1. 10 Ways to Teach Your Child to Pray.
2. Posing techniques. - I need to commit these to memory, for when I'm in photos.
3. Online Netiquette.
4. Free foodie PL journaling cards.
5. 10 Lunches for in the park. One of these might be nice to take with us when we finally get around to doing The Little Girl's expedition.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
1. 10 Ways to Teach Your Child to Pray.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Catching up on my lists. I do have half-formed lists floating around in various forms that I'll post in dribs and drabs over the coming months.
1. Sushi. We followed the instructions in the Obento kit.
3. Slow cooker Provencal Chicken and beans (except I didn't have the beans, but I did have some Kale so I put that in.)
5. Dumplings three ways. We watched this video on folding dumplings 7 ways.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
1. Slow cooker conversion. How to convert conventional recipes to the slow cooker. Also includes printable cooking times chart.
2. 25 Books for Summer. A combination of fiction and non-fiction.
3. The Science of Sleep: How to Get more sleep and have more energy. The cliff notes version? Spend more time in bed ... joking aside a worthwhile read.
4. Love this DIY mobile planter.
5. How to propagate succulents.
I've been a journal keeper from way back. Not a consistent, fill-a-book-a-year journal writer but picking up, and writing in bursts and starts from when I was in year 11 at high school. What I've written varies from a recounts of the days events, to major venting, to-do lists and a record of my bible reading and written prayers. My old journals were particularly handy this year when I had to give a 45min reflection on my life and faith. Reading back I was surprised how much I had forgotten doing when I was in year 12.
This year I have been wanting to write more. Writing helps me sort through what I'm thinking, but I also need a system for personal organisation. I've tried various systems: todo list written each day in a notepad, a trello GDT system (this was my favourite, moving the cards around appealed to my preference for visual cues), but I really wanted a system that includes everything ... uni notes, quotes, random thoughts, my lists, my bible and prayer notes and I want to reduce the time I spend staring at a screen, not increase it. There is something quite satisfying about curling up on the couch with a notebook.
I may be slightly obsessed with Pinterest and earlier this year I was browsing my feed when this pin by Cate caught my eye. I repinned and thought I'll come back later to check it out. Later is now. I've decided to start a Bullet journal as my base organising tool. You can read about it here or watch this short video.
The beauty of this system is that I can customise it and include whatever I want. For instance I still intend to keep my calendar digital, so no monthly calendar page for me. Inspired by Alexa and this gorgeous blog, I'm sorely tempted by the thought of including some more creative pages ... time will tell but the option is always there.
The photo up the top? That's my new journal, a Leuchtturm grid notebook with the addition of a pen-holder. I chose the grid because my handwriting can get quite messy and the 5mm grids help keep everything under control and on the smaller side. The other bonus with this notebook is that it comes with numbered pages and contents at the front.
I would love to here from you with tips if you keep a bullet (or in fact any kind) of journal.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Rolled sushi at the request of The Big Girl. Filled with a choice of eggs, raw vegetables, smoked salmon, prawns and avocado. We used an Obento sushi kit and I would recommend making these for reasonably dextrous fingers, I helped The Boy but the girls did theirs themselves.
Sheltered from some really atrocious weather.
Ran. A combination of interval training and longer runs for The Little Girls Athletics training. Long for us is 5km ... we're not talking marathons here.
Limped. Surprisingly that's not me but The Boy who hurt his foot at his soccer clinic and has developed a habit now even though he knows his foot doesn't hurt anymore.
Planned The Little Girls Compass Expedition although, according to the weather forecast, we unfortunately will not have a combination of free day with good weather so we will have to postpone it to later in the year.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Month in Numbers is brought to you by Julie. You can add your numbers here.
5 - friends, pizza and The Internship to celebrate The Big Girl's 15th birthday ... and a mint chip brownie ice-cream cake ...
The Boy: "Was there one guitar that you could hear the best"
Me: "There was actually"
The Boy: "Yep, that was me. I had the amps cranked up to 10 and I set my guitar volume on 10."
Luckily he was knew what he was doing, which given the amount of practice of those particular songs surprised me.
1 - number of soccer goals scored by The Boy ... his first ever in the Saturday competition.
43.11km - how far I ran in June. The longest was 4.86km ... almost finished my Couch to 5K.