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Rookie camping with kids trip

Travelling with kids is something I am pretty accustomed to. We regularly go to our in-laws great beach house, we have flown a few times to Adelaide to visit my sister and taken Jas to Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and both kids recently to New Zealand. So with regard to road trips and flights we have built up a list of travel tips that work for us. However, in several days time we are embarking on a new adventure camping with kids.

A great opportunity has been given to us to go and camp on the foreshore with an onsite caravan, annex and tent! It’s a basic camp ground with only an ammenities block, but we are excited. Jas has been asking to go camping for sometime and I thought having a caravan may ease us all into the camping as a family experience. So my Mum, the kids and I will be setting off on Wednesday. Brett will join us on Friday. I am excited, nervous and curious as to how the trip will go.

When presented with this opportunity I jumped at it and was very excited and relaxed about it all. I loved the family camping trips we did when I was a child. Then on Sunday I woke up in the middle of the night and started thinking about the practicality of how this may work! Ok so when it comes to camping I will need to wing it!

At least we will have more than this on our site 🙂

I am after some CAMPING TIPS  from those that have survived a family camping trip – hopefully not all these people will be off camping at the moment:) Below are some things that I need to cover off on:

What are some do’s and don’ts? 

There is a chance of rain while we are away how do we cope with this?

What are some good camping activities to do with the kids?

For the kitchen what is a must have utensil or cooking item that I should take?

What are some items that I shouldn’t leave home without?

Thanks in advance for your help in our making our rookie camping trip a success!

Enjoy the holidays! If you aren’t going away considering pitching a tent in the garden; the kids will love it and you will save money and you won’t need to pack – actually maybe we should be doing this;)

Happy Easter too!!!

Em xx

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SNAP clean!!!!

To say I struggle to keep the house clean is an understatement!!!! These days I blame the kids on the state of the house, when in fact they don’t mind cleaning up (at this stage in their lives). It’s me; when it’s a small mess I procrastinate and then it becomes a major mess and I feel too overwhelmed and under qualified to do anything about it. I want to improve in this area and need to for the sake of my kids and teaching them these life skills.
My lovely friend Bron before Christmas put up on Facebook a 12 days of Christmas cleaning challenge. I jumped onboard and each day I did a cleaning task that I had been wanting to do but had been putting off. Great concept. I am goal orientated so this kind of thing usually motivates me! This challenge worked because it was a short project do-able as a short-term goal.
In a nutshell:
I am frustrated by mess!
But possibly more frustrated with the speed at which something can go from clean to messy!!!!!
So I figure why bother? Am I alone here?
The other day I dropped Jas off at kinder and I literally threw the kids out of the van and slammed the door! Why? Because our van was a disgrace! It was so messy inside that I didn’t want anyone to see it! With the crazy changing Melbourne weather we had accumulated half our wardrobes with jackets, cardies, sun hats, shoes etc. Combined with Kinder craft and snack containers it was terrible!!! For Jas to get to the door she had to trample on everything almost risking her life!!!! When we got back to car and I put Elijah in the car and I SNAPPED!!!!
Plans to shop were put on hold (deeming this to be a major SNAP!!) I drove home with a crazy look in my eye – I was a woman on a mission (whoa whoa)!!! I had 2 1/2 hours to revolutionize our car!!!! I was going to need every minute of that!!!!! Elijah was my apprentice! Yes, he is only 18 months but he is a quick learner;) and more than happy to vacuum anything and everything and play in the van with me.
With great pleasure I threw everything out of the car! Grabbed the vacuum and no dirt, sand, dust, slime, snot or half eaten biscuit was safe! It was an eye opener the things you find! But satisfying! Instantly things looked better.
Determined to not only clean but to revolutionize (remember) it didn’t stop there! I got the interior car cleaning pack and used products I had never dream of using before or knew existed! And I got a glimpse of what the van looked like when we bought it!
I was determined to pack away all the items taken from the van properly ie not just move the mess from one place to another. Then I had to return some of the items back to the van! The pram returned. The accessories eg rain cover and sun cover (which can often be used in one day) I decided to put in a crate. I also decided to make some emergency kits and leave them in the crate too. There is now an emergency nappy kit: with 3 spare nappies, wipes, bags, and a pair of undies. Then there was an emergency supplies kit with sunscreen, band aids, paw-paw cream, deodorant and women’s products;).
Time check: 10 mins til pick up time. I went in and freshened up as SNAP cleaning is a fast paced, sweat inducing activity. I strapped Elijah into the van and smiled as I drove to kinder! I raced out of the van only to sssssllllllloooooowwwwwlllllyyyyy get Elijah out hoping someone would admire my clean van;) I thought that was a satisfying 2 1/2 hours! When Jas came back to the van she was shocked and smiled and vowed to help us keep the van like this forever!
As this event took place a few weeks ago I can happily say that the van is still clean as Brett has been using it to drive to work!!!! I miss seeing my clean van now;)
Are you a SNAP cleaner? Or what does it take for you to get cleaning? Or do you have any ideas to help inspire me?
Em xx

