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20 Random Facts About Me - 2016

Lately, I have had an influx of new followers on Instagram and Facebook, plus new subscribers to my blog (THANK YOU ALL and Welcome!). It's been a while since I shared one of these, and I thought it's a great way for you to get to know me, Charlene - the blogger behind Teacher by trade, Mother by nature...so here are 20 Random (and not so random) Facts About Me. Enjoy!

1. I got a perm for my 10th birthday, brushed it out and had to get another one a few days later (mum was not impressed)! 

2. I love the colour Teal, but my favourite colour is purple (not grape, Purple) 

3. I got $1000 from my parents when I turned 21 (because i had no babies)...6 months later..BOOM pregnant

4. My daughter is "my past, my present & my future"

5. My son is the "definition of perfection" (well to us he is) 

6. I met my partner on online :) Best thing I ever did! He was the first and only guy I met :) 4 years going strong 

7. I am a sentimental hoarder (i get it from my Grandad) 

8. My daughter was named after my Papa 

9. I am addicted to Coke! (but a lot of people already know that lol) - currently doing Dry July (no Coke for a month)

10. I actually HATE clutter but i'm really good at hiding it! 

11. I can eat a whole box of Chicken Crimpy crackers in one sitting (don't judge me LOL) 

12. I hate being confronted

13. I collected soft toys as a teenager - especially squeaky dogs

14. Is my favourite number (my shirt number in soccer for 12+ years) 

15. I had Osteomylitis when I was 8 - stayed in hospital for 6 weeks (couldn't walk) 

16. I bite my nails, especially when I'm anxious 

17. I breastfed B for 25 months and still b/feeding M at 29 months. 

18. I love reading Horoscopes

19. My dream holiday would be going to England, London 

20. My bedroom walls (as a teen) were covered with Hanson & Spice Girls posters! ‪#‎MmmBOP‬ ‪#‎SpiceupyourLife‬

Now it's your turn, can you relate to any of these? Tell me some random things about YOU in the comments below.

Have a wonderful week, 

My KonMari Journey: KOMONO - Teacher Resources

Welcome to 'My KonMari Journey' series. Over the next few months I will be sharing my progress, as I make my way through the KonMari Method, based on the best-seller book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' by Japanese organising enthusiast, Marie Kondo.

Today I am sharing - KOMONO: Teacher Resources
BEFORE - Teacher Resources

Friday Favourites: Sharing the Blog Love 20

Happy Friday
Welcome to 'Friday Favourites' - a weekly link up party. Link parties are a great opportunity for bloggers to get together and have a 'party', sharing their favourite, best or most recent posts from their blogs. Whether you are a blogger or a reader, it's the perfect place where you can make new friends, read some new blogs, and share the blog love. I am excited to be collaborating with some of my favourite bloggers - Lisa (Lisasaurus), and Maria (Happy Mum, Happy Child) - each blogger bringing something new and fun to the party!

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who has linked up with us - YOU are all amazing.  If you are new to our link up party - WELCOME - If you like what you see and read, please share the blog love by simply commenting, subscribing, following bloggers on Social Media, and sharing your favourites on Facebook, Twitter, and/or pinning to Pinterest. Be sure to come back each week and link up with us every Friday night 7pm (NZ time)...we would love to 'party' with you.


Sadly, this will be my last week co-hosting the Friday Favourites link party with Lisa & Maria. The Friday Favourites link party will continue each week, however after a lot of thought, I have made the decision to leave. I have absolutely loved being a part of this link party and have met some amazing bloggers along the way. 

A special Thank You to my two amazing co-hosts, Lisa and Maria, for your ongoing support and sharing your love for blogging with me and the rest of the world. I wish you all the best in your blogging journey and I know the link party will continue to thrive...because you two are both awesome bloggers. 

On that note...It's Friday so... "Let's get the party started!"

To kick things off, here are some of my favourites from the week...Enjoy!

Favourite Blogger: 

I have been following Lydia from Always Made With Love since I started blogging. She has awesome recipes, play ideas, tidbits about motherhood, and fun & easy DIY/Craft ideas, plus much more. This week, Lydia shared 5 Delicious and Nutritious Toddler Lunch Ideas over on her blog! I'm definitely trying the Cheese Puffs this weekend. 

Follow Lydia on Facebook and Instagram

Favourite Play Idea: 

Favourite Quote: 
image credit: Found via The Plumbette

Recently on Teacher by trade, Mother by nature:
I am taking a moment to 'check in' with 'My KonMari Journey' and answering 10 questions in this awesome KonMari Method Tag Q&A (by vlogger/blogger Janine at A Young Mum). Simply click the image below.

