Friday, 27 November 2015

Life lately... {27.Nov.2015}

Hello!
I apologise for this blog being a little late - life is full on at the moment. As it always is for everyone at this time of the year, but to add to the general busyness, I am again unwell & feeling awful. I feel like I can't catch a break at the moment, but I am powering on and working with my doctor to try and sort it out... I'm praying by next week we have a better idea of what's going on. The feeling of being unwell & being completely exhausted constantly is never fun & it is especially awful when you have a very active little 2 year old. 
But I will live, life being busy and all festive at the moment is a wonderful distraction & is helping me stay positive! 
This weekend is a busy one for us, tonight we have Trent's work Christmas party, so it's a chance for me to do my hair, wear makeup and nice shoes and go out for a meal & some drinks with his friends. Tomorrow night I have my brothers 21st birthday party, it is actually both of my brother's birthdays today - they are 19 & 21. And yes, both born on the exact same day - but 2 years apart...
So I am really looking forward to our very social weekend and having some excuses to dress up!
Next weekend there are some Christmas events happening in our town which I am hoping we get to attend.
I thought for this post I would share what we've been up to lately, I don't often do these type of posts. So I thought it might be a nice change - something a bit personal... (You may know some of this already if you follow me on social media!)
The other week I was brave and chopped my hair off. It was fairly long and now it sits just on/ a tiny bit below my shoulders. I LOVE it.
I purchased this colouring book the other day, I can't wait to have some spare time so I can sit down and start it!
The days have been so hot lately, so we have had lots of water play to stay cool... Playing with the water table and the hose, swimming in the pool and midday baths! 
With the hot weather, comes storms! And we love a good storm. (Not destructive though!)
LuLu and I did the first of some Christmas baking this week, short bread stars. Yum!
We also started our Christmas shopping this week. We had a day shopping with Auntie Noo Noo. 
I am loving having all my Christmas decorations out, including my Christmas books. Do you have some festive books? If you do, tell me your recommendations! (I LOVE both of these!)

What have you been up to this week? Are you preparing for Christmas? I can't believe we have less than a month to go and I still haven't finished my Christmas shopping!! 
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I hope you all have a beautiful weekend & Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends & readers! 


Friday, 20 November 2015

Tutorial; Recycled Ammo Christmas Bauble {VIDEO}

Hello!
It's nearly Christmas - it's nearly Christmas! Ok, a little while to go - but it's close... 
I tried to keep the Christmas posts until December - I did... But I did this awesome craft over the weekend & it's super basic, but I am in love with it - it takes next to no time at all (can totally be done during your child's nap time!) and I was so excited about it - I filmed a video. Yes, I FILMED A VIDEO! And I have been so excited to share it with you all... So I am sharing a Christmas craft tutorial - in November... But hey, it's late November - so that is ok, right? 
Oh heck, even if it isn't right - I am proudly waving my festive freak flag! 
Now, I know this may not appeal to everyone - but the beauty of this craft is you can totally customise it to your own taste... You can add whatever you like...
I made "recycled ammo Christmas baubles" or "bullet baubles"... 
But you could add into the bauble anything you love... 
I know a lot of people don't have surplus of empty shells laying around like I do - but I know some of my readers are fellow hunters & shooters.
This ornament would also be a great addition to a gift you are giving to someone who maybe interested in hunting or shooting. Just wrap the gift in brown paper, tie with brown string and attach the bauble - I think it would look really great. 
This is the perfect ornament for "manly men" - my husband, brothers & Dad don't care that much for Christmas decorations - they just go along with whatever is put out or on the tree - but they thought these were really cool. And because it's made from empty shells, bullets they actually shot - it makes it a little more special. 
The baubles I used are from Lincraft and I got them when they were on a 50% off Christmas stock - I can't remember the exact price but I am positive they were under $4. I've also seen clear shatterproof baubles at some cheap stores.
So here is the tutorial, (if by chance the video isn't showing up please click HERE)


I really love how these turned out. I made 4. 1 for our tree, 1 each for my brothers & their girlfriends and 1 for my parents. They were all really impressed with them.

