Getting organised for 2020

For the first time since we moved out of our parents homes and into our own (3.5 years and 2 properties later to be exact), we finally own a wall calendar.

When Boxclever Press got in touch to offer us one of their gorgeous 2020 Family Weekly Planners, it couldn’t have been better timed as it coincided with us starting swimming lessons with Freya.

*Gifted Item*

I vowed at the end of 2019 to get really organised with our time together as a family; planning in swimming lessons and days out at the weekend when we can fit them in. Now having this family planner, I can plan make note of each family members routine whether it be work or downtime.

I also love that there is 2 perforated sections; 1 for a shopping list and the other for Things to do. I started adding things to do straight away as we had a child free night on Saturday and made the most of the time by running a ton of errands.

I put our new weekly calendar up in the hallway so we walk past it everyday and I have to say, it has made me really utilise it and add things to it as I go along. It was great for adding bits and pieces that I needed to grab from the shops and then crossing off items as they were bought.

Finally I decided to use one of the columns as a daily meal planner. The bonus of using the wipeable feature is that if you want to chop and change your meal plan each day, you can wipe them away and re-write them.

With us deciding to really improve our eating habits in 2020, this has been a real life saver and keeping us on track and minimising food waste.

2020 is going to be a really busy year for us with weddings, working away, 30th birthdays for both of us and a 3rd birthday to plan for Freya.

I can’t wait to fill it in more over the coming year and have definitely found a family planner that works for us.

Laura x

*Planner gifted in exchange for a review*

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What’s in Freya’s Christmas Eve Box

2019 – the year I succumbed to the American tradition that is the “Christmas Eve Box!”

Prior to this I thought Freya was far too young for one and now at 2.25 years of age, I think she will love it, albeit not really get it still. Today we put up our Christmas tree (yes it’s November but it’s 1 month away so shush!). She loved helping to unravel the beads, and then get them all knotted up again.

So back to the box. Rather than buy a wooden box, I decided to go for one of the absolute steal Home Bargain boxes for £2.99. You can write your child’s name on the lid of the box and personalise it so it’s perfect. For your money, you get a cookie inside and as well as a letter from Santa, a book and …..

I haven’t gone crazy when deciding to fill the box and have merely chosen a few little things to add to it including a set of Frozen PJ’s from Tu which I got in the 25% event and they include some lovely wam Olaf socks to match. I also picked up the Orchard Toys Pigs in Blankets game from Aldi in their recent toy event for less than £4 so we can all play a game as a family on Christmas Eve.

On top of that, I will be giving Freya a Peppa Pig bamboo tumbler and plate to put out for Santa so he can have his Whisky and Mince Pie (yes that’s what Santa will be feasting on in our house ladies and gentleman) which was kindly gifted to us for the big event from GiftGivingAllWrappedUp.

Lastly we will be sending Santa the Peppa Pig Christmas Sack in advance so it makes it easier for him to leave presents at our house. Got to make his job as easy as possible of course! This was also kindly gifted to us and I can’t wait to see her face when she wakes up that morning.

We were also kindly gifted a cute Peppa Pig bauble which has pride of place on our tree now and has completely ruined my colour scheme of whites, silvers and irridescent baubles, but Freya loves it and that’s all that matters.

I can’t wait to see others Christmas Eve boxes if you’ve done one this year so feel free to leave me any blog links in the comments.

Laura x

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Making my home office a space for me

When we first chose the style of new build home we wanted, we knew that the downstairs study room would end up being a playroom for Freya and the 4th bedroom would be my home office. After changing jobs in April to a role that allows me to work from home a lot more, I spent a couple of months working from the dining table until we moved and I was able to finally start working on my space.

*Post contains gifted items*

The home office was a real project as I didn’t want to spend a load of money on a desk and furniture. I browsed Ebay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree for days on end looking for a second hand desk until one day I spotted a bargain for £20. I now have a large corner Ikea desk that would have cost over £100 new and despite a few scratches, it’s in great condition. I was lucky enough to be bought an office chair from my mum and brother as a birthday present so I didn’t need to worry about comfort when sitting for the most part of the day.

The desk area and stool when I first set up the office prior to getting my nice comfy office chair to sit on.

Then it came to adding more touches to making it a real office space that allowed me to focus on work and be creative when it comes to my blog and crafting. I chose some pieces from Yes I Want It, that I knew I would love looking at day to day. My desk is usually pretty disorganised as I work in an organised chaos most times but I’m still moving things around position wise and really making it into a creative space.

As I said before, I’m still playing around with the position of the scratch map as the corner it sits in will be a crafting corner for me. I keep moving my planter around as I’m still unsure where I want that to sit shelf wise so it’s probably wise that I don’t fill it until I’m sure. I love the Prosecco sign so much and it’s made me want even more Neon in the house. Not sure I will get my husband on board with that one but I’ll leave it a while before I try to get any more in.

If you haven’t checked out Yes I Want It’s site then I would highly advise you to. I’ve already got my eyes on some board games and some of their fab Friends range.

Laura x

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