    Now it's your turn...
    If you're a blogger, feel free to link up your Favourite, Best or Most Recent post from the past week or of all time, it's totally up to you, and if you get a chance, pop around and share the blog love with the other awesome linkers. The 'Friday Favourites' party kicks off every Friday night at 7pm (NZ time) and will close on Sunday night at 7pm. 

    You can link up here or over on Lisa's blog (Lisasaurus), or Maria's blog (Happy Mum, Happy Child). Where ever you link up, it will show in all 3 places, how cool is that? A link back to us on your post is appreciated. You can grab our button below.

    Please note: 
    • Any Giveaways will be removed
    • Link up a blog post, not your blog URL.
    • Share the blog love: Comment on at least 1-2 other blogs.  

    Have a fabulous weekend, and I hope you enjoy reading some amazing blogs, I know I will!

    Teacher by trade, Mother by nature

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    My KonMari Journey: KonMari Method Tag Q & A

    Hi all,
    Before I get stuck into two of my biggest KonMari categories - Teacher Resources and Sentimental items, I thought I would take a moment to 'check in' with 'My KonMari Journey' to date.

    I have been following blogger/vlogger Janine from A Young Mum for a while now (you can see Janine's KonMari journey HERE), and I remembered she created a KonMari Method Tag during her own KonMari journey last year, so I've answered her questions and I'm sharing them here on my blog.  

    Here are my responses to Janine's 10 questions - KonMari Method Tag Q&A...Enjoy!

    Sunday Share: TAKING STOCK - June 2016

    Welcome to another 'Taking Stock' for 2016. In case you missed it, here's January, FebruaryMarchApril and May. Pip from Meet Me At Mike is the mastermind behind this, so be sure to check out her blog and share the blog love. This is something I have done since I started blogging and will continue to do, this year. You can read my previous Taking Stock posts HERE. In a nutshell, it's simply taking a step back and 'taking stock' of what's currently happening in your life. I am dedicating the last Sunday of every month to a Taking Stock post. 

    Here's what's been happening in the month of JUNE...

    Making: plans for the school holidays - I'm going to need a holiday after!

    Cooking: Slow cooker Chocolate Self Sauce Pudding

    Drinking: my last bottle of Coke - next month is DRY JULY. My partner are both doing it! No alcohol for him and no Coke for me! Wish us luck!

    Reading: lots of amazing blogs in our Friday Favourites link party.

    Wanting: (and needing) a haircut...one day...

    Looking: forward to catching up with friends and family in the school holidays.

    Playing: with water & bubbles at Playcentre - our kids love washing the animals

    Deciding: what to do next...

    My Office
    Wishing: my niece a very Happy Birthday x

    Enjoying: work this year! I am working with a great staff and awesome students.

    Waiting: for my Tax refund.

    Liking: a clean kitchen

    Loving: my family.

    Buying: mint stationery supplies for my desk (from KMart)

    Mint Stationery Supplies
    Watching: Grey's Anatomy and Chicago Med - I really like Hospital dramas

    Hoping: to start purging my teacher resources this week - I'm actually looking forward to it.

    Needing: to organise the kids toys.

    Wearing: my ugg boots. I usually live in my jandals, even through Winter...however it's been cold lately, so I bought a new pair of uggs.

    Admiring: my Dad.

    SortingLINEN CUPBOARD, HOLIDAY DECORATIONS, HOME DECOR & more Miscellaneous items - thanks to the KonMari method.

    Celebrating: Matariki at my school - I presented this amazing korowai (cloak) - covered in 278 feathers, decorated by the students. They all loved it.

    Celebrating Matariki
    Giggling: at Master M's facials when the rubbish/recycling truck drives passed!

    Feeling: blah (emotional) this week. I really hope next week is better.

    Helping: a friend re-design her blog - I really enjoy that sort of stuff.

    Getting: organised!

    BookmarkingCreating a Custom Desktop Organiser by A House Full of Sunshine

    My very own Custom Desktop Organiser

    Hearing: rain! ugh Winter is here.

    Slicing: fresh fruit for morning tea at PlayCentre.

    Forgetting: to get meat out for dinner! Oops

    Winning: a Gorgeous bracelet from Fabuleux Vous for renewing my year subscription to OHbaby! Magazine. See it here.

    Pretending: everything is O.K, when sometimes it's not.

    Sneaking: a bag of mixed M&Ms in this weeks grocery shop.

    Embracing: this motto - Keeping Life Simple

    Now it's YOUR turn...

    Tell me, what's been happening in YOUR world? How was JUNE for you?
    Choose three (or more) words from the list and 'take stock' in the comments below.

    Read previous Sunday Share: Currently & Taking Stock posts

    Until next time, I hope the next month treats you well!

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