December Daily 1.12.2016

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The above page is my cover. I have used various kits to make the book. Our Christmas theme this year is rustic (so think burlap, logs, sacks, deers, with some metallic & geometric thrown in). 

So months ago when the December Daily was released i had planned on buying it then stuff happened and, well buying it didn’t. To be honest i forgot all about it until a few days ago. I thought about how to do it with no kits (i can’t find mine from a previous year), then thought why not just use the Becky Higgins ones that i already own.

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This first page is Our Christmas postcard from a friend, and our main Christmas tree. 

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We sorted some of the lights out and got some new batteries (OMG the batteries, this isn’t even close to the amount of lights i have).

I used to joke that my mum was the queen of christmas. I may have surpassed her with the amount of crap i have.

Currently

[Currently in November]

A combination of Prompts from VeggiMumma, Pip @Meet me at Mikes & Amy Tangerine & Kellie Winnell with a couple of my Own thrown in.

We had Angel’s 15th Birthday, Spent lots of time at home. Watched lots of Gilmore Girls.

  • Achieved Getting the Christmas stuff out of the shed and starting to piece it all together.
  • Admiring All of the pages full of Christmas cheer on Facebook
  • Anticipating Christmas…
  • Blogging Well i wont break any records but i have blogged a bit more this week.
  • Buying so much from hardtofind.com.au some really special pieces.
  • Being tired yet can’t sleep is driving me crazy..
  • Bookmarking houses and plans and creating a dream home that will never exist. Keeps my brain active and stops me thinking about things I don’t want to think about.
  • Cooking Had a lovely chicken dish last night (Jack cooks these days, i have lost all passion for it)
  • Considering ideas & options on a few things.
  • Coveting A clean house.
  • Craving Corn & popcorn
  • Creating A Christmas wonderland.
  • Current Kmart Unicorn Christmas stuff.
  • Deciding If I will do December Daily next month.
  • Disliking People, and by that i mean most of the general population.
  • Disappointed That someone could be so narrow minded
  • Digging The Gilmore Girls reboot.
  • Drinking too much orange juice and not enough coffee.
  • Enjoying / Enjoyed the hot bath I had.
  • Eating too much junk this month, need to get back to working out.
  • Family Photo will take one Tomorrow.
  • Feeling exhausted all of the time, life seems to be a chore right now.
  • Finally i am able to use the Kikki K diary i brought a few months back..
  • Following All of the Gilmore Girls updates.
  • Habit i went from down ing water all day to not drinking it, i have been terrible with it this year.
  • Happy That 2016 is almost over and done with because quite frankly it has SUCKED!
  • Happening right now watching the news.
  • Hoping That the coffee gods will come calling before the end of the night
  • Hearing the cats going mental because they want to go outside.
  • Keeping tabs on my parcels.. I keep ordering things.
  • Location spent the beginning of the month driving around the north west of the little island, and spent the last 3 weeks at home, rarely even leaving the house.
  • Looking forward to The house being organised.
  • Liking the stuff that i ordered from hardtofind.com.au
  • Loving Gilmore Girls, a year in the life. Binged watched the whole thing and then got up the next morning and rewatched the last half of part 3 and all of part 4.
  • Listening To Angel complain about everything..
  • Making lists and checking them twice…
  • Main Goal This Week finishing the projects i started/
  • Marvelling at how little is on TV at the moment, it’s boring as.
  • Needing a holiday
  • Need to Finish everything
  • Not Digging selfish people.
  • Noticing how little steps i have done lately.
  • Opening boxes and boxes of Christmas stuff.
  • Playing too much youtube wastes a big part of ones day away
  • Planning to do more in December than I have in November.
  • Pondering on wether to stay on 28 or jump ship to TiffXO (i chose XO)
  • Reading Jimmy…. hahahaha i started…
  • Sorting everything.
  • Sewing Nothing.
  • Snacking Need sweet food..
  • Smelling Dinner (Steak & sweet potato circles with Aioli)
  • Waiting for the cleaning fairy to clean the house there is Christmas stuff spend everywhere
  • Watching The Gilmore Girls, Neighbours, Home & Away.
  • Wanting life to be organised
  • Wasting my days away watching YouTube.
  • Weather actually nice.
  • Wearing winter clothes, it got cool again, so much for summer being on its way.
  • Wishing that i was as organised as my pinterest boards.
  • What grind’s my Gears People who think that they have an entitlement to kill animals. (having issues with a neighbour).
  • Wondering if i can manage to take enough photos to complete a full year. still need to look at getting them printed.
  • Wishing that 2016 was done and dusted already

All i want for christmas is a kmart run

It feels like forever that i last went to kmart but in reality it was the start of November. I have been drooling over the latest kmart catalogue as i have finally come up with my christmas theme.

