Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goal Review for 2013

I have spent the last few days looking over my goals for this year and evaluating them. Some I did well with, others not so much.

Let's have a look shall we.

Simple Living Goals
~ Put my compost scraps into the green recycling bin - nope but I now have a nice bench top compost bin to use
~ Sew napkins - Nope
~ Sew hankies - Nope
~ Grow and use water kefir to aid our health - Tried and didn't like
~ Make some soft cheeses and yoghurt form scratch - Yoghurt yes, cheeses Nope

~ Contact friends more - Hit and miss
~ Spend more 1:1 time with the boys - Hit and miss
~ Don't yell so much - Hit and miss
~ Have fun more - Hit and miss

Kids Development
~ Set aside time each week to work on ABC and 123 development, handwriting skills too - Nope
~ Do one craft activity a week - Nope

~ Keep up with the Zone work - first half of the year wasn't too bad
~ Add pretty touches - Nope

~ Complete boys blankets - Nope
~ Work on kids crafts - Nope
~ Start our blanket - Nope
~ Crochet a jumper for Ethan - Nope
~ Scrapbook one page a week - Nope
~ Sew boys pyjamas and pyjama bags - Nope

~ Walk 5-6 days a week - Hit and miss
~ Strength training 2 times a week - Nope
~ Build our immunity through kefir and other health foods - Getting better

~ Blog 5 days per week - Did well until late May when we went on holidays. Couldn't get back into it after that.

So that doesn't look very successful does it. Oh well. I did accomplish some things.

Tomorrow I'll post my 2014 goals, some of it may seem very familiar :)

Do you set yourself Goals for the year?

Take Care

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

reverb13 Day 17: It's your word

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 So I've been pretty slack with Reverb13 haven't I?

I was thinking about my One Little Word the other day as I was doing some goal planning for next year the other day.
I decided that I wasn't going to do OLW next year. Decided that I really hadn't done anything the last couple of years so why bother?

Then today while I was reading through some blogs, posts that weren't related to OLW or reverb13 at all One Little Word struck me. I didn't even read the word. It just popped into my head.

I pondered on it for a little while. Then ran an erand, which included a walk with a tantrumming 4yo, and I thought about it some more.

So I thought, why not? Why not have One Little Word. If it just sits there not doing much then what have I lost? Nothing. But if I plan for it then it might just be something fabulous.

What was that one little word you may ask???


My goal for 2014 with my to Nourish mine and my families Mind, Body and Soul.

Do you have One Little Word for 2014?

Take Care

Monday, December 16, 2013

Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

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This week felt like we had so much takeaway we were craving vegies by last night big time!

Mon ~ Pot roast and roast veg
Tues ~ Steak, Potato Bake and veg
Wed ~ Carrot and Zucchini Impossible Pie, leftover Potato Bake and salad
Thurs ~ Fish and chips
Fri ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sat ~ Takeaway at the local Christmas Pageant
Sun ~ Corned Beef and lots of vegies with white sauce

Baking: I didn't actually bake anything this week, but I must in the next couple of days. I think we are out of muffins.
I have been experimenting with a new cheesecake filling. It's yummy but needs tweaking.

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to Share, just link up below

Take Care

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Giveaway WINNER!!!!!!

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The Winner of our Christmas Giveaway full of goodies from Lime Tree Creations and Soap by Sandy is........


please contact me by 7am Friday morning either on Facebook or at

Take Care

Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

This was a slack week with Brian doing his week of evening shift, lots of easy meals.

Mon ~ Slow Cooker Honey Chicken {new recipe, it was aweful}
Tues ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wed ~ Impossible Pie and salad
Thurs ~ Pancakes
Fri ~ Baked chicken and veg
Sat ~ Sausage sizzle at the local markets
Sun ~ Party Pies {Ethan's request}

Don't think I baked anything, but I did make my own butter! Then used the buttermilk in the pancakes. Was soooo yummy!!!

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to share, just link up below!

Take Care

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

RedBalloon Marketplace Review and Offer! {Sponsored Post}

I'm sure you've heard of RedBalloon and their fabulous happiness revolution. They are the experts in providing awesome experiences as gifts. Everything from massages to skydiving!

Well now the fabulous team at RedBalloon have launched RedBalloon Marketplace!
Each month RedBalloon curates a premium selection of gourmet food, wine and lifestyle boxes, filled with products that the RedBalloon Team has discovered and loves.

I was lucky to trial a fabulous box of goodies from Spotty Cow Cookies, just one of the dozens of subscriptions on offer.

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This beautifully packaged and very study box arrived on our doorstep.
Can you see those keen hands just itching to open the box?

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The scrummy goodies that awaited inside for us.
Even more eager hands have joined in now!

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A fabulous selection of absolutely delicious cookies!

We all chose a favourite to try. Eli wanted the Spotted cookie, Ethan the Choc Chunk, Randall packed the twin pack of moosli and triple choc fudge, Brian the mooslie and cranberry and white choc. I loved the lemon butter and lime shortbread and the triple choc fudge was soooo yummy.

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The yoghurt and moosli family pack, with the right mix of spices, fruit and 'moosli', was fabulous to have with coffee when we had visitors and Eli also enjoyed his with some strawbs, cuccumber sticks and a glass of milk for morning tea.

