Scaredy Cat Challenge – Get Packing!

To be perfectly honest, I’ve done abominably badly with my personal Scaredy Cat Challenge this week. My goal is to get ready for our summer holiday in France long before ‘the night before’. But this week has been hectic with my birthday celebrations, DH being away for six whole days and a whole barrage of end-of-term activities at school. Hmmmph. I have, however, managed to pick up a few surprises for the kids backpacks (see my We’re all going on a summer holiday! post for details of that) and I’ve been coralling old undies/socks/pjs (see the same blogpost for the gory details on those!).

Anyway, I refuse to get overwhelmed. There are still lots of days left and therefore lots of opportunities to set my Flylady timer for 15 minutes (or, for Pete’s sake, 5) and just go and do something – even if it is just writing the luggage labels for our suitcases 😉

I started writing today’s blogpost at 9am this morning (while waiting for the kids to surface for breakfast…) and have already added a few items to this week’s online grocery list (waterproof plasters, shower cream, small drink cartons for the journey, etc). Started putting together a pile of things we need for the (three different) mobilehomes we’ll be staying in (toilet roll, kitchen roll, washing up liquid, small bars of soap, old teatowels/handtowels, mini salt n’pepper, couple of stockcubes, coffee/coffeefilters etc). So where there’s a will (and a Flylady timer) there’s a way! 😉

Is there something you want to do but are having trouble starting? Or, tee-hee – like me – finishing? Then link up with us (MckLinky at the bottom of this post) and let’s hold hands and be scared together!

Have a simply super Sunday! 🙂

PS: This is my last Scaredy Cat Challenge post

for the time being as the blog

will be closed for the month of July.


Scaredy Cat Challenge – Get packing!

Did you see yesterday’s post? No? It’s here – We’re all going on a summer holiday! I’ve started preparations for our family holiday to France and – in my head – I’m doing really well. However, before I know it, it will be the night before we leave and I’ll still be running around doing things and thinking “Why oh why didn’t I get this done two weeks ago when I had the time?”…

So my new Scaredy Cat Challenge is to get cracking on packing! 😉 Or at least to get stuck in and do things right now. Why wait till next week when I have 5 minutes to look out maps today? No procrastinating! 🙂 Would you like to join me with this challenge? If you need a few pointers, the Flylady has an excellent checklist of what you need to do and pack before leaving for a trip. You can find it right here.

Or do you have a Scaredy Cat Challenge of your own? Then link up with the MckLinky below. Let’s be scared and hold hands together and get things done! 🙂

Have a super Sunday!


We’re all going on a summer holiday!

Our summer holiday in the south of France is fast approaching and I’ve made a start on the preparations. Put the newspapers on hold while we’re away. Picked up currency (Euros) from the bank. Gathered a small supply of medicines and toiletries. Started putting aside towels, undies and nightwear that are ‘past their best buy date’ to wear then toss at the end of our trip, giving us more space in our suitcases for souvenirs! 😉

One of the things the kids look forward to is finding surprises in their travel backpacks, things to keep them amused on the journey. It’s become one of our holiday traditions 🙂 We’re flying to France, so here’s what they’ll have for the plane journey:

  • a small pack of pens and a blank notebook
  • new puzzlebook
  • reading book or comic
  • Nintendo plus a new Nintendo game (they get one at Christmas and one during the summer)
  • headphones – for use with the Nintendo and in-flight entertainment
  • ‘sookie’ sweets such as TicTacs, a small packet of chewing gum, chocolate covered raisins – good for relieving sore ears during landing
  • toy shop catalogue – they can dream, can’t they? 🙂
  • pack of cards
  • coloured pipecleaners and beads for threading
  • tiny pot of modelling clay – it’s amazing what it can be used for!

And you should never go on holiday without your favourite cuddly toy…

Doggy and Pikachu

For long car journeys we also take a pot of bubbles and a small ball -good for making us get out and stretch our legs during toilet stops. Just remember to fill up the tank before you head off! đŸ˜‰

Have a simply super Saturday! 🙂