Monday, March 24, 2008

Messy Bedroom


I was at a girlfriends the other day and she was showing us something in her house but when we got to a certain point she said we couldn't go any further because the childrens rooms were a mess. We did have a look and yes, the word mess doesn't describe how bad these rooms were. Now this mother had lots of excuses but for an 18, 15 and 13 yr old, not to be making their bed??!!. She asked me how to get them started.

Their job every morning,it dosen't take long if done every morning 1) Make the bed, doesn't have to be perfect, that comes with time. 2) Clothes in dirty clothes basket. 3) Hang up the rest of the clothes 4) Shoes in the wardrobe 5) Books on the shelf. If there is no shelf or room in wardrobe you have to fix that problem. You can not expect a room to be tidy if there isn't enough space for things to be put away. Now if the children do this everyday you can then get in with the vaccum and clean. When they see that the room is clean most will want to keep it this way. Let us know how it goes. S

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter


Well, isn't this a typical Easter in Sydney? Cold and wet!! How different from the stinking hot weather we had last week. The hot cross buns are being enjoyed at breakfast, fish will be eaten and if we are lucky the Easter Bunny will come on Saturday night and we will all probably sit and stuff ourselves with chocolate.
I was just saying to my sister where have all these traditions come from ? As kids we had hot cross buns and Church on Good Friday but we didn't eat fish, and as for loads of eggs on Sunday we got one from my Grandfather, not a whole bunch from family and friends. People didn't give each other eggs, well they didn't give them to me. I suppose we pass some traditions on through families and we sometimes follow other peoples traditions.
We have a tradition in our family that on Good Friday we go into Darling Harbour, we just wander around watch a few buskers , usually go to the IMAX, have lunch and come home. Its not really anything to do with Easter except it is something we do as a family. That is our little Easter tradition. I wonder what traditions other families have? S

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mothers Day


At agoodsort we are always looking for great products that help mums stay, or get organised. For Mothers Day we are giving away some of these fantastic products. Don't forget that a my.organsier would also be a great present to yourself for Mothers Day, and you wont have to do any extra hours at the gym to work it off.

Mothers Day Competition!!

WIN! a one of two Handbag Organising Kits (over $40.00 value)
1 Handbag P-Pod & 1 Key Finder
For your chance to WIN, between now and Mothers Day - Click here to find out how to enter! S

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mums Rock!!

This is a great email I was sent-
Mum and Dad were watching TV when Mum said, 'I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed' She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for dinner the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container and put spoons and bowls on the table. She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a rubbish bin and hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for an excursion, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse. Mum then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails. Dad called out, 'I thought you were going to bed.' 'I'm on my way,' she said. She put some water into the dog's dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV's, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the basket, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework. In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals. About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. 'I'm going to bed.' And he did...without another thought.
Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer...? CAUSE WE ARE MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL...... (and we can't die sooner, we still have things to do!!!!) S

Monday, March 10, 2008

Competition


If you would like the chance to receive one of our fantastic my.organisers absolutely free!!! all you need to do is visit http://www.familyvalue.com.au/ and enter the simple competition.
my.organiser is an organiser that will not only help you day to day, but when used properly it will organise all aspects of your life making your family routine happen alot smoother. S

Friday, March 7, 2008

mums across australia

One of Tricia and my aims with our website, http://www.agoodsort.com/ and now blogsite is to unite mums across Australia. We are sure that there are mums out there who have little or no contact with other mums or even girlfriends.
We both find our circle of girlfriends, who are also all mums, invaluable. They have not only been our focus groups whilst we were designing our family organiser ,my.organiser but more importantly they all have great listening skills and are a big help when it comes to everyday situations that arise with chldren and the day to day running of the home. Not to mention just plain old having a coffee or lunch together.
We would love to know if we are reaching some of those mums who don't have a girlfriend or other mums to chat with. We are always up for a chat... if you leave a comment we will answer it.
Or if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter click here to go to the sign up form. S

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

missing tennis

Not only are Sally-Ann and I business partners, we're also tennis partners and today she's playing with a reserve due to my bad back. Having had 4 days on the lounge, it gives you plenty of time to think about all the things you want to do. I spend alot of time organising my home and work, but shortly I'll be closer to 50 than 40 and I've got to reorganise my time to fit in some serious fitness work. Once I find the time and slot it into my daily schedule I've got to stick with it until it becomes a habit. If you've got a routine that's working for you, PLEASE let me know. I've got to learn to put myself FIRST for a change because I feel it's now or never. T

Monday, March 3, 2008

Back again!

Sunday night was the night from hell. After pulling my lower back at 9.30pm, I could not sit down, laydown, standup, nothing. How do you sleep with a sore back? Having never had a back problem, except in childbirth, I had no idea how to get out of the pain I was in and get some sleep. At 3am, not that I was watching the clock all night, I ended up on all 4's on the floor (as I remembered doing this whilst in labour with my first child). It helped for about 5 minutes and then the realisation that I had to move from this position, was more frightening to me than shopping for a new swimming costume! I have since been to my physio and can at least sleep at night (although it's disturbing knowing my physio has seen my butt and my underwear)
Didn't he know that women over 40 buy 10 pairs of the same undies, all in flesh colour? With a sore back, I'm thankful for those big undies, because it means I don't have to bend down so far to try to get them on in the morning. The only joy I've got out of the 'back' experience is from watching my husband taking over the morning rush hour. 'LOL' From getting the kids out of bed, making their lunch, getting breakfast, feeding the cats, unloading the dishwasher, searching for the kids sports clothes that haven't been washed from yesterday ... and listening to him ask when is he going to get his shower! I love it! LOL AGAIN!

To all those back pain sufferers out there, I now have a new respect for you. I think I'll wait a few more days before I let my husband know my back is getting better!