Thursday, 29 October 2015

Easy DIY colour book for your toddler.

Hello!
Today for "Toddler Tip Thursday" I am bringing you a super easy and cute DIY for you to do for your toddler or young child, this project will help them learn colours. This little DIY is basically free if you have a collection of stickers and coloured markers laying around the house like I do. 
This project takes maybe an hour at the most, way less than that if you are uninterrupted. You could probably complete it while your little one naps.
This is how to make a paint chip colour book;

You will need;

  • Paint chip cards of a variety of colours, get 2 slightly different cards of each colour you wish to use. (Bunnings and Masters don't seem to mind when I take a few colour chips home, when I say a few I mean like a handful. I guess if someone gives your grief or you need to explain yourself, either say you are making a colour book or your painting a rainbow in your kids room and want to get a rainbow of colour chips to pick the shades) You could also just use white coloured card and paint or colour it in... But the paint chip cards make it very easy. 
  • Stickers to match the colours.
  • Colourful pens/Sharpie/Markers to write with.
  • Glue.
  • Clear contact or a laminating machine.
  • Hole punch.
  • Ribbon or split ring.
Step 1;
Raid your local hardware store for paint chips in a variety of colours. I went for every bright colour I could find and also brown and grey. Remember to only get paint chips from the same brand so they match up together well, as they'll be the same size. I forgot this and only got 1 yellow one, so luckily I had spare ones at home but the spare was from a different brand so I had 2 from 2 different brands, it still works but it doesn't look totally perfect. 
Step 2; 
Lay out how you want your book to flow. 
Then put the book together to see which cards need to be glued to the back of each other. 
Step 3; 
Glue the cards together. I found it easiest to have the book set up/stacked together how I wanted and then I just worked through it gluing the backs to each other until I was done.
Step 4;
You could let your child help with this step... Decorate with stickers and write the colour name on the card. 
Step 5;
Cover with clear contact or laminate. I laminated mine and just a word of warning, I stupidly didn't think when decorating mine and used little jewels and 3D stickers, they don't go through the laminator well. My red page is a bit ruined! 
Step 6;
Hole punch the sides of the pages and secure with ribbon or hole punch in the top corner and secure with a split ring.
Step 7;
Enjoy!

LuLu likes her little book and we go through the colours and point at all the different stickers. I really like this project, using the paint chips with different shades and tones of the colours shows children that colours come in a variety of shades. 


I hope you give this project a try, it is super easy and can be as detailed or as simple as you like. If you do try this DIY please tag me in it on social media! 


Friday, 9 October 2015

Day 9; Flashback Friday. {Blogging Challenge}

Day 9; Throwback Thursday. Flashback Friday.
My little girl turns 2 in 9 days. 2. TWO! My girl who was a teeny tiny little newborn that I feel like was just in my tummy is turning 2. 
I will be a Mumma of a 2 year old...
As you can tell I haven't fully come to terms with this. I am always so thankful each day we wake up together that we are both healthy and growing older every day, but at the same time some days I miss those tiny newborn days. The constant feeding & cuddling. The hours that would drift by as we both just sat in the feeding chair getting to know each other. Thankfully she is still a snuggly little girl, but she is also active, fun, wild and so smart. Everyday for her whole life she has amazed me at what she knows and understands. I am so lucky to be her Mumma, as much as I would love to rewind the past 2 years and play them again or even just have 1 more day with my newborn LuLu, I am so excited to have a little 2 year old. 
This is where I may end this blogging challenge for now. Not because I am not enjoying it, but life is going to get crazy busy over the next week and I want to solely focus on preparing LuLu's big girl room and also finishing off her birthday decorations. 
I will update on instagram and facebook when possible but for now, I think I'll have a week off to focus on celebrating my darling girl, the light of our lives.
Talk soon,





Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Day 7; 27 lessons I've learned in 27 years. {Blogging Challenge}

