Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Revisting my Routines: My Morning Routine Pt1

As part of turning the corner I am revisting my routines and seeing they need tweaking.
It's been a long time since I have officially written them down. Been over 2 years since I wrote my last blog posts on them.
Since then Ethans started and finished kindy and now in school. Eli is now at the same kindy two days a weeks, so life is much different.

My aim would be to have the basics of my Morning Routine finished before we head off to school drop off. If there is anything leftover then that is a must to be done as soon as we arrive back home.

My Morning Routine
6.30am ~ Awake, turn on computer and put on the porridge pot. Have my computer time until 7am
7am ~ Start kids lunches. 
Welcome them as they wake and get them breakfast.
7.30am ~ Wake children if they aren't up already. 
Get the fed, dressed, teeth brushed etc.
Get myself dressed.
Make all our beds, pop a load of washing on if it's needed.
Check what's for dinner and pull out and start prep (defrost, precook rice for fried rice etc).
Put away dishes from last night and tidy kitchen.
Make sure bags are packed and house tidy before we leave at 8.30.

Provided I stay off the computer after 7am this is totally doable.

Do you have a Morning Routine?

Take Care

Monday, June 30, 2014

Turning the Corner

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Who knew how popular and motivational this quote would become.

So things weren't going that great here a couple of weeks ago.
With some hard work it looks as though we have turned the corner on one front, but another is rearing it's ugly head. We'll get through that too no doubt.

Now that things aren't so daunting I really need to get back to being productive.
For me that means lists and routines. That means planning my days so that I have a focus and things actually get done.

I know many feel daunted when they have a huge list and I feel that way too sometimes. When things are like that I select three things on my list and do them. Three things is usually totally doable. 20 not so much.
When I have finished those three things I select another three things.

Sometimes when I'm feeling more on top of it I'll select three things that NEED to be done that day, three things I'd LIKE to get done that day, and three things that would be AMAZING if I could get them done.
This way as long as I get my first three done I'm all good. IF I can get the next three done then fabbo. IF the last three get done that I AM AMAZING!
What isn't done on one day can easily be rolled over to the next.

There will be a bit of faking it til I make it happening here too. I can certainly see the light but there are going to be times where the light is dimmed a little and that's where the auto pilot of routines comes in handy.

So I'm making my list for tomorrow and the rest of the week.
I'm re-evaluating my routines and making them work for me. Posts to come, hopefully.

Anyone else putting one foot in front of the other right now?

Take Care

Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Planning Mondays

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Mon ~ Chicken snitzels with creamy Diane mushroom sauce and veg
Tues ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wed ~ Leftovers
Thurs ~ Apricot Chicken and veg
Fri ~ Rissoles and veg
Sat ~ Toasted sandwiches
Sun ~ Corned Beef and veg with white sauce

No Baking this week.

Take Care

Monday, June 9, 2014

Menu Planning Mondays

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Sorry I've been absent. Have had a few things going on behind the scenes that have been taking my attention lately. Nothing to stress about, but if I'm quiet know that all will be ok and I'll be back when I'm feeling motivated.

So looks like we have a double Menu Plan this week :)

Mon ~ Corned Beef and veg with white sauce
Tues ~ Curried Sausages
Wed ~ Rissoles and veg with pan gravy
Thurs ~ Slow cooked Pork chops and veg
Fri ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sat ~ Homemade Pumpkin soup and homemade bread
Sun ~ Roast Chicken and veg

Mon ~ Sausages and veg
Tues ~ Fish and veg 
Wed ~ Savoury mince on toast
Thurs ~ Hot Dogs
Fri ~ Steak and veg with creamy mushroom sauce
Sat ~ Sausages in onion gravy and veg
Sun ~ Slow Cooked Pot Roast Beef and veg with gravy

Not a great deal of baking has been happening. Herman was made into chocolate muffins and that was it!

Take Care

Monday, May 26, 2014

Menu Planning Mondays

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I've had a head cold slash flu thing this week and it's been Brians week of nights so our meal plan has been very basic and not exactly healthy.

Mon ~ Meat pies
Tues ~ Easy
Wed ~ Tuna Mornay
Thurs ~ Yumbos
Fri ~ Out for snitzel night at the pub
Sat ~ Homemade vegie full sausage rolls
Sun ~ Ham and veg soup using the ham bone from christmas

I had a big craving for chocolate cake during the week. I finally baked one on the weekend and it's certainly hitting the spot.

My taste buds seem to have gone on holiday this week with this cold/flu thing so I'm really craving heavily flavoured things. I even been wanting a packet of potato chips because they are so heavily salted that I think I might be able to actually taste them!
Next weeks menu plan will be much healthier and many of the recipes are using the lovely slow cooker.

Take Care

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10 ways to reduce your costs RIGHT NOW!

I know many of us are reeling from Tuesdays budget and many will be worrying about how they are going to stretch an already tight budget.
Many will just be starting to think about being frugal. I know when I first started it was a little confusing on where I should start.
So below are just 10 simple ways that you can start to reduce your costs of living right now, without having to spend anything!

Menu Plan ~ By planning your meals you'll be less inclined to stop by the supermarket to grab something for dinner and coming out with a massive bag of goods that you didn't really need. You can also plan to make the most of leftovers.

Cooking once, eat twice ~ You can either turn a roast pork into a casserole, sweet and sour or even simple fried rice a night or two after the main meal. Or cook up a double batch of your favourite casserole or bolognaise sauce and freeze for later. You'll use about the same amount of electricity to cook double the amount as you would for a single batch and you'll have an easy meal in the freezer for busy nights.

Reduce your meat portions ~ We love our meat and this is one aspect that we really struggle with. Meat is very important in our diets but many of us do eat a little too much. Make sure your proteins are good quality and eat less.

Greywater ~ reuse your greywater from doing the dishes, laundry and baths on your lawns and garden.

Large Loads ~ Waiting until you have a full load of laundry will save you  water, detergent and powder in the long run.

Reduce disposables ~ sew some 'not towels' from old bedsheets to use instead of paper towel for wiping up messes.

Watch your fill ~ Don't fill the whole kettle for one cuppa, only fill the kettle with as much water as you need each time. Or fill it completely and boil, the store in a thermos and make your cuppas from that for the day.

Shut up shop ~ Once the sun starts to go down, shut your doors, windows and window coverings to keep the warmth in the house.

Layer up ~ Reduce your heating bill by adding extra layers of clothing and blankets rather than turning on the heating

Walk ~ When the weather is fine walks to the shops for small trips. Walk to school or work. Even if you live too far to walk the whole distance, drive part way then walk the rest. It's good for you, your daily exercise and Vit D, but you will save fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle.

These are just a few ways that you can start to reduce your costs. There are many more, but starting here will give you a great basis to move on with.

I would love for you to share how you are reducing your costs of living in either a comment below or link to your blog.

I know the budget and politics creates much emotion and passion in people. I don't wish to discuss politics on my blog and ask that you don't comment as such either.

Lets be proactive!

Take Care

Monday, May 19, 2014

Menu Planning Mondays

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Mon ~ Homemade Hamburgers
Wed ~ Meatball subs
Thurs ~ Sausages and veg
Fri ~ Nude Parmys and veg
Sat ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sun ~ Roast Chicken and veg

~ Sugar Free Banana and Date Sourdough Muffins

Take Care