Being organised saves money: menu planning.

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A Happy Suburban Chick likes to enjoy her life, and she doesn’t have money to throw a way. So its time to get serious about saving.

This week I am exploring the idea of being organized saves money.

I watched the show War on Waste and it showed that Australians are throwing out a lot of food. I have been noticing my own house hold and I think I have a problem. Every week I throw out food. Our food purchases are the first area we can save money in.

I am going to start with planning my meals and monitoring my food shopping costs.

Menu Planning

This is how I am going to do it.
Plan meals weekly – Monday to Sunday, breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Create a shopping list.
Checking my pantry and fridge for the ingredients I already have.
Take into consideration what is happening during my week to plan my meals better.
Most  follow the plan.

I have spent some time decorating my folder called, Homemaking: The Organized Home. After all I need a really pretty colourful folder to motivate me on this getting organised adventure. The first section I am working on is Menu planning. I have found some printables that are beautiful and simple to use at Blooming Homestead. This is where I am starting. The hardest part is the final point following the plan. It has to be simple to follow, fit in with my life especially the busy evenings, and include at least one cooking adventure.

Now I still want to eat well, I still want to enjoy my food, and try out new dishes. I still want to drink my wine, and enjoy a treat or two. I just don’t want to be throwing out money, and the money I save could be going towards something really awesome like a camping trips away on weekends.

A Happy Suburban Chick likes to enjoy her life, and she doesn’t have money to throw a way. So its time to get serious about saving. It time to find fun effective ways to save money and still enjoy life.

What are some bad habits that you may be struggling with that are costing you money?

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Do you have any tips on how being organised saves you money?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Caring for indoor plants.

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It sits in the corner of the room, looking sad, with its limpy big discolored leaves. The reality is I am slowly killing my indoor plant.
The whole purpose of having an indoor plant was to bring nature into my house and to bring color into my house. Having a plant in my home makes me feel happy. My biggest struggle at the moment is not killing it.

Have you ever wondered how to care for your indoor plants and make them grow? I have which is why I have done some personal research to find some simple ways to help plants thrive. Here are four very basic tips that I am now following:

1. Sunlight.
2. Watering
3. Soil
4. Fresh air.

Sunlight: Is your plant getting enough sunlight. When you buy a plant it usually tells you how much sunlight it likes, this is helpful advice when it comes to putting in the right spot in your home. Also, sunlight varies with seasons, summer more sunlight and winter less sunlight. My plant likes partial shade, in the summer it thrives in the corner as the sunshine intensity bursts through my big living room window. In winter it was missing out on that sunshine in the corner. I have moved it in front of the window for the winter months now it is getting plenty of sunshine.

Sunlight: Rotate your plants to the light, giving them equal light so they will grow equally and grow straight.

Watering: Overwatering leads to root rot, and underwatering leads to plants drying out and limping out. It turns out I have been over watering, with the base of the pot full of water. My plant was on the path to root rot. Apparently, plants need a good watering and then they need time to dry out before soaking again. The simplest way to test is the finger test, by putting your finger in the soil to see how dry or moist it is.

Soil: Simply use proper potting soil, and that way the soil will drain well.

Fresh Air: Plants love fresh air and the air to be circulating. The easiest way to achieve this is by opening up the windows.

Now, these are just simple easy ways to care for indoor plants. Serious gardeners may be shaking their heads in disgust. Yes, I know there are more complex ways to care for your indoor plants. Whilst if you are like me, and can just cope with the basics these four points are a good place to start.

Now that I am implementing these four easy points to take care of my indoor plant I am hopeful that it will thrive and not die.

I would really like to have more indoor plants because plants make me feel happy.

Wishing you all  a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

A Happy Suburban Chick Friday Thoughts.

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Fabulous Friday I can feel the upbeat vibe as I get further into the day. There is an excitement out there in the world of Suburbia, the weekend is coming. Here is a fun frivolous blog post for Friday.

