#13 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday! To view all my previous Meal Plan Monday posts click here.

Monday – Beef curry
Tuesday – Satay chicken
Wednesday – Burritos
Thursday – Creamy Mushroom Chicken
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – Corned Beef
Sunday – Honey Soy Chicken

What’s on your menu this week?

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5 Ways to Teach Your Children About Money {Guest Post by Fi Morrison}

Fi Morrison is a first time Mum to an adorable 7 month old bub she calls Starfish. She is a teacher (currently on maternity leave) who writes an awesome blog for new mums over at Mumma Morrison

As a teacher, there are lots of things I need to teach my students. I need to teach them how to tell the time. I need to teach them how to add and subtract. I need to teach them how to write sentences, paragraphs and whole texts. It is a big, daunting, and amazingly rewarding job.

And then I became a parent. And I realised that as a parent (albeit to a 7 month old), I too need to teach my child things. At the moment, I need to teach him to track objects. I need to teach him to listen to speech sounds and mimick my noises. I need to teach him to sit (and eventually crawl and walk and talk). This too is a massively daunting but wonderfully rewarding task. I am a lucky woman.

I have to admit though, as a teacher I have come across many a parent who delegated full responsibility for teaching their child onto me – without considering their own ability (and RESPONSIBILITY) to teach their kids. Understanding money and how to use it is not only part of the curriculum they are required to learn at school, but it is a LIFE skill that all children need to become adept at (this is a pet peeve of mine – people who don’t know how to deal with money!!). I’ve included 5 simple and easy ways for you to teach your children about money at home – I hope you find them useful.

Chores/Reward charts – One of the things I remember growing up was doing chores for ‘pocket money’. I would get $2.00 for washing dishes, or $5.00 for ironing shirts (was a lot of money when I was growing up!). Not only did it teach me important lessons about money such as the coins/notes and adding them together (if I iron the clothes and wash the dishes I’ll earn $7.00), but it also taught me the VALUE of money. I need to earn money to receive it, and I will be more thankful to have money once I realize all the hard work I’ve gone through to get it.

For those parents who might not like the idea of giving their toddlers pretend money (they might not comprehend it as much at such a young age), a reward chart can work very similar. If you have a reward chart for your child doing chores, and they recognise that they’ll earn a star or a sticker (or whatever you choose!) every time they complete a chore, they’ll begin to understand the concept of “earning” something for their work.

Of course, this can be a difficult line to balance. While we want children to do their chores ‘because they want to’ (we want them to be intrinsically motivated), we know that the real world is just not like that. We earn money by working hard and doing our ‘job’, and our children will learn that one day too. Even by earning a simple ‘star’ on a star chart for doing their chores can be reward enough for them.

5 Ways to Teach Your Children About Money {Guest Post by Fi Morrison} - 2Games, such as Monopoly – A lot of us grew up (and are still to this day) playing Monopoly. Known for being tediously long, it is also beneficial in teaching children about money. While it deals with larger sums of money, children are once again not only learning how to add up and subtract sums of money, but they are learning the value of money (they are using their money to buy property, etc). It contains numerous life skills within the game, such as rationing your money and making decisions on what to spend money on (and what not to) in order to survive.

play - pretend shoppingPlay – Pretend shopping – Something that children do from a very young age is engage in dramatic play. They enjoy playing “pretend” and playing in the kitchen, in the home, or in the shops. This is a great opportunity for young children to start to understand the use of money (to buy things) and to practise exchanging money for items. While little people don’t need to fully understand the value of the coins or items they are purchasing, simply getting involved in a ‘transaction’ is developing their understanding of money. Give your child plenty of opportunities to pretend play in shopping situations (even if they had a pretend shopping till or coins).

Catalogues/brochures – For older children, catalogues and brochures are another way to teach them how to use/spend money. This has been a great teaching lesson that I have used in several different contexts (including when I taught for a couple of weeks in Fiji!). Giving your child a catalogue and telling them they have a certain budget (maybe your weekly family budget), ask them what they would buy. This activity can pave the way for excellent conversations about buying what we want (e.g. chocolate!) versus what we need (e.g. fruit and veg). Ask your child what would happen if you spent your whole budget on confectionery – what would we eat for dinner? What would you use to wash yourself in the bath or shower? This is another excellent lesson in the value of money for older children.

Conversations at the shops – Following on from the above activity, never underestimate the value of a good, contextual conversation. Taking your children shopping with you and letting them see what you purchase is a great way for them to learn the value of money. Involve them in some decisions, such as whether you should buy the expensive brand of detergent versus the cheap brand – you might find some good insights and discussions about the pros and cons of each. This will teach your children to always make judgment calls on what they purchase, not just defining ‘cheap’ and ‘expensive’ brands (for example, you may need to buy an expensive brand of laundry powder because it is more sensitive for your eczema).

These are my top, easy-to-implement activities for parents to do at home with their children to teach them the value and use of money. What are some of your favourite activities?

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#12 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday! To view all my previous Meal Plan Monday posts click here.

Monday – Chicken curry
Tuesday – Tacos
Wednesday – Teriyaki chicken
Thursday -BBQ beef
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Roast beef
Sunday – Chicken kiev

What’s on your menu this week?

