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Butterfly Pocket Files

Recently I received a wonderful gift pact from Butterfly Products. It contained the range of Pocket Files (the binded plastic sleeves that we all used at school to put projects in) as well as a gorgeous Barbie activity pack for Andrea and a Mickey Mouse activity pack for Arno. I was embarrassed to realise that even though we have a house full of colouring books this was Arno’s first colouring book that was just for him, and he loved it. Kept on asking for “Arno se boekie”.

Butterfly Pocket Files

Butterfly Pocket Files

Activity Pack

Andrea with her Activity Pack

Back to the Pocket Files. I am VERY disorganised…which is quite evident when you see the stacks of paper I have lying around. Like you have the hoarder programs on TV you can put me on a paper hoarder show. I don’t have the heart to throw any of the kids artwork out, which is a serious problem as they each come home with about 10 pictures a week. Then I also love keeping magazines. When I finally decide to get rid of some magazines I’ll tear out all the recipes and exercise programs and anything else that looks interesting…which of course becomes a new stack of papers. These pocket files are perfect for all these.

Paper Stack

Paper Stack before the Pocket Files

This weekend me and Andrea started putting her and Arno’s pictures into the files. The plastic is clear and great quality. It works so well with their pictures because they often have things stuck on like leaves, rice, seeds etc. These eventually come loose so in the pocket files it can’t make a mess everywhere.

File Done

Pictures in the Pocket File

This also makes it so much better to view their artwork. Nobody wants to go through a stack of papers in a box. And it made me discover a big oversight on my part. I kept their pictures, but never dated any of them, so I can’t remember which were made when Andrea was 2 or 3 or 4.

Andrea Reading

Andrea paging through their art

Next I want to tackle the recipe cupboard and magazine clippings. These are also perfect for all those important documents like birth certificates, marriage certificate etc.

Now on the best part. You can win your own set of Pocket Files. All you have to do is like Butterfly Products on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter. Then leave me a comment telling your favourite product from their website. Entries close 3 November 2013.

A New Lawn

The past 2 weekends were spent in the garden. Someone decided we need to fix our lawn. For a change the ‘someone’ with the bright idea was my husband, and not me. Our lawn consists mostly of wonderlawn, some weeds, a type of plant I only know as ‘suurtjies’ (Googled it now and looks like it could be Oxalis stricta) and a teeny bit of grass. We want a lawn with mostly grass.

Because the area was too big for poison we took out everything. A LOT more tiring than I thought it would be. The ground is very hard and it seemed that every time you put the garden fork in the ground you hit roots from the surrounding trees and plants.

We bought Berea (LM) grass seeds, and now we can only hope that it is not all eaten by birds. My other big fear is that 2 weeks from now it is covered in wonder lawn again, with no grass.

Here is a picture of the grass taken out. I just took a small photo with my phone because I was just too tired to fetch the camera. The little patches of grass in between were tests we did a while back to see if the Berea grass grows in our soil. And the area is a lot bigger than it looks on the photo.
Dirt lawn

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