Mum A blog by Lisa Stirling Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:59:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No Filter Mum 32 32 99562494 Lunchbox Snacks For Fussy Kids /lunchbox-snacks-for-fussy-kids/ /lunchbox-snacks-for-fussy-kids/#comments Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:44:42 +0000 /?p=10300 KIDS EAT A LOT. And often too. Every day apparently?

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I know the lunchbox saga is epic. I’m part of a lunchbox group on Facebook, and for the most part it’s helpful… but I’ve seen some parents freak out that they’re not baking enough, being creative enough or being super mum enough.

I’m in my NINTH year of school lunchbox making, and I did a few years of kindy lunches before then… and while I might get creative on the rare occasion… all I really care about is that the food gets eaten and is good for them.

Today I wanted to share some supermarket snacks for the budget conscious, using a few  Countdown Price Lockdown products to fill up our lunch boxes.


I have always felt like there is a perceived shame in admitting to other parents that we shop at the supermarket for lunch box fillers, but there will be no more shame from me – this is my confession.

How my planning works: I do a lunch item (sausage rolls, leftovers, sandwich, bread roll, whatever the flavor of the day is), fruits and/or vegetables, and then I’ll put a snack-y item or two (which is often supermarket food). Now, my kids don’t have allergies or food concerns, but I still try to pick the most natural food possible, but sometimes I’ll just give them something they like to eat (because the fact that they’re filling their tummies is important to me).

Pita Bread Rolls

I occasionally use pita bread pockets instead of sandwich bread. I cut the pockets in half (or make an opening on one side) and fill with anything. Williams fav combo is ham, cheese and lettuce.
lunchbox snacks from the supermarket

The cost.

Pita Bread  $3.50 for 10 which is 35 cents per pita

Countdown Prepacked Ham $2.80 for 200g approx this 6 slices (I counted 30 sliced in that containers – all cut into circles)

Essentials Cheese Block Cheddar 500g $4.80. I used 1 thick slice.


I’m going to admit that I am generally pretty unmotivated when it comes to baking, Countdowns in-store bakery muffins save my time and are at a low cost of $3.50 for 6 (making it 58c per muffin).

Could I even bake for that low of a price?

I also allow the kids to have muesli bars and Flemings Chewy Muesli Bars are on Price Lockdown. A box of 6 for $2.50 which takes them to a low 41c per bar.

About the portions

I always make sure my kids have more than enough food in their lunchboxes, this means they have leftovers for after school or extras to share with friends who may still be hungry.

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Remember to answer this question in the comments – What’s your best time-saving hack in the morning?

]]> /lunchbox-snacks-for-fussy-kids/feed/ 1 10300 Invasion of the tweenagers. /invasion-of-the-tweenagers/ /invasion-of-the-tweenagers/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:43:54 +0000 /?p=10319 It has really hit Paul and me that we are now in a new stage of parenting, a particularly challenging stage.   I think all stages of parenting are challenging in one way or another.
William and Emily are at the cusp of their teen years and this tween thing does feel like something else.   All my bad parenting habits have become even more obvious to me. My bad habit of being quick to anger and punish is coming back to haunt me full force, and I need to learn quickly how to be slow to anger cause once I go off everything heads south real fast.
As a stay at home/work at home Mum , I know I kind of set the tone here so I really need a lot more “thinking before I speak”  to go on.

The emotions are thick at home, especially for my girl, and I can see the changes in her, i hear the way she speaks, the things she requests from me (No patterns on leggings anymore mum)
I’ve always been their mother (and obviously, still am), but now is the time where occasionally they also need me to be their friend.
Paul and I have spent the last (almost) 13 years setting the tone, rules, routine, expectations, but now, during this particular stage, I’m learning that sometimes they also just need me to be their friend. They need me to listen and talk through things instead of simply tell them things.

So we’re working on it, we aren’t doing it perfectly, and they’ll be lots of messing up along the way.

