Post Comment Love 16th - 18th November

Welcome back to another Post Comment Love, our little weekly linky hosted by Stephanie and me. We look forward to reading your posts every week and I can't wait to see what you've got in store for us this week.

Well with Christmas (OMG - yes I said the C word!) fast approaching I've got gift ideas on the brain. I've been scouring Amazon and other websites for ideas for everyone we need to buy for and am slowly adding to a list. Of course that doesn't help much with getting it all done but knowing what to buy is a start right?


Checking off the list will be more difficult!


We've also got lots of 40th birthdays coming up too, which means lots of events and celebrations. We have 4 within the next 6 months - do you get that, everyone celebrating a similar milestone birthday at the same time? I'm a little younger than most so mine isn't for a couple of years yet, but it's looming. It's funny though, I've never really been that bothered about a number. I mean, don't get me wrong I joke and stuff, I tell the kids not to say I'm 39 when I'm actually 37 and I laugh at my relatives who are turning 40 before me, but it's never really bothered me that I'm getting older. I think it's more of an issue when you're younger - like when you're turning 16, 18, and 21. Maybe even 30 - although I didn't really notice that one either. To me it's more about how you're feeling rather than the number - although saying that doesn't help me because I often feel older than 40! Anyway, I think focussing on a number can sometimes be a bad thing, especially if it makes you feel bad.

As for other stuff there's not much else going on. It's all about Christmas and birthdays for us. How about you?



Blogger Showcase Kate from Kate on Thin Ice




Who are you? 


My name is Kate Davis-Holmes, and I am a 49 year old blogger with a strong focus on helping women glide through the seasons of life with balance. I have lots of lifestyle categories. However, what I really like to do is to share inspirational women’s stories (and they all are!) and to share my personal thoughts and feelings. I am mum to my sons aged 12 and 17 and my 14 year old daughter. I am a home educator.



How did you discover blogs/blogging?


My late Mum was concerned that I was unhappy. She said I had always wanted to write so should actually do it even if that just meant keeping a diary. I knew my little girl would pinch any pretty diary so I looked up “online diary” and started a blog. Little did I know then that Mum would soon be announcing her terminal illness so my blog remains very much her legacy.



Why did you start blogging?


I started blogging because when my Mum told me to do something I did not argue. It really did keep me sane as I struggled with parenting young children and the horrors of post-natal depression. I was so lonely and blogging brought online friends which helped restore my mental wellbeing.



What do you find most challenging?


At first I found revealing who I was challenging so blogged anonymously for many years. Then I was scared to put a photograph of myself on the blog but eventually got naked to get over that one! Nowadays I find it challenging that if you want to monetise your blog it can take you away from things you might really want to write. I also find it tough how blogging can become all-encompassing when there are actually better things to do with your time sometimes.



What is your favourite topic to write about?


I love to share my personal joys and challenges. I also really like to celebrate individual women and give them a voice via my blog.



Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?


I blog partly for fun and partly for money.



What is your favourite thing about blogging?


I love that it allows me the flexibility to work around my other responsibilities and to make some money in my own right. I also love the friends made along the way.



Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?


I have attended several and worked at some too as a facilitator and speaker. I have seen my confidence at them grow over the years. I am always really bad at networking with brands though.



What are your 3 best posts?





Describe yourself in three words!


Passionate, witty and intelligent.



Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?


Coffee and cake. I drink way too much coffee to be honest. 



What's your idea of a perfect night out?


It would always be the theatre for me. Although I love musicals I am happy to see just about anything. There is something about the theatre that I always find thrilling. I guess I would also include a lovely meal as part of the package..



What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?


I think it would be honesty and loyalty.



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Top 7 things you should do at Epcot, Walt Disney World

Epcot is my favourite park in Walt Disney World, there's so much to do that I could spend days there and still want to do more things. However, I do know that time is limited and knowing which things to do is difficult and that's why I'm sharing the top 7 things you should do at Epcot.



Spaceship Earth


This is the first ride you'll come across as you enter Epcot, but don't join the queue first thing in the morning. If you wait until later in the day, like when you're about to leave, the queue will be shorter later in the day because people tend to try to ride it first thing in the morning. 





