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How to Personalise your Bathroom Space

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If you have a big family bathroom then you will understand the importance of keeping it well-maintained. If you don’t then it will slowly decline in quality and you may even find that it no longer meets the needs of your family as well. Personalising your bathroom to meet your requirements is one of the best ways for you to get around this, and you would be surprised at how easy and convenient it can be to do.

Paint it Your Way

Your bathroom is almost certainly going to need a new coat of paint. If you are stuck then you might want to opt for a colour combination that helps to sum you up as a person. Think about it, are you bright and dramatic? Or are you stylish and minimal? If you want to make your space look stylish then choose a few key colours and then pay attention to the finer details. You will also want to make sure that you are using a specialist bathroom paint as well. When you do this, you will soon find that the whole room comes together far more than you realise and that it also boosts the personality of the space.

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Get Rid of Clutter

Storage features can clutter up a bathroom. On top of this, they are usually not used properly., If you want to make the most out of the space you have then you need to get rid of any non-essential storage. This will give you far more space to play with and it will also open the room up a lot more as well. Of course, if you are finding it hard to get rid of clutter then try and pick out all of the items that you have not used in the last 6 months. When you do this, you can then start to see what is clutter and what isn’t.

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Invest in a New Tub

New bathtubs really aren’t as expensive as you’d think. You can even get freestanding baths, modern teardrop shapes and modern styles. The variety is endless and you can even visit a salvage yard to see if they have any. If you want to get the best result out of your bathroom then you do need to look into getting one custom-made. This is a fantastic way for you to bring out the true look and feel of your bathroom, not to mention that it can also transform your space like never before. If you want to go a bit further in terms of your design, then why not check out Lusso Stone?

Flooring

If your bathroom flooring has suffered quite a few bumps over the years, then it is probably way easier for you to just pull the whole thing up and then lay something else down. If you want to spend more money, then floor tiles are the way to go. Vinyl flooring is a great option and it is super easy to put down as well. You might even be able to do it yourself!

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How to Encourage Your Children to Play More Sport

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Every parent wants their child to be active and to also make friends. Sport is a fantastic way for you to get the best of both worlds, not to mention that it also helps them to get some friendly competition as well.

Choosing a Sport

The first thing that you need to do is choose a sport that is going to suit your child’s age and their own physical ability. If you force your child to take part in a sport that interests you rather than them, then this can lead to them begin bored or even resistant. You may even lower their self-confidence as a result as well, and this is the last thing that you need when you have worked so hard to build it up. It also helps to choose a sport that you can afford to sustain, and one that you have time for. If you have to stop your child from going just because you can’t afford it then this can really have an impact on their confidence.

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Buy the Right Equipment

Another thing that you need to do is buy the right equipment and materials. If they don’t have the right gear, then this will make it even harder for them to take part and they may not even feel as though they are part of the team as well. The gear you choose should be of the best possible condition as this is one of the best ways for you to stop them from getting injured when they are out and on the go. If you are worried about injury then look into First Aid 4 Sport.

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Show Support

Your child really does need your support when they choose to take part in new activities. You need to drive them to games and you also need to take them to practices. It also helps to show your child how the game is played so that they can understand the most basic rules. This will help them to feel more confident when they are out playing and it will also show them that you are doing everything you can to keep them interested.

Sportsmanship

A lot of parents overlook the idea of good sportsmanship. You need to tell them about the positive aspects of the experience. Competition is a good thing, and it encourages us to work hard. The sooner your child is able to understand this, the better, as it will really help them to develop a good team spirit. It also shows them that if they lose, then this isn’t a bad thing, which leads onto the next point.

Support

It’s so important that you support your child when they don’t win a game or when they don’t succeed. You should let your child express their feelings of failure or even disappointment. When they do this, you then need to try and counter those negative feelings by reminding them of everything that they have accomplished. Even professional athletes have bad days, and there are plenty of good days to come.

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Make Family Finances Much Easier

One of the more significant challenges present to anyone with a family is keeping the finances together at all times. There are always going to be a huge number of things stopping you from having the kind of financial luck […]

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One of the more significant challenges present to anyone with a family is keeping the finances together at all times. There are always going to be a huge number of things stopping you from having the kind of financial luck you would like, but as long as you make the effort to keep things in line, you should find that you can keep your family finances going strong for as long as you need to. In this article, we are going to take a look at a number of things you might want to consider doing in order to make sure that your family finances continue to be easy, and that you can therefore enjoy all of the benefits that come along with that. Let’s take a look and see whether there is anything extra you could be doing to make your family finances that much easier for yourself and your loved ones.

