Brendan graduates!

Recently we travelled to Armidale to The University of New England to watch Brendan graduate university with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree!

He began part-time Uni while still working as well in 2011, and in 2016 he was able to begin teaching. Now in October 2017, he was able to graduate!

We arrived early to pick-up his cap & gown (or academic dress as it's actually called) and took some photos in the beautiful grounds of UNE, before Brendan had to find his spot and we took a seat in the large crowd. Because the ceremony is outside, there's no limit on the amount of guests you can have, which is good, but it was an extremely hot day on this particular day, and I was super thankful I had some sunscreen & the girl's hats in my nappy bag! 

We sat next to a lovely lady named Fiona who was there watching her daughter graduate, and she very kindly helped me when the girl's got a bit rowdy - it ended up being a 2-hour ceremony! 

We were very excited to see Daddy's name being called out and Brendan walking up to get his degree! I think it's so important to mark milestone's like this, especially as Brendan worked so hard to get to this point. We are very proud of him and very happy we could be there to celebrate his achievements!

I'll leave you with some photos from the day!

[Organise My House] Storing Wrapping Paper

I love this idea for storing wrapping paper - two IKEA plastic bag holder/dispensers (VARIERA $1.99 each). I have attached it to the inside of my office cupboard with removable hooks though, as the adhesive that came with it doesn’t stick to anything! 

Originally I was storing my wrapping paper in a wire hamper, which works well too, but does take up more space. This was $10 from Kmart. 

[Organise My House] Storing Board Games

I found a $4 fabric clothes hanger at an op shop the other day and thought I'd trial how it'd go storing our board games, which were originally in a large tub, and were difficult to access and see what we owned. 

The clothes hanger is in our office cupboard, and now the games are both easy to see and access for family board game nights! 

[Organise My House] A Filing System for School Items

Here's a great idea for storing kids artwork, reports, school photos & important documents!

Charlene at Teacher by Trade Mother by Nature came up with this terrific idea for storing kids documents for each school year and I've just made one each for the girl's.

Using a Sistema filing container (the 40L was recently 50% off at Woolworths and was only $11), Sistema filing clips (which are now only available directly from Sistema), and 15 foolscap suspension files from Kmart (a pack of 20 is $12), I’ve put together a space for us to file & store paper items & photos from each school year (including daycare, playgroup & preschool). Charlene added an A4 display folder to each section so that it is protected as well. It is so easy to file anything away, and just as easy to look through or grab something you need from a specific year. There is space at the bottom of the tub for extra or bulky items too. I’ve created one for each girl and they will live at the bottom of their built-in cupboards in their rooms. I love it!

To purchase the file clips from Sistema, contact this email address: and they will send them directly: $3.25 for a pack of 2 (you’ll need 2 for each tub), and then postage cost me $8.50 (they will calculate depending on where you live), so $15 all up. To create these two tubs it cost about $60, but it’ll last me 15 years for each girl!

The 2018 LBD is here!

I was so surprised to see that my Leanne Baker Daily planner had arrived today, after only being dispatched from Brisbane yesterday! I knew exactly what it was when I saw the box. I was excited first of all to see the new beautiful custom-made dusty pink & gold box the LBD was packaged in, and then the actual planner inside - wow!!

Such incredible quality, and amazing colours! I chose Take Flight this year (I have used the Pink 2017 one which I love!), and for awhile after I ordered I wondered if I should have picked Emerge (even though originally I was tossing up between Take Flight & Celebrate), but once I saw my planner this afternoon, I was in love all over again!! I absolutely love the purples and the watercolour effect on the feathers. And the name ‘Take Flight’ is just so inspiring! This was the reader's choice this year, and Jess Rankin won with this design - I can see why!!

I cannot speak highly enough about this planner (read my blog post from earlier this year here). It’s the first proper planner I’ve ever used (that isn’t a $2 diary from The Reject Shop), and is my first daily planner too. I don’t have an issue with the price as this is my Christmas present from Brendan (and will be every year!) but because it is $54.95, it’s something you want to be sure you are using (the same way I felt/feel about my Thermomix - it's an investment). I was excited to begin using it at the start of this year, and I was surprised the novelty didn’t wear off like it would in other years (with other diaries/journals). Leanne kept me motivated with her weekly YouTube videos & content posted on her page & group on Facebook. The group is an amazing team of supportive ladies, and you'll find so much inspiration on there! I have found I have been so much more productive and organised this year through using the planner, and I am less stressed, because everything is in the one place and I can do a ‘brain dump’ and write everything that’s in my head down, and know that it will get done because I love the feeling when you’ve ticked off what you need to do.  

The monthly overview is fantastic as I love to see what’s coming up & helps me to know when I’m available later in the month, and this year, a yearly overview has been included. The weekly meal planning pages are perfect for sitting down each Sunday to plan my dinners for the week, again making my upcoming week less stressful and run more smoothly. The list of 3 each day ensures that I know what my top priorities are, and enables me to achieve 21 things each week (that may not normally get done!) The self care section means that I ensure I am a priority each day too! Another addition this year is the sticker sleeve at the back of the planner, and as soon as Leanne revealed this, I knew I had to buy some planner stickers! I didn’t use them this year and used coloured pens, but for 2018 I’m going to use a black pen with colourful stickers. I’ve purchased lots of stickers from Lime and Mortar and Peaceful Mind Designs, and have received some free from Black Wombat. I’ve already had fun putting in dates and stickers for next year! 

I can’t wait to have another productive and organised year next year! If you are keen to buy a planner, they are still available until sold out (or until the end of the year) on Padtastic’s website - and while you’re there, grab some of their fantastic notepads and new notebooks and meal planners which are amazing quality and such fun designs - I bought 8 notepads this year - 2 for me and the rest for Christmas presents!

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