May 24, 2014
by mummytofive
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Scrapping with Like A Boss and Monsterful

Since hubby went back to work on Wednesday morning at oh dark hundred (aka 4am!) I’ve been spending my evenings catching up on some scrapbooking!

This week Traci was collaborating with fellow CT member Amanda (who is also an awesome designer!) to create an awesome girl power kit  called Like A Boss. When I first got to see this kit, I was in love with the bright colour palette and its jam packed full of elements! The kit includes 16 patterned and 7 solid digital scrapbooking papers, 1 complete digital scrapbooking alpha on individual and full sheet .png files and more than 60 unique embellishments! 4a205182cd036f51ab440157fbf7bbd1Along with the kit the girls also created a journal cards pack

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HearMeRoar-copyThe other kit that I had the chance to work with this week was another collaboration kit this time with two amazing Sweet Shoppe Designers – Studio Flergs and Brook Magee! Called Monsterful -  Its so bright and colourful and with such a fun and playful theme! In this kit you get 26 papers, 3 rubbery alphas and over 70 elements! including: Cute monsters (in 2 styles), banners, buttons, assorted flowers, frames, hearts, paint, splats, stars, tape, wordy bits, bottle caps, journal cards, puffy pinned monsters, peek-a-boo monsters, trim & more!

8d65d287e2ba49091610bc09b28ad9e2The best thing about any Studio Flergs kit is that it is jam packed full of alpha, scatters, journal cards and a full kit! You save money when you buy it as a collection!

14cf82a0b5465fb7cbd0bccd9aa0d5f5At first I wasn’t sure what to do with this kit, as normally this isn’t a theme I would scrap with, but I do love how my layout came out with using this kit!

LoveMy5Monsters-copyBe sure to head on over to Studio Flergs’ Blog as she has a gorgeous little coordinating Monsterful FREEBIE!

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Also if you spend $10 at Sweet Shoppe Designs this week, you get Studio Flergs gorgeous kit Love Letters FREE!
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So that’s its for my layouts this week, I’m working on the new Peppermint Creative gorgeous May Collection, cant wait to share those layout with you all!

Happy Saturday!!

May 13, 2014
by mummytofive
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Finding the balance

Its been a while since I’ve been on here, heck even I know its been too long when I once again forget the password to log in here!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting reminder emails from my hosting company to let me know that my renewal for my domain was coming up to expire. I’ve been going back and forth in my head if I wanted to register it for another year and today with 19 hours to go, I finally decided that I just wasn’t ready to let this little piece of me go!

I know I’m hardly on here, but I’m still getting emails from readers and also notifications that people are visiting and downloading the things that I have here for download and it made me realise that I need to find the balance, between my blogging (which I have always loved), my scrapbooking (which these past few weeks have taken a back seat to life), home life, me time and also the kids social lives!

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These past few months we have been trying to find a working balance between all of these things, and I think we finally are getting somewhere…

But it took a moment of breakdown to make me realise it! It made me realise that I need to change just a few things in our day to day lives to make sure that we have smoother sailing from here on out!

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Recently at my sisters place, one of my darling children spilt her red icy pole on my sisters BRAND NEW carpet!! You could imagine the meltdown that happened after I had been telling her and reminding her since she got it, to stay on the wooden floor boards, and away from the carpet. A quick turn of my back to put the youngest rubbish in the bin, resulted in her flicking it out of the wrapper, and dropping it on the carpet!

Now in normal circumstances this would be a easy solved drama, a quick scrub of the carpet. However even though I was able to get out the stain (thankyou God!) lots of factors had me getting overly cranky with her and packing all the children up to leave. Sometimes its easier to just stay at home and not go out, however this night was a early celebration for Mothers Day, so we ventured out past our bedtimes!

That night made me realise that we are still not ready to have late nights (past 8pm) out as a family and also we don’t do well family outings at night without Daddy home!

Thankfully he’s home tomorrow morning (YAY!!!) and this Mumma can get a little bit of a reprieve from it all!

