Harry Potter Filofax Planner

Hello my lovelies,

I’m am soooooooooo excited to share my baby with you.  As you all know, I’m a die hard Harry Potter fan and with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my love for the wizarding world of Harry Potter has grown. I’ve had a planner of sorts most of my adult life but this is the first time I’ve had planner peace because my planner now is a complete reflection of me. Introducing, my Harry Po

I found this Finsbury real leather filofax at a charity shop for £2! I know, it was a real bargain. Over the past two months, my planner has really blossomed and come together beautifully. I’m so proud of it.

First of all, my family bought me a Harry Potter themed pandora-knock off bracelet and while I loved it, it kept getting in the way and caught on things so I recycled it into a planner charm for my filofax. I added Gryffindor colour beads and love the way it turned out.

From the top you can see the washi tape paper clips I made to mark some pages. I have tabs running along the top and right hand side of my planner.

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My chocolate frog and Deathly Hallows charms decorate the bottom.

This is the inside cover and the first things you see are some bits I’ve collected. The dashboard was made using some scrapbook paper and an image I found online. I added the little baby hedwig pic I found online as a type of tab to help me turn the page.  Of course, no journey into the world of Harry Potter would begin at any other place other than platform 9 3/4.

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Tiny Hedwig owl by  Cryptid-creations

 

I made the paperclip behind the Godric Gryffindor chocolate frog card using a large wooden button I found at The Works.  The Knight Bus licence was made for me by Woozelmom in a swap. Woozelmom makes the most A-mazing themed craft projects.   Check out my previous swap post about the wonderful things she sent me.

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On the other side of my filofax cover is a tag from a pair of Harry Potter pyjamas that I got for Christmas which was addressed to Harry. I kept it because I thought it was cute.  I then have some washi tape samples that I use in my planner to decorate pages.  Above that is my miniature Marauder’s map.  I love it!  It was a printable from Britta Blvd and you can find the link to the printable here.  The snitch card is one I got from a RAK from Storm in a tea cup gifts. They do lovely themed subscription boxes. 18033070_10154959681305659_7050404997375769262_n18033343_10154959575120659_1429067500139513524_n

From this view, you can see the tabs are planning, lists and occasions as well as a little peep of Pigwidgeon.18033407_10154959575125659_8659674820507246476_n

Through platform 9 3/4 the first thing you see is of course a Hogwarts Express ticket and my personal information that I’ve blanked out.  I figured that if my planner got lost I’d be distraught and would hope that someone would contact me to give it back.

I’ve also added mine and my daughter’s vital information such as allergies and medication that we take.  God forbid, we are ever in an accident, our information, along with my husband’s contact details are printed there as an emergency contact. Inked17992330_10154959575250659_211426713908378420_n_LI

Then comes the Hogwarts express which naturally follows on if you go through the barrier at Platform 9 3/4. I love the Hogwarts silhouette tab on the right of the page.

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On the back of the Hogwarts Express poster, I keep my owl sticky notes and tabs and my main goals for the year.

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The next first actual section is my planning section. This seems like a subject Hermione Granger would be adept at which is why I place a picture of her here. Again, I found this online through searching Google images here .

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Turning the page, there’s a quote from Ron Weasley, who was talking about Hermione at the time and then my lunar calendar. Most people think I’m crazy logging the lunar cycle but I find that the cycle of the moon really has an affect on my moods.

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The pages that follow include dates for the academic year, weekly prompts for when I’m planning my week, yearly calendar, my future log page where I write down all events and dates to remember as I find out about them, my perpetual calendar and my Yearly planner calendar pictured below.

The Knight Bus ticket was another gift from Woozelmom and I’ve laminated it to keep it nice.

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This Dumbledore quote is on the other side of my weekly prompts list and next to my future log pages.

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My favourite picture of Newt Scamander graces the list section divider.

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And one of my favourite moments of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is on the other side of Newt along with my to do list pages.  Link here.18010873_10154959576245659_966801931237913801_n

My brain dump pages follow on from the To Do List pages. Don’t you love my pencil wand? I made it using a pencil, hog glue and paint. 18010264_10154959576395659_5625836229883820987_n

The occasions divider where I can plan any entertaining we are doing, birthday parties etc.

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Another Dumbledore quote and some birthday plans for my daughter’s birthday party.

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The next section is dedicated to my pen pals and contains their addresses and a log of letters written and received.  I love the little tab topper of Pigwidgeon. Hogsmeade poster here.

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One of my favourite characters and quotes from the series along with my pen pal letters sent and received log. Picture here18033369_10154959576955659_6019791198061277798_n

The next section is a where my daily planner pages start. The photograph was taken when my daughter and I visited Platform 9 3/4

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A map of Hogwarts follows and then it’s my monthly goals.  I like to set out my monthly goals along with my weekly intentions. More on those pages to follow.

