Wednesday, 29 April 2015

ModernWifeLife31 Mother's Day Give Away! {2015}

Hello lovelies!!
I have an exciting post for you all!!
It is almost Mother's Day!!! This year will be my 2nd Mother's Day! 
To celebrate I am hosting a GIVE AWAY! *YAY*
(You don't have to be a Mumma to enter!)
I have 3 prize packs up for grabs, 2 are Lush gift packs & 1 is a gift pack with a few cute things I've bought from some of my favourite local stores!
I have just ordered the Lush packs tonight so they are fresh & ready for delivery when the competition ends! I will keep the prizes a surprise for now, but stay tuned on instagram & Facebook for a peek at them when they arrive - but trust me, they are nice! 
You have 3 chances to enter & you can enter all 3 if you like! There is this competition on my blog, there is one running on my instagram account (@Modernwifelife31) & one of my Facebook Page (Modern Wife Life 31) 
Competitions on my social media accounts will start in the morning of 30/April/2015.

Just so we are all clear, here are the T&C's;
Rules for the BLOG competition;
  1. You must be a follower of this blog, either subscribe via Google, bloglovin or by email!
  2. Please comment on this blog post telling me what you would like to read more of here at Modern Wife Life 31.
  3. Please share this blog post.
  4. Please LIKE ModernWifeLife31 on Facebook
  5. Please follow ModernWifeLife31 on Instagram
  6. Please follow me on Twitter @Modernwifelife3
  7. International entries are welcome!
  8. Competition ends Mother's Day 10.May.2015 at 6pm (Aussie time!) 
  9. 3 winners will be announced by lunchtime the following day.
  10. 3 different prizes are up for grabs, 1 prize per competition. 
  11. Competitions are open on Facebook, Instagram & blog. You can enter every competition.
  12. Winners and prizes are final.
  13. Winners have 48 hours to contact with me their postal addresses & I will post out your goodies ASAP!
  14. Instagram & Facebook entry details are included on the entry image on each account.
*Clearly I understand not everyone has Twitter or Instagram - so if you don't have those accounts, that's fine! 

Please enter by this entry form...
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck to you all! 
I wish I could send you all gifts to thank you all for being so lovely & supportive! :)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Domestic Engineering; #1 Your questions answered!

If you follow me on my 'Modernwifelife31' instagram (if you aren't - um why aren't you?) you will see I upload regularly about cleaning, keeping my house presentable & cooking. It's kind of "my thing" - not everyone likes doing that stuff, but I do.
I really like it & I enjoy encouraging other women to be house proud & wanting to be "domestic" in a world where sometimes being "domestic" isn't so widely accepted, in fact I have found that it is more commonly looked down upon - which I find ridiculous. 
When I post those images I often then get comments but more regularly messages from other women, friends, Mums or even just random people I don't know that well asking me for cleaning advice - wether it be just how to clean something or how I stay so committed to a cleaning routine. 
I answer every message individually but I figure I should also write this in a blog post so that way it is just out there...
Basically, you asked so I answered... 
The biggest question I get asked is; "how do I do it all"...
Trust me I don't - ever. And I am sorry if I paint that picture. I just really don't  focus on posting not positive stuff online. Our life is just as chaotic, wonderful & not perfect as everyone else's, but I tend to only focus on the joy. Everyone's life is a mix of good & bad, anyone implying otherwise is pretty much lying. 
I have weeks that I fall behind, jobs pile up & I get really annoyed at myself for not getting things done. But I commit to a day or 2 of solid "getting shit done" and well, I get shit done. And then I vow not to let it pile up again - but it will. Because life happens, we get busy, we get sick & we get distracted. If things don't get done, well it isn't the end of the world really - it's life & sometimes other things are more important than housework.