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Birthday Brilliance!

So last week it was my birthday. I was looking forward to it and had been fortunate enough to get LOTS of detailed insight into the day and the plans on behalf of Jasmine. She too was extremely excited about my special day! This excitement must have been shared by Elijah; however he chose to express his feelings by waking at about 3:30am and being up for at least 1 1/2 hours for no reason and even waking up Jas (they share a room and normally Jas sleeps through everything). Jas said “Mummy can you take Elijah to your bed!”. So I did and put him in bed with us and he just wanted “duddles” and to chat! Definitely felt his love but as a result felt exhausted and like I had indeed aged!

Exhaustion aside I was lucky to experience some Birthday Brilliance. By this I mean people went out of their way to make me feel special through their gifts and expressions of love. I want to share some of them with you as I have been challenged and inspired to give in a new way for Birthdays and other special events.

BIRTHDAY BRILLIANCE #1

Brett started at Christmas time a new tradition with Jasmine and I love it. They go to Daiso to buy my present. Daiso is a Japanese discount shop and in Australia everything in the shop is $2.80 (unlike the $2 shop where you get dearer things these days). Jasmine is allowed to go in there and choose anything she wants and Brett will guide her a little if she is too overwhelmed etc. She uses her own money and its great. For Christmas I got a pink drink bottle (which I sadly have smashed at the gym!). As I opened my present I said “what is it?” and she looked at me with bright eyes and said “I don’t know!”. Upon opening the package I found two magazine holder/boxes. She was attracted to the hearts on it – very cute!

BIRTHDAY BRILLIANCE #2

SHEER BRILLIANCE!!!!! Brett again was the mastermind behind this. He and the kids made a video for me! Most of the footage was taken on the weekend, when I wasn’t around – like when I was at the gym, or in the shower and out at the shops. Ha and even when we were around the breakfast table and as I prepared zucchini slice in my PJs with Bed hair! You definitely have to watch this! Ignoring my horrible PJs top and bed hair!!! Or have I now made you focus on this:)

This gift is a winner: I love Brett’s thoughtfulness, I love Jas’ honesty and I love that Elijah is just doing what he does normally 🙂 Brett just put it together using iMovie and luckily he can do this kind of thing quickly and brilliantly! There was a lot of footage that didn’t make the clip and that was just as cute and hilarious. I love this gift. It will be a snap shot in time that I will always be able to look back on and smile at. In my sleep deprived state it reminded me that it was all worth while and that my kids are adorable!!! A nice reminder after a bad night;) I also love that Brett combined something he enjoys doing and made it into something I would love.

BIRTHDAY BRILLIANCE #3

My lovely mother in law Chris and Father in law Col gave me a very thoughtful gift. Part of my present they were giving me was money. Chris loves to play around on the computer and made me a voucher. The voucher was for the OP Shop! Ha ha knowing how much I love OP shopping and that no such voucher exists she made one for me. It also said or the money could be used to put towards sewing lessons which I also am wanting! I love that she took the time to make it and was touched by her thoughtfulness!

Thoughtful gift idea

BIRTHDAY BRILLIANCE #4

Mum had offered to have us over for dinner so I didn’t have to cook! Ah love her! Something else that I love about Mum is that she always asks us what do we want for dinner? I told her I would love something cooked from one of my favourite cooking books “Cooking with Poo”. Poo is a Thai lady has a cooking school in Klong Toey a slum in Bangkok. Her story is inspiring and encouraging and her recipes and food is awesome! So Mum and Jasmine hit the asian grocer got the ingredients and Mum cooked me Thai! It was great and I love Mum’s sense of adventure and willingness to serve as she expresses her love to me!

