Monday, January 12, 2015
For quite a long time now, I have been an electronic planner person, but late into last year, I just found it wasn't working for me as well as it had been previously. This made me think about going back to the good, old fashioned paper planner, and since I have, I honestly haven't looked back. I think that a full blown stationery obsession, coupled with a mind that simply works better when I physically write things down, has combined to create a system that seems to working much better for me.
I had used a MomAgenda in the past, but the reason it fell out of favour for me was that it was just too big, and so it didn't fit in all my bags, and just became too cumbersome to carry around all the time. And this is really a key point - for any diary system to work, paper or digital, you need to always have it with you. While browsing in kikki-k, I came across the most gorgeous lilac and gold leather planner in medium (it's 50% off at the moment!) that looked large enough to actually write things in, but not so large that I wouldn't tote it around with me. I also added a little pencil case designed to strap over a planner (from Officeworks) to contain my coloured pens (more on that later!).
When you first open up my planner, I have a little motivational quote that I swap out weekly in front of my personal info page. This quote card is also from kikki-k, from a little set of quote cards I picked up on clearance. I also have some fun shaped paper clips in case I need to clip loose pieces of paper in while I am out and about, to keep them safe until I get home and can punch them in.
After my info page, I have my daily docket. This one is from The Polkadot Posie Printables and includes half the page dedicated to the schedule for the day, as well as a little meal planning box, and a To-Do list. I've added in downloadable "To Call" and "To Clean" stickers downloaded from and printed at home.
After a homemade divider, I then have a section dedicated to my health and fitness goals, as this is a real focus for me this year. The first page is a daily "My Healthy Day" tracker from Lime Tree Fruits that is a great visual summary for me - it includes drinking water, fruit and veg consumption, exercise, mind and soul, to name just a few.
Next is my goal tracker, also from The Polkadot Posie Printables, which I am using to track my long term health goals. What I love about this tracker is that while it lists your long term goals, it also breaks them down into monthly goals, something I think makes your goals so much more achievable. I love the little motivational quote as well!! I'm all about the quotes at the moment!!
In this section, I also have the weightloss tracker, measurement tracker, and a fitness calender, which were all part of the Health and Fitness Planner set (together with the goal tracker above) from The Polkadot Posie Printables. I use the fitness tracker to document how many steps I have taken each day (with the aim of consistently achieving at least 10000 daily) as well as what exercise classes I have taken.
Next is my monthly calendar section, also from Polkadot Posie Printables. I don't refer to this section every day, more like once a week, but it is great for longer range planning. I've decorated it with washi tape, taping out the bottom of each day that is a school holiday.
My final main section is my weekly diary, and this I refer to many times per day. I'm not sure why, but I didn't love the insert the planner came with, so I swapped it out for one from Filofax. Each Sunday night, I sit down and review the coming week, and decorate it with washi tape, stickers and quotes. I love how bright and cheerful it looks! The stickers are a mix, and include motivational and puffy cute little stickers from kikki-k, printable workout icon stickers from The Gifted Pepper, and my Flylady cleaning zone printable sticker from Juicebox Creations.
I also colour code all the entries so I can see visually at a glance who each diary entry refers to. Pink is for my daughter, blue for my son, purple for me, and green for entries that involve both the kids or the family. Colour coding has made a huge difference to the workability of my planner.
So there you have my planner setup for the new year. I would love to hear whether you have switched to digital, or you can't get enough of paper like me!
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Monday, January 5, 2015
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Friday, January 2, 2015
2014 has been an incredibly tough year for me; I would go so far as to say that 2014 has, by far, been the worst year that I have ever experienced. It seemed like the year just progressively threw greater and greater trials at me, almost like I was being tested to see how much I could possibly endure. However, the year has ended, and I survived. I might not have thrived, but I survived.
Winter has swallowed us whole, taken us deep. In the chill of ice, trees stand stark as bones, the land is cold iron, frost slows all movement so Gaia is still as death. Only the brilliant stars in the black sky remember the rhythms of earth as they wheel through the night. All is connected. As stars bloom and die, as flowers fall to seed, as bone becomes nurturing ground, the wheeling universe lives in its Beauty and pattern. We are stardust, born of the Great Goddess, and in her is all hope. Even in the most severe terror of darkness and cold that Kali brings, the Spark flares again to ignite the perfect miracle of life. When all seems lost, the mystery of the universe begins to lift us into light and renewal once more.
Life has been irrevocably changed and can never be the same, but the love and support of your family, your friends, and your faith cradle you, hold you close, and lift you back towards the light until you can grasp it once again.
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Friday, November 21, 2014
As a family, we have been watching a lot of documentaries on World War 1, and talking a lot about the war and what the soldiers had to endure during their time fighting on the front. World War 1, and the ANZACS, are a major part of the Australian identity, and with the centenary next year, I think that now is the perfect time to talk to our children about such a crucial part of Australia's, and the world's, history. One of the things we have been talking about was the food they had to eat, and from that, I decided to make a chocolate spin on the classic Anzac biscuit that was sent to those brave young boys by their loving families back on the homefront.
These are fantastic to make in bulk, and then freeze unbaked, so you can have freshly baked treats whenever you need them. I like to freeze them on a baking tray first, like the pic below, and then place into a zip lock bag to save space in the freezer. If you don't want to pre-freeze them, this recipe can be halved with no problems.
Freezer Cooking: Chocolate Anzac Biscuits2 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
2 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 cups dark choc chips
8 tbsp golden syrup
250g butter, melted
- Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and stir to combine.
- Add melted butter and golden syrup, stirring until well combined.
- Using a small cookie scoop (or a tablespoon), place scoops onto baking tray, and gently press down with a fork.
- Freeze until firm, then transfer to a zip lock bag.
- When ready to bake, transfer to a parchment lined baking tray, leaving room for spreading, and bake from frozen in a preheated 170C/350F oven for 15 minutes.
- If cooking immediately rather than freezing, bake at the same temp for 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool on tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
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Monday, October 27, 2014
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Friday, September 26, 2014
The last few weeks have made me really realise the true meaning of gratitude, friendship and community like never before. Three weeks ago, my daughter was admitted to hospital with a serious and potentially life threatening illness, which meant a stay at the children's hospital for herself and me. Obviously it was a stressful and challenging time and to add to the problems, both sets of grandparents were overseas!
However, as soon as our school community found out what was happening, they rallied around us in a way that I probably thought didn't exist anymore. Freshly cooked meals were delivered to me in the hospital, since I was staying there 24 hours a day. Little friends came to visit and cheer up the patient with treats, stories and hugs, as did here teacher. A stockpile of fresh and frozen meals were waiting for us when we came home so I didn't have to worry about cooking. Even my son's school community rallied around with a gift basket for both my daughter and my son, together with offers of help and support.