Day 7; Seven lessons I've learned so far this year...  27 lessons I've learned in 27 years.
I am going to alter this one a bit... Last week was my birthday, I turned 27. So I thought I would write 27 things I've learned so far in my life...
  1. "I spent a lot of years running from believing and looking for another way to save my soul. The longer I've lived the more I see it, there is only one way home" (John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 - Keith Urban) For me, knowing God & Jesus has been a wonderful & a beautiful positive in my life. I don't have to fully understand everything about God to love him. I am so grateful for the life I have. I trust in God, but this does not make me immune to hard times & hurt. But He does give me strength to get through those times.
  2. Honesty is always best.
  3. Let go of anger, hate, resentment, bitterness - just let it go. It lightens your load, your soul feels free and your life becomes sweeter. So forgive when you can.
  4. You cannot change people. You can't change their type of crazy, their behaviour, their perspective or opinions. You don't have to understand them or always agree with them, but try to be respectful. Just focus on those who love & care for you, those who understand your choices & listen to what you have to say. Don't waste time with those who don't see your worth. 
  5. Celebrate everything, make it an occasion - invite the family, take photos. One day those memories and photos maybe treasured. 
  6. Leave your past where it is, make peace with it. You can't change it. If you are unhappy with choices, situations & actions you've made - let them go, make sure it never happens again, but don't dwell on the past it will just mess up your present. 
  7. The key to happiness is being content more so than getting what you want. Happiness is always a choice and it's always a matter of perspective. If you keep searching for reasons & things to make you happy, you'll never be happy. Learning to be content with what you have now - will bring you happiness. Things do not equal happiness.
  8. Team work, mutual sacrifice, forgiveness and love are the keys to a strong marriage. 
  9. Setting boundaries & standards for everything in life is important & makes true freedom a possibility. The way people treat you, your behaviour & reactions, how much you spend/eat/drink/work/play etc. Self control & control of situations you open yourself up to, is important. 
  10. Never let fear stop you from doing something you can't stop thinking about. You will never be 100% ready to start something, you just have to learn to deal with the awkwardness, nerves & fears - just do it!
  11. You will never regret being generous or helping some one.
  12. Praying is more about listening to God, not just handing Him a list to fix or talking endlessly. 
  13. Over prepare for every occasion, event & outing. Then just go with the flow.
  14. Try to control your words. It's better to have a moment of biting your tongue than saying something you can't take back. (I am still working on this)
  15. Your instinct is normally right, if you feel uneasy about a situation, place or person - your feeling is normally right. Walk away.
  16. Be kind as much as you can. Kindness is so important.
  17. Cry if you want. 
  18. Your children only have 1 childhood, do everything in your power to make it positive & memorable. 
  19. Treat others how you want to be treated. It's a simple & basic principle taught at primary school. Also treat your spouse how you would want your child to treat & be treated by their future spouse.
  20. Your mind controls your life. Positivity and negativity come from the same place, your thoughts. Fill your mind with positivity & your life will change. 
  21. Drink water. Lots of water - make it your drink of choice. Your body will love you for it.
  22. Surround yourself with people who build you up. People who you connect with, that have good energy, good vibes and people that will teach you new things & help you grow.
  23. Use your special perfume, put the good linen out, burn the special candle, drink the special bottle of wine. Don't wait for "some day special", the present is special.
  24. Only own things you find to be useful, beautiful & special. Discard the rest. 
  25. Record as much as you can. Write it down, photograph it, film it - live in the moment, but don't forget to capture it somehow - one day that captured moment could bring you so much joy.
  26. Always have a book you are reading. Read when you can, feed your mind.
  27. Count your blessings daily. This life is a gift. 
I am so happy to be another year older, the way I see it growing older is much better than the alternative - dying young.
Every day on this earth, in this life is a gift & I am so grateful for it, even the hard days. The hard & hurtful times just make the great times that much sweeter.



Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Day 6; My pet peeves... {Blogging Challenge}

Day 6; 6 Pet Peeves...
Right... Pet peeves, annoyances, things that irk me... 
  1. Lies.
    This is my number 1 thing I hate. I cannot stand it. I have ended friendships with people because they continually lied to my face, I hate being lied to. And I can tell 98% of the time if someone is lying to me. It makes me sick that someone can stand there and lie to my face. 
  2. A messy house.
    Well, my house. If it isn't at a certain standard of clean I almost lose my mind. Clean freak? Yes, that's me...
  3. Bad drivers.
    Enough said - I think everyone gets frustrated by some drivers on the road.
  4. People who don't respect personal space.
    You know those people who stand in line behind you at a store, like they could almost lick your neck they are that close - GET AWAY FROM ME! Personal bubble buddy, personal bubble. 
  5. Being unprepared & having things happen at the last minute.
    Now I am ok sometimes for the odd last minute invite or surprise drop in, but most of the time I like to have everything planned out. So that way I am prepared in every way possible.
  6. People who lack common sense, basic life smarts, manners & tact.
    I am a huge fan of just good, honest, life smart, well mannered, down to earth & humble people. People that know how to do things, that aren't silly & ditzy or immature, that aren't rude & disrespectful and you can have an intelligent and good conversation with without wanting to strangle them. 
So they are my top 6 pet peeves.
What are yours? Let me know!



Monday, 5 October 2015

Day 5; Top 5 favourite movies... {Blogging Challenge}

Day 5; Top 5 favourite movies...
Ok, if you have been a reader/follower of my blog/s, social media etc. You will know I am a huge movie fan. I have a DVD collection that could revival a video shop - hold on DVD shop, wait... Do they even exist anymore? I only know of 1 DVD rental place left in our town! 
Anyway, I love movies. 
Narrowing it down to my top 5... Gee, that's hard. Really, really hard. But let's try...
1. The Blind Side. 
I love, love, love this film. 
2. Milo and Otis.
What can I say, this movie still blows my mind how they filmed it. I have loved this film since I was a child. I love watching it with LuLu.
3. The Help.
Just brilliant, I really enjoy this story.
4. The Others.
I do love a good thriller & this one is one I've watched for years. 
5. A League of Their Own.
Amazing, brilliant - I just love this movie. I've been watching it since I was a little girl.

Now for some honourable mentions...
Hocus Pocus  - best Halloween movie!
Cinderella - Both the original and the current version are so lovely.
About Time - I really like time travel movies. Age of Adaline is also lovely.
Step Mom - It is such a sad but nice movie, but I really love it.
Steel Magnolias - I do love a good a Dolly Parton movie. 
8 Seconds - A movie we've been watching in my family for years!
Almost Famous - When I lived alone and was 19 I would watch this movie almost every weekend.
Lawless - I really enjoyed this movie and have re-watched it a few times. 
The Vow - Such a sweet movie, I love all those Rachel McAdams movies. 
What To Expect When You're Expecting - I watched this a bit when I was pregnant, it was actually very relatable for me in a handful of the scenarios.

Now I also have a little but growing collection of Christian movies, I really enjoy them. They are good & honest movies with lovely meanings to them.
I thought I would include a photo of my small collection, I have watched all of these and re-watched a few 3 or 4 more times. 
(Also I realise some people don't like "Noah" the movie, I agree that parts of it aren't very true to text or nice... It was a good movie, but not very true to the Biblical version. For entertainment purposes it was ok, but I do agree that some of the "Hollywood additions" took away from what is, a very important Bible story and made it almost, mythical/unbelievable - perhaps?) 
The top favourites for me were...
God's Not Dead.
Mom's Night Out.
Heaven Is For Real.
Facing The Giants.

I also have a fairly decent horror movie collection and a wonderful Christmas movie collection. If you would like to see either of those make sure you let me know!
I hope you enjoyed this list and possibly found some new movies to check out! 
Let me know what your favourite movies are! 
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Light up your celebration with ILLOOMS.

