Monday, 24 December 2012

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Treats - Santa Hats & Tiny Teddy on a Sleigh

Brodie has his last day at kinder this week and I wanted to make some cute christmas food for the kinder party. I wanted something that wasn't too complicated.

So I decided to make Santa Hats and Teddy Bears riding sleighs. I made a small batch to see how they turned out. I used mini mars bars but for the kinder party I will use milky ways.

































 




Santa Hats

Ingredients

Strawberries
White Chocolate Bits
Desiccated Coconut

Directions

Using a knife, cut the leafy end of the strawberry off to create a flat and even bottom.
 
Melt chocolate using microwave or double boiler method. If you find the chocolate is still a bit thick put a tiny dash of oil and mix. (this will make the chocolate more runny)
 
Dip the flat end of the strawberry into the white chocolate (approx 0.5cm). Let any excess chocolate drip off into the bowl.
 
Carefully roll the choc dipped strawberry into the coconut to create the fluffy trim of Santa's hat, then dip the other end of the strawberry in the chocolate to create a pom pom effect.
 
Place onto a tray lined with baking paper and store in fridge.



Tiny Teddies riding a sleigh


Ingredients

Mini Milky Way Bars
Mini Candy Canes
Tiny Teddies Biscuits
Milk Chocolate Bits

Method

Melt chocolate using microwave or double boiler method.
 
Gently press a Tiny Teddy into the Milky Way Bar. I find holding the sides of the bar, prevents the bar from squeezing out.
 
Using a knife, place chocolate evenly on the base of the Milky Way Bar and then press candy canes lightly onto the melted chocolate, so that they stick to the bottom.
 
Place onto a lined baking tray and put in fridge.






Jade

Monday, 10 December 2012

Our Christmas Decorations

Continuing on the Christmas theme. Here are the Christmas decorations we have up around the house....nothing too flash but still wanted to share with my readers. Sorry it's pic heavy.









































































Jade


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Reindeer Food - Free Printable

Brodie asked if I could make reindeer food to give as a gift to his friends at kinder. I did this last year and it was a huge hit with the kids. I re-designed the label this year. If you want to download the printable click here.

So off to Safeway we go and here is what we came home with (not the glitter already had that ;).




I know alot of people just use the rolled oats but I like to mix things up a bit. I ended up using 1 1/2 bags of rolled oats, 1/2 a bag of the processed bran, 1/2 bag of oat bran, and about a 1/4 cup of each glitter colour.

I then set up the boys a bowl of the reindeer food each, spoon and bags, then I let them go for it. They had a great time making up the bags and making a mess.












 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The aftermath
 
 
 
And here is the finished product. If you want to download this printable click here. The labels are made to fit the hercules snack size bags.




 
  
These printables are for personal use only
You can share these, but please link to this post and not to the direct download file.
Please do not alter these and share them as your own. These are © 2012 - organising to make life easier
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jade 
 


Monday, 3 December 2012

Our Christmas Tree ~ Updated

I have decided that my next couple of posts will about Christmas since it is now December. We put our Christmas tree up last weekend and it was really nice to be able to put pressies under there. The boys keep asking for one of those trains that go around the tree, and as much as I would like one I just know that the boys wouldn't be able to keep there hands off it. Maybe we might get one in a couple of years.

I have been playing around with my camera and researching online on 'How to take a photo of a Christmas tree'.  There is still so much to learn on my camera. I would love to get a photo of our boys in front of the tree before Christmas.



A big thank you to the Ally and Felicity for helping me with the settings on my camera.



Here is the before photo when I was playing with the settings on  my camera (I didn't know much)



Before


And here is the after with some help from some camera buffs :)




After




Close up of our Christmas Tree



Wrapped Christmas Pressies



Has you got their Christmas Tree up now?






Jade



Monday, 26 November 2012

Ice Cream 1st Birthday Party

I wanted to share some photos from my nephews 1st birthday party. My very talented sister in law put together a absolutely gorgeous table. Check out the photos below.








Does this make you want have a icecream now?




Jade

Monday, 19 November 2012

Tips on reducing your grocery bill

It was great to read all of your comments on Facebook on how you reduce your grocery bill.

I thought it would be a great idea to put the tips altogether in one place and share with you all.

And here are all the fantastic tips.


Always shop in your own pantry and freezer first

I plan my menu based on what is on special at the supermarkets

I bake once a week and try to make most things for the kids lunch boxes as healthy and frugal as possible

Only eat fruit and veg when they are in season.

Stock pile items that will keep and that I know I will use, buy them when they are on special which ultimately saves money.

