Helping you survive “back-to-school”

Can you believe that January is at an end?!
The year is flying by…Christmas and New Years celebrations feel like a lifetime ago, and I don’t know about you, but I for one am scrambling to be back-to-school-ready .
School bag, book bag, swim bag, stationery list, uniform, shoes, socks, lunchbox, drink bottle, nametapes – the reasons I’m awake at 3.15am on a Saturday morning.

 

billabong-atomBoys seem to destroy things, really quickly.
A brand new uniform was painted on, cut into, and drawn on with Vivid within the first month…and the amount of shoes we go through in a year is ridiculous! BUT we’ve had a win – of all the school bags we’ve been through, the one that’s come out on top is the Billabong Atom backpack which we found on Surfstitch.
It’s the perfect size for all the primary school gear, not too big for a child to wear, it’s affordable, and it’s heading into it’s second year of school. I’m yet to find a book bag and swim bag that I love that also lasts at least the school year – so hit me with your recommendations! Continue reading “Helping you survive “back-to-school””

Summer = strawberries, smoothies and squeezy pops

Hurray!! It fiiiiinally feels like summer!!

One of our favourite things about summer is strawberry-picking, and our favourite place to go is Garelja Bros Strawberry Gardens. The aroma of juicy sweet strawberries surrounds you the minute you hop out of the car, and there’s no entry fee! Just pay $6 per kilo of strawberries that you pick!

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Cute teacher gift, on a budget

thanks-for-helping-me-grow-gift

For those of us with kids at school, we are probably all done for the year now, but I wanted to share with you our very last minute (done in 15mins) and very low-cost (we actually already had everything at home so it didn’t cost us anything) teacher’s end-of-year gift.

You will need:
1x terracotta pot (this one is 12cm, from Bunnings, cost $1.25)
1x vivid
1x plant
soil to suit the plant you’ve chosen
accessories (optional)
child to do the work (you’ll probably need to do the ‘ruler’ part)

Step 1: Draw on the ‘ruler’
You can wing this, but I used some masking tape to stick on a tape measure so that I could easily and quickly mark the inch measures. Remove the tape measure and add the numbers (or get your child to number it)

Step 2: Hand over the pot to your child and have them write “thank you for helping me grow” on the side, and their name on the bottom of the pot

Step 3: Fill the pot with soil and your chosen plant. We can’t keep anything alive at hour place, except weeds (yes, I have managed to kill air plants and a cactus) so we used a succulent cutting from our neighbour’s garden, upon her recommendation that it will require very little attention or effort to keep alive. We put a base layer of small stones (found in the garden) topped with some potting mix (which we had in the back shed).

Step 4: Make it pretty (optional). We used a toadstool decoration which we had left over from Mika’s Fairy Garden Party)

That’s it! SUPER easy and really cost effective, especially if you have lots of teachers to gift to! Best thing is that it’s really quick (a win for us hot mess mums who cram everything into the night before the last day), and it’s so cute with your child’s handwriting on it.