Insomnia and Nightmares

It was bound to happen.  Enter one little change in my life, and I’m cruising along during the day as happy as ever … go to sleep at a reasonable bedtime … then BOOM! I’m awake at 1:00am with the mind and body raring to go!

The change I’m referring to is with Undertendollars and unexpectedly having to change the name.  I received the Registration of Business Name yesterday, and am very excited!  I can’t wait to share it with you.

There is so much going on in my head right now, the brain has obviously decided there is no time for sleep!

Mind you, I wasn’t exactly sleeping peacefully.  Nightmares about people chasing me on motorbikes while I’m driving around in my car filled with suitcases that have exploded.  The contents containing kids clothes and toys have now filled the car and I’m madly putting them in the boot so people don’t see them in the car while it’s parked and are tempted to break in.  OMG … did I just share that with you!?

Speaking of nightmares.  My parents taught me the best trick ever, and it’s a great one for both adults and kids.  I’m so surprised that more people don’t know about it.  It’s as simple as turning the pillow over to the other side.  Explain to your kids … when you turn it over, the nightmares go over with it.  They are trapped underneath and won’t come back.  The new side of the pillow is nice, cool and refreshing and has lots of lovely dreams about butterflies and beaches.  A great tip for both kids and adults!

This trick did not help me stop the brain from going into overload however.  Everything seems so exaggerated at night time.  Lying there in the dark with the same thoughts going around and around.  The only insomnia remedy that works for me is to work through my thoughts and write them down.  Then go back to bed.

The other thing I try to do is prevent insomnia.  That means:

  • going to bed at a reasonable hour
  • avoiding caffeine and alcohol
  • sleeping in a cool and comfortable bed
  • avoiding the computer or technology for at least 30 minutes before sleep, and
  • no napping during the day (I only apply this last rule during the days I’m suffering from insomnia!).

There are lots of handy tips for helping with insomnia once it’s set in, but these have never worked for me.  Some include:

  • drinking a warm cup of milk or chamomile tea
  • doing a quiet activity with dim lighting for 30 minutes then going back to bed
  • deep breathing (yoga style)
  • muscle relaxing (I learnt this one in Drama class – tighten every muscle in your body, then slowly release each muscle, one at a time, starting from your toes)
  • fool around
  • gentle yoga stretches and going back to bed

Hopefully one of these tips would help for you.

At least I know my insomnia is temporary.  Sometimes it can last a couple of days, at which time I become a delirious maniac!  Hopefully that won’t happen this week!

Do you suffer from insomnia or nightmares?  What works for you?

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How to Turn Your Clutter into Cold Hard Cash!

Written by Nikki Morgan, 21 May 2013

We all have it, household junk that we will never need or use again, filling up our drawers, cupboards and even garages. While some of this is truly junk that needs to go in the bin, lot’s of things lurking around our home can be converted into cash….as the saying goes “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

De-cluttering is a fun and worthwhile exercise that we should all undertake once a year. I have a rule, if I have not used an item in the last 12 months, then I will probably never use it, so it is time to move the junk on!

We love to hang on to things ‘just in case’ we need them. The reality is we will often buy things we really don’t need, or will be given gifts that are not really to our taste, so we hide them away. Well get out all those ‘things’ lurking in the cupboard and make some cash.

Start in one drawer, and then move on to the next. Don’t try and do it all in one day, as sometimes that task is just to momentous and you will lose interest. Start small and keep building the collection of items to sell. If things are rubbish, then toss them. If they are still in decent condition, you can donate them or use some of the following suggestions to find buyers for all this loot.

GARAGE SALE – This is the quickest way to make cash from your unwanted goods. Hosting a successful garage sale only takes a little bit of effort and requires you not placing unrealistic expectations on how much you want to receive for your items. Make sure you place an ad in your main newspaper, the small investment will be returned with lot’s of shoppers. Just putting up signs at the end of your street will not bring enough visitors. Make sure you present your wares in a neat fashion. Use tables if possible, hang clothes, and anything that is going on the floor should be on blankets or sheets. Price everything and then be prepared to bargain.

WEEKEND MARKETS – Have become a mecca for bargain hunters and sellers alike. For a small fee you will be allotted a car park size space for you to display your wares. The same rules of presentation apply at markets. Be prepared for an early start, and by noon you can be on your way home with cash jingling in your pocket. Whatever does not sell can be donated as many markets have donation bins near-by for that purpose. Try and put your items in the bins provided and not just on the ground in front of them, or more than likely your items will be on another persons market table next week.