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Birthday dinner!

These are just a few examples of people thinking outside the box and making someones day a special one! People acknowledging their love for someone in a special and unique way! Using their skills and abilities to bless others. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box (like it has me!) when it comes to celebrating with family and friends!

What Birthday Brilliance have you experienced? Or do you give Birthday Brilliance to others? Share some stories with me!

Em xx

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Little less conversation a little more action!

Do you ever feel like the words in a song sum you up at a moment in time? Or are there some lyrics that spring to mind just when you need some encouragement? Recently the classic Elvis Presley song “A little less conversation a little more action” has come into my head (need a refresher click here). I can assure you Elvis and I aren’t referring to the same kind of action;0

I am a self-confessed “ideas” gal. I am a dreamer, you know a blue sky thinker. My mind is constantly dreaming and scheming up new concepts and particularly business ideas and/or things to do. My greatest flaw though is that I don’t really do anything with these ideas. They may just be a fleeting thought or they maybe something that I chew over and try to nut out the details of and then well leave it there.

At the age of 17; I set myself a 5 year plan.

My 5 year plan:

  1. I was to complete my VCE with excellent result
  2. I was to get into University to complete a Bachelor or Business in Catering and Hotel Management
  3. My course would include a cooperative year (industry placement) in which I would live overseas and work.
  4. I would travel the world
  5. I would work at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

I achieved all these goals! They were all working toward my career ambition of running a chain of five-star hotels – which I didn’t end up doing but I can happily say I still love 5 star hotels and now prefer staying in them from time to time;)

But where has this driven and focused woman gone? – I hear you ask!

It’s true and something I have asked myself. For a few years there I rejected my need for planning and goal setting and I pursued a life of being a spontaneous and a fly by the seat of my pants girl. Then I became a mother and I found that both my need for goals and spontaneity would serve me well. As I work hard to bring in routine and structure to my kids lives (despite feeling like I am failing whilst doing this half the time) I am thankful for the drive I have in my character. My ability to think on my feet and love to mix things up has definitely served me well as I try to defuse situations and make it to the end of the day in one piece! Can you see how your journey has shaped you and helped you to deal with your current situation?

But I think I have fallen into the trap of maybe winging it too much! I actually started a blog previously and the theme of that blog was “to improve my ability to follow through” and to start to help me to improve in this area. Ha you can check it out here and happily note that this died very quickly – ironic really:) Then began this blog where I am to embrace my winging it nature but also strive to be faithful to the other side of me and to plan to get things done.

A little less conversation a little more action! Come on baby I’m tired of talking (followed by catchy music!)

Ok theme song popped back into my head so I better get it back to the point.

On Pinterest recently, I stumbled onto a beautiful and simple goal list (to see my original inspiration click here you won’t be sorry this is a great blog!). This list was so simple to make and definitely something that could help me to actually get back to achieving some specific goals and not just the one of surviving the day. I love that you can set different time frames in which to achieve your goals but am a little daunted by the fact I need to set 6 goals. I want to achieve these and so I haven’t made them impossible or not too easy that there is no challenge. Be fair to yourself and remember that Rome wasn’t built-in a day (more song lyrics hey!). I have made these goals personal ones for me and not for the kids etc because I feel that I need to look after me and not solely focus on them all of the time, although I will involve them in the journey.

Give it a go. Set yourself some goals and let’s see how we go!

Em xx

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my goal list for March - design from Cornflower Blue Art

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Craft hurts!

I think I am a “want to be crafty and creative person“. I love and appreciate craft. I am really good at buying it too:) Craft hurts me in a variety of ways. It can hurt when I realize I don’t have the ability to turn my vision into a reality; as my limited skills hinder me. Craft can hurt our bank balance, as I have a fetish for pretty fabrics etc. but to balance this out I do also by second-hand pillow cases, tea towels, tables clothes and doona covers and repurpose them too! Craft can hurt when you’ve spent ages doing something and it can break before you’ve even recovered from making it. Craft can hurt your loved ones as they watch you struggle or you annoy them with questions or continually ask them for their opinions. Craft can hurt the appearance of your house; as a project can overtake a space.

