Posted in Baby OL, Busy Bags, Family, Ordinarylife, Parenting

Busy Bags No. 1 Using a Pool Noodle.

When Little OL was even littler I stumbled upon the idea of “busy bags”.  I can’t remember where I got all my ideas from and it was before I started using Pinterest but there are loads of sites out there, just Google “Busy Bag ideas”.  Basically I wanted them to be easy and cheap to make, easy to store and keep her occupied

Once I made them I kept them all in a large plastic container and would pull them out randomly so she would not get bored with one.  I also find that they are great in the car and if we are going on a road trip I just put the container within my reach in the car.

This morning Little OL found them again and started playing with this one – It was actually the first one I made and was really easy.

You will need:

1 x pool noodle – make sure it is the type with the hole that runs through the center.

2 x stiff rope – about 50cm

Sissors to cut the rope and a knife (bread knife worked best) to cut the noodle.

Zip lock type bag to keep it all in.

Lighter or sticky tape to seal the rope ends.

The pool noodle I used was scalloped shaped and when you cut it into pieces they looked like flowers.  You will only need about 30 cm of the noodle – I used the rest to make some bags for all my friends with kids the same age.  Cut the noodle into sections of about 2 – 3 cms.  Tie a knot at one end of the rope and seal or sticky tape the other end so it does not fray.  And Viola – 1 busy bag made and ready for playing with!  (if sealing the rope make sure that it has cooled down before giving to the toddler – those things stay hot for a while).

Completed and ready to use.



Little OL concentrating (yes, her hair is wet)



She is getting a little old for some of the ones I made initially so I will need to start looking for other ideas.

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Family, hiking, Ordinarylife, Women

30 Days of Gratitude – Days 7, 8 & 9

Day 7 – I am grateful for my health.  I have a cold/flu at present but at least they are rare and don’t usually hit me that hard.

Day 8 – I am grateful for finding a hair stylist that not only makes me look good, but also keeps me in stiches of laughter while I am there.  I have been going to the same person to have my hair cut for 11 years.  After much insisting on his behalf last year I finally let him colour my hair as well.  Oh, the joys!  After many, many years using a box to colour my hair I am so grateful to have somebody else do it for me.

Day 9 – I am grateful for ALL the wonderful women in my life.  One of whom I have only recently met but is a true inspiration, the more I know about her the more blown away I am!  Also, my sister who phoned me all the way from Australia today – YAY.  And of course my mom – an unbelievable woman who celebrated her 60th Birthday by climbing Kili (in 2005). She truly is remarkable

My sister, mom and I celebrating my mom”s 60th Birthday on the top of Kilimanjaro in 2005.