So Happy Spring is Here

Today is a lovely day and as my last post we have had a couple of weeks of constant rain and bad weather. I have been hanging for sunshine, blue skies and better weather all round.

First Day of Spring - 1st Sept 2014

First Day of Spring – 1st Sept 2014

The twins were super happy that it is Spring as their birthday is in two weeks, and are very excited. In their class today they are changing the calendar to show that it is September and now spring. Also they will tell the class that two children have their birthdays this month, and they are my girls. I am amazed that the girls are the only kids who have their birthday in September for their class.

Pink Flowers in our backyard

Pink Flowers in our backyard

It has been getting warmer and warmer and had the hint of spring in the air. Even my garden thinks it was spring before it was. These pink flowers don’t usually bloom until spring but have been out for the last couple of weeks. The same goes for the blossom trees and other flowers. I just hope that they stay out for a bit longer as we usually love to sit under the tree to enjoy the flowers and colour. However with the rain it has not been possible.

Now the tidy up of the backyard and house begins as it is a big clean out that needs to happen and a tidy up due to the kids having a party in a couple of weeks. We are having it in a park but relatives will come over to the house for a tea and catch up.

I am hoping that you are having lovely weather where you are for the first day of spring. Enjoy!

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Bring On The Sunshine!

Rain be gone! Bring us sunshine and blue skies. Image courtesy of worradmu at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Rain be gone! Bring us sunshine and blue skies. Image courtesy of worradmu at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

31st of August: Woke up to Blue skies and sunshine. Maybe the post helped???

Today was forecast to be sunny. Well it said it was supposed to be after lunch time. Do you think this happened? NO it did not. It is cold, overcast, cloudy and yes still raining. It has been raining for the last week or so. Nonstop rain! We did need some rain but I am now over it and the weather can now turn sunny and warm.

Not only will the sunshine and nice weather help with doing laundry and airing out the house. It will also allow me to be outdoors to have a walk and experience the nice weather (when it does happen) and hopefully take the kids to the park. Being cooped up inside is very annoying for kids and also adults. Some vitamin D will be nice to get once the sun allows it.

My other frustration with the weather is that the twin’s birthday is in two weeks’ time and we are having it at the park. If it is raining a party at the park will not do. Might have to look at a wet weather alternative. Monday is the start of spring and I am  hoping that this will trigger some nice spring type weather. Well I can hope can’t I?

I did manage to take the kids to the park yesterday after school. The sun was out very briefly and I thought if I did not pounce on this opportunity I would regret it. I was right. Kids had a great time at the park and we ended up crashing one of their friend’s birthday parties, although they did not mind I felt terrible as we were just off to the park and had no idea that they were having a party there. As we had a fabulous time at the party the girls have picked out a nice present for their friend and will wrap it and give it to her for Monday.

On the day of the party we have a 75% chance of rain… this is a concern! I will call around and see what I can organise for a plan b. However invites have been sent out so changing the venue might be an issue. There is still time if this needs to happen.

Have you planned a party in a park or somewhere outdoors, to then have it rain for weeks beforehand? Did you get worried and organise a plan b that is undercover? Let me know what you organised? Did the weather behave itself and you were lucky in the end?

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Falling from the floor

Kids are sitting playing on the floor and then in the next minute there is screaming, crying and they are hurt. I race in and try and understand what had happened.

Beware the dangerous floor. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Beware the dangerous floor. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

After they calm down a bit I finally find out they have fallen over. YES, fallen while they were sitting on the floor. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? Cut legs, hurt feet and bruises. I really don’t get how they can get so hurt from sitting down? Does this happen to you?  This has been happening for years now and it is still making me scratch my head to understand how it happens.

I don’t know if my kids are a talented lot, or if this is something that all kids do? Do your kids manage to fall over when on the floor? What a talented feet have they mastered that they still manage to hurt themselves. I know it is not a skill that is a good thing to have.

I am still at a loss to explain how it happens. Do you have any insight into this? Can you explain why they can fall so close to the floor already? It really is a mystery. Send in your comments.

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Slow Start Monday

Happy Monday to you all. Yes another week is upon us. I am still fighting a cold and feel very tired. It does not help that it is a perfect day for staying in bed. If I had no kids or no reason to leave the house I might have just stayed in bed and still be there. However I had to get kids off to school, pick up a parcel from the post office and more.

Super tired this Monday. Image found on Pinterest.

Super tired this Monday. Image found on Pinterest.

Due to being under the weather there is a lot of housework to do…now I must go and sort some laundry or people might not be happy as they will not have undies and socks and that will of course not make other family members have a smile or like me much at all.

