Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Lots are also new to my blog and some new to reading blogs altogether.
New blog readers often ask me which other blogs I read. The answer is stacks. I rarely check my google reader (which is like an online filing system or 'in tray' of all the latest posts on the blogs I follow) without there being over 100 new posts to read.
Yes, I do read nearly all of them. I scan many. Lots are just photos, some I see the posts are long and I just skip past them, others I never miss.
The never miss ones fascinate me, for one simple reason, they live a life I don't. They live just like me, but they do/are/be something more. They tell me about their lives and entertain me as they do.
I know my readers don't like too many links so here are just four blogs that you may find worth a look.
4 Kids, 20 suitcases, and a beagle
Kirsty writes this blog, and as the heading tells you she has 4 kids, she also lives an expat life, but the countries keep changing. The four kids have all been born in different countries. The stories of their travels as a family are always entertaining, informative and all so new to me. Kirsty is also an actual writer so she can whip up a pretty good story. I learn stuff. I am hooked. The ex pat life sometimes seems so glam, other times, not so much!
I am not a vegetarian. Whenever we have vegetarian meals Mr H wears his grumpy face while it is being served. Regardless of his face, I like the menu ideas, the new options, seeing the foods that a real vegetarian eats (not the ones that say "I am vegetarian, but I do like shaved ham and cheese and bacon rolls still) Veggie Mama has Veggie baby, who has recently started solids so has a whole new area of blog posts to share too.
And then there were four.
Can you guess? Yep, four kids. But more than that. The writer of this blog is called Multiple Mum, she blogs about the family but also about her ways to try and live a more sustainable life. But not about compost and disposable nappies. I was most interested in her posts about 'Buy nothing for a year' a challenge she has just completed. Really, that is quite an effort. She also inspired me to at least think about the six items or less challenge - 6 items of clothing, 10 days - tough one!
And then I have
Mainly because she has a friggin fab house and I like to pinch her decorating ideas - not that I actually do, but in my head I think, yeah, that looks great, I could do that. Her yellow side table is still one of my favourites. She can also cook up a storm in the blink of an eye and I just like the eye candy of the food. She shares recipes if you are a baker. She also has two girls of similar age to me and sometimes I think she has been in my head when she writes about them. Her photography is also a bit of alright.
Go forth and click.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I am about to be a school Mum.
Needing to be up and on time every weekday morning.
I have never had to make lunches. Using a creche arrangement for all preschool, a chef came with the deal. I had to place an empty lunch box in to the kitchen and that's it.
I could drop and pick up at my convenience.
We now shall have to ensure the green and yellow hair ribbons are handy in the morning and school shoes, not this weeks favourite sparkly pink numbers, are placed somewhere we can find them.
There are so many things I have no idea about right now.
I am not too worried, in that, 'you dont know what you don't know' way.
Then I started tweeting with some school Mums tonight, (thanks stuffwiththing and traceyb65 ) and I realized that a handbook for new school Mums, written entirely by other Mums was needed.
I don't have the book, so I am asking you, my knowledgable readers, what do you wish you knew about being a school mum? What advice can you give me to get me there on time, little stress, and not in my jimjams.
Friday, January 27, 2012
It was months in the planning because I had to buy everything around Halloween. I waited until it was over and got everything half price, so of course I purchased way too much.
I also printed out a large number of recipes for 'spooky' food. The Americans really do this in a big way so there are lots of things to find.
These Mummy Hotdogs looked perfect.
I thought I would give them a practice run before the big day and let the kids have them for lunch.
I just couldn't get them right.
Mine looked a little like Murdered Hotdogs.
To be honest, I don't know how I can stuff these things up.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
There has been fighting amongst the ranks that has been going on for weeks.
Who is going to get the new bed?
We knew we couldn't decorate like this, as we had a budget to stick to. Mr H allowed for about $7.85 to cover everything.
The new bed is really the old bed. The bed that we had in the mouse house to try and make a little play space for Popps which we shoved under the spare bed in the new place when we got here 18 months ago. This means we stick within the budget.
Immy was bursting out of her little happy toddler bed and didn't want to move, so to encourage her, she got to pick which bed she wanted.
