Friday, 1 August 2014

Nestle Cerelac Infant Cereal Review and Woolworths Voucher Giveaway

And so the weening fun continues at our place...
 
I have been sent by the good folks at Soup Social some Nestle Cerelac Infant Cereal to try out (in Wheat and Oats and Prune) that are suitable for 6 months plus. I am a little bit in denial about having a 6 month old baby, but hey I will push on!
 
I tried Miss C out on both variants and I have to say that the Oats and Prune was a clear favourite in the taste stakes, the Wheat not so much!!
 
The funny thing about this little lady, is that she really wants to eat what everyone else is eating. So I have been mixing in what I have for brekkie (yoghurt and small pieces of fruit) in to the mix and she adores it.

 
Like with the Rice Cereal I started Miss C out on, this is super easy and quick to prepare, mixes up very smooth and seems to be great for the digestion side of things. I will say that Miss C loves her chunks and lumps, which is very different to my experience with Mr B, who loved all things smooth and silky.

Moe food out than in!
I would love to hear from any of you that have tried baby led weaning, as it is just so far removed from what I did with Mr B. But Miss C seems intent on grabbing and trying to eat everything I pop in to my mouth - I have drawn the line my block of Top Deck Chocolate don't you worry!! But in all seriousness, she wants to share whatever the family meal of the day is, so I need some new meal ideas!

So if you can share you favourite family meal at your place, you can have the chance to win a $50 Woolworths gift card. To win, all you need to do is drop me a comment below with the name of you favourite family meal that is loved by all at your place, and simply like the Utterly Organised Facebook page - that's it!!
 
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And remember if you have any experience with the baby led weaning stuff, would love to hear from you.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Project Extension: Week 2 - So Tired!

After a slow start to project extension week one, week two was a bit more action packed...
 
We had excavators, we had diggers, we had concrete trucks - what we didn't have was much sleep! I must admit I am missing our lazy starts to the day. The builders start time of 7am is a bit earlier than our, ahem, 9:00am starts that we are used to... We spent the weekend trying to catch up on sleep, but I still feel like I haven't slept for a year today! Still it is only week three today and we have a long time to go, must think of BIG picture - that is my mantra every day.
 
So what did we get done in a week?
 
Well the builders excavated the land and boy was there a lot of mess left behind. I sure hope we are getting a skip sometime soon...
 
 
The builders also dug the pylons in preparation for the slab to go down. We are hoping that the slab will be poured later on during week 3 - pending weather. This part scares me a little, as we do live in Melbourne after all!!
 
 
I cannot wait for the slab to be done, so I can finally get a better idea on just how big the extension is going to be. What I am not looking forward to, is the removal of our lounge and bedroom windows at the same time. If I thought the house was cool at the moment, I think I am in for a big shock come next week...
 
 
We also now have temporary fencing blocking all access to the front door, which makes it super fun for the postman to navigate his way to deliver my online shipping buys - not that I am buying a single thing if you are my hubby reading my blog!!
 
If you have any questions on the extension, please feel free to comment below.
 
 
 
 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Happy Half Birthday!!

Seriously how on earth can my baby girl be 6 months already?! Last week we celebrated Miss C's half birthday.


And what is a birthday (even a half one) if you can't pop a frock on?! This Sweater Dress has been worn to death and was a $7 Target Clearance Rack number - wish it came in my size.
 
I know I have said this before, but it honestly feels as though the second time around goes so much faster. I am trying to prepare myself for the next 6 months, as I know how much is going to happen - teeth, crawling, her christening and maybe a bit of walking too.
 
I wish some days I could rewind and go back to this special day and relive that big surprise over again...


And yup 6 months on, I still can't believe it was a girl!!

Did you find the second (third or forth, maybe fifth?!) time went so much quicker? How do I make it slow down?!




Thursday, 24 July 2014

Planning your Spring Clean

Every home needs a spring-clean from time to time, and while it doesn’t have to happen in spring time, you do need to clean and repair your home regularly in order to keep it looking good. Here are some tips to help you plan your outdoor spring-clean this year.
 
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Pressure Wash It

A pressure washer will be your best friend in cleaning up the exterior of your home. The water pressure does the hard work so you won’t need to scrub anything. If marks are really stubborn you can add some detergent, or apply clove oil or bleach to mould and mildew before washing. Be careful when cleaning soft woods and other soft surfaces as high pressure cleaners can cause damage.