The next most commonly asked question is; "What is my cleaning routine"...
I don't have one. I truly don't. I have jobs I do every single day & I try to commit to 1/2 an hour at the very least a day to cleaning but schedules don't work for me. I try to do them, but they just don't fit into how I clean. Each week is different, I prefer to just see how the day unfolds and get as much done as I can.
Every single day I do at least 1 load of laundry, make the beds, I unpack dishwasher in the morning & pack it at night, I vacuum at least once a day as well as a quick vacuum around where LuLu eats her meals & snacks after each time she eats, I pick up around the house, take the rubbish out & wipe down the benches. 
They are my basic daily jobs - I aim to do them every single day - they are really standard. And please don't think I drag my huge Dyson out to vacuum all those times, I have a handheld/cordless/stick Dyson thing that I use for those times. I use it more often than my bigger one, because it's so convenient - I love it. 
During the week I aim to wash our bedding once, clean the bathrooms a few times, do a vacuum with the corded Dyson & steam mop at least once & clean/dust all the surfaces. I also try to mow the lawn once a fortnight or so, depending on the grass growing rate! All these tasks may not all always get done, but more often than not it all goes to plan.

"How do I find time to clean with a baby/toddler";
I have been getting this one for awhile. When LuLu was new, I couldn't juggle everything, so on Trent's days off I would spend 1 or 2 days cleaning like a mad woman. Now she's older, she is happy to either play on her own or just follow me around. She's learnt to stay off the freshly mopped floors until they are dry & sometimes she likes to help me do jobs. It may mean the job takes double the time, but I love that she wants to help. It's very sweet. So if you are a Mumma with a new baby, don't even stress about cleaning - when you find the time & energy & desire to do it - do it. But don't make it the number one priority - babies are only so little for such a short amount of time. Sometimes when she was little, I would strap her in the "bug carrier" (Maduca baby carrier) and clean with her.
I have always found that if I get my jobs done straight away in the morning it is a lot easier. LuLu is more happy to entertain herself with her toys or colouring while I clean, I aim to get everything finished 2 hours or so before lunch so we can play before lunch, eat & then I get her ready for a nap and then I can either clean with chemicals if I need to (I don't do that with her around) or I give myself a bit of a break. And then we can do a craft or play in the afternoon. 

"What cleaning products do I use";
It depends, it truly does.
Most of the time what I use I make myself.
I do have some store bought cleaners, but I am trying to use them up so I can use everything homemade. 
I like knowing what I am using and how it was made. 
I do like buying a shower cleaner, but I rarely buy the same one. It's normally whatever "eco" one is on special at the grocery store. We have a grey water system - which is kind of annoying. I like every now and then to give my sinks, drains & toilets a good clean with bleach. I can't really do that because apparently bleach or any harsh chemical is bad for the system - silly sensitive thing! I also buy an "eco" toilet cleaner.
I have been asked for recipes on my cleaners, I am trying to work that out - I kind of eyeball measurements so next time I make a batch up I'll try & start writing down how much I use. But vinegar, bi-carb soda & oils are brilliant to clean with! 
Also if I have something to clean that I need to use chemicals with I aim to do that while LuLu is napping, the main reason behind me using more natural & homemade cleaners is that they are a lot safer to use around her.

"How do I find the desire or motivation to clean";
Easy, I see it as my job. It has been a very clear set up between Trent & I since we've been engaged. It is a lifestyle many don't agree with or wish for themselves. But it works wonderfully for us. He takes cares of us outside of the home & I take care of us inside the home. Sure he helps me if I need it around the house and I also "work" on my blog/YouTube. 
I love the feeling of having an organised & clean home. I get annoyed & mad at myself if I let it get out of order. So I always strive to stay on top of things. 
Basically I clean my house for LuLu so she has a clean space to play & live in, for Trent because it is my role & he goes to work everyday so I should work too & he works damn hard so deserves a well kept home & also for myself because I am so much happier & relaxed when my house looks beautiful. 
Seriously, freshly made bed, clear bench & clean floors - these are few of my favourite things... lol 
So they are some of the top questions that I regularly get messaged about & my answers. 
If you liked this post please let me know, as I can do more posts on this topic. Please let me know what you would like to read...
I was thinking of some posts like... how to set up a cleaning routine, how I clean certain areas of my home & keep them clean, cleaning tips, how to make your own cleaning products/my favourite products, a day in my life, how to stay focused on maintaining a presentable home, etc... Oh and the way I organise my grocery list was also interesting to a few ladies, so I was thinking of discussing that as well - if you are interested. 
Let me know what you want to read!
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Also if you have anymore questions on anything, let me know & I can do another Q&A post, questions can be on anything! 
Thank you for being patient in between posts, like I said life gets hectic some weeks and April has been a busy month for us!! Being a wife & a Mumma comes first & I thank you all for being understanding about that!
I will do an April wrap up in a few days!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Housewife to Huntress; Practice update #2

