'Presentation is Everything.'
Do you have family visiting for Easter? Whether you're planning your Easter celebrations for just your own immediate family or an extended gathering of friends and family, a beautiful table arrangement really sets the scene for a perfect Easter celebration.
Now, this can be daunting consideration. But, don't feel you need to spend hours preparing a lovely display. I've found a collection of ideas, from a simple minimal approach to an amazing table overflowing with delight.
You may have decided to go with a separate table for the kids. That's fine. I've got that covered, too. So, just click through the images and find the table creation that appeals to you and your needs. There is a link on each image to the original and the instructions.
And remember, you can add to or simplify the original concept or substitute items where necessary.
Just as an example, this Easter arrangement took minutes to prepare.
STEP 1. Buy an Easter wreath. Yes, you can make your own but I didn't have time and you can find them everywhere.
STEP 2. Place the wreath in the centre of the table.
STEP 3. Add a floral arrangement to the centre of the wreath, or an apothecary jar filled with eggs. (You can buy a floral arrangement or make your own.)
And that's it! Done. Simple.
Check out the other beautiful and creative ideas below.
There are many other ideas from truly creative people, and I gathered some to show you, that will inspire you and provide some simple, yet beautiful solutions. From fun-filled kids' table arrangements to elegant designs to outdoor dining ideas, you'll find something in the following collection that, I'm sure, will help you create your own Easter table arrangement.
And... as an added bonus, why not plan to include Easter themed table serviettes.
You'll find links to the instruction below.
If you're looking for other Easter ideas and inspiration, the check out my Easter Pinterest board. Are you planning an Easter Egg Hunt? Here are some tips. And if you'd like an Easter that allowed you time to focus on what really matters, download my free book below, Stress-Free Easter.
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"Nan, I'm swimming! Can you see me?"
"No honey, you're on the phone. Send me a picture."
Within minutes I'm looking at my cute grandson as he laughs and splashes in the small waves of 1770 beach.
Yes, it's amazing technology- simple enough for even young children to take photos. It takes them no time at all for their little fingers to find Peppa Pig on YouTube. And, it's easy for them to expertly handle the device's controls and play the amazing games and apps.
But, in those same small hands, it's easy for those devices to bounce down stairs, drop to the floor, or sink beneath the water at the beach.
And there's nothing cute about a smashed screen.
So, it makes sense to kid-proof your device before handing it over to those eager, slightly sticky, fingers.
You might think it would be safer to armour-clad your iPhone or Samsung. But fortunately, there are some amazing options that look as good as their protection.. and they do look great!
Protection that looks a million dollars
If you're looking for something that combines a touch of elegance with excellent protection, then consider the classic good looks of genuine leather iPhone cases and covers. Rest assured that, all holes and cutouts are precisely located to allow access to all your phone's buttons, speakers and ports.
If you're heading to the beach, a high-quality, protective water-proof case is a wise choice. It means that you have peace of mind while swimming or snorkeling up to 2 metres. And, it's also shock proof, dirt proof, snow proof and scratch resistant... did I mention, kid-proof?
Plus, an anti-reflection glass means that your photos will be clear and high-quality.
Consider a screen protector
Last, a glass screen protector is worth considering, too. I haven`t actually done this but I`m thinking it would be a sensible investment in the protection of my iPhone. Rather than the older style screen protectors and their problems, (agghhh.. tell me about it) these curved edge-to-edge tempered glass protectors cover the whole screen.. and no bubbles.
When you consider the cost of these amazing pieces of daily-use technology, why take chances? When your family includes small, excitable, energetic little people, accidents happen, and happen often. A bit of added protection is certainly key to your peace of mind.
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When you welcome a newborn into the family, the first few weeks can fly be in a blur. When you’re sleep deprived, and you’re getting used to the miracle that is your new addition, it can be hard to find time to take stock of what’s happened, and how your life is about to change forever.
You never hear a new mom or grandma remarking how slowly time is passing. Time flies when you’ve got a tiny person around, so it’s important to try and remember as much of the early days as possible.
Before you know it, that beautiful bundle you hold in your arms for hours on end is desperately trying to wriggle away and play. If you’re a new parent or grandparent, here are some wonderful ways to commemorate those special first few weeks.
A baby book
A baby book is a fantastic way of charting your baby’s growth and development and celebrating mini milestones. There are usually pages you can fill in with information about what your baby looks like, how much they weigh and what they like to do, as well as space for photographs and messages from visitors.
You can keep a baby book, and when you’ve got inquisitive, energetic toddlers running around, have a browse and wonder where on earth the time went.
A photo shoot
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a newborn at home. Suddenly, there’s a beautiful baby around, and you can’t stop staring at them and watching their expressions and movements. Even when you haven’t slept for days, there’s something magical about holding your baby in your arms and sharing those unique moments together.