Yet knowing all this I still love craft!

I go through waves with my craftiness. At the moment I am in over drive as I am a new addict to Pinterest (more on that another time) and I have a huge to do list forming of things I want to make or do etc. For sometime, I have been wanting to make a card table cubby house. During our recent hard garbage collection, I picked up a card table off our nature strip – ha we didn’t put it there but it was a welcomed gift;). So this was a sign it was time for me to give it a crack.

I am probably half way through making this. It’s been fun I have just been using bits and pieces from my sewing cupboard and this to date is a project I haven’t needed to buy extra things for – yay! So on Monday night I was getting some sewing done after I put the kids to bed. I had done some machine work and needed to finish off some loose threads which I do by hand (a great tip from Kylie my sister-in-law). I decided to do this in front of the TV. When I am not using my needle or pins etc I actually pin them into the arm of our couch – it’s an old forgiving couch;) However, on Monday evening, I rested it on my knee. All of a sudden I had to jump up and do something and I had completely forgotten about the needle on my knee until I felt it push into my foot!!!!!!! YES CRAFT HURTS!!!!!!

Yes, I stood on my needle! The needle was pushed into the skin between my big toe and index toe (no idea what the term is for our second toe is so I’m going with index like we say for fingers – let me know if you know what it’s called). This happened very fast and my reaction was to give an instant blood curdling scream, which my kids surprisingly slept through, Brett miraculously heard (as he was in his new study area – remember his Valentine’s present) and came rushing to my rescue. I told him I had a needle stuck in my foot. So what would you do next?

This is what we did:

  1. We looked to see if we could see the needle – result negative
  2. Brett got tweezers and tried to hunt for a needle point or something a mist my screams – result negative
  3. I felt the needle was still in my foot and so suggested a trip to the emergency department of our local hospital – we delayed acting on this knowing that we’d be there for at least 6 hours or so before being seen
  4. I suggested Brett crawl around the floor until he found the needle – result no needle
  5. I proposed we go to emergency – again we delayed acting on this
  6. Brett googled how to get a splinter out of your foot, to which I said “type needle” as I was sure others would have done this! – result Brett read about removing splinters 😉
  7. Brett got a bucket of hot water and put TPC in it; hoping the needle would come out after soaking my foot – result almost needing to go the hospital with a scolded needle foot
  8. I begged to Brett to scan the floor again for the needle – result Brett found the needle stuck hard into the floor which I had obviously pressed in with all my weight
  9. Sigh of relief as there appeared to be no needle in my foot, therefore no emergency department visit needed – result me soaking my feet and thinking about what could have been
  10. Going to bed with pins and needles in my foot (figuratively speaking!) and hoping it was all over – result fell asleep rather quickly considering

Yep, craft hurts! Since this happened I have been told of other sewing needle stories, even of needles travelling up the blood stream etc. A more horrifying but hilariously written craft tragedy had even been published last weekend in The Good Weekend section of The Age. So I am not alone! To date, I am believing we found the whole needle (despite not checking to see if it was a full needle that we found) and I can move on with my life. I haven’t done any more on the cubby as yet but plan to;) and now I have a new project on my craft to do list – a pin cushion!!!!!

Have you been hurt by craft? If so how?

Em xx

25 pin cushion tutorials - which one to choose? via blog babble

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large-scale reenactment – no one was hurt in the taking of this photo;)
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Life is full of surprises

Do you ever have those moments in life where you raise your eye brows out of sheer surprise? Surprised as to how a situation has played out, or surprised at the outcome of an event and even surprised at someone’s particular response to life. Recently I have found my little eye brows have been working overtime!

Here are a few things that have got me working out my brows:

  • Elijah my little 17 month old has been hard to keep out of the water this summer. He loves wadding pools, baths, swimming pools and especially the beach. With this in mind we have started swimming lessons. We have only had two lessons to date but I have found myself in the pool holding the little one that is screaming his lungs out. Up go my brows – out of shock that my little man doesn’t like me shoving him under water and in response to the pain my ears are being subjected to!

