It is crazy October is here and there is about 11 weeks til Christmas. I need to be organised and ahead of the game for my sanity and pocket. I really dont want to be going Christmas Shopping with four kids in tow!! I am writing a few Christmas posts to help me and my readers create a stressfree Christmas.
Here are some things to help you be a savvy shopper and feel organised and enjoy Christmas with our families. We can Create a beautiful relaxed Christmas and enjoy the things that are really important to you. Keep it Super Simple and have a plan now to alleviate the stress that Christmas can bring.
Here is your first step.
Decide on a theme for Christmas
- What theme would you would like to create this year? What traditions do you have or would like to create. Look at Pinterest for ideas
- What stage is your family at?
- What do already have?
- What do you need to replace?
- How much do you want to spend on decorations? Don’t forget to think about the New Years celebrations as well.
- Look at what Wrapping paper supplies you have leftover from last Christmas. Don’t forget sticky tape, gift tags , cards, wrapping paper.
- Table decorations (napkins, Christmas Crackers, Advent calendars)
At the beginning of this year I disposed of our christmas tree. All the leaves were falling off and it was such a nuisance So I have known that I would need to replace our tree this year. I was fortunate enough to come across an idea that I felt would solve my problem of little children playing with ornaments and pulling the christmas Tree down. It is a Christmas tree painted on fabric which you hang up and It was an absolute bargain $5 at Typo. There are some fabulous ideas and you don’t need to have a Christmas tree. Look at these Alternatives
I have decided to go with a natural theme using burlap, candles, green foliage and doilies. A simple table arrangement and get the children involved by helping decorate the table with burlap. foliage and candles . I won’t need any decorations for My “tree” which is going to save me money . Gifts for will be wrapped with Brown paper and ribbons and /or stamps. The children gifts will be wrapped with christmas paper that I have left over from last year.
- Make a list of everything you need.
- Make a date on your calendar within the next 2 weeks and go out and purchase what you need.
October 14, 2016 | larabrown
I am feeling extremely frustrated with shoe…. Specifically shoes for toddlers that don’t cost the earth. Yes I want good shoes but I don’t want to be spending $80 -$100 for shoes ,especially when you have 4 kids that grow and are growing fast. I was looking for good shoes for running around in at kindy.
My eldest grew 4 shoes sizes in 1 year and that was 2 years ago.
In the last 2 months I have bought 2 pairs of shoes from a departmental store that have literally fallen apart in weeks. It was driving me crazy. So I got my thinking… I don’t know many shoe factory outlet. Where am I going to go and get some good shoes and around that $30-$40 and are good quality. I did look online at Paul’s warehouse
, they didn’t have anything in DD1 shoe size.
Then I remembered the podiatrist my eldest went too sells shoes and often has sales at this time of the year. Many other places are starting to have their end of financial year sales and / or getting rid of last pairs.
The podiatrist was very helpful and measured both of my girls feet. They looked at the shoes they had on sale and also last pairs. DD1 tried on 2 pairs that would be suitable, We chose a beautiful pair that gives her feet space to grow and are realy pretty. (My little girl loves pretty things!!) I have been told they are excellent quality and hopefully pass them down to DD2
The lovely lady that helped me recommend that I keep the girls shoe size handy and sign up for their mailing list. Apparently every 6-8 weeks they have end of lines / last pair and they email customers on the list.
Tips to get good Shoes.
- Have you kids feet measured and keep the sizes handy. ( use an app to keep to all the kids sizes handy)
- Ask your podiatrist/ quality shoe outlet about last pairs / clearance shoes.
- Compare and look online / instore what is available.
- End of financial year Sales
I am totally thrilled I got $80 pair of shoes for $35. Made from leather and really good sole. DD1 thinks they are wonderful and i hopefully wont be buying shoes for a while!
June 17, 2016 | larabrown
Well 2016 is here and I just haven’t started on the footing that I wanted to. I haven’t done the planning that I have wanted to do. We are in a transition phase with the 2 littlies changing their sleeping patterns , D3 from 1 sleep to no sleep and the D4 from 2 sleeps to one. I just find that my time is so limited, I need to change my routine and habits.
I still believe that I can still do the planning and look at my goals and visions for 2016. I am slowly working through some planners to help create and visually see my goals for 2016. There is an action list to reach my goals- personally and for new business ventures. I think we all should reflect on the past year what has worked and not worked. Get some quiet time and reflect and write things down. Getting out thoughts and ideas onto paper help us process things mentally. Only then can we see the big picture of what is really is going on in our lives. Writing things down helps our brain work things out and process it. Keep your brain space free for creativity and get all the other stuff big and small down
- What do you want to achieve in 2016?
- How are you going to reach your goals?
- What do you need to change , in your routines and habits?
I need to change my routine this year and I just need to work out what is going to work. The most important thing that I would like everyone to take away from this post is that it’s so important to write down what you want to achieve and what steps do you need to take. Just take Small steps to achieve your dreams and don’t get disheartened. It is the small changes we make in our lives every day over a period of time will have more effect.
Let me know how you are going with your planning. What changes are you making? What big dreams do you have?
January 15, 2016 | larabrown
Eating better for my health and well being and my family’s has been on my mind for quite a while. I do cook from scratch and there are things we don’t have in our home now except for special occasions. However I know I could be doing a lot better. Recently I came across Lisa Corduff’s course – Small Steps to Whole Food.
Well, this is really the beginning of my wholefoods journey. I have learnt sooo much and the information has been invaluable. I love her approach , Lisa is genuine and her approach is small steps and no guilt. I loved the course and I have signed up to continue the Small Steps Together Program to help me continue on this journey.
Doing this course got me thinking.Many the people are looking for organic, grass fed meat and looking for alternative ways to source vegetables , fruit and nuts and other grocery items. I felt this could be a great opportunity for me to share with Savvy Shopper Community. Savvy shopper is not only about saving money built being clever in other areas of our lives. So I felt if I could endeavor to help others to source better produce through some of the places I have heard about and some that I have tried personally. So I will be including farmers, co ops and other bulk buying places on the website directory.
People will be able to source produce, meat and other grocery items directly from Farmers,co ops and other stores. There are many co ops around and they their own have rules of how they operate. You could always get some families together and start your own co op. I belong to one where we go to the Rocklea Markets fortnightly, we all help to split the food up between the families. You get great value for money and the vegetable are fresh last so much longer.
Watch this space as new farmers, co ops and bulk foods suppliers will be added.
November 11, 2015 | larabrown
This Blog has been an idea in my mind for such a long time and I am so excited to share this with you. I am always looking at ways to be a savvy shopper and be wise with the resources we have. We have a large family ( 2 adults, 4 kids aged between 12-1 years old.) When we first moved to Brisbane I was expecting to be able to buy a directory of factory shops within the Brisbane area. I also found a few websites however I felt that there is gap in the market here so I have started my own. It is going to take time to grow and for reviews to be done.
This blog/ directory is not about the cheapest place around it is about shopping smart and finding good value. I am wanting this to be shared for people to use and get involved and review the businesses they visit. Please let me know of any businesses that should be added to the directory or you can add them yourself.
I would love to hear any thoughts and ideas, please email me savvy (at) savvyshopper.com.au or post on our face bookpage
August 26, 2015 | larabrown