Thursday, 27 September 2012

Mummy and Molly Day

Yesterday was a special day in this house. We had a Mummy and Molly day. It was a little spare of the moment idea that was brilliant!

Now Molly goes to school on Fridays, I get some treasured one on one time with little Miss Jasmin who is growing way too fast for my liking. It has been so good for her and for me. Molly loves her sister dearly but there is moments where she does have a little go at her. A push, a shove or sneaky taking of her toy. Sometimes it's simply kids being kids but sometimes I know it's jealousy or a cry out for more attention. 

Over the last two weeks we've been a little house bound lately with the kids and I sick and hubby away. So when hubby said he was home for the day it seemed the perfect opportunity for me to have some one on one time with Molly. I had some shopping to do and Molly loves shopping. 
 
First we hit IKEA. Molly had a little sleep in the car on the way. We had a little look around, mostly in the kids/toys section but saw some very cute stuff. Where would a trip to IKEA be without stopping for a bite to eat and after left with some more trofast tubs I needed. 

 
Then we hit some more shops much to the delight of Miss Molly. We did Target, Kmart and the Reject Shop. How cute is this little tin we found in the Reject Shop for $4.



On the way home we stopped at our local shops for some milk and had a little coffee date together. I found out that Molly love melting moments as much as I do. Of course yes she ate most of mine and the special ice cream biscuit I bought her! 


When we got home hubby asked her what her favourite part of the day was and apparently it was the numbers! Numbers you ask? Well those gigantic numbers hanging from the ceiling in Kmart at the moment. She was so excited when she saw them in the shop she kept calling out 'look mum it's a 5, there's a 1 and it went on. Yes I have a funny kid!

It was a fabulous day and Molly seems to have a little extra spring in her step this morning. Even hubby commented on how extra happy she seems this morning before he went off to work. I think we'll have to do it more often.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge - Week 3

 Week 3 is already over in The Organised Housewife's 20 day Challenge! I can't believe how fast these weeks are flying by. Here are some highlights from my week 3.



Under my laundry sink certainly needed an overall! I had some Tupperware modular mates I wasn't using (now I use super ovals & rectangles in my pantry) and decided they would be great for storing the light bulbs and dog treats I keep under the sink. The tub on the left has a shower head for the tap and other bits for our dog.

The dishwasher was fairly easy for me since it's not that old. I like using a Finish dishwasher cleaner in my dishwasher every couple of months.
 



My bathroom cupboards just needed a quick tidy up. If you ant some more details on how I organise my bathroom cupboards just check out my previous post here.
  
 Above is stage one of sorting the kid's artwork. This was a super quick one - sorting whose it was. Jasmin doesn't have a lot yet!

Next I sorted the artwork into piles. I'm going to share how I store the kid's artwork in a future post so stay tuned.


Would you believe that my kid's wardrobes are one of the tidiest spots in the house? Crazy I know but they don't have much in them! Below is Molly's wardrobe. I'll be sharing more on the girls wardrobes soon too.
 
   I was absolutely thrilled last earlier in the week to have chosen to be featured in The Organised Housewife's Weekend link up. I've love looking through at bloggers are approaching the challenge. It's a great way to find some great new blogs to read. Check them out here!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge - Week 2

Well I just finished Week 2 of The Organised Housewife's 20 day challenge to clean and organise our homes!

Okay well that's not quite the whole truth. I finished most of it. I love all the checklists sheets provided each day because it means I can go back when I have a spare moment or even after the 20 days and play catch-up. I seriously love that really you can work at your own pace if you need to. With two little children I get interrupted alot!

For some of you 40 days might work better and you can stretch one day's task across two. Or you could do what I did in the first week and play a bit of catch-up on the weekend while someone else was around to help with the kids.

Here are some highlights of my week 2





My fridge is a bit bare. I always wait til the day before a big shop to clean out my fridge.
Want to know more about how I organise my fridge? Check out a previous post here. I have now changed my white baskets to clear baskets with handles. Hubby prefers to see these as he can see what's in them better. Both types of baskets are available at Kmart.


Cleaning the inside of machine was easy since it has it's own clean cycle. The inside around the bowl and lids needed a good wipe down though. Yuk!
 
For more details on my Linen cupboard you can read my previous post here. There are a few items missing from my Linen cupboard this week since my hubby has been busy packing for a fishing trip.

How are you going with the challenge? 

Are you on track or are you going to play catch-up later too?

Counting Books

My Miss Molly is right into counting and numbers at the moment. I thought we should have a little fun with it. I remembered seeing a counting book on Pinterest which was made using photos of things around the house. 


I decided to get Molly to help me make her own counting books using some of her toys. I got her to collect 5 of her Little People and 5 animals. We had lots of fun counting them while we took their photos. 


Even though Molly is quite happily counting up to 10, I just wanted to her concentrate on actual counting from 1 - 5. Kids can often verbally count one to ten but can't count actual objects accurately.


I used Photoshop to add text to my photos. There are a few free Internet based photo editing sites you could use to create your own. I printed my photos out at home, laminated them and hole punched them. I used metal rings that you can find at craft stores to bind them together. You could also just use a cheap photo book to put them in too.

Molly had lots of fun finding her animals, matching them to the pictures, counting as she adds another one and just simply reading her own book.
 

I have included ours as a free printable available for you if you wish. Just simply download the zip file containing the photos and take it to your photo printing place. You can print them out as 6x4s. 

There are two available - animals and people.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge - Week 1

For the past week I have been participating in The Organised Housewife's 20 day challenge to clean and organise our homes. It has certainly kept me very busy! 


I thought I'd share some highlights of my week with you.
 
 




   I got through week one with lots of coffee in my new favourite mug. 


Gotta love a bit of yellow to brighten up the days :)

The Organised Housewife


You can check out lots of other bloggers and their progress here at The Organised Housewife's Link-up.
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