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Thursday, June 23, 2016

What's for dinner? Our meal plan this week

I'm making it my mission this week to make diner time easier for all of us..

I know how hard it can be to come up with dinner ideas week, after week, after week so why not share the love a little!

So I'm trying a couple of new recipes I found this week on the internet, and thought I would feature them here so you can use them for dinner ideas at your house if you want :) 

There's nothing fancy about our weekly meals, we are a real family so some will be healthier than others, some will be simpler than others, and that's ok. You know my reasons behind getting organised - I do it to make life easier, not perfect ;)

We eat with our extended family a couple of times a week so I won't have recipes for those, but I'll still list what we have on those nights so you get the general idea.

As usual, everything just gets written into our easy meal planning sheet and then I stick it on the inside of the pantry door.

Saturday: Easy Lo Mein from Damn Delicious
Sunday: McDonalds for Sophie's birthday
Monday: Crumbed sausages with mash and vegies
Tuesday: Tacos with mince, rice, black beans & salad (we use the Old El Paso hard & soft kit)
Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognese
Thursday: 20 minute Chickpea Curry from Creme de la crumb
Friday: Will most likely be pasta bake but I'll update you as we go
Saturday: Planning on slow cooker mac & cheese from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

..and that 's it!

What are you having for dinners this week?

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

How to encourage your kids to help with the laundry (folding)

Expecting the kids to do their own folding means one less job for you, which will really help reduce your overwhelm as a busy mum - all these small things add up!

So, today I'm sharing how we taught our youngest how to fold her own clothes :)

For us, the trick was to sit down with Georgia and do it together a few times. We made it a special thing - time just with mum, no rush, no hurry.

Then it was just a matter of turning it into a simple system:

1. We sort the clothes into types (pants, shirts, pj, dresses etc), then work on pile at a time

2. As we work through each pile, we turn each piece the right way round first (not inside out), then lay it flat on the bed or lounge, fold it, then pick up the next piece

3. We do the same pattern of folding for every set of pants, shirts etc so it's smooth and repetitive 

4. There's lots of gentle praise and chatting so the whole thing is a good experience 

I know a lot of this seems like it's too simple and shouldn't need a process to do it or shouldn't be made into a big deal, but for a four year old, walking through the steps really makes it easier to understand and repeat and it makes Georgia feel really proud of herself!

I used to be so busy doing everything, I thought I never had time to teach the kids, but that just meant I was the one doing it all, every day, and it left me exhausted and grumpy. One by one, these small things are giving me back my time and teaching the kids to take more responsibility -and I love that 

Got any tips for getting the kids to help more around the house? I'd love to hear them!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Easy DIY laundry Liquid - 4 ingredients

Since we started making our own laundry detergent, Georgia's eczema has been so much better!

Plus it's so quick and easy to make (not to mention amazing on the budget). Every 4 - 6 weeks I make up a new batch and it lakes less than 5 minutes.

In today's video I run you through the basics of how to make it, and the recipe is below if you want to give it a go yourself :)

Easy DIY Laundry Liquid

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 Tblspn Borax
  • 1 1/2 Tblspn Washing soda
  • 1 Tblspn Bronners
  • 2 cups hot water


Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl or jug until everything is dissolved,

Divide the mixture into 2 x 1 litre bottles and top each bottle with cold tap water. 


To wash:

To wash 1 load, use 2 - 3 tblspns of laundry liquid. 

We use the rose scented Bronners and it makes the washing smell amazing :)

Let me know if you give it a try!

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This is what a regular Saturday looks like in our house

This Saturday was so normal, it could have been boring.

But it wasn't - it was simple, cosy and full of small moments that made me really happy.

Purely just a bit of pottering about in the home - some cooking, some cleaning, spending time with the kids, and even sneaking a nap in there :)

Do you love those slow, easy days too?

When was the last time you got to have one? Hopefully it hasn't been too long xx

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Monday, May 2, 2016

How we do our weekly grocery shop (fruit & veg)

I love a good peek behind the scenes of other peoples' lives :)

It's really interesting to see how other people do every day stuff - even the things we consider the most mundane, like... grocery shopping. We all do things slightly differently and often there's a handy tip in there that will make life easy for the rest of us!

So this week I'm taking you along with my to our fruit and veg shop. You can see what we typically buy, and I'll tell you a bit about the other shops we visit weekly, our grocery budget and how we handle the environmental side of it, like shopping bags.

So, was our fruit and veg shopping the same as yours? Let me know in the comments if you do it differently, and whether you'd like to see videos like this again :)

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