EBAY – Setting up an account with Ebay is free, and non-commercial sellers can place up to 30 advertisements at no cost per month. They often have special weekends where you can list up to 100 items free of charge. You will only pay fee’s if you sell your item. You will also need a Paypal account, again free to set up. It makes financial transactions for buyers and sellers safe and convenient. Ebay is great for small items that don’t attract high postage charges. Unless your larger items are of high value that could get lot’s of bidders trying to win it, keep Ebay for the smaller and lighter items. Good quality pictures is one of the tricks to successful selling on Ebay. If the picture grabs the attention of buyers you have a much better chance of making good money.

GUMTREE – Is a completely free service that connects your items with buyers in your area. You don’t pay fees if you make a sale. As your buyers are local and will be coming to you, this is the best way to sell off large, bulky items that would attract very high postage fees. Things like garden equipment, unused sporting goods, artwork and furniture are great contenders for this sight. Setting up an account is quick and free.

FACEBOOK – Is growing in popularity as a way to sell off unwanted items, again with no cost to you. A quick search will find a host of ‘Garage Sale’ pages that cover your local area. There are 4 for my local area, and I have used this method to clear unwanted items. Most of these pages will require you to set up an album with your photo’s and descriptions of them items, and everyday you can add a small comment to your listings to bump them to the top of the page until it is sold.

WEEKEND SHOPPER – Most newspapers have a shopping section in their Saturday additions. You used to have to pay to list your items, but competition from other selling sources, saw the listing fee’s abandoned for items that cost less that $500.00. Place your ad by Wednesday night for inclusion in that Saturday’s addition. You just need to make sure you are home on Saturday in case you get calls from prospective customers who would like to view and purchase from you.

So get cleaning and clearing out and within a short space of time you
will see a pile of cash growing in front of you!

What is your favourite way of turning household junk into cash?

Garage Sale

Nikki Morgan is a Natural Therapist, Author, Bargain Queen, mum to two gorgeous teens and can often be found with a glass of Sav Blanc in hand, blogging away at her little piece of cyber-space Wonderfully Women.com

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Easy Apps for the Home

As published on Little Hero Hosting, Tue 14 May 2013
Written by Alison Parks

If you know me well, you will be shocked that I am writing an article on technology, let Samsung Phonealone apps.  Here is a picture of the mobile phone that I have carried around until 6 months ago.  I loved this phone.  It didn’t have internet access, in fact, it couldn’t even take a photo.  But it fit easily into any pocket or mini purse and I could make and receive phone calls.  That’s all you need from a phone, right?

I admit I’m a slow learner.  So I’m going to give you the Most Useful and Easy Apps for the Home from my perspective.  If you search the internet, there are thousands of websites with experts telling you this and that about apps, and you need a technology dictionary to help read most of them.

I’m going to show you the easiest, cheapest and most useful apps that I have found and am currently using around the home.  If I’m using them, they must be easy to use!

As I own an android phone and tablet, my recommendations will be android based, however I have also provided an iphone option.

Groceries

In Australia, we don’t seem to have a one-stop-shop app for all the supermarkets.  The choice is for you to pick from the main supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths, Aldi), or simply download a Shopping List app and go from there.

Of the major supermarket app selections, my pick is the Woolworths app, because you can also order online, it’s not just a shopping list like the others.  You can scan your item and either store it in a shopping list and/or order online and have it delivered to your door … all from your mobile phone.

Select the link below for your preferred option.

Android: Coles, Woolworths, Aldi
iPhone: Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Shopping List

Budgeting

I have a serious excel spreadsheet that monitors our budget.  In my pre-smartphone days I would take cash out each pay day for my ‘entertainment’ money, which was the best way for me to keep track of my casual spending.

These days however, I am able to eftpos whatever I like without fear of going over my allocated spend with the TrackMySpend app.

While you’re standing in the checkout line, just enter the amount of spend and it will calculate how much you have left, and how many days you have left until your next top up (i.e. pay day).  You can save your favourites (i.e. morning coffee) and with just a click of a button your spending budget will be updated.

