A Delayed MFM: 29 July

The Week in Review & Questions / 21 July - 27 July

I've been thinking about MFM posts and decided to change the monthly schedule. The aim will be to post one of each every month:
  • A planning inspiration MFM post - usually the first Monday of the month.
  • A normal MFM post with my personal thoughts.
  • One invited guest MFM post.
  • And... one week in review picture post.
What do you think? What would you like to see more of? What details would you like to see me chat about in the MFM posts? 

This week I'm sharing my week in review - showing a few things I did, saw and worked on which seemed like a nice way to switch up the MFM mix.
Last week kicked off with a quick planner dashboard overall. I cut a new divider and added these cute 'note to self' sticky notes from Typo. I also swapped out a few things and added a Nifty250 print of Daniel and I. The new set-up is neater and more useful - love it so far. 

Tuesday was a really great admin day and I got through several things I have been wanting to work on for ages. One such project was sorting out my office filing using this lovely white box Daniel built for me. I added some polka dot files from Typo and labelled each one. It now lives on my project desk for easy access and includes client projects we're working on and dedicated folders for correspondence that I refer to often like briefs. 

I found a colourful and handy file at CNA for receipts. I currently keep personal receipts and business related ones too and needed a way to keep them organised as others systems where just not catching on. It looks nice and so far so good!

A quick trip to China Mall with Daniel (he needed some gadget) held some reward - take a look at these pretty pens. They all work (luckily) and were only R35 for 12! Perfect for having handy in the office. I also found the most adorable mini striped popcorn boxes I plan to use for my birthday celebrations.

I met up with a friend for a catch up dinner at Palki  (Musgrave Road) - one of my favourite locals. Their Butter Naan is sent from heaven and contains zero calories (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). I can't recommend this authentic restaurant enough.

It was a special friend's baby shower over the weekend so we all got together and celebrated. I had to trade in my usual pink inspired wrapping for something more suitable (for a boy) and I was happy with the results. I bought a really cute and funny babygro from Mooi in Glenwood and added a letter to 'Baby B'.

One of last week's 30 days to 30 tasks was to attend a Durban International Film Festival movie which was not only easy, but really fun too. I invited along some friends and we watched The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Phew - that is quite a title to get out! Great movie - entertaining and hilarious all in one.

I hope your week is inspired, productive and just plain wonderful!

Currently Reading - Mollie Makes Blogging

I'm currently reading and enjoying the special blogging edition of Mollie Makes magazine (thanks for the heads up Nicola). The printed copies are long sold out and they were very limited, but I bought one via Newsstand on my iPad. It was R169.99 (9.99 in pounds) via iTunes. Mollie Makes haven't made purchasing easy - I searched and looked and finally found it. They also don't seem to respond to readers on social media. I love the brand, but communication is everything. Anyway, forgetting all that - this informative issue takes on the layout of a magazine, but it's much like a book which you can keep and refer to for inspiration or guidance. It features many successful bloggers including the talented duo from A Beautiful Mess and Bri from DesignLoveFest (love her). The pages are beautiful, colourful and well thought-out. It's a must for creative business owners looking to upgrade their blogs and knowledge. Happy reading!

Cookie Recipe & Label Printable Freebie

Claire - my darling and dear assistant gave me this beautiful jar as a gift. She has kindly, created the printable so you too can create a lovely gift or treat jar complete with recipe and all things nice! The instructions are super easy and amazingly delicious. The mix also freezes well - so you can save some cookie dough for another baking day. Here are all the details...

Claire used a large Consol jar and filled it with the following: (you can also use this order for your layering):
375g Flour
1 1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 Small packets of caramel chips (choc chips can work too)
190g Sugar (Claire packaged the sugar in a small packet as you add it later in the recipe)

Claire very cleverly tied a cookie cutter and a small caramel essence bottle to the jar with twine. 

The super easy instructions (and other ingredients) are included in the printable and there are two pretty colours - pink (my fav) and turquoise teal version. I can't recommend this recipe enough - it's delicious, easy, quick and moreish (you know me and my sweet tooth)! It's a lovely DIY which is affordable and suitable for all skill levels.