Dinner…
When the black serving ware came in a while back i went to get some and it was all gone so honestly not holding out hope for any of this to be in stock. These and the gold cutlery such a wow factor..

I want a rustic look this year so these galvanised tins, trays and buckets would work perfectly.

& other table decor

Greenery always helps to make a space more homely.

Gifts

Wouldn’t mind getting this for Jack

For Angel (& Me)

For the home

I could always do with more decorations

*This is not a sponsored post, all pictures are from the latest kmart catalogue / website.

Getting my Gilmore On…

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Town Meeting @7pm

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It’s just under an hour until the Gilmore Girls – A year in the life starts on Netflix.

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What’s on the Menu for Friday Night Dinner.

Coffee, Popcorn (4 different flavours), Pretzels, Lamingtons (Jack’s Choice), Wine, Cheese (6 different types).

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My phone will be turned off, will check emails and Facebook every now and then.

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I have been so looking forward to watching this reboot, spent this week watching season 7 and catching up again even though i only watched 1-7  few months ago. Still bawled my eyes out yesterday over the last episode. Never fails..

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I am imagining that i will need a great deal of coffee for the evening, thankfully Jack brought an extra bag.

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*photos from facebook (netflix / entertainment)

Getting it done..

So I have barely blogged this month at all despite me wanting to blog daily… so here is my list of things to do.. And how much I got done.

[1] Work on planner/s 

I sat and caught up on my main planner on Monday night. I hadn’t even picked it up in over a week, so was due to update it with all of the things that have already happened.

I got up this morning and worked on my Kikki K Family Diary adding what I have added to my main planner and the Tiffxo meal plan for week 4 / FMS Photo A Day for December.. Still not entirely sure how or what i will use this Family Diary for, i guess more Jack & Angel. I do know i am not liking the spiral coil and am considering putting it into my Studio Calico Planner.

The Leanne Baker Daily planner is weeks from being sent, I can’t wait to receive it, I have been busy buying stickers for it. I swear it is going to be my most organised planner ever.

[2] Clean up the house 

I have managed to sort out the pantry, and started sorting out the fridge.

We cleared the hallway and then managed to fill it up again with Christmas stuff.

I do need to go through the cupboards next.

[3] Go on a date with Jack / Go to the movies

Well it wasn’t so much a date as Angel was with us, but we did go and see Light Between Oceans, It was a premier of it put on by the Local Museum, even had a champagne.

[4] Have a Birthday dinner for Angel

As she was away at camp on the weekend before, with us picking her up on the Monday, and then having gymnastics on Tuesday her birthday on the Wednesday, but she had a school social on, then youth group on Friday. So Thursday ended up being the only night she wasn’t busy. I made her a drip cake from cakes i had brought from Woolworths and she had her favourite Pasta Meal.

[5] Sam / Tiffxo | Meditation & YogaGo for a beach walk

Joined both Sam & TiffXO. See the post about why I joined both this month.

Spent sometime this morning going through the meditations / mindfulness tips on TiffXO as I had been ignoring them and only concentrating on the meal plan side of things.

No Yoga.

I haven’t been to the beach in so long.

[6] Christmas 

Well it looks like the house has vomited Christmas everywhere. In each nook and cranny, you will find a bauble, a tree or 8, a herd of reindeer, a flock of Angel’s and so much more. and the only thing i keep thinking about is …. storage!

[7] Photos (Photo a day / update photo books 

Not a chance in hell of this one…

[8] Blog more 

In actual fact i think i have blogged less this month than i have all year..

Fit. or not.

This month i have been doing both 28 & Tiffxo.

Sam was signed up to a health consultancy firm, and in October it was announced that Tiffany Hall from the biggest loser would also be part of the same firm.

½ way through October Sam changed his website, a large majority of the recipes disappeared, The meditations by Mooney vanished and all on 28 received a email from Tiffxo with lo and behold the recipes and meditations from Sam’s page.

Sam was offering a free t-shirt to sign up for November, Tiffxo was $24.95 for the first month.

So i have been going back and forth between the two mostly for the recipes. I haven’t done a work out in a few months.

But have made the decision to try Tiffxo out for a few months, i will re-assess next year which one i want to keep doing next year.

November Goals

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[Post inspired by Love Bailey Jean

September was a bust, October I kept putting everything off. Here’s to getting November done.

[Here’s to getting November done 

& making it happen]

Looking through my planner it looks to be a slow month for me, Jack has a couple of Appointments & some Uni stuff to attend in Hobart. I can clearly see though that most of the month Angel is busy doing something, She has two different church camps & and overnight stay in Launceston as well. With the year now starting to wrap up, I can see it only getting busier. So here are what I want to get done. 

