Easy chicken tenders.

Easy chicken tenders / nuggets!

This recipe was given to me by my wonderful sister!

It’s quick, easy and list importantly yummy!

6 x chicken thigh fillets skin off
3 x eggs
2 x cups wholemeal breadcrumbs

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
Line a oven tray with either oven proof paper or use a light spray of cooking oil.

Cut the thigh fillets into either strips or pieces – depending on if you would like nuggets or tenders.

Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.

Place individual pieces of the chicken into the egg until coated.

Then put individual checked pieces I the bread crumb mix and coat generously.

Lay the coated chicken on the tray evenly separated then place into the oven for approx 20 minutes.

 

Flat tummy? Coming up!

Are you obsessed with having a flat tummy?

Here are a few quick exercises that will have your tummy flatter in no time! However remember exercise is only part of the equation, diet is a huge factor in keeping your tummy flat! Certain foods contain gasses that can keep you bloated and too many fatty foods simply ‘keep you fat’ ….!

Give these a go, hold each exercise for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times each exercise. Make it fun and do it circuit style, do the first exercise holding for 30 seconds, then the second exercise again holding for 30 seconds and continue on until all 5 exercises are completed. Repeat each exercise 5 times!

First exercise –

Get in a forearm plank with abs engaged and feet wider than hips on sliding discs. (Or put some socks on) Raise hips in the air as high as possible, sliding feet in together, and holding abs in sucking them towards your spine. Return to starting position.

Second exercise –

Lie face up with hands clasped behind head, legs extended about hip-width apart keep feet flexed. Engage abs and sit up, bending knees and sliding heels into body. Slowly lower back to starting position. If this hurts your bottom / tail bone, use a low pillow to cushion.

Third exercise –

Lie facedown with arms overhead, open your legs hip-width apart, toes pointed. Extend spine and lift chest off the floor, sliding arms downward towards your sides as your body lifts. Return to starting position.

Forth exercise –

Get on all fours with your toes tucked under again in socks. Tighten your abs and lift knees a few inches off the floor, keeping hips in line with shoulders. Swivel your knees slightly to the right, pivoting feet, keeping shoulders over hands then swivel knees to the left. Continue, alternating sides. Instead if holding this for 30 seconds each, try rotating to each side holding at each side for 10 seconds.

Fifth exercise –

Get in a side elbow plank position with right elbow bent under shoulder, left hand behind head, legs and hips straight keeping your feet flexed. Extend left leg in front of hip (keep knee as straight as possible, bending to modify if needed) and touch toes with left hand. Return to starting position. Switch sides to complete set.

Remember feeling toned and confident is also your mindset, thinking healthy, eating healthy and living healthy are the most important things you can do for yourself!

Also remember that being thin is not always healthy, a lot of people starve them self to be thin. This will have adverse affect long term as starving your body is mainly starving your organs and by starving them you cannot function properly. Eventually your organs will ‘give up’ or ‘shut down’ from lack of nutrients, which we all get from food, eating a well balanced diet is key!

Remember it’s only as hard as you want it to be!

Too old for a bikini?

Too old for a bikini?

At what age is it no longer appropriate to wear a bikini? I’m on an amazing sunny holiday with my two loves, my beautiful husband and my gorgeous little 19 month old boy – both are my world. I look around and see many women wearing bikini’s and some look ok others I wonder…

Am I being a prude? Is there an age were it’s no longer socially acceptable to wear a bikini? I’ve been reading other forums on this matter and have came up with some questions. Is it a self confidence thing? You wear it because you think you look great? Is it polite to stop embarrassing yourself and or your children? You may think you look great but what about others if your over exposing?

I have a friend whom is stunning and gorgeous! She is in her early 40’s and has 2 children but the body of a super model and she refuses to wear a bikini. When I questioned her on why when is looks amazing, her response was that it’s not age appropriate over 40.

I know this will cause some controversy but I tend to agree with her. You have all the younger years to flaunt what you have, why is it that you want to continue to flaunt it?

Are you that in love with yourself that you feel others need to see your body also?

