Sunday, July 31, 2011

On The Move!

We are moving to Brisbane! How exciting, we already have a lovely new married quarter home and I have been having a lovely time planning and preparing where everything will go, and what style I would like to achieve. I am seriously tired of clutter! So I have decided to go with a classic look this time with lots of white and neutrals, a little charcoal, oh and plenty of natural fibres etc like big jute rugs and linen drapes! Perhaps a touch of provincial?I am lucky we are not going until December it gives me time to bring together everything, I have been buying something every week for our new home and putting it away. Things like  new white fluffy towels and  bath mats, also new sheets for all the beds. I think it's so nice to move into a new home and be able to bring out all the wonderful things I've collected or made and kept aside especially. I suppose its like preparing a "glory box" I will be beginning some new quilts for the childrens beds next week, I do hope I can finish them all in time as there is six of them to make!  I have set aside a shelf in my linen press where I am carefully wrapping the things in tissue paper and storing them there until moving day, I pop a few bars of my favorite soap { Rose of course!} on all of the shelves in the cupboard to keep our linen and towels smelling beautiful, It seems to have infused the tissue paper aswell! I might reuse it as drawer liners in the girls rooms at the other end, or maybe to wrap christmas gifts for my Mother and Sister in law. Even if you are not moving but long for a change in the look of your home you could do this it dosn't need to be overly expensive or overwhelming, just start small, put a little something aside here and there, maybe paint some old chairs or throw a nice coverlet over your couch, perhaps a new rug? If you see something on sale that you love but is not in your budget, layby it! dont they say,"A change is as good as a holiday!"

Itching to "Spring Clean!"

We are only halfway through winter, and I'm quite over it! I am longing to open up my windows and doors and let the fresh air in, without risking hyperthermia! I am so looking forward to green lawn, lucious gardens and taking tea with the butterflys...
  I am itching to spring clean! To freshen everything up, clean all of the windows and give all the bedding a good wash and a full day hanging in glorious sunshine! Alas unless I want doona's that are damp and smelling like wood smoke I shall have to wait...Therefore, I have been sorting out the linen press, re-organising everybodys wardrobes and tidying the pantry and kitchen cupboards. There has been substantial donations to the Salvation Armys winter appeal and St Vincent De Paul.
  Even though its not a "propper" spring clean, it certainly helps one feel lighter!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A good breakfast

I can not stress enough the importance of a good breakfast! And I am not just talking about nutrition, as it is fairly common knowledge that beginning each morning with fruit, wholegrain cereal and an egg is a brilliant start to the day, in fact I find that I barely need much more than a nibble at lunch and dinner! What I am talking about is the "ritual" of breakfast. Once I have  fed and organised children out the door to the school bus, I clean up my kitchen make a pot of tea check that my "good room" is as it should be. Then I prepare a lovely breakfast put on some quiet music and enjoy my morning meal at the dining table with good china, silverware ect. As I gaze out my windows at my garden I contemplate the day ahead and make a few mental notes regarding tasks I'd like to achieve, the days menu etc. I recommend every Lady to try it, as it really does put you in a calm and positive state of mind!
Now I know that some of you out there with small children are thinking "How on earth am I supposed to do that with a toddler?" All you need is 15-20 minutes, so once your little one is fed and dressed  bring out a  toy or game that you only get out at that time of day, sit them on the floor near to you and let them know its time for them to have their special game while mummy has her breakfast. When you are finished ask them to come and keep you company while you tidy your dishes etc, and you pop their special toy away safely for tomorrow. My youngest used to love to play with a little china tea set at the coffee table having "breakfast" with Dolly.
I suppose the point I am making here is that we are important and special, and if we treat ourselves as such, others will too. Also taking the time to do these little things makes a happy calm Mother, which in turn makes happy calm children!