Android: TrackMySpend [Free]
iPhone: TrackMySpend [Free]

Fashion

How often do you ask “Does this dress look nice?”, and hear in return “yes, of course” or “yes, dear”?  Wouldn’t it be great to get some honest and reliable feedback on what you’re wearing for your hot date or catch up with old friends.  What Should I Wear.com.au is the best app for this purpose!  When you’re out shopping, you can refer to what you actually have in your closet and compliment your wardrobe, rather than double up on what you already have – no more impulse buys!  It’s very addictive … you can give or get advice and also have lots of fashion questions answered by experts.

Android: WhatShouldIWear.com.au [Free
iPhone: WhatShouldIWear.com.au [Free]

Housework / Chores

This has been referred to me by friends with older kids.  What better way to share the chores with the kids, than via their smartphone!  iRewardChart allows you to select from built-in chores or create your own, delegate and accumulate rewards.  Kids love novelty, and using their phones … iRewardChart is a great concept!  You can always use it as an adult too … no reason why adults can’t get rewards for doing the chores!

Android: iRewardChart [$4.00]
iPhone: iRewardChart [$3.99]

A simple chore app is the Chore Checklist which has pre-set basic chores to keep your household running smooth, crisp and clean.  You can add or delete chores, and set reminders to ensure none are forgotten.  It’s a great motivator and organiser.

Android: Chore Checklist [Free]

Home Renovating

We have just finished renovating our home, and I am kicking myself for not having a smartphone years ago.  There are apps which allow you to upload a photo of your room, and virtually paint it with the colours of your choice.  I feel a new “feature wall” coming on!

Dulux have a great iPhone app available, click here.

Not a great recommendation, but the best solution I can find for the Australian Android users is the BEHR app to get a good idea on how your room is going to look, and then use the Dulux Colour Schemer app (which doesn’t allow photos of your room) to try and match the colour so you can buy the right product here in Oz.

Android: ColourSmart by BEHR
iPhone: Dulux Colour Schemer

Diet and Exercise

I religiously follow the Calorie King website to monitor my dietary intake and exercise program, and don’t you know it … they have an app too!  Set your weight goal, and it will keep track of the calories, fats, carbs, protein etc in all the foods you eat and will also calculate how many calories you burn through exercise. This one I can’t use as it’s only available for the iPhone owners.  The Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal has been recommended to me for Android users for this article … so let me know what your thoughts are on it.

Android: Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal
iPhone: Calorie King or Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal

Recipes

Cooking in the home is a family affair at our place.  The kitchen is the centre of our home and it’s where all the important things happen.  I am not the world’s best cook, and I will take any help where given!  I’ve recently downloaded an easy to follow recipe app, Epicurious which has over 30,000 recipes to inspire me with last minute decisions during the week or long time planning with dinner parties.  Now this is an easy, essential app to have in your home.

Android: Epicurious
iPhone: Taste or Epicurious

Do you know what I like most about Apps?  Is that App is in Happy, and that’s how I feel when finding technology that can help me around the home!

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Keep Warm this Winter without the Heater

Has winter come on us early this year?  Balmy Brisbane is anything but balmy today.  I’m loathe to turn on the heater until absolutely necessary, so I’ve put together a list of things to do to keep us warm for Undertendollars.

Click here for printable list to stick on your fridge as a reminder.

Let’s have a look at some ways to keep warm before turning on the heater.

Windows and Doors

  • Head to the local hardware store and ask for the products that can help seal your windows and doors.  Weather strips are easy to install, and inexpensive.  Grab some gap filler for the cracks in your walls too.
  • If you can’t afford to install weather strips, simply place a towel in front of the draughty window or door.
  • Check the outside temperature … if it’s warmer, open your doors and windows … if it’s colder, then shut them tight!
  • Close your indoor doors to un-used rooms.  This will give you another barrier from the outdoors.
  • The thicker your curtains, the more insulation you have.  If the sun is streaming outside, open the curtains and let it in … then close them once it’s gone.

Lounge roomFlooring

  • Put down rugs and/or carpets.  Warmer on your feet than floorboards and provide another layer of protection from the cold temperatures underneath.

Ceiling

  • If you can afford it, insulate the ceiling space with batts.  It only takes a weekend, and if you have a handy hubby, you can DIY.
  • Put the ceiling fans on reverse.  Instead of the warm air rising to the ceiling, the fan will circulate it around the room more evenly.

