Tuesday, February 9, 2016

my week 5/52 and 6/52

This week you get a two-for-the-price-of-one deal, haha, since last Monday was the first day of the school year and things just got hectic {confession: I ended up being 15mins late to pick up the girls from school. ON THE FIRST DAY!! Officially designated myself as that parent. Don't worry, I at least called ahead to let them know, I didn't just not turn up}. 

Okay so this is week 5. I love the double washi strip at the top and will definitely use it again but I think I'll run it all the way across next time, instead of leaving the date visible. I'll have to look through my tapes and find another combo this will work with. 

And here's week 6. I didn't use any washi this week, just a variety of Kikki K stickers. 

One of which I amended *cough

Many of you might not know but I live with a chronic illness. It's not apparent to most people because it's just my 'normal' and I've adjusted my life to it. But every so often, it wipes me out. Well, that's what happened this weekend. I've been feeling a bit rundown, plus barely sleeping (we moved baby N to a cot in his own room and it's been stinking hot here so he's been waking more frequently than usual) then I cleaned my whole house on Friday. I felt okay, a little tired. Saturday morning I took all three kids grocery shopping. Now, grocery shopping is probably my most draining activity, more than fun runs or anything. So after that I was wiped out. I could barely move from the couch. Sunday I felt a little better so I cleaned out the girls clothes drawers which felt productive but basically involved lots of sitting down surrounded by clothes mountains ;) so it wasn't very draining! 


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Managing my medications

I don't have a conventional work week. My husband and I own our own business and I work from home. But nevertheless, I like to start my week on Monday and prepare for the week on Sunday. 

I take a variety of prescription medications and over the counter vitamins. It can be so difficult to remember to take them, or to remember whether I did take them. One of my medications is particularly tricky. There are all sorts of 'rules' about when you can and can't take it and it must stay refrigerated unless it will be used within 14 days. But there are 20 pills per sheet. So basically it has to stay in the fridge instead of somewhere more convenient like on your bedside table or next to your toothbrush. 

Then when I was pregnant, my dose was changed to 1.5 pills per day. An acceptable alternative is to have 1 pill one day and 2 pills the next. But that's even harder to track. So I started marking the sheets with a permanent marker. 

That definitely made things a lot easier but it didn't help with my other meds and vitamins. So eventually I went and bought a 7 day pill box. 

It was surprisingly difficult to find what I was after (7 days, large compartments but not divided into am/pm etc) but I found this one at a chemist for under $10. 

Every Sunday evening I fill the compartments with my pills, ready for the week. I can keep my meds in the fridge and just have 7 days worth out. I can easily see if I have taken my iron tablets or my B vitamins! The box runs sun-sat but I use it mon-sun so the first compartment stays full until the last day. 

The compartments are easy to open, easy to view and I love that I can fit all my pills in there. I usually leave this pill box on my kitchen bench where I can see it and remember but sometimes I have it in my office. I love that it's right in front of me but takes up almost no room (unlike having all the different bottles of pills out) and it only takes a minute to set up for the week. Since starting this system I've remembered to take my pills every single week! 

So what about you? How do you manage your medications and vitamins? 

Laura x 

Monday, January 25, 2016

My week 4/52

Hello lovelies!

Some of you may have seen on Instagram that I had a funny moment where I realised I had used the same argyle scrapbooking paper for a clipboard and my desktop (actual desktop, as in, table top) 

Well I decided to take it further when I noticed that I had some argyle washi tape. Well, not really washi, this is the cheap, shiny stuff. 

I didn't do anything fancy, just lots of argyle paper tape. Simple :)

As for the content of my week? Well I spent about 7 hours of it at Centrelink over three days. Centrelink is our government agency that covers welfare, our Medicare program and also family assistance. So even if you're not receiving a welfare payment from them, you have to deal with them for the payments they give to all families.

Well, they prefer you to do everything online but the system is glitchy and Baby N keeps getting bumped out. So I had to go into the offices, wait approx 2hrs to see someone who would send an email to an IT team to update my info from the backend overnight so then I could go in the next day to move on to the next step. Lather, rinse, repeat. 

I also spent three whole days updating my iTunes, backing up my iPhone 5s, updating the software on my 6, downloading my backup onto my 6, trying to wipe my 5s (don't forget your restrictions password, folks! iTunes had to spend 8hrs downloading software to restore my phone because I forgot my password and couldn't do a normal reset), then setting up my 5s for my 5yr old to use. 

