COVID-19, temporary home schooling and more

So, Covid-19. What a time we are living in! Countries in lockdown. People panic buying (why the toilet paper people???). Physical distancing. Self isolation. Schools closing down or recommending students stay home.

We start our temp home schooling on Monday. School holidays officially start at Easter so we have 2 weeks.
Not sure If I will blog every day but we’ll see how it goes.

In the mean time – Stay Safe. STAY HOME (unless you are an essential worker – in which case THANK YOU!!!!!) Don’t do anything stupid. Be kind to one another.

Here’s a few memes to hopefully brighten your day and I’ll hopefully see you all on the other side.

Meme - I'm having a quarentine party this weekend!! None of you are invited. Half of us are going to come out of this quarentine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem. Kids complaining they are bored. Bitch please. You lucky this didn't happen in the 80s with only 12 channels no internet, Netflix or xBox! You'd be doing puzzles and playing go fish! I don't like the fact that my chances of survival seem to be linked to the common sense of others.

12 Recipes in 2020: February

(oops forgot to post this last month)

February was lots of recipes that are family favourites and nothing really new. I love a good tuna pasta bake, especially if it has crumbled plain chips on top (Smiths crinkle cut salted are best). I couldn’t find my usual recipe so I googled and came across one at Taste. It’s pretty close to the one I usually make and I just chucked a heap of crushed up chips on top and sprinkled with a handful of grated cheese before I whacked it in the oven

Tunabake

You can grab there recipe here. Don’t forget to add the crushed chips on top. You’ll thank me.

12 Recipes in 2020: January

One of the things I’ve had on my list of 100 things for the last few year has been make a new recipe each month and blog it. Going to give it a go.
January’s recipe is Ham Mashed Potato Cakes from The Recipe Critic.

It’s a great way to use up leftover ham for Christmas and leftover mashed potato. It’s not unusual for me to have left over mash as I ALWAYS make extra so I can make Scottish potato scones the next day.

Stretchy cheesy shot of ham mashed potato cakes to show texture

These are super cheesy and rather yum. One thing I will do different next time is make my mash with less liquid as our potato cakes fell apart a bit. Kids weren’t overly keen but hubby & I enjoyed them.

Grab the recipe here.

Finishing off my 101 list

I’ve gone through my list (which you can check out here) and thought I’d list what is left. Then I thought about it some more and a few of those items aren’t on my radar any more, aren’t of interest or not doable by April.
SO here’s what I still have left to do by April……

  1. new jumpers for me
  2. a set of oracle cards
  3. buy a Linkin Park t-shirt (I regret never getting one in my 20s)
  4. get our wedding scrapbook finished
  5. Keep up to date with my ALP
  6. Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes (at least get them cut)
  7. Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts (as above)
  8. create a spiritual journal/workbook
  9. celebrate the sabbats
  10. aim for a weekly walk
  11. create a recipe book
  12. Have a BBQ (when we get the gazebo up!)
  13. complete one of my udemy courses
  14. learn to crochet
  15. Take the kids to Tazmazia
  16. Visit the tessellated pavement
  17. Cradle Mountain
  18. answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
  19. write my name in wet cement
  20. give my personal blog a makeover
  21. sort our movie library
  22. Watch sunrise & sunset in the same day
  23. Get that damn gazebo up
  24. take the kids 10 pin bowling
  25. make a brand new 101 in 1001 list!

25 actionable things to do by the 28th of April. I can do this

Planning in 2020

After 3 years in a bound book type bullet journal I’ve decided to change things up a bit for 2020. I’m going Traveller’s Notebook!

To be honest I was bitten by the bug last year but didn’t want to dive in fully so I did a frankenplanner for the last few months of 2019. My bound book bullet journal in an A5 ring binder converted to a stringed Traveller’s Notebook. I blogged about my DIY in 2017, tried it out a bit, wasn’t sold. Tried it again in 2018 for a bit and still not sold. Finally subbed to Planners Anonymous and then I tried their B6 sized inserts  (without a TN cover) and loved the more portable size. So I made myself a laminated TN cover and ran 2 planners for the remainder of 2019.

Towards the end of the year, Sami released the gorgeous Planner Babe B6 TN and I decided I really wanted to buy it. I’m not a pink girl but Planner Babe is one of my favourite kits so far. (I’m excited that there might be a Northern Lights TN coming soon, after all a girl needs to swap out her TNs with the seasons right? Right!)

