Friday, 29 January 2021

Parenting without a Fuss/Things you can do to have fun with your kids in the Pandemic

So it is Friday and almost the weekend and even though my son spends a lot of time with his dad I do still get to see him on some days and I like to spend time with my boy without too much fuss. I don't mind if he wants a bit of chocolate as I do think of him when I do my weekly shop and it is in moderation, I don't mind him watching his favourite show, tipping point and I don't mind him watching his tablet for a bit.

What is important to me is that my son is content and this blog is about parenting without a fuss:

If you know you are going to see your son or daughter in advance plan the day ahead

At the moment I don't always know when I will see my son as his dad is taking care of him and I will be with my new man in my life again soon, and that will make all the difference, but plan days of different things for him and my other children I would like to have, so we and they have a day of fun and laughter. 

Do a chart and go over with them of the different things you have planned and let them have a choice of what they would like to do

Kids love it when they can decide what to play, so have some set activities and then have a choice hour of different items you have pre-listed that they would like to do. 

Also if you have autistic children they often like a routine and know what is going to happen so go through it with them. 

Do a list of activities on a list or a chart and have them tick and choose which one they would like to do and you can do these when asking children to help with home tasks

So if you have a load of kids around your ankles because they are bored with what to do, create a list for each child whether by hand or by computer and have them tick which task or activity they would like to do, or another way is have them pick out of a hat and a hack you could do this with some paper and an empty tissue box. 

Have your kids draw a schedule out for themselves for the week and again have them tick of items they want to do and make homeschooling fun by using games like toy bricks or wall charts to help with learning letters and numbers for example.

Teaching kids time managment is brilliant for their independence and doesn't have to be strict learning, but if they have drawn a schedule for themselves there is a more of a chance they will follow it. 

Parenting can often feel like a hard task but it doesn't have to be, and I believe allowing kids to be free is a better way to support them and encourage pretend play like shops as this is a good game that teaches them about money and one of my nieces would use a mat and pretend it was a boat. 

Kids love games where they can use their imagination and so why not,

Have them put on a show for you and relatives and film it to send to all their Aunties and Uncles. A great way for them to see that you are okay in the Pandemic and thinking of them at the same time. 

Me and my Friend who I grew up with did this when she stayed with me at my Aunties house as kids and was going to do this for my Nan and Grandad, to say thank you for looking after us, and it is great for them to wear different costumes and be comical, sing and even do a dance routine, and even read a poem. 

Let kids be kids and be as creative as they like. 

I loved dressing up as a kid and would be entered into many Fancy Dress competitions and was how I met my new man when I was a kid and you could do the same,

Have a kids Fancy Dress party and have a competition and you can make party food and play games like pass the parcel it doesn't necessarily have to be a birthday just having fun and making the most of the time you have together. 

Kids want interaction and this pandemic can effect them in the fact they aren't seeing their friends but you could do a Zoom Kids Fancy dress party and they then still get to have that interaction. 

Put out all the stops as they say, and have as much fun as possible. 

See you in the next post.

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie L.M X

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Saturday, 23 January 2021

How I don't organize and when I do/Choose your own time and day

So Here is my work space and you wouldn’t believe it but I know where everything is….and if you look close enough you’ll find my brain in there somewhere too….Good luck….now let me think where did I just put down my coffee?...oh its there where all the other mugs are….that is why I don’t organize. FUNNY THAT!


Hi and welcome! So it Saturday and today has been terbelent day, in that I found out that someone that I knew and coached has lost their life and yes it was very upsetting. However, life has to crack on even though it can be tough to think that those you once knew to be there aren't anymore, I know that God will look after them. 

I respect that you may not be a believer in that, but I am. Anyway, thank God I have the new man in my life, my other relatives, virtue family and my writing and as I would be completely lost without you and that.

So in this post I am sharing how I don't organize everyday and how I do, by dedicating a day and time in my day to sort myself out. So Thursdays I don't do a Day In A Life Video (see playlist below) and it will be cleaning my desk up, taking any plates and rubbish away and using what I have for storage. 

At the moment I am using a very thin wardrobe, and my bags to store items in and boxes I have recycled. 

Do I buy items in bulk?

Yes I am a big believer of that, as I do this with my toiletries and snacks. This means that I never run out of anything and keep replenishing what I use all the time and stop the panic, because I am about to run out of items.  