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Know Your Needs

Every family has its own set of needs, and the ability to correctly and accurately identify your own family’s needs is a hugely important part of ensuring that you are getting everything right when it comes to your financial obligations. One of the largest thing to concern yourself with here is the number of people. Obviously enough, families with more children will need more in the way of resources, while those with no children or only one will not need quite so much. It’s all about knowing what you need as a family so that you can much more accurately plan and budget for it all. Do that properly, and you will find that you are able to keep your family finances together much more easily than you might have thought possible.

Make Some Extra Money On The Side

Something which can certainly make the issue of money much less of a concern is being able to make a little extra cash on the side. The truth is that this is something everyone can do, regardless of whether or not they are used to being particularly entrepreneurial in this way. In fact, even if you are a housewife or househusband stuck at home looking after the kids, you can still find some interesting and lucrative ways to make some money on the side, and many of the best methods can be done from home via the internet. Let’s look into a couple of the best so you can have some kind of an idea about what kind of options you might have available to you.

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First of all, you will certainly want to think about some kind of trading. You no longer have to be on the stock floor or have any specific insider knowledge to be able to trade well, and it is easier than ever to get started in trading of many kinds. All you really need is an internet connection, a fast enough computer, and something like the trading platform found at this link here. With that, and with a little spare cash to get started, you can be earning money in no time on the side. But make sure to always bear in mind that it is always a risk to gamble in such a way, and that you should only do it with an amount of money that you can actually afford to lose.

Beyond that, you might want to think about making some money online by starting up a side business from home. If there is something that you are particularly good at creating, or an idea or skill you have that you might be keen to develop, you will find that you can easily create a business based on that. What’s more, this could be one of the best things you ever do for your family’s finances in the long run.

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Work As A Team

If there is only one of you in the family looking after the money, it can very quickly go wrong. This might be because you end up resenting the fact, or that other people simply don’t appreciate the importance of the finances being kept tight in quite the same way. In any case, you will find that you can make it all much easier if you focus on working as a team as much as possible. When you work together in this way, your family finances will be considerably more likely to work out, and you will find that it is much easier to keep it all running as smoothly as possible. Be sure to work as a team as best as you can, and you will find that it really does help.

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Garden Makeover: Low Maintenance But High Amounts Of Fun

A family that’s growing needs a place where everyone, not just the children can go and release their tensions and unspent energy. Hence why we love the garden so much because it’s not just a place to relax and enjoy […]

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A family that’s growing needs a place where everyone, not just the children can go and release their tensions and unspent energy. Hence why we love the garden so much because it’s not just a place to relax and enjoy the sun in the summer. It’s also a place to have fun and play games without the need to go out to the park or elsewhere. However we’ve all got different sizes of garden, different status and health. Some of our gardens might only be half lawn while the rest is a stone slabs, or a pebble driveway. The challenge then becomes how can you transform a boring garden into something that’s going to allow all the family members to enjoy it? The other supplemental question is, can you keep costs down? Changing the garden is one thing but maintaining it is another. You don’t want your garden of fun to keep changing every season, at least not drastically. Essentially, you should aim to keep it low maintenance so it can stay functional all year round.

Level the playing field

Firstly you need to even the field, literally. Fit in something like LazyLawn whereby they take away your old natural lawn and topsoil, and simply replace it with artificial grass. It’s not coarse or made out of tough fibers either so don’t worry about it being uncomfortable to sit on or perhaps slide on if you’re an exuberant child. What happens when they fit it is, they make sure the surface is as smooth and even as possible. This means taking out the lumps in your lawn that have always been a pain to mow over. Once the artificial lawn is in place, now you can set up all your games.

A team on team sport

One of the easiest games to play and have fun as a family is, bowling. It doesn’t take a lot of skill and nor does it cost a lot to buy your own equipment. Outdoor bowling equipment is meant for garden as the ball and the pins are lighter. These stand a much less chance of causing injury. Now that you have an even surface, your pins won’t be falling over by themselves. You can also bowl straight and true so you can have team games. Maybe the dad and the son, square off against the mother and the daughter one weekend.

What’s your handicap?

The added benefit of having an artificial lawn is you also get to play a little bit of golf right at home. Putting greens use artificial lawn to give pro players a space to learn their art. You can set up your own game of putting at home. On the other hand, you can put your own objects in the way of the hole and have a round of crazy golf instead.

Changing up the garden so that it becomes more family fun oriented isn’t that difficult. Firstly you need to swap out the grass for something more forgiving like an artificial lawn. After this you can set up games of bowling, crazy golf or perhaps an outdoor version of jenga.