Do you have the mentality of ‘who cares’ what others think?

Do you think ‘if you have it, flaunt it’?

Believe me, there are some very small bikinis out there which I really feel are inappropriate on older women.

Perhaps I am a prude, but there are many stunning full piece swim suits that would look a lot nicer on many women. I don’t care how thin or fit you are sometimes covering up is nicer to look at and less embarrassing to your children. They may not be telling you in fear of offending you but there is one very outspoken approx 6yo here asking his mother to put a dress over her bikini as it’s ’embarrassing’.

I know we all talk about body confidence but is there such a thing as age appropriate or too much body confidence?

Warm Quinoa Salad

Warm Quinoa Salad with Edamame & Tarragon

This recipe is one that a good friend if mine passed onto me. She like to eat good wholesome foods that also taste great, not only is this quick and easy, it really does taste great!

INGREDIENTS
1 cup quinoa,
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup drained and diced jarred roasted red peppers
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, preferably toasted

DIRECTIONS
1. Toast quinoa in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it becomes aromatic and begins to crackle, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly.

2. Meanwhile, bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the quinoa and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook gently for 8 minutes. Remove the lid and, without disturbing the quinoa, add edamame. Cover and continue to cook until the edamame and quinoa are tender, 7 to 8 minutes longer. Drain any remaining water, if necessary.

3. Whisk lemon zest and juice, oil, tarragon and salt in a large bowl. Add peppers and the quinoa mixture. Toss to combine. Divide among 4 plates and top with walnuts.

Tips:
Note: Quinoa is a delicately flavored grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas’ diet. It is available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. Toasting the grain before cooking enhances its flavor and rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa’s natural, bitter protective covering.

Cooking Tip: To toast walnuts:
Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

NUTRITION FACTS
Calories 404, Total Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g, Sodium 645 mg, Carbohydrate 46 g, Fiber 16 g, Protein 17 g, Potassium 319 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 20%, Iron 25%. Exchanges: Starch 3, Lean Meat 1, Fat 3.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Teaching your child to read.

Teaching children to read – school ready!

Preparing your child for school begins at an early age, which is why it’s important to learn fun ways to teach your child to read. With the ever changing challenges your children will automatically face in school, you shouldn’t wait until kindergarten for your child to start and learn this essential skill.

Learning doesn’t have to be hard and let’s face it, it should be fun!

Here are done of my tips on getting started and helping your little ones to learn and expand their minds, knowledge and vocabulary.

1. FLASH CARDS

Back when I was at school – yes a while ago now, flash cards were the basics when it came to ways to learn to read. I remember playing snap and memory with my parents and siblings. Simple and easy to make your own bit most of all effective!

2. ROAD SIGNS

The road sign game is a lot of fun with your little ones. Granted, some names are difficult for little ones to pronounce in the beginning; however, it’s a fun and effective way for them to also learn colours on stop and give-way signs, also shapes of these signs, being hexagonal and triangle.

3. CHILDREN’S SHOWS

Children’s shows, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Play School, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and many more, offer some reading and word recognition skills. You can decide on your own which is the best option for your child, as some children’s TV shows are purely for entertainment purposes only.

4. COMPUTER-BASED LEARNING

Products like LeapFrog and Jumpstart offer computer-based learning, including reading skills. You can also download inexpensive and sometimes free apps for your iPad to help expand these skills. With so many options if you choose the right ones you can help your little one learn numbers, abc and much more!

5. MENUS

When dining out, you can use the menus to help your little one learn new words. In some restaurants you can also work on their foreign language skills and of course the cost of the meal. You can also get them interested in a healthy diet. Menus today, especially in fast-food restaurants, are required to show the calories for each option. This can help with not only learning and pronunciation of words but also numbers.
6. COMIC BOOKS

For children who love super-heroes, you can use comic books to help them learn to read. They are colorful, entertaining, and interest them as it highlights and showcases their favourite characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and more.
7. READ WITH THEM

Reading at least one story to your children before bedtime is a great way to encourage them to read. Books allow you to escape into a new world for both you and your child. Books inspire the imagination, also try having them read to you. They may miss words but it will excite them to turn pages and make up their own shorties. This will help your children wanting to learn more, just so they can discover what the happens next in the books.

