Tuesday, 30 April 2013

My Spare Parts Box

 Do you ever have those moments when you are so thankful for having organised something in a certain way. That was me on Sunday afternoon when at the last minute I decided it was time to take the side of Jasmin's cot. We had planned to do this as soon as she turned two but chickened out! I thought we really should get onto it as we were getting really serious about buying her a big bed.

So what's all this got to do with being organised? Well I knew exactly where all the bits and bobs were that I needed to take one side off and install the little rail. Where you ask?
Here in my parts box  ...

This is kept in our study. Whenever there are parts leftover to something I simply pop them in a glad bag, seal and label or pop the instruction card in.


Easy peasy to do and easy peasy to find. Do you have a similar system in place?

Monday, 29 April 2013

Loving my new hooks!

Yesterday hubby finally got around to hanging up some hooks in our laundry and the kids bathroom. Yay! I'm actually glad it took him so long because I actually changed my mind about the hooks going up in the bathroom. This is the one that went up ...




But these were the ones I initially bought. I ended up going for the shorter ones as they were going to fit our bathroom better. Both set were from Bed, bath and table. The ones 'bath' set were $19.95. Don't worry the other ones will not go to waste. I want to use them as beach towels for outside. I just need to figure out what to do with them. They need to go dark and be more weather proof. If you have any tips please let me know.

Here are the laundry hooks ...


Of course this is the cooler weather setup. In summer I will hang their beach bags, hats and towels here so that they are easily accessible when we are go out to friends, family or the beach.
 These hooks are called Tjusig and are from Ikea.

I just may have become addicted to the idea of hooks. I have a few more ready to go soon. 
Watch out house!!!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Review - Fridge-to-go Lunch Bags

 At the beginning of the year I attended a parent meeting for Molly's Pre-kindy where they reminded us about healthy lunches and where to put them in the morning which is in the classroom. Now even though their lunchboxes are stored in the classroom and not out in the direct sun I still refused to send yogurt to school which really limits what goes into Molly's lunchbox as she is an incredibly fussy eater (After years I've stopped trying to change that and have just excepted it now). 

One parent even asked about the possibility of storing their lunches in a fridge as she wanted to be able to send her chicken sandwiches, yogurts and other things to school with her child which was just not possible. Some people freeze their yogurt but I did it once with the kids yogurt and it was gross when I opened it. Other parents suggested ice blocks or frozen drinks in the lunchbox but I always worried about the condensation making everything wet and soggy (nightmares from my childhood) so when I heard about the Fridge-to-go lunchboxes I was more than excited! 


Molly was super happy about the hot pink too.


The ice panel is actually stored in a separate compartment so no condensation.
It lasts up to 8 hours so that's a cold lunch bag all day at school.
There is plenty of room inside because the ice panel is slimline so doesn't take up half the lunchbox


Yippee yay for being about to pack yogurt! Not only does this make me happy but Molly is ecstatic as her best friend at school always has a yogurt in her lunch box. I'll still be using right through winter too as the kids lunchboxes are kept inside the classroom when I'm sure heaters will be cracked up full ball.


By the way Molly had some cute sandwiches that I made look like fish that day! I don't do this all that time but like to surprise her with something cute every now and then.


So I know what lunchbox I'll be buying for Jasmin when she starts Pre-kindy next year. Check them out for yourself right here. They retail for $34.95 and there are lots of other product available to suit your needs.

 I'm rather in love with this limited edition fridge-to-go lunchbox. 

It would be perfect my lunch if I didn't have a fridge in my classroom.
This Cool Tote would be great for weekend outings with the family too.

Disclosure: Fridge-to-go supplied me with the lunch bag but I was not paid for this review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Our Easter Getaway 2013

It feels like Easter was such a long time ago already but here's a little of what we got up to ...

 

Yep we went camping again! We headed off early and went to the same spot we camped at for Christmas and the Australia Day long weekend but found it full. So we went a little off road to a spot further south. We thought we had found a lovely quiet camping spot ... ha ha how wrong we were! By the weekend it was so overcrowded we will never camp in that spot again. 

The beach was lovely but we prefer something a little quieter, more secluded and well with a lot less bees. Yes bees! I've never seen so many in my life. My poor sister is allergic so she had to spend a lot of time locked up in her caravan. Oh well we still had lots of fun and really I have to say that's our first bad camping trip ever. Considering how many times we've been camping that's pretty good.





The beach was beautiful and not overcrowded but the water was a too cold for the girls and I only did a few quick dips. Most of our beach time was spent playing in the sand and building sandcastles.

 

 We packed some Easter craft for the girls and their cousins helped them make some decorations for around the camp.


Yay the Easter bunny found us!


Hope you all a fabulous Easter whether you were away or at home.
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