Thursday, September 18, 2014

Three Year Old Thursday - Finger Paint

The weather around here has been crazy this week - windy and raining one minute, sunshine the next. Spring! I have a few outdoor activities, one of which that I was wanting to do at the last week so that I could share with you today, but our moons have not aligned and either the weather has been rubbish or something else has come up (like a dire need to do the giant Sesame Street floor puzzle every afternoon when we get home from daycare).

With outside being so temperamental I planned for a fun indoor activity on Sunday so that we could actually get something exciting done. I have had a magazine page pull-out for making finger paint stashed away in my office for probably over a year now collecting dust, this week I finally used it!

We had a blast not only painting with the goods but also in the making of it. Leah had a friend over to visit on Sunday and we enjoyed making the Finger Paint together.


Stirring to make colour...

And Here's how you make it:

You'll need:
1 cup of flour
1t salt
1 1/4 cups of cold water
1 cup boiling water
Food Colouring

Combine the flour and salt. Add the cold water and stir until smooth. Gradually add this mixture to the cup of boiling water in a saucepan. Boil until the mixture becomes smooth and thick. Add as much food colouring as you need until you get the desired colours. It's a good idea to divide the paint up and create a variety of colours like we did. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lemon Curd Cake

I love lemon flavoured anything and luckily for me, my lemon tree is absolutely overloaded with yellow spheres of deliciousness at the moment. It's laden with them! To the point that they're falling on the ground. I have so many I don't know what to do with.

The good thing about Maternity leave is that there's so many people that want to see the baby that you can fob food off onto them and not have to eat an entire cake yourself (Mr. Man would do something like that... not me).

When I came across this recipe this week, I had to try it. It comes courtesy of the Chelsea Sugar website, which has a multitude of yummy recipes on it. There's a few other lemon ones I'm keen to try. Have a look. I would put money on the fact that there's something there that you'd be keen to wrap your laughing gear around.

If you click on the photo of the Lemon Curd Cake I made, it will take you to the recipe for it on the Chelsea Sugar website.

Enjoy xox

Monday, September 15, 2014

Gearing up on the 30 before 30

I'm so excited about the 30 goals before 30 challenge I've set myself. I've missed having my list of set goals throughout 2014 and I'm so glad to get it underway again. Especially seeing as m any of them are fairly lofty goals that I'll need to work at over time.

Last week for my Weekly 10 challenge I wanted to schedule some of these goals so that I could 1) get excited about them, 2) make sure I'm hitting all of them and 3) giving some of them enough time to get off the ground and perhaps if I take some away now (either by planning for them, locking them in or starting towards them) it will show me which ones I'm neglecting so I can get on to them.

So without further adieu, I present....
Pretty exciting that one of the challenges is already complete. The joys of having started writing my list months and months ago - before I was pregnant.
Goal #1: Have of be pregnant with baby #2.....

For Goal #2: Lose 30kg. I have taken my first weight on the 3/9/14. This was a week after having Willow so I'm hoping that the first week's rapid weight loss has less to do with the fact I was still shedding baby weight and more that I was just very busy with a new baby and haven't had time to eat too much crap. I have been drinking a lot of water also, so that could have helped. Either way, my first week saw me lose 3.5kg! Fluke I reckon. Planning for a bit more exercise over the new little bit too including walks with my sister. Progress!

I hadn't done anything for Goal #3: Learn how to apply a good face of make up, but was going to talk about it with my beautiful friend Nicola, who is a make up artist, when we were at lunch yesterday. She went one step further to say that she'd been reading my blog and thought for my birthday (in January) she would get me a super duper tutorial with an amazing make up artist set up for me. Her thoughts are that she would be able to show me an 'everyday' look as well as something for going out. 'Peeeeeeerfect!' I said.

Goal #6: Do the colour run, also got it's first injection of motivation yesterday when I ordered my ticket and made a Team. My team currently has me and 4 other people in it - some pretty cool fun chicks too. I'm so excited about it. Now to talk them into getting dressed up for the occasion.....

For Goal #8: 52 lists project, I have just put on my Week 10 list for next week to make all the headers and print them so that they're ready to go. Or not print them... I hate my handwriting... would rather type them... hmmmm.

My reading Goal (#14) is coming along nicely. I'm about to finish my 2nd book of 30. I do need to make sure I make time for reading though. As much as I love it, it is a struggle.

Choosing where to go for Goal #16: Have high tea with friends is going to be a mission. I may have to go to more than one...

Half of Goal #20: is going to have some steam put behind it this week, with one of my Weekly 10 goals to begin to get my herb garden on the go again. The state of my vege garden is absolutely shameful!.. so that might take a bit longer. I would like to plant some strawberries for summer though.

Aaaand other than that (which I think is a pretty good dent for starters) I haven't done anything but just think about the other goals. I'll try and keep up with a progress report post on the 30 before 30 every 2 or 3 weeks to see how I'm going. 