  • Winging it Mum has become a Chinese translator. Having lived in Taiwan for 2 years sometime ago has resulted in me now being a shy speaker of  very average Chinese. I can ears drop; out of curiosity and get the gist of a conversation but when it comes to me talking I am an uming and ahhing mess. When a Chinese conversation is in play it’s the one time that I am lost for words! (I am sure those of you that know me are raising your eyebrows at the thought of me lost for words!) That aside I am now assisting Jas’ kinder to communicate with a Chinese Grandmother who does kinder pick up – this is a definite eyebrow raiser and they go even higher when I am understood;)


  • Since last weeks Winging it at dinner time post  and all the encouragement I got from you guys, I have been working hard at menu planning, writing an extensive shopping list and being conscious of the money being spent on food etc. Life in our household has already improved as I feel I am no longer just winging it. I am raising my eyebrows as a small step forward has bought such instant and satisfying results! I am using my Kikki K weekly planner, doing a huge weekly shop and a top up later in the week for bread, milk, fruit and veg. I had planned all my meals last week and may not have stuck to the actual planned meals but used the ingredients I needed to. In doing this plan it highlighted for me that I like some flexibility in my week, so this week I have used sticky notes with meals written on it so I can swap them around when I cook each meal without making my planner look messy:) This area is still a major work in progress but I am happy with my progress.

  • This year I am determined to communicate and keep track of events on our family calendar better. Yesterday, I flipped over to March to enter a date and I saw on March 1st it had written special treat! Major eyebrow lift here!!!! Brett has made a surprise but welcomed entry on the calendar and won’t give me anything more! Will fill you in on more on this after the event!

  • Everytime the kids get sick I am shocked (enter eyebrow raise) at how they can be happy and healthy one minute and then in the next they are snotty, watery eyed kids! Time and time again the speed at which this happens is alarming yet each time I am shocked! This week both kids have been hit by a cold and I am currently fighting one off.
  •  I recently joined a gym. I am loving going and trying out new classes and pushing myself. Being more of a morning person, I have even gone to the gym at 6am several times and am enjoying even these classes/workouts – definitely a surprising eyebrow raising start! 


  • Brett came home from work the other day and his driver’s side mirror had been smashed and there had been a pretty good effort made at ripping the whole thing off his car. After chatting with our mechanic we realised to fix this would cost – wait for it ………$900!!!! Feel free to raise your brows too!!!!! Luckily we have insurance (and our excess is less than that) but it took sometime to get the repairs happening and after a week and a half we should get it back.

So these are just a few of the surprises that have taken place in my life over the past two weeks! Have you been exercising your eyebrows too? Or how do show your surprise? What are some surprises that you are facing at the moment? Let us know;)

Em xx

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No roses here!

We don’t do Valentine’s Day at my house! There are no bunches of red roses, boxes of chocolates, candle lit dinners or hallmark cards here. I think it is important to tell your loved ones that you love them daily and not just when the shops tell you to. Somewhere along the way the meaning of this day has been lost.

This year, I had been thinking a little more about love in the lead up to Valentines. I want to raise my children to be able to express their love naturally and authentically. I have been touched by some of my friends who have chosen to celebrate real love, in their families this Valentines and not in the commerical way. With my recent thoughts in mind and my new found inspiration. I decided this year – we would celebrate Valentines but in our own way!

Love is Patient. Seriously, I see this kind of love in action daily. Those that know my husband know him to be one of the most patient people around. He needs to be. We have a “dressing room” in our bedroom. For a long time this space was curtained off and used as a nursery for Elijah when he was born. Recently, it has been a secret haven for well anything and everything – a real dumping ground. I have struggled to get or keep this area clean. It has been in the too hard basket for me to be honest, I haven’t known where to start. I know that this area frustrates Brett and so my plan was to show him my love by finally cleaning up the space and giving him the study nook he has wanted.

So from the get go this was my plan. After breakfast, I started on the area with the kids playing in the room too. I had lost track of time and suddenly realised we had to head off to Mother’s Group. I was packing the kid’s snacks and lunch. Jas and Elijah were playing loudly, frantically and loving running around the island in our kitchen. I nearly stood on them several times and asked Jas to run out of the room so Elijah would follow. Then I would be able to complete the process in peace and without stepping on them. I don’t think I was even heard. I repeated myself and then somewhere from within I found myself loosing it and screaming out of the kitchen! I too was starting to loose the meaning of the day!