Babies change every day when they’re tiny, and they grow and develop so fast. One way of commemorating their first few days is organizing a shoot with a photographer. Natural, understated shots are a beautiful way of celebrating your new arrival, and you can frame the images to hang on the walls and order prints to give out to friends and family.
If you do want to arrange a shoot, search for a photographer with expertise in family portraits and child photography, and have a look through online portfolios.
Image from https://pixabay.com/en/photos/baby/
A video diary
Every mom says the first couple of weeks fly by in an instant. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, which will take you from the heights of ecstasy to feeling like you can’t plod on a moment more without closing your eyes and catching some Zs.
When your child is older, you may well forget those days, and a video diary is a great way of ensuring those memories last. You don’t set up CCTV or film all day.
But a 5-minute snippet each day will capture moments that you’ll cherish forever.
There’s no experience in the world that you can compare to becoming a parent for the first time and bringing your baby home. When you’re adjusting to life with a new baby, time seems to fly by and the days run into each other. It can be hard to remember what life was like back then when your baby has grown up. If you have a newborn, these ideas will hopefully help you to celebrate and commemorate those special times.
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It's so easy to feel overwhelmed by the ongoing home tasks that need to be done to bring calm and organisation from the chaos of family life.
Organising a home routine that runs smoothly is not easy. It's not as if you can just do a task once and then forget about it. As someone once said, "The problem with life is that it's so daily!"
And when you add kids into the equation, the items on the family to-do list are not just additional but rather, multiplied. So what can you do?
Don't despair. You're not alone. Everyone struggles; but you don't need to sink beneath the relentless onslaught of home and family demands and tasks that need to be done. These five simple secrets will quickly help you bring organisation and calm back into your home.
Stressed out mothers, and many others, want to know the secrets of being an organized mum. They may wonder if being organized as a mother with children at home is even possible. Rest assured, mums - it is possible to have an organized home and a life which runs smoothly – at least some of the time.
Secret Number 1
‘A place for everything and everything in its place.’
Determine the best place to store things and ensure they are put back when not in use. Doing this will help you know where to find something the next time you need it.
Purchase multiples of some items which are used in different rooms. For instance, if you use scissors in the kitchen and in the craft room, it would be a good idea to have two pairs of scissors. Teach your children early on where things should be kept and expect that they will put them there.
I find that any horizontal surface, but the kitchen bench tops especially, attract letters, assorted notes, books, magazines, pens and more. It's really hard to keep these areas clear. You might find it helpful to keep an attractive basket or container just inside the front door and encourage your family to drop those items in it until they can be sorted or retrieved later.
Hallway and entry tables with drawers or space for baskets are another option for containing and storing those many items that arrive home with your family and are often allowed to drop in the living room or kitchen counter.
Secret Number 2
Create routines to help your day run smoothly.
A smooth-running morning begins by having a great routine and doing as much as you can the night before.
Go through your children’s school bags to find out what needs to be signed, or write important dates on the calendar. Make lunches the night before and keep them in the refrigerator. Have your children bathe and choose their clothes. Place everything that needs to leave the house by the door so nothing is forgotten.
Make routines for other parts of the day as well. The more you can get your family used to doing without thinking about it, the better organized you can be. Download some free home cleaning routine checklists -daily and weekly tasks- to keep on top of everything and prevent to-do tasks from building up.
You don't want to use your weekends for catching up on cleaning or organising, either. You need some rest and relaxation on the weekend plus fun family time.
Need extra help? You might like to download a free workbook from the Creative Homekeeper to help you organise and prioritise your home life.
Secret Number 3
The more ‘stuff’ you have, the more disorganized you can appear even if you really aren’t.
Children outgrow clothing and shoes so quickly. Unless you have children who will grow into clothes, get rid of what is outgrown. However, don’t throw everything away. You can sell clothing, toys and shoes at consignment stores, on the internet, at yard sales or you can donate them to charitable organizations.
Teach your kids to clean out their things, too. Establishing a weekly routine of sorting and cleaning out their school backpacks is a great way to start, (and prevents the buildup of stale food and rotting fruit in their bags..aghhh.)?
Go through your own things as well. If you’re not using it and haven’t in quite a while, someone else might be able to use it.
Secret Number 4
Ask for help if you need it.
There’s a saying that ‘No man is an island; entire of himself.’
This means you can’t do everything and you shouldn’t be expected to. Delegate tasks you don’t have the time to do or simply don’t want to do yourself.
Enlist your partner’s help in doing tasks they’re better at doing.
Teach your children at an early age to help around the house. Give them chores to do and expect that they will get done. There are many chore charts available that can help organise and provide incentive for tasks and chores. It's a valuable life skill for them, too.
If everyone in the family pitches in (even young children can do something), you won’t wear yourself out by having to do everything by yourself.
Secret Number 5
Plan your meals ahead of time.
