In conjunction with Organix
The end of the school year is near, and so is the crazy season.
Most days I feel as though I have been rushing from here and there trying to get organised for Christmas while also attending our family’s many end of year social, work and volunteers events as well as dance rehearsals and concerts, school carols and sport presentation nights. I’m definitely looking forward to the end of the school term!
With all the hustle and bustle going on around me, it’s almost like I need to be extra prepared given that I am usually out and about with a toddler. There’s no way I can walk out of the house without a bag packed full of snacks and a drink for my little one … I’d certainly hear about it and it wouldn’t be an enjoyable experience for any of us!
So it was perfect timing when I was offered the opportunity to try out Organix’s new range of Goodies toddler snacks recently.
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The year is flying and it’s hard to believe that summer school holidays are almost here again! Growing up in the 80s, I have many fond memories of sunny days spent playing in the backyard with my siblings.
Some of the best times I had were the countless hours spent hurtling myself down a slip and slide over and over and over again, splashing around in the wading pool until my fingers and toes turned wrinkly and running around squealing like crazy under a simpler.
Then when we were tired and had enough, we headed inside to grab a Sunnyboy from the freezer to slurp away in front of the television or maybe even take a nap to the sounds of a test cricket match as my brothers watched on in interest (me not so much).
There were real no schedules or planned activities, just spontaneous fun with my siblings and the occasional last minute play date with friends. We didn’t really go on family holidays, just the occasional day trip to the beach, but we still had plenty of fun at home with games of backyard cricket or chasey often with a water pistol in hand.
Times may have changed, but this summer I intend to try and recreate some of this good old fashioned summer fun with my own children.
We’re really starting to fly towards the end of the year and Christmas is drawing ever closer.
In just a little over a week we’ll be welcoming back an special member of our family – Jinx, our adopted Elf on the Shelf.
My girls are so excited and can’t wait for Jinx to arrive, although they are somewhat freaked out by where he will actually turn up each morning when he does arrive.
If you don’t know much about Elf on the Shelf, the basic idea is that they are scout elves who are adopted by families and then help Santa by keeping an eye on children’s behaviour. They report back to Santa each night then return to your home before morning and hide for the children to find him or her. The elves are not to be touched by children or they lose their magic and need to return to the North Pole until they recover.
In our family, Elf on the Shelf is not used so much for behaviour but more as a fun annual Christmas tradition for my kids to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas, no different to an advent calendar really.
Jinx joined our family mid-way through December last year, as the girls put in their request to Santa for a scout elf a little too late. Although we didn’t get to enjoy him for the full 24 days leading up to Christmas, Jinx still managed to get into plenty of mischief around our house and we look forward to seeing him again on 1 December.
I thought I’d share a few photos of some the crazy antics our elf got up to – some of these scout elves really are characters. I think my personal favourite was printing a copy of his own face in our scanner!
You never know, maybe it will inspire your elf’s creativity this year!