[1] Work on planner/s

Whilst I am still using my Studio Calico for the next 8 weeks, I want to also start adding things into our Kikki K Family Diary which starts in December, and believe it or not i already have things penciled in for November to February.

I ordered the Leanne Baker Daily planner for myself for next year and the ships in December. But I have brought stickers for it, and I have a very long list of other stickers that I want. So i think another Lime & Mortar order is needed.

I have also taken a real liking to the Inkwell press planners but really need a use for one as I will be using the two above for family / me, I do need one for crafting / photos so may look at it for that.

I did find the Kmart wall planner yesterday that I brought this time last year when I was looking for Halloween Decorations, so I sat down first thing this morning with my SC Planner and added everything for November / December to it, and Jack has hung it in the hallway so that he and Angel can see what they are doing, as most of it involves them anyway. So we will see how that goes over the next few weeks, and I might try and find another one for 2017.

[2] Clean up the house

The house is in some serious need of a revamp, especially with Angel’s Birthday and Christmas coming up. I do like to change the house around as we move into the summer season, as we use the fireplace less and also for decoration for the Christmas trees, Opening up the blinds and letting the summer sun-shine in, Putting away Home Decor for a few months to bring out the trees & decorations.

[3] Go on a date with Jack / Go to the movies

Since Angel will be away for three weekends out of four this month, it’s the perfect time to go out. We do have a movie night planed (see below), but the three of us are going to it.

This is already in the planner.. We are going to see the Premier of Light Between the Oceans. Some of it was filmed about an hour away in Stanley.

[4] Have a Birthday dinner for Angel

You know your Teenager is getting older when she has plans on the night of her birthday, She is off to the school social, so we have decided that the day after her Birthday she will have a Birthday Dinner. No idea’s as to what yet, probably pasta.

[5] Sam / Tiffxo | Meditation & Yoga | Go for a beach walk

I will be continuing with Sam Woods Program, but I also want to see how the Tiffany Hall Program runs {it is ½ price for the first month}.

I haven’t been working out lately (i know bad), So want to try and get myself back into it. Wednesdays are usually more yoga based on 28 and i always enjoy that more, so might try and work on that this month. The Tiffxo plan has Martial Arts workouts which intrigue me, i really enjoy the boxing / resistance ones on 28 so would like to see if i can combine the two.

I have also not been doing my breathing and mediation and have noticed that i have been having a lot more anxiety.

I need to start walking again. My back is really playing up, and i have been spending too many long hours on the couch.

[6] Christmas

I usually start organising for Christmas after Angel’s birthday, mind you i still havent put the stuff away that i brought from kmart & the deer advent calendar i got from target arrived yesterday, and i keep coming across things that never got put with the rest of last years stuff.

I do need to start thinking about tree themes and ideas for Christmas diner. I really like the woodland / scandi theme that i have been collecting for the past few years, but we usually have more than one tree (think forest) so various themes are needed.

[7] Photos (Photo a day / update photo books)

Although i have been taking photos i haven’t been keeping up with the photo book idea that i started in January, i got as far as February. So need to get March to October printed. I do have all of the photos in the collect app just need to work on each month into a photo book.

[8] Blog more

I have neglected my blog lately, so i am doing a small revamp, updating things and need to get out and take some photos. I am thinking of finding a a prompt for November.

That should be enough to work on over the month. I have combined several of my goals to make it easier. So what are YOUR goals for the month? What do you want to make happen in November.

NaBloPoMo 2016 – November 1

Nov. 1: When you’re having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?

This i tend to struggle with, it does take me a few days at least to get out of my mood. I tend to drown myself in binge watching shows on Netflix & Presto. I try and meditate a couple of times a week and use my Apple Watch breath app. I do enjoy the 28 Yoga when i actually do it. Walks by the beach. A good coffee, Breakfast dates. Shopping always cheers me up.

Currently

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[Currently in October]

A combination of Prompts from VeggiMumma, Pip @Meet me at Mikes & Amy Tangerine & Kellie Winnell with a couple of my Own thrown in.