If you recreate this craft, please send me a photo on one on my social media - I would love to see!!
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Have a wonderful day! 






Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Domestic Engineering; Dettol Give Away.

This post is a give away sponsored by Dettol. Dettol is a brand my family & I use in our home. We know it and trust it, I am please to be bringing you this wonderful give away. 
November is here and I am going to be honest and say I may have possibly set up all my Christmas decorations last week... My house may look like somewhere Buddy the Elf would love to hang out... And I love it.
I like to get my Christmas decorating done early, it leaves time for Christmas activities, crafts, baking, I can see what new decorations I need/want to buy and the house is festive for when we have visitors.
 (I have posted some photos of my latest Christmas purchases on my social media and I'll share some photos of my decorations shortly!)
November and December is a busy time for everyone, I feel when the weather warms up and the Christmas season arrives everyone gets more social. We have more bbqs, more friends drop by to say hello and we just enjoy having people visit. 
But being this busy often means my cleaning routine gets messed around, so I like to keep products on hand that help me quickly give me a house a "clean appearance" but at the same time make it actually clean & hygienic.  
Sometimes in the silly season people like to give you a 10 minute warning before they drop around. A quick text to say "hey, what are you doing? Mind if we pop over and say hello?" - now I will rarely turn someone down to visit - especially around Christmas, I love our home being a warm and inviting place for people to visit. So after a message like that it normally sparks a "clean as much as I can shake down" of the house before they arrive. I like to believe my house is in a constant state of being reasonably clean, but a quick re-clean of the kitchen bench & guest bathroom just makes me feel a little more confident in the appearance of my home.
The cleaning products I am using at the moment and that I think are great are by Dettol. 
The Surface Cleanser and the Healthy Clean Kitchen Spray are my top 2. 
Dettol is household name that people associate with hygienic & clean - well I know I do. It is a brand I trust. 
The Surface Cleanser is a great cleaning product, it cleans everything from toys, the bench tops in my bathrooms and kitchen, the bin and I even use it to wipe down the toilet. 
The Healthy Kitchen Spray leaves my stainless surfaces really shiny and I feel confident knowing my kitchen surfaces are clean and hygienic after using this product. 
The surface cleanser is good for a quick clean and the kitchen spray is a wonderful deep cleaning product that is perfect to use if you have a bit of time up your sleeve.
Another product by Dettol I really like and have a few stashed in different places are the little healthy touch hand sanitisers. I've been using these since before I had LuLu, they are great for keeping in your hand bag, nappy bag and in the car. I had the pump version as well on LuLu's change table and also have them in the bathrooms. Hand sanitiser is a must for anyone, but especially for parents! 
Dettol also has a vast range of other great products for your family and home, I also really love the disinfectant wipes that make cleaning super fast & convenient. 
I've partnered with Dettol this month to bring you all an exciting give away just in time for Christmas. Having extra cleaning products is a blessing this time of year, we are cooking & entertaining more often and therefore cleaning more, so I thought this give away would be perfect.
For this give away you'll win a gift pack of 3 brilliant Dettol products,
1x Surface Cleanser Wipes.
1x Surface Cleanser trigger - mint & lime.
1x Citrus Shower gel.
*Prizes are subject to change.

To enter please fill out the form below and follow these rules. 
Rules to enter give away & a few terms and conditions;
  1. You must be an Australian or New Zealand resident. 
  2. You must be a follower of this blog, either subscribe via Google, bloglovin or by email!
  3. You can gain bonus entries by following ModernWifeLife31 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  4.  A way to earn a bonus entry is to leave a comment below with your best cleaning tip for the Christmas season. 
  5.  Competition begins on Wednesday 11th November 2015 and ends Wednesday 18th November 2015.
  6.  Winner will be announced on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter on the 19/11/2015.
  7. The winner has 48 hours to contact me with their postal address. If there is no contact within that time frame I will redraw another winner.
  8. The prize will be sent to the winner by a representative for Dettol. 
  9. I have no control over the postage of the item, but I have full faith that your prize will arrive in a timely manner once I pass your postal details on to the company.
  10. Prize is final and cannot be changed or exchanged for money, the prize may vary slightly from the description given.
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