Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easy Easter Craft: Paper Plate Bunnies!

It's almost Easter! Here that means a LOT of rain, and a lot of time inside.

I love it - there's something so cosy about popping on some knitted socks and curling up with a cup of tea, a blanket and a good book while the rain 'pitter patters' on the roof..

But the kids? Not so much. It won't be long before I start to hear "I'm Bored!"

After we've exhausted colouring, Lego and Playdoh, our go-to activity for keeping the kids amused is craft. 

So I thought I'd share one of my old Easter craft favourites with you this week! 

It's a really simple one that you can do with the kids this weekend, with stuff you most likely already have at home.

All you need is:

  • Paper Plates - 1 large and 1 small for each child
  • Pink paint & paintbrushes (or pink textas or crayons if you don't have paint)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Scissors
  • A black permanent marker
  • A stapler 

Here's a pictorial How To with a throwback to when the girls' made these for Easter 2013 (they were almost 4 and almost 2 at the time, so cute!):

How to make (super easy) Easter Bunny craft

Step 1. Grab a small paper plate and paint the inner circle pink (we also put glitter around the edge).

Step 2. When it's dry, cut the paper plate in half. Now you have your bunny ears!

Step 3. Take a large paper plate and draw your bunny face on with your thick black marker.

Step 4. Now just staple your ears to the large plate and your bunny is done!

My girls decided their bunnies would be painted pink, purple and blue.

They look fantastic! Really inexpensive, kept them busy for ages and got us excited for Easter. 

Here's Soph modelling her mask:

If you give this a try at your house, comment below and let me know! Or share your pic over at the Beautifully Organised Facebook page - I'd love to see it xx

Lots of other great ideas on our Pinterest board too!

Happy Easter!

 photo msigtrans.png
Credits: This post is not sponsored and contains no affiliate links

Monday, March 30, 2015

How to get kids ready fast in the morning!

My kids and I aren't really 'jump out of bed ready to start the day!' people.

We're more 'wake up slowly and sleepily dawdle over breakfast, then find lots of other things we'd rather be doing than getting ready' people ;)

So getting ready for school on time in the morning was always a bit of a challenge for us! We would do the usual - our kids morning routine charts, our 'what's in my school bag' packing print, we'd organise our clothes the night before.. so we had the basics covered.

But the part we struggled with was going back and forth through the house looking for other things - hairbrush, elastics, sunscreen, etc. I spent more time walking around retrieving these morning essentials than I did using them to get the girls ready for school!

So we came up with this new trick - our get ready basket.

Everything we use each morning lives in one basket that I get out and put on our lounge room coffee table each morning, which is the central 'get ready' point of our house. You won't believe how much faster it has made us in the morning!

Watch this week's video to see exactly what we keep in our get ready basket:

Do you have a 'get ready basket' at your house? If so, what do you keep in it?

 photo msigtrans.png
Credits: This post is not sponsored and contains no affiliate links.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to stop losing your car in car parks

Ever watch that Seinfeld episode where the gang spend hours walking through a multi level car park trying to find their car?

Yep, that was my life. And it's worse when you have kids with you!

You've just spent an hour shopping for groceries, you've got a trolley full of cold goods and two tired, hungry and cranky kids and you're more than ready to head home.... but you have no idea where you parked!

Once I was so convinced my car was stolen from a car park I rang my brother to pick me up, only to find I had parked two aisles over and just couldn't find my car - embarrassing!

So now I use a really simple (I'm talking INCREDIBLY simple) trick to always know where I've parked - watch this week's video to find out what it is:

And that's it! Told you it was easy.

The other trick I use that I haven't mentioned in the video is to simply park in the same aisle or on the same level every time. You'd think it would be hard to get an empty spot there every time, but I seem to be lucky with this one!

What's your tip for never losing your car in a car park?

 photo msigtrans.png
Credits: This post is not sponsored and contains no affiliate links

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Free online class: How to reach the bottom of your laundry basket!

A couple of years ago I ran a free online class about how to keep up with your washing! I wasn't sure people would want help with their laundry but it turned out to be very popular..

I've just updated it, so if you want to re-watch or if you missed out the first time, head over now and take a look!

In this workshop you will learn:

* How to avoid washing basket overflow

* How to deal with mountains of clean washing easily

* My top 5 laundry tools

Plus some sneaky little tricks that will lighten your load when it comes to Laundry ;)

Head over here to watch and grab your free printable pack while you're there xx

 photo msigtrans.png

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Go back in time with me, plus free training from my B-School mentor Marie Forleo

Today I'm sharing something special for other Mums who run their own business (or would like to this year).

This won't be of interest to everyone, so if you're simply here with me for my organising tips, I completely understand if you'd like to skip the rest of this post and get back to the start of your weekend. We'll have another catch up together mid next week :)

But if you're one of the many lovely ladies who have asked me in the past year about how I created and grew my business and whether it's something anyone else could do, this email answers those questions.

I LOVE the work I do here at Beautifully Organised - I have my very own space in the world to share what's happening in my life each week (my wins and my own struggles as a busy mother!)​ and I get to help other mums who are feeling overwhelmed in their home, their life and in motherhood.

What started off as a blog to record the organising tips that were working in my home, has turned into a lovely little corner of the online world that I can call my own - and from which I earn an income that allows me to spend more time with my little family.

Want to have a peek at the transformation over the years? Here's a look at my website each year from the very beginning:
 photo BO website 2011_zpslbofiwvy.png

 photo BO website 2012_zps14lxgfuu.png

 photo BO website 2013_zpssdt9rlxa.png

 photo BO website 2014_zpsrmbvkuf4.png

 photo BO website 2015_zps0zoxyabr.png

Big changes to the website! And a lot of growth in my business too.

Now just in case this is something you want to do too - create a business around something you're passionate about (whether that be organising, or any other topic) - I'm sharing the resource I used to make that leap from blog to business.

You'll see a lot of people talking about Marie Forleo's B-School over the next few weeks, as this year's enrolment for the course starts shortly.

I'm a proud affiliate partner of Marie Forleo's B-School (which means I may earn a referral fee if you take the course on my recommendation).

I took the course for the first time in 2012 and it was a life changer. It's an 8 week program for entrepreneurs who want to leverage their online presence to make more money and change the world.

I know there are a lot of you out there who want to do just that - create your own business that lets you earn great money doing something you love, that also makes a difference to others.

I get asked almost every week about how I started and grew my business, and B-School is the program I recommend every time - because it's the reason my business is where it is now. It was the real starting point to my whole entrepreneurial journey. And I've loved every step :)

Whether you take B-School too this year or not, you'll get so much out of the free training Marie is releasing this week - I highly recommend checking it out here.

In her first video, Marie shows you what it takes to start and grow your business online and shares her own story too.

It will really get you thinking about how this could work for you.

The 3 free videos are only available for a limited time and I don't want you to miss any of them, so over the next couple of weeks you'll see a dedicated blog post from me each time a new video is available. 

I'll also keep you updated about the program when enrolment opens in case B-School feels like a good fit for you this year.

If you have any questions about Marie's free training or B-School, email me and ask away! I'm happy to share more of my story if you're interested.

 photo msigtrans.png