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Here are my page per day pages.  I created them in powerpoint where all my pages are created.  I love how my page marker turned out. It has my morning and evening routines printed on it.

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My weekly intentions page is for things that I intend to get done during the week. I like the term intentions better than to do list.

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My finance section comes next. The snitch picture can be found on etsy here.

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Another Dumbledore quote found here.

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I haven’t shown my budget which is personal but I have shown some blank expenses pages and online purchase log pages.  I’m not sure about you but I sometimes forget what I’ve ordered especially if the items will take weeks to arrive such as some items ordered from China.  My purchase log keeps me updates of what is still to arrive.

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My personal section comes next.

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My transfiguration (weight loss measurements) come next and there are a few of these pages to help keep me on track. I adore Luna. I can’t find where I got this picture from but if you come across it please message me and I’ll give all due credit.

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Then there’s my cosmic ordering pages come next – they’re basically manifestation pages by another name.  If you are unfamiliar with the concept, check out the book The Cosmic Ordering Service or the website on the link above.

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Because my work can take me all over the area, I like to keep a log of where I’ve worked that isn’t my usual base and I have titled these pages Muggle Business.  Then there are pages for the Books I’ve read, books I’ve got on order at the library and books I want to read.17992308_10154959578085659_6157492901752482001_n

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Next comes The Burrow which is Swish cottage or our home.

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I keep things pertaining to our home here such a cleaning schedules, family schedules, details on family members such as clothing sizes and needs, wish lists etc.  Gryffindor poster can be found here17991900_10154959578405659_518650383477173535_n18010260_10154959578550659_4662343018696252841_n

Then there’s menu planning.  This adorable owl pic can be found here.

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I plan my weekly menu here along with any shopping that needs to be done. Again, I can’t remember where I got this picture from but if you know the source please let me know.

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There is also a page for writing down items I need to stock up on.

The last section is for writing where I keep blog post ideas along with my book ideas and notes. I love Vincent van Gogh paintings and this Hogwarts image done in the van Gogh style is just phenomenal.

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At the very back, I have a little pocket folder that I made to keep stickers, a couple of birthday cards and my Morrisons savers stamp folder. What would Hermione do image can be found here.

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I could go into so much more detail about the way I use my planner but I’ve run out of time!  This has been a lengthy post!

I hope you love my planner as much as I do.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Raisin Baked French Toast

Hello my lovelies

I’ve been testing recipes again because I’ve been scouting around Pioneer Woman‘s website.  Oh my word, if you have not been to her website, you must run at turbo speed, do not walk!  There is sooooooooooooooo much to read and drool over!  Be prepared to linger…for quite some time.

Best take a cuppa.

And some cake.

While I was perusing the loveliness, I found a recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Baked French Toast.

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I couldn’t resist!  Especially since I had everything I needed to make it without making a special trip to the shops.  Hooray!

Honestly, this was sooooooooo incredibly good.  We had it for breakfast but it was so heavenly, it could easily be served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for dessert.

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We had ours for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast before more renovations started and it was scrumptious galumptious!

It was so incredibly easy because you make it all up the night before and pop it into the fridge to chuck in the oven for an hour the next morning.

Perfect, for if you’re like me and wake up like a grumpy badger until you’ve had your second cup of coffee.

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I would recommend tasting it before adding syrup though because I found it really quite sweet

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And there are leftovers to have with ice cream tonight for dessert.

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Does it get any better?

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Princess unicorn marshmallow crispy treats

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back with another recipe. It seems like all I’ve been doing recently but I’m loving the domesticity.  You guys know I have a culinary crush on Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman, right?  Well I do, and I’ve been watching her series on the telly and practically drooling over her home cooking.  On the latest show I watched, Ree made these gorgeous pecan marshmallow crispy treats and I couldn’t wait to give them a go.

No really, I couldn’t even wait until I had been to Morrisons, so I made them up with what I had. Of course, I didn’t have any regular white marshmallows so the mixture came out pink and my daughter dubbed them Princess Unicorn marshmallow crispies.

Because they’re rainbow coloured and pink of course!

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Ree’s basic recipe ingredients are:

4 tablespoons of butter plus extra for greasing

300g marshmallows (I used pink and yellow ones)

1/4 t of salt

6 cups of rice crispies

First grease your dish well, I used a square one and it worked out perfectly.  Next add the butter to a large (I used my pressure cooker!) pot and once melted add the marshmallows. Melt on a low heat making sure to stir to prevent it catching.

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Add the salt and the 6 cups of rice crispies.

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Here you can add anything you have lying about to ‘flavour’ them.  I added white chocolate chunks, 1/2 a bag of mini pink and white marshmallows and 1/2 a bag of smarties.

