Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Making Our Mornings Easier Tip No #1 - Kids Pj's

Getting ready in the mornings can be a real struggle sometimes. My boys are aged 5, 3 & 2 and I have recently implemented some things that they can do for me in the mornings to make it easier for me. I've started another little series (yep I know another series).

Tip No 1  - Kids Pj's

My boys get dressed in our lounge room in the mornings. I use to fold their pj's and put them on the ottoman or the arm of the couch but 5 minutes later my youngest would fling them off. Or the kids would start throwing them around and they would be all over the living area....very frustrating. I have a basket (yes another basket) that sits between the couch and our entertainment unit. After the kids have taken their pj's off they put them in the basket and they stay in the basket until after bath that night. We always know where the pj's are because they have a home. The kids have not played with the pj's since doing this. With the amount of washing our kids produce we also only wash pj's after 2 nights. I did the calculations if they wore a pair of new pj's every night that is 21 pairs of pj's a week to wash and that's just pj's.




PJ Basket






PJ's in basket







Jade

Linked to abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com.au; delightfulorder.blogspot

Monday, 23 July 2012

Keeping It Real #3 Bathroom

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


Todays keeping it real is our bathroom.



















Jade



Linked to delightfulorder.blogspot; organizeyourstuffnow; debtfreemommyblog







Sunday, 15 July 2012

I was awarded a Liebster Blog Award

A couple of weeks ago I received the Liebster Blog Award from Jill at Life at number 91. I must admit that when I received it I was shocked and didn't really know much about it.

When I typed in "Liebster Blog Awards" there were pages and pages on blogs that had received the award. I think it is a great award and it definately shares blog love.




Here are the rules for accepting the award


•Copy and paste the award on your blog

•Link back to the blogger who gave you the award

•Pick your five favourite bloggers with under 200 followers who deserve to be recognised

•Hope the five chosen bloggers will continue to spread the blog award love


Here are the 5 bloggers that I have chosen


The Flying Drunken Monkey - I don't know if Cassie has under 200 followers. I recently came across her blog about a month ago. She has some great recipes and how she is trying to change her life and home one baby step at a time. Great motivation.

organisingthethreeofus - Leanne has only been blogging for a couple of months. She has some great organisation tips and takes fantastic photos.

Life at Number 91 - Jill was the one who gave me this award. She has some fantastic ideas on organising.

motivatedmommyoftwo - Shirley has 2 beautiful kids and blogs about her everyday life. I actually went to Ikea the other day because Shirley did a post on organising her pot lids and I thought great idea I have to get one.

livingonalatte - I know Kaz has more than 200 followers on her facebook page but I just couldn't not include her. She has amazing organising ideas, great recipes and kids activities on her blog.

So go and check out these great blogs I am sure you will pick up some great tips.

Thanks Jill for the award





Jade

Monday, 9 July 2012

Budget Review Time

When it is the end of the financial year it is time for me to go through our budget. Our budget spreadsheet has all our costs for the year then I have the costs broken down into monthly, fortnightly and weekly amounts.  We have 3 bank accounts:
  • Everyday account - groceries, entertainment, misc
  • Direct Debits - Home loan, private health, car and home insurance, kids savings
  • ING - Bills and savings

When payday comes around I have set up automatic transfers into our direct debit and ING accounts. Setting up the direct debit account is the best thing we have done. I was constantly having to check my calender when payments were coming out. As sometimes you thought there was more money in the account but then you forget that your car payment was coming out the next day. We use ING for our savings and bills. I find if the money isn't in the account then I can't spend it. And when those big bills come in I don't stress where the money is going to come from. I also love that when I request money from ING it takes 24 hours for the money to come back to our account which also saves any temptation while out shopping.

I go through the electricity, gas, water, rates, insurance and telephone bills for the last financial year and see whether I have under estimated the costs and if I have I will adjust accordingly. I have also found that I have to add in extra costs this year as our youngest will start swimming and our eldest will be starting school. It can be quite scary when you look at how much some things cost.

If you want to download my budget spreadsheet you can do that here. The highlighted green cells already have a formula so you don't need to enter any amounts into these cells. If you need help with formulas let me know and I can help.

Do you go through your budgets often or do you have any tips to share?



Jade

Linked to delightfulorder.blogspot;

Monday, 2 July 2012

Take Away Menus - with category tabs

I am sure alot of my readers have their take away menus in a A4 display book. We have used a display book for years. I was at Officeworks recently and I came across a green display book. If you have been following my blog you know I have a thing for just about anything green for my living and kitchen area.I was finding it really annoying flicking through 10 pages just to find the menu that I wanted. I wanted to take the take away menu folder one step further. I took out all the menus and organised them into categories. My categories are:

Pizza
Fish and Chips
Thai
Chinese
Indian

I used some self adhesive tabs and labelled them with my trusty Dymo labeller. Here is the finished product.




My Take Away Menu Folder



Tabs on take away menu folder



Even hubby commented the other night how easy it was to find a menu.

Any other ideas on how to store the take away menus?



Jade
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