2012… The year I will turn… older 😛 I want to make this year mean something. I want to make some life changed and actually do something beyond the normal desires to eat less, or exercise more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m doing that too, but I want to do some bigger things that represented more of a challenge to me. This blog is about my quest to complete them.
Whilst I have quite a list of resolutions, two are going to be huge for me. One more than the other.
First: I am going to attempt a project 365. This is where I post a picture a day for 365 days. About anything. I will start of January 1st 2012 and end on January 1st 2013. The pictures will be about anything of my choosing and posted either via my computer, my tablet or my cellphone. The picture in question must have been taken that day and I have between 12am and 12am to get it posted. No excuses… in this day and age, I should even be able to post a picture through some means. I am no going to promise that they’ll be completely awesome, but I’ll try.
Second: 50 books in 52 weeks. Hopefully not too much of a challenge as I am an avid reader. For the purposes of this challenge I am counting anything over 125 pages as book and omnibus editions will be counted individually. For example: The Elenium by David Eddings will count as three different books rather than one. Easy? Hopefully!
So stay tuned… this blog is to hold myself accountable and hopefully help me succeed in 2012.
One of the first things I ever “cooked” was green cream mints, and when I saw them online this morning, I just had to revisit them. They were awesome and transported me right back to my Mum’s kitchen. Fantastic!
I’ve been hard at work this week setting up the website for our jelly making business. It is not live yet, and I have a lot of work to still do, but it’s coming a long. I am hoping I will get a lot of it knocked out this weekend and we’ll be able to go live on Sunday.
For the last little while, I have been trying different laundry detergents, mostly because it turns out the DD#5 is allergic to some ingredient in it, it breaks they break her out in a rash. I’ve tried soapnuts with great success, but they are a little spendy in large amount, and with the amount of laundry I do on a weekly basis, it makes more sense to make my own. So… break out pinterest! I tried a couple of liquid homemade ones, but I couldn’t get it right. Then I saw this one… concentrated laundry detergent, it’s a lot like whipped buttercream. It works fantastically too! I am super impressed. I made about 9 months of detergent in the end, for about $16! Awesome!
As of today I have been a parent for an entire decade. Wow. She has changed so much… she is loving, determined and intelligent… also stubborn, dramatic and has a wide diva streak. I can’t believe this willful, wonderful creature has been in my life for so long. Happy 10th birthday Sweetheart.
I have been working on this binder for the past week. Scouring the internet for useful printables and making my own when I couldn’t find what I needed. So far it’s been fantastic and so very useful! I’ll be posting more about it on my pinterest blog this weekend!
My children all have the caving instinct. They are happiest making a tent or fort under the kitchen table to play. This brought it to a new level with DD#3 falling asleep under/on the coffee table. That really couldn’t have been too comfy! Comfortable enough though apparently!
Today my eldest celebrated her 10th birthday with a few friends. They had a great time swimming in the pool, painting on canvas bags and generally being children. I made this super easy cake for her and I have to say it was a hit!
In an effort to make our lives easier, we are working on making a schedule – so far it’s been semi successful…. insofar that we have breakfast at 7am. But hey, we are working on it. On August 1st we are going to start working the school year schedule so everyone is used to it before school goes back on August 20th. Next to the schedule we have our chore charts. Each lists what chore each child has to do, and they get one ticket per chore. Each ticket is worth .25c that they can use to save towards a trip to the dollar store. There is also a reward card in the baggie – each chore the child does without complaining, they get one hole punched. Once they fill the nine square with holes, they’ve earned their happy meal for the next week.