Get in the Kitchen

  • Cook.  Stews, roasts, casseroles, soups.  Get out all your oven recipes and do a batch of dinners.  To save on electricity, try cooking as many meals as you can in one sitting.
  • Leave the oven door open when you’ve finished cooking to continue warming your kitchen (don’t do this if you have children – or do it after they’ve gone to bed)
  • Drink warm beverages … hot chocolate, tea, coffee, warm milk or even warm water with some lemon to get some warmth into those bones.
  • When you boil the jug, fill a hot water bottle at the same time.
  • When you microwave food, put the heat pad in as well.

Clothing

  • Dress warmly.  Beanies, scarves, gloves, slippers.  Layers and layers and more layers.  If one pair of socks isn’t enough, put on another pair!
  • Wear a singlet or long sleeved thermal top 24/7.
  • Sleep with your socks on.

Home Decor

  • Gather all your blankets and leave them in convenient locations.  Layer them over your armchairs or lounges, or place them in a basket in the corner of the lounge.  Offer them to guests and wash regularly.
  • Make sure some of those extra blankets are placed at the end of your bed too.
  • Flannelette sheets and pillow cases are so much nicer than chilly cotton ones!
  • If you are going to turn on the heater … make sure heat vents, radiators and heaters are free of obstructions … otherwise that lovely warmth won’t reach you.

Move!

  • Exercise.  Do laps around the house, situps, pushups, play “row row row your boat” with the kids, go for a run/walk … whatever you can think of!
  • Housework.  Get energetic with it and work up a sweat … with a bonus, the house is clean too!
  • Go out.  Hit the shops, library, gym, indoor heated pool, friends house … wherever you know the heat is on!

Walking in winterGet Friendly

  • Cuddle.  Pets, husbands, kids … anything with some warmth!
  • Share your space with others.  The more bodies in one room, the more heat is generated.
  • If you have kids, create an indoor cubby house or tent … all those little bodies in one closed space would be very cosy and warm … get in and join them!

Don’t forget to click HERE for the printable list to stick on your fridge as a reminder.  Our electricity bill triples in winter … so my goal this year is to bring it right back down!  Good luck staying warm everybody!

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Tricks to Taking Photos with Your Phone

When you’re living on a budget, chances are you don’t have many opportunities to get professional photos done.  It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be snap happy … particularly when most people have cameras on their phones.

I am not an expert photographer, so I have taken the liberty of researching dozens and dozens of articles and websites and have summarised what everyone is trying to share with us when taking photos with your phone.  These are tips for the everyday person who is in a rush and doesn’t have time to mess around with complicated settings!  Everybody can follow these simple photo suggestions, irrespective of what type of camera you have.

  • Set your camera to the highest picture quality and resolution.  Ted’s Cameras have an easy to follow guide on Image Size and Resolution.
  • Use natural light – shade, not direct sun.  A Beautiful Mess shows us 5 Tips for Great Outdoor Photos.  This is a lovely website, with lots of examples for the everyday user.
Source: A Beautiful Mess

Source: A Beautiful Mess

  • Find a simple, complementary background.  Simple doesn’t mean plain, it just means “not conflicting”.  A floral dress on your girlfriend could get lost if she’s standing in front of a busy garden.
  • Get close … avoid cropping later.  Steve Berardi at the Photo Naturalist explains why with Three Reasons to Avoid Relying on the Crop Tool.
Source: Photonaturalist

Source: Photonaturalist.net

  • Try a mix of serious and funny photos

DIY Photos funny

  • Props can come in handy (glasses, hats, scarves, teddies, books, etc.)
  • Have fun and don’t spend too much time playing with the camera … take the photo before you miss the opportunity!

If you find you still want to play around with your photos and go the extra mile, then Apps will save the day!

Popular Phone Apps

Because this article is about simplicity, I’m going to pick only two popular phone apps.  These appear to be the most popular and user friendly ones on the market.  Please feel free to comment below on other apps you find useful though.

Instagram.  Instagram uses a variety of different filters and lets you easily share the filtered photos to a variety of social networks and other sites.

Hipstamatic (iPhone only).  Hipstamatic lets you take photos using a variety of retro lenses, cameras, and filters.

Share and Enjoy

DIY Photos Wedding AlbumI love taking photos, and one day when I have a little more time, I’m going to spend some time with digital scrapbooking and finding different ways to display them around the home.  We placed our wedding photos in a printed book (many years ago before apps and camera phones), but have found the printed book fantastic for our kids and visitors to view without us having to worry about expensive prints being damaged.