So this little blog is here to stay, I have so much of my Project Life to photograph and blog, we are currently up to Week 20! I’ve blogged Week 1! Behind much?! I have finished all the way to week 13, so I only have a few weeks to catch up on, and I’m hoping to have a weekend scrapping night with some girlfriends soon to play catch up!!

My wonderful designers who I’m on teams for have been creating some amazing goodies, so I’ll be back to show off my layouts using them as well soon!

Plus I have my car hunting adventures to share, so they are coming as well!

This year is also our school’s Funfest, and I’m one of the Year 1 Co-ordinators of the Cake Stall, so I’ll be sharing some of the awesome plans that we have planned!!

Until next time, I’m off to coffee with a friend before the kids get home from school!

 

January 8, 2014
by mummytofive
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Project Life 2014 – Week 1

I’m so excited to have completed my first week of Project Life for 2014

I decided to use Traci Reed’s January Pocket Life Collection again like I did for my cover page, as there was still so much in the collection I hadn’t had the chance to use yet, and this week’s photos gave me the perfect opportunity to use this kit again.  I took over 50 photos on my phone alone this week and all these photos are from my phone, except the 4 generation photo which was taken on my Mum’s birthday which was taken with my big camera.

Considering we are on school holidays still here, we are always trying to keep the kids occupied and doing at least something exciting and fun each day! As you can tell, I’m not light on my photos and normally my layouts are going to be photo heavy with journaling wherever I can fit it in!

The best thing about doing my Project Life digitally is that there are so many styles of templates out there, my favourite being both Traci’s Slip Ins found in her store here or Peppermint Creative’s found in her store here.

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You will be able to see all my layouts on my blog by clicking on this page — PROJECT LIFE 2014

Whew, so glad that I’m not behind, the first week I find is always the hardest and yet the most exciting to see completed!! I cant wait to see how my album progresses over the year!

 

 

January 6, 2014
by mummytofive
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Project Life 2014 – Cover

This is not a new concept of scrapbooking, its been around for a few years now however this is the first year that I’m tackling it from the start of the year!

Project Life was started by Becky Higgins and if your interested you can learn more about the concept here

I started doing my 2013 album in around September of last year, and have gotten about 6 weeks done. I’m going to still be tackling this project this year along side my 2014 Album!

This year I’m going to be doing my album as a digital scrapbook, creating them as a 12×12 layout in Photoshop each week. I’m aiming to do a weekly 2 page spread which I’ll then share here. However their might be some weeks that I don’t take a lot of photos, so then I’ll just make it a one page spread and maybe add in a 12×12 layout digital scrapbook layout that I’ve done for that week, how knows! I’m not making a lot of rules for myself when I’m doing my album this year, otherwise I know I’ll get too focused on creating the layouts, that I’ll not actually get to create the layouts!

I’m very lucky that this year I made Traci Reed’s Project Life team when she did her once a year call at the end of last year, so to say I was excited is an understatement! I’ve been a big fan of Traci’s from way back and have had the privilege of being on her team twice before over the years.

This year my cover page is using Traci’s gorgeous new January Pocket Life Collection, it is a huge collection which contains a FULL kit, alphas, title pages, journaling pages, filler pages, date stamps and labels/tags. This kit alone would create a album full of pages, and yet Traci is going to be a collection like this EACH MONTH!

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I’m really loving how my cover page has turned out this year, and I’m even thinking of printing the cards/photos and slipping them into a 12×12 Design A Sleeve to give it a little more dimension! Something that’s going to be easy to do as my gorgeous husband got me a A3 Printer for Christmas this year!! I’m very excited, because that means that I can print my layouts at 12×12 if I so wish, and then just slip them into an album, if I’m short on time!

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I’m going to be loading all my layouts to my gallery at Sweet Shoppe Designs which you can check out here

Here are some great sites to check out if you are tackling Project Life this year as well!

