Taking Stock - August 2015

Taking Stock is one of my favourite posts I share on the blog. It's a chance to reflect on the month, in a creative way. Pip from Meet Me At Mikes is the mastermind behind this amazing idea. If you are a blogger, join in the fun and take stock. Here's my Taking Stock for August. 

Making: Lemon Cake.
Cooking: Pork Riblets, mashed potato and mixed vegetables for dinner. Yum! 
Drinking: a Hot Chocolate (with marshmallows).
Reading: books with Master M. He loves to sit on our laps and read with us. 
Wanting: to get stuck into the gardens. Bring on Summer!
Looking: for costume ideas...it's Book Character Day on Friday.
Playing: with Finger Paint & Soapy Sand Such a fun and messy play idea for your little ones.
Deciding: which heat pump is going to be best for our home.
Wishing: my big brother a 'Happy Birthday!'
Enjoying: spending time with my family - celebrating my Aunty's 60th Birthday. 
Waiting: for my Howard's Storage World goods to arrive...ooh I love Happy Mail! 
Liking: and welcoming all my new followers to Teacher by trade Mother by nature.
Wondering: how many people will join me next month in my 'Organising My Home' Challenge/Series. Will YOU? More details COMING SOON. 

Loving: the news I heard yesterday! I am still buzzing!
Pondering: Father's Day present Ideas? What are your kids getting 'Dad' this year? 
Considering: buying a new car.
Buying: a heat pump for our home! 
Watching: Reno Rumble (yes, we are only viewing it on TV now here in New Zealand - so please no spoilers)
Hoping: to have my office, set up and organised before the end of September! I can do this!
Marvelling: at all the home-wares at K-Mart. 
Needing: a new phone...it's definitely on my birthday wish list.
Questioning: iPhone or Samsung?
Wearing: jandals (flip flops) in Winter! Am I the only one who does this? 
Following: At A Pinch - a fellow Kiwi Mummy Blogger who shares her weekly meal plan and shopping list...and scrummy recipes to top it off. Follow Nicci on Instagram too @at_a_pinch
Noticing: that Master M sleeps through the night (6:30pm-6:30am) every second night...weird aye? 
Knowing: that my family are happy and healthy - warms my heart. 
Thinking: about my cousin, who passed away 9 years ago this month. Forever Young x Forever in our hearts.
Admiring: Pastel and Macaron's new blog! Check out Maria's blog here
Sorting: through my office, slowly but surely!
Getting: a little bit anxious about leaving Master M for a second time this week, while I go to work. 
Bookmarking: this Free Laundry Printable - thanks Kristen and Co
Opening: happy mail! We got a Welcome Pack from Meridian Energy (our electricity provider) - Eco Store products, chocolate and tea! They know me well. 
Giggling: at my kids. They are hilarious! Master M is such a character now.
Feeling: jealous! My parents are heading over to England for 5 weeks. England is my Dream Destination. One day I will get there...one day.
Snacking: on Russian Fudge - it's easy to make and oh-so delicious. See the recipe here.
Helping: a friend. They know who they are (smiley face)
Hearing: my kids giggling! Music to my ears. 

What's happening in your world? Choose 3 words and take stock below.

Here are my previous Taking Stock posts for 2015: 


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Jeannie! So lovely to have you here.

  2. Thanks for sharing - lovely things happening in yur life.

    Needing: to do my August taking stock
    Feeling : like I have 100's of things to do
    Knowing : I can't until i recover from recent surgery

    1. Thank you Trish. I hope you have a speedy recovery and that all is good with you now.

  3. I've seen so many of these posts recently! They're so good!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

    1. Taking Stock posts are becoming quite popular. Will you be sharing one on your blog? If you do, let me know, I would love to read it.

  4. Love your taking stock Charlene! I've started mine, need to finish it off. In the meantime, a hot choc with marshmellows sounds like a goer! Xx

    1. Thank you Shannon. Lovely to have you here. I look forward to reading your Taking Stock post :)

  5. Oh I am so with you on the Bring on summer bit... I am ready. OH SO ready!!! I need to take stock again.. i has been far to long and I always find it is such a good way to reset after a blah period xx

    1. Happy 1st Day of Spring Sonia! One step closer to Summer - Yippee! I love Taking Stock - definitely a great way to reset!


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