home and away….

We have been a bit quiet in blogland, but for a very good reason…..
WE ARE ON HOILDAYS!!!


Not the kind of lazing by the pool working on my tan kind of holiday but even better…
the travelling “home” kind of holiday which entails lots of time with extended family, visiting relatives, reminiscing and best of all no cooking!
Day one and I have already left Little Miss A…twice!!!  This is a record for me!
I leave her twice a week to go to work but have always felt guilty asking the “nanny” to watch her while I do “me” related things.  So… yesterday I had my haircut AND took Master O to the movies!
It was the first time I have taken him to the movies and the look on his face when those curtains pulled back and the giant screen was revealed was AMAZING!
We are LOVING this North Queensland heat!  The weather here is simply breathtaking, our flus have quickly vanished!  I hadn’t realised just how much the cold southern weather had gotten to me, until I returned home!
Just a quicky from me as we continue to revel in all that is family….think italian home cooking, lots of kisses and cuddles (and babysitters) for My Pigeon Pair and being able to unwind, relax and breathe in this warm air.
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Sneak peek…latest organising project!


Sneak peek at whats happening at our house today…..

the laminator has been working hard and
the hubby has been busy installing our new organising secret weapon….
can’t wait to share this project with you
courtesy of
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Are you doing any organising this weekend?

Jewellery Organisation

Notice that little pile of necklaces so casually thrown on the floor?
(Bottom right)
Thats what happens when…..
You have a treasure hunter, delving into the jewellery drawer
unearthing sparkly finds and taking them back to add to her collection!
This was driving me INSANE!
Mainly because she “chooses” to play this game, whilst I am in the franic
I HAVE TO LEAVE IN 10 MINUTES
morning rush!

I HAD to find a solution to this disaster!
Enter……IKEA!
Ok so by now, you have surely realised I am obsessed with IKEA
but when ti comes to organisation, they have it covered AND its cheap!!!
In the wardrobe department I discovered this little beauty….
a sliding hook organiser…


I have attached it to the inside of our Walk In Robe.
Can you spy it?
It is so carefully hidden away from the treasure seekers!

There it is!Two lines of hooks, just made to store necklaces, bangles etc!
and when I want to take somehting off, or view what I have…

It just slides out!
I LOVE IT!!!
I can now see everything that I have
It’s not tangled and the hooks help keep it that way!
I can’t stop playing with it!
You could put this inside a bathroom cupboard, on a wall, anywhere!
It would also be great for hair bands or belts!
The possibilities are endless!
SO what do you think?
Meet you at IKEA???
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Of course now that I have entered the wardrobe, I have to start organising it too!
Can’t wait to share some great finds from Green Apple Organising

Little Golden Cases of Joy…..Honey Joys


If you go into the woods today…….you will find a whole container of sweet little cases!!!
Master O had his very first Teddy Bear’s picnic and 
all Mumma bears were on “bear” themed party food duty!
Besides the obvious Tiny Teddies I could not think of anything!!!!
Porridge?
Picnic Baskets?
 Bear = Honey??  
Well at least it does in most children’s stories so….
Honey Joys it is!!!



Honey Joys
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups corn flakes
90g butter
1 tbsp honey

Melt sugar, butter and honey in saucepan until frothy.
Poor melted sugary goodness onto corn flakes and mix.
Spoon into patty cake papers
Bake for 10minutes on 150 degrees celsius

SO SIMPLE….and so sugarly delicious!
Needless to say, the container was a few short
 by the time the little golden cases of joy made it to the picnic mat!
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Green Apple Organising Rave and review


Well our bathroom organisation project has definitely left us with the organisation bug 
and this is one bug we are in no hurry to get rid of! 
Our organisation fever has  moved on from the bathroom 
and now taken its hold on the wardrobe!
In particular Master O’s wardrobe has long been cause of heart palpitations with an overwhelming amount of clothes, shoes, socks, underwear, swimwear, even a large family of stuffed toys have taken up residence amongst the chaos. 

In particular I have been searching for a way of storing and organising his clothes so that he can independently get dressed (in appropriate clothes) in the mornings.
Sending him off to get dressed often results in him reappearing with his swim suit bottoms, a jumper, socks and sandals.  As much as I appreciate his european styling, I am not sure it would meet “Kindy standards” and so we waste another half an hour arguing, wrestling the clothes off getting him changed.
With his first year of school uniforms rapidly approaching I was starting to get frantic!


We have the space but just not the solution.
Then I spied this little piece of inspiration…


Amy from Living Locurto was in a similar predicament when she created this great system for her son!
I must admit the procrastinator in me bit and although I saw this picture months ago, I have not done anything about it!
Well to be fair it was not just procrastination but the how-would-this-work-for-us question?

Master O has to be able to reach the clothes for this to be effective?
How can you put a clothes rail at his height?
Do we really have room for a whole other clothes rail in his cupboard?
How would you install it?

enter……
The InstaHANGER
$19.99


 I found this little beauty when I recently stumbled upon a life changing website. 
Green Apple Organising.  
Australian based, Adele from Green Apple not only has the most amazing products 
but inspiring videos with time saving and simple snippets of organising gold!
I had massive organisers envy when I browsed her online store but there was one product I had to HAVE!