Honestly, there wasn't much else of the week left! We also went to the local markets, ikea, visited my mum, had people over, worked and spent a whole day at a theme park which was really fun. My 5 year old went on a giant water slide and loved it. It's the tallest, longest and steepest funnel slide in the world! You'd have to pay me a handsome sum to get on it!! 

Okay, well that's enough from me, I want to see your planner layout. Share the URL to your IG pic or your blogpost in the linky below :) 


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Why your playroom organisation isn't working


I'm not much of a Pinterest-er. My account got locked a couple of years ago as a precaution because of 'suspicious activity' and I can't unlock it because the 'confirm email address' email never arrives. So I haven't pinned anything for years but I still have the odd browse every so often. 

The thing I've noticed is that when Pinterest first started, it was inspiring. It was a collection of fairly practical and clever ideas that were achievable, if we ever bothered to try. Nowadays it's just next level. Beautiful but staged, faked, made-by-professionals, promotional. The clever, achievable ideas were overshared and became old news before we even had a chance to get down to the hardware store and buy the bolts to install pot lid holders inside our cupboard doors and an extendable rod to store our spray bottles on. The pins du jour are things we know our friends haven't attempted, and we'll probably never attempt, but we enjoy drooling over anyway (lavender meringue icecream cake, I'm looking at you!) 

So what is the point of my little Pinterest rant? Well, increasingly the things we pin are unrealistic BUT also increasingly, when we search for something online, we end up with a result from Pinterest. If, for example, you google toyroom organisation, you'll likely get multiple Pinterest boards full of images of playrooms with carefully labeled bins, Lego sorted by colour, neatly arranged teasets, dolls tucked into cradles, dress ups hanging by size, books precariously placed on narrow shelves, etc. 

If you ask any order-loving parent, this is their dream playroom! The problem is, the playroom isn't for them. 

Kids see things differently. We might group Duplo Lego blocks and wooden blocks together, because they're both construction materials. My kids think wooden blocks go with little animal figurines because they use the blocks to build the walls of their zoo. Duplo makes cakes, so it goes with the teaset. Plastic beds share space in the wooden dollhouse with wooden beds and wooden dolls. And the 'baby' dolls don't have a home, they're constantly perched on hips, wrapped in towels, sat at the table, tucked into beds (ranging from actual beds to laundry piles). 

Now, the wooden blocks don't actually get jumbled in with the animals, but they're near each other. And we don't sub-categorise, loosely grouped is good enough. Alllllllll the colours of the Lego rainbow co-exist happily in our Lego tub. The system makes sense to our kids and so they can find toys easily and put them away easily. If I expected them to follow some kind of Pinterest vision, I may as well expect them to sort the toys according to the Periodic table. 

If your children are struggling to keep their toys (or other things) organised, talk to them and use their input to improve the organisation. You might find they don't care if the barbies, hot wheels and digipets are jumbled in the same tub. Plus, in addition to making clean up easier, it may stir their imagination. They may go to play with a digipet but see the hotwheels and decide to draw a giant race track, for example. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Fine dining with a baby

Yep, you read that correctly! 

Since our older children are staying with relatives for a few days, my husband and I thought it would be a great time for us to go out for dinner. We've been wanting to try a restaurant called Petite Mort which offers a degustation menu and also has vegetarian options. It's one of the very few Perth restaurants to be awarded 2 stars of excellence from the Western Australian Good Food Guide. But we'd have to bring our 6mth old baby. Were we crazy to even think about it? A few of our friends thought so! But I knew we had taken steps so that things would run as smoothly as possible, which I'll share in this post. 

1. Choose wisely.
We chose Petite Mort because of its vegetarian-friendly degustation menu but also because it is known for having a warm, friendly vibe. It's fine dining, yes, but it's all about the food, not the snobbery. If we had chosen a restaurant where people go to be seen, or one with a really snooty vibe, we may not have had as much success. Also, we chose to go on a weeknight and early in the evening (6pm sitting) for minimal stress and disruption. 

2. Make contact ahead of time.
To be honest, this is something I already do fairly often due to being vegetarian but I really recommend it if you're going to be throwing your hosts any kind of curveball- mobility issues, special dietary requirements or, yes, bringing small children. You can also ask questions about the best parking or bringing baby food into the restaurant. 