That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

Neil Armstrong





Spaceship Earth is a good ride for all the family, you sit on a train type thing and it takes you around various 'rooms' where you'll learn about human history. No matter how many times we ride Spaceship Earth I still enjoy it, I could probably tell you the entire script but that doesn't make me like it any less. 


Top 7 Things To Do At Epcot, Walt Disney World | The entrance to Spaceship Earth, with no queue.
If you see a long line, try again later - you'll usually find the queues shorter later in the day.



Mission Space


Travel to Mars just like real astronauts, enter the 'spaceship' and get yourself secured then prepare yourself for a trip through space. The great thing about this ride is that you don't have to like rollercoasters or fast/spinning rides. There's 2 versions of this ride, orange and green - the orange is the more intense version and features spinning. My boys love this, but when I want to go on the ride we go for the green. Green is less intense - in fact it's not really intense at all. It's a simulator, which means if you don't like to be in confined spaces you should probably give it a miss but other than that there's no reason not to ride.



The Seas with Nemo & Friends


Top 7 Things To Do At Epcot, Walt Disney World | Visit Nemo and Friends to see more sea life.
The boys love visiting Nemo & Friends...


While this is a ride what I'm really saying here is visit the aquarium. To get to the aquarium you can either ride the Nemo ride or enter via the shop on the opposite side of the building. I love the aquarium because you can see all kinds of sea life. Dolphins, manatee, plenty of fish, and even turtles can be seen in the huge tank and there's always cast members around to teach you about the animals too. We've seen divers in the tank feeding the fish, the manatees being fed, and we've learned about the various species of fish in the many small tanks in the area. I always enjoy being in the aquarium, even when it's super busy.





Visit Mexico


Mexico pavilion looking rather peaceful...


In the World Showcase there are 11 pavilions where you can see and experience culture from different countries. Some of the pavilions are better than others and Mexico has always been my favourite. It has a certain atmosphere that the others don't have and there's also a ride, Gran Fiesta Tour with The Three Caballeros, which is a gentle boat ride around Mexico. You can buy yourself a margarita, see interesting wooden carvings, and eat authentic Mexican food. 



Hear Voices of Liberty


After visiting Mexico be sure to head around to American Adventure where you'll hear Voices of Liberty - a choir of a cappella singers who sing American, and Disney songs under a dome inside the pavilion which amplifies their voices. You should sit on the floor under the dome because it's the perfect place to hear their voices as they echo around the building. Before our last trip we hadn't seen the Voices of Liberty but now they'll be on our list for next time too. Not one to miss.



British Revolution


In the UK pavilion you'll see a rock band that play classic British songs. Despite it being almost like home I love visiting the UK pavilion and watching British Revolution. We found that our favourite show of the day tends to be about 4pm, I think they do 4 shows per day. Each show is different, so if you've been to one that doesn't mean you can't go to the next. There's always fun to be had when you're watching British Revolution and do look out for one of the guitar players playing his guitar behind his head! LP loved seeing that!





I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend.

Freddie Mercury





Illuminations


The firework show at the end of every day is amazing, listen to awesome music while watching the breathtaking fireworks. The fireworks are set over the lake and there are huge lanterns around the lake that they light before the show. My top tip would be to get the kids a cold drink - perhaps a slush - and grab yourself some popcorn, and enjoy the show. 


Top 7 Things To Do At Epcot, Walt Disney World | If you're going to do anything at Epcot, do these 7 things. Number 5 is really entertaining!


Epcot is full of brilliant sights and if you have the time I'd encourage you to walk around World Showcase a few times, it's such a peaceful area of Walt Disney World - even when it's busy.



What are your top things to do at Epcot?




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How to keep your kids entertained when it's raining outside

This time of year the risk of being stuck in the house increases, more often than not there's reason to stay indoors. But that means that you need to have things in the house that will keep the kids entertained so you're not climbing the walls by the end of the day. In my 14 years (so far) of parenting I've had my fair share of rainy days which means I've managed to gather a few ideas to keep them entertained when it's raining outside. 



Movies


The first port of call when it's raining outside is a good movie. There are plenty of kids' movies to choose from, like my boys' top 10, but if you have older children I'd recommend scrolling through Netflix or Amazon Video, there's some great movies there to choose from and I have no doubt you'll find something the kids will like. 


How To Keep Your Kids Entertained When It's Raining Outside | A TV set up with tall speakers in lounge.
Get the TV ready... it's movie time!



