[Organise My House] Laminating instruction sheets

I like to laminate any instruction sheets we get with things like magnetic tiles, Duplo & Lego, for ideas & inspiration when playing (although it’s always good to just be creative ourselves too!) This way they last a lot longer & won’t get torn! The tubs shown are from Kmart & Coles and are only $2 each. I use them for everything!

[Organise My House] A 'put away' basket

Here's a handy tip that has been working well for us: I have been leaving a basket just outside our kitchen/living/dining room door, and anything that needs to go back to any of the bedrooms or the laundry down the hallway is chucked in here, and it makes it a lot easier to then take it back to the places they need to go, all at once!

Getting organised the night before - a handy tip!

Something I’ve been doing this year to make life easier is making 4 serves of dinner (plus a bit extra for the girl’s) so that Brendan and I have leftovers every day for lunch.

I found I was snacking at lunchtime rather than having a proper meal (and therefore snacking lots throughout the afternoon because I was still hungry) and I also really don’t like wondering what to have every day, so by having leftovers I’m getting a healthy meal without having to prepare anything or think about what to have!

I know lots of people already do this but I never have before and it’s been a real game changer for our family! It also is a lifesaver if I get a casual teaching call in the morning as my lunch is already ready to go.

If we have daycare & preschool the next day I usually make lunchboxes while I’m doing dinner as well.

Lunchboxes are Yumboxes, and drinkbottles are from Kathmandu (I absolutely love these drinkbottles - they don't spill and are easy to clean, and easy for very young kids to drink from!)

A Gift Idea - 'Mum's emergency stash' & grandkids frame

It was recently my Mum's birthday and I put together a few cute items for her present - a frame with a photo of each of the grandkids holding a sign which says ‘we love you’ and a container with lots of sections which we’ve filled with chocolate & lollies and labelled as ‘Mum’s emergency stash!’ She loved it!

The frame & container were from Kmart, the wrapping paper was from The Reject Shop and the note/card was written on a
Padtastic premium notepad.

Coconut Ice Easter Eggs

Here’s something different you could make for Easter - coconut ice chocolate eggs!

My mum first came across this recipe years ago and I’ve been making to make it for awhile now. I’m not sure where the original came from but here’s the recipe (written on a gorgeous Padtastic notepad!):

Excuse some of the darker photos as I made this at night. You’ll need icing sugar, desicated coconut, vanilla, yellow food colouring, copha, chocolate melts (you could use white, milk or dark) and a tin of condensed milk. This is definitely not healthy but is a yummy treat! They are very sweet so you don’t need to make the eggs too big.

Firstly add the first 4 ingredients to the bowl - icing sugar, coconut, vanilla & condensed milk - and mix well. Mine was a little bit sticky so I added a bit more coconut.

Then the recipe says to place a quarter of the mixture in another bowl so you can add the yellow food colouring to make the ‘yolk’ of the egg - I’d actually do a bit less than a quarter as I ended up with not enough egg ‘white.’

I placed the two bowls in the fridge while I melted the choc melts & copha, and then rolled the yolks - I rolled 16 small balls as I made a half-batch of the recipe but then combined one later on so I had 15. Once the yellow is rolled, roll the white around the yellow. Then using a spoon dip into the chocolate. I had plenty of chocolate left over so I did a double dip once it was a little bit set. Place on an oven rack or tray/plate covered in baking paper and refrigerate/freeze overnight.

It's very messy work haha! 

The finished product looks just like the centre of an egg - so cool!

Delicious and super easy!
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