Sunday, 27 November 2011

Christmas Decorating '10


Well the Christmas boxes came down from the roof today. 
Yippee it's time to decorate!! 

Today I decided to look back at some photos of what I did last year and found I didn't take enough. 
But I thought I'd share with you what I had.





Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Top 5 on my Christmas Wish List

I have been tagged by the lovely Nat from Mummy Smiles to share 5 things I would like for Christmas.

Here's my Top 5 Wish List

1. A KitchenAid
2. Diamond Earrings 
A girl can dream can't she?


Okay white gold ones with  fake diamonds to replace the ones that broke will do.
I can't wear studs so this type is great and I loved mine so much I wore them everyday.

3. iPad

4. A Cake Stand


I don't have one of my own so I'm always borrowing my sisters.

5. A White Summer Dressing gown

I really need a dressing gown, not the silky types but like the ones you get in hotels. I have glass front doors and am up at 5am most mornings so I really need a dressing in summer otherwise my poor neighbours and early morning walkers might see more than they really want to at that time in the morning.


The biggest Christmas wish I have though is to have a wonderful Christmas season with my beautiful family and friends.

Thanks Clare from The Home She Made for starting this xx

Now I would like to ask these fabulous people to share theirs :)

Jen from Lovely Living

Jac from Common Chaos Chronicle

Larissa from My Pigeon Pair


Monday, 21 November 2011

Baby Food Made Super Easy!

I am so loving baby food at the moment! I NEVER thought I would ever say that. 

When Miss Molly was a baby I would spend ages cutting, cooking, mashing/blending and be totally devastated when it was rejected. So when Miss Jas came only I knew exactly what I wanted to buy when she started solids ..... A Phillips Avent Combined Blender and Steamer. I had seen Jade from Super Organiser Mum had one and she made baby food look easy. With this little baby it is! I just peel, chop, pop in for steaming, flip for blending and all done. Hardly any cleaning and super quick.I have also used a greater variety of fruit'n'veg than I would have with out it.


Yes it is a bit pricey (about $180) but I worked out the cost of commercial baby food (which I would eventually give in and buy every now and then) and figured it would pay itself off within no time and end up saving me money. 


I love it and highly recommend it.
The steamer and blender comes with a small recipe book which I use along with these two books.



Saturday, 19 November 2011

POTD

It's been a long time since I've posted a POTD. I've been thinking a lot about my project life and what I would like to change and improve on next year. One thing I have noticed about my project life is that it primarily about my life, my hobbies, the home, our family time and the kids. My poor husband and his life has been featured in small bits and none of his hobbies (he has a lot!). So I'm going to make more of an effort from now on, to capture more moments of his life too. 


I started yesterday by photographing the floats he sprayed (with Molly supervising!) 
ready to go on the cray-pots today.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Busy Bags - colour cards


Here is another of Molly's favourite activities at the moment.

  
Its a colour matching game and I love the cute sea animals. I printed these cards here at the 1+1+1=1 website. cut them up and laminated them. 


Molly loves looking at the cards, laying them out, talking about them, guessing the colours and much more. She carries the little container of them around the house.


This morning she bought it into to me to open as soon as she woke up. 
Love it :)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Christmas Cards

Christmas is approaching faster than I would like! It's time to start thinking about the all important Christmas photo. Last year I printed my own photo Christmas cards and it was a miracle I managed to get Miss Molly to sit still long enough for a photo (mullet and all!!).

There are lots and lots of sites available that have free templates you can use.

Here are some of them


 


Or you can buy a template for only $5 on the Erin Bradley site here.
You may need to check if you need a certain type of software. 
I have Photoshop and used a template from Simple as That last year :)

Monday, 14 November 2011

Another Busy Bag

I 'm slowing adding to the busy bag/box collection. Here's one that has been working really well. Molly keeps asking for it out. 

 
You'll need :
Coloured pompoms which I got from BIG W in their craft section for a couple of dollars
Ice cube trays (I had some spares in my cupboard)
Tongs (these are Tupperware one which were one of the freebie gifts you get at parties)


Molly has been colour sorting the pom poms while talking 
about their colours and different sizes.
The tongs are great for their fine motor development and hand/eye coordination.

Girls Weekend Away

Last weekend I went away for my first girls weekend since having kids. 
It was pure BLISS!

   
I got to drink lots of hot coffee.
I read a trashy magazine uninterrupted AND
I did the puzzles in it.
I actually managed to read the whole weekend paper.
I woke up without being woken up.
I had a long shower in peace.
I got to go to the toilet without being asked what I was doing.
I also managed to sleep for two whole nights without being woken up by snoring!
 

But in the end I did miss my kids, the hubbie, the constant interruptions 
and basically my everyday life.

It's nice to be home.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Bathroom/Toilet Cleaning Caddy

Yes I have a cleaning caddy just for the ensuite bathroom and toilet. The caddy is new (Target) but I've always kept cleaning products on the top shelf of my walk-in-robe just for our bathroom and toilet. It might seem crazy to some but it really works for me. In it I kept toilet cleaner, soap scum cleaner, eucalyptus cleaning solution (diluted), a chux, window wipes and flush-able toilet wipes.


I never get enough time in one day to do a whole house clean as my darling children very rarely sleep at the same time and I prefer to clean when neither are around. Having cleaning products in the top of my walk-in-robe means it's all close by for when a snag 15-20mins (if I'm lucky!) of them both asleep. It also means it's easy to put back in a safe place away from little kiddies. My laundry is all the way at the other end of the house so I often getting distracted on the way to the laundry and on the way back so they used to get left in limbo on the kitchen bench - not a good look when unexpected visitors drop in!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Latest Favourite Books

Miss Molly's latest favourite books are these fabulous felt play books from Coles for $10. I think they are pretty special too! She has 3 of them - colours, shapes and farm animals. 
 




I keep them up out of everyday reach as she does tend to lose some of the felt pieces on the floor. Lost felt pieces do not go well with a baby getting around a little easier these days. So when she asks for them I set her up a her table with them. Every morning for the last five days she's asked for them.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

More Painting

Miss Molly just loves to paint. I had some apples that I no longer needed so I cut one in half and made a couple of shapes with the other. 

 
Molly had a ball :)
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