Tuesday, 30 July 2013

My Camping Kitchen Boxes

 So as many of you know we LOVE camping as a family. Actually love is probably not a powerful enough word to describe how we feel about it! I'm actually not coping very well with the fact we haven't been for a while. The kids keep asking to go too.

We are tenters you see and it's been far too cold to take the kids camping. When they are a bit older and can manage to keep their blankets and sleeping bags on all night we will probably try camping in the cold weather.

We love to go camping for weekends, long weekends and for weeks at a time. Of course I like to be organised for such occasions and have our camping stuff organised in two ways - weekend getaways and week long getaways. Why? Well we camp and cook differently depending on how long we are staying. Rather than needing to repack according to our needs I set up two different camping kitchen boxes that are easy to grab.

Here's my weekend camping kitchen box : 

Here are most of contents laid out for you. I say most as I know I need to put some more sunscreen, alfoil and glow sticks in.

It all gets packed into a plastic box so as to keep the dust, sand and any little critters out. Last time we went camping there was a rather friendly and hungry little fox.

It all fits in nicely with enough room left in the box to throw in a carton of eggs and a few snacks that I worry about hubby squashing when her packs the car.

Here's the week long camping kitchen box:

The contents:

 In the week long camping box the containers of stuff are a little bigger, there's more plates, bowls, pegs, a bigger chopping board and a folding laundry hamper. In the white boxes there are 2 sets of playing cards for rummy, Yahtzee and a princess fish game for the girls. I must add the alfoil is missing here as we had run out. Sometimes I'll add a saucepan too depending of what meals I have planned. I just grab my small one from the kitchen if I need it. Although I am considering buying a one for the kitchen camping box now the kids are older and eating so much more :)

I used a taller box to pack the week long camping kitchen stuff in but still have room left in it to pack those eggs and snacks again. No one likes crushed, stale chips!

There are two more boxes of camping stuff that hold extras. They hold things that we take on weekend or week long camping trip. We store them in the boxes but don't take them with us in these boxes as we don't need to take all of it. 

The first box has our camping kettle, toaster (we use that if we go to powered caravan park sites), solar showers, salt water body wash/shampoo, headlights, mosquito coils and a non slip bath mat that we use in caravan park showers.

The second box hold the camping bedding and sleeping bags.

My focus is always saving time when getting ready to go camping and space.

If you want to find out a little more about some of the stuff I've included in my camping kitchen boxes check out my camping tips post here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Duplo Instruction Booklets

 I want to share with you what I do with my Lego/Duplo instruction booklets.
You know the ones that don't last five seconds if you let your little kids at them!

Let me first start my saying this was not my idea.
I saw this fabulous idea in a friend's instragram shot and on Pinterest.

First I cut them up, laminated them and cut them again.
Next I put a hole (using a normal hole punch) in the top left hand corner.

Now for the binding ... well my friend had hers bound with cable ties and it looked good but I thought I'd try something a little different and used some Kaisercraft rings to bind mine instead.

 Now they looked good and colourful but it just looked a little odd as my kids only have Duplo and well there's not so many pages to Duplo instructions so they just looked huge and a bit silly. Although they would have looked fabulous if I was hanging them on a hook but I wasn't. So I went to Bunnings and got some clear cable ties. I think they look much better. Just make sure you don't ties them off too small or the kids won't be able to turn the pages easily.

So where do I store them? Well this was another great idea I saw someone else do on Pinterest. I attached two Ikea napkin holders on the play room wall using 3m Command strips.

I'm really happy with them and they are in reach just above the Duplo building table.
Kids love them and they certainly love their Duplo!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Handy Camping Tip - Glow Sticks

A couple of months ago I shared some of my camping tips here but I actually have more! 

Here's another one ...

Glow Sticks/bracelets! Yep they are very handy and cheap. 
I picked these pack up at Big W onspecial for just $1.88 a pack.

Put them on the kids at night (of course if they are still up and not at bed time) 
and you can easily see them. They think they are cool fun!

Tie one on your dog. I haven't done this personally but I've been camping with 
my brother-in-law who does this with his dog. So easy to see where the dog 
is at night. Just make sure you tie it high up on the collar so it can't eat it!

Pop them around the tent pegs or other large item you don't want to trip over in the dark. 
Nothing worse than tripping over a tent peg or kicking your foot on some big rock!

They can also be used to light a path.

Glow sticks/bracelets are fab. You don't always want the bright light from 
a torch or lantern and the sticks/bracelets offer a nice subtle glow.

Happy Camping


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Pretend Play - Baking, Chocolate Cupcakes and Candles

Well today I was all planned to blog about something I had organised last week but then my kids got a little creative and I thought I'd share that with you instead.

The girls asked for the baking tub out. In the kitchen baking tub (just a plain Ikea Trofast tub) which lives in one of my kitchen cupboard I keep all the kids Tupperware baking range goodies that we have. My girls love to use them when they help me bake but they also love getting them out and pretending to bake. So out they came on the dining room table ....

We all had such a lovely morning.
Yes me too! Kids were so engaged I managed to sneak away many times 
and get a few jobs done around the house. Win, win for all!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Lately ....

 I thought I'd share a little of what I've been up to lately.

Molly came home with a box of fundraiser chocolates.
Yes most of them have been eaten by us and by that I mean hubby and I!! Whoops!

I did a little baking too ....

There was a Custard Cake from my very clever baking friend Clare at The Home She Made.

And the Short Notice Slice on the left is sooo easy. Here's the thermomix version and here's the non-thermo version from Hello Little House.

I've spent quite a bit of time with family and friends. There's been play dates, lunches and coffee catch-ups.

I went on a pickling onion night run through my local Real Food Co-op (formally part of Food Co-op NOR Perth). It was a great night where a meet some lovely ladies and came home with eight jars of pickled onions. There were quite a few laughs had over my slight obsession with the jars that had pretty designs on them!

 We've had a few impromptu picnics out in the garden. 
The girls are loving having shared lunches and morning/afternoon teas at the moment.

I also spent some time working on some future camping organisation posts.
Coming soon to the blog ...

Monday, 15 July 2013

Hello again!

For those of you that follow my blog through the Living on a Latte facebook page you would know that following the passing of my father-in-law I decided it was time for a real break from blogging, facebooking and instragramming. The break was good and allowed me to focus on what I need to at the time and gave me time to devote to healing. 

This year has been a very hard year for me. As I mentioned before after battling for a the last year and a half my father-in-law passed away. This in itself has been hard but there are a lot of behind the scenes stuff that happens when someone is sick and when they pass that adds to load of grieving for a lost one. My husband was his Dad's next of kin so there was and still is a lot to do and a lot to organise. This along side trying to run a business and still spend time with family and love ones can be a battle. Sadly we also suffered a further loss earlier in the year when I had a miscarriage at 7 weeks. The pregnancy was unplanned, unexpected but still very much welcomed, so this was quite difficult time. Life has dealt us some rough cards this year but I'm back and ready to take it on.

Now I feel ready to come back to blog land. 
I've missed it and I've missed all my lovely readers. So .....

..... I'm back!

I hope you enjoy what the future has in store for this little blog.
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