I thought I share Fran’s Friday thoughts:

Friday gym class Sh’bam fabulous fun way to start Friday’s
Friday sipping tea Earl Grey so uplifting.
Friday magazines read- The simple things.
Friday music_ The Best Of Josh Pyke
Friday Quote: Friday it time to start making stories for Monday. (and no idea who to credit that one too.)
Friday annoyance: Went to Australian Hearing to replace shoe for a receiver and Roger Pen for my son- nope still not working.
Friday delay_ Dinner out to the restaurant can you believe it, they were booked out, date night with hubby postponed until next week.
Friday dinner gnocchi, garlic bread, and red wine. I am cooking.
Friday sads it feels like Sunday night as I am working this weekend. Postponing the weekend until Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Happy Friday!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

FRAN DISHON

 

It is not that exciting! Suburban living.

fullsizeoutput_15c8Just another ordinary day, with the highlight being a walk around the lake.  It is a fine Winter’s day, a coat day because it is cold outside. Days like today just are not that exciting.   As part of the Ultimate blog challenge today I am to share blogs that I am reading.  Well I am tired and want to go to bed so I have only one to share.

Today  I have decided to just let you know about a Suburban online  social network to connect with your neighbours and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood it is called Nabo 

Nabo is an Australian social network where you can sign up and is relatively new but is growing. I love that it is suburban focused.

A great blog post on the site  to check out is How to fall in love with your neighbourhood again.

I love its suburbia feel and how it focuses on suburban living.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

Weekend Off! Wow weekends are special when you work a lot of them.

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Friday evening, excited for I have the weekend off. Winter time is tough, so much time spent indoors, short days and long nights, its cold and I don’t want to go out. Spending what few weekends off I have wisely helps prevent the Winter Blues from getting to me. I work a lot of weekends so having a weekend off is pretty special. This weekend is particularly special because it is the first weekend in a long time where I have nothing planned. All that free time I wonder what I will do with it. I check out the weekend forecast that just tells me it will be cold and wet. I will be needing a coat and umbrella, and will probably be spending a lot of time inside. My thoughts are it should be a productively relaxing weekend, with family time, exercise, personal project time, and even some free time. I often find that I over book my weekends with activities and events, and come out feeling tired at the end of it.

I found a couple of blog posts on the internet that may help when it comes to making the most of your weekends.

Things Successful People do on weekends

53 Fun thing you can do this weekend

Are you trying to do too much this weekend?

Weekend wish list- my list of things to do for this weekend.

Friday family movie night. ( family ritual)
Family time an afternoon to do something, go somewhere and enjoy some family time.
Yoga class
Reading( curled up on the couch)
Work on a personal project, ( 2-3hrs)
Go for a walk and take my camera out and take some photo’s( I really want some time to play with my camera.)

 

Nothing too exciting, just a casual, relaxing weekend, is all I want. What sort of a weekend do you want to be enjoying?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

 

FRAN DISHON

 

The Problem With Housework!

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The Happy Suburban Chick must come face to face with her reality of housework. It certainly does not fit into the area of domestic bliss. Here is a list of 5 housework problems that every Happy Suburban Chick must come to terms with. They are as follows:

Housework is like Groundhog day, same thing day after day. I empty the wash basket, and the next day it is full and I start all over again. I make the beds and the next day I make them again. I do the dishes and the next day I do them again.

The biggest problem is nobody really appreciates it especially when it is done well, things run smoothly everyone is happy and life just goes well.

When it not done, you soon hear the complaints, the inconvenience is well and truly noticed. Like where are my jocks, did you buy me my deodorant, post my letter, and I am hungry what is for dinner tonight

I don’t get paid to do it, even though I work hard and put a lot of hours into it.

It doesn’t require much skill, but rather takes up a lot of time. I can not develop my skill and knowledge.

Being distracted by housework when I could be doing something more interesting, challenging and fun. Yet somehow that housework is very persuasive because I find myself doing it.

So what’s a Happy Suburban Chick to do! Put on the music and get stuck into for a start. Acknowledge that it will never be complete it simply and ongoing project with no end date. If no one appreciates your work you must be doing a magnificent job. They can sack you, and give your job to someone else. Funny thing is I have never been given the sack from doing housework even when I suck at it. That’s right it’s unpaid work. Finally when you find yourself being sucked in by the persuasiveness of housework, set boundaries and give it definite time frames, and say no when it demands more.

A Happy Suburban Chick must learn to control the times she spends on housework so she can spend more time doing what makes her happy.

How do you cope with housework? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Also check out a previous post on do you struggle with housework?

