Creating a Family First Aid Kit…

As part of my preparations for the big move to our new house, I decided to create Family First Aid Kit and organise all of our medical supplies.

I bought a large plastic box at the supermarket to hold our first aid supplies…

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  • Antiseptic Cream
  • Instant Ice Packs
  • Plasters
  • Burnaid Gel
  • Rehydration Formula Sachets
  • Stingose Spray
  • Elastoplast Spray Plaster – useful for applying to wounds in awkward places

I also have a basic first aid kit containing bandages, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, etc.  I received a First Aid Handbook when I attended a First Aid Course a couple of years ago and I will keep this in our first aid box for quick reference.

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I bought a small plastic drawer unit to hold general medical supplies…

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  • Nurofen/Paracetamol
  • Cold & Flu Tablets
  • Imodium
  • Strepsils
  • Antihistamine Tablets

I have a separate box containing all of the children’s medical supplies…

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  • Infacol Wind Drops
  • ‘Elmo’ Bump Buddy Cold Pack – lives in the fridge and can be used on bumps, bruises, scrapes and insect bites.

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It is good to know that we are prepared in the event of any first aid emergencies at home.  I plan on carrying out a quarterly inventory so that we do not run out of essential items and any expired medications get thrown out.

I hope you find this blog useful and get inspired to organise your own medical supplies!

Moving House Project Mum Style…

After months of searching and deliberation, we have purchased our first family home and are moving in less than a week.

Unsurprisingly, I am in organisation overdrive and every spare moment is being spent assembling cardboard boxes, bubble-wrapping delicate items and vacuum-packing clothes.  I even invested in my very own tape gun which has saved me the frustration of repeatedly struggling to find the end of the tape!

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Our lounge is slowly being overtaken by boxes and Sebastian has lost half of his bedroom to a wall of plastic storage containers.  I have been tackling a room at a time and have been taking the opportunity to de-clutter and reorganise.

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Kitchen

  • Coles were selling Tupperware for half price last week and I replaced all of our old Tupperware.
  • I organised the pantry and set up labelled containers for flour, sugar, cornflour, icing sugar, rice, pasta, etc.

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  • I took an inventory of what was in our pantry and noted down the use-by-date so that I could prioritise items to use up before the move.
  • I have thrown out expired pantry items and chipped crockery.
  • I have set up a Kitchen Treasure Chest to hold all of the essentials that we will need on moving-in day – Washing-up brush, Washing-up liquid, Handwash, Cloth, Kitchen Roll, Tea Towel, Bin Bag.

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Lounge/Dining Room

  • I have set up a Living Room Treasure Chest for moving day – it contains TV Remote Controls, Telephone, iPod and Docking Station (to play Sebastian’s favourite Teletubbies CD), Diffuser Sticks and Place Mats.

Master Bedroom

  • I have vacuum packed my maternity clothes and our spare duvets.
  • I have donated unwanted items of clothing.
  • I have bought cardboard Porta Robe Boxes to transport all of our clothes so that they can be simply and easily lifted out and hung up at the new house.

Children’s Bedrooms

  • I have created a Moving Day Kit for each child using Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote Bags – they contain such things as Nappies, Wipes, Change Mat, Nappy Bags, Sleepsuits, Sleeping Bags, Bath Towels, Muslins, Bibs, Dummies, Snacks, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Comforter, Baby Nurofen, Toys and Books.

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Bathroom

  • I took an inventory of what was in our bathroom cupboards and noted down the items that I need to stock up on before the move, e.g. Toothpaste, Shampoo, Baby Bubble Bath, etc.
  • I threw out expired medications and beauty products that have not been used in the last 6 months.
  • I set up a Family First Aid Kit.

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  • I purchased some plastic baskets to hold my toiletries, Mr.G’s toiletries, Baby Toiletries and General Family Toiletries.
  • I bought a simple plastic storage cabinet with drawers to hold the medications that we regularly use such as paracetamol and Strepsils.
  • I have set up a Bathroom Treasure Chest for moving-in day which contains Toilet Roll, Handwash, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Cleansing Wipes, Face Creams, Make-up, Shower Gel, Baby Bubble Bath and Bath Toys.

Laundry

  • I took an inventory of the items in our laundry and have written down what I need to stock up on ahead of the move, e.g. Toilet Roll, Rubbish Bags, Oven Cleaner, etc.