- Traci Reed.com

- Sweet Shoppe Designs

- Peppermint Creative

- The Lily-pad

- Pinterest

There are also some great facebook groups that are online which members can share their layouts as well, here are just a few I’m a member of

- Project Life Junkies (Worldwide)

- Project Life Australia (Australian)

- Project Life 2013 (Worldwide)

- Project Life gone Digital (Worldwide)

You’ll also be able to find all my weekly layouts in one spot here on my blog under Project Life 2014

If you are doing project life as well this year, be sure to leave your blog address in the comments, I would love to follow along as well!

 

 

January 5, 2014
by mummytofive
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Changing the way I look at blogging and how its effects this blog….

This year I’ve decided to make some changes to my blog here and I figured it was about time I came and shared it with you all.

Last year was a big year for us in terms of our family and our family life. Hubby has a job with takes him away from home for up to two weeks sometimes, so my focus shifted from focusing and growing my blog to being a single mother for two weeks at a time. With 5 children, I’m sure you could imagine that I didn’t have a lot of spare hours in the day to spend on my blog.

I burnt out from stressing on what to write here, sharing good enjoyable content that my readers would like the read and I didn’t want my blog to be all about the giveaways that I have been able to organise for my readers. The emails from PR companies still continued to come in while I was taking a break and I just didn’t have the time or energy to focus on getting them photographed/written up and then organising to post them out once the giveaway was completed.

So I walked away from it all, I knew that it was what I needed to do for my family and I knew that I could only come back when I was fully ready to blog on a more consistent time schedule.

During that time what I wasn’t blogging, I did go back to my love (of craft) which was scrapbooking. I have been doing a lot these past few months and even came back in October to share some of my layouts!

I picked up my big camera (Canon 5D Mark III) and have been enjoying photographing the kids in their school environments/play dates/beach excursions and knew that I need to focus on that once more. My memory keeping and documenting for the kids.

So often we got so busy doing life with our children that we don’t actually take the time to be in our lives with our children. That’s one thing that we noticed during the year, we were do busy doing all the things, like housework , running to and from sports that we didn’t have the time to just sit and enjoy doing the little things with our children.

I’m changing that this year! We are taking time each week to do things with our kids just as a family, to enjoy being a family, making memories that the kids will always look back on fondly and remember. I don’t want the kids to remember their childhood as their parents always being too busy for them. Being a large family, it can be hard to do things, or we don’t go places because all we think about it all the effort it takes to do things or we worry about how we will handle the day. Sometimes it seems like its just too much effort and its easier to stay home, but how boring is that!

I’m also doing Project Life this year and I’m going to blog them here each week, I really want to make my scrapping a focus here again on the blog, and will be sharing hints and ideas on how to best manage doing PL on a small time frame.

Here are some of the things I’m wanting to do on the blog this year.

- Share my weekly Project Life layouts and also link up some great designers that I love, their products and freebies that are available around the web.

- Share fun things to do as a family on a budget

- Organise quality giveaways that I can share with my readers

- Share more of our organisational tips that keep our family household of 7 running smoothly.

So there you have it! The new direction that my blog is heading in! I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Tomorrow I’m going to share my Cover Page for my Project Life album!!

October 25, 2013
by mummytofive
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Blowing out the Cobwebs in here…

And its not even Halloween!

Its been such a long time that I posted in here, that I even had to request my password again cause I totally was having a mind blank on what it was!!

So a quick update on the home front here and then a insight to the future of the blog.

Hubby is finally back to work after being told by his old employer that he would be having two weeks off before heading to a new mine site for work… that was over 4 months again!

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Yep, I’ve had darling hubby home with me for these past four months, so we have been spending lots of time with the kids and doing the school/kindy stuff and soccer/church of a weekend! Its amazing how fast those past 4 months have gone though as he’s now back working, although on a much better roster of only 6 days on, 6 days off which means he’s not away from home like his last roster of 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. That roster certainly was driving me crazy!

I’ve also been spending more time on my other love beside my family and thats my scrapbooking! I’ve always been a digital scrapbooker but I noticed over the past few months that even though I was still taking the photos I wasnt doing anything with them like I normally do!

I’m really lucky to be on two amazing creative teams for some of the best designers in the Digital Scrapbooking industry Gina Miller Designs and Peppermint Creative. Both of these ladies are amazingly inspiring to me and I love being able to work with their designs and showcasing them in my layouts!