Doing this one thing can save you money, time and headaches.
By planning your meals for a week at a time you can make one shopping trip to get everything. You can also save money by matching what you need with discounts and coupons. You’ll also save yourself headaches by not having to run to the store in the middle of the week to pick up something you don’t have.
Don't forget, you can find family meal plans already organised for you atgrandmasplace. You can download the meal plans, with links to the recipes, filled with meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus dessert and snack ideas for an entire week.
The above are five priceless secrets of an organized mother.
They are a great starting point for escaping those ongoing feelings of discouragement and overwhelming tiredness. They provide the first steps towards finding balance at home and fulfillment in life. But don't stop there. You'll find other helpful articles here- simple tips for making school lunches, feeding fussy kids, developing healthy habits and more.
You may learn other secrets and tips from other mothers, too, who you think are organized and have everything together. In due course, you may also discover that others increasingly see you as an organised mum, someone with helpful ideas and skills to learn from and emulate. ?
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There’s nothing quite like waking up to a nice hearty breakfast. By kitting your kitchen out with a few handy appliances, setting yourself up for the day with a wholesome meal could be made much easier.
Here are just a few tools that your kitchen may be in need of.
Are you wild about waffles? You can buy ready-made ones in the shops, but for that extra-fresh feeling nothing beats home-made waffles. Waffle-makers come in all shapes and sizes – with many low cost versions on the market. You can even experiment with recipes and make potato waffles and gluten-free variants. It’s also great trick to use on leftover pizza.
Create your own freshly-squeezed juice by buying a juicer. If you grow your own fruit and veg, this can be a very useful tool to have. You’ll get all the fresh vitamins and nutrients you may not get in a supermarket variety, and have the option to experiment and make your own juices.
Pricing can vary depending on how elaborate you want your juicer to be, with some models costing under thirty quid and others over a grand!
If you need a caffeine hit to get you energised in the morning, why not say goodbye to instant coffee and become your own barista from home by investing in your own coffee machine?
Whether you want a simple percolator or a hi-tech grind and brew coffee maker, there are all kinds of machines available on the market that could give your coffee that extra touch of luxury.
Of course, avid tea drinkers may prefer to stick to the kettle – but even as a toy to impress coffee-drinking guests with and it can be useful.
Multi frying pan
For those grandparents that are used to serving up full English breakfast to big families, this ingenious pan could be a life-saving tool. It’s size allows you to cook a full fry-up on it. Some even have compartments so that you can stop food mixing.
Multi-frying pans fit over multiple hobs – with some having multi-purpose grill use. Pricing varies, but generally you can nab one at under thirty pounds.
Just make sure you have the kitchen space to store it (you may be able to throw out a few other pans to make room – you won’t need them with this multi-pan).
Poached eggs can be a delicious morning treat, perfect for making egg benedict or egg royale. However, they’re also one of the trickiest and most frustrating methods of cooking an egg.
Buying a specialist egg poaching device could make the process a lot easier. You can buy small compartments for under a tenner or buy a specialist poaching pan for the job. Some more high-end machine may offer multiple ways of cooking eggs from boiling to poaching.
This could save having to bother with timers and allow you to cater all manner of guest requests (if you own a b&b this ought to be an essential tool).
If you’re anything like me, you will love pottering around in the kitchen. There is nothing quite as exciting as experimenting with different kinds of ingredients and coming up with unique recipes.
There is no wonder that some of us can easily while away a whole day in our kitchen! But because you may spend so long in this part of your house, you need to ensure that you are staying safe while you are working in there. There are many common hazards that can affect us when we are busy in the kitchen - and most of these are to do with the food and ingredients that we use!
To ensure you and your cooking stay safe and healthy, here are some delicious tips to stay safe while working in the kitchen.
Store Meat Correctly
Did you know that if you store your meat incorrectly, you will be greatly increasing the risk of certain diseases such as food poisoning and salmonella? It is incredibly important that you store your raw and cooked meat completely separately. Not doing so will greatly increase the chance of the bacteria that cause these diseases thriving in your fridge and kitchen. Want to know how you should be storing your meat? It’s simple, really. First of all, make sure that you keep your cooked meat above any raw meat in your fridge. If you swap them the other way around, the juices from the raw meat could drip onto the cooked meat and cause a contamination. It is also a good idea to store all your meat, whether cooked or uncooked, covered, either wrapped in clingfilm or in Tupperware tubs.
Listen Out For Food Recalls
There are some occasions which food suppliers and supermarkets need to recall certain food items. This is normally because a specific batch has somehow become contaminated in production, which was only discovered once the products had left the manufacturers or the factory in which they were packaged. Customers are requested to return the recalled item from wherever they bought it in order to get a full refund. You are not obliged to do so, but it will be in you and your family’s best interest as, sometimes, products are recalled for health and safety reasons. You can find out more about recall information on specialist websites.
