Hartleigh’s Advent Calendar


This is the handmade advent calendar I created for my son. Each of the envelopes contains a personalised card, listed below:

1 – Put up & decorate your tree
2 – Write a letter to Santa
3 – Choose a goodie to open
4 – Choose an activity to do
5 – $2 to go shopping
6 – Your choice for dinner
7 – Extra time on the computer
8 – Make Christmas Cards
9 – Make a present for Mrs VK
10 – $5 to go shopping
11 – Choose a goodie to open
12 – Choose an activity to do
13 – Picnic dinner at the beach
14 – Extra book at bedtime
15 – Watch a Christmas movie
16 – Play a board-game
17 – Go to Santa’s Choice
18 – Visit Santa
19 – Donate old toys
20 – Buy something at Hospice
21 – Visit Festival of Lights
22 – Wrap present for Nannie
23 – You choose what to do today
24 – Open ‘Night Before Christmas’ box

I’ll be blogging through December as he opens each envelope.

First Day Of Spring

First day of spring brings with it so much promise. Warmer weather, closer to summer, longer days, and Christmas just around the corner.

I haven’t been keeping up with my intended crafting, but need to make sure I stay on track to ensure that everything is done before Christmas.

I’m also keen to post some more Snapguides, including a fabulous new cleaner, and some glass decorations.

I’m also keen to kick up the weightloss and add some exercise into my routine. I still haven’t had my powerplate sessions so need to book those before the voucher expires!

I was going to have a dry September, but that only lasted about 15 -16 hours as I had a wine with a friend this afternoon, but it was such a beautiful day, the sun was out, and we sat on the deck, so a glass of wine seemed necessary.

We actually had a soak at the mineral pools too which was lovely, my skin feels really soft, and I bought some of their awesome water to not only help with weightloss but also because of the minerals it contains to make my skin healthier too.

My goal for September is to have a total loss of 15kgs will be half way to goal – I’ve been hovering around 10 – 11kgs for weeks now, and I need to get back on track otherwise I’m going to be upset with myself in summer when I don’t fit into the clothes I want to!

I think the wine today will be the last for the month, time to knuckle down and get this done!

Happy spring everyone!


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Motivation Monday – I Like To Move It, Move It

Over the weekend I had a couple of things on that got in the way of doing any housework, this is nothing new, most weekends no housework (eg cleaning) gets done, I don’t count the washing and ironing as housework as this is stuff I like doing – the housework I don’t like is the cleaning even though I love a clean house. However, yesterday I decided the floors were looking really dusty and dull (they are all wood except the two bedrooms, so I dug out the vacuum and cranked up the music. A client dropped some paperwork off and told me she could hear the vacuum cleaner from her car – which is at the bottom of the hill as the house is elevated, she said thought it was a water blaster. Now I have wondered for sometime whether it was just me or whether it actually is loud, particularly due to my noise sensitivity. I actually feel better about it now that I know it’s not just me and hoping it won’t drive me so crazy next time it comes out.

So anyway, back to the point of this post – housework and music! Having psyched myself into the housework, I cranked up a bit of Nickelback and escaped into another place. Not only did the floors get done (took an hour and a half to vacuum and then wash them but it’s worth it), but I also broke out some dance moves and my very best karaoke (btw I cannot sing to save myself but who cares when no can hear you anyway!).

It felt really good to ‘move it move it’ and I felt really motivated afterwards. It’s a tiny little step towards exercise, but it’s a step. Now I just need to keep that motivation up and perhaps – wait for it – walk around the block! Oh yes, you read it here first lol. We’ll see, maybe when the nights are a bit lighter (Spring is just 11 days away – yuss!).

Motivation Monday – Organisation

This week’s motivation Monday is all about organisation! It’s the second week of the school holidays and the plan is to start the next term with a little more organisation. I’ve maximised the storage I have upstairs but there are somethings that aren’t working, so the plan is to rearrange a little bit more and move the unessential items down to the basement.

Here’s a fab example of how even a pretty good ‘before’ can end up being a fantastic ‘after’.


Having a space for everything is the answer, especially shelving, and whilst I don’t own this house I can still make better use of what is here. I may even post a pic!

What do you think? Does this motivate you to get stuck into that space that doesn’t quite work?

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