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang & ILLOOMS.
Hello!
We are on the count down now to LuLu's 2nd birthday party. 
Emotionally I don't know how ready I am for it, but I'll save that for another post!
I've been searching Pinterest for inspiration and trying to plan things out, party planning is serious business!
I have found a very awesome and unique product to use at her party this year, a product which will "light up" her party.
ILLOOMS - Illuminated balloons! Yes, balloons that have a light in them! A bit more special than the average balloon I think! 
ILOOMS have a tiny little LED light inside each balloon and stays lit up for 15 hours! 
You just pull the easy pull tab, the light is activated and then you inflate the balloon to the suggested size and there you have a really fun party decoration that most people will have never have seen before. 
These will be perfect at her party as it may end up turning into an evening BBQ with some close friends & family.
I am planning on using the pink colours as this will suit her theme perfectly. I really love the marble pink balloons. So beautiful.
We inflated some the other day to test them out and they are really cool. 
We inflated a marble balloon, I have never seen a marble balloon before, so I think that's amazing & when it is lit up it is so pretty. 
We also inflated 2 aliens (they flash!) & 1 little purple girly balloon. LuLu thought her new little friends were just great! The aliens would also be great for Halloween!
ILLOOMS have a variety of themes & colour choices to suit any celebration.
If you want to check out ILLOOMS you can find them at major retailers; Big W, Kmart and Woolworths. 
I hope you enjoyed this review on this fun product & if you use ILLOOMS to light up your next celebration, I would love to see some photos!


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Day 4; The story behind my blog name... {Blogging Challenge}

Day 4; The story behind my blog name...
I actually get asked regularly what made me create a new website, why did I rename my blog, why I chose Modern Wife Life31 and what does the 31 stand for?
So let me shed some light...
I created a new blog at the start of this year (2015) because I wanted to start fresh. 
It sounds cliche but since having my daughter I feel I am a different person, I have different ideals & values and I feel my blogging style has changed a lot. I wanted a new space to display that, so I was brave and created a whole entire new site. My original blog "Bella In Bindyland" is still active and I am not ashamed of any of the work I did over there, but it was time for a change - a fresh start. 
Now for what made me pick this name... Well, it was the product of me brain storming with 2 friends. I had spoken to them about creating a new blog back in December of 2014, I kept having a really strong urge to write again. I had just taken over year off to spend with LuLu after she was born, but I felt I was ready to get back into writing. I wanted to create a blog that was about being a wife, mothering, life & trying to encourage & inspire other Mums and wives. Giving parents fun ideas to do with their little loves, displaying cool new products, sharing recipes (I am not a food blogger though), sharing household tips and occasionally sharing snippets of our lives. I needed a name that reflected that, a name that summed me up. I love being a house wife, I love being a Mumma and I love having this platform to speak to you all on. 
My friend sent me a list of great name ideas (she is a creative genius) and I showed it to another friend and we decided "Modern Wife Life" was perfect. I added the 31 for myself, a nod to my favourite Proverb, something that every time I saw my blog name I was reminded of the woman I aspire to be, to remind me to keep this place positive & encouraging. 
I also have another section of this blog I occasionally write about, my "Housewife to Huntress" - this name was once again brain stormed with my super smart & amazing friend. The name speaks for itself, I enjoy hunting, it's something I want to do more of (one day, hunting kind of has taken a back seat - being a Mumma comes first!) and I enjoy practicing shooting targets. This series is about documenting my journey from being a "Housewife to Huntress".
Now I have been back blogging for about 10 months... And guess what? Recently I have been having a really strong urge to sit down and talk to a camera again... Yes, film videos again!! So I'm trying to heal my voice (I have laryngitis - fun times) and once I'm better, if I still feel like it - I will try to get back into filming some videos!
Let me know what you think about that, would you want to watch videos by me? If so, what sort of videos? 
So I hope this has explained to you, why my blog is called "Modern Wife Life31". If you have any further questions please feel free to ask!
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Day 2; Thankful Thursday... {Blogging Challenge}