We also have a wall of family snaps which is a great talking point for all our visitors, and the kids love talking about their friends on the wall.  Each photo frame was a bargain price of $10 … a great, budget way of decorating this room.

DIY Photos Wall Frames

So watch out for more pics from us while I practice all these new techniques!  Hope you enjoyed our brief article on taking pics with your phone … remember, keep it simple and enjoy the fun!

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Postcard Passion

There is no point in having a collection if you can’t enjoy it.  We have a collection of playing cards, cameras, teacups and postcards.  Our renovations are finally finished, so I’m now in the process of working out how best to display our collections, without cluttering up the home.

Postcard Main

We have a post in our kitchen (which holds up that side of the house!) which looked very plain and boring before.  It was just calling out to be decorated!  All we have done here is string some twine through the postcards and hang them on the post.  You can turn the postcards around and read the messages on the back, and there is only one hook per row of cards … therefore minimising the number of holes we put into the post, and/or use of blutac.

Postcard gather toolsGather your Tools

  • Postcards
  • Hole punch
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Nails or picture hook
  • Hammer

Start by gently hammering a nail or picture hook into the wall at the top of where you want your postcard line to start.  Measure the length of twine required, allowing approximately 15cm at the top and 5cm at the bottom of each line.

Punch one hole into the top and one into the bottom of your postcard and thread the twine through (leaving about 10cm at the top of the first postcard).  At your last postcard, loop the twine around and gently tie a knot at the back.

Postcard instructions

Carry your line of postcards over to the wall and tie a knot onto your nail or picture hook in the wall.  Tie a bow at the top, and you’re finished!

We still had a heap of postcards leftover after this project, so I’ve left them in my postcard book until I gather enough to cover an entire wall!

Postcard folder

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Techniques to De-Stress

Destress

The words that come out of my mouth are betrayed by the physical symptoms appearing on my body.  “I am not stressed”, yet my mouth has ulcers, my shoulders are tense, I have stomach cramping and bloating and my fingers have developed a rash.  This happens every time I get stressed.

Does this happen to anybody else?

It’s often when my body starts to fail, that I will sit down and run through my de-stress techniques, which I’m going to share with you today.  Feel free to share with me your techniques too.

  • Determine what is causing the stress.  Most of the time, I don’t even know.  So I start to make a list of what is going on in my life – including the past few weeks and the upcoming weeks.  Usually this will flag the issue.
  • Deal with the physical symptoms.  The Wisebread website has a list of natural remedies that I mostly use for stomach aches.  A good massage and/or  a few sessions of yoga will help with tight muscles.  I find a good nights sleep will help with a few stress symptoms as well.
  • I remove myself from anything or anybody negative, and don’t place myself in any stressful positions, no matter how mild they are.  I stick to a basic routine and try not to fill my calendar.  I try to spend a few days just getting the house into order, get myself organised and fit in as much rest time as possible.
  • Some people find socialising helps with stress.  I find with my busy routine that I tend to cut back on socialising.  However, I do like to talk things through when stressed, and really thrash them out with a trusted person who has a good listening ear.  I feel that I need to release all my thoughts, and if I can’t talk to somebody about them, then I write them down.
  • I am an emotional eater.  Usually, by the time I have worked out that I’m stressed, I’ve eaten my way through the takeaway catalogues and it’s time for me to detox and focus on getting healthy again.  I often take this time to ensure my meal planners are prepared for the week ahead, check the cupboards are stocked full of healthy food and get my body back on track (without alcohol as well).
  • A good long walk or run on a beautiful day is a surefire way to release some of that stress.  Either go by yourself, or take the family.  Either way, your body will thank you for it.  In times of stress, I tend to neglect exercise … so this is a great time to ensure it’s back in the schedule for the upcoming week along with some regular meditation.

So I’m off to try some of these techniques to get myself back on track again.  I’d love to hear some of your tips and tricks too.

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Things To Do This Week

Things To Do This Week
Undertendollars!

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY: This is a great activity to either do by yourself, with your partner, family or kids. An activity where you can get some exercise, some fresh air, possibly make a little money and also complete a chore. That activity is washing the car. Pick a Wash carnice sunny day, gather your tools and set up in the front yard. If you’re feeling adventurous, go and visit the neighbours and offer to wash their cars for a few dollars as well. A great way to have a chat and see what the neighbours are up to … and a sure fire way to make some money.