 

Check the Roof

Most home-owners have no idea what condition their roof is in. Very often it is a case of out of sight, out of mind, however neglecting your roof could be potentially dangerous to you and your home during storm season. Your exterior spring-clean should include an inspection of your roof. Ensure that roof sheeting is in good condition and check flashing around chimneys and other openings and seal any gaps with roofing cement. Remove any debris that may have blown onto the roof. If you’re not feeling brave enough to venture up onto your rooftop, companies like Roof Masters can do an inspection for you and provide any repairs needed.
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Give the Gutters a Going Over

Clean leaves, twigs and other debris from gutters. You can do this yourself with a gutter scoop or hire someone to help. Installing a gutter protection system will greatly reduce the need to clean your gutters. By keeping your gutters clean, it will allow water to flow away quickly in wet weather, helping to avoid flooding and also keep gutters in good repair.

 

Cleaning Windows the Easy Way

Cleaning the windows will give your house a fresh sparkle. While most of us hate cleaning windows it really doesn’t have to be hard work. The old fashioned 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar works really well and crumpled newspaper is still the most effective way to clean and dry windows. Wash windows in the shade so that they don’t dry before they have been cleaned.
 
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Screen Cleaning

Insect screens attract dust, so it is important to remove and clean them periodically. You can soak them in a child’s blow up pool or lay them on the lawn and give them a gentle scrub with a soft brush. Thoroughly rinse the screens with the garden hose before replacing them in the windows. If any of your screens are torn or damaged, now is a good time to do repairs. Small holes may be repaired by flattening out the screen fibres and coating with several layers of clear nail polish. If the screen has large tears it will probably need replacing. This can be done by removing the rubber from around the frame and installing a new piece of screen.
 
Plan your spring-clean by prioritising tasks and setting achievable timeframes to complete each job. It may take you a few weekends to get everything done but the results will be worth all the effort.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Project Extension: Week 1 - The Start

After a very restless Sunday night last week involving hubby up until 10pm outside removing trees very last minute (best not to ask!!) we woke up Monday all excited for the extension work to start.
 
Well we waited, and waited and waited some more...
 
Looks like the builders got the dates mixed up with the excavation company because the demolition now isn't starting until this week. Big sigh!!
 
We did have the job measured up and planned out last week though and the markers make the job look huge. I really cannot imagine how it is all going to look once it is all done.
 
For those playing at home that aren't quite sure what on earth we are doing, this is the plan...
 
- Increase the size of our existing formal lounge. This includes removing all existing bay windows and installation of new modern windows. The plan is to use the new space in the Lounge area as an open play space

The image below shows our bedroom and lounge areas where the work will be done.

Say bye bye Bay Windows!!
 
- Create a Mudroom Style storage space. Our house is on a bit of an odd angle (as you can see from the below shot), so we are installing this 'nook' area so that we don't have any major rooms on a funny angle. I plan to use this as a storage room/somewhere to put shoes and hang coats.

Why on earth didn't you built the house straight people?!!!
- Create a new entrance Hall and Corridor. The front door will finally face the road instead of being half way up the path as you can see above - so many people confuse the side garage door for our front door!
 
- Add on a 4th bedroom to the Home
 
- Add on a Walk in Closet to our Master Bedroom (yippe!!). Remove existing bay windows and install new modern windows to all new spaces
 
- Rip up all gardens (including those super tall palms - not fun!) and paths and replace with new. As you can see from these pictures, we have spent the last 6 years completely renovating our home inside and not done a thing outside with the gardens!
 
- Fix our Garage which has cracked brickwork
 
- Render the house
 
- Spray existing and new roof tiles from the yucky terracotta colour to a modern charcoal to match the new modern colour scheme
 
- Paint existing window frames to match the new scheme (new windows will be aluminium)

- Replace guttering on most of house, guttering not being replaced to be painted to match the new scheme
 
- Paint the new extension and refresh other rooms

- Install flooring - carpet for the lounge and floorboard style of flooring for all other spaces

- Replace that horrible side fence - may have to wait til next year to do that one..
 
Gee looking at that we really do have our work cut out for us don't we?!!

This is a little shot showing the progress we made ourselves last week with removing the garden and the path - it is just like one big mudpit at the moment, but hey it is a start...

 
 

Will keep you posted with the progress that this week brings - I hope!!