WEEKLY INSPIRATION : VALENTINE’S DAY

We are already in February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Are you a Valentine kind of person?

Mr B and I never celebrated it until we had the boys and they became aware of the day. We are just not very romantic. Now  we have a “family date”, exchange cards and have breakfast in bed, all together. It’s lovely. The boys call it Love Day, and for us, that is exactly what it is.

Whichever way you celebrate, on your own, with your partner, in family, with friends… t is always nice to have some inspiration for the day.

VALENTINE’S DAY DECORATION

If you like embracing Valentines Day to the fullest and go all out decorating your home, this balloon arch is just super cute and it can be used from breakfast bar to cocktail bar as the day evolves…
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I. Am. Totally. In.Love. With. This. Chandelier. I just have to make it.
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog
And what about these love-heart garlands? Easy to make and ever so adorable!
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingChaosBlog

VALENTINE’S DAY PRINTABLES

If you are too busy to make anything, or you are feeling lazy, or just not feeling at all, there are some amazing free printables that you could use to decorate your home and get you in the mood.

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VALENTINE’S DAY FOOD

Now, if you are traditional and you are planning a Valentine’s romantic dinner, this caprese salad as a starter would be only delightful, delicious and super romantic!
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlogAn antipasto platter is totally down my alley and it means no cooking for anyone… It doesn’t get any better than this!
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog

Or if you want to something a little bit more special, you could have the seafood option.
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog
And I believe that tradition dictates that chocolate must be had for dessert in Valentine’s Day, right? This walnut and chocolate cake is just the perfect treat, don’t you think?Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog

So, whether you are having a quiet one, a by yourself one, a family one or a romantic night, I hope you are now inspired to make the day a little bit special. For you at least. Because you deserve it!

Have an amazing weekend!
Chaotic Itzi

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POSITIVE THINKING: Enjoying the Little Things #ChaoticallyPositive

The last month has been a bit crazy busy

In the middle of December, I moved every bed in the house and about 85% of the rest of furniture. It was intense. I am nearly finished tidying up all the rooms but it has taken the best of a month and a lot of back pain. The chaos, the constant mess, the darkness and the bad weather was not a great combination for my head but I knew that I wouldn’t get done before the Christmas holidays and that I wouldn’t be able to do anything from Spain, so I made a decision to do little bits every day without getting bug down on finishing the rooms. That was a great step towards keeping my sanity.

This decision also helped me focus on the little things.Focusing on the little things - OrganisingChaosBlog.com1. I managed to make some presents for the teachers in the boy’s school 2. We had a lovely morning going to visit Santa and hanging out with Rudolph 3. The boys got dressed up to go to see Star Wars: the Force Awakens, the first time 4. Big Monkey made a Christmas card that sums up our Christmas 2015 – equal amounts of excitement for Star Wars and Santa – perfect!

Focusing on the little things - OrganisingChaosBlog.comChristmas - Spain 2015Hanging out with family in Spain was soooooo lovely!!! 1. Travelling to Spain had many hiccups and took much longer than we planned but the boys were so good and patient. Real heroes. 2&3 . Christmas Day was fabulous. It was sunny, it was warm, there was 40 of us. Loads of chats, loads of hugs, loads of food. So good for the soul. 4. Chaotic Monkey and I went to a soccer match with my sister. He loved it.

Focusing on the little things - OrganisingChaosBlog.comAnd this is my new BFF,  one of my presents this Christmas. It makes everything better….

Have a  fab day
Chaotic Itzi

A NEW APPROACH TO THE TIDYING CONFLICT

Chaotic Monkey turned 6 last October. It is a bit insane to think that my youngest is already 6, a full little person with a lot of personality and spirit.

Chaotic Monkey

He loves toys. That might sound like an obvious statement considering that he is a child but not all kids are the same. Big Monkey has always been more about making up stories and acting them out, drawing or making things. Toys, not that much. But Chaotic Monkey could spend hours playing with the tiniest figurines. Hours! He always has a toy in his hand – going for dinner, to the bathroom, to his bed, everywhere!

He mixes and matches also. So the dinosaurs, Darth Vather, Storm Troopers, Ninja Turtles and Spider-man can all easily be in the same game. I love that about him. He has an amazing capacity to immerse himself into a game for so long that he forgets about the rest of the world – just him and his toys

The downside to all this playing, is that the playroom’s floor gets covered in toys every day. He has an uncanny ability to have at least 20 toys down in .2 of a second, and that is no exaggeration whatsoever! But then, at the end of the day, when it is time to go to bed, he is always too tired to tidy up, or there is too much to do, or he can’t do it by himself and he talks his brother into helping him, or his head/ear/nose/hair/foot/brain is sore, or he just simply refuses to do it.

Shortly after he turned 6 I had a chat with him about what it meant being a big boy : helping out more, no winging, tidying up, eating better… Looking back at our little meeting I realise that he would have agreed to anything that day as there was a hot chocolate and a brownie in front of him… oh well, we live and learn..
Chaotic Monkey - always with toys

As much as I would like to say that the tidying improved, I can’t. It only happened as a consequence of “Angry Mum”, blackmail (“your friends can’t come to play until the toys are tidy”) or when he wants something and, as a side note, always be aware when that happens…

So I decided to try a new approach in the new year, one they had been threatened with for a while but I never implemented.

Every toy left out of place at night goes into a bag and is decommissioned for 2 days.

