It’s the last day of 2014 so naturally I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect on the year that was. Initially I was going to do a round-up of my favourite blog projects, but as I started going through my photos last night, it really hit me how good 2014 has been to me. I don’t really share much of my personal life on the blog, it’s a conscious decision that I made a couple of years ago, and I think it has helped me enjoy my family life a lot more than before. But because of that you don’t really know what’s going on behind the scenes, both good and challenging. So here is a little roundup of what happened in 2014 for me off screen.
At the start of the year one of my resolutions was to live more intentionally, learn new skills and put myself out there more. I think I was partially successful, and here are some of my personal achievements this year:
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I bet you’ve heard of camping, maybe even ‘Glamping’, but Gramping? Yes it was new to me too. Gramping is camping with grandparents, three generations of family having fun in the great outdoors.
We are Grampers from a long way back, Emma’s Nan and Pop love hitting the road and are no strangers to pitching a tent, but it’s become such a trend that there is now a Gramping Association – www.grampingassocation.com.au.
I’ve had this Bedside Organiser on my To Do list for well over a year. I don’t know what took me so long because it’s awesome and has made my space so much more pleasant to be in. I’m not a very organised person and can sort of ignore a moderate amount of mess, but after a while it gets me down, so it was time to do something about it. This Bedside Gadget Caddy is designed to hold everything that I like to keep on hand so I’ve designed it to suit my needs. Originally (last year) I was just going to make a pocket for my iPad but I’m quite happy that I waited and made a caddy to hold everything, as you can see from the picture below, I really had to sort out the clutter situation. (more…)
MAGGI Just for 2 – a NEW adult range of tasty recipe bases that are right Just for 2.
I am not a morning person, especially on Sundays, which is a shame because I do love going to markets on the weekend. Normally I have the best intention of getting up early, but my bed is just too cozy, especially in winter.
But occasionally we manage to drag ourselves out, and this Sunday we headed to one of my favourite local Melbourne suburbs – Oakleigh. If you are a foodie, Oakleigh has lots going for it, but the best things on Sunday morning are:
1. A walk around the Rotary Sunday market to stock up on locally grown produce and flowers, and a rummage through some second hand junk,
2. Crunching on warm baguettes from the French Bakery in Chester st while you’re at it.
I always buy two country style baguettes, one never makes it home, so delicious.
Emma’s birthday always sneaks up on me. It’s usually around the same time as Easter so all the chocolate bunny hoopla tends to be quite a distraction. I always have the best intentions for organizing a proper party and actually inviting her little friends, but alas, between school holidays and the Easter break, it never happened.
Luckily for Emma, her aunts, cousins, and grandparents kept calling me to find out ‘what time they should come over for the party?’, so like it or not, I had to throw a party!
So what does a time poor mum do when she needs a little birthday party theme inspiration? Get out the old Women’s Weekly Birthday cake book and hit Pinterest of course!
You’ve probably noticed that Christmas is just around the corner, it has snuck up again on me this year. It’s my birthday month so I don’t really get into the Christmas spirit until I blow out the candles on my birthday cake. When Freedom gifted me a voucher to help me get ready for Christmas, my mind went straight to our outdoor area. We’ve been desperately in need of an outdoor setting to help extend our entertaining space. I love alfresco dining, and creating an outdoor room for all the festivities in December makes this season feel extra special.
Sensory play is a valuable part of early childhood development, not only is it fun, but it helps develop fine motor skills and creativity. Emma has been a little unfocused and disruptive at school lately, so her teacher suggested we try some more sensory play activities at home to help her calm her behavior and help her focus. A tray of sand was suggested, but I though coloured rice would be more fun. (We are building her a sandpit this weekend). A rice tray is easy to put together with items you may already have in your kitchen…
It’s not often that Mr Man gets enthusiastic about my blogging, until I was asked to review the new Internet TV service called MeTV by Optus. He is a bit of a TV junkie and had been asking for something like this for ages, so you can imagine how happy he was that I accepted the challenge. He even helped me take these photos, crazy times!!
The courier delivered everything we needed to get started. There was the Fetch Tv box which lets you record, pause and rewind Live TV with a whopping 1TB of storage and a modem router thing which connects everything to your internet so you can use the Optus internet TV service. Oh and of course all the wires and instructions too.
I was really impressed at how clear and easy to follow the instruction booklets were. Every step had detailed pictures with a clear checklist to ensure nothing was missed. It probably took about 20 min all up with no cursing at all. The only disappointment with setting up was that I didn’t have to use these colourful cables.
Initially I thought that MeTV was like a cable service but it’s totally different. Yes you can subscribe to on demand internet channels and movies for a fee, but mainly it allows you to program and record free to air programs.
So now I’ll be having a play to see how it all works, I just need to wrestle the remote off the Mr.
Here is some more info:
• For $9.95 a month, pause, rewind and record all your fave TV shows so there will always have something on – without having to pay for cable or buy box sets
• Download to rent the latest new release movies to keep you and the kids entertained without having to go to the DVD store from $5.95 each
• Plus additional channel packs available for Kids and special interest for $6.95 a month each. You can add and remove these monthly, you aren’t locked in.
We will be giving the MeTV a thorough test run here at My Poppet HQ so tune in shortly for the results.