I re-grouped. Finished packing the snack and went into their room where they were again happily playing. I handed over cheese to them (food they love!) and apologised and thanked Jas for helping me. Jas then performed a “cheer up dance” for me. Her expression of love!

Later in the day after Jasmine’s short nap we baked some white chocolate and cranberry cookies. So yummy! Jas loves to cook! Often, I struggle when we cook together in the kitchen with my lack of patience. However, I wanted to show her that I love her and to spend some special time with her. My patience test kicked in as predicted but I was prepared for it. Then Jas, Elijah and I made a card for Brett. Jas loves to write letters and make cards so this was another opportunity for her to express love in her own style!

The story ends happily. I got the impossible done! Brett got a huge surprise, I was cheered up by my dance, we made a card and we got a great batch of cookies:) I was once again reminded that love is patient!!!! To top it off Brett presented me with one of his home made icy poles and we sat together watching Packed to the Rafters.

No roses here but plenty of love!!!

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If you do in your family share with us what you do?

Em xx

Just before he arrived home 🙂

after an hour or so of use 😉

made with love xx

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Winging it at dinner time

When it comes to preparing dinner for my family I definitely wing it. Breakfast is a no brainer. Lunch can always be thrown together; a salad, soup, left overs or a trusty sandwich. But dinner is a whole other story. I get to the afternoon and at some point I am prompted by my rumbling tummy to start to get my head around what is for dinner. At this point, I don’t get a rush of excitement, but rather I get a heavy burdened feeling; like someone who has forgotten something important. It’s not like a day goes by that we don’t eat dinner; so why the shock at rumble time! Perhaps it’s shock because yet again I’ve forgotten to plan dinner! I can’t even blame the kids for this as I suffered from serving winging it dinners ever since I first moved out of home. At rumble o’clock to cope ABC2 is turned on so my 3 1/2 year old is taken care of but the greatest struggle is to provide the “duddles, duddles” that are demanded of me by my little man. So I head to winging it headquarters (aka the kitchen) sometimes with bubba in my arms and food bribes for him at arms reach. Do you serve winging it dinners?

For me winging it dinners have come to be due to my lack of organization and inspiration in this area. I’ve tried a few things to help me improve in this area. For inspiration: I got given a subscription to Donna hay, but only a few recipes have made it into my repertoire – as the kids get older I hope I can add more, but in the meantime I have stopped the subscription. Taste has an iPhone app that looks good, it’s installed on the phone, but it’s unused! Friends told me about a planning with kids website/blog. There are great tools and ideas there but they are still on my to do list. I have a Kikki k weekly planner that I thought I’d use but haven’t persisted. So yes it’s been a struggle that I am yet to overcome. I do get it right sometimes but more often or not I wing it. What has worked for you? Help me!

Not only do winging it dinners create undue stress in our lives but I know it wastes a lot of money. When I do a big shop I get food for a few meals but would never plan for a whole week. So I buy things that I am not sure I need or know how I will use them. Then later in the week I have to do a top up shop where I buy more than what I planned to.

I have stumbled recently across the $120 food challenge. After reading the introduction to the cook book I was curious and purchased it. The challenge was birthed out of Sandra Reynolds’ circumstances. She only had $120 a fortnight to live off. She has put out a book of tips and recipes that challenge people to come up with their food budget and stick to it. I literally have just bought this book and have found the before you cook section to be great and refreshingly practical. Literally that is all I have read at the moment but I am looking forward to trying some recipes too.

This winging it dinners mum wants to reform! I am letting you know this so you can keep me accountable!!!

Em xx

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Closet Swap – A thrifty initiative

My darling husband stumbled onto a brilliant iPhone app that excited me (Please keep reading even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad as you could go to their website and do the same things as mentioned below)!!!!! The app is “Closet Swap“. It is a free app that has been set up by Channel four in the UK. What I like about this application is that it promotes people to look in their wardrobes, chest of drawers etc and come up with items that they no longer need or items that they would be willing to lend to others. After taking photos of these items you are able to upload them in your virtual closet.Your friends are able to do the same and then you can start the process of swapping items with each other. I guess a drawback is that to use the app/site you need to have a Facebook account.

