Organising Chaos

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HAPPY HALLOWE’EN

Today was busy. We finished making the mummies, the last pumpkin was carved, the ghosts got together and the last-minute decisions were made regarding costumes.
Halloween home-made ghosts
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Every Halloween I get paranoid about what they are going to eat. I always try to give them a massive super healthy meal followed by a home-made fresh fruit and organic yoghurt smoothie to counterbalance all the chocolate and sweets they will be eating later on. Deep down, I always hope that they would be full of healthy food and they won’t eat many sweets. I know I am been naive, but that is the only thing that gets me through the day.
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It was raining outside, the boys were playing inside, taking it easy, in anticipation to what was to come. Big Monkey draw the “Halloween plan”, what we were all wearing. It didn’t quite plan out that way as Mr B got home late from rehearsals and I was very busy. He is so talented though. His drawings still amaze me every day.
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My parents in-laws came for dinner. The boys went around the neighbourhood Trick or Treating with their granddad and their friends. All the kids were so well-behaved. They all say thanks and are very polite. It’s a pleasure! In our neighbourhood we give prices (€20 for a bookshop) for the best dressed girl, the best dressed boy and the best dressed house. Tough competition. Some of the house decorations were amazing! and some of the kid’s costumes were incredible!
Halloween monkey
The boys ate their weight worth in sweets and they went for a sleep over to their grandparents. I don’t have to put them to sleep. I don’t have to tell them to go to bed 5 times. To argue with them because they are too high in sugar to go to bed. Tonight I am drinking wine.
Happy Halloween.
Chaotic Itzi


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CHILLI HOT CHOCOLATE

We are deep into “hot chocolate season”. I love my hot chocolate at night, on the couch, under the blanket, watching tv… Mr B usually makes them for me. Most nights. He has it down to a fine art. I am a very lucky girl, I know.
I have to admit that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to chocolate, cold or hot. Milk chocolate? I just don’t get it… And don’t get me started on orange chocolate, cherry chocolate…. really? I love dark chocolate. 70% cocoa is my preferred percentage. Dark chocolate with salt? Divine! with coffee? out of this world! and with chilli? It is a match made in heaven!
I have been wanting to make a home-made Chilli Hot Chocolate for ages and, since I have a cold this week, I thought it was the best opportunity to give it a go. This would satisfy my daily dark chocolate fix and, at the same time, clear my sinuses so I could have a proper night’s sleep. Win/Win? Definitely!
To make 2 cups of Chilli Hot Chocolate you will need 3 cups of milk, a red chillies and 100 grams of your favourite dark chocolate.Chilli hot chocolate ingredients
Heat the milk with the red chilli cut in strips over a medium heat for about 6-8 minutes or until it boils. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse. Strain the milk discarding the chilli and put the milk back into the saucepan over medium heat until hot (don’t let it boil). Reduce the hear to low and start adding your chocolate and whisk until smooth. Serve into your favourite cups and enjoy a delicious treat. You can make it more decadent with some whipped cream and some ground cinnamon on top. I like it just like this, plain and delicious.
Delicious Chilli Hot Chocolate
I hope you enjoy it!
Chaotic Itzi


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DIY FRAME KEY HOLDER

For years I didn’t have a place in the house in which to leave the house and car keys . I usually left them in my bag, which was a problem when I changed bags or when I had 3 bags in use, or in the pocket of my jacket, but then I never remembered which jacket I was wearing last and I would find myself running around the house in a panic. It wasn’t very practical, or very attractive, or good for the nerves, so I decided that I needed a key holder.DIY frame key holder 1
I got a plain wooden frame and three screw hooks. I decided to paint it  and distress it before using it as the base of my key holder (to make it extra special).Frame and screw hooks
I gave the frame a couple of layers with Country Grey Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Once dry, I sanded it with a small piece of fine-grade sand paper paying special attention to the edges, I then applied a coat of clear wax and polished it with a cloth.Painting the frameSanding the frame Clear waxAdding a string and ribbon
Once the frame is finished, you only have to screw in the hooks. I got greedy and I wanted the frame to double up as a tiny message board, so I decided to add some twine to hang photos or messages from. I turned the frame around and I secured the twine with a staple gun. I also added some ribbon to hang the frame with.DIY frame key holderKey holderKey holder with ribbon
It has become habit to hang the keys on the holder as we come into the house, so there is no running around like headless chickens in panic when we leave. No sir. At least not because of the keys, anyway… 🙂
Chaotic Itzi


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LEGO – A LOVE/HATE AFFAIR

Lego is a wonderful yet messy world that I am find myself in the immersed in at the moment. Star Wars Lego
I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the fact that nurtures their creativity and imagination, develops their fine motor skills and it helps with their problem solving skills. I hate that all the little pieces are all over the place, and even after tidying up, you always find bits and pieces under the couch, between the cushions, in your shoes… everywhere!!!lego, lego, lego
Chaotic Monkey got some Star Wars Lego for his birthday but as the weather has been quite mild and dry recently, we haven’t been at home long enough to put it together. As the boys are in mid-term break, I have a cold and it is windy and wet outside, we spent this morning building it. When I say we, I obviously refer to the royal we. It is always me building the Lego while getting loads of encouragement from the kids (I even got a sticker from my kids this morning for doing a great job!). I don’t mind. In fact, I love it. Give me something to build, instructions and some time, and I am one happy camper. Have you got any Ikea to assemble? feel free to give me a call! following instructions
Lego brings my inner obsessive compulsive personality and I always have to fight to urge to superglue all the pieces. The boys have loads of Lego pieces to build and create other things, so I don’t understand why I can’t super glue this toy I spent an hour (give or take) building so they can play with it forever and ever without bits falling from it. Mr B assures me that it is not the done thing and talks me out of it every time. I am not yet fully convinced, but I comply. Let’s see how long I have to safe these tiny light-sabers from the hoover.
Lego AnakinBuilding Lego
What are your thoughts on Lego?
Chaotic Itzi