When you're planning a movie day it's easy to have popcorn and other goodies on hand but when it starts raining outside that's harder to plan for. I keep a multi pack of popcorn in a cupboard just in case, or even have a box of un-popped popcorn that you can just put into the microwave. The boys love freshly popped popcorn.



Sticker books


These books come in really handy when there's nothing else to do. You can buy them fairly cheaply on Amazon, I've seen prices from £2 to £8, and there's all sorts of different ones to find. LP has always enjoyed the Lego themed sticker books, I think he had 5 or 6 of them now. The best bit about these is that they not only have the sections where you put particular stickers in the right place, but they have pages for your kids to create a scene using lego stickers. 





The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. 

Albert Einstein




The best thing about sticker books though is that there's something for everyone. From Lego to Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses to learning about Dinosaurs - no matter what your kids' tastes you'll be able to find something they'll love. 



Console games


On rainy days being stuck in the house can give you - and your kids - cabin fever, especially if there's not much to do. Letting them play on the consoles for a short time will make them happy and you can sit and have a coffee. My boys play on the Xbox One, Fortnite and Overwatch are a couple of their favourite games, but when they were younger they liked playing on the Wii U and there were plenty of Lego games (my favourites) they played.


How To Keep Your Kids Entertained When It's Raining Outside | A white Xbox One sits on a table beneath a large TV.




Board games


A family favourite here we have quite a collection of games now and the boys love it when we say it's game time. LP has been playing board games since he was 4 years old (he's now 9), we used to team up and he would listen to our strategies and be involved. It's how he learned how to play and now he's quite the strategist. He's an expert in the games we play these days and actually he beats me at Scrabble more often than not!



Activity Books


Both BP and LP have had lots of activity books in the past, and themes have been Dinosaurs to holidays and everything in between. The thing with Activity books is it's not just one thing for them to do, there's a range of activities to keep them entertained. Crosswords, wordsearches, colouring pages, depending on the book you get you could end up with hundreds of pages of activities. The themed activity books are great, when they're off school at Christmas and you're in need of some activities for them to do a Christmas Activity Book is a perfect distraction. It's Christmas themed and will keep them busy even when the rain is pouring outside.



Coding


This is a new one, but something that kids are encouraged to do at the moment. LP likes the idea of programming - I think it comes from his dad being a programmer - but he's interested in it and we're trying our best to help him find things to do. So far there's a couple of things, the first is Scratch - which I don't know much about other than it's something kids can use to create their own games. LP has also been trying out Apple's programming stuff, I think it's called Swift. He bought his own iPad and Apple Pencil so he could try out the new things they have for kids to learn coding. Apple also run sessions in their stores, which are free, for kids to learn about programming - we've yet to attend one but it's on our list to do soon.


How To Keep Your Kids Entertained When It's Raining Outside | Get your kids to learn coding.
Are your kids coding yet?


Drawing


BP is quite a creative boy and loves drawing, so when he's given a challenge he enjoys going for it. LP likes to draw occasionally too, but for LP it's more following instructions that he likes. That's where "how to draw" books come in handy. Again there are plenty to choose from, Amazon have a great selection, and when he puts his mind to it he really enjoys himself. 

Give the kids a pencil, a piece of paper, and something to draw and they might show you a talent you never knew they had!





Colouring


Colouring books, colouring pages, or even telling them to colour in the drawing they've just done, it'll keep them busy while the rain hits the window outside. Have a selection of coloured crayons (wax or pencil) to hand and it'll keep them busy for hours (if you're lucky).



Writing


BP enjoys this one more than LP, he enjoys being given a sentence to start with or some line that will inspire him and then he's off. Some of his writing has truly blown me away and I hope he continues with it. LP likes writing sometimes, but does need a lot of encouragement and this is where I would say to try writing a story for a character they like - like someone from Fortnite. Younger kids would find it more interesting to write about a character they already know. 





There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. 

Gilbert K. Chesterton




Sometimes it's fine to let the kids find they're own way too - don't give them anything to do but give them restrictions. Perhaps they're not allowed to play console games but should do something else. These kind of restrictions will often get them thinking about what they want to do. I've tried it on LP a few times and he often ends up playing with older toys he's been neglecting - and then will tell me how much he's enjoyed himself during the afternoon because he'd forgotten how much he enjoyed playing with his toys. That's always nice.