This helps leave time for me to catch up on my work and do other things in the week. Or another way is to select a time in your daily schedule to do a bit of tidying up, even if it for 5 to 10 minutes, but do I all the time? No but when England lose a game in a World cup or European Championship, I can't wait t find something to clean. 

Now in Lockdown I do use it to focus on my work, but even I can't stand biscuit crumbs all over my desk sitting there for a week, so choosing a day where I take it easy I will use to sort my desk and room out. 

I also do the thing where if I go to make a cup of tea for example, I will bring something down to be recycled or to be washed up if needed. 

Organizing is not something I enjoy as such, but it does help in that I don't lose my way. 

I live in a Notebook most of the item, (see my last blog: I will also select a time in the week to update my planners and time at the end of the day of what I have done today and what is schedule to be written uploaded and to be published.

Getting my life on track is tricky being a mum, and working fulltime as a writer, but I do it and I love it. That is what is important to me at the end of the day, and I would not like to go a day without writing and so set a day to clean and organize and other times to do what you want not what you have to. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie (L.M) X

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

How I Live In My Notebook/First Organization Video of Jan 2021

Hello and Welcome to a new Organize4thebetter blog post. Here I share a video I have done on Youtube to show how I live In My Notebook. I do have others but I have one main one and I prefer using a A4 Notepad and use it to organize my work and schedule my entire life. 

I am not super organized by any means and lots of the work I do is off the cuff as they say, but this notebook system I have into play really helps me stay on track and make sure my work doesn't leave me behind, being a Full Time Writer and so please see my video below:

I love Notebooks that has a slogan at the front and I do have others I use for my books to charactor reference and plot but have a main one and is something I have always done. 

It keeps me from getting overwhelmed and note down what I have done each day.

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie (L.M) X

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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Doing a Seasonal Clean up/Clear everything including you mobile and laptop,

Hello and welcome to another Organize4thebetter post, which is dedicated to helping you become organised and in the process helps me stay on track too. 

This time of year, aswell as Spring and autumn I like to have a clean up, and that includes going through my wardrobe, going through items in my room that I no longer need and also includes clearing items off my phone and on my Laptop. 

Often laptops and mobiles phone can can clogged up with photos, notes and APPs that it then comes up with a message to tell you, your storage is full. 

The best way to store photos is to add them to your Google Photos and then they will always be there, to go back to and then they won't use up your memory.

I have been doing that in the last weeks, and I even make sure that I regularly go through my Pinterest Boards, and today I am going to go through more of my Google photos to have them sorted out too. 

Having a clear out, really helps with your mood and mind. 

Also changing up your wardrobe and put some outfits together and create a Pinterest board for your own personal fashion and outfits. 

I like to do this for my weekly Look Book Blog I write see link:

I like to organize toiletries from what is the oldest to the newest. If there are items that I don't like, then get rid of them and then keep the ones I do like.

I will often go through my make up, if there are palletes I never use or have not used recently and didn't like them, then desposed of them. The same with Perfumes and even jewellry I never wear. I just clear away and like to update these items with new products, and it just makes me feel relieved letting some items go. 

There are a lot of people who like to do a reset and so do I, even though didn't realise, I do. 

It is good to have a clear out and you'll be surprised of what you find that you do still like but has been buried under other things, that you don't like. 

So lets get decluttering and in with the new and out with the old. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie (L.M) X 

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Organizing Your New Year Goals

Hello and welcome to my Organization post. I have just written a building Self confidence post on my, Building Self Confidence blog site and in this post, I want to talk about Organizing Your New Year Goals.

I always as we draw near to another year set my new goals from December to December and this year I have separated my goals in three categories rather than 5 or 6, and they are,

  • Home
  • Work 
  • Play
Having goals should include fun things, you would like to do and this would come under Play, I wish to build my savings to have my own place again, that would be in my category, Home and want to start to sell more items on my blogsites, so comes under Work.

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When you set out your goals make sure they have a purpose, they don't lead you overwhelmed and are fulfilling. 

There is no point for example me losing weight and not being happy because I feel hungry all of the time. The art of losing weight is to still eat, but when I am hungry and still enjoy foods, rather than restrict myself and then going over and over in my head of why I really want to eat the foods I love.

Goals should be something you set daily, weekly and monthly and Yearly. 

I for my blogs set targets and goals and I achieved on and that was to have 100 followers for my site:

It has done really well and I know my readers are getting something from the posts I write on this site, and it helps me stay on track.

So set your goals and make sure they include, Self Care and down time.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie (L.M) X 

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