I LOVE being organised. It makes life so much easier and cheaper when I can plan out my days, weeks and months. Everyone has a different planning method and you have to find one that works for you.
I love home made advent calendars. I think there's something special about choosing what little treats go inside and putting things that you know will excite your little ones. They don't all have to have chocolate either, so if you're trying to be a little healthier, putting little trinkets or activites can be just as exciting whilst also giving them something to do.
These christmas decorations are such a beautful idea. You can buy fillable baubles from ebay starting at around $1.10. You can then put whatever you want but be sure to wrap up the little treat with tissue paper, (matching your tree colour scheme of course) and add little tags with the different numbers. A really special part of your festive season could be searching the Christmas tree every night to see who can find the right bauble.
If you are not wanting to put something directly on your wall than this can be a great option. These little bags can be found at 2 dollar stores, along with the string and mini pegs. For the frame, you can try op shops for old frames and use a painted black board as the background. A great idea is the chalkboard paint so you can add your own decorations and use it as a chalkboard the rest of the year.
These boxes can also be found at 2 dollar stores and you can use the help of little ones to decorate them. Nailing them to a board is a good way to make sure they don't move. Boxes can be a little stronger than bags so if you are wanting to use treats that are a little heavier, these can be a great alternative.
This beautiful advent calendar is definetly a keepsake. You can buy this beuatiful natural advent calendar from French Knot and fill it with different goodies each year. Just because you didn't phsyically assemble this advent, doesn't mean the contents arn't home made. ☺︎
We have something similar to this at our house. I got the buckets from ebay, but I used twine to string them up in 3 rows of 8. I made little tags to hang from the bucket which number them off. I also used white tissue paper to hide the treats inside because they are at my daughters level.
The treats I have put inside mine are 2 tiny chocolates, one for Billie and the other for Daddy. I have also included a christmas sticker in each bucket (stickers are very popular in this house), and Billie likes to put them on her pyjamas. In different buckets I added a few different things such as balloons, which we blow up once she pulls them out, and mini snow globes. I hope that this gives you some inspiration to think outside the box. Even if you're time poor you can always buy a premade calendar and fill it with your own special treats. ☺︎
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So often we look for gift ideas under age brackets and hope we can find something our children might enjoy. I have compiled a list of toys for the different types of children.
Having an organised nappy bag can make the difficult task of getting out of the house with a newborn much easier. Restocking and organising your bag when you come home from an outing, can save you time and stress when leaving the house. If you always have your staples in the bag then a quick trip to the shops or cafe won't leave you running around the house like a mad hatter, or unthinkably, out and about with no nappies.
If you haven't already, write to the north pole and get yourself an elf on the shelf ready for the 1st of December. This little guy (or girl depending on who visits your house) is the perfect lead up to the big day. The elf on the shelf book explains that the elf goes to the north pole every night and reports to Santa directly. Every morning he returns but is in a different location around the house. This means that every morning the hunt is on to find the elf. These little guys can be very cheeky and seem to have a lot of fun getting into unusual circumstances.
A lot of fun comes with the elf on the shelf, and a lot of well behaved children as well.☺︎ Throughout December I will be posting the different locations that our elf finds himself in.
As soon as my daughter was safely able to sit and play in the bath I began using this time to do a quick bathroom clean. I always keep my bathroom cleaning supplies in the bathroom cupboard so I can do a quick wipe down of the vanity, sink and mirror. I encourage my daughter to put all the toys away before she gets out and wipe down the bath as soon as she gets out. Clean toddler, clean bathroom.
With a 10 week old baby, we are still in the thick of sleepless nights. Our little one is in a bassinet next to our bed and I have this box of essentials within reach. Waking up to feed at all hours of the night is hard enough, but the thought of having to get up and change the baby makes me feel exhausted just contemplating it. That's where this box of tricks comes in handy. I can change the baby on the bed, still half asleep. The box is from ikea and costs just under $10, but any container will do. To start with I have...