Shop at Aldi

Make everything fom scratch

Buy meat in bulk when on sale and meal plan from your freezer


When I sat down to do the meal plan for last week I implemented one of the above ideas


Always shop in your own pantry and freezer first






If you would like to download my menu planner you can do that here.


If you have any other tips please I would love you to share them below in the comments. I will keep updating the tips from the comments so all the tips are in the one section.


The printables are for personal use only
You can share these, but please link to this post and not to the direct download file.

Please do not alter these and share them as your own. These are © 2012 - organising to make life easier





Jade

Monday, 12 November 2012

Keeping It Real #4 - Our Bedroom

If you haven't seen my series on Keeping it Real you can see the playroom, kitchen & bathroom here,  here. and here.


Today's keeping it real is our bedroom.




Big pile of clean clothes to be put away


More clean clothes to put away


Not too bad just perfume, necklace and DVD


Shoes, shoes and more shoes





Dirty washing that hasn't made it to the laundry as yet







Jade

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Tupperware Drawer Organisation

Our 2 year old thinks the tupperware drawers are wonderful to play with, and when its not summer here we don't use as many tupperware containers. During summer we cut up lots of fruit. So we have extra containers in the drawers which means some reorganisation is needed.

So here are the before photos



Before





Before


And here are the after photos



After






After



I know these drawers will only look like this for a couple of days but I will enjoy them while it lasts.




 
 
Jade

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Rubbermaid Lunchblox Giveaway Winners

A huge thank you to Arron from Fairdinks for giving my lovely readers a chance to win a Rubbermaid Lunchblox 10 piece set. Remember if you want to shop at Costco but have no way of getting there make sure you visit fairdinks you can purchase online and they will deliver to your door.



Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
2 20 
Timestamp: 2012-10-30 09:19:50 UTC
 
 
Congratulations
 
to
  
Becci Sundberg
&
Kathryn Dunn


Please email me to claim your prize.


Thanks to everyone that entered if you were not one of the lucky winners, you can still purchase one from fairdinks.




Jade

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Making Our Mornings Easier Tip No #3

If you missed my previous posts on making mornings easier you can see them here and here.

If you can do something the night before.....DO IT!

I try and do the below on every weeknight.


  • Make lunches or snacks for the next day for kinder
  • Get the kids clothes out for the next day
  • Get out any kinder forms that need to be returned
  • Get out library bag for kinder
  • Pack their bags if they are spending the day at the grandparents house


Most of the tips I have mentioned in this little series are not huge time savers by themselves but when you add them all up 1 minute here, 3 minutes here, it does makes a huge difference to those early morning starts.




Jade

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Rubbermaid Lunchblox Giveaway - Fairdinks

The winners are Becci Sundberg & Kathryn Dunn

For those who follow my facebook page you would know a little while ago I posted, I had found the perfect lunch box for the boys. It's the Rubbermaid Lunchblox. I was purchased the 10 piece set from fairdinks.

Here is what you get with the 10 piece set.






The containers are modular and click together, you can turn them upside down and they won't fall off, and the blue ice blocks also click in place so the items can be kept cold. You can see a you tube video of how the lunchblox works here.

I packed this for Brodie when we went to the Royal Melbourne Show. I used the entree set, side container and 2 snack containers.





I am such a huge fan of the lunchblox, I just couldn't resist contacting Arron from Fairdinks to discuss a potential giveaway. Arron has decided that he will donate 2 x Rubbermaid Lunchblox 10 piece sets for a giveaway......Thanks Arron.


So here is a little info about Fairdinks.





When Fairdinks heard that a big American retailer was coming to Melbourne they said "about time"!

People with businesses and families, love competitive prices on great quality imported and local products. 
 
Fairdinks recognized a gap in the market and launched an online option and delivery service for you.
You can get your favourite quality products from Costco delivered to your door for $15 - this does not include crazy car park excursions.

Fairdinks.com.au also supports multiple charities including:











 




Giveaway Details


 2 x Rubbermaid Lunchblox (10 piece set)



The giveaway will be hosted by organising to make life easier blog page.
 
To enter you must be an Australian resident and only one entry per person will be accepted.
The giveaway will commence on Wednesday 24th October at 6.30am AEST and close on Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 8pm AEST.
 
Two lucky winners that have met the giveaway requirements will be selected via number allocation at random.org and will be publicised via this blog page and facebook.
 
The winners will have 3 days to make contact to claim their prize, otherwise they will be redrawn.

The entry requirements are:
 
  • You must be a liker of organising to make life easier facebook page
  • A liker of Fairdinks facebook page 
  • You will need to comment underneath THIS blog post with first and last name otherwise your entry will NOT be accepted.

 
A big thank you to Arron from Fairdinks.
 
Good luck to everyone.
 
 
 
 
 
Jade
 
This post is not sponsored.

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