Hi!  I’m Laney, an exhausted mum crash testing the world wide web and beyond, forging my own roadmap to an easier, happier and healthier motherhood.

I started blogging in 2011 after a nervous break down brought about by too much stress and not enough care.  I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and ever since have been on the road to recovering.

My blog has developed from being something I used to motivate myself into a past time that I enjoy, and my virtual village of mums who help each other out with this whole parenting gig.

But it’s not a typical parenting blog

You won’t find a resident expert here.  Just a woman who happens to be a mum.  Whose life changed inextricably after having children.  A life she wasn’t really prepared for or felt cut out for at that.

I love my family.  I live with CrashHubby, CrashGirl (2008) and CrashBoy (2009) in Melbourne.  I’m NZ born, CrashHubby in Canada, CrashGirl in Scotland and CrashBoy here in Australia.  We’re our own little United Nations.

I’m passionate about the decision we made for me to stay at home with the kids, but it hasn’t always been easy and I’m still trying to rediscover myself whilst juggling life as a mum.

So I do the best I can to crash test my way through life, trying to find ways to achieve an easier, happier and healthier motherhood.

I’m not the expert, I’m the experiment.

Along the way a community of like minded mums have jumped on board.

They know like them, I’m not perfect and I’m not afraid to admit it.

They know like them, that I find the balance between being a mum and being my own person very tricky.

They know I will complain about my lot, but that I’ll also do something about it.

I just hope that you’ll find some inspiration and motivation here to improve your lot too.  Besides, that’s all I’m trying to do :)

If you like the sound of that, then buckle up and join the ride!

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What do I crash test?

Motherhood is a hard gig and there is so much information out there about what to do or not to do, or what to buy, that it becomes overwhelming.  I hope my crash testing can help you sort out the best from the rest!

I crash test things that make our lives as parents: Easier, Happier and Healthier.

2014 is my first year long crash test – My Primal Year. This year I’m moving towards a more primal lifestyle where I’ll be eating, moving and living in a more ‘primal’ way. That is, I’m simplifying life and making it healthier, and therefore happier for myself and my family.

There will be a challenge each month. You can join me and make your own commitment in the comments.

I then come back and report on my results.

Like I said, you’re welcome to come along for the ride!

My Mission

My mission is to build a community of mums who find and share tried and tested advice, recommendations, tips and products that make life easier and motherhood more fun.

  • Save time and energy searching
  • Connect with like-minded mums
  • Learn and share

We are all Crash Test Mummies!

One email a week with the crash test or results

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Avoid crashing like I did.  I hope my experience can help you or at least be a horrible warning!  Don’t learn the hard way.

If you need a place to crash, I’m here with lots of encouragement and tips for taking care of ourselves – I’m still learning too.

Want to get to know me better?  Check out  About Laney.


  1. AdrienneBarrie says

    Hi Laney, it is tough but wonderful being a mum. I know, and I did it without a crashhubby, because mine decided he wanted a younger, more hip version of a lady. I am a preschool and primary teacher since long. I have heaps of good strategies up my sleeve, if you are interested, and they DO work. I have been guiding mums and dads in NZ for the past six years. My own daughter is now 23, and she tells me she wants me to raise her kids.
    I am here if you need me. All the best.

    • Crash Test Mummy says

      Adrienne – what a strong woman you are! I welcome your sage advice on this site. It sounds like crashed mummies everywhere could learn from you. Please feel free to comment on any post where you think you can help.
      Many thanks – Laney

  2. says

    Hi, I just found your blog from a comment you left on Good Goog. Just thought I’d say hello as my daughter was born in Scotland too, in 2007. I call her our Scottish souvenir. :) Do you miss Scotland? I would love to take Lil back and show her one day.

    • Crash Test Mummy says

      Hi Madeline. I miss Scotland very much.  I certainly left a bit of my heart back there.  I look forward to taking CrashGirl back one day. I do however prefer the weather here!

  3. says

    Hi Laney – I love the honest expression of your roller coaster ride through life and that what difficulties you have experienced have created opportunities for you. As a Mum myself (13, 12, 8) the huge transformation and the jolt that motherhood can bring is softened and supported by the communities that are created by others willing to share. Thank you. I look forward to reading more.

    • Laney Galligan says

      Thanks for dropping by and reading Sunanda. I’ll be sharing more of my ongoing story in the new year. Stay tuned :)

  4. says

    Hi Laney

    I work with St Kilda restaurant Sapore and we currently have a few ideas that your readers might be interested in. First is a Mother’s Month competition to win a personal cooking class and dinner for two by telling us all about your mum on Facebook. We have also launched a $5 kids menu at 5pm on Sunday and, of course, we have a great Mother’s Day event lined up. If you want any more details then please let me know – we could even discuss some kind of exclusive offer for your readers.

    All the best


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