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  • Achieved Getting though the month.
  • Admiring – All of the christmas things that are coming out. I am a Christmas tragic, so this time of year is like well Christmas to me in terms of decorations.
  • Anticipating – The busyness that November brings.
  • Blogging – Been a fairly quiet blogging month in October. Thinking of looking for a prompt to do again.
  • Buying – Planners & Stickers
  • Being – Lazy when it comes to workouts.
  • Bookmarking – Homes. Yes i am that board, i have been trawling realestate.com.au constantly. Bearing in mind i have zero money and no hope in hell of buying or building a home now or in the future.
  • Cooking – Jack has been doing all of the cooking for a while, unfortunately i lost my cooking mojo.
  • Considering – Doing the new TiffXO fitness plan.
  • Coveting – Planners. Stickers. Pens. Stationary in general.
  • Craving – something sweet.
  • Creating – whats that again.. its been so long.
  • Current Kmart Unicorn – Christmas stuff.
  • Deciding – What i want to do over the coming months.
  • Disliking – how disorganised the house is.
  • Disappointed – in my lack of commitment to myself in terms of losing weight.
  • Digging – The fact that i brought a Deer Advent Calender via Target’s Ebay site with a $25.00 voucher. (Deer was $20, Postage $9), i paid in total $4.00 for it.
  • Drinking – Cider, wine
  • Enjoying – all of the local events and goings on in spring.
  • Eating – Cheese.. with the cider/wine. Angel has fallen in love with Camembert Cheese
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Beltane’s at the Tulip Festival 

  • Family Photo – It has been MONTHS since we last took a family photo the closest i have gotten is three seperate photos put together at the Tulip Festival..
  • Feeling – like i may have a send bout of the flu coming on
  • Finally – Got rid of the watering eyes i had for a few weeks, Was driving me crazy, inside and outside they would water.
  • Following – All of the online drama’s in kmart groups, planner groups, and mummy blogs is exhausting.
  • Habit – Drink more water | Workout
  • Happy – That I got to see the local production of wicked.
  • Happening right now – Watching last nights episode of Australian Survivor Finale
  • Hoping – that Angel is happy with the decisions that she makes.
  • Hearing – From Jack & Angel at the same time via PM/IM with both my watch and laptop sending me notifications constantly.
  • Keeping – myself distracted..
  • Location – Burnie a lot, Devonport.
  • Looking forward to – A couple of days quiet when Angel is away.
  • Liking – Re-watching Offspring, Except for the part where Patrick dies, i have really enjoyed watching it from start to finish.
  • Loving – The Halloween stuff we got this year.
  • Listening To – Jack talking about long distance marathons.
  • Making – Nothing in so long.
  • Main Goal This Week – Work on updating my planner for next year.
  • Marvelling – at how many series i have watched this year.
  • Needing – A bucket load of doughnuts and sugar.
  • Need to Finish – The family tree stuff, i have been neglecting it in recent months.
  • Not Digging – Being so disorganised.
  • Noticing – That i may need to send Jack and Angel and update on next months goings on.
  • Opening – Parcels that the postie brings is so much fun.
  • Playing – Catch up on all of the shows that i have been recording but neglecting watching.
  • Planning – Angel’s Birthday.
  • Pondering – Life…
  • Reading – Working Class By by Jimmy Barnes. well i have been trying too.
  • Sorting – Planners out..
  • Sewing] Nothing.
  • Snacking – Need sweet food..
  • Smelling – The potatoes for the Vegetarian Nicoise Salad that Jack is making for a late lunch.
  • Time – currently 12:44pm although i think i started editing this about an hour a go.
  • Waiting – For Jack to get home, he has been out on the boat.
  • Watching – Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Survivor Finale, Several episodes of offspring.
  • Wanting – For a late lunch.
  • Wasting – My day away trying to write out this blog post.
  • Weather – The sun is shining.
  • Wearing – Comfortable workout gear, but can’t be stuffed working out.
  • Wishing – That i had of eaten more for breakfast.
  • What grind’s my Gears – The dramas on Facebook Groups.
  • Wondering – what on earth i am going to buy for Angel for her birthday.

Q&A

Yeah i know i have been totally slack in the blogging department and these prompts are most likely really boring, but here goes.

  • Full name: Nic M Beltane
  • Single or taken: Taken
  • Crushing: Totally
  • Height: 137Cm
  • Favourite colour: In Clothes Black, around the house White
  • Married: 16 years in2017
  • Want kids: 1 daughter, and 2 step-kids.
  • If so how many: For a few years i did but after having a teenager in the house for a couple  of years no way. 
  • Zodiac sign: Aries
  • Last drank: Water
  • Goth,emo or both: Goth.
  • Glasses: No but i probably need to after so many years of using computers.
  • Makeup or no: No.. i never wear it.
  • Cat or dog: We have both.
  • Evil or good: Good…
  • Favorite sport: Basketball. Perth Wildcats.
  • Favorite animal: Dog.
  • Weird: yeah i probably am.
  • Do you have haters: Hell yeah.
  • Funny or nahh: Nahh
  • Apple or Samsung: I had apples for years, tried Samsung for a few months and went back to Apple. Number one reason the Apps are so much better made. not as glitchy.
  • Smart?: Ish