Well it was my little man’s half birthday just the other day, and I can’t believe we have a little six month old in our midst! He is a joy in our life and makes me grateful and happy every single day. Yes every single sleep deprived day.
This month has seen…
– Judd weighing in at just shy of 9.5kgs, and growing to be about 70cm long. Still have to confirm with the Health Centre Nurse as our measurements are quite rough.
– Staying in 00’s for the time being… HOORAY because I just love all of his clothes, he is such the fashion plate!
– He can now Clap Hands, which is more like he pounds his fists together, but it’s totes cute and sooo clever.
– Is ticklish! Those love handles get a giggle every time without fail.
– A HUGE thing is that we have started on solids, and the faces pulled for sweet potato, pumpkin, apple, pear and parsnip are priceless. I can’t believe he likes parsnip the best! So far anyway – it’s definitely a really fun time testing out all the new foods.
– He loves when Mum makes noises like a monkey. Which has really made me look like a mad woman in public but really… what’s new.
– Sleep is getting worse before it gets better. I am thinking positively that it will. get. better.
– Still has the softest hands and feet (which he likes to rub together) and has grown quite a mass of hair, much more than Mummy and Daddy ever had at his age.
– Sitting up on his own, with a few topples but generally all good. Where did our little baby go!
– When he is sitting on my lap he will bring his face up to mine and rest his palm on my cheek. Melts my heart that we are so lucky to have such an affectionate little boy.
– His personality is so bubbly and bright, he makes us laugh and smile and just exclaim to each other how cute he is nearly every moment of every day. He is so clingy to me which I am cherishing because I love his gorgeous cuddles and know he won’t want Mum one day.
– Blows massive bubbles.
I’m positive by next month he will be saying DaDa and Ta and I know he is just wanting to go so I’m hoping I am not reporting that we have a crawler on our hands! Eeeek time slow down please!!
It’s Monday again. How many of you, maybe after a drink on Friday, or just in the happy state you were in on Friday, committed to do something this week that you are now regretting?
Making sure this still gets done, maintains your reputation and integrity. Follow these tips on making sure it gets done, and doesn’t ruin the week ahead…
– Prioritise it, if you can get it done and out of the way early, you’ll feel better about the rest of your week and probably achieve more anyway.
– Try to make it fun. And if you can’t make it fun, make it a challenge.
– What’s in it for me? Tell your superior what you are doing, you never know if it might impress them, or earn you brownie points.
– Rope someone else in. Not to do the whole job, but who can help you achieve yours. If they motivate you, then that’s a plus!
How often do you commit to something in the moment that you don’t want to do?
A new post idea for the things that I have snapped over the past few days. We all need something trivial during our days, and what better day to do this then the middle of the week. It’s not long till Friday now 🙂
These flowers from my garden…
These muffins that taste like donuts. Yes. Hit me up if you want the recipe.
The first time I’ve worked with Fillo Pastry, making this Lamb and Fetta Pie. Again, let me know if you’d like me to share the recipe.
This storybook I’m reading to my son, a story a day. Brings back so many memories, teaching us lessons and making me a fairytale expert!
These photo frames, which cost me $6 from Kmart, and with paint swatches I turned into ‘art’. 🙂
This meme, it’s hilarious because you all know someone who only posts their highlight reel right?
And the highlight of the past few days, was hanging this amazing find on our entrance wall. We have been looking for a print for our wall, and ideally wanted a view of somewhere in NYC, for over a year now, so to find this – exactly what I wanted – is amazing!
I can’t believe it’s June. May disappeared before my very eyes, and now we are mid year and winter just seems to be going very fast. I think I’m not noticing winter as much because I’m not at the train station at 7am every weekday freezing my butt off. That is something I don’t miss. How is everyone in Australia coping with the winter this year?
Well Judd is now five months old, and here are the latest pics…
This month has seen…
– Bouncing on his Jolly Jumping, giggling and talking away. I really believe he is telling us how clever he is.
– Developing more of a routine with sleep (thank god!) self settling, and being a dream sleeper during the day. The night still needs improvement for Mum’s sake.
– Still hasn’t increased his wardrobe size, still in 00’s! Granny has created an amazing wardrobe for her little Grandson so hubby and I have joked that Judd’s wardrobe is better than, and bigger than both of ours. Combined.