Mix it all together and dump it out into the greased dish.  Working quickly, spread out in the dish to reach the sides and trying to make sure the layer is even.  I found that although I worked quickly, the mashmallow mixture started to get really sticky and I was getting more clinging to the wooden spoon than in the actual bowl.

On a spark of brilliance, I wet my hands a little and pressed the mixture into the pan in a nice even layer.

Again, working quickly, I poured over a slab of melted white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles.

I refrigerated for 3 hours then cut into squares.

Mr R and dear daughter (DD) adores these!

I’m already considering some other interesting combinations…. stay tuned

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Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Giant surprise centre cupcake

Hello my lovelies,

I’m just dropping in very quickly to show you the giant surprise centre cupcake I made for my daughter’s 6th birthday. But before I do, here’s a really quick tip so listen up really well…

NEVER LET YOUR 6 YEAR OLD LOOK FOR HER BIRTHDAY CAKE ON PINTEREST WITH YOU!

Let her see a board of approved cakes you think would be appropriate first.  My daughter chose the giant cupcake and thankfully it was relatively easy to make but some of the other cakes she liked left me feeling terrified.  How I would have made them, I have no idea!

Anyway, here’s the cake. It really was a thing of beauty.

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I used the basic giant cupcake recipe from The Pink Whisk and changed it up by adding 30g of cocoa powder and decreased the flour by 30g.

I cut the base of the cupcake in half. I then made a basic icing and sandwiched the two pieces together with icing.  I then iced around the base of the cake and stuck on my chocolate fingers.  Once that was done, I scooped out a hole in the middle of the base (not all the way to the icing layer) and added in the Reeces peanut butter bits.  I smothered icing on the bottom of the top half and sandwiched the base and top together.

With me so far?  Good!

Next, I filled a piping bag and piped a small line of icing close to the top of the chocolate fingers and stuck on the maltesers.   Then I went to town piping rosettes all over the top of the cupcake.

I added maltesers and white chocolate stars at random and et voila!

When my daughter cut it open…

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Sorry about the bad quality picture, I had served up my daughter’s slice and hubby was complaining he wanted to sink his teeth into a slice but I was trying to take a picture.

This cake definitely had the wow factor!

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Foolproof way to put on a duvet cover

Ladies and gentlemen, I need a drum roll!

I have found the quickest, easiest way to put on a duvet cover that is nothing short of a homemade miracle!

But first, I need to bemoan the trauma of what I go through every time I usually try to put on a duvet cover.   I’m 5″6 and trying to put on a duvet cover for a king size bed is a nightmare.  I am just not tall enough, nor do I have long enough arms to get the cover on without tripping over the stupid thing and landing up falling on the bed.  By the time I’m done, I’m hot, sweaty and I’ve had a few choice words to say.

Then I discovered the California Roll technique.  It’s A-MAZING!  I must admit, the first time I saw this video, I was like, ‘yeah right!’ But it really is this easy!  Check it out and try it out today.

bright blessings,

Mrs R

x

New amazing way to bond with your daughter

Hello my lovelies,

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Today I wanted to talk to you about a meaningful way to connect with your kids, especially your daughters.  My little one is 5 turning 6 as she likes to remind me, and with our busy lives, I often find we don’t connect as much as I’d like.  It was really getting me down that I didn’t get enough time to really find out a little more about what makes my little girl tick when I happened upon a great idea on Pinterest.

It’s called the Mommy and daughter journal. We bought this pretty journal from WH Smith which my daughter decorated with stickers. And the basic idea is that as the Mommy, you start off by writing an introduction letter to your daughter.

 

Mine said:

 

Dear Darling,

Would you like to be my pen pal?  Instead of posting letters to each other, we can keep them in this lovely notebook.  Does that sound like fun?

I will write to you in the notebook and leave it on your bed.  Then, when you write back, start on a fresh page and when you’re done, leave the notebook on my bed.

You can write about anything you like! Things that make you happy or sad or even things that happen during your day.

In your first letter, please tell me two interesting things about you.

Love

Mommy

xxx

 

Let me tell you dear readers, when I first started this notebook I had no idea it would become such a brilliant tool and keepsake!

Not only does writing in it help my daughter with her literacy and handwriting skills but I’m finding out so many great things about my little girl.  Some of the entries bring tears to my eyes and I cherish every one of the little, ‘I love you mommy, you’re the best’ messages.  One day I will present this book to my daughter as a special keepsake gift.

So, how do you go about starting your own notebook?

Firstly, I would recommend taking your daughter shopping to choose a notebook that you both like.   While you’re there, pick up some cute pens, stickers and washi tape. My daughter loves to decorate in our notebook with washi tape and pictures for me.