Another shooting update...
on Tuesday I headed into 'The Open Range' for another hour of practice... At this moment we are really focusing on me getting comfortable with the .22 and really trying to improve my ridiculous eye issue, which I am finding insanely frustrating. I wink perfect with my right eye, but left just is just stupid! That's the only way I can explain it... But I'm working on it, which is the only thing I can do really. 
After practicing with the .22 I had a few shots with the 9mm handgun. Handguns are great fun and I enjoy using them, but they aren't something I am probably ever going to own... They are a whole different ball game after shooting with a rifle, but like I said still fun and a great stress reliever.
But rifles & shot guns are what I am focused on becoming really confident in. For use in both sport & hunting.
Time spent wasting bullets is never time wasted.
.22 shots from 25m
my pathetic target with the 9mm 
After shooting practice I came home and my youngest brother Tristan came over and helped me practice skinning on a couple rabbits. I've never skinned a single thing in my life before except a lab rat in biology at school, which I wasn't meant to do... But anyway. I think I did pretty well, he was happy with how I went (I think). I didn't really get a photo of my efforts, but next time I'll try to remember to! 
(The reason I am learning to skin animals is because when I eventually go hunting I want to be able to shoot a fox and skin it - I think it's a good skill to have)
On Sunday of the weekend just gone I also got to have a bit of practice with my air rifle - just a bit of plinking, nothing serious - but it is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I also had my first kill on the weekend (if you follow me on instagram or Facebook you'll already know this)
It was a fairly impressive kill, I have shipped it off to the taxidermist it's that impressive. 
I did have to stalk it for a bit and when I was about 4 or so metres out I nailed it with my massive Gamo Deltamax .177. I assume it probably weighs way less than 10g (dressed), so I am pretty proud.
(Oh please if you are reading this I hope you realise it is all sarcasm.) 
I shot a pathetic toad. 
What a kill, what a trophy! 
But hey, my outlook on this is my kills can only get bigger & better from here... I doubt I could kill something smaller and more lame than this!! 
Suns out guns out...
While I practice shooting, LuLu gets to spend some time with her Ninny.
Cheeky selfie with one of my parents steers.
I am still really enjoying shooting, it is something I take very seriously and want to be incredibly great at. 
In other news I had to take my proof of I.D into my local police station last Friday, so that hopefully means my license won't be too far away! 
At the moment I can't transport our guns on my own, I can't shoot them on my own & I also can't buy my own gun - so once the license arrives I can look into getting my very own gun, which I am very excited about!
Sorry this isn't a huge update.
But I do have 2 new shooting videos.
The first is just another plinking video from down the farm. I have no idea what was going on with the last duck when it stood back up - I swear to you those right side ducks hate me. This one is done in real time, I didn't bother cutting out the shots I missed, just so you guys can see how I am going with shooting. It was hard getting a place to shoot down at the farm on Sunday because the grass is so thick and long. Also when shooting my air rifle, I try to either shoot from my shoulder or shoot from resting on my knee. Like I've said, I love my ducks and shooting them is so much fun - I really enjoy it.

The second video is just a quick one of my shooting from in at The Open Range in their indoor shooting range - I just filmed the target I was shooting. Fairly happy with my grouping. Once again this video is done in real time so you all can see how I am shooting.
If you have any advice for me, please let me know! '
Have a great week guys!!

