Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world. What an amazing opportunity for people to practice giving during the festive season, and to get your kids involved, knowing that your gift will mean so much to a child in another country who may not receive a present at Christmas time. 


You can use any shoebox you like (no larger than an A4 lid), or you can order these pre-printed shoeboxes here. Our church handed these out one Sunday for us. 


Choose whether you'll pack your shoebox for a boy, or a girl, in the following age categories: 2-4 years / 5-9 years / 10-14 years. We chose girl 2-4 years, as this is the same age as Miss M who is almost 3. 

Pack your shoebox following this guide: 
 - something to LOVE
- something to WEAR
- something for SCHOOL
- something to PLAY WITH
- something for PERSONAL HYGIENE
- something SPECIAL

Due to customs regulations, you can't include items that leak, food, used or damaged items, breakable items, items that could scare a child (like a toy gun), gambling-related items or any religious literature. 


We packed our box solely from The Reject Shop! It cost approximately $20 altogether.


We bought a notebook, stickers, pencils, a plastic cup, a little doll, cute hair ties, a ball, a packet of tissues, a soft toy, a girl's t-shirt (size 3), 2 face washers (I wouldn't normally choose white, but there wasn't much choice!) and a toothbrush. We covered all the categories, and it was really easy to find items, as the brochure (see below) gives lots of good examples. It was really fun shopping with Miss M and finding things that we know a child Miss M's age will love when she opens it this Christmas! 


This is the brochure that came with our box, but all the information is on the website here


Once you have collected all your items (I suggest taking your box with you so you can see if it will all fit while you are at the shop!) you have to donate $10 per shoebox for shipping (so altogether it cost $30 for me to do one box). Online donations are preferred (click here) and you'll get a barcoded (so you can track it!) label emailed to you to print and attach to the box. You can also use cash, credit card or cheque to donate, and you just fill out the form on the brochure (above) and attach the label (non-trackable) provided. 

Then find your nearest drop-off point - you can find them here, or many churches will send them off for you. Make sure it's all completed and dropped off by the end of October! 

I plan to do this each year with the girl's to encourage giving - so important at Christmas time! 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Our Woolgoolga Trip!

We just spent a wonderful week away at Woolgoolga near Coffs Harbour, NSW. The weather was not always sunny, but that didn't stop us having fun! We headed across on Saturday morning, the 30th September, and arrived after lunch. We were staying in a big house a few minutes drive from the beach, with my family - there were 11 of us altogether! It's always fun hanging out together (with a few fights chucked in about who wants to do what activity, and who messed up the kitchen haha!) We enjoyed Miss O's 1st birthday and my Dad's 60th while we were away too (see previous blog posts). We aren't going away for Christmas this year, so this was our big trip for the year! 

Here are some of our pics from the week...

... Holidays are for... 

Family time & selfies!







Beach time...








Cafe treats...



Walks...


Piggy back rides...


Climbing trees...


Walks on the wharf...





Chasing birds... 



Reading books...


Playing cards...


BBQ's...


Cheese platters...


Frozen yoghurt...


Flying kites... 



And of course, trips to Kmart! 



Monday, 9 October 2017

My Dad's 60th!

My Dad turned 60 on the same day of Miss O's party, so I thought I'd create a little party table for him too! 

He's a pilot so I went with an aeroplane theme. I made the little cloud backdrop out of a piece of cardboard and clouds. The bunting was from The Reject Shop. 





The little bucket with lollies was from Price busters. I purchased a sponge cake from Woolies (just to save time, and because we are on holidays!) and iced it, and placed one of the beautiful aeroplane cookies I'd ordered from Dough Re Mi on facebook. The present at the back is a photobook of photos showing Dad's life so far, from his birth to life with the grandkids! I made it through Big W Photos Online. How cute is the wrapping paper?!


Jaffas and coconut rough balls! I love this little serving tray - it was $4 on clearance at Big W a few years ago. 


The gorgeous cookies, and fairy bread (as per my Dad's request!)




I don't often serve hot food at parties, just because it can often be a pain waiting for it to cook, but we were having this party for breakfast so I wanted to include some sustenance among the sweet food (not at all healthy, but it's only once a year haha!)



Happy Birthday Dad!