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Blog Tour Book Review | He is Watching You by Charlie Gallagher

DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER. MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR. A young woman’s […]

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DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER.

MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.

A young woman’s body is left in a metal container in a remote location. The killer is careful to position her under a camera that links to his smartphone. He likes to look back at his work.

HE IS WATCHING HER.

BUT SHE ISN’T DEAD.

So he will go back to finish the job. He can barely contain his excitement at the thought of getting to do it all over again. But he must be careful. He cannot rush. Rushing makes you careless.

Detective Maddie Ives is new to the area. She is handed a missing person report:  a young woman with a drink problem who’s been reported missing fifteen times. It looks like a waste of time. But DS Ives has a bad feeling about the woman’s disappearance.

DI Harry Blaker is called to a hit and run of an elderly man left to die on a quiet country road. There is no motive and it looks like a tragic accident. But he’s been working Major Crime long enough to know that something isn’t quite right.

The two officers find their investigations intertwine and they will need to work together.

BUT THEY MUST WORK FAST. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE WOMAN IN THE CONTAINER.

And the killer has already identified his next target.

My Review

As always, Charlie Gallagher really delivers with He is Watching You.  After the brilliant finale for his Detective Elms series, I couldn’t wait to see what would come next.

Meeting Detectives Harry Blaker and Maddie Ives was nothing short of exceptional. 

He is Watching You really is a gripping thriller that you really must read from start to finish, and if you’re anything like me… then it won’t take you long.

Charlie is the kind of writer I never get bored of.

About Charlie Gallagher

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

LINKS

Website:   https://www.writercharliegallagher.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writercharliegallagher

Twitter:     @gloriouscharlie

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A new journey…

It’s the start of a new journey for me.  Feeling overwhelmed with life is extremely common in the modern world.  We are constantly available and rarely switch off from the outside world. With social media, smart phones, and all manner […]

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It’s the start of a new journey for me. 

Feeling overwhelmed with life is extremely common in the modern world.  We are constantly available and rarely switch off from the outside world.

With social media, smart phones, and all manner of peripherals to keep us tuned into the outside world, people often forget the important things in life.  I know, at least, that this statement is true for me.

I am so out of tune with myself, that I often feel that life is just too much. I lack the space and mental capacity to just take time out.

Recently, I met someone who has, in the space of just over a week, had a massive impact on my life and how I perceive myself.  I’ve known for a while that I’m out of sync, but I haven’t had anyone else notice.  Without knowing me, he noticed.  He suggested that I start taking time out.  He even gave me the first tool I needed to begin.  Just a small tool, a 5-minute audio clip. 

I felt encouraged, compelled even, to give it a go.  I mean, it was there, on my phone… ready for me.

So, I did.

I sat down, alone, in the living room once everyone had gone to bed and I tried it.  It was the end of a particularly emotional day celebrating my Nan’s 82nd birthday in her absence.  The family were together, and we sang happy birthday.

While listening to the clip, I felt calm.  I focused on my breathing, the position of my fingers, the feeling of my feed on the floor.  I heard my laptop hissing, the clock ticking, a train speeding by on the track.  I felt my fingers tingle and a smile played on my lips…

Just 5 minutes lowered my heart rate, cleared my mind, and left me feeling like it’s never too late to change the course of your life. 

My hurdles in the past have been not taking that time out, not practicing self-care and healing.  I haven’t given myself enough space to breath, to grieve, to just be me. 

I’m trying to find a better me, a happier me… I want to be connected to myself and my feelings again. 

Is it possible to be a better person?  Is it possible to find that deeper focus and meaning in my life that will help me choose the right path?

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Blog Tour Book Review | The Aro Street Girls by Lindsay Campbell

Kathy’s world is torn apart when her fiancé, Freddie enlists with NZ Forces to fight in World War One. When their father dies. she and her siblings, Belle and Walter, are forced to grow up fast and Kathy’s dream to […]

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Kathy’s world is torn apart when her fiancé, Freddie enlists with NZ Forces to fight in World War One. When their father dies. she and her siblings, Belle and Walter, are forced to grow up fast and Kathy’s dream to become a teacher is thrown into question by family needs.

Kathy and Freddie’s romance continues via touching letters to and from the Front, but her devotion is challenged when Pacifist Lay Pastor, Arthur Tremaine appears on the scene.

This charming tale is set against the harsh realities of life in a small British colony a century ago. Feminist ideals are woven throughout as the cast of strong women and engaging men meet the challenges and tragedies they are faced with.