Here are just some that I’ve done lately!

Gina Miller Design Layouts

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Peppermint Creative Layouts

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Its only taken me a week to write this post and two goes to get these layouts loaded!

You never know, I might even be on here more regularly now!

July 22, 2013
by mummytofive
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Pink – A Concert like no other!

As I turned 30 at the start of this year, I realised that there are a few things in life that I’ve missed out on doing, cause we started our family so early in our married life. I was 22 when I had Dominic and because we did there are things that wernt possible to do with a young child!

One of those things, was to go to a concert!

This 30 year old has NEVER been to a concert in her life! Well that was until Saturday just gone and I popped my concert cherry with some girlfriends and I saw Pink in concert here in Brisbane!

She seriously is one amazing performer to see live in concert! Her voice is amazing and one who sounds so close to her albums when she sings live! Its a full stage production with acrobatics by Pink and her backup dancers and singers make this one memorable experience!

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But the show stopper for the night was definitely her performance while singing “So What!”

I’m so disappointed that my camera went flat before I was able to record/ take photos of her performing that song, I would seriously go to her concert again just to see her performance during that song again!

If you get the chance to see her live in concert, be sure to go, its an experience of a lifetime!

You can check out her tour dates here on her website - Pinks Page

(This is not a sponsored post, I paid for my ticket to Pink and I wanted to share some photos of my night!)

 

 

June 27, 2013
by mummytofive
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Our Australian Winter Bucket List 2013

We are currently in our first week of three weeks of school holidays here at home so we have been coming up with ideas of things that we can do while the kids are off of school! I dont want them to be stuck at home all day, cause I know all they are going to want to do is play the Wii or Playstation!

So I had a look on Pinterest for inspiration for bucket list ideas! The only problem that I found was that all the Winter Bucket Lists on there were for the American Winter, which all involved snow! We dont get snow here in Queensland so I had to come up with my own bucket list of age appropriate things to do with our kids!

Here is a list of things we are planning on doing this school holidays!

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June 25, 2013
by mummytofive
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Breakfast Alternative for Gluten-Intolerance

We have been going through some changes at home lately.

We have changed our youngest daughter’s diet over to a gluten free diet. We noticed that her behaviour was getting a little crazy, she would cry at the smallest things and yell and scream when things weren’t going her way, then to the opposite scales, she would go quiet and cling to you no matter what you were doing.

At the urging of a close friend, we changed her over to a GF diet and noticed the difference almost immediately.

Simple changes like Gluten Free bread, pastas and flours, but the biggest one was Weetbix.

This was the hardest thing for her to let go of, as she loved this as her breakfast cereal! Over the weeks we tried all the Gluten Free cereals out on the market and she hated them all!! We did get a winner with Rice Bubbles and she seems to be ok with that so far.

With Winter here we have also introduced her to Oats, normally not something we would eat, she has taken to loving them to warm her up on a cold morning!

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About UNCLE TOBYS Quick Sachet Oats

UNCLE TOBYS Oats Quick Sachets are a convenient and tasty breakfast option for busy families.  Microwave for just 90 seconds, stir and allow to cool slightly before serving and you’re done!

Oats are earth’s natural superfood, rich in fibre and a natural source of energy  to keep kids going all day – made with no artificial colour or flavours you can trust your little ones are having a healthy, nourishing and varied breakfast every morning with UNCLE TOBYS Quick Sachet Oats

Available in convenient, single-serve sachets, it’s now even easier to for busy families to get their serve of goodness at breakfast time.

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With School holidays here the kids have been loving the slower mornings without having to rush to get dressed, breakfast eaten and out to door by 8am, now they are just having breakfast at that time, as they are too busy playing games and enjoying the slow mornings!

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Each of the kids have their own special Uncle Toby’s placemats with their names on it, which you can see in the photo and its made meal times so much more fun for them! Plus they all know where they are to sit at the table!

You can make your very own placemats as well, on the Uncle Toby’s My Little Oats website!