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Housewife to Huntress; Practice update #1

Hey everyone!
I thought I would do a quick update on my shooting progress...
On Wednesday I had my 1st lot of practice at 'The Open Range' and the other weekend Trent helped me do some shooting at my parents farm...
So I've done a few days of shooting in the last couple weeks, but nowhere near the amount I want to be doing... I think Trent & I need to buy a farm so I can shoot daily. (In Australia you need at least 40 acres to fire a gun on) 
I am pretty impressed with my efforts, these 2 days of practice are my first proper times ever shooting a rifle. Like I've said I have shot a .22 before but it was nothing serious, it was just one shot here and there. 
My first day of practice with Trent I did really well, I was shooting from roughly 30m & then we went further back. I did some shots from my shoulder and some from a rest, but the rest was mainly just supporting my left elbow on the hood of my car (a picnic rug is a great makeshift rest lol). 
I also had 1 shot with Trent's Tikka T3 .270 - which is a beautiful gun. Very big & loud, but an awesome gun and it is what I need to get comfortable using if I want to shoot deer (which I do). We had a target set up at about 300m & Trent said I got it. 
That day I also spent a fair bit of time plinking, I love my (well, Trent's) Gamo Deltamax .177 air rifle. It is a break action & just loads of fun and it's helping me get more accurate. The duck targets I have are awesome and you can easily lose hours just shooting them. Admittedly it can be bloody frustrating when the odd duck wont go down even though you hit it like 5 times, it's always the right side ducks for me! If it was a real duck - it would be dead!!
First few shots through the .22 
Plinking time!

Here are some videos of my practice from that weekend...

On Wednesday my practice was again with a .22 rifle (PWS Summit bolt action). I was using a rest to shoot with but using my shoulder to hold the stock, if that makes sense. 
This practice session was held at 'The Open Range' in their indoor shooting range, it's so great - I love shooting there! Getting advice from their knowledgable staff is really helping me become a better shooter too. 
I did do one target off my shoulder - I think I really need to work on my arm strength for this because I am a little bit shaky while holding the gun - apparently that is fairly normal though. 
I am having a lot of trouble closing my left eye - which is something I really need to be able to do in order to shoot right handed.
I did have a go shooting left and I can do that fine, but I am determined to shoot right - so I just have to practice, practice and practice. 
At the moment to help with this problem the safety glasses I shoot with, well - I've blacked out the left side and it's really helping. I shoot pretty much perfect with it. So as soon as I correct this issue I'll be very happy!! 
(If you have any advice at all on how to help improve my 'eye issue' I would love to know!)
Shooting time... 
My results from Wednesday's practice. 
Video from my time at 'The Open Range'...

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So I am happy at where I am at currently - clearly I am not close to the end of this journey - I still have a lot of work to do - I believe anyway! I know my accuracy is fairly decent, but I see room for improvement. My biggest thing I need to improve is my darn eye!! 
My end goals on this project are pretty much to be able to shoot a range of guns comfortably and most from my shoulder. But the very end goal is just to be able to hunt & do it well. But we will talk about this all in another post shortly!
If you have any advice for me, I would love to here it.
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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Housewife to Huntress; Getting licensed to shoot...

Ok, so we all know by now that I am determined to learn to shoot well & eventually be able to hunt...
Well, before I can get my own gun or legally shoot on my own, I need my firearms license. Before you get a license in Queensland you need to take part in & pass a Firearms Safety Course. 
On Saturday the 21/March I did my safety course with Downs Protection. 
These guys were great, it wasn't a huge class and it was really easy to follow along with because they thoroughly explained everything and made sure everyone understood each point.
The course is designed for someone that has zero gun experience or knowledge. 
There are 2 forms of assessment when it comes to passing the course, the theory test & a practical test.
The theory test is easy (well, I thought so) & it tests you on what you learnt from that class. Every question is based on what you learnt that day - nothing is based on prior knowledge. (Even though everything taught in the class I feel I already knew, my Dad & husband are big on being safe around guns. But also a lot of stuff is basic common sense.)
The prac side of the course is firing a gun, this was done at 'The Open Range' in their state of the art indoor shooting range. 
I assume each course is slightly different, but we had to check the gun & make sure it's clear, load a magazine & put it in the gun & then successfully fire it twice.
Firing the gun is easy, the test isn't assessing how well you shoot or if you are accurate, it's testing you on if you can handle the gun safely & put into practice the skills you learnt that day.
We used a bolt action .22 - but when Trent did his course (with another company) they used a break action & a bolt action.
I apologise for the dark photos - but this is my doing the practical side of the test.
After talking to Trent & comparing our courses, the company I did my course with sounds a lot better. Our instructor had a slide show & spoke about everything so we all understood each point really well - Trent's course wasn't like that and he also had to sit in a hot church hall to do his & then go to an outdoor shooting range, ours was in an air conditioned classroom & then the indoor shooting range - it's the little things people!
I've wanted to do this course for a long time & I am so happy I finally have done it & passed!
The courses are well worth doing if you are interested in guns and it is a legal necessary requirement if you are wishing to obtain your firearms license, another benefit that I see for doing my license besides from the fact I can buy my own guns & legally use them on my own is that Trent has his own gun, if something ever happened to him or his license I can legally take over the ownership so we don't lose it. (If you accidentally forget to renew your license you have to have another licensed person to sign them over to until yours is renewed)
I just applied for my weapons license online (which is the easiest way to do it) - I needed to prove my change of name (from being married), my drivers license number, a copy of my Firearms course certificate, proof of my SSAA membership & you have to include a passport style photo. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes. There is a 28 day cooling off period before the license starts being processed & it normally takes about 2 months for it all to be approved, which is an incredibly long time. And then when I want to purchase my first gun, I again have to wait 28 days before I can pick it up. So in about (hopefully) 3-4 months I will have my first gun to show you all! 
If you have any questions about the course or the steps to get your firearms license feel free to contact me & I can try to help!
The company I did my course with is 'Downs Protection' they are based in Toowoomba and I highly recommend them. 
Downs Protection website
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Easter Activities for your little loves!