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Actions and Reactions

Actions and reaction.

They say for every action there will be a reaction.

Well I absolutely believe in this.

I recent had a converstation with my nieces who are ‘Tweens’ 11 years old and 12 years old about this very subject.

The older niece is quite care free and is friends with most kids in her school grade. Whereas the younger is quite choosy with who she is friends with and I understand why.

I didn’t friend a lot of people at school and for very similar reasons to that of my younger niece. I didn’t need a lot of friends especially those who were not true friends. I am a big believe in quality not quantity. There were also some nasty people around and some girls who had bad reputations so I also chose to distance myself to them and not be associated with those types of personalities.

So back to conversations about actions and reactions. I have a friend who was telling me that one of her friends, had got herself ‘labelled’ for want of a nicer description, when she was younger. She was the girl that for attention would date all the guys and most often at a young age have sexual relations with them to be ‘popular’, there are better ways to be ‘popular’ but why do you need to be the ‘popular one anyway? That label staid with her. Everyone though of her as that person and until this day, some people still refer to her as that type of person.

No matter how she thought she had changed or how she tried to convince others she had changed, fact is people still thought of her in that way. I explained this to my nieces as the older one who is friends with a lot of people ‘nice’ and ‘not so nice’ so Im hoping they understood the affects some actions can take on your future.

So my moral to this story is no matter how you behave now, there will always be someone who knows the ‘old’ you. You may be trying to better yourself for whatever reason, to get ahead in your career, to gain a partner whatever. If you are being truthful to yourself that’s great, grow and change for the better but don’t try to ‘fool’ others. There is also another saying the leopard can never change it’s spots!

Think about your actions, think about how you treat people. My grandmother always said ‘treat others the way you wish to be treated’. I do, I’m not afraid of who I am and I don’t think to much of those people who are negative towards me.

I don’t invite negativity into my life, however sometimes we can’t help those negative people who have to enter it for whatever reason.

I’m proud of the person I’ve become and don’t need people to like me, you take me as I am or not at all. I won’t change to suit your needs and I don’t believe you should change who you are for me. We don’t all need to get along nor do we all need to be friends.

Choose your friends carefully and appreciate those who respect you and that you respect and hold dear. One if my favourite sayings is ‘true friends are like diamonds, shiny and rare, false friends are like autumn leaves, they can be found anywhere.

Yes I am a strong, opinionated possibly dominate personality – I have actually been told this 🙂 but I don’t mess people around, to say I am a straight shooter is possibly ‘right on’. I speak truthfully and perhaps sometimes the truth may hurt, but then what am I saying for you to take it personally? I’m not malicious and I don’t go out of my way to offend people. So again for every action, there will be a reaction. Act the way you would like the reaction to be.

I once read a statement that ‘being famous on Instagram is like being rich in monopoly, it’s not real so calm down’. This rings true.

I also think that your past can always come back to haunt you.

This is a life lesson I will be teaching my children and only hope that they become wonderful humans who make wise decisions.

I found this article that I think is interesting.

Let me know your thoughts.

http://verse-afire.com/blog/?p=3242

Jessica Rowe – Strong and Truthful.

I saw this in the Sydney Morning Herald today and felt the need to share.

I love her statements and absolutely Agee, life is not perfect, no one us perfect so don’t be so hard on yourself.

On her 44th birthday, Jessica Rowe shares 44 of the lessons she’s learnt along her life’s journey.

“I need to have a good strong talk to myself” … Jessica Rowe.

My life is in dire need of a steam clean, and there’s no better time to clear away the crap and cobwebs than on a birthday. Tomorrow I turn 44 years old, and I figure it’s a good time to reflect on and celebrate the life lessons I have learnt, still haven’t learnt, should learn and will never learn.