Understand Use-By Dates
Every item of food and ingredient that you buy will have a use-by date on the packaging. That is because no food lasts forever, and there will come a point when the item in question will be no good to cook with or eat. Sometimes, these dates can be very confusing, as they can be labeled under different names. For instance, you might see dates labeled as ‘best before date’ or ‘display until’. These labels all basically mean the same things, except the ‘display until’ dates. These are dates that are aimed at supermarkets, and tell them how long they can display an item for. But it is necessary that you take notice of the ‘best before’ and ‘use-by’ dates. You should also use your best judgement when thinking whether a food is still good to eat. For example, even if a food smells slightly off but is still inside its use-by date, you should still throw it out.
Freezing And Defrosting Food
There are lots of foods that can be frozen to ensure they last for longer. However, it is important that you correctly freeze your food to make sure you aren’t encouraging bacteria to develop during the freezing process. Don’t forget that it is safe to free anything as long as it hasn’t come up to its use-by date. So don’t feel like you have to freeze anything on the day on which you buy it. If it still has a week before it becomes out of date, you still have a few days to think about whether or not you want to freeze it. How you defrost is also important.
If you are defrosting meat or fish, you should, ideally, give it plenty of time to defrost slowly at room temperature. Don’t forget that a lot of liquid could come out of the meat or fish, so you should place it in a bowl or on a plate. You can defrost meat and fish in a microwave but only do this if you are going to cook it straight away. Ensure that the defrosted meat or fish is piping all the way through before serving. Once raw meat or fish has thawed, you should not freeze it again. However, if you cook the meat or fish after defrosting, it is safe to freeze the cooked items.
Many people tend to throw out their leftovers because they are worried about storing them and getting food poisoning. But you shouldn’t worry about this as there are many safe ways to store your uneaten food. If the leftovers are still hot from cooking, you should try and cool them down within two hours. You can then divide the leftovers up into portions so that they can be refrigerated or frozen. If you choose to keep your leftovers in the fridge, you should eat them within two days. You can reheat refrigerated and defrosted leftovers, but make sure that the food reaches 70 degrees centigrade for at least two minutes. Once some leftovers have been thawed, they should not be frozen again.
One reason why people have trouble storing fresh ingredients is that their fridge isn’t correctly maintained. You should be checking to make sure that it is always chilling food at temperatures under 5 degrees centigrade. This will ensure that each item of food in there will stay fresh until its use-by date. You should also regularly clean your fridge. Food debris and grease can quickly build up in fridges, which can become the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Ideally, make sure you give your fridge a good clean and scrub out every couple of weeks. If you ever spill anything in your fridge, you should clean it up straight away so that it does not contaminate any of the other foods.
Temperatures Are Important
You will have no doubt noticed that I have written quite a bit about temperatures in this blog post already. But it is very important to reiterate this point, as storing foods at the incorrect temperatures can cause some dangerous bacteria to develop on them, which increases your risk of food poisoning. Firstly, you should always remember that room temperature is dangerous for all foods (except those that are defrosting). You should never leave any fresh food out at room temperature for long periods, as this is the optimum temperature for breeding bacteria. Only leave things out for two hours, or one hour if the weather is particularly hot. When you are cooking food, especially meat, it is important that it hits high temperatures and stays at them for at least two minutes of the total cooking time. If you aren’t too sure whether your food is hot enough to serve, use a cooking thermometer.
Food Safety While Out Shopping
Of course, food safety doesn’t just start in the kitchen. You should also be wary of cross contamination when you are doing your weekly shop in your local supermarket. When you are packing your shopping cart, it is essential that you keep your raw meat and eggs separate from any cooked products that you buy. In fact, one good tip is to pick up your raw meats just before you go to the checkout to pay. This will reduce the chance of cross contamination from occurring. If you are planning on buying any chilled or frozen foods, keep a freezer bag and ice packs in your car trunk. This will ensure you can transport them home without them getting too warm and starting to defrost.
Check Your Groceries
There are also some simple checks you should carry out to ensure that the groceries that you pick up in a supermarket are of the highest quality. For example, it is important to open a carton of eggs to ensure that none of them are broken or cracked. Make sure that the shells are also clean. When you are looking at raw fish and meat products, you shouldn’t choose something that is warm to the touch. All raw products need to be adequately refrigerated to ensure complete freshness. When you are looking at canned and packaged foods, make sure you always check the use-by date. Otherwise, you may get home and find that you only have a couple of days in which to use the product before it ends up out of date! Fresh fruit and vegetables should not show any signs of rotting or mould. But don’t confuse this with an ugly product - just because a piece of fruit or veg is quite ugly, doesn't mean it is dangerous to eat!
Hopefully, you can now enjoy your cooking time without worrying about making anyone ill!
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.