Hair hacks style #3

So I pin (terest) an awful lot of hair styles in the “one day I’m gunna try” file. I have always wondered, for someone like myself who struggles to even get the hair dryer to point the right way in the mirror, how simple these easy hair hacks really are. Follow my hair hacks posts to see!

Last time I tried the Easy Plaited Updo I tried and tried to do again but never made it any better than my first attempt shown here: Continue reading “Hair hacks style #3”

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Getting kids snacks in order

I lack imagination when it comes to kids snack food.

Truly the clan kids can eat. Our grocery shopping is done, a huge lack of imagination for snack foods, and many pre-boxed ‘school’ snacks enter the house only to vanish within days of arrival.

Lucky for me there is many, many ideas floating around on Pinterest to copy. But then time and various other laziness like reasons, they have always been for viewing pleasure with lots of oh that’s cool and NFA (no further action).

But this weekend, we had a clan meeting, not a normal house meeting like the declutter meeting, but a clan meeting. I might post about it later. (I still did the normal house meeting dance thou – I couldn’t help myself).

We discussed a few ideas and determined the lack of snack options led to the vanishing of school snacks so rapidly. So we consulted our trusty food ideas Pinterest board, and we created a plan.

Our plan

  1. Decide the types of foods the kids would like to snack on
  2. Buy bulk items rather than pre boxed snacks
  3. Break up bulk food into snacks sized portions
  4. Go shopping
  5. Actually allocate time to create

The outcome

So excited. We now have 65 snack bags: vegie bags, cracker bags, celery sticks and dried fruits. Oh and yoghurts. The clan kids chipped in with peeling, cutting and bagging. All up it took us less than an hour.

Not only did we save money. But we now feel organised for the week, and I am having a proud mummy moment for actually having some healthy snacks available for them.

Veggie snack bags  Cracker snack bags

 

Some notes

  1. We kept it simple and only used foods that they all eat and liked, carrots cucumber, celery, capsicum and snow peas. We can work up to something more elaborate in the future.
  2. The bags worked, but we think it might be pretty wasteful, so we will shop around for some cheap snack containers that we can reuse.
  3. We also set some rules about snacks, they can have 1 from the fridge (veggies) and 1 from the pantry (crackers or dried fruit) and if they are still hungry a yoghurt.
  4. We didn’t do fruit as they take two pieces to school with their lunches.

A feeling organised Clan Mummy

Hair hacks style #2

So I pin (terest) an awful lot of hair styles in the “one day I’m gunna try” file. I have always wondered, for someone like myself who struggles to even get the hair dryer to point the right way in the mirror, how simple these easy hair hacks really are. Follow my hair hacks posts to see!

Last week I tried the low messy bun, I practised really, really hard. But it was not to be. This was the best one:

low messy bun

Yep I’m with you, I still don’t think I got it, so I am giving myself a Mane Score: 3 of 5. I will continue to practice this one though. I am sure I will do it eventually.

This week I found a very awesome plaited like bun thing, I am so good with hair terminology, at the Hair Romance site, actually called Easy Plaited Updo. The instructions seem pretty simple. (I’ve said that before!)

Please wait while I do my hair……

Well, I am really surprised, this was simpler to do than the low bun. Next time I will try to get the top plait to sit a little lower so it isn’t so obvious. But a little chuffed I worked it out. And I really like the way it shows off the colours. (thanks to my lovely hairdresser who has complete creative control!)

Easy plaited updo 20151026_232140

Bobby pin placement still needs a little work as it doesn’t feel very secure.

I will definitely buy some little elastic things as my standard black ones were a little too bulky. Also I did buy and use a clip to hold the bottom part out of the way while I did the top plait, it all kept getting muddled.

I shall spend the next week perfecting this, and show it off next week, when I trial my next hair style.

I feel like a need a little catchy sign off for these posts. Any suggestions appreciated 🙂

Yours in hair
Clan Mummy

Hair hacks style #1

So I pin (terest) an awful lot of hair styles that one day I’m gunna try. I have always wondered, for someone like myself who struggles to even get the hair dryer to point the right way in the mirror, how simple these easy hair hacks really are.

Now that we are vamping up our lives and attempting to go from drab to fab, now is the time. (it’s also the time for the use of some, ok any, beauty products, but one step at a time)

I currently have two styles down and up, which is the height of drabness, I know. Sometimes brushed, sometimes… well left as nature made it.

The down do
The down do
The up do
The up do

I have always quite liked the look of the messy bun. So my first attempt is a low messy bun.

So basically split into two, roll, band, tuck through, scrunch and pin. How hard can it be. Ha, First attempt…

The messy bun
The messy bun

Well it’s low and I definitely got the messy bit worked out. Hmmm.. well the split and roll worked, although a third hand would have been useful for holding one side while I rolled the other. I may need to invest in some clips of some kind. It was the tuck, scrunch and pin part that baffled me a little.

I shall spend the next week perfecting this, and show it off next week, when I trial my next hair style.

Clan Mummy

Healthy eating starts today – By Clan Mummy

So after a school holiday full of eating less than healthy meals, a huge amount of pre-boxed meals and last nights effort of nachos for dinner, we have all committed to a new lifestyle of eating healthy.

Clan Daddy took the kitchen duties tonight (points for him!) and managed a pretty good meal basic chicken and salad.

Chicken and Salad
Chicken and Salad

Our salad consisted of spinach, cucumber, snow peas, bean sprouts, carrot and tomatoes. The chicken was coated with lemon juice and rosemary.

So over the next few days we will be reading more about how to cook a variety of basic healthy meals.