How To Keep Your Kids Entertained When It's Raining Outside | I've got a few ideas to keep your kids entertained.


So when the dark clouds roll in and you hear the pitter patter of raindrops on the window there's no need to panic. With just a few ideas on your list it'll be easy to keep your kids entertained when it's raining outside.



What's your go-to activity when it's raining?




If you enjoyed this post you'll enjoy Activities that will bring you together as a family or you're looking to treat yourself while the kids are busy read Ways to treat yourself this Autumn.

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To keep your kids entertained here's a Christmas Activity Booklet - they'll be busy doing activities and you'll be able to grab a hot coffee, or even a hot chocolate!

Post Comment Love 9th - 11th November

Welcome back to another Post Comment Love, our weekly linky where you can link up your favourite post of the week. Stephanie and I will stop by and give you some comment love too. We look forward to reading your posts every week - let's see what you've got for us this week.

This week we've been getting back to normal after half term. The boys are back at school and we're back to routine, which is always nice. I've enjoyed being organised over the last month or so, so it's nice to be back to it. Walking into a clean kitchen in a morning can make such a difference to my mood.


I've even kept on top of my washing mountain!


As you know I enjoy drawing and I've been putting together activity booklets and using my drawings as illustrations for the book. I've just made my Christmas Activity Booklet available and if you'd like to see me create my drawings I've got one or two videos over on YouTube, but here's my Christmas Chimp...




I experienced something I've read a lot about over half term - the mum taxi. You see up until now I've not really had to take my boys anywhere apart from school. BP has never been very sociable so doesn't attend any after school clubs or out of school outings with friends. I mean, he does sometimes but when he does he catches the bus and meets his friends in town. However, over half term LP decided he wanted to attend a sports club for three days of the week. While it was great for him to go out and have fun with children not from his school it was like driving to school and back those days. Not to mention his karate lesson on Sundays and then friend's parties too. I think we worked out I'd done 11 trips in 5 days. Now I know for some that doesn't sound like much but for me that's a load!

The whole mum taxi thing makes me realise that with LP being more sociable than BP I should probably get used to the fact that I am now the mum taxi as well as everything else. But that's okay, it's what us mums do isn't it?


How was your half term week, whether it was last week or the week before!



Blogger Showcase Jenna from Glitz & GlaMOM


A mother of two daughters Jenna enjoys writing about fashion and beauty. She describes herself as determined, ambitious, and intelligent, and prefers coffee (iced) and cake to tea and biscuits. To read Jenna's answers to our Blogger Showcase questions head over to Stephanie's blog.



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How to cope with the walking in Walt Disney World

If you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World there's one thing you need to be aware of before all else - you'll do lots and lots of walking. During our last trip we worked out we walked around 400 miles (in six weeks), and that's all around the parks. It takes a lot to be prepared for all that walking and there are some top tips to get prepared. In our experience being prepared can make a huge difference, so here's how to cope with the walking in Walt Disney World.



Walking in Walt Disney World


Apparently the average guest walks around 8-10 miles every day, and that includes all the zig-zagging you do from ride to ride and to see all the shows. Funnily enough though the parks themselves don't sound that big...

Magic Kingdom has a loop of around 2.2 miles.
Epcot's loop is about 2.8 miles.
At Hollywood Studios there's a loop of 1.4 miles.
Animal Kingdom's loop is roughly 2.3 miles.


How To Cope With The Walking In Walt Disney World | Walking towards Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom.
Walking to Expedition Everest more than once is a fair bit of walking!


The loops aren't where you do all your walking though, it's not as if you go into the park one end, do done loop, and then exit. You move around, go on rides, enter restaurants, and then go back on yourself to a different ride. In one park you can expect to walk at least 5 miles but more like 7-10.



Plan ahead


As with any kind of physical activity the best thing you can do for your body is get it prepared. When an athlete is thinking of doing a marathon they prepare themselves by training. They do extra exercise before the marathon to prepare themselves for the running. And that's exactly what you should do when planning a trip to Walt Disney World.





Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

Thomas Jefferson





When we are planning a trip we start our training about a year before our planned trip. We start out small, with 10-15 minute walks every other day. Over time we build up to walking 2-3 hours, sometimes covering 10 or more miles in one day. It takes time, you do have to make time for the training, but it is definitely worth it.