I’ve put together a list of those lessons, but before you groan, this is not a bunch of smug, self-satisfied rules for living. Besides, lists have never been my strong point, as I exist permanently in a state of controlled chaos.

However, if the apocalypse is nigh, my family and I could live quite comfortably in my car. There would be enough to eat, with scraps of food left over from old school lunches, along with stagnant water from half-drunk Disney Snow Queen Elsa water bottles.

And my family would be well-clothed, since I have a mountain of clothes for big and little people in the boot. If you need something to help pass the time, there’s piles of reading material, with a month’s worth of newspapers stacked on the front seat and overdue school library books jammed under the driver’s seat. Plus there are some sparkly purple fairy wings to help you get the hell out of this place if it really is all too terrible …

The unlisty life continues inside our home, with piles of washing, explosions of toys, clean dishes, dirty dishes, books, two cats, four fish surviving in an algae-filled tank, and two tadpoles, named Lily and Rosebud, who are existing in a sludgy, slimy glass bowl. I need to have a good strong talk to myself and take some of the following pieces of advice:

• Don’t worry if your house is a pigsty; it’s a home, not a showroom.

• Never reveal the actual cost of your shoes. They were on sale and an absolute bargain. Besides they’re not new, anyway.

• Stop pretending life is perfect, it’s not; it can be messy, hard and heartbreaking.

• Be honest about the vile times – it gives other people permission to also fess up to their struggles.

• Don’t forget to tell the people closest to you that you love them.

• Return phone calls – but if you don’t, it doesn’t mean you don’t love your friends. (I do love you, really I do … )

• When you’re faced with boldness, be bolder. (I have to credit Napoleon Bonaparte for that cracker of a quote.)

• You are a good mother.

• You don’t have to have biological kids to be a mum; mothering comes in all shapes and sizes.

• It doesn’t matter if you pushed your baby out of your vagina or had it unzipped out of your stomach. All that matters is that you and your child are healthy.

• Breastfeeding can be hard: it hurts and your nipples can bleed.

• Using formula to bottle feed your babies doesn’t lower their IQ or make you any less of a mother.

• Sometimes you hate being a mum, but it doesn’t mean you hate your kids. They make your heart ache with love. It’s the unrelenting roles associated with the title of “mum” that can wear you down.

• Babies will go to sleep … eventually. (Although I’m still waiting for mine to sleep through the night!)

• Going to the park is boring.

• Playing with little kids all day is boring.

• Being with your kids all day can be blissful.

• Having a break from your children is heaven.

• You feel guilty enjoying time away from your family.

• You feel guilty for not being present, and in the moment with your family.

• You feel guilty for going to work.

• You feel guilty for not going to work.

• Your libido can go missing for a while, but don’t forget the raunchy and sexy woman you have been and still are.

• Nothing beats chocolate in bed and a Swedish crime thriller.

• Vibrators are very handy.

• Men do not notice stretch marks and cellulite; only other women notice the songlines of your body.

• Support other women and the choices they make, even if they’re not your choices.

• Go gently on yourself; you are enough.

• Tracksuits should not be worn outdoors.

• Leopard print is classic.

• You can never have enough sparkle on your clothes and in your life.

• Pink, purple and blue hair rocks.

• Floss your teeth.

• Laughter is the best medicine, but antidepressants come a close second.

• The only normal people in your life are the ones you don’t know very well.

• Be kind.

• Baked beans on toast is okay for dinner every now and then.

• Stay optimistic. It doesn’t mean being a Pollyanna, but cynicism is ugly.

• Don’t lead a safe life, take risks. It is far better to go down in flames than live a small, timid existence.

• Sometimes you have no control over what happens to you, but what you can control is how you choose to deal with it.

• Sugar is good for you.

• It’s not always about you. (But what do you really think about me???)

• Stop worrying about what other people think of you. (Are you listening, Jessica?)

• Ignore lists. Only you know what is best for you and your family.

I’ve reached 100!!

I’ve reached 100!

Just a quick thank you to every reader of my blog!

Weather you log in and read regularly or occasionally I want to personally thank you!

I’ve reached 100 followers 🙂

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