Top Tips & Tricks from Mum

by Madeleine Borgersen

Whether it’s a tip for life success or a trick to peel potatoes easier, most of the time we learn our way in life from our mothers. From business tips to how to roast an amazing chicken, here are a few life lesson’s Mum’s thrown my way!

Top Tips & Tricks from Mum

My Mumma Sharon also bestowed on me the love of a good G&T!

1. Adapt & Conquer

When Mum was in her thirties she had her first meeting with skin cancer. She has since had a few more and each time she is an absolute rock. She did exactly what she needed to at every point and nothing ever phased her. When she realised her career in landscape design and being outside all day weren’t a great mix with her pale skin tone she adapted, taking her creativity indoors and studying to become a chef. Now she owns two restaurants and has gorgeous, glowing skin to boot!

2. If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Shut It.

There’s more than enough negativity in the world, so if you cannot say anything nice about someone or a situation best to keep your mouth shut. Don’t get me wrong, constructive criticism is fantastic but bitching or moaning for the sake of it – ain’t nobody got time for that!

3. Always wear matching bra and undies

Not only will you feel like a Victoria’s Secret model every day, you never know if you’re going to be in an accident!

4. You can never wear enough blue eyeshadow!

Mum had an aunty that loved a bit of blue eyeshadow so it was a running joke that often came out after I’d ventured into Mum’s makeup bag. No wonder I started a beauty site huh?

5. There are no ugly women in the world, just lazy ones.

Mum loved a good dose of Helena Rubinstein in my younger years and I still love this quote to this day. We may not all be born with Gisele Bündchen genes but we most definitely can do the best with what we have.

6. Always pay for good ingredients.

Having parents that were kick-ass entrepreneurs meant that some months were more flush than others. One thing they never skimped on however was food. Good, fresh ingredients are worth their weight in gold. Mum’s tip to a good roast chicken? A few sprigs of rosemary under each wing and fill the bird with cut lemon halves to keep it moist!

7. Quality over Quantity

Again Mum was (and still is) a super hard worker! She was back at work soon after having me and hasn’t stopped since (except to handle a delivery of a little brother a few years after). Even though she wasn’t a stay at home Mum we were never short of attention. Why? Because when she was with us, she was with us. Quality time over quantity time any day!

8. Celebrate the Everyday

One of my biggest reminders of Mum is a scent. She always has been a glamour wearing perfume every day not just on occasions. I’ve definitely inherited this trait and like to celebrate the everyday. Whether it’s opening a great wine just because you’re all there to enjoy it or wearing that new top to the supermarket. Try to enjoy yourself every day not just on the weekends, or summer or holidays.

What are some tips or tricks you’ve had passed down from your mother?

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4 responses to “Top Tips & Tricks from Mum”

  1. Leah Bridge says:

    Haha “there are no ugly women in the world, just lazy ones” LOVE this! So true..

  2. Rosa @lipsticknlinguine says:

    Love this post.. I try and follow similar principles (except for the undies and bra thing, and replace blue eyeshadow with sparkly eyeshadow) My mum taught me about sacrifice and patience