Hello, 
I am back for Day 2 of the blogging challenge.
This is one of those that doesn't really line up, as it's a "Thankful Thursday", in Australia the 2nd of October is today and it is Friday...
But anyway, I like the idea of always being thankful, so let's just pretend it's Thursday.
What I am thankful for?
Every single thing in my life, the good & the bad. 
My serious and genuine reasons I am thankful for & thank God daily for are...
My husband, my daughter, my family, my friends, my pets, my home, our very lovely lifestyle, my health and my families health. Clean water, fresh air and that my husband has a good job. I am also thankful for this blog, the platform it has given me, the opportunities that come from it, the people I have met and the creativity it allows me to express. 
My shallow, first world & kind of trivial reasons I am thankful are...
My Thermomix, technology & the internet, my iPhone, our pool, my car, our ducted air con in Summer, makeup, chocolate & cake and epidurals. 
So what are you thankful for?
I would love to know, leave a comment below or on one of my social media accounts!
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Day 1; My goals for October... {Blogging Challenge}

3 blogs in 1 week, what? What is going on? Well, be prepared for more!
If you follow me on instagram, you'll notice I just uploaded an October Blogging Challenge image... 
Basically it is prompts to blog every day in October... 
I did something similar about 3 years ago over on my first blog, Bella In Bindyland & I really enjoyed it. That being said I didn't have a 2 year old to chase after then! 
But I want to do this... I enjoy writing & having something creative to do everyday. Some days I may stray from the prompts, but for the most of it I will use them, some posts maybe just uploaded on social media as I don't think my "outfit of the days" are worthy of a whole blog post! I also may miss a day here & there, so I apologise in advance if I skip a few! But I am going to try my best!
So let's do this...
Day 1;
Your goals for October...
My goals this month is too firstly get well. I've been unwell now for a weeks, it started as a cold, then sinus infection, then I thought I was well and just the other day I got told I had laryngitis - fun times. So I feel awesome right now <- that there is sarcasm. So my main focus for the next few days is trying to get better so LuLu has her fun, energetic and patient Mumma back again.
My next main focus, is LuLu's 2nd birthday & her party. I need to get better ASAP so I can continue planning and making decorations! Her party this year is a lot smaller than lasts, just close family & a handful of friends, but I still love decorating & making it special. 
My other goals are just the same goals I have everyday, the same things I pray for, just to for me to be a better version of myself. Be kinder, be wiser, be more patient and stress less. Be a better Mum, wife, daughter, sister & friend.
So they are my goals.
What are yours?
If you blog and want to do this challenge, please comment below so I can check out your blog - I would love to read your posts!
Well, good night loves. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow, I am hoping I can stay on top of this challenge!
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Meal planning for warmer weather with Mission Foods.

This post is brought to you by Nuffnang & Mission Foods.
Hello friends,
Today I bring you a very tasty post. I have had such a delicious week organising this post for you.
The lovely people over at Mission Foods sent me a wonderful box of scrumptious food last week. So I thought I would create for you a mini meal plan, basically some easy and guaranteed yummy dinner or even lunch ideas! 
I think these meals are perfect for the warmer weather, I love healthy & delicious meals that aren't too heavy in the warmer months.

Meal 1 - Nachos.
Everyone loves nachos, this is so easy. You can either have them just as chips & salsa, but I was making mine as an easy dinner so I placed the chips into an oven proof dish, tipped the salsa over the top and then added some grated cheese. I popped the dish into an oven at 180degrees for about 15-20mins (basically until the cheese melts to your liking) and voila - super simple lunch/dinner. This is also a tasty meal to serve if you have friends over watching sport on TV or for afternoon drinks. Like I said, everyone loves nachos. 

Meal 2 - Cajun Chicken Wraps.
This meal takes a little more effort, but it is still so easy & incredibly delicious. We eat a lot of "bbq cajun chicken" (I'll share that recipe another day)  That meal inspired this dish, I wanted to do chicken wraps - but I didn't want to use pre-bought crumbed chicken strips. So I made my own coating and I think they are delicious. 
 You will need;

  • Chicken breast (I used about 480g)
  • Crumb coating. 
  • Seasoning to add if you wish. I used cajun & season for all.
  • Mission Wraps. For this dish I used the red quinoa wraps, so delicious.
  • Salads for filling. (Spinach, avocado, onion, capsicum, cucumber, tomato)
  • Cheese.
  • Mayo or sauce of your liking. I used homemade mayo. (Thank you Thermie!) but ranch dressing would be yummy too! 
  1. Slice up chicken into strips.
  2. Prepare crumb mix by tipping some crumb into a dish and adding seasoning. (Before I added the seasoning I crumbed a few small pieces of chicken for LuLu & set them aside) 
  3. Coat the chicken in the mix and place on baking tray.
  4. Pop into oven at 180degrees for about 1/2 an hour or until the chicken is completely cooked through. 
  5. While chicken is cooking, prepare your salads. 
  6. Warm wraps in microwave or you can wait until after you've assembled the wraps and toast them on a flat press toasted sandwich maker.
  7. Once out of the oven assemble your wraps.
  8. Enjoy!

