Tardiness is NOT tolerated!

Being late is something people either hate and try to avoid or have made it a habit and are never on time. Whether you are one or the other once you have children being LATE is a constant struggle in life. When one is organised, being late should never happen. If you prepare ahead (the evening…

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“You’re a SUPER MUM”

Have any of your been dubbed a ‘super mum’ (mom for my US viewers).  Over the years my friends and family (and even recently, my husband), have called me this or have even bragged to others;  “You’re a super mum”. What is a supermum exactly? This is what the online dictionary defines as a SUPERMOM?

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The prang I never had!

Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable This is a tough one for me; if I was to answer this as a child, the list would be huge.   Nothing worries me too much these days, those that know me would probably honestly say that “nothing fazes her”. Grizzly critters, crawling bugs, spiders, insects etc do not frighten…

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That job everyone hates doing…..

It’s used every day, gets splattered, stained, full of grime and grease, and   a constant battle to keep clean (no, its not the boys bathroom); it’s the job of CLEANING THE OVEN. Over a period of time, it gets dirtier and greaser….yet we put off this cleaning job time and time again.  WHY?  Because it requires TIME, ENERGY…

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A home-schooling mum’s chore chart

Need some jobs or chores done by the kids; here is a simple idea for getting chores done around the home.  This busy home schooling mum of 6 has kindly shared her effective chore chart with No Excuses! Easy organising for large families. Each child has a A4 laminated card printed with their name at the…

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Setting up a homework area!

Homework  areas are great for those with large families and if you have the room for an extra table rather than using the dinning one then I highly recommend it. Picture this; 6 kids all sprawled round a kitchen bench top or the dinning table, writing, asking for help, while the 4 yr old tugs on the…

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School bags, blazers & hat storage

Last year organising the children’s items for the new school year was a challenge but we got there in the end!  Perhaps your household is the same; at the end of the school day, the front door area can be a dumping ground for school bags, blazers and even shoes. Last years area although worked for a short while, ended…

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The Hokey Pokey wash…

Have you ever wondered where the Hokey Pokey song originated from?  It seems to go back to the early 1800’s and has many different names and meanings based on the lyrics below.  If you are up for a bit of history, the Hokey Cokey (as it was named in the UK) can be read about…

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Why do they need 4 sharpeners?

Purchasing supplies, text books and stationery for the upcoming school year can be very daunting.  Whether purchasing for a small of large family; the whole process can be a long and stressful one.  Not only does it hit the pocket HARD, it also takes up a great deal of time and lots of running around. This…

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Don’t panic, you will get there in the end.

{re-published from January 2012} There are so many mummy bloggers out there today and the main topic being talked about all over the place (at the moment in AUS) is “getting back to school” and organisation tips. So many have great ideas, others with quaint and pretty areas in their homes eg front door school bag nooks,…

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BERRY DELICIOUS ICE~CREAM CAKE

Here another alternative to the EASIEST ICE~CREAM CAKE IN THE WORLD recipe: Once again; two basic ingredients are needed: 600ml thickened cream 1 tin condensed milk Frozen berries White chocolate hard tops ice-cream topping Method: Whip the cream till thick consistency. Pour in, fold or stir the condensed milk into whipped cream gently and mix thoroughly. Prepare the dish…

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Wonderfully Nutty Give~away!

We all go quite nutty by the end of Christmas; after all the shopping and running around prior to the big day….things slow down a little…until we realise another party is only a week away.  New Years Eve, a time to spend with either family or friends to countdown the new year! Most people may…

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En-suite and Jewellery Organiser

Does your bathroom have little space to store toiletries, make-up or cosmetics, jewellery and bits and pieces?  Or perhaps you don’t have room to put the hair dryer, straightener or other appliances that may be needed in the bathroom? For those that are fortunate enough to have an en-suite or private bathroom, here is a simple idea of how to store…

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“Angels We Have Heard On High….”

Christmas is a special time for children, not only are they looking forward to opening their presents on Christmas day, but the decorations, the tree and everything about the season excites them.  So continuing with our nativity scene and theme in the living room and kitchen area; this year I wanted to make the room…

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Dirty School Lunch boxes

Either at the end of the term or final school year the children’s lunch boxes can become very dirty and worn. Those that wont last another use get tossed into the garbage; however the ones that can go another round, can easily be given a good clean and sterilise. All that is needed: sink nappy soaker…

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FRIED RICE ~ EASY WAY

I am one of those people that HATE leftovers sitting in the fridge and if I can create something new with them (not that leftovers happen often in a large family) and before they get eaten by someone else in the household, then it’s a bonus.  Here is a VERY easy fried rice recipe: Ingredients…

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Nativity Scene ~ 2012

Each year our scene is set up slightly different (see 2011 here), we don’t set up our ‘stable/cave’ until Christmas eve, but have the scene unfolding around the area.  The children love to see the figures moving closer to the cave in anticipation that Christmas day is nearer.

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