When you're planning your trip be sure to schedule in plenty of rest stops. Look out for the best places to rest in each of the parks, whether that's one of the restaurants or finding a bench or somewhere else to sit down for a while.  Some people head back to their hotel room in the afternoon for a rest, some people use the hotel pool as a way to rest too. We did that a few times and actually having an hour or so in the pool is a nice break from the parks. No one can walk continuously all day, you will need rests, and planning them in makes it difficult to overlook them.


How To Cope With The Walking In Walt Disney World | Stop by your hotel pool for a rest, the cool water will be a welcome relief.
Doesn't that look welcoming?



Shoes


Your choice of footwear for your holiday is very important, you need to be thinking "comfort" rather than "style". I've made this mistake many times and always regret it, my feet have really suffered in the past. A good pair of trainers, or sandals, that are already worn in is a good start.

My recommendations would be to choose light coloured shoes, and if possible get "breathable" shoes. It's always nice to have either holes or breathable material so your feet don't get too hot. Darker coloured shoes can get very hot and makes walking around more uncomfortable than it needs to be. It could be handy to pack more than one pair of shoes, you may find you need them. Once or twice we've been on holiday and one of our pairs of shoes have broken. During summer it was LP who's sandals broke, and after that he had to wear his trainers. We were lucky we had a spare pair.



Carry as little as possible


Taking large bags into the park that contain drinks, snacks, and everything you might possibly need,  might sound like a good idea but bear in mind that you're going to have to carry that bag around with you all day - in the hot sun. Just imagine how much you're going to hate that bag by the end of the day when you've done 10 miles of walking and you're still having to carry a bag full of "essentials".


How To Cope With The Walking In Walt Disney World | Ride the monorail to get a good rest between parks.
Be sure to use all possible ways to get a rest - like the monorail!


The last two times we've been to Walt Disney World I've taken a bumbag, I keep our passports, money, phones, and other small essentials in it but everything else we get either in the park or at our hotel. It's far easier than carrying a backpack, and it means I don't have to remove it when I go on rides. 



Foot care


First of all you should pack, or buy at a local supermarket, a blister care kit which includes cream and plasters. No matter how comfortable you think your shoes are when you're walking around everyday for more than a few days you're bound to have feet problems. 





Walking is man's best medicine.

Hippocrates





Whenever you get the chance I'd recommend giving your feet a cool bath too - it can be very refreshing after a day of walking around to dip your feet into a cold bath. While you might think a hot bath could help, and it might at first, cold water can help your feet feel better quicker because you spend so much time on them during the day and they get so very hot.


How To Cope With The Walking In Walt Disney World | Looking for ways to ease the pain in your feet? Check out these tips for coping with the walking in Walt Disney World.


Taking care of your feet is really important when you're in Walt Disney World. Walking every single day can take their toll so make sure you're doing your best to take care of yourself.



How will you rest your feet when in Walt Disney World.




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To make it easier for you to be ready for your trip here's some cleaning checklists so you can be on top of your chores before you go!

13 simple ways you can be a more organised mama

Being a stay-at-home mum and having a happy and healthy home is mostly about organisation. In my 14 years of being a stay-at-home mum I've been through many stages including being super organised and being not-so-organised. I've learned that by staying organised me and my family are much happier and there's a peace that descends over the house that means we can spend more time together as a family. It's all about being organised and so with that in mind here are 13 simple ways you can be a more organised mama.



1. Get up early


Believe me I know how difficult it can be to drag yourself out of a warm and cosy bed, especially when it's frosty outside and you can see that to-do list for the day in front of you. But if you do leave your cosy bed you'll be able to get started on your to-do list earlier. To give you that extra boost you could try working out first thing in the morning, then you'll really be ready to start your day - it'll get your heart pumping and your adrenaline going. You can do this!


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | Getting up at sunrise means you'll get some extra time for yourself.
Watch the sunrise and enjoy the peace before the kids get up.



2. Get into a routine


Getting into a routine can really help with staying organised. If you get out of bed already knowing how your morning is planned it makes it easier to know how much time, if any, you have for other things. Having a set plan for what jobs you'll get done makes checking things off easier, and that makes you feel good. Routine is also good for your kids, knowing what they have to do when they get up and what is planned for the morning means you'll have to spend less of your time explaining things to them. Another win.