Eeeeep! Things getting done, so exciting. Haha, what a nerd!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Silent Sunday - The new first of many

I'm going to break mould a teensy bit and just explain the new Silent Sunday.

At the moment I'm taking photos based on the Fat Mum Slim photo prompts for the month. I've tried this in the past but having a capable phone now makes it soooo much easier. On Sundays I'll put the week's photos into a collage and share with you.

I also share these all on instagram. Click the scrolling slideshow at the top on the right hand border to see my profile.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekly 10 - 13 - 20 September

“It is not enough to be busy... The question is: what are we busy about?”

1. Clean microwave and fridge Sunday

2. Clean and organise drawers in kitchen Saturday
Believe it or not, this was the pile of utensils that came out of one of the drawers.

I'm not sure who needs 2 whisks or 3 mashers, but we have extras that have been put away for when we need it.
So happy with the result here, with less things in them it's much easier to keep the drawers clean.
3. Update family and about me pages on blog Monday
I clicked these last week and was horrified that the last update on the 'Our family' page was done close to 2 years ago! The 'About me' page hadn't been touched since I began my blog. As well as updating, I've learned a lot of things about layout etc since then, so the 'About me' page especially looks heaps better. Check them out!

4. Make a start on baby books Tuesday
I know one day I'll thank myself for doing this... and hopefully Leah and Willow will too, but until then it's quite exhausting! I'm keeping all of these books up to date by hand PLUS making digital photo books on shutterfly for each year of the girls life up until 5 years of age - then there'll be family ones. I need a nap just looking at them!

5. Drink a gallon of water everyday #30gallonwaterchallenge
I must say. I didn't drink this much water, but I am happy to cross it off as I've made a huge effort to drink more water, and that's what this goal was about.

6. Finish off netting/curtain/window cleaning and clean the couch cushions Tuesday
The curtains were the job I was supposed to be doing on the day that I had Willow. It's taken my poor old body a couple of weeks to get to a point where I was happy to get onto it and I'm so glad it's done. Cleaning the couch cushions was worth it simply to see the happy reaction of my husband...I've never seen him so happy about cleaning!

7. Re-programme Violet the dog for Willow Tuesday

8. Schedule and plan some 30 before 30 goal stuff Thursday
Watch out for a blog post on Monday about what I've began to think about with these goals.

9. Watch the rest of the TED talks I have loaded up Monday
TED talks are great educational gems. They allow anyone in the world to get amazing conferent quality PD from the comfort of your own home. On pinterest a while back I stumbled across this list of the '50 TED talks every educator should check out'. There were a few I'd seen on there before but many of them I had not. Even the talks that weren't specifically targeted toward my sector of education were really thought provoking. I've now watched all the ones I've wanted and even made a note of those that I might be able to use when I work with leading other teachers.

10. Plan for activities to do with Leah from Gymboree book and pinterest pins Sunday
Absolutely loving the Weekly 10 at the moment. I feel like I'm getting things done. I had a day this week where my teeny weeny Miss wasn't having a bar of sleeping and was having a bit of a feeding frenzy. We sat and watched a movie together while she got it all out of her system and afterward I felt toast! Keeping myself busy has been keeping me awake it would seem. Thank you Weekly 10!

So with that little love in mind... let's see what's going on next week...

1. Do Willow's calendar page photo.

2. Get month photo dots ready, find or make?

3. Clean out other cupboards in the kitchen.

4. Get baby book photos of a memory stick ready for printing. If I'm really clever I will print them AND put them in the books.

5. iPad reformat.

6. Spray paint pots and get ready for potting next week - weed, buy potting mix and plants.

7. READ!

8. Complete advent calendar.

9. Make Lemon Curd cake.

10. Look (and make) recipes with the 'Mother Earth' honey ready for the blog posts.

What are you keeping yourself busy with this week?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Things I'm Loving

"Every week may not be good but there is something good in every week."

This week was my first week at home with Willow & Leah without Mr. Man. I was terrified about getting in and out of daycare 4 days a week to drop Leah off with another little one, but it's been fine. I don't know what I was worried about!

I love Channing Tatum at the worst of times... and this made me love him even more.

I'm loving my new Well child book cover from the lovely midwife that's been taking care of me since I had Willow. With Leah neither my midwife or the plunket ladies did anything like this for me (although I did buy a pretty cover for it), but Willow's book is stunning - a cover made for us, pretty stickers from everyone that's seen her. We all know how much I looooove pretty.

Loving The Rock 1000. For those of you who aren't as cool as me :P, this is a countdown of the best 1000 'rock' songs as voted by listeners of the channel. It really kicks into gear next week with the best 400ish songs. Been great background music this whole week.

I love this inquisitive mind.

Loving tummy time. This dog is just the best.

And lastly... I'm loving my Weekly 10 project. Getting so much done.

What are you loving this week?