This product the InstaHANGER is the perfect solution to our wardrobe problem!
Basically its a mini hanging shelf that can be put almost anywhere you need some extra shelf space!
It can be installed anywhere!  On a door, wall, cupboard or in our case in the wardrobe!
Here it is!!!

We are putting it at Master O’s eye level so that he can see what he is to wear each day.
Each coathanger has a day of the week tag on it so I can help him plan for a week of clothes!
The InstaHANGER is the perfect size, stable and can hold 50lbs of weight.
and…..

It has made the most of the unused space underneath the current clothes rail!
Children’s clothes are so short that you often have unused space (at their reach!)

I would love to have one in the laundry to place clothes on once I have ironed them.
Or in our guest bathroom for guests to put their clothes on whilst they have a shower.
Or in our entryway for school jumpers and work jackets.
ANYWHERE!
It is great because when you are not using it just folds discretely against the wall. (see the little inset picture above) and can be used inside and outside!


The InstaHANGER is available online through Green Apple Organising
but beware they have sooo many clever products (more of which you will read about on here!) and Adele’s You Tube Clips are addictive
and will only encourage your organising bug may take hold of your life! 
That can’t be a bad thing, can it?

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One is a magic number…..teaching babies one to one correspondence.

You are never too young to learn to count!  
The winter sun has been absolutely beautiful lately so Little Miss A and I have been spending lots of time in our entertaining area playing!
This little activity kept her amused and out of the garden! 

In the plastic container are pebbles out of our garden.
The green plastic container is a “seed sorter” from our local “cheap” store.
Little Miss A would take one pebble out of the container and put it in one of the seed sections.
This is her “pincer” grip or grasp.
This is a very important skill for children to develop and practice.
By practicing and encouraging this skill, children gradually develop strength and control.
This skill will one day help her tie her shoelaces, hold a pencil and write!
At the moment its great for picking up the tiniest objects and putting them in her mouth!
Its the little things!
she uses her hand eye coordination to place it in a section
she is learning about empty and full, another maths concept.
Only one pebble can go in each container.
“one” is a magic number! 
When children learn to count it is so important that they develop 
one to one correspondence.”

Simply put, one-to-one correspondence is the process of touching one object for each number that is counted aloud. This may seem simple but many children initially find it difficult to coordinate their counting with the movement of their hand.
She may not be “counting” but she is learning the value of one.

Until children master this skill they will find it hard to count larger groups of items!  Rote learning of numbers (being able to count aloud from memory) is pointless unless children have an understanding of one to one correspondence!

You can do this in many other ways
One peg for one sock on the clothes line.
One fork for one plate on the dinner table
One toy person for one toy car when playing.
One baby bottle for one doll (Little Miss A’s Favourite)

The key is to make it fun, make it part of your everyday routine,  
and enjoy learning together!

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Bathroom Makeover – Before and After!

So here it is….
The Before and After
of our 
Project Bathroom Organisation!

HER DRAWERS
TOP DRAWER – Make Up
BEFORE
This is definitely embarrassing…
so much make up!  and one container had leaked everywhere!
This was the motivation for this whole project and the area that required the most work!

AFTER
What a difference!  I now know what I have…and ordered a few extra bits and pieces.
So many of the conatiners in there were empty!
And all those bits and pieces for when I “go out”
Well I have been “out” maybe twice this year so they have now gone in the bin!

2nd Drawer- Jewellery
BEFORE – Notice the little hand exploring this drawer!
The Jewellery just had to go from this drawer because of this!
so now….

AFTER
This drawer is now for hair ties, booby pins, hairspray etc!
I love the little containers from Woolworths that have hair ties, booby pins etc in them 
It keeps them safe from little hands!

HIS DRAWERS
(well I have taken over them a bit!)

TOP DRAWER
BEFORE
OMG…what is going on in there!  The toothpaste is everywhere!

AFTER
Now that the toothpaste is in its own little spot, hopefully it will stop it going everywhere!
I also threw out the “can” of toothpaste.  It just made too much mess.
I am thinking of moving the razors into the cupboard, but for now it is right at the back to keep them safe!

2nd Drawer – Hairstuff, tweezers, scissors
EVERYTHING!!

BEFORE

AFTER
Much easier to keep things together when they each have their own compartment!


CUPBOARDS
HERS

BEFORE
A medley of boxes, containers and deoderant!

AFTER
It looks so empty!  There was so much unused junk in this cupboard!
I particularly love….
BEFORE
My nail polish used to look like this!
After going through them all I discovered nail polish that 
hubby once bought me before we were married 8 years ago!!!!
Needless to say, a major cull was needed….
AFTER
I dabbed a little of the nailpolish colour on the lid so I can find them easily.
Can you tell I love pink and red!!!


HIS CUPBOARD

BEFORE
Cleaning products and another collection of deoderant!!!

AFTER
Top basket for cleaning products and toilet paper
Bottom basket for aftershave and deoderant.