INDOOR ACTIVITY: this is a really quick activity, but something that won’t get done unless you make a note of it. A girlfriend of mine suggested we cut the ribbons from the inside of our shirts (the ones that help hang the shirts on hangers, but that you never really use anyway), and make them into little girls hair ribbons (or lady hair ribbons!). They are the perfect length, come in lots of different colours, and come as a pair. Have you got a place for the hair ribbons? Dress up a jar with a fabric covered lid (which you can do yourself with some glue), or simply cover an empty food cardboard box. Some wide ribbon around the middle with a tag labelled “ribbons” will finish it off.

SOMETHING FOR YOU: have a lazy day. Very rarely do I get a lazy day, as there is always something to do. And usually a lazy day means that I have a super busy day afterwards cleaning up the mess from the lazy day! However, a lazy day is very good for the soul and your health. The body needs time for some R&R, yet we can’t all afford a day spa. If you can’t do a whole day, then put aside a few hours in the morning or afternoon, and pick a light easy activity to do ~ guilt free. Read a book, watch a movie, or just have an afternoon nap. If you’ve got children to look after … then either have someone look after them for you, or plan some activities that require minimal effort from yourself (try the Lazy Parents Guide to Entertaining the Kids article).

BUDGET TIP: gather all your coins around the home and start a money jar. If you’ve already got a money jar, consider adding up how much you’ve got. Stick a picture of your goal on the front (i.e. dinner out, new dress, new car!), which will give you extra motivation to add to the jar.

HOUSE: polish the silver. Urgh ~ who suggested that? The only reason I Iike to polish the silverware (a couple of candlesticks and a wine holder) is that they look so beautiful on the table when they’re gleaming. I usually only get around to doing this task once a year, so why not join me and do it this week.

The best way to enjoy your gleaming silverware is to participate in the “Family / Friends” activity below.

FRIENDS / FAMILY: this is from a facebook post I did back in February, but am adding it to our Things To Do as it was so popular.

Table SettingA quick, simple and entertaining activity for an evening is to posh it up at the dinner table. It is party night every night at our house! Well, most nights. Actually, just some nights.

The kids help set the dinner table and we dress it with a tablecloth, linen napkins, full cutlery and candles (don’t forget the polished silverware!). It’s a great activity for them, they enjoy learning ‘proper’ table manners and most of the time, they actually eat their dinner too!

Not only is this a great activity for kids, it’s a really lovely activity to do with your partner too. Don’t save it for visitors – enjoy poshing it up for you too.

CHARITY / FOR SOMEONE ELSE: when I was a child, my Mum always made me thank people for gifts by writing a letter. This was something I continued well into my teens and adulthood, and something I would like to encourage my children to do. It has helped me build relationships with relatives whom I probably would not otherwise have had contact with due to distance (and teenage interests). It does take a little effort to gather your thoughts, pop them on paper, find the address and stamps and then post it! But it’s a lovely activity that you know will be appreciated at the other end. Write a letter to someone special today, and post it.

COOKING: when doing your next roast dinner, slice up your leftovers and store them in a freezer container with slices of paper in between each slice of meat. This makes it super easy to take a slice out for sandwiches during the week. We often have three containers in the freezer with different meats that we replenish after each roast, so there is a constant supply of sandwich meat available.

TV / BOOK: If you’re visiting a flea market or garage sale this week, then grab a book! They are always super cheap at these venues, and you can pick up something you wouldn’t normally read. Send us a pic and review!

GAMES: my father-in-law loves crosswords, he says they keep the brain active. I’m always getting invites on facebook for various word games, which must keep our brains active too! So this week, if you’re not already doing it … try a word game. Let me know which is your favourite …

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Cheap Thrills

I had a lovely thrill this month by reaching the milestone of 500 LIKES on Facebook. I realise this is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I was thrilled! It was a real milestone for me. What an exhilarating feeling, a rush of blood, the feel of adrenalin. It’s so lovely to put yourself out there, take a risk, and just love it!

Doing anything new gives me a thrill. It’s that sense of nervousness and anticipation, followed by relief and a sense of accomplishment.

While I’m in this frame of mind, I’ve decided to put together a list of thrill seeking activities to add to my bucket list. For the adventure seekers and not-so-prudish types, these will probably be a walk in the park for you. Please share with me the things that would give you a cheap thrill!?

