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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Simple baking from scratch with Kitchenaid

I've been using a Kitchenaid KSM170* lately to do some simple baking from scratch!

Check out the baking I've done so far:

First was Simple Scones:

Look how pretty the scones turned out! So delicious too :)

Next was Simple Pizza Dough:

I wish I had a photo of the pizza for you but it was gone too fast!

Super Simple Jammy Bread Roll Thingys:

Part 1

Part 2

Easy Baked Doughnuts:

Look how lovely they turned out!

What's next?

Next on my list is home made warm doughy pretzels, cookies, cupcakes, and home made tortillas!

x Marissa

*Kitchenaid kindly loaned me the KSM170 for this series! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6 easy ways to play with your kids when you’re tired

Do you struggle when your kids want you to play with them but you’re SO tired already? 

It’s been a HUGE day already, now you’re home with the kids, and understandably, they want to spend time having fun with you.

I'm not very good at playing. I’m not great at imaginative play, I’m a little too competitive at structured board games, I get tired by about 4pm, and I’m usually thinking about all the stuff I still need to get done.

But I also know that kids grow up fast, and quality play time together is really important. It shows them how special they are, it’s a great way to bond, to find out what you have in common, and to create fun memories together.

Sometimes you’re just too tired, I totally get that, so here are 6 ways you can play with your kids that gives you quality time together AND gives you a chance to relax as well:

1. Play hospitals. They're the doctor, you are the patient. Get your bandages out and let them wrap up your arms and legs while you relax on the lounge.

2. Play the cloud game. Go outside, put a blanket down on the grass, look up at the clouds and tell each other what you see.

3. Lay down and listen to an audio book together. Audible has a great young adults book section on their app, and you can get your first book for free if you haven’t tried it before. All you can has books for younger kids too, and if it’s a long one, you can do a chapter each day and get even more relax time!

4. Colour together. You’ll be surprised at how relaxing it is!

5. Have a “spa day”. Do your nails, then pop on a face mask together (or just use moisturiser with small kids), and lie back for 10 minutes listening to relaxing music.

6. Play hairdresser. You sit down with a magazine and they brush your hair for ages. So relaxing! But hide the scissors ;)

There you have it - 6 Easy ways to play when you're already tired. 

If you’d like more tips on how to manage family dynamics in simple ways, make sure you grab one of my freebies! If you have babies and toddlers, I have a great ebook  for you called 5 steps to an easy morning that will help you get out the door on time, stress free when you need to :)

x Marissa

* This post contains affiliate links for Audible

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

3 simple ways to organise your bills

Are you struggling to pay your bills on time because you don’t have a simple system in place to keep track of them?

Watch the video below or keep reading, because today I’ll show you 3 easy ways to organise your bills so you never miss a payment again!
It’s SO frustrating to get a bill reminder in the mail - especially if it’s written in red - saying missed your payment due date and you’re now accruing interest or paying extra in fines or “admin fees”.

I HATE the feeling you get when you’re behind on your bills. You feel stressed, guilty because you thought you were on top of things and now you have to rework the budget to allow for that missed payment and get ready for the next one due this month! So you kind of feel like you’re paying it twice and that just adds to the overwhelm.

Here’s the thing - it’s not that you aren’t good at budgeting - it’s that life gets in the way and sometimes you simply forget when bill is due because so much else is already going on.

Let’s make it really easy from now - I’m going to show you 3 simple ways you can organise your bills just pick the one that you think will fit in best with your life and you’ll never have to worry about overdue bills again.

The first solution is to keep them all in one spot. It could be a box on your kitchen counter, a file folder at your computer, or an envelope stuck on the back of your front door. Just create a space for your bills to go in until you’re ready to pay them. Then every Sunday night, collect them from that space, pay the ones that are due this week, and put the ones that aren’t due yet back in the envelope, file or box ready for next week.

The second simple way to organise your bills is to pay them regularly so the payment due date isn’t even relevant anymore. If you’re electricity bill is $300 a quarter, check with your provider and see if they’re cool with you paying $25 a week instead and if they are, set it up on your internet banking to do it for you every time you get paid. You don’t have to think about it anymore, you won’t get hit with big payments due anymore, and you’ll LOVE opening your bills and seeing you are in CREDIT every time.

And the third option is to pay your bills as soon as you open them. Literally, hold your smartphone while you collect your mail each day and as you walk into the house and open up your mail, pay your bills online with your phone before you put the papers down again. We’ve been doing this one for the past few years in our house and it’s made such a difference. The first couple of months were really tight on the budget - I’m talking rice and beans for dinner - because we were paying everything BEFORE it was actually due. But it was SO worth it to get ahead and the feeling you get when you pay that bill as soon as you open it and then the mental pressure for that bill just disappears - it’s amazing.

So there you have it! 3 easy ways to organise your bills and never miss a payment due date again.

If you’d like more tips on how to organise the “boring adult stuff” in a simple way, go ahead and grab one of my freebies here at Beautifully Organised - for example, there’s a great free laundry hacks program that will help you see the bottom of your washing basket again and stay on top of your laundry routine! Just click here to get it.

We also have a handy video on how to organise paperwork like school notes so you can stay on top of that, here's the link so you can check it out next!

x Marissa

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Quick & Easy Homemade Crackers

Today I made quick and easy home made crackers LIVE on Facebook using this recipe from the Kitchn.

Honestly - it's the easiest home made cracker recipe I've ever come across. I make half a batch at a time and I don't even need a mixing bowl, I just add all the ingredients into my measuring jug, mix, then pop it out on the counter to knead it quickly and roll it out.

SO easy. I filmed it live, so you'll also get to sneak a peek at my currently broken pantry door ;)

Join me live next time!

x Marissa

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Keep your home clutter free with this one simple rule

If you've decluttered recently and have noticed that clutter is creeping back into your home, this video is for you!

I'm sharing my one simple rule to keep your home decluttered permanently - it's easy to implement and once you get going with it, it becomes the new normal easily in your home.

Watch till the end to see how to handle this rule with your kids as well:

x Marissa