Simple? Yes!
Does it work? Oh Yes!
Why did I not try it before? Don’t know!

There was of course resistance from Chaotic Monkey. He might have even contacted Amnesty International to make sure it was in agreement with the Geneva Convention on Human Rights, but once that was confirmed, he had to go along with it.

A tidy playroom

I have been doing it for a couple of weeks and I am picking up less and less toys every day so it seems to be working. For how long? I expect I will have an answer to that very soon, but for the time being, the toys are put away at night and there are less toys on counters and tables everywhere, so I’ll take this little victory and enjoy it while it lasts.

Have you got a technique to get your kids to tidy up that works for you? Let us know! All together we can win this battle!

Have a great day.
Chaotic Itzi

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HAPPY LUNCH NOTES

The boys are tired. We all are really.
happy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogThe weather has really turned from cold to just pure evil in the last couple of weeks. We’ve been having storms, strong winds, rain, rain, more rain and when you thought you couldn’t see any more water… yes, you guessed right, more rain! The skies are grey and the forecast is not looking good. Between the weather, the extra-curricular activities and the darkness, we are all exhausted and very much looking forward to the break at Christmas. And did I mention we are going to Spain for Christmas? I am so excited!!!

In order to make things a bit fun for the kids until we get the holidays, I made some notes to go in their lunch boxes and cheer them up at lunch time with random notes from their mum.
happy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogThey were very easy to make and they can be as goofy or as deep as you want, whatever you think will put a smile in your kid’s face. I used colored paper, punchers, reward-chart stickers and markers. Some cutting, some sticking, some drawing. That is all.
happy lunch notes - how tohappy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogThe boys are loving them. They are coming home with big smiles and are then looking forward to seeing what they’ll get the following day. I have been instructed by Big Monkey not to give him cards that say I love you, although he does love me. I guess I’d better get used to get to that, it is the age. As long as I keep getting big cuddles and kisses at home, I’ll play cool mum outside.
happy lunch notes - Organising Chaos BlogSometimes I even put a little note in my lunch at home to cheer me up. It really is the little things…

Chaotic Itzi

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FIGHTING WINTER : COLORS NEEDED

Monochrome seems to be my default setting in winter.

I have recently noticed that I own good few black and white items of clothing and they are pretty much all I am wearing these days.  It seems to be the only fitting colors in these winter days of grey skies, rain and darkness.
Fighting Winter: colors neededIt is a well known fact that colors affect our mood and although wearing dark colors in the winter seems appropriate to blend in with the weather, it can also bring your mood down.

I have decided to step away from the monochromes, to fight the grey skies with colorful hats and scarfs, to rescue that orange and pink top that don’t get out in winter, to wear bright colors to fight the darkness.

I am excited to venture into my wardrobe to rediscover and fall in love with dresses that have not been worn in a long time, combine fun colors and think outside the box in terms of winter clothing.

This is my plan. This is how I am fighting winter this year. Will you join me?
Step away from monochrome and come to the bright side with me.

Chaotic Itzi
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FRIDAY, RAINY FRIDAY #ChaoticallyPositive

Today it’s finally Friday.

Friday Rainy FridayThis week has been tough.  Mr B is still on tour, I have a bad cold that I can’t quite shift and the kids are getting cabin fever with the bad weather and they are also missing their dad. We are all tired and emotional. But today is finally Friday.

Today is not just Friday. Today is the last Friday The Unlucky Cabin Boy is on tour, the second last show. Mr B will be home on Sunday and life will go back to normal. For a short period anyway. We will soon be knee-deep in the chaos of the Christmas holidays, which we are all looking forward to.

Family time

Today it’s Friday. A wet and cold Friday. But it is a good Friday.

Soon we will all be home chasing our tales, catching up to our days. But we will all be home. The 4 of us.

Happy Friday.
Chaotic Itzi

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MY GALLERY WALL

My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result.
My finished gallery wall 6The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall One of my favorite pictures on my wall
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallOrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall
Chaotic Itzi

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POSITIVE THINKING: Enjoying the Little Things #ChaoticallyPositive

Last couple of weeks have been very busy. Mr B has just started his voyage around Ireland with The Unlucky Cabin Boy and the rest of the crew, which has left me at home in sole charge of house and children, which involves a lot of running away and talking to oneself.

Being the only parent around it also gives me an opportunity to hang put more with the kids, to have more cuddles and fun chats with them. They are so funny!
We are also creating new recipes. Lasagna, Pasta, Pizza is Chaotic Monkey’s specialty. It is remarkably tasty and easy to make so it will make the round again in my house…
#ChaoticallyPositive - Hanging out with the kids and cooking new dishesWe are very lucky to live in a lovely neighborhood with a strong sense of community and I am extremely grateful for neighbors that will give us free local honey because they know we love it. Also ridiculously grateful for friends that will give you the most thoughtful and cool present just because they thought you’d like it. And I did! That little sewing machine is just adorable!
#ChaoticallyPositive - Grateful for neighbors and friends
Although the play is taking Mr B away quite a bit, there are also days where he is at home and we’ve had a chance to have lazy lunches, which we never get to do anymore. The kind of lunch that involves some eating, loads of coffee and loads of chats – remember those?
#ChaoticallyPositive - Having lunch with Mr B
All these beautiful moments took place in the midst of chaos and rush but I am delighted that they happened and that I took the time to enjoy them and appreciate them for their beauty.

How was your week? Stay #ChaoticallyPostive
ChaoticItzi