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Fun Things To Do In Winter.

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Morning walk on a Winter’s Day!

Winter, you make it so cold and dark outside. Really all I want to do is curl up on the couch and keep snug and warm. Whilst that is nice for a little while, I know I could be enjoying life more. I have to push myself to enjoy these Winter’s Days. This is my question: What are fun things to do in Winter?

Here are some of my ideas:
1. Cooking Adventures: Winter is a perfect time, to put the music on, put the oven on and start experimenting with new exciting dishes.

2. Reading time: What better time to snuggle in bed reading a book, or to simply curl up in an armchair with your book. I only have a heater, it would be so nice to have a
fire.

3. Go to the movies, It is warm, snug and even exciting. I love movies they are an awesome indoor activity.

4. Going out to restaurants and cafe’s, just catching up with family and friends.

5. Make a commitment, it doesn’t matter how cold or wet it is, I go out in the evenings to attend my Toastmasters club.

6. Coats I love my coats, being warm is important. I good selection of coats lets me dress for different occasions and still stay warm. It also helps me to rug up and go for a walk.

7. Sunday drives places still look pretty in Winter, and you can always stop somewhere for a warm coffee.

8. Finally winter festivals, exhibitions, and events. I check out local papers, what’s on websites like Weekend Notes, and local council calendar of events to see what is on in my area.

9. Do an online course or class and learn something new.

However I know I still like to stay tucked away inside, hibernating on my warm couch with the heater on, and the warm cup of tea in my hands. Here I am in search of fun things to do in Winter, to bring more energy and excitement into those Winter Day’s.

What fun things do you like to do on Winter’s Days?

So what are some fun things you like to do on Winter’s Days? Please leave a comment. The more ideas we have the better our Winter Days will be.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Spring Time!

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The first day of Spring and a gorgeous day to open all the windows and let the fresh air stream in.

A lovely day to attend a garden collage workshop at Heritage Hill.

Walking in the garden and sketching a picture.

Being inspired to create my own spring picture by a pot with a small green shrub and violets in it.

Enjoying the sunshine, the intense blue sky, my own garden, and some time to sit and journal.

I came across this beautiful quote:

 “I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” ~Anne Lamott.

This Spring I will take time to look and listen.

Spring time a delightful time to go outside and play!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

LIVING A GOOD LIFE!

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 IT IS FABULOUS FRIDAY!

 

It had been a late Thursday night at Toastmasters enjoying learning public speaking, leadership, and catching up with Toastmaster friends, and I was feeling tired. I decided a quiet day was what I needed today and so I had declared Friday as my day off. Like every Friday, I did some journaling in my car as I waited for my gym class to start just allowing all my thoughts to get dumped on the page. Then it was time to look after my health by getting some exercise and my happy on, with an energetic Sh’bam class. I then squeezed in some grocery shopping. From here I discovered a lakeside boardwalk to meander along, and took some time out to de-stress and relax. I have planed a delicious meal to enjoy with my family tonight which will be followed by a family movie. I am excited because no work this weekend, it is going to be a weekend off.

 

When I think of living the good life, I think it includes:

Work I love doing.

Taking care of my health and exercising

Spending time with family and friends

Relaxing, walking and journaling

Learning and developing new skills.

Appreciating all the good things in my life.

Also a little disappointed in myself, this year I was going to plan my weekends more so I don’t waste them. Some weekends are good and some just happen. This weekend I have only planed a dinner out for Mr. Serious’s birthday! It looks like being a weekend that is just going to happen.

 

What do you think living the good life looks like?

Have a fantastic Friday and a lovely weekend!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

Escapism On The Couch!

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I have been coming down with those Winter Blues!

 

With hail, wind and rain I don’t want to venture outside. The best I can do is to take a peak, and admire the contrast of warm bright deep pink flowers and cold icy white hail in the garden. A peak is all I take, because I can’t wait to get back inside.

 

Winter Blues! I make the most of them, curl up on my couch and read a book.

 

Escapism on the couch!  It was a really good book, the type of book I just couldn’t put down, I just had to keep reading it, until the very end. It was called The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, I can only describe it as a chick lit thriller full of suspension. The perfect read for a Happy Suburban Chick suffering from Winter Blues.

 

How do you escape the Winter Blues?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON