Thursday, January 23, 2014

Scentsy Post!!

Look what arrived this morning!

My friend Aideen who lives in Galway has just become an agent for Scentsy. I have only heard of this concept from various American friends who mention them on Youtube. You know those amazing house organisational videos with the tidy larders and laundry rooms that aren't full of dust bunnies and odd socks, well those women all talk about their Scentsy fragrances.

So, when Aideen announced she was going to have this product I thought, "Aha! I will have a nice smelling home and the Scentsys can tidy it for me!" (obviously the smelly stuff must have something to do with the tidyness right?)

Being the Sweetheart that she is she sent samples....... and being the fussy bag that I am I said, "nothing fruity, flowery or vanilla" I am impressed that she still had this many to send me!

I think i'm leaning towards Basil, or maybe one of the cinnamon or clove based ones. I have picked out my burner - its one without a light, picking the scent is really hard!

So, if you are in Ireland and want a nice whiff to your home contact Aideen, "scentsational by Aideen" on facebook (and no, she hasn't paid me to say these nice things about her product!!)

I'll invite you all over for a smell when the Scentsy elves have cleaned and organized everything!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Week One of Meal Planning.....

Well, its Monday and I have BEEN SHOPPING!!!! I planned out four meals, (weekends don't count because I don't cook then and one day in the week we eat leftovers, so four meals is enough) because we have both meat and non-meat eaters it is never simple! I took my list to the supermarket (two of them actually) and this is what I brought back........

Those yellow things on the right are tulips, they weren't  on the list but they were pretty!

So, today we are having Shepherds Pie, I have to make two, one veggie, one with real shepherds (!)
Tomorrow is curry and rice, then Lasagna (again two) and then Bangers and Mash (Quorn sausages for me, they insist on Yorkshire puddings, peas and gravy with it which is actually yummy!)

I'm mad impressed that i've gotten this far! There are the makings of a cake in that lot too, if I make it now I can test it with a cup of tea, just to make sure I won't poison them you see......

Here are the tulips so you can see how pretty they are.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Nesting....

Every January I get this longing to put my house and life in order - I write lists (I do this all year, but especially in January) these lists cover all manner of things, things i'd like to achieve, things i'd like to do regularly. By the end of the year some things have been done, some started and then forgotten and some things just keep turning up on the list because I never do them!

These are some of this years list:

Organize every inch of storage space in my house - this means in the kitchen and the dreaded Cupboard under the stairs.

Learn how to take decent photos so that I can document the progress of the above.

Run a bit more often.

Get my accounts in order - this is one of the re-occurring ones, but this year I have a tip or two to help.

Get to grips with the meal planning that I started and gave up last year and do only one food shop a week*

* - this may be normal to most people but I hate food shopping, I don't plan ahead and consequently end up shopping for each dinner EACH DAY!!!! so my lack of organisation is making my least favourite activity happen more often.

Another recurring one - blog more often. If I write about more subjects then I will obviously have more posts to share. ( Am I a genius or what?!) so, I intend to include any renovation projects, maybe the odd recipe, better quality photos and lots of art. These will all be blogged about honestly, so if it goes wrong you will see it, if I'm working all day in my pyjamas with my hair looking a terrible mess, thats the photo you will see, because trying to be perfect is bloody hard work!

So, the "Accounts" one - well, that means both business accounts and household spending. I am a disaster for keeping business accounts up to date, when I started my business I was told " Do the accounts every week" "Of course" I said, and I meant it....... suddenly three months had passed and I had one entry in the book.

Now, thanks to one of my beautiful Youtube friends Marlene I have been inspired to keep up with things  by making them pretty to look at - I know, its a bit fluffy, but she makes everything sooooo pretty. (you should see her house its beautiful! she decorates for every celebration, have a look at her channel, Valentines was one of my favs last year.)
Anyway, if I make a nice binder I bet I do the work more often........ maybe!

Also, I found this on Pinterest today I found this:

I pinned it from but it was designed by 

The idea is that this week you put €1 in a jar, next week €2 and so on and in a year you will save €1,378. Now things are easy up to about week 20 - then it gets a bit hairy, I mean saving €30 - €40 EVERY week might not happen, but if I put €10 away for the first nine weeks I will be ahead of the game. Also, if I have a bonus I could maybe skip to week 30 in February or something. 
I will let you know how it goes! 

So, that is all I have to say today. If you want a serious kick up the bum on the "Organising your house " front then check out Nikki's channel, she is freakin amazing - (I love her videos, I actually turn out drawers and cupboards because of her!)

See you soon!! xxx