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Archive for June, 2011

A Woman’s Touch

I only have time for a short post this morning as the flu has kept me from Fluttering the past couple of days and as you can imagine, the house is not the happiest for it. But I wanted to take the time to share with you this lovely little clip that I found on YouTube the other day from Calamity Jane (1953) starring Doris Day šŸ™‚

Hope you all have a wonderful day, I’ll be back later to post some before and after photos of my cleaning today and write a proper post šŸ™‚

Kate xo


Fun Friday Book Review

I had the pleasure of purchasing and reading a simply amazing book this week and I just had to share it with all of you!

At a Bodyshop party a couple of months ago, I was talking with my son’s godmother about how well her children had behaved and asked her what she was doing and how she did it. My 10-year-old has been diagnosed with ADHD so as you can imagine I have researched everything I can on the internet regarding behavior and hints for having a more harmonious family life. I had racked my mother’s brains for ideas on how to get him to behave, go to bed on time AND get ready for school without my screaming, nagging, bribing him to do as he was told! My friend suggested I try this book:

I thought to myself, how can a book claim to change a child’s behaviour in only 5 days? The other books I had read claimed other things worked, such as spanking (not happy with the one), time out (tried that numerous times-made no difference to his behaviour, nor his 4-year-old sister’s), grounding etc.

Finally on Tuesday I took the plunge and headed to my local Christian bookshop. The book was on special for $15.95 (AUD) and happily I headed home with my purchase, looking forward to reading it. I’m glad I did.

For those of you who see the word “Christian Bookshop” and imagine that this book is full of religious suggestions-think again! This book is not only directed to the married couple with 2 children, but also single parents (like myself), parents of babies, pre teens and teens. The methods in the book are tried and true and written so simply that you cannot fail.

I cannot recommend this book enough! I am looking forward to putting the suggestions in place (and have already started with my 4-year-old with astounding results) but the way the book is written inspired me and gave me the confidence I felt I needed.

Dr Kevin Leman, the author of ” Have A New Kid By Friday”, has written several books regarding child rearing, relationships and has featured in 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families and single parenting. His book defines three key points to changing your child’sĀ behaviorĀ and addresses it in a way where you feel you can’t fail.

Each section of this book is informative without making you feel like you are in a 12th grade history class and he fills the pages with personal stories and letters from those who have listened to him speak. An added bonus is the “Ask Dr Leman” section at the end of the book which focuses on certainĀ behaviorsĀ and how you can work towards improving theseĀ behaviors.

I definitely give this book a 10 out of 10. It was informative, interesting and well written. Now I can’t wait for “Fun Day” to put his words of advice into practice!

You can find the book here at Amazon in book form, audio, multimedia cd and audible e-book style http://www.amazon.com/Have-New-Kid-Friday-Character/dp/0800719026.

I am going to try to do a book review each Friday, or every second Friday. It won’t always be a self-help or non fiction book, but I can’t work out how to make a bookshelf widget for my blog (any help would be greatly appreciated) so it will have to take the form of a weekly/fortnightly blog post instead.

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

Kate xo

Catch Up

Its been one of those weeks so far, feeling flat, anxious and just not with it at all. Because of this my cleaning and keeping up with things has been put on the back burner, so today its going to be a catch up day.

Do you ever have weeks like this? Where everything seems to be too big a job, or where you are unsure of why you feel this way in the first place?

So here is my “catch up” day flight plan:

  • GetĀ FletcherĀ ready and off to school
  • Have a nice hot shower and get dressed to shoes
  • Put away washing up from last night (something I did manage to get done so pat on the back for me)
  • Change sheets and remake beds
  • Catch up on washing
  • Work on main bedroom
  • Vacuum and mop the house
I know it doesn’t seem much, but there is a fair bit to do and I am kicking myself for not doing it.
Oh well, off to clean now, hope everyone has a great day šŸ™‚
Kate xo

What’s For Dinner? (the wonders of menu planning)

A big part of getting organised, whether you are following FLYLady or just trying to get organised by yourself is MENU PLANNING. I am learning (slowly) that by having a weekly menu is not only easier in the long run, but makes the evenings run more smoothly. Another bonus is that you can actually save money by having a weekly menu in place-both by cooking your own meals (so no takeout) and also at the checkout.

Using a weekly menu means that you can plan your grocery list and get exactly what you need instead of going into the shop and walking around in a daze, grabbing items off the shelves, sometimes doubling up on the things you already have, or buying things that you really do not need. For example- each Saturday the kids and I do our weekly shop at ALDI. We do this for many reasons, these being its cheaper, you can get most of the stuff there that you would get a mainstream store, and it works in well with our budget (single parent family). Last week I did not get myself organised and it was a grab whatever you think you need type of grocery shop, where I overspent, bought too much meat (all i can say is thank goodness for the technology of freezers) and probably too much junk food. The result of this? $200 in groceries and “luxury” items that we could have done without.