Planners Anonymous Planner Babe Travellers Notebook

So that’s what we’re in for 2020. My inserts so far are:

  • 2020 Single Page Monthly + Tracker Printable Insert from Annie Plans Printables
  • Luxe subscriber undated insert from Planners Anonymous. This is my weekly insert. It changes each month depending what the PA kit is. January is Northern Lights. February is most likely going to be Books & Botanicals.
  • Planners Anonymous Dot Grid Insert for collections. Currently using the Northern Lights one. May add the Books & Botanicals one as a way of tracking the books I read this year.
  • Custom made B6 blank page insert. I’m using this to create my 2020 vision boards. A Vision journal if you will
  • The vegan leather envelope that came with the Planner Babe kit. Currently empty. Not sure if I will keep it there or add another insert.


Happy New Year?

Is it? When our country is burning? And some of our pollies don’t seem to give a damn.

This is where the fires are currently…..

Australian Bushfires Map
(image source: www.thesun.co.uk)

To put it into perspective, when the Amazon was on fire it was an area of approx. 2,2400,000 acres. Currently in Australia – approx. 11,300,000. I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

Fortunately where we are, there are currently no fires and we are not near enough the bush to worry but thousands aren’t so lucky. Thousands have lost everything. We’ve lost so much of our native wildlife and native flora. And they are saying the worst is yet to come with extreme fire conditions predicted for the weekend.

Our PM went on holiday to Hawaii during the fires and only can back when there was such an outcry from the public.  Since then there have been meagre offers of help from those in power and lots of ‘thoughts and prayers’. Sorry thoughts and prayers don’t do squat when everything you own is gone.

What can we do to help?

Donate
Donate direct to either the NSW or Victorian Fire brigades.
Donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) here
Donate to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital here

To donate to the Salvation Army disaster appeal, you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), donate at any Woolworths checkout, or donate online here.

The Australian Red  Cross launched a joint disaster appeal with the ABC (Australian Broadcast Commission) to support communities affected by fires, so far raising over $2 million. You can donate here.

St Vincent De Paul Society are also running a disaster appeal. You can donate here or in person at any Vinnies store.

Here’s hoping for a cool change and some much needed rain.

Goodbye 2019

and with that it’s time to do the final update for my list of 100 things in 2019.
Honestly I’m not sure if I’m going to do it again in 2020 but I know I will be trying to finish off my list of 101 things which you can see over here.

On with the list……

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )
(Tally – Started:30  Finished: 32  Not done: 38 )

  1. Finally get gazebo up – it’s happening this summer. Finally!!!!
  2. Replace the garage roof
  3. Organise garage & office
  4. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  5. Redo my herb garden
  6. Philips hue lights for kitchen
  7. Arlo doorbell
  8. Do Declutter 365 – got most of the way through. Giving it another go in 2020
  9. Sort the kitchen
  10. sort our bedroom
  11. some kind of toy storage for the kids but going to revisit it now Xmas is over
  12. Get a new tattoo
  13. Get a massage
  14. finish Holly McCaig course
  15. Take 3 courses at DailyOM
  16. take a cooking class
  17. take a cake decorating class
  18. read at least a book a month (I’m slowly adding them over to Goodreads as I finish them)
  19. more me time
  20. look at uni return
  21. Personal email inbox to zero
  22. date night once a month
  23. Blog a new recipe each month
  24. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  25. Monthly blog back up
  26. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  27. New design for Nightwolf’s Den – it’s coming soon
  28. blog calendar for Nightwolf’s Den
  29. blog calendar for Nightwolf Scraps
  30. catch up on Nightwolf Scraps posts I had planned in 2018
  31. work thru problogger course
  32. Zero work inbox monthly
  33. update portfolio
  34. business goddess course
  35. investigate work related courses
  36. Udemy courses
  37. BAS
  38. get some routines happening
  39. Anzac Day service sick kiddos again
  40. See more of Tassie
  41. Visit QVMAG
  42. Have my parents over for dinner
  43. Watch a documentary every month (12/12)
  44. Have a board games night
  45. Visit the tessellated pavement
  46. Tahune air walk  – bit hard as it hasn’t reopened since the fires
  47. go on a random road trip
  48. go camping
  49. Create a mini Goddess altar
  50. Celebrate the solstices
  51. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus (1/3)
  52. Meditate more
  53. Create a spiritual journal
  54. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  55. Do the 100 day happy project (will be blogging that one soon)
  56. Finish JYC 2012, 2018
  57. Finish wedding scrapbook
  58. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  59. Scrapbook with others more
  60. Get PL printed and in books
  61. Create a scrapping binder
  62. create a blanket from our old Hawks scarves
  63. finish Determined to Shine course
  64. Awesome Ladies Project – Lens
  65. Sort bookmarks (& delete duplicates or broken links)
  66. Sort & cull movie folder
  67. Sort and cull TV folder
  68. Sort photos
  69. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  70. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  71. Create some kick ass Spotify playlists
  72. Switch Off Sundays
  73. learn to do more with the etcher
  74. learn to use the Mac again
  75. Afternoon Teal
  76. Throw a dinner party
  77. Christmas club savings
  78. Craft with mum more
  79. Project Life date once a week
  80. Camp Reset
  81. visit a couple of waterfalls
  82. swim in the ocean
  83. star wars
  84. be an awesome lady
  85. go fishing
  86. Buy myself a Linkin Park t-shirt
  87. Buy myself some new bathers
  88. new ipads
  89. new apple watch
  90. new watch bands
  91. new router
  92. kit sub
  93. settlers collection
  94. Keep a gratitude journal
  95. aim for a weekly walk
  96. more outside time
  97. use the wii/xbox
  98. a year in pixels
  99. better sleep
  100. finish off our recipe book