Meal 3 - BBQ Beef burritos.
This meal was a new one for us, I don't normally cook beef burritos, but I thought I would be adventurous & attempt something new. Well, I am glad I did - this meal was delicious. It once again takes a few steps, but it's so easy.
You will need;
  • Beef. I cheated and bought pre cut beef strips, they worked really well.
  • 125g of salsa (just don't use your whole jar when you make nachos)
  • 35g of BBQ sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Mission Foods taco seasoning 
  • Salads for filling. Capsicum, tomato, onion, spinach and cheese.
  • Any sauces you like, I used tomato chutney and it was delicious. 
  • Mission Wraps, we used Chia & Red Quinoa - they were perfect! Chia seeds are an amazing superfood to add into your diet. They contain omega-3 fats, protein, calcium and dietary fibre. Chia Seeds are an ancient grain that are known as having a little bit of everything! 
  1. Finely chop (or crush) 1 clove of garlic, place into a bowl. Add in salsa, BBQ sauce, seasoning mix and combine with a fork.
  2. Add beef to a marinating dish and then tip the above mix over the meat. (I saved a few strips of plain beef in a little sandwich bag for LuLu) 
  3. Place in fridge. (I prepared mine about 2 hours before lunch) 
  4. Prepare salads. 
  5. Cook beef on BBQ.
  6. Once beef is cooked warm wraps or toast them after assembling. 
  7. Assemble wraps and enjoy!

Meal 4 - Ham & salad wraps.
Honestly this is a meal that is so popular in our house, even growing up we ate this a lot as kids for lunch - I think everyone enjoys this meal. Trent has been on night shift this week, which means we have a bigger lunch, he takes left overs to work and LuLu and I either have leftovers as well or we make something easy together at night. He has been enjoying being my taste tester and having lots of healthy & filling meals made for him. He took the left over beef wraps to work, so I had to organise another meal for LuLu and I. So I made ham & salad wraps - so simple but very yummy and filling (you could use any cold meat filling, slice chicken or turkey would be so good as well!). These work great for a lunch (I've made them for Trent a few times this week already just as an extra thing for his lunch box) but they are also a good light dinner option. 
We used the Red Quinoa wraps for this meal. Red Quinoa is a wonderful superfood to add into your diet, it was once known as the "mother of all grains" by the Aztecs. It has the perfect balance of all nine amino acids that are key for human nutrition. 
I know ham & salad wraps are a basic meal, but I've been pretty unwell this week so I didn't have much energy to create something fancier, it was quick & easy and a much better alternative than driving and getting take out! I feel good serving LuLu Mission Wraps because they are free from artificial colours of flavours and are also a great source of fibre.
LuLu loves them and ate most of her dinner so I was happy.

Mumma & Bubba meals. (I use 1/2 a wrap for LuLu's)
LuLu loved these wraps. 

We regularly buy Mission Wraps for healthy lunches & dinners so it has been a pleasure to work with them on this post & I've enjoyed trying some new meal ideas. 
I love their new range that include the Red Quinoa & Chia Seeds wraps, the addition of Red Quinoa and Chia doesn't alter the tastes at all of the wraps - we think they tasted great with all of our meals and it's good to know you are adding a bit more "good stuff" to your diet by enjoying them! 
You can pick up a packet of these delicious new Mission Wraps at your local Woolworths or selected independent grocery stores today for RRP. $4.79

I hope you enjoyed this yummy post, what is your favourite filling for wraps? 
Enjoy your week.