Ok... was anyone else aware that Easter is like this weekend???? 
Wow - that came up fast - like it's April - April! I was just saying I can't believe it is March and now it is April!!!
I am not even joking I forgot about Easter, like I knew it was coming - I had my decorations done, but I totally didn't realise it was so close! I just had to do some quick Easter shopping on Monday with Mum for my brothers & their lovely girlfriends! 
Luckily I have had LuLu's gift done for awhile and we are putting the finishing touches on her big special gift we have made her! (She doesn't get chocolate for Easter - so she gets gifts) I can't wait to show you all after Easter what we made her!! 
Anyway today I come to you with some cute activities to do with kids over the Easter weekend.
The weather here in Toowoomba is looking fairly miserable (I am not complaining, I love the cold & drizzly days!) some of these are perfect indoor activities! Others I didn't get a chance to do yet, because of the weather! 

Foam shapes on the a window/glass... 
Cut out a large foam egg out of a big sheet of coloured foam (this is harder than it looks, drawing a free hand oval is a nightmare, especially on foam lol) I just used an exacto knife to cut out the shape & I got my foam sheets from Spotlight for a few dollars. I also picked up some smaller Easter themed foam shapes from there too. To make the foam stick to the glass, just lightly wet them. LuLu loves pulling them down and putting them back on and moving them around. For more kindy aged kids, letting them put stickers or glue craft supplies to an egg shape you've cut out could also be fun. But for LuLu's age she is just happy with the foam shapes. You can even cut out smaller shapes for them to decorate the egg with me. All you need is water!

Colouring in books & stickers...
This idea is nothing ground breaking, LuLu loves her colouring books, crayons & stickers. I like giving her themed stuff for holidays and we talk about what the picture is of and what colours she is using. I picked up an Easter colouring book for just a few dollars from Woolworths and the stickers are from our local cheap store. 

Wooden bunnies...
I did buy these the other day (Kaisercraft) in hopes of spending today painting and decorating them with LuLu today, but like I said it's not painting weather today. It's very cold and damp. But with these bunnies I was just going to give them a white undercoat and then let LuLu paint them with whatever colours she likes. If the weather fines up before Easter & we get the time we will be doing this activity! (I will post photos on my instagram; @Modernwifelife31 if we do!) 

Making Easter cards...
This is another activity I was meant to do today and take photos of it but it isn't happening because paint, cold weather and toddlers are not a fun mix! But the idea is to create a bunny shape with her little hand and write "Somebunny loves you" (lots of ideas on Pinterest!) 

Reading Easter books...
Last year LuLu got a lot of Easter books as gifts and she is getting more this year, we've been reading a lot of Easter stories lately and also talking about the true reason for the season!

I hope these ideas have inspired you to have some fun this coming weekend or just given you an idea on how to entertain your little one even just for 20 minutes so you can enjoy a cup of tea and an Easter Egg in peace! 

Hope you are all having a beautiful week!