I have had my coffee late and have caught up on who won the room reveal for the block last night. Now I can look at the news. I hate finding out who won and I have not yet watched the show.

Clothes sorting is about to happen….. what job are you dreading or not wanting to do today?  Are there several. I do have a few but the clothes one is the major one at the moment.

Have a great Monday and hope you get some things done or have a rest if that is what is on the agenda.

Suzanne.

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Goodbye Robin

Robin Williams as Mork from Ork

Robin Williams as Mork from Ork

I have not posted for a while as I have been ill. Yes fighting a bad cold and it has made me want to curl up and not get out of bed, but I am soldiering on. However I was moved to write this about my beloved childhood actor that I just adored and still do.

I grew up with Robin Williams. I watched him on Happy Days, then, Mork and Mindy and of course in all his films and anything that he was in I would race off and see. I was even lucky to get tickets so that hubby and I could see him when he came to Sydney a couple of years back. I was so keen to see him no matter how much it cost. I idolised him and thought him wonderful as a kid. I still do even as an adult.

I was driving back from the kid’s school on Tuesday (12th August) morning and on the news it told me that he had died. NO! NO! NO! He cannot be dead. It cannot be true! But it was. How sad! How Horrible! Has the world gone mad??? This cannot be right? But it was! It was true and it was real! I was in tears and have been for a while every time I think about how magical he was and what a talent he possessed.

I cannot begin to imagine the pain and upset his family and close friends are going through, it must be horrible. I never knew him but I hoped to one day meet him. Yes it sounds strange but I had this belief that one day I would meet him. This will never be now, but I am grateful that I got the chance to see him live and experience what it is like to see my childhood favourite actor live.

There has been much outpouring of grief and upset on learning of the passing of Robin. I am not the only one that stars off in disbelief at the idea that this has happened. It is not what I expected would happen. I did know that he struggled with depression. If only he could see the world sending their love to him and honouring him for who is was and his work. What a pity he is not here to see how much he was adored.

My girls wondered why I was upset. I told them that a much loved actor who I adored had died. They were upset to learn who he was as they loved his films also. They think he is the man that invented Flubber. I did have to explain. The twins still think he is connected to Flubber! I now have sourced some copies of Mork and Mindy and now the kids are addicted as much as I was at their age.  I have kids who want to drink with their finger, sit on their heads and both are now saying Nanu-Nanu and Shazbot! A job well done I say.

Not only have we lost Robin Williams we also mourned the loss of Lauren Bacall. Yes it has been a very sad week indeed.

Many articles are coming to light saying that Robin did not want to do movies as they drain him too much. This in turn does not help the depression. I had no idea. I knew that he got very involved in his characters and of course that would be draining but did not think that he would get terribly depressed afterwards. Also these articles are pointing to money troubles and concerns and that could have led to the depression. I just want to put it out there: You will never ever know why someone did something. I don’t want to assume anything as it is not my place. Just because he is a public figure does not mean that we can analyse every last detail of his life.

I have also been upset to learn of horrible people sending terrible images and taunts to Robin’s daughter Zelda. How awful, and disgusting of this trash to do this to someone who is grieving for her father. I am so sorry Zelda that is has happened and I hope these kids or losers get their accounts removed permanently. Why can’t people just leave others alone in times like this? Respect people! If only Robin knew about this I am sure he would have done something to make the rotters pay! Karma is a bitch and I hope it catches up with them.

We need to respect his family and just honour who he was as a person. I had no idea that Robin gave all the money from his stand up throughout New Zealand to the government so that they could rebuild Christchurch after the earthquakes. What a lovely thing to do. What a generous and loving thing to do!  Williams also helped his good mate Christopher Reeve out after his accident. What a great friend.

I would like to thank you Robin Williams for lighting up my life, making me laugh and being a lovely person that everyone in the world wanted to be. Thanks so much. I am sorry you are not here anymore and I hope that you are in a better place.

Love your number one fan. Suzanne.

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Katy Perry Makes It All Better

My girls are obsessed with Katy Perry. They just adore her. I would have loved to have gone to her concert but my girls are six next month, tickets are expensive, not sure they would be able to handle crowds and think that might be a bit young for concert going. When they are older, of course. However for now, we have concerts in our living room.

Today on Kidspot I saw the below video. It shows a little girl crying and upset but as soon as Katy Perry’s Dark Horse comes on the joy and happiness in her face is a delight to see.

Do your kids have a song that they just adore? Is it something from Katy Perry? Or another artist? When you put the song on do they just stop and enjoy the music?