The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. 

Mike Murdock




3. Get a planner


It could be on your phone or a physical planner but when you write everything down it's easier to keep track of things. I use both, a physical planner and my phone. I use both because if I need to check my diary when I'm out and about I don't need to have my planner with me, but also physically writing things down helps me. 

Actually writing something down gets it out of my head and gives me more thinking space (!) but it also means that I am more organised as a result. I love my passion planner, but there are plenty to choose from.


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | By writing everything down you can become more organised.
Be sure to write everything down!



4. Write everything down


Make lists, write down your goals, list rules for the kids - write it all down. Use your planner to keep everything organised in nice lists or in date order but write it all down. I write all appointments down, including school trips, birthdays, and the Hubby's appointments too, that way I can keep track of where everyone is going to be and any plans we have. It also helps to keep us organised when it comes to planning day trips for half term or other school holidays.



5. Checklists


Whether it's a cleaning checklist, chores list for the kids, or even a shopping list, listing them on paper or digitally so that you can tick them off when they're done helps you be an organised mama. The cleaning checklist is brilliant because you don't even need to think about what needs doing that day, it's right there on the list so you can just get on with the job and tick it off when it's finished. The same goes for the kids and their chores, my two are terrible at remembering what they need to do so giving them a chores list with everything on there has really helped them. 

I love checklists, they help me keep track of everything and make me feel like I'm actually making progress, even with those jobs that have to be done every day.



6. Have a recipe list


If your family is anything like ours you have your favourite meals that you cook often. Then you get into a routine where you're having the same meals again and again and you get bored. You need something new to eat and you go in search of something. Then you cook that thing, again and again, until you get bored - but here's the thing, you forget the first thing you liked.


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | Keeping track of your favourite meals helps with meal planning, even sandwiches can be forgotten.
Even the best sandwiches can be forgotten.


Having a recipe list, or a meal list, is a way of keeping track of all the meals you and your family love. I have both, there are meals I love cooking and that the boys love to eat and they're on my list. I have meals that are quick and easy to cook, that are perfect for those times when the boys are going out with friends and want something quick to eat.

My recipe list includes all the meals I've cooked and want to keep. Recipes from Tasty that I've copied and want to keep - the thing I've noticed about Tasty recipes is they change, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. I have an old Chicken Lo Mein recipe that I've noticed they changed and while I'm sure they know best I know the old recipe worked well and my boys love it - so I'll stick with that one. I copy all recipes and keep them on my phone in a folder, that way when I need one of them it's right there on my phone. 



7. Meal plan


Every Sunday evening I sit down for 30 minutes or so and look at my meal list. I decide what meals we'll be eating during the following week. Meal planning helps me stay organised, it makes it easier to get on with the cooking when I already know what I'll be cooking rather than deciding on the day. It also means I can tell the boys what we're eating or list it on a weekly menu so they don't even need to ask me.



8. Organise your food shop


After meal planning you can organise your food shop, you'll know what you need to buy for the week and you'll spend less time wandering around the supermarket deciding what to buy. When I organise my food shop, list it on paper or the iPad, I get my shopping done much quicker.


13 Simple Ways You Can Be A More Organised Mama | Organising your food shop is easier than you think!
Organise your food before you start!



9. Online food shopping


Once you've planned your meal and organised your food shop get on the computer and order your food online. You'll get it done much quicker, you can arrange delivery for when it's convenient, and you'll even save money because you won't pick up things you don't need because you won't be wandering around the supermarket.

All the planning, organising, and buying the food can be done in the comfort of your own home. Now that's a win right?



10. Meal prep


Once you've had your shopping delivered you can prep your meals for the week. Chop vegetables for the meals and put them in air-tight bags, arrange the food so that it's together in the "meals" you've planned. If you can grab a pre-chopped bag of vegetables from the fridge rather than getting carrots out and having to spend 10 minutes peeling and chopping you'll save time on the cooking and you'll have less cleaning to do too.





Do all of your peeling and chopping when you have your food delivered and then you can clean it all up and know you won't have to do that for the rest of the week!



11. Clean as you go


If you do the meal prep you'll only need to clean up that mess once, and if you do it straight after the meal prep it'll all be sorted. The other thing is to clean up after yourself as you make the mess. I tend to clean up while things are cooking. For example while I'm cooking chicken, waiting for it to brown in a pan, I'll wash a few pans or wipe down the kitchen sides. While the meal is in the oven I'll empty the dishwasher or fill it as needed.