– Will poop as soon as he is placed in a rocker, car seat, swing, jolly jumper. I know he will hate me for writing this when he gets older, but it is seriously bizarre and noteworthy.
– He is definitely a morning person (a trait that didn’t come from me) and loves being kissed up, especially underneath his chin when he wakes up.
– Has massive smiles for Daddy when he gets home.
– Has started to act shy and snuggles into my shoulder when someone talks to him.
– Loves his 20 month old niece Blake and likes to smile at her and grab her face.
– Splashes in the bath, and seriously chills out in there.
– Story time with Daddy at night is my favourite time of day. Who knew kids books were so hilarious and who knew the way your baby watches his Dad read to him would melt your heart so much?
I’d love to hear from anyone with a baby at 4, 5 or 6 months and what they are up to 🙂
Next month is the big 6. Months that is. Wow!
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I feel like I’ve said it so many times on this blog, but I’m a big believer in:
“the more you do, the more you get done.”
It may sound really stupid to say – like duh – but what I mean is the difference between the days you get nothing done and the days you get everything done. In my life, there is rarely an in between.
This morning I woke up (Or should I say I was woken up by my baby!) and made breakfast, got dressed, fed, changed and dressed my little man, did three loads of washing, the ironing, went to Mothers Group, got home and did another load of washing, washed the floors, made a Quiche with my leftover food in the fridge, cleaned the bathrooms, prepped dinner, played with my little man in between, and wrote this post.
It sure beats those days when I wake up and migrate to the couch and barely move from there, feeling guilty that I’m not doing more but not guilty enough to actually do it.
What I’m saying is if you start doing something, more than likely you will feel so happy with yourself and so high on the endorphins that you will continue wanting to check the tasks off the list and have the energy to keep going. That’s one theory.
The other theory that I thought of today, is how you start your day.
See, last weekend not much got done. I woke up, and like most Easters, started my day with some chocolate!
Today I woke up and had one of my favourite things to drink. It’s packed full of energy and rich in iron, which we all need more of in my opinion!
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Ok so it sounds gross, but it’s so not. You can’t even taste the spinach. Starting your day with this energy boost will keep you going all day. Just saying. Maybe you could try one and see if it makes a difference to your energy levels. It has made the world of difference to mine today… Enjoy!
How do you start each day to get the most out of your day?
What are you using to stay organised? We are juggling so much these days and I don’t think we should expect to be able to do and remember it all – between meetings, what’s for dinner tonight, our weekend plans, that assignment that’s due, that phone call we need to return and the household chores and maintenance, we need to use something to remind us without too much hassle to keep our stress levels down. These days, we have applications that can do it for us!
So what do you use? Are you the type that can’t live without your organiser, needing to have it on your desk, in your bag and with you at all times? Or have you gone completely paperless, using your mobile phone or cloud to keep you organised and no longer carrying around a pen?
I’m a paperless person, but I absolutely love stationery… so… rock. hard place. me. I mostly use my outlook calendar, as you can read through my Time Management posts.
BUT, here are the apps I can’t live without and will hopefully give you a whole new meaning to the word organised.
This application works on any device, storing documents that you want to access anywhere. Sound like you would prefer to carry around your trusty 1TB USB around? Think outside the box. I have all of my recipes stored in my Dropbox account. So if I’m at the supermarket and can’t remember what ingredients I need for tonight’s dinner, I just open up the Dropbox App on my phone and it will tell me.
Where do you even begin with Evernote? I know I haven’t explored half of its functionality yet. Evernote works with all of your devices so you never forget anything. Take a picture of something and add it to your Evernote. Make a list, write down an idea, make a note. Open it up on your work computer or as an App and access it anywhere. Search by keyword and you will easily find what you need. Amazing huh?
Other apps I love are: Gift Plan, which uploads birthdays from your Facebook or contacts and allows you to write idea’s for upcoming events, as well as storing dress and shoe sizes, and I recently discovered Memmee and Diggity, to help you remember all of those special moments that happen to us and we so easily forget!
So please share… What can’t you live without to stay organised?
As we head into the colder months, scones are one of my favourite things to make.
Here is a recipe for Pumpkin Scones which I’ve been making since I was 8… It’s great when you’ve got some leftover pumpkin or want to put more veg into your sweet tooth diet!
