Thursday, 30 June 2011

I keep hearing about 'Planning with Kids' by Nicole Avery

'Planning with Kids' by Nicole Avery.

I keep hearing about Nicole Avery aall over the internet and her book 'Planning with kids.' Nicole is highly regarded in her field and has countless de-stressed followers.

Here is a description of the helpful book Via Amazon:-

'Planning with Kids' Product Description

Calling all parents who STRESS on school mornings, cringe at the thought of cleaning or have mealtime meltdowns...this book is for you!
Family life can be chaotic — whether you have one child or five. No-one knows this better than 'Nicole Avery', mum of five, blogger extraordinaire and lover of spreadsheets. Nicole has discovered the secret to taking the stress out of parenting and running a household: a little bit of planning can leave you with more time to have fun!
Planning with Kids will show you how to:
  • plan a month's worth of evening meals in less than an hour
  • use routines to make mornings manageable, evenings easier and 'me time' a reality
  • organise your kids and partner to share in the housework without you nagging.
Learn how to organise your family chaos and have time left over to actually enjoy being a parent.

So worth a look I'd say. :)

Till next time.
Happy organizing,

Claire McFee Author Organize Your Life Household Organizers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Organize Your Petrol Purchases to {Save on Petrol!}

Organize Your Petrol Buying to {Save on Petrol)
I never thought I'd be writing an article on Organizing anything to do with petrol but hey it's part of our lives and that's what I aim to help you with - all sort of things to do with your LIFE - not just how to de-clutter and organize your house. :)

A friend just emailed me this and I thought it was really fascinating. Can't hurt to take the advise into account to save money at the bowser. I am going to apply these Petrol Saving tips that's for sure. More money in your pocket is always better than someone else's.

I don't know what you guys are paying for Petrol.... but
here in Melbourne we are paying up to $1.30 to $1.50 per litre.

 My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every Litre: Here at the Shell Pipeline where I work in Melbourne, we deliver about 4 million litres in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline..

One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and Petrol, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 Litres. 

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.
Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.

The colder the ground the more dense the Petrol, when it gets warmer Petrol expands, sobuying in the afternoon, or in the evening....your litre is not exactly a litre.In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the Petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.  

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle
to a fast mode.If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping.

All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the
fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your Petrol
tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more Petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Petrololine evaporates faster than you can imagine. Petrol storage tanks have an internal floating roof.This roof serves as zero clearance between the Petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.

Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount. 

Another reminder, if there is a Petrol truck pumping into
the storage tanks when you stop to buy Petrol, DO NOT fill up; as most likely the Petrol is being stirred up as the Petrol is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. 

Please pass on to your family and friends. :)

Claire McFee
Author Organize Your Life Household and Personal Organizers

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Ever wondered about Traditional Aboriginal Culture and 'Women's Business?"

A brilliant book that I just had to share with you.....
"Under the quandong tree"
by Minmia

Two gorgeous friends of mine - both gifted healers recommended this book to me recently. I trust their opinion explicitly so I promptly bought the book.

I don't know about you but I have often thought about aboriginal culture and what a detrimental effect we as white settlers have had on their connection to earth, themselves sand each other. I was not taught much at school - certainly not anything that showed due respect for their ways or how the Aboriginal way of life and their respect for mother nature could actually improve our lives too. Well 'Under the Quandong Tree' filled in so many gaps in my knowledge and then some. So much so, I think it should be part of every school curriculum so that Australians know more about this countries amazing FULL history. It is a topic we should all take responsibility for to educate ourselves and our children about.  Do you know the difference between 'womens' business', 'men's business' and 'our business'. If not perhaps it's time you did?

Minmia is a very talented author who draws you in to the ways of her people. Thank you Minmia for sharing your knowledge with us so that we may understand your culture better and ultimately have more compassion for one another and respect for the earth we inhabit.

Here is my review:
“Under the Quandong Tree explains so very much. My respect for Traditional Aboriginal Culture has deepened immensely having read this powerful book. I have been experiencing the ‘awakening’ discussed in the book and understand more about where it has come from and how to develop it further to help our Mother Earth – Nungeena –tya as well as others who have been spiritually asleep for so long. Faith and respect for life will triumph. Thank you for writing this wonderfully enlightening book Minmia. It is an honour that you have shared your sacred knowledge with others .” Claire McFee Author Organize Your Life

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Till next time,
Claire McFee
Creator Organize Your Life Household Organizers

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Book competition - Win a copy of 'Gold Start' By Andrew Lendnal

I recently had the privilege of being asked to review 'Gold Start' by Andrew Lendnal - a great book to help you teach your kids everything they need to know about money, saving, finances and more! You will be amazed the difference having an organized approach to 'teaching your children about money' will have on all your lives and most importantly all of your saving capabilities. Watch that money grow!

We have a copy of 'Gold Start' for you to win in our next Newsletter due out this Friday (24th June) simply subscribe to our Newsletter on our website for entry details.

Here is my Review
"Gold Start has countless practical, do-able money tips for parents to give their kids a solid start to their financial education. With lots of great activities and even games to play together, this is a  must-have book." Claire McFee Author Organize Your Life

If you can't wait till then you can get the super cheap Kindle version for only $9.99   - bargain!

Till next time. Happy organizing,
Claire McFee
Creator Organize Your Life Household Organizers

The complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized

Organizing Book: I just found out about a book to get you organized from the ground up I wanted to share with you. Author Karen Ehman has published several books and really knows her stuff. This book is available in hard copy or cheaper Kindle version. I just got my first Kindle book recently and found it really handy to read on my lap top - and for a great price.

'The Complete guide to Getting and Staying Organized'
by Karen Ehman

Here is a blurb from Karen about the book:-

The key to good organization is not a one–size–fits–all method. It is a unique plan that considers personality type, lifestyle, income level, and family schedule. Karen believes that with her simple step by step process moms can recognize their own personal style of managing their households successfully and develop a unique plan that gives them the freedom to:
  • manage their time wisely
  • de–clutter and organize their homes
  • plan menus, shop more efficiently, and become more comfortable and creative in the kitchen
  • get children involved in pursuing an ordered life and home
  • avoid the trap of overcommitment
  • use practical tools to assist in organization

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Attention ALL Mothers - Must Read 'You Sexy Mother' Book Series

If you haven't heard about the 'You Sexy Mother' book series in the Media over the last few years you must have been under a rock - or completely sleep deprived with children - in which case you need this book more than the average mother!

I was asked to review Jodie's book when it came out - You Sexy Mother (and subsequent books) and happily did so knowing it would help mother's immensely with their trial and tribulations of motherhood. 'You Sexy Mother' gives you the tools to cope with the demands of motherhood, enabling you to enjoy the process rather than being overwhelmed by it.

Here is the first book review I did, which Jodie loved so much she put on the front cover of her follow up book - You Sexy Mother - The Journal.
"You Sexy Mother has so many pearls of wisdom, it feels like you are wearing a beautiful invisible pearl necklace around your neck after reading it... A must-read for all mothers."
Till next time,
Happy Organizing

Monday, 20 June 2011

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We have had the BIGGEST response to this with our lovely database above anything else EVER which says a lot!!!
It's wonderful to learn about our different personality types in relation to getting organized and managing our time better - with real advice on how to strengthen our strengths and lessen our weaknesses.

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Claire McFee Author and Creator ">Organize Your Life Organizers