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  • I have prepared a Cleaning Kit for our moving-in weekend – it contains a Heavy-Duty Kitchen Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Bathroom Spray, Toilet Cleaner, Microfibre Cloths, Scourer Sponges, Glass Spray, Fabric Freshner, Oven Cleaner and Rubber Gloves.

Miscellaneous

  • I have set up Quick Reference Files to hold useful parenting articles rather than transporting a big stack of magazines – I have separate A4 Display Books for Sleeping, Feeding, Health, Behaviour, Play and Recipes.

I still have plenty to pack during this last week before the big move but some things can only be packed at the very last minute…namely, Sebastian’s toys!  I have definitely planned this move with military precision but it has paid off and I am feeling uncharacteristically calm.  Now I am just keeping my fingers crossed that it does not decide to rain on moving day!

A Phil & Ted Makeover…

Our Phil & Ted Explorer has been given a transformation thanks to the lovely Miss Michka of Lilli May Designs.  I had these reversible seat liners and strap covers custom-made to ‘Primp my Pram’!

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I chose this gorgeous ‘Retro Bottle Tops’ fabric from the ‘Going Coastal’ collection by Emily Herrick.  I just loved the quirky design and thought it would be perfect for my beach babies!

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On the reverse side of the liners I went with my favourite ‘Whales in Bermuda’ fabric.

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Miss Michka also made a custom liner for the double kit which is where little Oscar will sit once he is a bit bigger.

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I could not resist getting the matching Nappy Change Clutch to carry in the bottom of the stroller.

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I am thrilled with my custom liners and cannot wait to take the boys out for a spin!

Creating a Toddler Treasure Basket…

Treasure Baskets are a fantastic way to keep your toddler entertained provided that they are only brought out once or twice a week, and the contents are updated regularly to keep them interesting.

Sebastian gets really excited when I present him with a Treasure Basket to explore and I really enjoy creating them.

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This is what I have put inside our Treasure Basket:

  • Pom Pom Sorting Tray (Curious Minds Busy Bags)
  • Feed Me! Busy Bag (Curious Minds Busy Bags)
  • Pipe Cleaner Weaving Busy Bag (Curious Minds Busy Bags)
  • Ball Weaving Busy Bag (Curious Minds Busy Bags)
  • Drop It Toddler Busy Bag (Curious Minds Busy Bags)
  • Large Bead Stringing Busy Bag (Curious Minds Busy Bags)
  • Empty Tissue Tube Filled With Brightly Coloured Ribbons
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Mini Wooden Maracas
  • Clown Wooden Pull String Toy
  • Wooden Bird Whistles
  • Wooden Rattle
  • Small Decorative Wooden Letters
  • Miniature Bean Bag
  • Finger Puppets
  • Miniature Photo Book
  • Miniature Board Books
  • Touch and Feel Stroller Cards
  • Plastic Rattles
  • Selection of Plastic Cookie Cutters
  • Stackable Plastic Measuring Cups
  • Stackable Plastic Funnels

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Here is a closer look at the items I purchased from Curious Minds Busy Bags which has the most fantastic selection of educational activities for babies and toddlers.

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Sebastian is too young to complete the busy bag activities but he enjoys exploring these items and will eventually have the required dexterity.  His absolute favourite treasure basket items are the foam beads (which are covered in teeth marks!) and the homemade tissue tube filled with ribbons.

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I really love watching Seb empty out his treasure basket and sit surrounded by colourful and exciting objects.  He normally gets preoccupied with a one or two items so I try to encourage him to play with other things, but for the most part I let Seb explore the contents of the treasure basket independently.

Over the coming months I will be creating alphabet-themed treasure baskets for Seb to play with and I am hoping that they will keep him occupied when I am feeding Oscar.

Custom Birth Announcements…

I wanted to share the beautiful birth announcement cards that I had custom made to mark the arrival of my gorgeous baby boy Oscar.

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Our good friend Dawn Sheridan of Sheridan Art created this fabulous Whale-themed design for us and I could not be happier with the finished product.

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I had the image printed on a mixture of 15cm by 15cm and 10cm by 10cm recycled greeting cards to send out to family and friends.

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I included this lovely black and white photograph of Oscar inside each card.

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I also had a larger version of the birth announcement printed so that I could frame it to hang in Oscar’s nursery (when he eventually gets his own room!).

