Thursday, October 23, 2014

Three Year Old Thursday - Reading Picnic

My girl loves to read and she adores her teddies. We bought these things together (and threw in some snacks and a lovely sunny afternoon for good measure).

We took our friends on a wee reading picnic in our backyard. Mummy read, Leah read, Jake rolled around a bit and gave us puppy dog eyes trying to steal our snacks. We had a great time, and what an easy way to get a bit of sun and enjoy books together. A great idea for all the sunny days we're going to be having over summer.

Our friends and our snacks


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tasty Tuesday - A Round Up

There is nothing more satisfying than using the pin that you pinned on pinterest. It's right up there with a cold drink on a hot day and your vacuum head perfecting fitting between two pieces of furniture - a great feeling.

So, in not wanting to steal from my fellow bloggers I would like to send some traffic their way over the next little while as I use my pins and try out ttheir yummy recipes. Rather than reblog the recipe here I will simply link the recipe I've used. That's good blogging etiquitte (for any blogging newbies (:).

Over the last little while we've been chomping on...

Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Skillet

Better-than-crack Brownies

I've just embarked on a more healthy lifestyle to help out with one of my 30 in 30 goals.  I do plan to have a cheat meal each weekend, but you should see a lot more mains and perhaps less treats in the next wee while. I'm trying to cook up (hah!) an idea where I can still bake my goodies and get them out to people. We'll see how that goes.

Enjoy xox

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness"

I'm going to put it out there...I love food. I love making it, trying new things, I love sugar, I love bread and cheese and all the things I shouldn't. And for way too long I've allowed myself to just eat what I want, when I want. It's not for lack of knowing about healthy choices, calories, input in and output out, 3kg of muscle equals so much fat and blah blah - I know it all, I've just chosen to disregard it, and in the process neglect myself.

I got away with it for a little while. I've never been thin, ever, but I look back on photos of myself when I was 18 and wish I was that skinny. I've always liked that quote I see hanging around online - "I wish I was as thin as I was when I thought I was fat" - and that is so true for me. The Wednesday - Saturday nights dancing up a storm in clubs kept me a size I would be very happy with now, but alas, for the last 10 years I've ballooned to a size that hinders my confidence.

It's not about a number for me, that's simply a way of tracking how I'm going. It's not about any number: not on the scales, no on a measuring tape, not on a label on a pair of jeans. For me it's about confidence. I see lots of beautiful clothes that I'd love to wear, but, if I can fit into it (and that's often a long shot),  I lack the confidence to wear it. It's also about my health. I'm not 18 anymore. I can see the lack of good health in my skin, and if I can see my skin is awful imagine what my insides are like.

Today I've started on a long journey, a change. Not a diet, because I've done that before, and it never lasts. A lifestyle change, as cliche as that sounds. Putting all of those things I know into action.

So here we go....
Here's to a change.
Here's to being able to choose something in a store and be happy with how it looks.
Here's to not always wanting to take selfies on a certain angle.
Here's to showing my girls how to be healthy and love their bodies.
I'm excited!

I've gone gung-ho on my juicer, again. Every time I use it I love it. I have a million juices pinned and a huge recipe book of juices so that I don't get bored with one kind. This is the juice of choice this week, and look at how organised I am!


I have an experiment with some of the cut up fruit later on in the week to see if the bags that have been pre-frozen are as good as the fresh ones earlier this week. Look at this yummy green concoction.

I've also got back into using the Myfitnesspal app. It's such a motivating tool.. and it's free! I'd totally recommend it. I use it on my iPhone but you can download it on any smart device or if you don't have one you can use it directly on the web.

Adding in foods is so easy and my favourite part is that at the end of every day when you submit your eating it tells you how much you could potentially weigh in 5 weeks if you continue the way you have that day. So motivating!

Another way I'm tracking things is with this cute little idea. The cup on the left has 50 stones in it (I'm wanting to lose 30kg initially but between 40 and 50 would be optimal). Each kg I lose, I move a stone over into the other cup. I like how visual it is. I've made the following signs to go above the cups too, just waiting for them to be printed.


I don't think I have all the answers, far from it, but I'm keen to share my journey to help myself and to hopefully motivate somebody else.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekly 10: 11 - 18th October


For me:
1. Clear RSS Feeds 
2. Look at Christmas Photo shoot ideas
3. Choose a new face wash (in my quest to find one I really like)
I bought 2 - a Nivea gentle face wash and a Dove one... I like both, but the Dove one smells pretty :)

4. Organise iPad apps

For our house/garden:
5. Create a cleaning schedule
Putting it on next week's schedule. Got too busy organising school gear this week.
 
6. Weed the patio area and spray the rest
7. Look at ideas for art for patio area and a large umbrella for this area

For our family:
8. Take Jake for a walk 3x this week
9. Tee up D getting the day off one Friday and someone to watch Willow so we can have a 'Leah day out'.
10. Spend some time on the photo books.
I completely got Willow's up to date and have almost got Leah's up to date too. I'm going to put this on next week's list also, so that I can feel completely up to date here.




I've been feeling really me again this week. Think it's the 'I've been at home for too long with an infant' blues. Because of that, a few things that I'm choosing this week is simply to have a go at making me smile.
 
For me:
1. Follow morning and night routines skin routines.
2. Start my healthy eating lifestyle (:
3. Listen to music during the day.

For Work:
4. Finish off organising and purging school stuff. Sell the stuff that is in the 'nuh uh' pile.

For our house/garden:
5. Do one thing in the garden everyday that I can get out there.
6. Create a cleaning schedule.
7. DUST and VACUUM!

For our family:
8. Have everything ready for dinner so that I'm able to spend some quality time with Leah after daycare.
9. More walks with Jake, and with Bubba.
10. Spend some time on the photo books.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Things I'm loving

Every week may not be good but there is something good in every week.
 Loving the fact that this little girl has got herself into a good little routine and is sleeping a lot better and crying a lot less. Perhaps I just forgot about Leah being grouchy for that first 6 weeks?

Loved this 'better-than-crack' brownie that I made. Omnomnom. Recipe to come on Tuesday.

I thought it was great being able to take Jake and Bubba out for a walk after we drop Leah off at daycare in the morning. May have to become a regular deal. Twice this week and it was lovely.

This beautiful girl. It amazes me that she's mine sometimes. So stunning.

And speaking of a beautiful girl, she needs beautiful dresses. Thanks again Punk baby.

Loved scooting past this on instagram


<3 This bum

And LOVE this friendship continuing to blossom.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three year old Thursday - Decoration Station

I wrote a few weeks ago about how my little one loves to bake. Every night I have a little helper helping me to get dinner ready. She wants to get her hands on everything.

Today I wanted to share another quick activity we did with food that was relatively expensive and that she loved (both the doing and the eating) - decorating biscuits.

I enjoy having an activity completely set up before I get Leah so that we're able to talk about how and what we're going to do before we do it. It makes for a much smoother fun time. We all know that the listening skills of a three year old when they're engrossed in something is very fleeting - this helps to counter this. 

So for this activity I set up a container of icing with a knife, a plate of plain biscuits and 4 sprinkle pots. As you can see - the results were one very happy little lady.

I'd love to hear about what kinds of cooking you do with your little one!

Leave a comment.
xox