Blogging, Planners and best laid plans

Hello? Anyone still here?
I’ve been blogging over on my craft blog and thought about doing something planner related and remembered that’s on this blog. Opps. I’ve been a bit neglectful of my baby.

So……. time for an update post. Strap in, it could be a long one.

We’ve got a Christmas update to the look. I’m working behind the scenes for a new look for 2020. So stay tuned.

Family – the 4 of us are doing well.
Miss K is in grade 3. Growing like a weed and will be taller than me soon. She’s turning into quite a good swimmer and represented the school this year in a swimming carnival.
Miss A is in Kinder and has made some great friends. Still a fussy eater (so any advice? LOL)
J & I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. J got his first tattoo. I added another to my collection.

Mum passed away in her sleep on the 6th of December. Her funeral was yesterday. The last week has been hard and tiring.

Planner wise. I made 3 years in a bound bullet journal. Still love it. BUT I finally bit the bullet and subbed to a planner subscription. Went with Planners Anonymous cause they are Australian and not super expensive (start at $45AUD). I am seriously in love. Each month the basic kit is 6 sheets of double sided paper, 1 sheet of Vellum, 1 sheet of Acetate, a pen, 3 rolls of washi (25mm, 15mm & 9mm), a full sized stamp set, feature die cut, a set of die cuts, a feature 6×8 print, a bookmark, 6 journal cards AND a sticker sheet set PLUS each month there is a mystery item.

The kit for November is That’s So 90s and it makes my inner 90s teen super excited.

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Oh and they do awesome subscriber bonuses. Each month you get a printable insert, phone backgrounds, a digital copy of the cards and cute printable planner girls (& guys). There’s is also the option to buy a luxe version of the insert.
That’s not all (but wait, there’s steak knives LOL) – they also make the most gorgeous B6 Travellers Notebook covers! Yeah I am a bit of a fan. You can check out what I’ve been doing with the subs over on my planner Instagram.
(Want to sub and get 10% off your first order? Follow this link)

Craft wise you can see what I’ve been up to over at Nightwolf Scraps. I’m slowly updating it with my crafty creations for 2019. Lots of Awesome Ladies Project and The Reset Girl stuff.

Hopefully I might start sharing over here a bit more now and not leave it so long between updates.

100 Things in 2019–Half way

Hi stranger. How’ve you been? Me? Well it’s been an interesting few months but that’s another post for another day. Today I’m here to update my 100 things list for this year…..

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )

  1. Finally get gazebo up
  2. Replace the garage roof
  3. Organise garage & office
  4. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  5. Redo my herb garden
  6. Philips hue lights for kitchen
  7. Arlo doorbell
  8. Do Declutter 365
  9. Sort the kitchen
  10. sort our bedroom
  11. some kind of toy storage for the kids
  12. Get a new tattoo
  13. Get a massage
  14. finish Holly McCaig course
  15. Take 3 courses at DailyOM
  16. take a cooking class
  17. take a cake decorating class
  18. read at least a book a month (I’m slowly adding them over to Goodreads as I finish them)
  19. more me time
  20. look at uni return
  21. Personal email inbox to zero
  22. date night once a month
  23. Blog a new recipe each month
  24. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  25. Monthly blog back up
  26. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  27. New design for Nightwolf’s Den
  28. blog calendar for Nightwolf’s Den
  29. blog calendar for Nightwolf Scraps
  30. catch up on Nightwolf Scraps posts I had planned in 2018
  31. work thru problogger course
  32. Zero work inbox monthly
  33. update portfolio
  34. business goddess course
  35. investigate work related courses
  36. Udemy courses
  37. BAS
  38. get some routines happening
  39. Anzac Day service sick kiddos again
  40. See more of Tassie
  41. Visit QVMAG
  42. Have my parents over for dinner
  43. Watch a documentary every month (6/12)
  44. Have a board games night
  45. Visit the tessellated pavement
  46. Tahune air walk
  47. go on a random road trip
  48. go camping
  49. Create a mini Goddess altar
  50. Celebrate the solstices
  51. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus
  52. Meditate more
  53. Create a spiritual journal
  54. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  55. Do the 100 day happy project (will be blogging that one soon)
  56. Finish JYC 2012, 2018
  57. Finish wedding scrapbook
  58. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  59. Scrapbook with others more
  60. Get PL printed and in books
  61. Create a scrapping binder
  62. create a blanket from our old Hawks scarves
  63. finish Determined to Shine course
  64. Awesome Ladies Project – Lens
  65. Sort bookmarks (& delete duplicates or broken links)
  66. Sort & cull movie folder
  67. Sort and cull TV folder
  68. Sort photos
  69. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  70. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  71. Create some kick ass Spotify playlists
  72. Switch Off Sundays
  73. learn to do more with the etcher
  74. learn to use the Mac again
  75. Afternoon Teal
  76. Throw a dinner party
  77. Christmas club savings
  78. Craft with mum more
  79. Project Life date once a week
  80. Camp Reset
  81. visit a couple of waterfalls
  82. swim in the ocean
  83. star wars
  84. be an awesome lady
  85. go fishing
  86. Buy myself a Linkin Park t-shirt
  87. Buy myself some new bathers
  88. new ipads
  89. new apple watch
  90. new watch bands
  91. new router
  92. kit sub
  93. settlers collection
  94. Keep a gratitude journal
  95. aim for a weekly walk
  96. more outside time
  97. use the wii/xbox
  98. a year in pixels
  99. better sleep
  100. finish off our recipe book

