Organising Chaos

trying to bring beauty and order into a busy life


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HEALTHY HUMMUS RECIPE

Hummus is a bit hit around here and a staple in our diet. I introduced it to the boys when they were very small and they love it. We use it for our picnics, as a side dish, a snack with vegetables… anything!

Delicious hummus!

My little monkey usually gets a rash around his face from the tahini paste (he has allergies…) so a couple of years ago I started making it with yoghurt instead. the yoghurt makes the hummus lighter and healthier, as we usually have all the ingredients around.

For this recipe you will need:  A tin of chickpeas;   Organic low fat yoghurt (I find the organic yoghurt less acidic);  Lemon juice of half a lemon; 1 Clove of garlic; Extra virgin olive oil;  Salt and pepper

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In a food processor combine the chickpeas, drained and rinsed, 2 tablespoons of organic yoghurt, the lemon juice, the garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Turn on the food processor and blend. Taste and adjust the seasoning. At this point, if you like it creamier, you can add a bit more yoghurt or some extra virgin olive oil.

Serve in a dish, drizzle a tine bit of extra virgin olive oil and start dipping.

It’s so simple, healthy and a good source of protein – what else can you ask for?

.Healthy hummus
 Have a great day,
Chaotic Itzi 


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THE HUMBLE TIN CAN

Tin cans are so versatile. I love them and I am not afraid to admit it.

There are always tins in our larder: tinned tomatoes, chickpeas, butter beans, kidney beans…  and I am always reusing a couple of them for different purposes. I am the kind of person that likes having a place for everything and everything in its place – at least in theory- and tin cans provide me with a very effective and yet cheap way of organising random bits and pieces.

The beauty of up-cycling tin cans is that you can do so many things with them. You can use a bit of wrapping paper to cover them or just give them a quick update with spray paint and some material. Either way, they look great all over the house and you can customise them to match any decor.

The offer great solutions…

– Hold the toothbrushes and toothpaste in the spare bathroom
tin can as toothbrush holder
– To cheer up any corner with some flowers
tin can as a flower vase
– To keep together sharp implements in my office
Tin can to hold cutting implements in my craft room
– To keep tidy the boy’s colours in their play room.
tin can as pen holder with a bit of wrapping paper

What do you think? Will you be upcycling these humble beauties from now on?

Have a great day,
Chaotic Itzi


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CARPET OR NO CARPET? – THAT IS THE QUESTION

One of the (many) projects in out TO DO list, is updating the stairs.

Right now we have carpet on the stairs. Although I don’t really like carpets (I am more of a wooden floors kind of girl), I don’t mind it on the stairs as it has a purpose, absorbs the noise.

The problem is that the carpet on the last step is so worn out that there is now a hole in it. There is no mystery as how the hole happened. Although I don’t like pointing the finger of blame at anyone, we can establish with certainty that our youngest Monkey has a lot to do with the hole and its rapid development. His terrible twos were indeed tough and he spent the best of a year and a half sitting on that last step. The hole was small at first but he started hiding his toys in it: a car one day, an action figure another… He knew that sooner or later he would be sitting there, so he planned in advance… and the hole got bigger, and bigger and bigger. It is actually dangerous now as you can get your foot caught on it and fall… and that would be bad (and probably hilarious)

I have been looking for inspiration around the web but I am yet to make up my mind about Carpet or No Carpet?

Painted stairs with runner
Painted stairs with a runner, Southern Hospitality
Painted stairs
Painted stairs, Painted Therapy
All white stairs with colourful banister
White stairs with colourful banister, Ceiling Explorer
Chevron stairs
Chevron stairs, Simple Dwelings
Stripy Carpet
Stripy carpet, Carpet Creations
At the moment I thinking I am going for No Carpet as it is easier to clean and cheaper to update. Have you got any tips?

Have a fab day,

Chaotic Itzi


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PAINTING DINNING ROOM TABLE AND CHAIRS

When Mr B and I bought our house, I was 6 months pregnant of our second child.We had just sold our first home, a lovely little cottage full of character and personality in town, and we were moving to the outskirts to a house double the size with a 2 year old and a baby on the way. Although we had furniture that we had been buying over the years, it was obviously not going to be enough going from a 2 bedroom town house to a 4 bedroom semi-d, so we were extremely grateful when the owners offered us to include some furniture in the sale , especially the big solid wooden table and chairs.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Kitchen table and chairs updated
To say that there was a lots of pine in our new house would be the understatement of the year! The kitchen units were pine, the kitchen table and chairs were pine, the built-in wardrobes were (and still are) pine… you  get the picture…   It made the house look very dark despite all the windows and the light coming through. We knew we had to do something about it.

We didn’t do much in the house in terms of updating it at the beginning as with a 2 year old, new baby, c-section and general day to day, we didn’t have much spare time (shocking, right?).  As the kids got older and we had more spare time, we decided to tackle the dinning room first as, together with the kitchen,  it was the most pine-tastic room of them all and where we spent most of our time. 

I wanted to paint the chairs three different colours so I spent hours looking at the Dulux paint chart trying to choose 3 colours that would complement each other but would not be too loud. After much deliberation and consultation, my final choice was: Japanese Maze 4California Sands 4 and Mango Melody 4 (very self explanatory names, aren’t they?)

As the chairs weren’t varnished, I didn’t have to sand them but I did give them a good wash before applying the primer and then two coats of paint (I’m afraid I don’t have before photos but I am sure you get the idea). As for the table, I sanded it down and I painted the legs white keeping the top bare. I love the look!

It is amazing what a bit of paint can do for the soul.
The new colours make the room feel lighter, more airy and that bit happier.

OrganisingChaosBlog - Painted kitchen table and chairs
OrganisingChaosBlog - Loving the new colours
What do you think? Does colour affect your mood?
Have a fabulous day!
Chaotic Itzi