Organising Chaos

trying to bring beauty and order into a busy life

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The last week of school has finally arrived! These last weeks have felt so long but they are finally here.
This morning I made my last school lunch for this academic year. It is a ridiculous (and a bit tragic) how great it made me feel. We are so ready for the holidays, a far less regimented life.

As soon as the boys finish school tomorrow at noon, we are driving down to West Cork, one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We have rented a house with some friends in the Bere Peninsula. We were there for the weekend and it is truly breathtaking, I can’t wait to go back!
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As it tends to happen in this remote areas, internet coverage is not all that regular, which is a great excuse to turn off all electrical devises and really kick back and relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

But before I fall off the grid, I wanted to leave you with a discount to use on my ETSY SHOP. Use code SUMMER20 to get a 20% DISCOUNT on any of the Notice Boards on my ETSY SHOP and I will post your purchase to you as soon as I am back next week.
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This discount applies to all boards listed on the shop, you come on! get shopping and treat yourself to something pretty (and yet practical) this summer.
Vintage Notice Board -
Have an amazing week and happy shopping!
Chaotic Itzi



The winner of this month’s giveaway is…


Congratulations! You get to choose the Notice Board of your choice! Yay!!!
Vintage Notice Board - White and Grey 2
Have a lovely weekend lovely people!
Chaotic Itzi

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As I mentioned during the week, I am heading home to Spain earlier than usual this year and as I am the realistic possibility of being in some sort of swim wear at the beach is fast approaching (not so likely in Ireland as the wind is always too cold for me), I have been looking for some swimwear inspiration.

There are so many styles out there, it is so hard to choose…

I totally adore this classic swimsuit. The white and black make it so simple and yet so beautiful!
Organising Chaos - Weekly inspiration - swimwear

This one piece crochet is elegant and yet practical.
Weekly Inspiration - Swimwear

I am loving the combination of flowers and stripes in this tankini
Weekly Inspiration - Swimwear

This bikini is so fun!
Weekly Inspiration - Swimwear

And finally, the sporty yet cool bikini – I love it!
Weekly Inspiration - Swimwear

Which style do you prefer? Which makes you feel prettier?
Chaotic Itzi

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I think salmon fish-cakes are my favorite kind of fish-cakes and this ones are delicious and fresh, perfect for summer eating.
Salmon Fishcakes - delicious and nutricious
Salmon is a great source of vitamins (B12, B6 and D mainly) and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for kids and adults alike (I have a bit of an obsession with giving Omega 3 to my kids…) and mixed together with some vegetables and served with a couple of salads and you have yourself one of the healthiest and tastiest dinners you could ever had.


600gr of sweet potatoes
50grs of peas
360 grs of fresh salmon or 2 x 180 grs of tinned salmon
1 lemon
bunch of coriander
2 spring onions
1 red chili (optional)
1 large free-range egg
1 table-spoon of flour and extra for dusting
olive oil
salt and pepper
Organising Chaos - Salmon Fishcakes
Half-fill a large saucepan with cold water, add a tiny pinch of salt, place it on a high heat and bring it to boil. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them in 1 cm chunks. Once the water is boiling, add the sweet potatoes and bring it back to the boil. Let the potatoes simmer for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through, adding the peas for the last 2 minutes. If you are using fresh salmon for the fish-cakes, add the steamer to the pan with the boiling water and place the salmon there for the last three minutes.
Meanwhile, finely chop the coriander, chilli and the spring onions and add them to a bowl. If you are using tinned salmon, drain the liquid and add the salmon to a bowl using a fork for flake into small chunks. If using fresh salmon, drain the potatoes, peas and salmon and leave them aside to cool completely.
Add the zest of the lemon and a teaspoon of flour to the bowl. Crack in the egg and season with a tiny pinch of pepper. Once cool, mash the potatoes and peas and add them to the bowl and mixing all the ingredients thoroughly.
Sprinkle a little flour over a clean work surface and onto a large plate. Divide the mixture into balls and use your hands to pat and shape each ball into a fish-cake. I usually make 8 but you can make them as big or small as you want. Place them onto the floured plate, dusting your hands and the top of each fish cake lightly with flour as you go.
Place a large frying pan on a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Carefully place the fish-cakes into the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until crisp and golden, turning carefully.
Cut the zested lemon into wedges and serve the fish-cakes with your favorite salad.

 Salmon Fishcakes with salads
Organising Chaos - Salmon Fishcakes
You can double or triple the quantity of  ingredients and make more to freeze for another day. If sweet potatoes are not your thing, you can also make them with normal potatoes. Perfect for summer
Salmon Fishcakes
 Enjoy them!
Chaotic Itzi