RedBalloon have a fabulous offer for all of my readers:
Receive $20 off when you spend $79 or more on any RedBalloon experience!
Visit www.redballoon.com.au<http://www.redballoon.com.au> & enter the code REDBLOG14 at the checkout to receive your discount.
Code can only be used once per person. All purchases are subject to RedBalloon T&Cs - http://www.redballoon.com.au/help/terms-conditions
Expiry: 31/12/2014

So why not pop on over and check out all that RedBalloon have to offer. Maybe even purchase that hard to buy for family member something that they'll remember for ever and a fabulously discounted price!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary subscription box to facilitate this review, and an administration fee from Digital Parents Collective. As always, all opinions expressed are purely my own.

Take Care

Monday, December 2, 2013

#reverb13 Day 2: Nourish

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Today we are being asked what nourished our soul this year?

For me this would have to be the wonderful Down to Earth community.
Down to Earth is a forum created by the lovely Rhonda Hetzel that is all about Simple Living.
Think green cleaning, repurposing, making and baking from scratch and growing your own.
What I love about this community is the acceptance of who you are, where you're at and where you want to be,
We have all experienced those 'greenies' and 'hippies' who frown upon you if you choose to use disposable nappies or don't make your own bread or heaven forbid you eat meat.
Well Down to Earth isn't like that at all. It's a quiet place where we all have our own expectations of what we would like our life to be like and that is just find by everyone else.
Down to Earth gives me a place where I can chat to likeminded people. People who choose to live similar to myself. People who don't think my fascination for hand crocheted dishcloths and facewashers is at all weird.
Down to Earth is my second home.

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Rhonda has written a lovely book all about Simple Living. It's the most gorgeous book. The pages have such a lovely texture to them, the pictures are drool worthy and it's full of fabulous info no matter where you are in life.
Rhonda also has a fabulous blog.

What nourishes your soul? Are you on, or would you like to be on, a Simple Living journey?

Take Care

Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

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Meatlovers Pizza Scrolls

Well I think this week was pretty much a normal week menu planning wise. That never happens!

Mon ~ Steak and veg with Diane sauce
Tues ~ Slow Cooker Curried Sausages
Wed ~ Meatlovers Pizza Scrolls, Garlic Bread Pizza Scrolls
Thurs ~ Pot roast and roast veg
Fri ~ Homemade Beef snitzels and veg with creamy garlic sauce
Sat ~ Egg Fried Rice and Marinated Chicken wings
Sun ~ Roast pork and veg with homemade gravy

Nothing happened in the baking department and I only make one dessert my MIL's microwave jam puddings which I haven't blogged yet.

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to share, just link up below!

Take Care

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Giveaway!

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Christmas is around the corner and we all tend to forget about pampering ourselves this time of year.
One way I like to give myself a little bit of luxury each day is to shower with these gorgeous handmade natural soaps by Soap by Sandy using one of my facewashers I create under Lime Tree Creations.
So I thought why not share the love and giveaway one of my fabulous readers a nice little set to spoil themselves on Christmas day.

In the set is as pictured above (minus the basket).
There are three hand crocheted 100% cotton facewashers. Two of the designs haven't been released yet either!
Also three gorgeous handmade soaps. Chai tea and mixed spice is very Christmassey. Rosemary and Thyme is just lovely and has a rather masculine scent to it. Banana is unscented and has mashed banana mixed through it which is a great anti-bacterial and high in anti-oxidants.

So what do you have to do to win these lovely goodies:
~ also follow Becci's Domestic Bliss and Lime Tree Creations
~ Share via Facebook, Twitter etc
~ Come back and comment below and let me know what you have done. Each share, like, etc will entitle you to one entry, so the more you do the more chances you'll have.
Giveaway is only open to Australia residents.
I'll draw the winner 7am Monday 9th December and announce here on the blog. The winner will have til 7am Wednesday 11th December to contact me or another winner will be drawn. 

Take Care

#reverb13 Day 1: On your first day

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This year the lovely Kat contacted me to let me know that Reverb13 was happening. I took part last year but didn't blog everyday.
Seeing as I've been in a blogging slump, I thought I might just give it a go again.

Todays prompt is:
How do you feel, on this first day, in your mind? In your body? In your heart? In your soul?

Right now I have a head cold. So my mind is feeling rather blah. So is my body.
My heart is feeling grateful that Brian has this weekend off to look after the boys while I rest. And woohoo he's just taken them out for a while. Does that mean I'm expected to clean up the mess of a house???

My heart has come to terms with the change in relationship with our teen. He's nearly 18, left school and is working. It's been hard breaking the mummy habit these last few months.
My soul is getting geared up for Christmas, a quiet one this year.

Today is a big day of firsts. First of December is the first day of Summer. Spring is my fave season but I love the lazy days of summer too. Lots of BBQ. Lazy mornings and evenings when school isn't in, and lots of nights spent at the beach.
Today is also the first day of advent. I have made my own reusable advent calendar but totally forgot to but lollies to go in there. Eli has been reminding me the last few days to go get them ooops.
Dec 1st also means that many people start putting up their christmas lights. The boys love going for drives to see the lights at night. We'll have to go soon no doubt.

So how about you? How are you feeling today?

Take Care