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A big thank you to Dawn for creating this very special keepsake!

Command Centre Pinboard…

I posted a blog last week on my Home Management Folder and now I want to share some photos of my Command Centre Pinboard.

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My Kikki K Vision Board is located in the study nook at the entrance to our unit.  My Home Management Folder is sitting proudly on the desk below, together with a magazine holder containing Manilla Folders for organising incoming mail and other paperwork.

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I use my Pinboard to display the following:

  • Monthly Calendar
  • Chore Planner
  • Peek at the Week

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  • Detailed Weekly Planner
  • Weekly Dinner Planner
  • Monthly Blog/Project Planner

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I think it would be really useful to laminate the ‘Peek at the Week’ printable and the detailed weekly planner so that I can re-use them each week rather than having to print new ones.  So my next job is to find a cheap laminator on the internet!

Creating My Home Management Folder…

I have had this project on the back burner for the past few months and I finally got around to completing it this week.  The ‘Home Management Folder’ is meant to be a one-stop resource for the running of your household and I loved the idea of having all of my planners and checklists in one place.

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The concept of the ‘Home Management Folder’ is very in vogue in the blogosphere right now and there are lots of free printables available to download.  I started out by deciding on the categories I wanted to include in my folder:

  1. Calendars
  2. Kitchen
  3. Cleaning
  4. Finances
  5. Important Information
  6. Projects
  7. Blog
  8. Useful Information

I then made a trip to Kikki K to buy all of the equipment I needed to create my Home Management Folder…

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Calendars

This section contains monthly calendar printables and I could not resist the gorgeous chevron design by The Organised Housewife.  I use these printables to record appointments, social events and holidays.  I also try to plan which projects and blogs I will work on in a given month using the Kikki K A4 Monthly Planner.

I downloaded this lovely Birthday and Anniversary Reminder from Pinch A Little Save A Lot so that I can quickly see what cards and gifts I need to buy each month.

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Kitchen

This section contains the following information:

  • Weekly Meal Planners – I have the Kikki K 7 Day Meal Planner Pad which I use to plan Sebastian’s meals for the week.  I also use the A5 Dinner Planner & Shopping List to organise meals for me and Mr G.
  • Freezer Inventory (Pinch A Little Save A Lot) –  a great way to keep track of the contents of our freezer and very useful when planning meals for the week.
  • Pantry Inventory (Pinch A Little Save A Lot)
  • Recipe References (iheart organizing) – this means that I can quickly locate recipes from my cookbooks.
  • Recipes To Try (Life Your Way) – I am always ripping out recipes from magazines and this is a neat way of recording all of the recipes that I want to try.  I have one tracker for adult meals and another one for child-friendly recipes.

Cleaning

I purchased The Organised Housewife Cleaning Checklist which has a comprehensive list of Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual cleaning tasks.  I then used this as the basis for compiling my own checklist with a gorgeous free printable from Pinch A Little Save A Lot.  I have separate checklists for Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms & Lounge and General & Admin.

I also have the Kikki K Weekly Chore Pad which I use to plan cleaning tasks for the month ahead.

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Finances

This section contains a summary of our bank account details.  I also prepare a monthly budget using this printable from Frugal Living.

Important Information

A very comprehensive selection of printables for a Home Management Notebook can be found at Life Your Way and I have included the Online Passwords printable in this section of my folder.

Projects

This section contains the following printables:

  • Projects to Complete (The Organised Housewife)
  • Photo Tracker (The Organised Housewife) – this is a great tool for keeping track of which photos have been printed and inserted into albums.
  • Book Wish List (Life Your Way) – a place to jot down books that I want to read.  I also have a separate wish list for childrens’ books that come highly recommended.

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Blog

Blog Ideas (iheart organizing) – this is a gorgeous printable that allows me to record all of my blog ideas in a very stylish way!  I am always overflowing with ideas for future blogs and so I wanted a place where I could note them all down.

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Useful Information

So far all I have in this section is a Moving Checklist (Life Your Way) but I plan to include useful contact details and correspondence.

I have really enjoyed setting up my Home Management Folder and cannot wait to start using it.  Of course Mr G just thinks I am a fanatical planner (and there may be some truth to that!) and he cannot understand my propensity to write lists for everything.  But the fact is that writing lists keeps me sane and now I have a neat and practical tool for organising my life!