Morning Madness Routine

At the start of the year we put a morning routine in place and I said we would give it 6 months to see if it works. It has been a great help. We have 2 more weeks of school left for this term and then we will re-evaluate everything. There are, however, mornings when we still seem to have a little madness.

Our kidlets are up between 6.30pm and 7pm. I usually get up with them and give them breakfast at 7am. Their dad slowly risse and joins us. I make lunches (if not made the night before) and lay their clothes out on their beds. Daddy normally moves them on to toilet and teeth time. Along with all of this, they each have a Morning Routine Chart which they follow. Our eldest knows the routine and rarely checks on her chart. She does like to get distracted though so we always refer her back to the chart. Our little man, however, likes to check on his chart and move the car up as he goes. Very cute.

Every morning has it’s own level of madness but our charts  do lessen the load. I have attached them below for you to download and use. You might want to make your own to suit your mornings.

I printed them out and laminated them. I then attached some small magnets which helps keep them on our metal cupboard. Each kidlet has a character that is also laminated and magnetised. They use this to move down the chart.

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To Do List (Free Printable)

Having a little play today with some different options when making printables. This is a To Do List I made. Click on the picture below to download the free printable. When printing it out make sure your paper is set to A4. There are 2 per page so print, cut and put together, however you like. Bulldog clip, staples, peg etc. You could just put one at a time on the fridge with your favourite magnet. Let me know what you think.

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Getting Organised with Labels / Tags (Bathroom 1)

Organisation is one of my priorities this year and we are getting there slowly. In our house we only have one bathroom and toilet, which is a nightmare with 2 kidlets, who compete with everything, even who goes to the toilet first. Lol

One bathroom, means not a lot of space so we bought a tall shelving unit which stands behind the door. Over the last few months this has become very cluttered and looks messy. To fix this issue I bought some small plastic containers for each shelf. I love the basket look but in far north Queensland, humidity is a nightmare as it causes mould and in a bathroom, the baskets wouldn’t last too long.

Each person got a basket, even little Rogey Bear who only has a comb and a small tube of hair gel. To pretty it up I made some labels and laminated them. They were then tied to each basket. I wanted to make my own labels but I can be so impatient as I want to get everything done now. And, why reinvent the wheel. I found a site that had some free downloadable labels (The Creativity Exchange) and then used a free editing site (PicMonkey) to put them all together. A post on how to do it will follow this one, hopefully immediately.

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BATHROOM CABINET – PRE ORGANISING

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE

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BATHROOM CABINET – POST ORGANISING

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I feel so great walking into the bathroom now. My organising is a very slow process. I do little jobs in between everything else. One of the best things about this, is that it was sooo cheap to do. The baskets came in sets of 4 from Woolworths and they cost $9.99. The labels were free and I already had the laminator and other items. I would love and prefer lots of storage space but this is the best we can do in a bathroom for 4. I still keep my fingers crossed for a renovation but it is not on our priority list at the moment. I am just a normal everyday mum that has limited time. Next step in the bathroom, small cabinet and 2 drawers under the sink. This might be a few weeks away though.

OMG What a Week of Juggling

 

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Today we are staying home and doing whatever we want. Of course I still have to do some housework but I am letting the kids just do their thing, which unfortunately means a little too much TV and phone games. Whatever!

As some of you know, we live on the East Coast of Australia, at the moment. Far North Queensland to be exact. All our family live on the West Coast so we have no family to spend regular time with and no support when we might need it. It is our choice to live here, FOR NOW. I look forward to the da we move back to WA but for now, financially and life style wise, we live here. I get homesick a lot and it makes it worse when I see my 6 year old crying and clinging to Granny when she comes to visit and is leaving.

We make it work though. Most of the time any way. Until we (well I think this) have weeks like this one. Let me break it down for you:

MONDAY – normal routine – all good

TUESDAY – I work 3 days a week but don’t usually have to go to staff meetings, except for this week.

I organised for my husband to pick up our daughter from school (pre-notice needed), give her an afternoon snack and then take her to gymnastics. He would have to leave her there so he could get back to work.

Luckily it was Day Care week (every second Tuesday) for Rogey Bear so no extra little person to deal with.

