Friday, 22 May 2015

I Haven't Forgotten You...

As if I could :)

I just wanted to let you know what has been going on...


As you know, I have the My Organized Chaos, Clear The Clutter, 3 Part Cards course and Blog To Kindle programs and also the joint Montessori Crash Course course with Deb. Then there is the Etsy store, the craftsy store and all the books. I also run several facebook groups like Moms That Rock and the private groups for the courses. So I feel like I have been spreading myself pretty thin.

Although I enjoy all of it, it is time consuming which means I don't have time to make awesome new stuff, which is the bit I rock at and and enjoy most of all. So I have been chatting with Mariska and we have come up with a plan...

Of course, I'm not going to spill the beans just yet, but I'm super excited and have been brainstorming like crazy. I have soooo many cool ideas and things that I just want to make now, right now! But first I need to get everything set up. Don't worry, I'm not ditching any of the previous stuff, this new idea will mean I can still do all that and MORE!

It is going to rock your socks off, I can't seem to sit still - which is quite a problem when you are trying to work on the computer!

Anyway, this is the reason I have been a bit quiet over here recently, it's only temporary and I'll soon be back in the driving seat with lots of cool content.

Now I have got ONE request... so, you have been coming here awhile, you know what sort of stuff I usually get up to, what do you want to see more of? Can you let me know in the comments?

That would be fab-u-lous!

                    Jo xxx

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Speedy Science...

Sometimes you just need some high speed science tricks to keep your child amused! This one is perfect.

What you need:


  • Piece of printer paper
  • Scissors

1. Take a piece of printer paper and fold it in half lengthways, the open it out flat again. Then fold it the other way and again, open it up and lay it flat.


2. Cut from the longest edge up to the centre along the fold...


3. The next bit is a little tricky, you want to fold the paper into thirds. Take the short side and fold it over until it looks like it is 2/3 of the way across and pull the opposite side so it is folded over 1/3 of the way. Crease the paper then open it out again. 

4. Turn the paper so the cut is at the top and then cut along the third folds to the middle. You should have something like this...


5. This is where the magic happens. you don't need to write the numbers on the paper, in fact it's better if you don't, they are just there to make the explanation easier...

Lift up flap 4 so that it is vertical. Then grab 2 and fold it under so it's upside down and laid flat where 5 used to be and 5 is now upside down where 2 was.

This will give the illusion that there is too much paper for the holes. If your paper is all one colour it's really baffling but if you use paper with a different colour on each side, you can see that the paper is twisted!





Saturday, 16 May 2015

A Late Boys Day....


We decided to head back home using the regular roads rather than the highway, the scenery is stunning and much better than being stuck in traffic. We found one the towns was having a boys day festival so we stopped for a quick look around.

Ebi-kun decided he wanted to try the bungee trampoline! I'm a big believer that experiences are better gifts than physical things and would rather spend the money of something like this than some plastic tat on one of the stalls.


It went really high!

Ebi-kun isn't very big for his age and weighs next to nothing so he was having a hard time flipping himself over, he did manage it in the end. It was funny when he got off, his legs were shaking!


The Koi noburi streamers over the river were beautiful. The rest of the festival was the normal fare of fetival food, yaki soba, choco-banana and the such like. plus the usually plastic crap. They also had a band playing on stage but I think Ebi-kuns descriptions explains it all 

"What an awful noise, it's making my ears hurt"

So we continued on our way and set off to find something for lunch.



Friday, 15 May 2015

Larking About Or Creating Art?

A few years back I bought some light sticks for camp and now we can't go without a supply of them! Ebi-kun actually picked the packs up this time and since we were in the cabin, it was REALLY dark. I decided to set up the camera and have some fun with it....

We tried various exposures and different moves to see which would get the best effects, we even had Taylor Swift on to help with the groovy moves!






Thursday, 14 May 2015

Montessori Crash Course

Just a quickie, the replay from the last workshop is up for a limited time, you can catch it HERE

This is for those who...