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5 Ways to Use Up Leftover Roast Meat

Now that the weather is cooling down, baked dinners start to feature more often in our weekly meal plans. While not always the cheapest meal there’s just something so lovely about a delicious weekend roast I just can’t resist and they come with the added bonus of… Leftovers! Not one to let things (Food especially!) go to waste, I love to come up with different ways to use up leftovers so this week I’ve put together 5 ways to use up leftover roast meat.

  1. Sandwiches – Leftover roast meat is great to use as sandwiches fillings for lunch. Use a few slices of your favourite bread, add some sauce or pickles, and salad if you swing that way and Voila! You have a cheap, delicious lunch.
  2. Curry – This is probably my favourite thing to do with leftover roast meat. Curry is an easy, delicious meal to add to your weekly meal plan and using leftover roast meat makes it a super cheap dinner as well. I think I am going to write a separate post on how I make my curries so keep your eye out for that.
  3. Pasta – Another cheap, easy meal to make with leftover meat is a simple pasta dish. Boil some pasta, whatever you have in the cupboard will do. Heat up the meat and add it to the pasta. Stir through some sauce and top with a bit of grated cheese. Simple and delicious!
  4. Stock – Save (freeze if you have to) any meat bones and use them to make homemade stock.
  5. Pizza – Those of you who follow my Meal Plan Monday posts will know we have Pizza Party Friday Night every week. Leftover roast meat and vegetables make awesome toppings for homemade pizzas. If you’d like a post on how we make our pizza’s let me know in the comments.

So there you have 5 ways to use up leftover roast meat. What do you like to do with leftovers? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

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#11 Meal Plan Monday

Happy Monday! To view all my previous Meal Plan Monday posts click here.

Monday – Pork curry
Tuesday – Pesto pasta
Wednesday – Mongolian lamb
Thursday – Butter chicken
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Roast chicken
Sunday – Pies and chips

What’s on your menu this week?

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#10 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday! To view all my previous Meal Plan Monday posts click here.

Monday – Tuna Pasta Bake
Tuesday – Red wine and garlic beef
Wednesday – Honey mustard chicken
Thursday – Curried sausages
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – Roast pork
Sunday – Eggs on toast

What’s on your menu this week?

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5 Ways to Save This Autumn

This week marks the beginning of Autumn. I can’t believe we’re up to March already! Where is this year going? I thought I would share a few tips to help save money as the weather cools down. To read my other posts on ways to save click here.

  1. Pop on a jumper. At some point in the upcoming months my husband is going to suggest getting out the heater, because he is cold. I am going to offer that perhaps the reason he is cold is because he’s wearing shorts and a t-shirt and suggest he should try putting on his jeans and a jumper and then seeing how he feels. Once he is rugged up all thoughts of the heater will disappear for another few weeks until it gets cold enough that we may actually need it. I know this is going to happen because it happens every year. Before you turn on the heater, try popping on another layer.
  2. Check your house is airtight. Now is a good time to examine window and door seals to make sure they’re ready for the colder months. When you do finally turn the heater on you don’t want the warm air escaping through any pesky gaps. Also if you don’t have any, think about investing in a few door snakes to help keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
  3. Skip the car and go for a walk. Going outside during Summer in Australia feels like some sort of hellish torture. However as the weather cools down walking when you only need to travel a short distance will help both your budget and your health.
  4. Put down a rug or two. As the weather cools down and the days get shorter I find getting out of bed in the morning gets harder and harder. It’s even worse when you have to face freezing cold floors. Be kind to your tootsies and get yourself a rug now.
  5. Hold a clothing swap. As lovely as it is to buy new clothes each season, sometimes the budget just won’t stretch that far. Why not organise a clothing swap with friends instead? You get new (to you) clothes and can clear out somethings you no longer wear. Win win!

So there you have 5 ways to save this autumn. What are your best tips for saving money as the weather cools down? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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#9 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday! This week is my first back at Uni for 2017 so I’ve planned some simple meals to make things that little bit easier for myself. To view all my previous Meal Plan Monday posts click here.

Monday – Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken
Wednesday – Rissoles
Thursday – Satay Chicken
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – BBQ
Sunday – Honey Soy Chicken

What’s on your menu this week?

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5 Places to Score a Freebie

Everyone loves a freebie and getting mail (that isn’t bills), so this week I thought I’d put together a list of places I’ve gotten a free sample from recently.

  1. NIVEA – NIVEA are currently giving away samples of their NIVEA Creme when you subscribe to the myNIVEA newsletter. You’ll also receive free skin care advice, product news and the chance to trial and sample other NIVEA products.
  2. Kotex – To receive free Kotex products all you have to do is choose whether you’d prefer tampons, pads, or liners, enter your details and they will post it to you.
  3. Palmers – Again choose which product you’d like, enter your details and Palmers will send it out. You have the choice of receiving face, body or mother care samples.
  4. Huggies  –  Huggies are currently giving away free samples of their Pull-Ups. Fill out the quick form and they will mail it to you.
  5. PINCHme – PINCHme is a little different. They offer a variety of products but each is only available for a limited time. Recently I received 2 LCM Oaty Bubble Bars to try. Sign up for an account and keep your eye out for something you’d like to try. You do have to provide feedback on any products you receive but that only takes a few minutes.

Have you scored anything for free recently? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below 🙂

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#8 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday! To view all my previous Meal Plan Monday posts click here.

Monday – Lamb chops
Tuesday – Chicken and garlic agnolotti
Wednesday – Mongolian beef
Thursday – Garlic parmesan chicken
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – BBQ
Sunday – Sushi

What’s on your menu this week?

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