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Friday, November 25, 2016

Simple Christmas Planning

If you've been feeling stressed, thinking you are way behind in your Christmas planning and prep this year, don't worry about it. It's already been a HUGE year for us and I haven't started either :)

Instead, I'm keeping my Christmas prep simple this year, doing it all in December with simple steps, one after the other.

I'll be using the same Christmas planner I use every year, but this year I've modified it so on the December calendar page, I have simple prompts to get everything ready in time (without the overwhelm) and I have a few fun little Christmas things included too - like seeing Christmas lights, baking, watching a movie with the family.. that kind of thing :)

Simple Christmas Planner

All I need to do is check the calendar daily and follow the simple prompts, then everything will be taken care of easily!

Here's a video walking you through how it will work this year.. feel free to grab a pen and paper and jot down the prompts for your own Christmas planning, or grab a copy of the planner to print at home for $7 (it's on sale - normally $15, until Dec 1):

Grab your own copy and follow along with me to get ready for a simple Christmas this year:

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Art & Craft made simple

I love the idea of my kids doing something creative but every time they'd ask to do craft there would be a little moment where I would think "Oh no, it's going to end badly, mess everywhere" or "We don't have everything we need!" Or "I'm too busy for that!"

Life got a LOT easier when I realised the mess can be cleaned quickly with a couple of small tweaks, and the kids don't care about having every thing they need..

Now instead of stressing that we don't have paper plates for paint palettes I just cover a dinner plate with cling wrap. Nothing gets ruined.. The kids will make craft out of ANYTHING - sometimes it's just sticks and leaves.. They have a ball!

The mess? I just throw down an old baby cot sheet onto the table or on the ground if we're outside, and tell them it doesn't matter if it gets a bit messy.

Most kids paints are washable now so at the end of the craft session I just swish everything (sheet, kids clothes) in a sink of cold water and throw it straight into the washing machine.

For extra messy craft I just throw an apron on them, they think it's cool ;)

At the end, we hang all on the front balcony to dry (how pretty does that look below!) and then we reuse our artwork for cards, wrapping paper, and other crafty ideas:

The more relaxed I am about it, the less the kids worry about it - and I find the mess is practically nothing.

What do you do to make art & craft easy and fun in your house?

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Unpacking my 2017 Erin Condren planner!

Woohoo - my 2017 Erin Condren planner arrived and I was so excited to open the package live with you guys on Facebook!

Then I completely stuffed up the video... so I filmed it live AGAIN (just unpacking, this time, not unboxing. I know, how embarrassing.. but don't worry, I keep it real :)

Here's the video if you'd like to have a look!

Thinking of getting one for yourself or a friend for next year?

Here's my referral link if you want to use it (I get a $10 gift cert for next years planner as a commission). No pressure, just if you want to xx

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Every week..

Every week I spend countless hours..
  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • making
  • wiping
  • sweeping
  • tidying
  • decluttering
  • organising
  • washing
  • sorting
  • folding
  • planning
  • brushing
  • smoothing
  • dusting
  • packing
  • unpacking
  • fixing

..and trying to fit all of that in around work and life in general.

But it’s worth it, because I also get to spend lots of time..
  • cuddling
  • snuggling
  • watching
  • laughing
  • kissing
  • smiling
  • chilling
  • helping
  • reading
  • tickling

..and much more.

Totally worth it.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

My first KonMari attempt - How did it go?

Have you read either of Marie Kondo's books yet?

I liked some her decluttering and tidying concepts when I first heard of them but was a bit skeptical of some of her other ideas at first - like the whole folding so everything stands up idea. It just didn't feel right..

I bought The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up on kindle a few months ago.. and never got around to reading it. I completely forgot I even had it!

But then a couple of weeks ago, I was going through my Kindle library, spotted it again and started reading.

It was fantastic! This book simplifies it all - the decluttering method, getting rid of the guilt you feel when decluttering, talking about using storage vs owning less - I could hardly put it down.

So I decided to give it a try and see how I went!

Now, I'm already good at decluttering - I've been doing it for years and helping others do it quickly & easily too.

But even I have to admit - this book made decluttering easy and fun! I would definitely recommend giving it a go :)
Click below to see a quick video showing the results of my first attempt:

Have you tried the KonMari method yet? Let me know what you think of it!

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