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Tips to Stay Creative

Do you have great bursts of creativity? I do. I also find myself having great lulls. Yes a creative dead zone does happen and can be hard to snap out of. How do you snap out of dead zone..??? What do you do? The below list has some great tips to keep the creativity happening.

My one big thing that I need to do is to WRITE DOWN MY GREAT IDEAS! Yes I never remember them or only part of it. You would have thought I would have learnt by now! What do you do that is annoying and you know you shouldn’t?

29 Tips to stay creative. Image found on Pinterest.

29 Tips to stay creative. Image found on Pinterest.

Another good tip on this list is to get away from the computer and technology. Time out in nature or a change of scenery is always helpful, it works for me. This makes me see things in a different light or from a different perspective. Talking to others and meeting new people is helpful for this also.

Send in your tips that help you maintain your creativity. We can all benefit from what works for you.

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Great Storage Options All Year Round

As a person who has been new to sewing I have collected a few things or should I say a lot of things that will help me be creative. I now have heaps of material, the sewing machine, books, elastic, pins and all the things that go with sewing for kids and me.

My material is stored in boxes and some folded on top of them. Are yours laid out and getting in the way? Mine will be soon. Storage might be the answer. Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My material is stored in boxes and some folded on top of them. Are yours laid out and getting in the way? Mine will be soon. Storage might be the answer. Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Being in a small house it is hard to have a craft room or space organised without moving things out to make way for the new or otherwise known as my sewing things. I am consistently tidying up at the end of my creative project. It would be wonderful to have a room or an area that I can leave my sewing/craft projects. This will not happen without a serious de-clutter and of course a solution for my storage issues.

Files and documents all set to go to the storage facility. Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Files and documents all set to go to the storage facility. Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I live in a house without any storage and it drives me mental. Do you have ample storage for things at your house? I go to bed dreaming of a house with cupboards, linen closet, and storage galore. Yes not the kind of things you would think I would dream of right? (I do dream of winning the lotto, holidays and other things, but storage would make my life so much easier)

If you work from home you probably find it hard to find room for files, furniture or other items that don’t get used regularly. It is a good idea to store away old and dated files that are only there for reference so it keeps your space clear for new items. Easy said, but where do you take it?

Using a storage facility like Knox Storage can make your life easier. You can store all sorts of things:

  • Furniture
  • Moving house
  • Machinery/Mowers
  • Books/Documents/Files
  • Music – CD’s/Records
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Cars
  • Boats
  • Caravans
  • Household goods
  • Craft materials
  • Anything to do with your hobbies or interests

Storage facilities are ideal to allow you to redecorate the house, help with moving to another house, store important documents, or to give you the chance to have more space for you and the family.

Another great reason to use self-storage is to store your summer/winter sports equipment. You might not have room for the bike, camping equipment, or boat. Having a place to store these larger items is ideal.

Depending on the season some of your sporting equipment might not be used as much and therefore be difficult to keep at your home. If you are using a piece of equipment all the time you are more likely to try and find a space for it. Even if you do have to store this much loved item with  you can always go, take it out, use it and then put it back in the storage unit until next time.

Why not store your bike if you don't have room at your house. Image courtesy of foto76 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Why not store your bike if you don’t have room at your house. Image courtesy of foto76 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What is driving you mad at the moment? What item/s would you love to see out of the house but of course not gone forever?

I am sure I am not alone in wanting more space and area to work or have fun in. Is your house like mine? Lacks storage? Do you have items in a self-storage space? Has it helped? Let us know.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Knox Storage. As you know I have a small house and dream of more storage. I love the idea of taking my stuff to be looked after and in turn gaining more room and space for me and the family. I have used storage facilities in the past. They helped us move house, store things we wanted to keep and did not have room for and much more.

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Knitting Dolls

Did you have a Knitting Nancy or knitting doll as a kid? I did. When I lived in Townsville we went to the boat club for their annual Christmas party. Santa Claus arrived by helicopter and presented all kids there with a gift. I got a Knitting Nancy and loved it!

This is the Knitting Nancy I had as a child.

This is the Knitting Nancy I had as a child.

I had to drop the kids off early at school to be home at a certain time to work on things. Due to the twins being early for class they have taken to going to the library to look at books and to colour in. One of the teachers gave Julia a home made knitting doll well, not really a doll but more of a version with a toilet roll holder and paddle pop sticks. She is loving it. She is now taking her knitting everywhere and has announced to hubby that she is going to make him a scarf.

Julia's knitting. She has done such a great job so far.

Julia’s knitting. She has done such a great job so far.