The reader is taken across the globe to Europe and post war Britain where the Spanish flu has taken hold. The disease follows returning New Zealand soldiers’ with devastating consequences.

Will Freddie survive the war to claim his love?

Will Kathy fulfil her dream to become a teacher, or has the war changed everything they once knew to be true?

The Aro Street Girls is awash with romance, mystery and excitement; a vivid portrayal of wartime life in New Zealand.

Universal link: http://mybook.to/AroStGirls

My Review

The Aro Street Girls is right up my alley and I couldn’t wait to read it.  It really didn’t disappoint.

Reading books like this always sets my emotions on edge because in some way, stories like this are real.

This book really tugged at my heart strings and the fact that we’ve just observed the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One was really poignant for me.

About Lyndsey Campbell

Writing has always been an integral part of my life. From factual articles for newspapers and news stories for a local radio station, interviewing offenders as a probation officer and writing their pre-sentence court reports for New Zealand’s District Courts, as well as amassing a small collection of poetry.

My historical fiction is inspired by the stories of my Scottish and Irish ancestors who crossed the seas in sailing ships in the mid 1800s to find a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. This, combined with years spent working in the field of counselling and social work after my family had grown, has given me an interest in the lives of our ancestors more than a century ago and in writing about what makes people act the way they do. I love to create believable characters who find themselves in challenging situations.

I am a natural gypsy and while I love to travel internationally, more recently my husband and I have enjoyed motor homing around New Zealand. Walking the beaches and bush tracks and meeting people who also enjoy the mobile life is lots of fun. The wonderful thing about writing is its portability. I am happy with my laptop on my knee in our mobile home, or at a proper desk. Living on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua where steaming mud and thermally heated pools are the norm is quite a blessing and I am sometimes to be found writing in one of Rotorua’s lovely cafes.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyndsay.campbell.71

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When blogging becomes a chore…

It’s been a while, but here I am.  I’ve juggled far too much over the past few months and have let everything slip. For a while, I was too focused on the numbers… the stats… and improving my DA (domain […]

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It’s been a while, but here I am.  I’ve juggled far too much over the past few months and have let everything slip.

For a while, I was too focused on the numbers… the stats… and improving my DA (domain authority for those who don’t know).  I had begun to forget WHY I started blogging in the first place. 

When I started blogging, almost 10 years ago, it was because I wanted to share my experiences.  Share my view of the world, and maybe, just maybe, help someone.

Over time, it stopped being a hobby I enjoyed and became a chore I resented.  Much like housework, really.

Today, I decided.  I decided that my blog isn’t about how well I can do with it.  It’s going back to what I wanted it to be when I started.  A little corner of the internet for me.  An online journal for me to record things.  To write about what I want to write about. 

If I’m completely honest, I haven’t been happy all year.  I’ve changed things around so much that it’s unrecognisable but there will be one final change. It may not happen now, it may not happen in the next 12 months, but I will, at some point, get around to reorganising my posts and pages.  For me, no-one else.

My children are growing too quickly, my business is growing monthly.  I’m ready to break free from the world of ‘professional’ blogging and move back, back to something that inspires me, encourages me, to be a better person, a better writer. 

I’m not ready to say that I no longer want to blog.  How can I say that now?

So, this is adios from the Beth the ‘I want to make money from my blog’ blogger.  The ‘I’m blogging because I have something to say’ blogger will take up residence in the very near future.

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The Best Financial Plans For Taking Care Of Family Life

If you’re someone with a few little ones around you, or quite a few of them that make the household a lively, messy, but ultimately entertaining place to be day in and day out, then you’ve probably worried a lot […]

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If you’re someone with a few little ones around you, or quite a few of them that make the household a lively, messy, but ultimately entertaining place to be day in and day out, then you’ve probably worried a lot about money in the past. Maybe you used to have trouble making sure you were bringing enough income home every day? Maybe yours and your partner’s jobs were incompatible in terms of revenue and schedule, meaning one of you had to stay at home more than the other? Maybe worrying is just in your nature, and you know money makes the world go round, especially when you’ve got kids to raise?

Either way, there’s some financial plans out there that have your family life in mind, and now would be a good time to look into them.

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Try a Life Insurance Policy

Life insurance is something you should look into, seeing as anything could happen to you at any time, and you want your family taken care of if so. There’s all kinds of life insurance policies out there, and you’ll probably want to look into a level term contract – if you’ve just had a baby, you can use this kind of life insurance policy to look out for them for the next 18 years or so, with a fixed sum that will not change during this period, that can be taken out if something does happen.