Calling or emailing ahead allows you both to spot any potential problems before they arise and means your host can help you have the best evening possible. For example, we were going to bring a highchair from home but the restaurant advised they had one available. They also provided us with a table near a window which was more entertaining for baby, and enough space for a highchair. 

If, when you call or email the restaurant, they advise directly or indirectly that it is not suitable for small children then I really think it's best to respect that. You don't want to go somewhere you're not welcome. 

3. Plan, plan, plan. Pack, pack, pack. 

I packed two bags for our dinner. It seems excessive, I know, but I wanted to make sure everything was taken care of so we could relax and enjoy our evening. 

My il tutto nappybag came into the restaurant with us and sat under the table. I made sure we had lots of dry and wet methods of cleaning up, quiet toys for bub and snacks for him (which you can see in the pic below). I also brought 4x sandwich bags in my pouch (always carries my hand sanitiser, tissues, asthma inhaler, lipbalm etc) for gathering all the rubbish (dirty wipes, dropped food etc) 

We took some baby cucumbers and a squeezy pouch of baby food with two spoons. Squeezing the baby food directly onto the tip of the spoon is a low-mess way of feeding baby) 

This bag stayed in the car which was parked just outside the restaurant. It contains all the things I'd need to change baby in the back of the car, plus Baby Nurofen (he's been teething) and I also threw in a spare bottle brush. I had a towel laid down in the back of the car.

4. Be a gracious guest. 
We might be paying customers but that doesn't make us more important than any other customers. Our goal was that our baby be a ghost, meaning other diners not even notice he was there. We decided ahead of time that if bub was upset, we'd take turns walking him outside. If the worst came to the worst, we would leave. Yes, we had paid for a full meal but so had other diners. 

As it turns out, he only cried once, when he accidentally bit his finger, and I scooped him up immediately and took him outside until he had calmed down. The meal (approx 10 courses each) was quite long, almost 3hrs, so by the end of it, bub was getting tired. He sings to himself when he gets tired so we had to take turns talking to him to stop him from singing "uhhh, uhhh, uhhh" at the top of his lungs, haha. 

I think it's important for children to learn how to behave in public and we've always taken the older two out to restaurants but this was next level. Overall, though, it was a great success. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

my week 2/52

Hello friends!

Well this week I at least have the inserts in my diary,

although my pretty washi tapes and stickers are all packed up

I'd love to see your (hopefully more colourful and inspiring) planner layouts so please share your blog posts and IG pics in the linky below

Laura x

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Saturday, January 9, 2016


Sad fact... the awesome blogging app I've been using is, in fact, not so awesome and has started eating my posts :( 

My office is still more or less in this state: 

So spending big chunks of time sat at my desk doesn't really work. In fact, this is how I did my invoicing this week; 

So please bear with me while I get myself sorted out :) 

In fact, it might be a good opportunity to repost some older stuff. We'll see. 

Laura x



Monday, January 4, 2016

My week 1/52

Hi everyone!

I hope 2016 has been treating you well so far. We took some time off from our businesses over the holidays and it was lovely. 

I know I've been quiet on social media during my break but I have a renewed energy and lots of plans for this blog, starting with the "my week" posts. My stats tell me that lots of you visit these posts, especially from Pinterest, but people rarely post. So once we've had a chance to settle into the year, I'll be running some giveaways for people who link their planner layout blog posts and Instagram posts. More on that at a later date. 

My first weekly planner layout for the year? 

Yes, my inserts for my work planner and personal planner have not even been put inside my planner yet #fail But I haven't had the space or time that I wanted to be able to dedicate to setting up my planners. Let me pull back a bit...

Yikes. What a mess. My whole office is being packed up so that it can be moved to a bigger, open-plan space and Baby N can have his nursery/bedroom set up in here. 

This year we're really spending a lot of time decluttering and simplifying and I really hope I'll be able to share some of that with you all over the following months. 

I'm also hoping to get a chance soon to set aside a little me-time (and me-space, haha) to set up my planners. 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

weigh in Wednesday week 1

Hello everyone, 

I survived the first week of my challenge. I wasn't very good at it, though. I think the pressure of the challenge made me eat worse than usual. 

I did parkrun on Saturday and achieved a personal best!! I wasn't trying to go fast so that was actually quite unexpected. It's made me motivated to go hard this Saturday (kids permitting!) and try and beat it again. 

