Monday, 27 January 2014

Week 5: household tasks and cleaning checklist

Household tasks and cleaning

Dust surfaces and sills, vacuum and steam clean floors.
Spray and wipe benches, glass surfaces, mirrors, doorknobs and power switches.
Empty trash bins. Spray and wipe the insides and outsides.
Flush drains with boiling water.
Change and wash towels, bath mats, hand towels and bedding. 
Hang up and iron all clothes in wardrobes. 
Check baby’s clothes for any that don’t fit. Organise clothes in drawers and wardrobe if needed.
Give dog worming tablets and flea treatment.
 Garden and outdoor care
Check weeds in lawn. Spray with weed and feed if needed and have dry weather for a few  days.
Harvest sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, blackberries and eggplants.
Water plants in garden beds if 3 or more dry days.
Go to butchers for bulk buy and freeze excess meat for next few weeks.
Take photo family shot and of baby
Visit local nature park, attraction, zoo or beach with family.
Make time to research a topic I want to know more about
Buy some new clothes, shoes or underwear for everyone if needed for season
Do Wii fit workout and walk dog. If cannot walk or Wii fit, then run up and down stairs 20 times.
Make meal planner for week
Watch for where the wind touches
Kiss your child on the nose and eyelids
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Friday, 24 January 2014

Australia Day kangaroo and koala craft

Here is a colouring and craft sheet for a kangaroo and joey or a koala. Just cut out the mother and baby joey and glue them in place. Then your child can colour them in. Joshua loved making this!

Next on my list is some baking for the weekend including ANZAC biscuits, vegemite scrolls and lamingtons.
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Australia Day Anzac biscuits recipe

Crunchy and delicious, Anzac biscuits made with oats are a lower GI alternative to many packet biscuits and are cheap to make. Containing coconut, golden syrup and butter, these biscuits do not use egg as a binding agent. 
Serving Size: 12
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tblsp boiling water
  • 250g butter
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
1. Turn oven to 160'C. Lightly grease oven trays.
2. Place oats, flour, coconut, sugar in big mixing bowl.
3. Melt butter and golden syrup in saucepan. Take off heat.
4. Mix baking soda and boiling water in a cup. Add to melted butter mixture in the pan. Quickly add to big mixing bowl. Mix well.
5. Roll tablespoon full of the mixture into balls. Place on trays 5cm apart. Press lightly with fork.
6. Bake for 20 minutes. 
7. Remove the biscuits from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

How to cover a wall with creeper

Over the last year I have trained creepers over a trellis wall near our outdoor area.
Here is how to do it: 

Step 1: Choose a wall that has trellis or a frame for climber to hang on.
Step 2: Choose fast climbing plants. I used ivy, jasmine & passionfruit.

Step 3: Thread and train climber horizontally (not vertically) to promote more growth.

Step 4: Keep threading and watch it  grow! 

  3 months later:
 The creeper has almost covered the whole wall!

1 year later:

 We love dining outside next to the large creeper wall. it is about 10 metres long!

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Week 4: household tasks and cleaning checklist

Household tasks and cleaning
Clean gold and silver jewellery with correct products
Back up computer on external hard drive
Dust surfaces, including furniture, objects and light fixtures.
Clean and organise soft toys, plastic toys and games. Put dirty soft toys in washing machine and disinfect plastic toys.
Also clean inside pet toys if needed.
Polish metal door handles and window frames.
Clean and organise vehicles. Clean out boot and vacuum. Spray and wipe insides. 
Garden and outdoor care
Top up worm farm with scraps. Use worm tea on unhealthy plants. Turn the compost heap.
Ensure that tomatoes, berries and soft fruit bushes are netted.
Lightly prune currants just before or just after picking the fruit. Summer prune cherries, peaches, apricots and plum trees once harvested.
Water plants in garden beds if 3 or more dry days.
Do an op shop run. Look for books, clean toys, clothes and furniture.
Cook dinner and invite family over. Eat at dinner table more often.
Make sure that there is something special or unique about each day.
Do Wii fit workout and walk dog. If cannot walk or Wii fit, then run up and down stairs 20 times.
Make meal planner for week
Have a family group hug
Read a favourite book
Snuggle your child on your lap
Listen to the birds for 1 minute
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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Our trip to the zoo

Last week we went to the Melbourne Zoo. Joshua is now 17 months old and has recently started to love watching and learning about animals. We invited my parents to come as well, as it is a wonderful place for children and adults to enjoy. Melbourne Zoo is over 150 years old and has over 5000 animals! We decided to visit most of the big animals, as it would be easier for Joshua to see them. 
Our first stop was the bear enclosure. Joshua was enthralled and wanted to get into where the bears were. Luckily they have large glass walls, so Joshua could stand right next to the bears. Joshua pointing to the bear.
Joshua got very excited when we saw the meerkats. The whole front of the enclosure is glass, so he could get very close to the meerkats. They even had an exhibit close by with the baby meerkats!
He watched them happily for about 10 minutes and kept pointing to them to show us.
Butterfly house
The butterfly house is a huge greenhouse full of different types of tropical butterflies. Joshua went into the butterfly house with his grandma and grandpa. The butterflies amused Joshua for over 15 minutes, as they kept on fluttering by his hands.

Leading the way to the elephants
Joshua decided that he should lead the way for the rest of the day. So we made sure he was on the right path and followed him. The next big animal we came across were the elephants and the new baby elephant.
It was wonderful timing, as it was their feed time. So got to see the baby elephant really close up as they had their lunch. Joshua loved the elephants. 
Giraffes and zebras
I though Joshua would be tired by now, but he kept on walking and trying to pull his hat off! Then he saw the giraffes and zebras and was super excited. He was fascinated by how tall the giraffes are and kept pointing to them.
Penguins, parrots and pelicans
Then we went to the see the parrots. Joshua loved how close he could get. The birds were great to see, as they don’t move around too much, so Joshua could really look at them in detail.
Next we saw the pelicans! They were wonderful to see in their natural environment. Joshua has seen pelicans before, as they can be found in their natural habitat not far from our house in Western Port Bay.
I do have a soft spot for the penguins, as they are so cute! As it was a hot day the penguins were in the shade cooling down after we watched them swim around the enclosure.
Monkeys and gorillas
The monkey and gorilla area was packed with young children, so I could get a good photo :( However here is a photo of the whole enclosure. You can see some monkeys in the distance. By now Joshua was getting tired. So went to our last stop which was the seal house and the gift shops. On the way I found this great sign with rainforest lore. 
In the gift shop I couldn’t pass the baby tiger soft toys without getting one. Joshua loved it instantly and I wanted one because mum and I got for the Richmond Tigers in ALF football. Lastly I got him the Dear Zoo popup book by Rod Campbell so we always have a reminder of our trip to the zoo. 

I also got him a plastic pinwheel, as he is fascinated by the ones we have in our garden at home. Here it is after we added to our garden. 
Next year when Joshua is 2 years old, we think we might get a Melbourne Zoo membership. While it sounds expensive (about $180), it actually is great value - $15 to go once a month or $30 to go every two months. It allows you unlimited entry to Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo for 12 months. You even get free reciprocal entry to interstate zoos; Taronga Zoo, Adelaide Zoo, Perth Zoo, Western Plains Zoo, Monarto Zoo.

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