Tuesday, 25 February 2014

That Shopping List!

Yes I've titled this blog post 'That Shopping List'!! Why? Well it's something I created for myself a couple of years ago for all those awesome shopping finds I saw shared on Facebook, Instagram and junk mail (check out Lasoo if you don't get junk mail) and whenever I recognised a need for something that I wouldn't be able to purchase with my weekly local grocery shop.

Where I live there aren't a lot of the big department stores and fabulous shops I love so much so when I make a trek to where some of my favourite shops and department stores are I don't want to forget anything!! That's where my list comes in. If I see awesome finds on Facebook or Instagram I generally screen shot it so I can write it down on my list a little later.

My list comes with me when I venture out to the 'bigger' shops. I used it just last week when I popped down to Spotlight and The Reject Shop. These shops are a 20-25 min drive away and that's in good traffic so I don't want to waste my trip or fuel by forgetting something I need or want. The other things on my list will wait til another day (e.g. I probably won't get to Ikea for another week or two).

If you'd like a copy of my 'That Shopping List' you can download it for free.
Two lists are on one A4 sheet. When cut these fit perfectly on the mini clipboards you can purchase at Officeworks. If anyone really really want an A4 copy just email or message me and I'll pop some up for downloading.

That Shopping List - Blank
 That Shopping List - Labelled

Yay! The junk mail has just arrived and I've already spotted a couple more things I need to add to my shopping list in preparation for the new baby.

Happy Productive Shopping Everyone!

Monday, 24 February 2014

How I Organise My Coloured Twine Collection

One of the little projects I have completed lately was reorganising my pretty and colourful twine collection.

My twine collection was a little bit organised. I mean it was all in one place and in a container but it so wasn't working. Every time I went to use it the twine was getting tangled which was taking me a long time to untangle. 

When I purchased my twine from my favourite local online scrapbooking shop it would come like this. The paper came off fairly easily and the twine would sit semi looped

I had seen some beautiful and fancy ways of storing twine on wooden cotton reels and old fashioned pegs but I didn't have any at the time and really didn't want to spend much money. Then I remembered a had a stash of wooden pegs in the craft cupboard that I use for lots of kids craft and learning activities. 

These were perfect! they held the twine at the start and at the end. 

I think they look quite pretty too! 

 Now I could store them back in the jar or in another prettier jar (like above) but I have some future plans for my twine collection which I will share a little later on.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Our Getting Ready for School Morning Routine

I want to share with you all how I make our school mornings run smoothly. Well most of the time because lets face it you can't prepare for absolutely everything!

For me it's always been about preparing as much as possible the night and weekend before.

I make lunches and fruit boxes the night before while I'm preparing dinner. It's always been perfectly fresh the next day. Molly is an extremely fussy eater and she always eats most of her lunch so it must be okay! She has a schoool only drink bottle that is washed, refilled and chilled in the fridge overnight. In the morning all I need to do is add the freezer block to the lunchbox (I still our Fridge-to-go) and we are set to go. It also helps that I have a good supply of baked goodies in the freezer to pop in the lunchbox. You can read about that here.

Molly packs her own lunchbox and waterbottle in the morning but yes I do check. Her school keeps all hats in the classroom so we never have to worry about packing them.

All notes that need to get handed in are placed in the front pocket of Molly's bag the night before.

Clothes are all put aside at the beginning of the week for the three kindy days she has. Molly doesn't have a school uniform or even a school shirt for kindy but I've choosen 3 t-shirts that she has that are a little worn but still nice looking. They are laid out each afternoon/night before school on their Grandad stools. Shoes are place underneath and their school bag behind. I even lay out Jasmin's clothes and shoes on her stool as she needs to be organised in the morning too.

The hair bucket which I've talked about before here is ready to roll and I often do their hair last sitting on the couch while they watch TV. It's the only way I can get them to keep their heads still!!

Don't forget that all darling children are human and there's always a child who likes to have a toileting issue just as we are about to leave. We do our best but nothing is fail safe!!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Getting Ready for School Hair Bucket.

I wanted to share with you one things that I organised before we headed back to school this year to make the morning routine run a little smoother.

I have two girls and one of them loves trying to do their own hair. When it comes to getting ready for school last year I always found that I was wasting so much time in the morning searching for the hair brush and chasing up hair ties and clips. I already had a little box for their hair stuff but hair ties, clips and brushes always went walkabout. 

This year I put together a school only hair bucket. I also bought some school only hair ties and clips. Molly won't be having any fancy hair stuff or headbands as the school has requested this to reduce fidgeting on the mat and the time lost searching for lost bits n pieces. The school only hair ties and clips are fabulous because the girls know these one go straight back into the school hair bucket each day before their showers or bath time. 

* hair brush
* detangling
* hairs ties and clips in container

I do the girls hair in the lounge while they are watching a little TV in the morning as it helps them to keep their heads still!! I also keep the roll on sunscreen in the bucket too since that needs to be applied in the morning before we set off for school.

This bucket has seriously saved my sanity in the mornings!
I love that it's simple and easy too.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

School Lunch Box Baking - Stocking the Freezer

In order to be organised for school days and my hungry little school girl I now have

Big Baking Days!! 

Well okay not that big as my freezer is not huge but I do like to have baking days where I might bake about 3 different things to pop in the freezer ready for lunchboxes and after school snacks. Of course all the things I bake are nut-free (even the teacher has a nut allergy!). If they aren't nut free I'll label them silly so I know that they are NOT to go to school. Our school is nut-free but luckily there are no other food allergies we need to be mindful of.

So here's some of the things I've baked for our freezer stash so far ...

I used the Thermomix  EDC Pikelet recipe for this recent batch but I do love the apple pikelets from Mummy Smiles too 

Banana Muffins
I've tried a lot of banana muffin recipes. There are a lot I like but this one from Bianca at A Little delightful is the one I love

Zucchini Mini Muffins
I love the idea of making zucchini mini muffins instead of a slice. A lovely friend shared this idea on instagram when she was making them and I think it's the bees knees!!  I also tried her yummy recipe which is very similiar to this one I found here but using half as much oil.

Other mini muffins
Here's some other muffin recipes I've used quite regularly.

Mini Quiches

These mini quiches from Mummy Smiles went down a treat with everyone including hubby!

 Packaging & Storage

All the baking goodies are packed in snack bags or sandwich bags which I date. The are then placed in an easily accessible basket on the top shelf of my freezer.

 I've packaged my baking goodies in two different sizes for the freezer. I've put them in small snack sizes for lunchboxes and bigger bags for afternoon snack sizes. Let's face it with my tummy growing bigger I'm going to need afternoon tea stashes too!! All I'll need to do on those hard days is add some cut up some fruit.

Stay tuned because I'll share some more recipes when I've done some more freezer baking 
sessions in a couple of weeks time!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Project Life Reference Guide

Yes I'm a Project Life addict. I'm more of the 'I have lots of different kits that I mix and match' than the 'use one kit for a layout, month or year' type so I have colour sorted all my core kit cards and some of my mini kit cards. Although I haven't colour sorted all my cards and kits as I still need some sorted according to theme such as school, Christmas, Valentines, travel etc.

Sometime I simply flick through all my cards to find what I want according to colour which I love to do but this can sometimes be a little time sucking!! I also often have people ask what kit certain cards come from or I want to find a co-ordinating card from a certain kit so I made a reference guide up. 

It's a handy 6x4 size and bound with a simple ring for easy flicking. The cards were created using the Digital Project Life Card Design Reference PDFs available here. Unfortunately not all kits are displayed but enough to be helpful and hopefully they'll release more at a later date (I'm crossing my fingers). 

I simply downloaded the PDF and printed them on to the Becky Higgins Project Life 6x4 white cards. I fed them in reverse side (smoother side) to get a better print. I use my Epson Picturemate but you could do this on any printer. I'm also a Studio Calico subscriber so I also printed out photos of the monthly kits onto cards too. 
A simple hole punch in each corner and a Kaisercraft ring binds them all together. 

The simple cover that I designed is available for downloading here.
I did the same printing onto a 6x4 white card but I specifically choose borderless printing for the cover.

Happy PLing!!

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