Next, write your first entry to your daughter. Remember to keep it lighthearted and fun.

I don’t pressure my daughter to write in our journal. If I’ve written to her a few days before and she hasn’t written back, I gently remind her and she usually can’t wait to go write something for me.

I know that my daughter struggles sometimes, with her literacy at school when she has to write stuff from imagination.  She just doesn’t know what to write!  I reassure her that she’s not the only one who finds a blank piece of paper intimidating.  That’s why I have found it helpful to use prompts in my letters to her. For example, in my first letter to her, I prompted saying, ‘In your first letter, please tell me two interesting things about you.’ This helped to give her a starting point.  I do this with all my letters. Here are some examples of prompts I’ve used recently:

  • What are your favourite foods and why?
  • Which toy is your favourite and why?
  • Who is your favourite teacher and what do you like about her?
  • Let me know some fun things you would like to do during the school holidays
  • If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

 

Another winner was an entry I wrote to my daughter listing ten things I loved about her.  The return message squeezed my heart.  She wrote ten things back to me and oh deary me, they were so precious!

Don’t forget when you are writing your prompts to give your answers to your own prompts. Tell your daughter what your favourite foods are and why.  This helps the bonding process and makes your journal feel less of an interrogation!

I always remember to slip in compliments on what my daughter has done well and to tell her how proud we are of her and how much we love her. To me, you can’t tell your kid these things enough.  No adult ever complained to the shrink that their parents told them they were proud of them and loved them too often!

I’m honestly so glad we started this very special little practice.  Try it and see what an impact it has on your relationship with your little girl.

 

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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Tulley’s Farm Christmas Experience

Hello my lovelies,

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and most of it has been working, renovating our house and starting a new job which means I’m now working full time!  More on that another time!

I wanted to share with you our kick off to the festive season.  I’d heard that Tulley’s Farm did a fantastic Christmas experience but I really didn’t expect to be so blown away!

It was a cold, rainy, blustery day and despite all of us getting over the flu we decided to go and see Father Christmas anyway.  We arrived at 9:40 to collect our tickets and had fun taking pictures and dancing. Everywhere was decorated and had been made festive.

We revieved a kids passbook filled with a map and lots of info as well as an Elf Hunt.

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Before our Tractor ‘sleigh ride’ we spent our time wandering about the festive delights.  First we decided to beat the queues and write our letter to Father Christmas at Santa’s Post House. The Post Master was brilliant and really embraced his character.

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While I was busy helping DD write her letter to Santa the Post Master gave DH a letter from Santa to put under my daughter’s pillow in way of a reply.

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All she wanted for Christmas she told me was for her Scout Elf Snowflake to come back this year… watch this space for more Elf Antics!  I loved how the Post Master even posed in character.

It was really silly of me but I videod us going through the post office into the sorting room and through the winter wonderland to post our letter in the official north pole post box.  I should have taken photographs but sadly I was too busy videoing it!  I still have no idea how to insert video’s in to here!

On our elf search there were lots of things to see

We spent loads of time with the reindeer while DD asked loads of questions. She’s going to be an amazing vet one day.

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When it came to meeting these guys DD was suddenly very shy and wouldn’t even look at them prefering instead to climb all over Daddy!

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There was a short wait for our tractor ‘sleigh’ ride to see Santa and we occupied ourselves by making funny faces!

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And talking to the elves

At last we were on the tractor ‘sleigh’ and DD thought that singing Jingle Bells was just ludicrous

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At Santa’s grotto Father Christmas was fast alseep and the children had to wake him up so he could tell me them as story.

I was so impressed because everything was so well decorated and thought out and even Father Christmas looked so realistic!

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We had a lovely picture taken with Father Christmas then  waited a short while before we got back on the tractor ‘sleigh’ to go and make our presents.

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Which turned out to be – Build your own bears!

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We also bought the photograph which I thought was good value for money for such a large picture at £8.

After we had warmed up with some mulled wine and a mince pie from a vendor, we watched the puppet show which was all about doing nice things for those we love.

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We even watched the singing chickens!  Yes, chicken!

We could have gotten something to eat there but it was busy and we were cold and hungry so we went off to Smith & Western (one of our favourite restaurants) for brunch.

Here a tired little girl snuggled with her new kitty friend Daisy that she got from Father Christmas.  DH caved and bought her a dress for Daisy which was £9.95 which considering the prices at the Build-a-bear-factory, this was cheaper.

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All in all, this was a wonderful day out and a lovely Christmas experience.  It was not cheap at £12.95 per child and £7.95 per adult but it was worth every penny because even us adults enjoyed it. And the fact that they get such a high quality gift as well made it worth it.

I give this Christmas experience 8/10

Stay tuned over the next few days for most festive fun,

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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