Saturday, May 9, 2015

Easy Meal Planning for Busy Mums

Pre-kids, I LOVED cooking. Pottering about in the kitchen with a glass of wine, standing over the stove enjoying the soothing repetition of stirring risotto...

Yeah. That changed completely when the kids came along!

Can anyone else relate to this?

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Yep, me too. I needed to make life in the kitchen a bit easier and for me, that meant finding a simple way to:

  • Plan out our meals
  • Get dinner on the table no matter how busy we were that day
  • Reduce the number of complaints we got from the kids about our dinner choices

Watch the video below to see how we do it in our house:

Now it's your turn! 

What meal planning / cooking / arguing with the kids tips do have have for dinnertime in your family?

We can never have enough ideas!!

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P.S. Pen and paper works just fine, but if you'd like a copy of the pretty meal planning sheets I use, you can get them as part of the Beautifully Organised House & Family Binder. 

RRP is $30, but if you sign up for email updates using the 'Like this post?' banner just below this message, it will take you to a thank you page that offers you the whole binder (lifetime access, print as many times as you want, never goes out of date) for just $7. And you get my Easy Mornings eBook for free too xx

Let me know how your meal planning goes!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Easy Online Tutoring for the Kids

A few of you have written in asking for more information about this month's sponsor, Lifestyle Tutoring for Kids!

So I thought I'd make a video for you letting you know why I think online tutoring is a great concept, and giving you a peek behind the scenes of how it works.

Click below to watch the video!

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If you're thinking of getting a tutor for your children, online tutoring could be the perfect option for you. It's available any time, great on the budget and you don't have to worry about having a stranger in your home - or need to tidy up for them ;)

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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!

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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?

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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?

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