Monday, May 28, 2012

A day at home

We're having a home day today!

Sophie and I made banana bread with honey instead of sugar, can't wait to taste it!



Then we spent ages just hanging out in the lounge room. We read books, watched Play School, pretended to be mermaids, and then played Princesses in Castles:



Lovely morning :) Back to work soon though in nap and movie time.

What have you been up to?

Friday, May 25, 2012

What's B-School and why are women on the net going crazy over it?



Have you seen Marie Forleo and her B-School mentioned A LOT over the internet the past month or so?

You may be familiar with Marie and her Marie TV videos on You Tube, or you might be wondering why so many bloggers, business owners and entrepreneurs (especially women!) are going on about her.

Simply put, Marie helps women make the most of their online presence and use their passion to make money and change the world.

How does this relate to blogging?

I see a lot of women doing exactly what I do with blogging.

We start out blogging because it's a great way to record what's happening in our lives, to keep in touch with family, to have adult conversation when we're surrounded by kids all day, or to follow a passion that we don't get to fulfill at work. 

Then we notice we're getting regular readers. People start to comment, email, and ask us questions relating to what we blog about. 

We start to get great ideas on how we can answer those questions and help even more people with our blogs - advice, product recommendations, creating products ourselves, helping people virtually or in person - this is what happened to me with Beautifully Organised and I see it a lot on other blogs.

So we spend all this time helping others, and we LOVE it.

Then we start to notice it's taking time away from our families, our loved ones.

We start looking at how to find a balance, and for a lot of us, it's to make an income from blogging - to justify time spent away from family - to indulge in our passion AND support the family AND help others.

But the income part is hard. No one minds when you help for free, but when you start looking to earn money, you get a lot of negativity.

People don't see you earning money as a way to free you up to devote time to your blog and business. They don't always see that with some extra $$ coming in you don't have to work full time hrs in a traditional job and can use that time for others.

So what does this have to do with B-School?

Whether you're a new blogger or writer, have an established online presence but aren't making money from your passion, or own a business that you want to leverage online but are not sure how to, B-School will help you put those pieces together.

I'm proud to be affiliated with this program because I've learnt so much just from the free tips Marie gives here.

I saw results from the day I started putting these tips into action - and I didn't have to be sleazy or scammy about it - there were things I hadn't considered for my blogging and business that would help so many people and reward me too, that now seem so simple, I'm kicking myself because I didn't do it 6 months ago.

So I signed up for B-School this year and I can't wait to see where it takes me.

If you're keen to find out more or come on this journey with me, here's my affiliate link. If you're going to B-School too, tell me so we can chat about how we are doing as we go along :)

xx Marissa

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DVD Review & Giveaway: I Don't Know How She Does It

This is a movie I think a LOT of Mums will relate to.

Actually, I think this is a movie a lot of people in general will relate to, as we are all really busy these days and have a lot to juggle in our lives.

But something really spoke to me watching this one.

Maybe it was because I have been in similar, crazy-busy situations. Trying to juggle family, housework, other work, social stuff, and fit some sleep in somewhere (although all of that was my inspiration for getting organised, so that's a plus)!

So, Mums - and other busy people, this is a DVD you should try. It's on my 'watch it when I can't sleep' list AND my 'watch it when I need to relax and feel appreciated' list. It even made me a big Sarah Jessica Parker fan :)

Here's a clip for you!



If you like the look of I Don't Know How She Does it, you can buy a copy here.

I also have 1 copy to giveaway! To enter, just comment below and tell me how you handle being busy :)

You have until midnight (Sydney time), Saturday, May 26 to enter, and I'll announce the winner on the blog shortly after. Good Luck!  

Don't forget the fine print:
  • Prize to be shipped within Australia
  • It's a game of skill so I'm looking for an original and creative answer - have fun!
  • Make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you if you win - email address, Twitter / FB details, etc. Post here in comments or email them privately to me at marissaroberts@live.com.au :)

xx Marissa


Credits:

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD to review.. and I LOVED it. I will be watching it over and over again. For years.

DVD review & Giveaway: Dino Dan



If you've had one too many cartoons in your house lately, this DVD is a great option.

I road tested Dino Dan with my gorgeous 4 year old nephew Seth and my almost 3 year old daughter Sophie.

Soph's more of a Barbie girl (or Wibbly Pig), but as you can see, dinosaurs are winners in Sethie's book!

What I love about this DVD?
  • I found it quite educational and interesting, learned a few new dino facts myself! So it's great for older and younger kids
  • It's a nice change from cartoon format
  • The concept is adorable: Dan is a boy who, when dealing with a problem thinks about how dinosaurs would act if it happened to them, and then comes up with a theory or experiment to try and solve it - adorable.

If you have a little boy or girl in your family who loooves dinosaurs, this is a great one for them! You can buy Dino Dan here.

I also have 1 copy to giveaway - to enter, just comment below and tell me who you want to win it for!

You have until midnight (Sydney time), Saturday, May 26 to enter, and I'll announce the winner on the blog shortly after. Good Luck!  

Don't forget the fine print:
  • Prize to be shipped within Australia
  • It's a game of skill so I'm looking for an original and creative answer - have fun!
  • Make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you if you win - email address, Twitter / FB details, etc. Post here in comments or email them privately to me at marissaroberts@live.com.au :)

xx Marissa

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What I Wore: Hanging out with the kids at Mum's

I take my kids to visit my mum for a whole day every Thursday.

They get to play with their cousins as well and it's very cute!

I wore this, so I could feel pretty but still be able to get down on the floor for playing, changing nappies, picking up thousands of toys after Soph was finishes with them, etc..




Shoes from KMart 
Leggings from  KMart
Denim Skirt an old maternity one (but look how cute it is!)
Black shirt from KMart
Hmmm, seeing a pattern ?!?
Orange Scarf from a little shop at Westfield that I can't remember the name of (sorry!)
Earrings from Michael Hill
Headband from the same shop as the scarf (What is that shop's name?!?)

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Friday, May 4, 2012

How To: Hair - Easy Bouncy Waves for Busy Mums

A quick video for you today!

This takes under 10 minutes and gives you relaxed waves with not much effort. People think my hair is like this naturally - now they'll know it's not ;)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What I Wore: Easy Sunday party dressing

Here's what I wore to a family get together on Sunday!

Shoes from Payless Shoes
Jeans from Suzanne Grae
White shirt from KMart
White singlet (underneath) given to me from a friend
Necklace from Equip
Blazer from Temt

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