In the meantime, these are the nail-biters for me! …

Rollerblading-pushing-stroller1Rollerblading! Eeeeeek … some people would say “blah, yeh whatever, that’s easy etc”. But for me, it’s something I’ve only ever tried once … crashed and burned. I think I ready to give it another go!

A little bit of nudity can be good for a thrill! Skinny dipping, sitting on a nudist beach, playing strip poker, or pose nude for an art class.

Tell someone how you ‘really’ feel. I’m thinking positive here … tell someone you’ve had your eye on them and that you ‘like’ them. Take the plunge and show them your true feelings.  You’ll never know if they feel the same way if you don’t make a move.

Get a haircut. Not just a trim, people. I’m talking about the big CHOP! Perhaps you’ve never had a fringe. Try a colour you’ve never braved before …a hot, fiery red can look stunning! Go out there and go wild! It’s only hair …

Sports carTest drive a sports car. Head on down to the mid-life crisis of your choice, grab the keys and pretend you’re about to buy the car of your dreams.

Truth or dare. Gather a group of friends for some spicy dares or naughty truths!

Face your fear. Scared of spiders, scary movies or the dark? Facing one of your fears can feel very liberating.

Do that one big thing. You know what it is. That thing which you’ve always wanted to do, but have every excuse in the sun not to do. Take the first step and the next one and the next one until you have momentum. What’s the worst thing that can happen?

I would love to know what is on your list. Put your list together, and then do at least one of the items … then another one … and you’ve got your momentum … and cheap thrills!!

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Things To Do This Week

Things To Do This Week
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OUTDOOR ACTIVITY: when was the last time you grabbed the ball and started a spontaneous game of football or soccer? I have no idea of the rules, but my goal this week so to do exactly this … I wonder how many people at the park I can rope into joining me! Why don’t you grab a couple of friends and see if you can do the same.

INDOOR ACTIVITY: with Easter so very close, we’ve got a cute activity Bunny pawsfor the kids planned. Every year we lay out “bunny paws” on the floor which run from the bed, down the hall, around the house to the pot of chocolate treasure. Scattered along the way are little chocolate eggs for collection. Click here for our template.

SOMETHING FOR YOU: do you regularly treat your nails, visit the nail beautician or tend to them perhaps once a month if you’re lucky? I’m more the latter. This week I’ll be tending to these nails, and am using this pinterest website for inspiration! Check it out – they are amazing! There are some really funky kits available, you are only limited by your imagination. Send us your pics!

Nails

BUDGET TIP: this week, we’re focusing on clothes. Go through your wardrobe and pull out all the clothes you don’t wear because they need mending. It never takes as long as you expect to fix a hem, patch a tear, sew on a button. Rather than buying something new, fix something old. If you don’t know how … there is no doubt that You-tube will have step-by-step instructions for you.

HOUSE: an indoor plant in the home can not only increase oxygen, remove toxins from the air and increase your general well being, but they are a very inexpensive décor item that look fantastic. Put an indoor plant in your home this week. Bayer Advanced have aIndoor Plant great article on the benefits of indoor plants, and the types of plants to use as well.

FRIENDS / FAMILY: we often head out for picnic lunches, but when was the last time you went out for a picnic dinner? You could try a spot with city lights, the beach or even your own backyard. Make a quiche, salad, some warm bread and cheese plate, a bottle of wine if you’re not driving and the all-essential blanket. For even less mess, paper plates!

CHARITY / FOR SOMEONE ELSE: while you’re looking through your wardrobe for mending items, put aside all the other clothes you haven’t worn in the last year. Are they still in good condition? Pop them in a bag and deposit them at your local charity – someone out there is going to be very grateful. And you have just gained extra wardrobe space!

COOKING: gather your leftover vegies this week and make some stock in preparation for those winter soups. Try this recipe here. If you don’t want to make the herb bouquet, we usually just pop everything straight into the stock and then strain it all at the end.

TV / BOOK: this week I’m going to investigate in a website I’ve recently come across called www.open2study.com which provides FREE online courses in Financial Planning, Food Nutrition and Health, Writing for the Web and more. Have a look and see if there’s a course for you.

GAMES: Want a light and easy night at home with lots of giggles and excitement! Try the old-fashioned game of bingo! You can make your own bingo cards and numbers, then you just need to invite some players and rotate the “caller”. You could play for coins, drinks or just for fun. Get everyone to bring a plate of snacks, and before you know it, the party has started! Find the rules for Bingo here.

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