2 tablespoons of margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cold mashed pumpkin
3 cups self raising flour (sifted)
– Beat the margarine and sugar together
– Add the egg and mix well
– Add the pumpkin and mix ingredients together
– Add the sifted flour and a little milk
– Put the dough onto a floured board and knead lightly
* Sometimes this dough can be really sticky, other times it’s really easy to manage, but for some reason, it always tastes good!
– Cut the dough into pieces and bake on a greased oven tray at 200 degrees celsius for 15 minutes
Serve with butter. My hubby loves these for brekkie!
I hope you enjoy them!
Recently, I decided to make a formal complaint to a company in relation to one of their staff. I had such a horrible experience and I felt as though I couldn’t allow this person to keep treating their customers like they were without making the company aware by complaining about it.
First of all, I think it’s extremely important, in life and when you are an EA, that you don’t just complain all the time. There has to be a happy medium of compliments and complaints, or more often than not you will have the reputation of being the consistent complainer and no one will take you seriously. So, make sure when someone goes out of their way for you, and provides outstanding customer service that you let their Manager or Superior know about it.
Here are my pointers on writing a complaint letter. I do think anything in writing is much more effective than over the phone or in person. Your words can be well thought out, and it leaves out the issue of saying something you regret or didn’t mean.
– Do your research and make sure you are writing to the correct person. If you get it wrong the problem may never be resolved and you’ve wasted your time. Put this into the wrong hands and it can start the rumour mill in their place of work. Don’t hesitate to go higher than their Manager, but too high and the problem might not be looked at for a few months, due to the superior’s workload.
– With any complaint, issue or problem, I think THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is to make sure that you write it or mull over it before writing it, for at least 24 hours. Don’t send something the instant it happens as you will be too emotional about it. Try to detach yourself from the situation and you will sound more authoritative and reasonable and will more than likely be taken more seriously.
– When writing the letter, be concise so it can be understood quickly. If you think that the person should be able to skim the letter and understand that it’s important before reading it more thoroughly, that’s a good way to look at it. If they skim and think it looks like a rant, it may go straight in the bin. However most companies take any complaint very seriously. Rightly or wrongly, they will judge the person that wrote the letter, so make that judgement as positive as possible where you can.
– Present it professionally. If you want to use a separate document, PDF it so that spelling and grammatical errors aren’t shown by those squiggly red and green lines. If sending the letter to others, type out the cc details underneath your signature.
CC: The Managing Director
Major Corporation Pty Ltd
1 Station Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
– State out the facts. The relevant details, dates, times and then justify your reasoning as to why the actions were not satisfactory.
– Keep it constructive also! Letters with positive statements about the company and other members of staff, or letters suggesting a more positive course of action, provide encouragement to the company, and again you are more likely to be taken seriously, as opposed to them thinking you are ranting. Never threaten. It never produces good results. I like to try and put myself in the shoes of the person I’m complaining about, and I like to write about the reason I think they acted like they did. I think this comes across as friendly and considerate to others. Again this also can’t be done unless you’ve waited 24 hours and have calmed down about the situation!
I find that i make any compliments at the beginning as opposed to the end. I like to start on the positive and make the middle the negative, with the final paragraph stating that I’m hopeful it can be resolved and I look forward to hearing from them soon. (Still quite positive, don’t you think?) Phrases like “I realise that this is a rare problem, that mistakes happen and no-one is to blame” can also be positive when used in the right context.
– Use your thesaurus, Use spell check, read it back a number of times, and provide it to someone else for their opinion. Your opinion is the final say as it didn’t happen to them, but take the constructive criticism on anyway.
The complaint letter I recently sent was provided to the staff members’ direct Manager. The response I received was from their Managers’ Superior, so I’m positive that these are a few of the right steps to take to get your voice heard, and the right steps will be taken to fix the issue.
Do you have any thoughts on complaint letters? Do you have any other suggestions on how to write one?
I came across the above article today on the site Ruby Connections on Melissa Hoyer, discussing Social Media, and found it very interesting.
I’m constantly reading on the Internet and I’m considering each Friday providing a post on ‘Articles I’ve loved this week’
I’ll trial it but if you are strongly opposed or strongly in support of this, please let me know in the comments below!