Oct 31, 2016

Life This Week 31/10/2016: November Goals. Goodful.

It's Halloween today, Melbourne Cup tomorrow and I don't have a thing planned for either.  It's Party Central around here.




To me, these last few weeks before December starts are weeks I like to spend getting ready for Christmas, Preschooler SSG's birthday and New Years.  November is all about the slow build up to all of the above - planning, shopping and counting down.  It's also about enjoying my relatively unscheduled weekend before the fully booked ones of December arrive.



This last weekend was a case in point.  I spent it doing routine things around the house, ferrying Preschooler SSG here and here and catching up with friends and family.  Despite being busy, it was relaxing having plenty of time to fit it all while still having time to stop to smell the coffee and gaze at the cakes.


There was even time to sharpen my entire, well loved collection of Sephora eye pencils.  Did you know refrigerating them for a few hours makes them easier to sharpen into precise points?  B.F.(Before Fridge),  I had the worst problem with the pencils slipping around in my sharpener and not catching effectively on the blade.  I'm pretty sure freezing them would work even more quickly but am not sure if that would do anything that would permanently alter the composition and texture of the pencils on your eyelids.


SSG Manor 2.0 is also starting to reap the benefits of being a TV free household.  Toys are being played with, real conversations are being held, shouty voices are being used less often and brains are not as tired from having to engage in complex negotiation type mind games for hours on end.  I'm not sure when I'll ever 'find' the television cable again.



When one screen switches off, another one switches on.  Preschooler SSG and I have a surprise favourite youTube channel we both love to watch - Goodful.  From what I can gather, Goodful is the food and lifestyle arm of Buzzfeed and their videos are very addictive to watch.  Chirpy guitar music, easy to read and concise captions and bright videography - we're both hooked on Goodful's cheerful ability to solve almost any household problem.  Together we've learned how to make simple salmon dinners, how to declutter cupboards and thanks to our most loved instructional video - how to make our groceries last longer.


I'd say a good 100 of the total hits this video has received would have been attributable to us.

Have you done away with the television at your place?

Do you have a favourite kind of YouTube video?


20 comments:

  1. We can't do away with the telly. My partner would combust.

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  2. Oh, lots happening in your part of the world.

    I'm actually doing the opposite on the TV front - I've just got Netflix so will be doing some bingeing. But of course I live alone, so no kids to consider.

    I don't 'do' Melbourne Cup and don't think anyone at work is doing anything which is fine by me. I don't think I'll have many Christmas parties either but that's okay... I'm hoping to get a bit done in the last couple of months of the year!

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    1. Enjoy Netflix and I look forward to reading about what you're watching. Need some ideas for the Christmas break.

      SSG xxx

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  3. I'm taking my grandbub trick or treating today. The suburb next to ours goes all out for Halloween (apparently). I need to find something to wear! I was thinking of dressing the dogs up too. About to dive into the costume cupboard ...

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    1. Hope trick or treating went well, Leanne!

      SSG xxx

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  4. This sounds so nice. Getting things done at a leisurely pace before the crazy takes over. Thank you for linking up today for Life This Week.

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    1. My pleasure, Denyse. These so called leisurely weeks are going to fly by too...

      SSG xxx

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  5. I wasn't allowed to watch tv as a child. It meant that I went kind of overboard with catching up when I moved out of home for the first time. Only to give it all up a few years later. I'm far more productive without it.

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    1. It is amazing how much more productive life can be minus the television.

      SSG xxx

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  6. That channel sounds great, I'm definitely going to check it out. I haven't had proper TV for 6 years and I don't miss it one bit- that said, I do have Netflix so that's probably cheating. If you have Netflix, I'd recommend Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, it's like Miss Marple but with an Australian flapper set in the 1920's. I don't think that description does it justice...

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    1. Miss Fisher!!!! I love the books. Thanks for the reminder about the series.

      SSG xxx

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  7. We have 2 tv's but only switch them on to watch movies or football (husband). Kinda funny watching my kids fake all the social references their friends use. It wasn't a conscious decision, it just evolved that way. Both my kids are busy with sport after school most days of the week so with that, dinner and homework there's no time so no point switching it on.

    Our suburb it huge with trick or treating but interestingly it has all contracted to one street over the last couple of years which is jam packed with all manner of ghouls running around. Given the volume of kids it's local etiquette to bring a bag or 2 of treats to support the people who actually live there and get inundated. It's a great atmosphere with front verge and verandah parties all the way along. Even busy on this Monday night!

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    1. Emma, your neighbourhood celebration of Halloween sounds lovely. I like how everyone pitches in with extra treats to help out the families on the street where all the action is.

      SSG xxx

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  8. Was there any tantrums when the TV cable was "lost" to begin with? That sounds like it would have been a difficult time.

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    1. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was a case of us both just having to deal without the television. I was surprised by the lack of drama myself.

      SSG xxx

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  9. I don't watch much telly. Maybe an hour a day? Thanks though for the tips re the eye pencils. I have a feeling that could change my life!

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    1. Glad to have helped change your life, Jo :-)

      SSG xxx

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  10. It is important to cherish that time before Christmas! Already our calendar seems to be filling up, it can be such a hectic time, but in a good way of course, filled with friends and family :)

    We don't really watch TV much at all - I'll settle down with netflix for the night time feed but otherwise it wasn't part of our routine when baby was small so it hasn't been a part of our day yet. There was one time we put it on when toddler T was unwell and just wanted to cuddle, but he's never requested it since. I'm very aware it can all change one day! So far he just requests to watch videos on my phone now and then of things like his birthday, train rides, cooking with his Grandmother etc.

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    1. It's such a complex thing, children and television. I imagine that in households with more than one child, none of them will every have the chance to watch what they want uninterrupted for hours on end. Personal space will be invaded, people will get bored with what's on, everyone will end up playing with the television just on in the background. It may also be a necessity of household life if any of the adults need to get things done in a multi child household.

      SSG xxx

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