Hey there, I’m Holly.
I’m a wife to Simon and a busy mum of 2 energetic girls. We live in sunny Brisbane, Australia.
Simplify Create Inspire was formed in 2014 as I was navigating motherhood for the first time, and taking a giant leap from my decade-long career in psychology.
It has grown into something bigger, helping busy mums get back time amidst the chaos to create a life they love.
CREATE A LIFE THAT YOU LOVE
Juggling life as a new mum, cooking meals, keeping the house tidy and returning to work had me wondering how these super mums manage to do it all! It felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day!
And when the essentials were done, there was no time left for the fun stuff – like making pretty things!
Something had to give!
It was through my own journey in seeking to simplify my life and get more time back that Simplify Create Inspire was formed.
Fast-forward 6 years later, the blog has grown into so much more than my personal journey into parenthood and getting organised. It has become a community of busy mums who seek to regain back some of their own sanity.
What You Will Find On Simplify Create Inspire
With time, the topics covered on Simplify Create Inspire have grown far beyond my personal documentation of craft projects and decluttering. Here is a taste of what you will find here:
Organisation & Home Inspiration
As a self-confused untidy person, getting organised and simplifying my home has been a huge passion project over the past decade and you will find plenty of tips on how you can simplify your own home and life. From toy storage ideas to linen cupboard organisation and everything in between.
Or if you are looking to declutter your home, you will find plenty of motivation to help you along the way.
Make sure you check out my tips on reducing cleaning time at home.
Parenting & Family
As a mum to 2 daughters and an Aunt of 11 (and counting), paired with my background working in psychology, you will find plenty of tips on creating a happy household.
I have embraced my school mum role with a passion and love sharing everything from morning routines to back to school essentials. And of course, we want to make sure the kids are doing their share around the home with age-appropriate chores to reduce your load!
I love food! And I love sharing our favourite recipes with you. I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth, so expect plenty of sweet treats and desserts.
But of course, you will also find everyday recipes and loads of lunch box inspiration for the kids too.
Craft & DIY
Making time to get creative is essential and that’s just one of the many reasons why my goal is to help you get back more time in your day. I love craft and expressing my creativity through DIY projects. Whether that be kids craft ideas or grown-up creative projects.
MORE ABOUT HOLLY
So, who is Holly? The short version – A chocolate-addicted, travel-obsessed cat lady with 2 kids and an often messy house, trying to find time to do all the things! Except for laundry… that can wait!
The extended version… I was born in Victoria, Australia, moving to Queensland with my family at the age of 5. I have 2 older siblings and my very first career aspiration was to become an author and illustrator of children’s books.
I figure blogging for grown-ups isn’t such a stretch!
But this isn’t where it all began. I spent more than 8 years as a correctional psychologist, after graduating from university and wanting to specialise in the field of Abnormal psychology. For the majority of that time, I adored my work and the challenges it brought with it.
All was going along swimmingly, marrying my partner of many years, Simon, back in 2010.
Then in 2012 something big changed… I became a mum! And suddenly the traditional career and long hours weren’t so appealing. I did go back part-time, but my love was gone. I wanted to be home with my baby!
All in the space of around one month I started Simplify Create Inspire, quit my job, started studying to become a teacher and fell pregnant again.
The teaching thing was soon abandoned thanks to some horrendous morning sickness and falling in love all over again with our second daughter.
But the blog stayed. It shared my journey from career woman to stay at home mum, an extra-long dabble in network marketing and the launch of my second blog in 2015 – Four Around The World, a family travel blog.
Less clutter, more organised and more time to live a life that you love!
And maybe one day we will actually get a family selfie that has everyone looking at the camera and smiling… One day!!
My Most Popular posts:
- The BEST white chocolate crackles
- Ikea Kallax inspiration & hacks
- 11 Tips for Surviving a Summer Pregnancy
- 38 Awesome toy storage ideas
- 10 Easy baby food recipes to make at home
- Older sibling gifts from a new baby to reduce jealousy
- 40+ Healthy muffins for kids
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