Get a Family SIM Deal

Your family probably uses their phones more often than they do anything else, seeing as you can’t all sit around the TV and agree on a program to watch. Because of this, you’ve probably got your teenagers smart phone bill to cover as well as yours, and you’re getting tired of paying out at least £80 to £100 each month to make sure you can always stay in touch with each other!

Well, SMARTY mobile powered by Three can help you out here. This is a good family mobile plan, seeing as you can share the cost of the phone features your children are most likely to use up, a.k.a. their data, and even give them some of your own if you haven’t used all of yours.


Maybe You Should Try Child Tax Credit?

You’re working, and so is your partner, and you’re bringing in a good income to pay for the house and all the needs and whims of the children you love – but could you claim for a little more money each month, just to make sure your family is being taken care of properly? You don’t even need to be working to try out for child tax credit, as every parent is eligible, as long as you’re the one responsible for your children.

There’s quite a few financial plans that work best for families out there, as long as you know which ones are suited to you. Whether you’ve got one child or ten, be sure to look into policies like these.

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Planner Addict – The Busy Days Planner

Over the past few months I have raved about Digital Planning, however, 5 months into my new vocation as a Virtual Assistant, it hasn’t really been working out.  My iPad contains too many distractions and I found myself looking at […]

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Over the past few months I have raved about Digital Planning, however, 5 months into my new vocation as a Virtual Assistant, it hasn’t really been working out.  My iPad contains too many distractions and I found myself looking at more than just what I needed to do.  In fact, I don’t even think I was looking at my planner recently.

No, digital planning really wasn’t working and helping me to organise my life.  Which is something I really need. 

I started searching for a new paper planner and methods to combine digital and analogue planning.  I turned to Google and found this article about why we shouldn’t go paperless.  It made complete sense while I was reading it.  And to be fair, I had just purchased an A5 Filofax Notebook (affiliate link) so wanted to try it out. (I’ll tell you more about my Filofax Notebook in good time.)

I checked Amazon for planners, read reviews, watched YouTube videos, but I still couldn’t figure out what I wanted.  Did I go back to a Boxclever Press Life Book? 

In the end I found my way back to The Busy Days Planner (again, from Boxclever Press).  I had looked at it briefly last year but didn’t take the plunge. 

The Busy Days Planner looked great, a versatile disc bound planner which means I could add my own pages.  It’s bulky but it wouldn’t be travelling with me unless necessary. 

I have been using it for almost 2 weeks and LOVE IT. 

I’ve created my own cover.  I’ve added extra pages in (Printables are coming soon). It’s really working for me… and the best bit is the huge amount of space I have on the weekly pages. 

So let’s have a brief run down. 

Cover Page

The cover page I created is just something to make me smile.  It serves no functional purpose.  But I’m pretty sure it’s something unique.

Hopes, plans, and dreams for November & To-do list

I’m not great at this bit, but I’ve written down a couple of things I hope for, plan to and dreaming of for November.

I may be changing my To-do list this month.  But it’s quite nice to pop it in the start of the monthly section so I can keep referring back to it.

Goals, Special Days, Events, and Birthday’s for November.

I’m a rubbish goal setter.  But I have tried to set small, achievable goals. The thing I like about this page is the fact that they are already separated for me into Home, work, and me time.  It makes it far easier to set them out.  Maybe next month I’ll be a little more creative.

Monthly Spread

My monthly spread on two pages is probably the most important.  I use it for deadlines, appointments, events.  It’s where EVERYTHING goes.  It always looks a mess by the end of the month but it’s a must have in any planner for me.  I like to see the bigger picture.

Weekly Spread & Meal Plan

I plan on a Sunday ready for the week ahead.  It’s the time when I transfer everything for the week from the monthly spread to the weekly.  It contains everything I need for the week. 

I do this over the weekend, so I know what I’m ordering with my grocery shop.  It’s generally done before Sunday because shopping gets delivered on Sunday.

Weekly block schedule

As useful as the Weekly spread is, I like to see the time I have available.  It doesn’t always go to plan but it is something that has always been used in my previous planners.

Monthly Habit & Mood Tracker

This is something that I’ve just started for November.  So we’ll see how it pans out.  The thing that’s going to get to me, though, is the fact that I love how it looks so it always makes me happy.  (There are 31 days but I’ve used washi tape to blank out the last column.)

Weekly cleaning schedule

I need to get into the habit of setting aside some time everyday to get on top of my house.  It’s driving me nuts, I want to declutter, make sure that things are done on certain days.  Whereas before I could do everything as and when, now my workload has increased I’m struggling to get everything done.

So, there we have it… my current planner setup.  Let’s see yours.

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