Thursday, 28 November 2013

Our Summer Bucket

Well it's not officially Summer yet but the warmer weather is certainly here! So a little while back I got organised so my kids could be sun safe quickly and easily with out needing a lot of help from me. I'm a great believer in making my kid's independent so I wanted all the sun safe stuff in one place that they could access it easily.


So here's what's in our Summer bucket ...

  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses 
  • hats
all in a super cute polka dot bucket from Target 
which lives on the bottom shelf of our entry hallway table.

We have roll-on sunscreen as I have been teaching the girls to apply their own sunscreen. I'm amazed at what a great job they do now and because they are doing a lot of it themselves, they love it. We never have any tantrums about putting sunscreen on. It also puts my mind at rest knowing that Molly will be able to reapply her own sunscreen at school next year. 
 
Do you do something similiar in Summer?

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas Tip #1

Christmas is approaching super fast and I thought I'd share a few tips on how I stay sane and semi-organised during this mad, crazy and very busy season.

Every year I start writing a list of present ideas for when people call, text or email asking for present suggestions for the hubby or the kids. This year I included myself to help hubby out and I decided to keep it on the fridge! This has been the best move yet as the ideas are always coming to me when I'm hanging out with kids at home. Since it's on the fridge I don't have to drop everything, go off to another room and find my notebook. It's prevented me having 3 different lists on the go as in previous years and it's easy for hubby to find.


This list for us doesn't need to be very long for us as in our families we have a ballot system for present giving. Everyone including kids just get one present and this keeps the costs down for our massive family Christmas. This list is also not ideas for us or Father Christmas as I usually have these ideas sorted some months earlier. This year I haven't bought everything but I know what they are getting. It was super easy today when someone messaged me for ideas for the girls presents. I replied in a flash without having to use my absolutely atrocious memory or tell them I'll get back to them later which I may forget to do!!

And as a project lifer I also decided one day to transfer it onto a PL grid card so I could pop it in our album later on. Oh and yes there are spelling mistakes but that's everyday real life isn't it ?!!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Lately ...

You may have noticed that I've been a little absent on the blogging front lately so I thought I'd let you all know what's been keeping me so busy.

Firstly we sadly lost our very much loved dog of 10 years.

Jasmin had her tonsils and adenoids out. She was amazing and had a great recovery. Jasmin is now not snoring and getting a much better night's sleep. Unfortunately my great hope that she would start to sleep in  later than 5.30/6am did not eventuate and now it's lighter so much earlier she is up at 5am every morning! I'm soooo not a morning person.




Then along came a new little addition to out family, Mr Maximus.
 
 
Wow having a new puppy certainly is far more challenging than I remember it was 10 years ago. I'd forgotten how much they love to chew everything and anything. Oh and don't even mention the toilet training!!

The girls have been growing up so fast. They've both had growth spurts and are so chatty these days. They've certainly had their moments ...


... cheeky monkeys!

I started taking the girls to swimming lessons. They are loving it! I'm not loving the fact I have to get in with Jasmin. I love her but boy does she kick me hard!!


I also decided that it was time for a big change in my life and I started Michelle Bridges 12WBT. I have to say I can not believe how yummy a lot of the food is and I was rarely hungry. I lost a lost 4 kilos in 3 weeks, fell into the healthy BMI range (this made me so happy) and I was feeling great. 


 Unfortunately my weight loss journey had to end but all for a good reason ....



This was quite a surprise but with a strong history of miscarriages and my age I have been extremely stressed out and have found it hard to focus on very much. My heart just wasn't up to much, particularly blogging. But now finally at 14.5 weeks I'm feeling much more positive and my energy levels are returning ... now I just need to deal with the horrid hay fever that has hit me. 

I can't believe it's time for the silly season already and I think I've started nesting already!! 
Yay!!!
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