Further to this, Closet Swap encourages you to host your own Closet Swap parties where you can do this in person. The site/app also allows people to look up maps to find where the closest charity shop or vintage shop is etc. In my current exploration of the map it appears to be only a map with nothing labeled but I was able to mark places on the map. Closet swap allows you be able to put out a SOS type call for a specific item that you needed for say a job interview or fancy dress party. How clever!

I guess what excited me about the app is that I would be encouraged to practice sustainable fashion and can even learn more about this through their site. Clothes I no longer like, fit into or need could be given to others who actually need or like the items of clothing. Gone would be some of the guilt that comes with having purchased items that are just sitting around and doing nothing. What a great way to pass on kids clothing and even maternity clothes!

Would I actually use this app/site and put my closet out there? I would like to say yes but to me it sounded like a bit of work and that it would only be a success if other people I knew used it. Would you use the app/site of Closet Swap?

I love the concept of having a Closet Swap party. Those who know me, know that I love to host a party, it’s the event manager in me! I would make it a fundraiser too eg. Donation on entry. People would bring along items they’d love to give to a new home and bag to put in items they’ve picked up! Sounds fun hey! If I threw a Closet Swap party would you come? Let me know;)

I think what I liked about the app/site was more the concept. It got me thinking creatively about what to do with items that I no longer want or require. I regularly give clothes to the op shop but there are some items that I would love to pass onto someone I know so these sentimental items are still in my world. I love giving away my old clothes or my kids stuff and the feeling you get when you know these items will be used and are appreciated.

Recently, I have seen an increase in people being creative in passing on their second-hand items. Like photographing items and putting them on facebook for friends to “like” eg claim. What are some ways that you pass on your unwanted clothing? Leave a comment so we can get inspired!

Em xx

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In a blink of an eye

In a blink of an eye is an expression used to demonstrate a short period of time. An instant, a second, a jiffy, a heartbeat or a moment. This is an expression that I could use often when referring to my experiences in mothering.

In a blink of an eye:

  • I went from being a teacher who could manage up to 27 kids in a classroom; to being a new mother who struggled to know how to manage one little baby
  • the amount of sleep I got was no longer something I had control over
  • my life changed for the better
  • my ability to love grew dramatically
  • I was blessed beyond words
  • I found myself giving a sympathetic smile to other mum’s with screaming children
  • chatting about the consistency of poo became a natural and common discussion topic
  • the shoulders on my clothes became permanently covered in drool, food, snot and other UFOs
  • I became a mother of two
  • my kids crack each other up! (as seen in the photo of one of their giggling photoshoots)

Ha ha that was fun and by no means is that all I could come up with there! What are some examples that sprang to mind as you read these? I could have gone on forever:)

But I think you get the drift. Life changes when you become a parent. We get around 9 months (at the most) to prepare our minds and houses for this change. But I remember after hearing Jasmine’s cry when she was born, only then did I realize that my life would never be the same again and nor would I want it to be!

Over the last month or so Elijah has again brought this expression to life for me in many ways. He is 16 months old and a blast to be around. In the blink of an eye he went from occasionally walking to walking. He went from saying 4 words to about 20 in a flash. He went from standing next to me to inside my friend’s house to being out side by himself and jumping on an enclosed trampoline!!!! In a blink of an eye he was covered in his nappy rash cream from head to toe, not forgetting to mention he had coated his mouth too;) (NOTE after calling the manufacturer of said cream it was determined he hadn’t coated his insides as none of the excessive consumption side effects came to be!). It’s amazing how quickly and fast they grow!

Jasmine starts kinder on Friday! Ah it seems like only yesterday when Brett and I carried her into our house and looked at each other as if to say now what do we do? In what feels like a short time has actually been three and a half years of joy, laughter, tears, anxiety and love.

I can’t wait to hear your blink of an eye reflections! Also thinking especially of those of you who will be sending you kids off to primary or high school for the first time this week! I can’t imagine what you’re feeling!

Em xx

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