Happy making and baking!

Meet Free Monday #29

21 July: A Day at HQ
Well... hello there Monday! Fancy meeting you here. It’s that time of the week when we realise we need to do it all over again. I hope that your week will be off to a good start rather than just a repetitive one. Did you have a nice weekend? I did – it was both relaxing and productive. Daniel got sick this week so on Friday night I made chicken and ginger soup (a tried and tested healer). On Saturday I woke up quite early and felt like being productive – it was quite nice to actually have the energy to go ahead and do something useful. I rearranged and tidied my wardrobe, which was overdue. I did a major purge during my spring clean earlier in the year, but never re-arranged all. Finally, it’s done! I think I can improve it slightly and was so tempted to head to the Plastic Shop, but didn’t – it’s good enough for now. With Daniel being ill – he took a nap (quite rare) so I read and also dozed off which was so nice. We headed out for a really early dinner which included a sneaky takeaway dessert to eat at home. Yesterday, we wanted to do something outside, but still take it easy so we headed out for lunch and a long walk at the beach. I wasn’t able to do my 67 minutes for Madiba on Friday and decided that it was still worth doing it - even if late. I really wanted to pick up litter at the beach as each time we go for a walk along the shore I'm horrified by all the washed up litter. It hurts just looking at it. It was really rewarding to pick it up and deposit a huge bag of rubbish in a bin. It isn’t much, but at least it is a few less things that can harm our oceans and the creatures that depend on it. This is something I wouldn’t mind doing on a regular basis. I feel so saddened by it and I wish that brands / humans would take more responsibility for where their packaging ends up (I can’t tell you the amount of Coca Cola plastic lids that I collected). Not to mention plastic straws. Humans – what’s wrong with us! 

On a lighter note – let’s look at the week ahead...

The Working Week in Review / Last Week:
It was a fairly good week. The majority of things that needed to get done did get taken care of. The Cape Town workshops are getting bookings, but there is still far to go. Friday was particularly good – I started out with a list that scared me. I thought I couldn’t get through it, but I managed to! I felt relieved and my brain felt confused as if it didn’t quite know what to do when all was done. Not related to the work side of things, but I let myself down on the exercising front and only went to one yoga class. In the past I was an exceptionally active person – it’s just built in, but at the moment I’m battling to get going and I know it will help with my stress. How do you get motivated for staying fit? My left eye has been giving such problems on the sight side and it has become swollen and puffy (best to keep the sunglasses on). I had to head out for a major toiletry haul last week as everything aggravated it. I have stocked up on new make-up remover, moisturiser and eye cream which are all milder and seem to be helping. This has nothing to do with work, but it does make work more difficult.

The Working Week:
I managed to work on my planning last night and got creative with a few lists. This week looks a lot like last week – with the same type of tasks on the go. There are one or two projects I have been pushing to one side which need to get handled – asap. Sometimes when things are exciting or big – I back away. It’s a bad habit and self-sabotage I suppose. 

Things I'm excited about this week:
My 30 days to 30 continues with a few fun ones lined up this week (follow along via my personal Instagram). I have also scheduled a few dinners and catch ups with several friends – good food and good company.

What will challenge me this week?
Getting stuck into bigger tasks that I have been sidelining!

Personal Thoughts:
Despite some challenges – I’m in a positive mindset at the moment. Behind the scenes there is something hanging over Daniel and my head which I hope will be sorted out very soon (it has been dragging on for months). I like being able to keep a positive outlook even when everything isn’t perfect – it’s what we all need to do. Social media shows only what we want it to show and it’s so easy to forget that normal life is still on the go.

Are you facing any challenges and how do you stay positive?

In today's photo I share my planner set-up for the week. I decided to try to be a little bit more creative as when I look at the lovely pages of Little Red Moose or Filo Cuteness I feel so inspired, but I just can't quite figure out how to put it together.

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