I get a call during the day from hubby saying he has sick staff and cannot leave work to pick up Gabby.

PLAN B – Luckily one of our babysitters was home from uni for a week so I made the emergency phone call. She was able to meet me at school to get the booster seat

and take Gabby to gymnastics but would have to leave her there as she had another appointment. All good. I would be there by 4.30pm to pick her up. Then there

was no class as there was not enough students (not happy about that). So Gabby was taken to our babysitters parents who run the local swimming pool. We know

and trust them well. She spent the next hour helping (and probably annoying them) in their canteen.

WEDNESDAY – Fairly normal except for the fact tennis lessons had changed venues

THURSDAY – I had to go to Cairns (just over an hour away) for meetings for work.

The kids have swimming lessons on a Thursday.

Husband could not take time away from work so another friend had to take Gabby with her son to swimming. Rogan missed out as he had had croup that week

and I decided to give it a miss. I then met my friend at the pool to pick up Gabby just as I got back into town.

FRIDAY –       Fairly normal except for the fact I got put on bus duty after school and was meant to have my kids with me. Luckily hubby took an early mark so I sent him on taxi

duty.

 

It doesn’t sound like the craziest week now that I write about it but it sure felt like it. We have had to begin relying on friends for help which I sometimes find hard. Luckily great friends and forward planning made it that little bit easier.

 

♥ Paula

Meal Planning (Free printable)

 

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Time to get organised and back into it. I have been a little off track lately. Things have run very smoothly this week due to planning our meals.

Click on the picture above to download your free meal planning sheet.

Below is our Meal Plan for this fortnight.

WEEK ONE

BAKING – Banana bread

MONDAY

Chicken and Rice Stroganoff (quick cheats version – ready in 15 minutes or less – recipe to follow)

TUESDAY

Oven fish, roast pumpkin, peas and garlic bread

Mummy and Daddy are having salad instead of vegetables

Cook bolognaise for tomorrow (Thermomix)

WEDNESDAY

Pasta Bolognaise

Dessert – ice cream, mini sponges and pretzels

THURSDAY

Vegetarian chinese style fried rice with a fried egg on top

FRIDAY

Freezer Finger Food for the Kids – Party pies and chips

Mummy and Daddy – Whatever we feel like on the night

SATURDAY

Chicken Paella with Quinoa (Experiment as I have never used quinoa before)

Dessert Night – Chocolate Fondant Puddings with vanilla ice cream

SUNDAY

Fish and calamari – take away

WEEK TWO

BAKING – Zucchini and cheese muffins (freeze)

Snickerdoodle biscuits (Thermomix recipe)

MONDAY

Veal and vegetables (Thermomix style)

TUESDAY

Lemon Tuna Pasta Pie

WEDNESDAY

Carrot, zucchini and bacon slice with baked potato

THURSDAY

Chiken and Cashew with rice noodles (Thermomix recipe)

FRIDAY

Freezer Finger Food for the Kids – mini pizzas

Mummy and Daddy – Whatever we feel like on the night

SATURDAY

Meatball subs

Dessert – To be chosen by the kidlets

SUNDAY

Baked Fish Pie

Weekly Cleaning Checklist (Free Printable)

While the kidlets have been on school holidays we have been trying to get a little more order in what seemed like a very chaotic first school term. I really struggled to keep on top of work, home and all the other things within our busy lives.

Today I made up a quick checklist sheet where I am writing down everything that needs to be done on a daily basis to keep on top of the day-to-day housework. I do not have the energy on my days off to do everything so I am spreading the load. Click on the link below to download your free Weekly Cleaning Checklist. It is blank and very simple so you can print it off and write your own tasks on it. Enjoy!!!

 

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2013 Calendar (Free Printable)

I just realised that in the business of school holidays, I forgot to complete the rest of my 2013 calendar that is free to download and print.

Here we go. Just click on each month to print it for free.

January February

March April

May June

July August

September October

November December

Hopefully these come in handy. Click on the freebie menu at the top of the page to find the Family Planner that works really well with this. I have a in up boar that has the 2013 calendar, Family Planner, Weekly Planner and Meal Planner. I must seem a little OTT but I cannot function any other way.

Enjoy