Monday, 24 March 2014

100 Happy Days

I'm going to give this a go, because, well, why not!

Can you be happy for
100 days
in a row?

People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
  •  Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
  •  Be in a better mood every day;
  •  Start receiving more compliments from other people;
  •  Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
  •  Become more optimistic;
  •  Fall in love during the challenge.
Even when the challenge is over the collected 100 happy moments can always remind you about the beauty of your life. For that, you can receive a little 100 page book with your 100 happy days at the finish line of the challenge!

You can follow me and my 100 Happy Days here if you would like to.

Thanks for visiting,
Yours in happiness 
Rachael

Sunday, 9 March 2014

11 Years

This girl turned 11 yesterday.

I couldn't love her more.

And as I do every year, I give thanks to her mother who gave birth to her and gave her to me so I could be a mother.

Thanks for visiting
Rachael xo

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Crafting 2013

Sadly I didn't do a lot of crafting in 2013.  All my creativity went into my teaching, which wasn't that creative either! It's hard to be a creative teacher when you are just starting out.  I did create a bag for my sister in law which I blogged about here and earlier in the year I made a big cushion for the Cowboy's birthday.

The Princess and her friend made salt dough cookies for Christmas gifts with quite a bit of guidance from me.
We used this recipe which was step by step easy to follow and super successful.
What I liked about this project was minimal ingredients, flour, salt and water and minimal equipment, baking trays, baking paper, cookie cutter and a chopstick for punching a hole in the head!
Pre Cooking
We used a stencil and a metal skewer to initial each 'cookie' as they were for family members.
I painted the initials with black food colouring before baking in a cool oven, for hours!
Cooked and ready to be glazed.
The following day we glazed the 'cookies' with a watered down mixture I concocted using ochre and black acrylic paint and put them outside to dry in the hot sun.
Glazed and drying in the sun
We threaded garden twine through the holes and attached them to each family members Christmas gifts.  Unfortunately in the scramble to get Christmas together I didn't photograph them tied to the gifts, trust me they looked so cute.
Brown paper wrapping looked cute with the 'cookies'
This was a great child friendly crafting project, one I think the Princess and I will make a tradition of and do each year using a different shape.

Thanks for visiting.
Rachaelxo

Friday, 3 January 2014

One

My New Years resolution is...


1hour per night free of doing school work
1day per weekend free of doing school work
1weekend per month free of doing school work

Do you make resolutions?

Thanks for visiting
Rachaelxo

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year


From me to you,

wishing you the happiest New Year.

May your dreams come true!

Rachaelxo

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 in Gratitude

It's good to look back on a year just as it is ending.

2013 was a fabulous year for me.
To sum it up:

  • We celebrated the New Year in Australia with family.
  • The Cowboy and his son moved into the castle with me and the Princess.
  • I finished my degree and graduated.
  • The Cowboy changed jobs.
  • The Princess turned 10.
  • I got my first teaching job and became financially independent.
  • We left the castle and moved to the new house (with insulation).
  • I no longer have to go back for checkups related to my accident.
  • The Cowboy and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary.
  • We celebrated Christmas with both our families at the new house.

source
I have so much to be grateful for.

Thanks for visiting.
Rachaelxo