The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.

Marie Kondo




After dinner I do tend to leave the cleaning until the following morning so that I can spend time with my family rather than cleaning, but other than that doing the cleaning as you go is much better.



12. Have uniforms sorted and ready


Wash and iron school uniforms before the week they're needed and arrange them in the wardrobe or doors in a way that the kids will find it easy to grab them. Making it easier for your kids to get dressed is going to make your life easier in the long run, you won't have to spend time finding clothes or helping them get ready because they'll already have everything they need.



13. Organise school mornings


As you plan your meals for the week you should plan your school mornings too. Make sure everything is ready, uniforms sorted for the week, packed lunches made the night before or arranged into pots that can just be grabbed from the fridge when needed. If you already have packed lunches made you won't be rushing around in the morning trying to get them sorted.




When you have everything organised life is much easier and you can leave for school in a much better mood!


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Post Comment Love 2nd - 4th November

Welcome back to Post Comment Love, a little linky run by Stephanie and me and we welcome all bloggers with different kinds of posts. From parenting to gardening, style to food, we love them all. What have you got for us this week?

It's been half term for us this week and I've had the boys at home. It's been rather hectic and the house is a mess, but that's the school holidays for you. It always ends up that way somehow and I've stopped caring about it - or at least I'm trying to!

LP has been enjoying a great play scheme that's started near us, an entire day dedicated to sports and fun. He's such an active boy and when he found out there was a place he could go during half term he was super excited. Having him out of the house the entire day during half term is quite strange but he's having a good time and that's all that matters.

They're back to school on Monday and we'll return to regular routine.

What have you been up to this week?



Blogger Showcase Becky from The Bonafide Brunette




Who are you? 


I am a Canadian blogger who has been at it for about a year now. My name is Becky, I love fall, am a total foodie and believe in karma doing great things for me! I write out of passion, and blogging has by far become my favorite hobby I have ever had. I would love to turn it into a career one day, if the fates allow it!



How did you discover blogs/blogging?


A girl whom I admire greatly that I follow on Instagram blogs, and she totally inspired me to start!



Why did you start blogging?


I started blogging to be able to clear my mind, write and create. My hopes were that I'd reach a few people and they'd really enjoy what I had to say. But most importantly, I just LOVE to write and create!



What do you find most challenging?


The most challenging thing for me is always remembering to take cute photos (haha). I am always so in the moment when Im out with friends doing fun things, I TOTALLY forget to capture my outfit or whatever us bloggers are supposed to do.. I am also way too embarassed to ask a stranger to take a photo of me in a random coffee shop or something. I am just too shy! Other than that, my outreach is pretty hard too. I feel like I am doing all the right things.. and yet I haven't grown much! But thats okay, I didnt start blogging to become huge.



What is your favourite topic to write about?


My favorite thing to write about is day to day life, inspiration and things like that. Things like why it's okay to like being alone, or whatever similar idea. I like to make people feel like they can relate and that its okay to feel how they feel. I also write about other stuff though! 



Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?


I blog mostly for fun, however I love it so much I'd be lying if i said I didn't want to do this full time!



What is your favourite thing about blogging?


I love the ability to create photos and pieces of writing that look like the inside of my brain. I know thats a weird saying, but its so true! It's so hard to find a passion that allows you to really create something thats a piece of you



Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?


No, but I would love to go to one!



What are your 3 best posts?





Describe yourself in three words!


Introverted Extrovert, hungry (lol)



Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?


Can I have the coffee, and some toast with peanut butter? I am not a cake gal!



What's your idea of a perfect night out?


A perfect night out for me would probably actually be a night in. Cooking dinner, playing board games, doing whatever. If we were to go out I'd like trying a new restaurant and then going for a walk somewhere with twinkly lights!



Your perfect night in?


Oops. Well my perfect night in is still cooking a nice dinner, and spending some time together doing whatever we feel like doing that night. I love card games and board games!



What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?


That's a hard one! My mom would probably say that I am very thoughtful.




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Thank you so much Becky for taking the time to answer our questions. Feel free to grab our 'featured' badge and display it ever-so-proudly on your blog!


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