100 Things in 2019

It’s time for my 2019 list. A few from last year and a few new ones. Let’s see how we go in 2019!
Will be back in June with my mid-year check in

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )

  1. Finally get gazebo up
  2. Replace the garage roof
  3. Organise garage & office
  4. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  5. Redo my herb garden
  6. Philips hue lights for kitchen
  7. Arlo doorbell
  8. Do Declutter 365
  9. Sort the kitchen
  10. sort our bedroom
  11. some kind of toy storage for the kids
  12. Get a new tattoo
  13. Get a massage
  14. finish Holly McCaig course
  15. Take 3 courses at DailyOM
  16. take a cooking class
  17. take a cake decorating class
  18. read at least a book a month (I’m slowly adding them over to Goodreads as I finish them)
  19. more me time
  20. look at uni return
  21. Personal email inbox to zero
  22. date night once a month
  23. Blog a new recipe each month
  24. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  25. Monthly blog back up
  26. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  27. New design for Nightwolf’s Den
  28. blog calendar for Nightwolf’s Den
  29. blog calendar for Nightwolf Scraps
  30. catch up on Nightwolf Scraps posts I had planned in 2018
  31. work thru problogger course
  32. Zero work inbox monthly
  33. update portfolio
  34. business goddess course
  35. investigate work related courses
  36. Udemy courses
  37. BAS
  38. get some routines happening
  39. Anzac Day service
  40. See more of Tassie
  41. Visit QVMAG
  42. Have my parents over for dinner
  43. Watch a documentary every month (2/12)
  44. Have a board games night
  45. Visit the tessellated pavement
  46. Tahune air walk
  47. go on a random road trip
  48. go camping
  49. Create a mini Goddess altar
  50. Celebrate the solstices
  51. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus
  52. Meditate more
  53. Create a spiritual journal
  54. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  55. Do the 100 day happy project
  56. Finish JYC 2012, 2018
  57. Finish wedding scrapbook
  58. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  59. Scrapbook with others more
  60. Get PL printed and in books
  61. Create a scrapping binder
  62. create a blanket from our old Hawks scarves
  63. finish Determined to Shine course
  64. Awesome Ladies Project – Lens
  65. Sort bookmarks (& delete duplicates or broken links)
  66. Sort & cull movie folder
  67. Sort and cull TV folder
  68. Sort photos
  69. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  70. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  71. Create some kick ass Spotify playlists
  72. Switch Off Sundays
  73. learn to do more with the etcher
  74. learn to use the Mac again
  75. Afternoon Teal
  76. Throw a dinner party
  77. Christmas club savings
  78. Craft with mum more
  79. Project Life date once a week
  80. Camp Reset
  81. visit a couple of waterfalls
  82. swim in the ocean
  83. star wars
  84. be an awesome lady
  85. go fishing
  86. Buy myself a Linkin Park t-shirt
  87. Buy myself some new bathers
  88. new ipads
  89. new apple watch
  90. new watch bands
  91. new router
  92. kit sub
  93. settlers collection
  94. Keep a gratitude journal
  95. aim for a weekly walk
  96. more outside time
  97. use the wii/xbox
  98. a year in pixels
  99. better sleep
  100. finish off our recipe book