This is definitely THE BEST organising project we have taken on
It cost under $50 for containers and was worth every cent.
Not only is everything more organised, its cleaner and has actually changed my frame of mind!
It has inspired me to now organise our wardrobes!!!

So where did the jewellery go?
That is another post!
Cant wait to share this clever way of storing jewellery away from little hands!!
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One way or another…


I’m back!  This has been the longest time between posts….EVER!!!  
We have just been so busy! 
 Writing report cards, planning for next term, public holiday, sick kids… the list goes on….

It has me thinking….as “My Pigeon Pair” approaches the 6 month mark….
is it time for a change?
What do you LOVE about My Pigeon Pair
BE HONEST!!!
Why are you here?
What do you want to see more of??
Organising, Teaching, Personal Stories, Childrens Products, Meal Planning, Reviews?

In the meantime get ready for your news feed to bombarded with Organising posts!!!
We have been getting organised here and I am determined to have an organised home before Master O starts school in January!!!!

Cant wait to share our journey with you!
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Flashback….Project Playroom

THIS is A FLASHBACK!
Repost from my very old blog before
“My Pigeon Pair”
Inspired to repost by
The Organised Housewife’s post on the Expedit unit!


In my dreamworld, our playroom would look just like this.  
In fact it would even contain the two children dressed so beautifully, sharing their gorgeous tea set, using their manners “Excuse me madam, one lump, or two?”.  
There would be no pieces of lego strewn across the floor. 
 No toast crusts in a bowl on the table.  
The books would not have torn pages or scribbled on covers.  
Everything would have its place.  
Every place a label. 
It would be efficient, beautiful, organised!!!  

 I just love this Cameron storage unit from Pottery Barn Kids.  I know this particular colour scheme is a little girly, well really girly, but the classic, crisp white could compliment  any colour palette.  The different storage elements including baskets and drawers that are child friendly and shelves and cupboards that can hide things away from tempting little artists!

 Pottery Barn Kids has long been one of my favourite things.  Do they not realise they would have a licence to print money if they ever went global?  Why is there nothing like this in Australia?  Well I will have to settle with Ikea.  Our Playroom has long been a work in progress.  It has had to constantly expand to control the mountains of toys!  Here is the playroom before Master 0 was born!
The Playroom – January 2007 – Before O was born!
A couch for feeding/watching children play/reading
A collage trolley
An easel with calendar
The Piano
Baby Swing
Bookcase
Bookshelf
and Childrens Table
This all came form my classroom!
Maternity Leave meant I had to put it somewhere!
The Playroom – September 2007 – The toys are mounting up!
The collage trolley has become a “Baby changing station!”
Out with the easel it was taking up too much room for a baby on the move!
THe lounge seemed like a good idea but became too dangerous with “someone” pulling themselves up on it!
The baby swing has also had to find a new home!


The Playroom – Makeover 1 – Out with the piano in with the storage!
The bookcase got moved to make room for a bigger “mat” play area.
We bought a “Trofast” storage unit from Ikea to house the million toys!
THESE ARE A MUST!
I LOVE IT!
With all its pull out drawers of varying sizes it
makes cleaning up a breeze!


The Playroom – October 2010
A new Ikea “Expedit” storage unit, the new must have!
The baskets along the bottom house 
matchbox cars, plastic kitchen set, other small vehicles, anything small 
that needs to be grouped together!
I LOVE our Expedit unit!  
When everything has a space, the space stays so much tidier!
I also love that IKEA makes baskets that fit the unit perfectly!

 Another new addition is the line on the wall above the table 
 It is actually intended for curtains but we use it for hanging pictures (also from Ikea)
It has little clips and you can also buy little plastic pockets to put your treasured pictures in!

Whats a playroom without a quiet reading area!  
I found a gorgeous Ikea net that cost a whole $15!!!
Underneath it, we put some huge cushions to make a comfy, private, chill out zone
and also a favourite hide and seek spot!

Last addition, 
 one very busy 3 year old!
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Operation Camoflague Dump Zone…..Project Bathroom..THE BEFORE PICTURES

So are you ready?
Be afraid VERY afraid….
Here are some of the BEFORE pictures for our Project Bathroom

This is the bathroom.
The Left side is for me and the Right side for the Hubby.
Here is what Little Miss A LOVES to do in the bathroom!
“explore” the drawers!
Can you see all the jewellery she has pulled out on the floor!
AHHHHHH!!!!
This is the top Drawer
Makeup.
I have a great divider in there but the makeup needs some serious sorting/culling
The Jewellery is
“Creatively Arranged?”

Bathroom cupboard Number One
Not as bad as I thought but why do I have 4 bottles of deoderant I don’t use?
Cupboard Number 2
Anyone would think our bathroom is clean
 judging by the number of cleaning products in this one!
and the solution….hopefully
I went to our local “cheap” store and socked up on baskets and containers of all descriptions!
Even a nice candle to pretty up the vanity!

I also have a few of these containers from Ikea that I am hoping to put to better use.
They are currently in all sorts of drawers around the house!
So there it is….
Let the operation begin….
WISH ME LUCK!
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