This week I tried a different approach. I have made Friday my day to plan the weekly menus and grocery list, so that I am ready to get it all over and done with on Saturday morning. Because I had gone overboard with the meat last week, we still have plenty in the freezer, so I made sure that IĀ incorporatedĀ that into our menu. I then wrote my list according to what I would need for the week, omitting what I already had in the cupboards and added the basics like toothpaste, bread and milk. It took maybe 15-20 minutes to work out the shopping list and because I had it all written down, I was able to whizz through the store this morning and get all the shopping done in about 23 minutes! There were a couple of things that I couldn’t get at ALDI today, but luckily we have a Woolworths around the corner from where I live, so I was able to get the last couple of things there (plus I had to pick up my son’s medication so it wasn’t a wasted or unplanned trip anyway). The grand total of this weeks groceries? $105! And by using the menu plan and list I only forgot one thing but luckily I have just enough to get us through tonight and then I can add that to the list for next weeks shop.

Because I used the menu plan and shopping list, I was able to allow myself a treat, so I purchased some pretty candles for the dining table and they smellĀ divine! TheĀ camelliasĀ down the side are flowering at the moment (and they are the gorgeous double camellias) so I am planning to decorate my dining table with aĀ centerpieceĀ of camellias and one of my new candles. What was even better was that the candles were on special of $5 each so they only cost me $15 šŸ™‚

I wish you could smell how nice these are!

So here’s my question for you….do you know whats for dinner at your place?

Until next time

Kate xo

Another Gorgeous Day!

It was another gorgeous day in Wagga Wagga today, the sun was shining, the birds singing and it wasn’t too cold or too hot (isn’t it supposed to be winter?). Got most of my cleaning done and completed almost everything in my control journal that need to be done today and also had a breast ultrasound due to lumps discovered a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully they were nothing to worry about and I didn’t have to have the biopsy that the doctor was predicting!

I am “attending” a 30 days of gratitude event on Facebook this month, so I though that I would start incorporating that into my posts this month. Feel free to join in if you wish. I don’t have any followers yet, but am hoping to get some soon LOL.

So here are the things that I would like to show my gratitude for today:
My family-they have supported me through thick and thin and been there for me one way or another when I have needed them.
My kids-I know this falls under the “family” category but I still think they deserve their own little category. I can’t imagine my life without them.
My friends-another part of my support system, each wonderful in his or her own special way.

So there is the start of my gratitude list šŸ™‚

I’m looking forward to a busy day of catch-up and errands tomorrow. I have some sewing that needs to be done and posted off as well as some new items to make and put up on my fan page.

I hope everyone has a lovely night, go the blues (lol had to add that one) and sweet dreams.
Kate xo

I conquered Mt Washmore!

My TADA for yesterday was that I finally conquered Mt Washmore (aka the huge pile of washing piling up in my laundry/bedroom/bathroom) and I got it all dry and put away!

I know it may not seem that much of an accomplishment, but it now means that I have clean clothes for the kids and there will be no more “Mum! Where are my socks/undies/pants etc” or “I can’t find anything to wear! (insert whinge and whine). Ā Another bonus was that I also got my son’s school uniforms ironed and put away šŸ™‚

It was a beautiful day today in Wagga Wagga. And after all my hard work I decided to take the kids to the park after school.

Annalise having fun on the swings

Fletcher and Annalise

Isn’t it nice to see the kids getting along?

I have a busy day ahead of me today, doing zone cleaning (this week is the bathroom and other room) and you can find out more about the FLYLady zones on her website http://www.flylady.netĀ . Dinner tonight will be pork steaks and veggies. I am also hoping to get some more sewing done as I have a couple of orders to finish so I can post them off tomorrow when I do my postal run (I have a small hobby business making childrens clothing).

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, I’m off to start the cleaning and get the boy off to school


Kate xo

Have you got your wings ready? Its time to FLY the Fascinating Way!

Hey everyone,
Today I thought I would start a new blog, to record my journey through both Flylady (www.flylady.net) and the book Fascinating Womanhood. I am not sure how often I will update this blog or whether it will be of any interest to you, but I guess I will never find out if I don’t try!

To begin with I guess I had better introduce myself. My name is Kate and I am your host for the time being. I am 28, a single mother of 2 children and 2 furry children, who has recently discovered the FlyLady system, and who is hoping to start a journey through Helen Andelin’s Fascinating Womanhood.

I purchased FW 3 years ago now, when I was in a relationship. While this is no longer part of my life (the relationship, not the book) I would like to be able to grow into someone who is a fascinating woman and a domestic goddess. Thats where the FLYing comes in.

So I invite you now to join me in this journey of self discovery and learning, as I strive to become the woman I know I can be-organised, efficient, happy and a great mum.