I have read parenting books, I am well aware that normal development for children is full of fits and starts, bumps and bruises.    Just because you are in the midst of today’s drama doesn’t mean you have lost your child.   On the other side of the crisis may be a deeper relationship and a son or daughter who has once more learned to turn to you. It may be that your steady presence is all your child needs to right themselves.
It’s not meant to be easy, this much I know.

Now that my kids are maturing, the fog has mostly lifted, I now consider myself a fully indoctrinated member of the mum club.
I want you guys to know it’s not all squabbles – a perk of this stage is that WHEN my kids want to spend time with me, we have real conversations that reveal their beautiful personalities.
It gives me a glimpse of the true them and allows me to be more intentional in how I raise them.

So yeah send me luck and pray for my soul cos shits gonna get interesting here in the Stirling household.


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Back to School Prep (and Giveaway) /back-to-school-prep-what-i-have-been-buying/ /back-to-school-prep-what-i-have-been-buying/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 07:18:01 +0000 /?p=10268 The countdown to back to school is on.

I still remember the back to school days during my school time, the best part of the new school term is that we get new shoes, new bags and books if needed.   Considering how fast all my children keep growing,  it is time to buy new items for the kid and the dreaded school stationery.

Luckily for me stationery buying is now so much more easy and convenient.
Having various kids of different ages means that they are currently all at different schools, which means that we are required to purchase stationery to the schools preference.
For Emily’s school I just dropped her list into the local Warehouse Stationery, went to do the groceries and picked it up on the way home..
Official info here
“At Warehouse Stationery, you can drop off your school list to your local store or submit it via email and they’ll pack it for you. If you drop off by 3pm it will be ready to go the following day.
Warehouse Stationery also offers a ‘Parents Price Promise’  – meaning if you find an identical stocked item on a quoted stationery list before 11th February 2018, they’ll beat it by 20%.
Spread the cost –  Warehouse Stationery also offers Part Pay via its online store – allowing customers to spread the cost over smaller, more manageable payment installments with no transaction fees.”


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School Shoes
My middle child Emily can still fit her school sandals (we purchased from Athletes Foot last year).
Jacob and William however needed new sandals.  I think Williams at such an awkward age to buy for, hes not a boy not yet a man (there’s probable some lyrics to a emo song I could insert here but I will spare you)
BACK TO THE SHOES I managed to get him a lovely pair of sandals from The Warehouse ($15).
Jacobs were also from The Warehouse and cost $19 – he is going to be TALLL  he is wearing a size 1 already.

Jacobs sandals
WIlliams sandals

School Bags
Williams bag is still in really good shape, we got it for him at The Warehouse last year as part of his birthday present – that boy really loves camo.
Emily was purchased from Smiggle for her birthday in December – Gotta make a statement!
Jacob choose his last week from Warehouse Stationery, he is Batman strong – this is his first official school bag. SO CUTE.

The Batman bag was rrp $24.95 (link)


William has his own chrome book from Warehouse Stationery.  He uses it everyday at school and having his own device really aides in his education and means it is always available to him and he doesn’t need to share the chrome books at school.  I purchased him a wireless mouse as well.
Do your kids take their own devices to school?

Link to Williams Chrome Book here.




I thought I would end this post by sharing a few things that I have learned these holidays…

  • School teachers are grossly underpaid.
  • The moment of silence between shutting the back door of the car and opening the front door is a vortex of serenity where dreams really are a wish your heart makes.
  • There is no such thing as a stupid question, except “can you guys please put on your shoes”. No. The answer is no. They can not.
  • Whatever I say, the answer will always be “why”.
  • Dare to dream. One day each child will want the exact same thing for lunch. It will probably be something I don’t have. Or chips.
  • Children are statistically 2.6 decibels louder in the car than in any other confined space.
  • One can go quite a few days not having showered without ones husband noticing.
  • The lower your standards for domestic cleanliness, the better.
  • For a small human who struggles to wipe their own ass, a five year olds ability to execute legally binding contractual agreements in regards to screen time is somewhat startling.
  • Despite how bad at math I am, I am able to mentally calculate, to the minute, how long it is until my children’s bedtime at any given moment throughout the day. Bedtime = how long my kids have been fighting divided by the amount of patience I have left minus how many near breakdowns I’ve had + wine squared. Yeeeeep. It’s time to take off my algebra.
  • There are three levels of pain. Pain,  excruciating pain and stepping on a Lego.
  • Taylor Swift has written albums less pissed off and emotionally spent than I am likely to be by 11:15am every day.


