Australian Stamps Tip

If you’re in Australia and you’re buying stamps online, the offering seems lame. For local mail, there are the flower stamps.

And in the “Pack and Post > Postage Stamps” section of the Australia Post website, that seems about it. Flowers. Hmm. Need a $3 stamp to send a card overseas? Hmm. Not there.

But… it’s just a terrible website shop. Because there are actually heaps more stamp designs! If you go into “Stamp and Coin Collectables > Stamp Issues > View all products” you can see all the designs.

For example, I think @jamjar might appreciate these jam label stamp designs –

jam label stamp designs

I liked the With Love stamp designs for thank-you notes I was sending –

with love stamps

And the Aussie alphabet stamp designs are really cute, and they make a lovely gift if you know anyone having a baby (keep an eye out for the first letter of their baby’s name!) –

aussie alphabet stamps part 3

And, handily, if you buy stamps online, you don’t get charged postage.


Community Volunteer Work

I really didn’t want to do unpaid work.

When I started going to the local toy library in 2015, I was like, “Yeahhhhh, no way is anyone going to get me to volunteer for here! That’s what devalues women! They’re always working for free and are always expected to work for free! They’re always the ones doing the unpaid, unacknowledged community work and it SUCKS!”

When I started going to the local community centre for kids’ music & movement classes, I was like, “Yeahhhhh, no way is anyone … [etc]”

When I started going to the local kindergarten, I was like, “Yeahhhhh, no way is anyone … [etc]”

Then they asked for volunteers. And hardly anyone put their hands up. And it was just to occasionally update the kindergarten’s website, so … how could I not do it? It would be so easy. And they needed someone to compare some old documents with some new documents, which would take more time, but I could easily do it with a service like Diff Checker, so … how could I not do it?

And then I go to the monthly volunteers’ meetings and I hear about all this other stuff that needs doing. And I see they’re designing their surveys in an ineffectual way. And the website design is outdated. And the sign on the front of the building is all faded. And they have no project management system, they’re just managing all their tasks via email, even though their volunteer staff often changes year-to-year. And I’m like, aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

So now I’m doing unpaid work. On top of my unpaid work as a carer. Hilarious. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it feels good to help out, and the organisation needs help, and I can fit it in, and I still want to be a full-time carer until the kids are in primary school. But 2016-Me would be shaking their head at 2018-Me, saying, “What are you doing?! Don’t do unpaid work damnit!”




Little Kids’ Books Recommendations

I’ve been meaning to do a post about little kids’ books for YEARS but it means gathering all the info about our books, ranking them, finding links and pictures, sorting them into age-groups… and the kids read new books each month so I was like, how will I keep it updated?!

But, as with so many things in life, the best place to start is a spreadsheet. (What?)

I’ve put all the books we’ve borrowed from the library or have bought/been given into a spready – KIDS BOOKS FAVOURITES – and have started sorting and rating them. It’ll be an ongoing project.

The five categories I’ve set up:

  1. Board books (age 0.5+)
  2. Sounds books (age 0.5+) – books with sound effects/music
  3. Pop-up books (age 0.5+)
  4. Story books (age 2+) – very simple stories for little kids
  5. No words books – the kids tend to loooove these

I’ve pulled out the clear favourites and given them a “5” star rating, but there are loads of books I haven’t even ranked yet. TBC!

Ideally I’d make blog posts for each category (board books recommendations, etc!), nicely written up with pictures and comments, but that’s too time-consuming at the moment .Maybe one day.