And I did my Konga class on Sunday then walked to the shops and back. Over the course of the weekend I walked 20km. 

However, like I mentioned earlier, my eating wasn't too good. I had healthy snacks prepared (like the pineapple and snowpeas above) but I wasn't hungry so skipped a lot of meals and lived off coffee. And I ran out of eggs which are my go-to food. 

I also drank a whole bottle of Baileys over the course of the week, which is basically cream and sugar. Big mistake!

So, drumroll please....  

Starting weight: X
Current weight: X-2
Goal weight: X-20

I think I got lucky with losing water weight, we'll have to see how I go next week. I think I also need better scales. 

Laura xx 

Monday, November 30, 2015

My Week 48/52

I'm feeling so tired today, which is surprising because last night Baby N had the longest sleep of his life- from just before 9pm til 4:38am (I know that sounds very specific but I swear I heard a chorus of angels when I rolled over and saw 4:37, it is etched into my mind now) 

So, I've been slow at *everything* today, including getting this post up. 

Another simple layout, I don't know why Kikki K put so many winter images in the summer pages of the planner (not all are related to Christmas so it can't be that) but I liked the snowman so I incorporated him into the layout instead of covering him up. 

I used my work planner a lot this week so that's where most of the 'action' was. Plus there was a lot of stuff that was spontaneous or at least not scheduled. I made sure to leave myself a memo in my personal planner about renewing the rego on one of our work trucks, though, because that was more important than breathing or eating this week!!!!

I'd love to see your layout this week, feel free to share your link below. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fashion Friday: playgroup

I'm definitely no style icon, and despite being an avid follower of fashion as a teen (I remember causing an uproar in year 9 because I had my latest copy of UK mag 'Clothes show' in my school bag and the cover image was a girl in a Dolce&Gabbana see-through blouse. Nips and all) I just really don't have the same passion now. 

But I still find it really interesting to see what other people wear, and to get ideas for things I can wear. I still like to have fun with my clothes, I just don't like expense or effort ;o)

So this is what I wore to playgroup at church on Wednesday. 

Baby N has been going since he was 3wks old and he absolutely loves it. I adore the ladies who go and it's a chance for me to relax and socialise! Sometimes we have to cut it really short due to work, or we arrive late but we still make every effort to go. 

Here's the view from the back. It's not the most flattering thing for my figure, but I wasn't out to impress anyone. Wednesday was quite hot, although the church has some really powerful fans. I find an open-weave or crochet jumper is a good way to basically wear a singlet yet still be covered up (more power to you if you're happy to let your bingo wings free, I'm not).

Here we are, about to leave. I wore some super comfy stretch jeans from Target and some funky red ballet flats, also from Target. The little pop of colour adds fun to an otherwise fairly plain outfit. My wardrobe tends to rely heavily on beige/black combos (even my nappy bag, haha) 

Another shot of the shoes. And this is why I wear jeans to playgroup, even on hot days. I spend hours sitting on the floor and playing with the babies. 





20/20 weightloss challenge

An old colleague of mine has embarked on a challenge to lose 20kg in 20 weeks. Being the good pal that I am (and the epic fatty that I am), I'm joining the challenge too. Officially it started on Monday but I'm going to be doing Wednesday weigh-ins. I'm not going to post my actual weight but will still post my progress. 

Starting weight: X
Current weight: X
Goal weight: X-20kg 

My approach will be the same one I used when I lost a lot of weight before Baby N was born, with some minor tweaking. 


1) Just like the 12wbt, aim for 1200cal in, 500cal out

2) breakfast is mandatory. Lots of protein, avoid loading up on carbs (i.e. 2 eggs, 1 slice of toast, not the other way around) 

3) lunch is salad or soup. These can sometimes be high cal or high fat but not always, and are still usually an good source of nutrition. Besides, you have to treat yourself sometimes. 

4) Dinner = whatever. Avoid loading up on carbs, have veggie frozen meals etc on hand for ease (I'm vegetarian, my family are not, so I often eat separately to them)

5) drink lots of water 

6) 'diet' products are okay for a craving but not for every day use 


7) Go for a walk each day (I used to get up early and go for a 3km jog at 6am every day, can't do that with a baby and it's hot in the middle of the day so this might not work

8) parkrun on Saturday, konga on Sunday

9) as much other exercise as I can fit into my day- a youtube step aerobics video, a bunch of push-ups etc

10) take all my medications and vitamins regularly and properly!