Look nearly poking out of the holder. Julia is very proud of the fact that she is creating more and more each time. Daddy will have a scarf soon.

Look nearly poking out of the holder. Julia is very proud of the fact that she is creating more and more each time. Daddy will have a scarf soon.

What her DIY sewing doll looks like. Such vibrant pink wool!

What her DIY sewing doll looks like. Such vibrant pink wool!

Both kids seem very interested in knitting and this technique to create things. I have ordered both kids a wooden doll knitter and in fact they are Fairy Knitting Dolls below that I have purchased from Gumnut Toys

These are the fairy knitting dolls that I have orderd for the twins. Cannot wait till they turn up!

These are the fairy knitting dolls that I have ordered for the twins. Cannot wait till they turn up!

As the above images have shown you can do this type of knitting without any fancy tools or devices. You can make your own. I love this. I searched the internet and found a great DIY Post from Heidi from Hands Occupied. She gives a great guide on How to create a DIY Knitting Loom & Knit with it.

Have you created one of these DIY looms/knitting dolls? I am amazed that Julia is getting such joy doing this knitting and task. She is learning a new skill and creating something at the same time. Her sister also is keen and has given it a go. I loved my Knitting Nancy as a kid. I created such wonderful creations, mainly big snakes. What have you created or remember you made with yours?

With many children sitting and watching screens these days, doing something with your hands and creative is a great idea. I hope that I can remember how to work the knitting fairies when they turn up. I also had no idea that the girls would love doing this. I thank the teacher at the school for giving the girls something to keep them busy, creative and a new skill to learn.

Julia loves it and is even taking her knitting to bed to do it before she falls asleep. So cute to watch really. Such a fussy pot now with her knitting and no one can touch it. I secretly took the pictures of her knitting and have put it back carefully in the bag in her room. Yes I don’t want to get into trouble!

What have your kids tried that you did as a kid? I think that this type of toy is timeless. What are your thoughts?

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Remove Pests with Trusted

Termites. Image courtesy of panuruangjan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Termites. Image courtesy of panuruangjan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August is nearly upon us and soon it will be spring. Warmer weather will soon be upon us and that in turn can lead to unwanted visitors in your house and yard.

Do you find that when the weather heats up you get more spiders, ants, or wasps? Getting an expert to ensure your house is protected is a good idea.

If you have children or animals it is something that you need to be on the lookout for. The twins have a cubby house and other toys in the backyard. I regularly go and give them a once over. I spray with insect killer but nothing will do a better job than engaging a professional to give the house and garden a once over.

We had a big issue with wasps last January. A wasp’s nest was found in our backyard and had to be removed. While we got that taken care of the pest man made sure that all spiders were seen to also.

Lately we are getting ants in our kitchen which is very annoying! Do you have this happen to you? It is not all the time just every now and then. I have cleaned up and sprayed and they come back. I think a pest man needs to come and zap them so they leave me alone and my kitchen. Maybe they just love my cooking?

Getting regular pest control is wise. It will be very costly if you have to rebuild or in the short term live elsewhere.

Below is a quote from the Trusted Pest Management Website:

“Statistics show that at least 1 out of every 3 homes in Australia will experience termite problems. This means that if you live in a quiet street with 30 homes, at least 10 of them will get these unwelcome visitors at some stage.”

Below are some pests that pest control can help rid you of:

  • Cockroaches
  • Rodents
  • Spiders
  • Grain Beetles
  • Weevels
  • Ants
  • Indian Moth
  • Sliverfish

Trusted Pest Management can help get your house and yard all pest free. If you have allergies or are sensitive to chemicals just let Trusted Pest Management know and they will tailor a solution.

"Termite damage" by Alton - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This image shows how badly a house has been damaged by termites. “Termite damage” by Alton – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The products that are used are safe for kids, pets and food. How great is that! They are water based products, have no colour or odour and don’t stain.

Hubby and I are looking at getting the house done again to make sure we are safe from any nasties and to ensure that our house keeps on standing. Who has the money to rebuild or relocate if something bad happened? (I know some do, but we don’t. Maybe one day when I am very rich!)

Do you have a time each year that you engage a pest management business to come and make your house safe? Is it something that you do regularly or when you need to? We have not been that regular on our inspections. This is something that we must correct to make sure we know all is safe and well.

Let us know what you do each year to ensure your house is pest free. Send in your comments.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Trusted Pest Management. As a parent it is essential to take care of your environment to protect you, kids and pets. We did have an infestation of wasps in January of 2013 and we could not leave the house without the threat of being stung! Pest control allowed us to remove the wasp nest and remove spiders and other dangerous things.

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