  • Are new to Montessori and feeling overwhelmed 
  • Been using Montessori but it hasn't been working well for you
  • Struggling with making it work at home
  • Want to know more about Montessori to see if it's the right philosophy for your family


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Top Of The Mountain

The campsite we stayed at over Golden Week, really was in the middle of nowhere, so we drove to the top of another mountain which looked like it had a bit more going on. There was a small art gallery, kids athletic park and an onsen (hot spring). 


We started with the gallery, some nice stuff, very small and didn't take much time to get round. Then Ebi-kun needed to get his wriggles out....


It was a beautiful day, weather was just perfect, no filter on these pics, the sky really was that blue!


We had to do 2 laps of the park...


I enjoyed playing with the new camera, these ferns caught my eye, they looked like fairies or pixies hiding in the woods..


We stopped for lunch then had a round of putter golf, of course daddy won, strange coincidence every time he is in charge of scoring hmmm. Good fun though and it was quite a tough course, took us a while to get round.


Ebi-kun and daddy then went to the onsen, I'm not sure a big onsen fan. I still can't get my head around how the shy Japanese are totally OK with getting butt naked and in the bath with a bunch of strangers! Really is not relaxing for me, especially when you get a bunch of old baa-chans checking out my non Japanese "bits". *shudder* 
The place looked really busy so I decided coffee, cake and a read of my book would be far more relaxing!

Then it was a trip to the supermarket and BBQ for dinner. Fabulous day!


Monday, 11 May 2015

Golden Week Camp 2015

We headed off to camp for a few days, our Golden Week tradition! This time we ended up in pretty much the middle of nowhere, on the border of Nagano and Gunma. It was a lovely, well kept site with an enormous roller slide, that tiny dot of red is the start!


There was also this curious building near the slide, so we went to investigate, everything was wonky inside and as soon as you step inside it made you feel sick. It totally sent your head and stomach to that 'I've had 3 tequila's too many' phase. Horrible!


Although it doesn't look it, these stairs are level, it's the rest of the building that isn't! We never found out why this was built, seems rather random.


We also upgraded this year and decided to get a cabin rather than a tent. As much as I love sleeping under canvas, it is such a hassle to put up and take down the tent, hardly relaxing! The cabin was lovely, with a big balcony to do the BBQ on, hot water and even a bath!


It over looked this little pond and was lovely and peaceful. It's so good to get away from the city and just chill amongst the trees. I even found a bottle of Pimms before we left, supping Pimms and eating BBQ on the balcony was perfect!



Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Day I Lost The Plot...

According to my coach! But you know what, I have never been one for following orders, rules, regulations or any of that non sense, nope, I'm very much a Do It My Way type of gal!

So, I have put this fab bundle together at a ridiculous price, seriously, it crazy pants! And it is only available for 2 days, so if you have been toying with the idea of doing my organized Chaos or Clear The Clutter, you need to get your butt over HERE right now.


If you are fed up of cleaning up after everyone else and not having time to do the fun stuff or even have time to do stuff for yourself then this is for you.

If you struggle doing activities with your kids and you desperately want to be able to help them fall in love with learning but you're not sure where you are going wrong and worried you will miss the chance to do it, then this is for you.

If your home feels like a cluttered mess and drives you up the wall but you never seem to get control of it all and you are worried that your kids are going to pick up on your bad habits, then this is for you!

Pop over HERE to grab the bundle, only 10 spots available and only for 48 hours.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Time To Celebrate...

Wow, can you believe it?
8 years I have had this little ole blog. Doesn't time fly?
Of course it's a perfect excuse for cake, a yummy chocolaty mousse, nom, nom. Don't worry, I had some for you too :)

I have to thank you for hanging around, it would be pretty dull if I was writing for just myself! Knowing that you are reading and that I can help you out makes all the difference.

Make sure you drop by tomorrow because I have a ridiculously crazy offer, yes, I may have totally lost the plot, but what the hell, it's not everyday you have an 8 year bloggaversary!



Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Boys Day Round Up

Shhh don't tell anyone, but I'm actually writing this early because when it's Boys Day I will be up a mountain, supping beer, eating blackened food from the BBQ and probably being eaten alive by mozzies!



May 5th is Children's Day, that said, it's very boy orientated and girls get their own day in March so boys should have their own day too, right?

Here's a round up of boys days posts for you to check out...











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