18 April 2013

OMG Tips Event + Microsoft Office 2013 {Giveaway}

A few weeks ago, I attended an event for bloggers, at The Establishment in Sydney. I travelled up to the event with Tina from Tina Gray Dot Me and Erin from Imperfectly Erin. The journey was a lot of fun with a whole lot of giggling and carry on.

Wollongong OMGTIPS Bloggers

The Establishment hotel is visually stunning. It’s an old style building which looks dark and moody from the outside, but once you walk in, it’s light and bright.

The event was hosted by Microsoft who were interested in discussing how parents can use technology to free up time in their busy lives.
We had some amazing speakers who shared how they use technology to keep themselves organised in the home, classroom and kitchen.
The speakers included:
· Melissa Doyle from Sunrise
· Australian chef and television personality Ben O'Donoghue
· Inspirational High School Principal Stacey Quince
· Microsoft’s ex-army officer, mum and tech guru Sarah Vaughn
Scallops - OMG Tips

The food was delicious and the wine was free flowing, but at the end of the event, I came away with a tonne of ideas of how to use technology to organise myself, my family, my blog, crafting, publishing and everyday life -better.

Roulade - OMG Tips

I also came away with a 12 subscription to Microsoft Office 365. I have since installed this new version of office and am really enjoying learning all of the new and improved features.
I love playing with Word 2013. There are a tonne of templates, for all sorts of events – from birthday party invitations to gift certificates. My son invited some friends to the movies, these school holidays. So rather than just call their mums, we made up invitations with a Template on Word. We just edited the details to make it specific to our circumstances.
One Note is a product which I am learning to use. It a fun way of storing notes, lists, creative ideas. I can clip images of patterns or fabrics which I discover online. Blogging theme ideas. Shopping lists. Wish lists. Appointments. I can integrate it with Microsoft Outlook or add an Excel spread sheet. It can all be saved on the SkyDrive and accessed from my computer at home or on my phone while I’m out and about. Love it!
With thanks to Microsoft, I have 5 x 12 month subscriptions to Office 365 to giveaway.
For your chance to win a subscription, please leave a comment telling me:

What are your tips to get (and stay) organised?

1. Open to Australian residents only.
2. Giveaway will close on 28 April 2013 at 5pm AEST.
3. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
4. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner/s.
5. Winner/s will be announced on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook Page.

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DISCLAIMER: No payment was received for this post. I received a 12 month subscription to Microsoft Office 365. All opinions are my own, or of my family.


  1. I keep a calendar on the fridge marked with important dates and appointments, that way I see it every time I go in there

  2. i have a calendar on the wall by my computer which i put dates and times that are important to me,and i make a list everyday for things that i need to do on that day and i mark them off as i get them done.xx

  3. Diary goes everywhere and always get up early so that I am well and truely organised for whatever the day throws at me lol.

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful informative & enjoyable day. For Me, I can't go past the Calendar in Outlook ;-) It really helps keep me on track - I have the occasional lapse - I can only imagine how hectic things would be if I didn't have it ;-)

  5. Love your food photos! Nomnomnom.... I try my best to be organised, but with four kids, a husband, a menagerie, working part time, running a blog and handmade business - I struggle sometimes! I have an old school style diary, but have also been using my icalendar more these days. Which is good because it send off alerts to me to remind me of things I need to remember lol.

  6. I declutter regularly and do filing at least once a week. If I dont do this I feel overwhelmed with too many things. When everything is in order its easier to clean and organise

  7. Start with a space and organise it (first step is to declutter - ruthlessly!). Take your diary/calendar with you EVERYWHERE!!

  8. I have to have my calendar too! Also I am a great believer in "a place for everything and everything it its place". Saves a LOT of time looking for things!!

  9. I'm not really very organized, but its something I'm working on.

  10. Pinterest! I made a paint chip calendar I saw on Pinterest, so far it has kept me on top of appointments.

  11. we have a black board in our kitchen and we write almost everything for the week on it its great for notes to the kids and my iPhone has reminders for really important things so i always program that and the biggest key id say is to communicate with each other so you all know what's going on mums are not mind readers and i know i can not remember everything

  12. Our Family's Top Tips for Staying Organised!

    O is for Our Calendar!
    Each year I make a personalised family photo calendar on Vistaprint. Not only can you load your own family pictures, you can also add reminders, notes and birthdays on individual days that will get printed on your calendar also. So not only does it look great on our wall at home, we also keep up to date with important dates and events to keep us organised.

    R is for Reminders on your Smart Phone. There's nothing that keeps me more organised than loading daily, monthly and yearly reminders onto my phone. Most of us keep our phones near and dear, so there's no better way to keep on track.

    G is for Good old fashioned Pen and Paper! I am ALWAYS collecting pretty notepads and journals and forever writing lists to keep me organised. From shopping lists, to To Do lists. Sometimes all you need is pen and paper to keep your day organised.

    A is for Always keep up to date. Each day I have a To Do list that I try to complete before the day is through. This helps me to keep organised and up to date. I find if I don't set myself daily goals everything piles up like my washing :)

    N is for Never hesitate to ask for help. A great way of keeping my family organised is to ask for help if my plate gets full. Little things like asking the hubby to take the rubbish out, helps to lessen the load and keep things organised around the home. Sometimes you can't do everything yourself.

    I is for Instagram. Most people are addicted to Instagram for the social factors. But I also use it as a way of keeping my photos organised, edited and available for easy access for printing. There's even online sites where you can print your photos straight from your very own Instagram account.

    S is for Stock up! I buy in bulk for anything handy that helps lessen the load in all aspects of life. I buy in bulk with groceries when their on special, so that during the week I don't have to race down the road with the two babies to do food shopping. And if I find a great gift on special for a birthday, sometimes I'll buy a couple to keep spare for when those special occasions creep up on me. Stocking up is a great way to keep organised.

    E is Early routines! Setting my babies up in a routine early on has helped to keep our lives organised and a little less chaos. By keeping sleeping, feeding and play times regular, our lives have been a lot easier to keep organised!


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