Tuesday, May 5

Currently reading .................

............... the absolutely unputdownable ...............

No time for housework, tidying, DIY or crafting, just reading!!!!


Monday, March 16

Planner Crazy

I couldn't resist the current craze for all things planner related. But, when looking at all my lists, notebooks and post its, it kind of made sense to bring everything together in one place and get organised.  I knew I wanted A5 size but wasn't prepared to invest too much in it yet.  I need to see if I can resist cute notebooks and loads of other list making tools first.  I went for this.

Buy Filofax Clipbook Online at johnlewis.com
It's a Filofax Clipbook, the full Filofax budget cousin, so far it's ticking all my planner boxes.

One thing I am definitely planning is my diet.  A trip to the changing rooms at M&S today meant I was confronted with a 360 mirror and I didn't like what I saw!  I was trying on this cute T from the sales.
In fact, I think I have broken the planner habit already as I bought a cheap 2015 diary to try and track my food intake before it even occurred to me that I could use my planner.  Oh well! 


Sunday, March 15

Mother's Day and Old Ladies Thermals

Happy Mother's Day all.  Hope you had a good one.  I had some hand made goodies from the children and 2 boxes of chocs.  One smaller one I can't eat, but that's OK cos everytime a little hand reaches for my Thorntons I can shove a Lindt one in their direction instead!

My 1st camping trip of the year will be in May this year and I've been busy buying thermals in the M&S sales in preparation.

I thought this
 Heatgen™ Long Sleeve Top Clothing
might look good underneath this

and (hopefully) I won't freeze!

I've won a new tent courtesy of Camping Magazine and Coleman

that I want to test out.

I normally take a larger version for comfort, but I'm wondering if I will be significantly warmer in this smaller one with no windows. 

As far as crafting goes, still turning out and re-organising and investigating how to get photos on here with the wonky old laptop.


Monday, March 9

Kitchen reorganisation

I should be studying, but instead I've had the urge to reorganise my kitchen on a complete whim!  I blame Alejandra.  I keep watching her videos and wishing for a neat and tidy existence.

I've found so much out of date food it's practically criminal and packets which have been ruined by inadequate storage.  A Glebe cake mix that was only just out of date has gone in the oven for an afternoon reward.

Once I had purged the old packets I worked out what new storage was needed and popped into town for an hour.  Luckily TK Maxx had some Lock & Locks for £1.99 so I scooped them up.  They are my favourite storage containers as the kids and even SMO can't fail to put the lids on properly.

I also treated myself to these from Lakeland.
 Caddy Stack Storage Caddy
They are now full of food packets, baking supplies and the lids off of spare food containers.  

Now, what shall I clear out next?



Monday, January 19

Slip sliding away?

Are you struggling to walk to school on wet or icy pavements whilst holding up 2 children, one on each arm?  If this sounds like you, I have a recommendation for you.  Antarctica boots.

Last winter, fed up with slipping around on slick wet/icy pavements I decided to try some snow boots from a local independent shop and I haven't looked back.  I've unpacked them again this winter and they're still going strong.  A good grip on wet or icy paths and the bon us that they work for snow days too.

I was wondering if they will last for a 3rd winter and started looking around for a new pair.  To my horror I couldn't find them and the girl in the original shop I had bought them in just looked at me blankly (that vacant Saturday shop girl expression!)  Then by chance I found a pair in John Lewis and discovered they have become a John Lewis own brand!  This pair are now mine.
 Buy John Lewis Artic Rainboot, Black Online at johnlewis.com
These are similar to the style of the pair I originally bought (great for fitting any calf size.)
 Buy John Lewis Antartica 2 Snow Boots, Black Online at johnlewis.com
They aren't listed as Antarctica but you can see the label in the pictures.  I shall be keeping an eye open for the sales and maybe adding a 3rd pair to my collection.  Maybe in a different colour to black.
 Buy John Lewis Alaska Ankle Boots Online at johnlewis.com
Hopefully they will be popular at John Lewis and they will continue to stock them.  Then I will never have to worry about finding winter boots again!


Thursday, January 1

What will 2015 bring?

It's the start of another year and my thoughts turn to the future.  My personal hopes for 2015 are:

  • To complete my level 3 Diploma in Chrildren and Young Peoples Workforce (early years pathway if that's of interest to anyone!) It's been far more work than I ever anticipated in terms of the number of hours involved.  Perhaps it's best I hadn't known or maybe I wouldn't have taken the plunge and started it.
  • As I start to pack away the Christmas decorations this week I think about whether we will be putting them up here at the end of the year or in a new house.  Each year I have thought it will be a new house and each year it's not.  This year I plan to set myself smaller goals on the way to moving and then at least I should be able to see us moving forward.
  • To be creative.  In my spare time I would like to see myself being creative.  Time restraints have meant that I have had to let go of my position on the Blue Moon Beads design team.  The guilt that I wasn't making anything from one month to the next was just too much.  I am still completely downsizing my craft supplies and I will explain that in full in a later post (I know it caused a few comments when I anounced the cull on a previous post!)  For now my goal is to be creative for me, making things I want to make, when I want to make them.
  • To organise my photography.  The loss of the main computer has meant that I can't easily access my pictures.  Nothing is lost, I have discs and memory cards, but I have no where to easily access them right now.  I think an external harddrive is definitely on my 2015 plan.  I would like to plan photography time into each week.  I'm not sure yet what form that will take as one of my major projects took a hard knock at the end of the summer and I haven't fully recovered my enthusiasm yet.
Well that's it the four main aims of my 'spare' me time.  The rest of my time is of course filled to the brim with family life!

Wishing everyone a very happy start to the New Year.


Monday, December 22

Christmas cheer

Still here, still battling on.  Old computer still out of action, but getting more used to the  lap top now.  Haven't uploaded any photos yet, that's a must on the to do list.  Also need to look and see if it can cope with a hook up to the printer, but not sure if that will happen this side of the new year!

The days are zooming by and Christmas fast approaches.  The schools have broken up, we've had the church nativity (Small-n-Grubby was Joseph and Branston Pickle was a king) and now I'm on to the big tidy up before Christmas Eve.

Hope everyone's having a peaceful run up to Christmas.