Popps' dollhouse bed, or the semi bunk bed option.
She chose the dollhouse which meant we had to make them change rooms too.
This actually worked out perfectly (if you remove from your mind the part where Mr H and I worked together to get the Ikea Bunk back together, minus the instructions) because the tree we wanted to stick up looks great on the green wall and the flower dimmer light that is wired in to the wall looks ok.
We culled 'treasures' from Popps' drawers, found a stash of lollies she had hidden behind some boxes and sneezed through the dust behind beds.
We now have two happy (indoor) campers.
One room, sparse with a smattering of favourite toys and prints, for a little girl still happy to play with what ever she comes across, with the best stickers to brighten it up ever.
The next room, we gave the big girl some power to decorate. I got the bunting in, she did the rest.
A little nook for a desk also managed to sneak in.
Thanks to Bright Star Kids for the tree stickers, they were really easy to do and certainly gave an excellent finish. I am looking at some for our room now too - Can you have too many wall stickers?
Friday, January 20, 2012
Other case study posts include
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
- A child needs to start by recognising the feeling that they have means that they need to wee or poo.
- They have to acknowledge that when this feeling comes, the wee or poo comes out.
- They have to remember that they need to make it to a designated area, be that the toilet or a potty (let’s hope it is usually in the same area, move that potty around and you are making it harder).
- The child, once making it to the toilet needs to remove all the items of clothing, buttons or zips that are tricky for little fingers
- Then climb up/on to the designated area, (remembering to hold on to that wee or poo that wants to come out).
- This is all to be done while the child most likely wants to be back in the sand pit, trampoline, bean bag etc.
- The follow up wiping, washing, redressing just adds to the tasks going through the little minds.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Months ago Popps returned from Kinder and asked me to download the Justine Clarke song "The Witches Ball".
I did, and from that moment on she has wanted to turn six with a Witches Ball Party.
The excellent, very talented Park Eden whipped up the invitations for me and the party preparations began.
I spent a few hours on Pinterest and cooking sites to see what I could come up with that I (the domestic goddess failure) would be able to handle on the day. I was rather stressed and sent many tweets to people for encouragement -- thank you all, you know who you are.
Popps chose the cake. It was actually pretty easy, but I say that after previously making the trampoline and the swimming pool and well, you know the echidna by now.
We decorated the house with basic streamers but put them in a spider web pattern and at Halloween time I stocked up on lots of little extra things to add to the house.
I pulled out the vases I got from the op shop for my eighties dinner party and sent Mr H and kids to the park to get some arrangements for them, they worked perfectly on the spooky food table. The front hallway was cleaned of the usual
The easy food
|Veggie Skeleton Man (and he was totally eaten).|
|Custom made cupcake holders for cakes with Chocolate Bat toppers|
|Spooky Cheese, suffocating under the gladdy.|
|Pass the spooky parcel, I found a beautiful picture book called The Ghost of Annabel Spoon, it was the perfect prize for this game.|
Friday, January 13, 2012
Hot nights and outside bars are so very hip.
|Myrtleford: Old Butter Factory. The butter is amazing. The food devine. The service lovely. The wait for food is long. Very long. So long that complimentary ice cream was delivered to the little ones.|
|We ate at the Bright Berry Farm too. Beside this poster, so you can imagine how much fun that farm is. Good ice cream though|
|Deer Farm - Bright, except this is a goat, and we didn't eat it.|
|Sorry Mr Yabby, this was your last moment before landing in a bowl of vinegar and my tummy.|
|Quick Girls, grab morning tea. (Milawa Cheese Factory)|
|Pretending to want to strap Immy in but really getting to the drivers side first.|
|Room enough for two kids in the back seat ...|
Minus the head rests, which are still under my bed so that the kids didn't touch them.
Ford contacted me and asked if I would like to take this car over Christmas. I was not paid to write this review and Ford have not requested anything from me. All thoughts about this car are my own, and I wish the car was too. Sadly it isn't, and other than the headrests it is back in the land of Ford.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Last night we went into the city and celebrated the new year with my parents and about one hundred thousand other families.
The theme for the city party was Gold.
May 2012 be a very golden year for all of you.