I have 1 $50 Warehouse Stationery Voucher for 1 person to win.

To enter comment below telling me what you would use it for…
See my Facebook Post for more ways of entering. (Click here)


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My go to summer jeans – soft and light /my-go-to-summer-jeans-soft-and-light/ /my-go-to-summer-jeans-soft-and-light/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:50:13 +0000 /?p=10258 I’ve been feeling really bored with my clothing options lately and I’m really wanting to mix it up. I love dresses but i find that I am longing for comfy denim most days and that used to be my go-to for all outfits, dressed up or down. It’s pretty wild to look back a few years ago at all of the low-rise denim we were wearing.
I find that for my plus size body a  higher rise is always more flattering. No one should be cutting their body in half at their hip bones and a higher rise goes over the butt to the smaller part of your waist which gives you a nice shape from the side and behind.

When shopping for denim I personally look towards 100% cotton jeans but i understand that some people prefer a bit of stretch. 100% cotton jeans are really stiff when you put them on for the first time but they really do wear so nicely and have enough give to make them look like they are made for you.

These jeans from Ezibuy are in 7/8 length which I think is really flattering.

Top      The Warehouse
Jeans   Ezibuy
Shoes  Birkenstocks

I also included a short video at the bottom of this post, feel free to subscribe and let me know what you think.
I have noticed people really enjoy me speaking about plus size clothing and it is def something I was to incorporate more into my content in 2018.



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Looking back at 2017. /looking-back-at-2017/ /looking-back-at-2017/#comments Sat, 30 Dec 2017 21:28:32 +0000 /?p=10253
What a year it was… I feel like I’m coming out of it stronger than I was in the beginning.
When I filmed this I was still coming to terms with my Fathers illness – crying most days about that – scared about the transitions my children were making. 2017 by no means was easy but I got through it, with the help of my friends and family and you guys – showing up constantly reading my most inner thoughts giving me advice and criticism (I’m lucky to say most of it was constructive).
I have no idea what 2018 will bring..
My pit of the year was most definitely when my Dad had to be moved from Dementia care to psycho-geriatic care, his care home told the hospital they could not care for him anymore – and nobody told me.
I was asked by the Hospital where I wanted him to go – I was completely blind sided and had the biggest breakdown of the year.

My peak of the year was my Family. My kids have blossomed into the next stages of child hood and it’s so strange. My eldest transitioned to Intermediate beautifully, my middle has been exerting a non-conformist, doesn’t wanna follow the crowd attitude that I think she inherited from me :P.. And my not so baby Jake made strides, from a shy mostly nonverbal boy to one who chatters away and has overcome his developmental delay and will start “big school” in the New Year.
And my husband who supports all my crazy ideas and has been my constant source of encouragement and reassurance – he rarely falters, and when he does doubt me I just use his doubt as fuel to succeed. (cos I’m still an independent women and I will do what I want lol)

Here’s the video I made at the beginning of the year…

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VLOGMAS 21 OOTD and stress /vlogmas-21-ootd-and-stress/ /vlogmas-21-ootd-and-stress/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 07:00:33 +0000 /?p=10247

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VLOGMAS Home life, Xmas lights & a rant /vlogmas-home-life-xmas-lights-a-rant/ /vlogmas-home-life-xmas-lights-a-rant/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 07:00:04 +0000 /?p=10243

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VLOGMAS 19 My Fav scary shows /vlogmas-19-my-fav-scary-shows/ /vlogmas-19-my-fav-scary-shows/#respond Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:00:57 +0000 /?p=10240 Let me know yours in the comments

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VLOGMAS 18 I’m sorry /vlogmas-18-im-sorry/ /vlogmas-18-im-sorry/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:00:26 +0000 /?p=10237 School holidays day one made for a Vlogmas fail

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