It’s that time of the year when most of the blogs that I follow are starting to talk about rugging up and battling the flu as they head into winter. However, for us this is the time of the year when the heat turns on (yay) and things are getting worrying (nay).
Heading into summer, usually the highlight of my year, except the realisation that I didn’t lose any weight from last summer, shrugs. This year thou, I am facing the summer with a little more dread. Australia is seeing what they call a Mega El-Nino (I think that’s what they call it). Bushfire risks have increased and preparations have already started to be Bushfire ready. Emergency services are gearing up for what they are saying could be our worse Bush Fire season ever. Continue reading “Summertime dread, and this year it’s not swimwear!”→
The Clan has been talking about how we can help people out. We have called various voluntary places to see if we can volunteer anywhere but given the clan kids ages we (they) are unable to, We can’t even take them to walk dogs at the local animal shelter.
So we have turned our thoughts to raising money. As BIG TIME Christmas fans, we decided to start our fundraising efforts for the Christmas appeals and donate toys and food. This appeal is to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people at a time when they may need it.
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.
Decide the types of foods the kids would like to snack on
Buy bulk items rather than pre boxed snacks
Break up bulk food into snacks sized portions
Actually allocate time to create
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.
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.
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.
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.
We didn’t do fruit as they take two pieces to school with their lunches.
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:
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!)
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 🙂