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You can print these at home! It’s a great cold winters day activity to do at home with the kids!

In conjunction with Uncle Toby’s I have a special School Holidays giveaway just for you!

Something to record all those special memories that you create on school holiday time!

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Its the Canon Legria HF R38 Full HD Wifi Video Camera valued at $400! 
To Enter just tell us how you entertain your kids at breakfast time to win the Canon Camcorder and a winter supply of Uncle Toby’s Quick Sachet Oats to enjoy with the kids!

 THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!!

June 24, 2013
by mummytofive
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Announcing Australia’s biggest toy sale at Target [and a giveaway!]

I love this time of year, its when I start to get into organisational mode…

The Toy Sales are here and the biggest and best one for me is the Target Toy Sale!

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Last week Target announced Australia’s Biggest Toy Sale will commence on Wednesday 26th June 2013 across all Target stores Australia wide!

As well as all their normal range of toys, this year in Target stores alone there are over 600 NEW TOYS being released with nearly 300 of those toys exclusive to Target stores!

Best thing though is that Target are offering the best prices with their price match guarantee, which means that if you see a toy somewhere else, they will price match it for you!

Every year when the toy sales start, I have to head into my local Target store and pick up not 1 catalogue but 6 of them! Thats’s right, Toy Sale time is serious business in our house, and each child DOES NOT like to share their catalogue! They each like to pick out the things that they like, which normally is everything on every single page!

This year however we are going to be doing things a little differently in our house!

We are doing something along the lines of WANT, NEED, WEAR, READ, and for their ROOM. Then they are getting one big item each, and an outside toy for them all to share! We are encouraging our kids to spend more time outdoors as that’s where we like to spend our spare time!

Thankfully all the things I want and need for the kids, I’m going to be getting from Target this year!

Here are just some of the ideas I have for the kids (age which they will be at Christmas time!)…

Dominic – aged 8

Like all boys at this age, he’s really into Skylanders, so they will certainly be making their way again into our home this Christmas in the form of more toys and clothing!! Also Dominic is really into reading, so this Zac Power Boxed Book Collection will be perfect for him!

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Nicholas – aged 6

Again Skylanders are popular with my boys, and there are a few characters they dont have yet, so they are on the list! Nicholas is also our fastest growing child, so new clothes and runners are needed for him this year! As they grow older, we are also looking at updating their bedrooms and this motor one will be perfect for him!

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Makayla – aged 6

Pretty shoes and clothes for our Makayla is always highly sought after at Christmas time! Plus anything Pink and Barbie!!

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Updating her bedroom is something Annabelle keeps asking and asking for, so this doona will be perfect for her, as its has the black and bright colours which she likes! Annabelle has also started showing an interest in reading, so new books are on her list this year!

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Toilet training is something we are starting to do with Harry, so these cute singlet and undies are adorable for him! He’s also growing fast and is in need of new clothes and runners, and he loves bright runners, so these blue ones will be perfect for him!

harry-xmasThis year, we also have a beautiful new nephew who’s going to be celebrating his very first Christmas with the family and with the Fisher-Price range of toys in Target, I’m sure something bright and colourful will be making its way under the Christmas Tree for him this year!

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This year’s outside toy is going to be a new one of these babies! Exclusive to Target, this outside play centre has lots of play options, and at least 5 different things that they kids can play on, so hopefully NO fighting on it! Maybe… Probably Not!

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To celebrate Australia’s biggest toy sale, Target have given me a $50 gift card* to share with one of my Mummy To Five readers!!

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To enter, simply head on over to the Target website and from the Toy Catalogue, let me know

Which is the Toy thats on your top of your children’s wish list this year! 

*Terms and Conditions

  • Entries must be made via the comments section to qualify.
  • Entries close midnight, Friday 27, June 2013
  • One entry per household.
  • Open to Australian residents only.
  • Total prize pool valued at $50.00.
  • This is a game of skill. The judge’s decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • One winner will be chosen. The winner will be contacted by email.
  • Mummy To Five takes no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners.