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And what century do we live in?

Please remind me, what year / century are we living in?

– “It’s so fascinating to learn about how people used to live — especially when we discover that not much has really changed.
However, sometimes you come across some old traditions that you simply can’t believe people ever followed — like these odd dating rituals throughout history.

But what women in the 1950s were expected to do for their husbands? Well, those traditions have certainly flown right out the window!
In May of 1955, Housekeeping Monthly published an article entitled, “The Good Wife’s Guide,” detailing all the ways that a wife should act and how best she can be a partner to her husband and a mother to her children.

It may feel a little strange to accept these rules today, but it remains so interesting to see how society once behaved.”

Click the link to read more…..

http://www.littlethings.com/1950s-good-housewife-guide/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sometimes you don’t know what the future holds.
Sometimes the cards your dealt are not the one’s you hoped for.

Sometimes you end up with a situation that throws all of your plans into the abyss.

However I wouldn’t change any of this for the world.

Happiness is to me, is my little mans sticky kisses or hug attacks with fingers covers in some sort of sauce.

Happiness is drawing with chalk on the floor tiles on a rainy day.

Happiness is playing hide and seek for the umpteenth time.

Happiness is early morning cuddles (5am) in mummy’s bed with freezing feet snuggled in on mummy’s warm tummy.

Happiness is the last half hour before the kids go to bed reading books and telling stories to each other, recapping the day and working out what toy was going to accompany my 3 year old to bed that night. (High probability of Wonder Woman)

Life changes so frequently. Plans get thrown to the wind and changed but my 2 little ones are my constant reminders that small things matter.

Just to see their faces when having a tough or bad day puts life into perspective.

I’m so thankful for my 2 gorgeous (bias) children that bring so much happiness and joy into my life. I feel so blessed and often wonder what I did to deserve them.

As a mummy myself, I want to wish all the other mum’s, mumma’s, mummy’s, grand mummy, nan’s, nana’s, noona’s, and mummy’s to be, a wonderful Mother’s Day!

However your spending Mother’s Day, enjoy it. The washing can wait, the beds don’t need to be made, tell the people that you care about that you love them. Take a deep breath and know how important you are.

Holiday ideas.

With school holidays fast approaching – like now, here are some creative ideas to keep boredom at bay.

These are indoor ideas, however why not take these ideas outdoors?

Fresh air keeps you stimulated, however with Sydney weather at the moment, you just may need to stay indoor’s!

Happy holidays everyone! 😊

http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/42-rainy-day-activities-for-kids

Breakfast!

Breakfast.

For as long as I can remember breakfast has been promoted as the most important meal of the day. I also am a big believer in this.

Breakfast is the first meal that you eat after sleeping for most of us 7 hours. Yes some lucky people get more sleep, some get less however the average person gets 7 hours. Anyway, it’s seen as the most important meal as it kick starts your day. Fuels you for what’s ahead and can also play a major part in the energy levels and amount of food that you may consume for the rest if your day.

I know many people that have a ‘liquid’ breakfast. For the most part I agree that this can be a great start to your day, providing it’s nutritious and wholesome. A think a smoothie packed full of fruit, yoghurt and or some type of fibre and protein is great however what I don’t agree with is those package sugar filled products.

We all know that by starting our day with sugar only kick starts the sugar craving for the day. Your taste buds enjoy the sugar therefor have you wanting more. They are not filling and lack protein and fibre therefore you will be hungry not too long after you have eaten and this can also cause you to reach for the ‘not so healthy’ snack.

By eating a good breakfast you are recharging the brain and body, you’ll be more efficient in just about everything you do.

Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight, but that’s not a good idea — it can backfire.

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to consume more food than usual at their next meal, or go for high-calorie and or high sugar snacks to stave off hunger.

Several studies suggest that people tend to add more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. It’s been proven that by eating small meals on a regular basis you keep your metabolism consistent and therefore your GI (glycemic index) low and you will find you feel more satisfied for a longer period of time.

While adults need to eat breakfast each day to function and perform, kids need it even more. Their growing bodies and developing brains need regular refuelling from food. When kids skip breakfast, they get distracted easily as they are hungry and skipping meals can also have adverse affects.

According to Australian Food News, in 2012 alone, Sanitarium sold over 34 million litres through supermarkets. Up&Go to me it’s clearly a marketing success and appeals to those that are either time poor, lack the knowledge to eat better, can’t be bother to eat better or are happy to just have convenience?

I know many people who simply reach for Up&Go as it is convenient and easy for them.

I personally would never consume it nor allow my child to have it. I’d rather get out of bed 15 minutes earlier to prepare something more wholesome and delicious for him. Especially after doing readers h in it. I’m shocked that’s it’s allowed to be marketed as a “nutritious start” for busy people when they need to “get up and go”.

With Up&Go claiming that it has the protein, energy and fibre of 3 Weet-Bix and milk, it has somehow slipped into the breakfast landscape without much comment or opposition. Yet many taste-test reveals, it is a highly processed product that actually contains NO Weet-Bix which will come as a shock to many.

Up&Go have been given a Nutrition value of 13 out of 20 from food watch which is a website that provides information in various foods. It is written by Catherine Saxelby who is an accredited nutritionist and dietitian and is qualified to answer questions on food, diets, fads/trends and weight problems as they relate to health and wellbeing.

She is an accomplished author, freelance writer and speaker who helps busy people eat well at home and on the go. She can ‘translate’ complex scientific detail into interesting and easy-to-understand language.

Up&Go Ingredients (Chocolate flavour)
Filtered water, skim milk powder, cane sugar (4%), wheat maltodextrin, soy protein, vegetable oils (1.5%) (sunflower, canola), Hi-maize™ starch, corn syrup solids, inulin, fructose, cocoa (0.5%), cereals (oat flour, barley beta glucan), minerals (calcium, phosphorus), food acid (332), flavour, vegetable gums (460,466,407) vitamins (C, A, niacin, B12, B2, B6, B1, folate), salt.

332 = Potassium Citrate – related to citric acid, a natural food acid in lemons and citrus
460 = Cellulose microcrystalline – this is a fibre – don’t know why it’s listed here as a gum
466 = Sodium carboxymethylcellulose – ditto
407 = Carrageenan – a seaweed extract that thickens

Maltodextrin
Maltodextrin is an oligosaccharide (glucose polymers) which is absorbed very rapidly into the body. It is produced from wheat starch by partial hydrolysis and looks like a white spray-dried powder. It is used as a thickener or texture modifying agent in foods such as flavoured milk drinks (like Up&Go), pasta sauces, puddings and cake mixes.

In terms of glycemic index, maltodextrin can be considered to be metabolically equivalent to pure glucose (dextrose). In other words it has a very high GI and but has little or no sweetness. It equates to 3 per cent which also has me wonder why Up&Go has to have three vegetable gums as well as this thickener?

Sugars
Up&Go has THREE different sweeteners – cane sugar, corn syrup solids (think high-fructose corn syrup) as well as fructose. Why on earth would a flavoured milk drink need all these three? Surely just sugar would be enough to sweeten? We all know sugar is not great for our health especially our teeth.

Nutrition Information

Per Serve (350ml) Per 100ml
Kilojoules 1150 329
Calories 277 79
Protein,g 11.6 3.3
Total fat,g 5.3 1.5
Saturated fat, g 0.7 0.2
Carbohydrate, g 42.4 12.1
Sugars, g 26.6 7.6
Dietary fibre, g 5.3 1.5
Sodium, mg 228 65

Looking over the ingredient list, it’s easily seen there are actually NO Weet-bix present.

There is 11.6g protein, 1150kJ and 5.3g fibre which is more than in 3 Weet-bix with 125ml whole milk if you go by the pack.

Water is the first ingredient followed by skim milk powder so the drink is mixed up from dry ingredients – it’s not made from whole fresh milk.

Up&Go is highly fortified with 8 vitamins (C, A, niacin, B12, B2, B6, B1, folate) and two minerals (calcium and phosphorous).

Some of the vitamins in a Up&Go are in substantial quantities eg

Vitamin A: supplies 24% of your RDI
Vitamin B12: 50% of your RDI – B12 is often short in the diet of vegans
Calcium: 400mg which is 40% of your RDI

Where does that protein come from?
Protein is derived from skim milk powder followed by soy protein and a small bit of oat flour? This is not ideal protein and I can think of many other easy and convenient foods that is rather reach for, for my protien intake.

Where does the fibre come from?
Not from whole wheat as in Weet-Bix but a mix of Hi-Maize starch (Hi-Maize starch is a special commercial strain of maize or corn that high in resistant starch), inulin (a commercial fibre derived from chicory) and beta-glucan from barley (a soluble fibre that’s also found in oats and can help sweep cholesterol out of the body).

These are vastly different forms of fibre than in Weet-Bix. These are all highly processed forms of what is to be claiming to be nutritious and good for you.

They are attractive to manufacturers as they are soluble in liquids so stay nicely mixed in a drink such as this.

In contrast wheat bran or oat bran tends to settle at the bottom of any drink and would form a thick sludge in a drink like this. Ever blended up an oat bran smoothie? You’ll soon see the bran settle to the bottom! It’s just its nature.

If you simply struggle to eat or can’t make time for a proper breakfast, perhaps look at a better option of Oats Express.

Oats express is made from milk and positions itself away from soy milk. It has a much simpler list of 9 ingredients which are:
Low fat milk, milk solids, sugar, oat fibre (min 1.25%), tapioca maltodextrin, cocoa powder (min 0.7%), malt extract, natural flavour, vegetable gums (460,466,407).

Read more: http://foodwatch.com.au/reviews/item/product-review-upgo-liquid-breakfast.html#ixzz3CFFBX07F
Read more: http://foodwatch.com.au/reviews/item/product-review-upgo-liquid-breakfast.html#ixzz3CFDN7HSm

Being a mummy.

I love being a mum!

I read many blogs and quite often find myself drawn to 2 in particular, yes MamaMia by Mia Freedman and Mouths of Mums.

As you know I recently gave up my career, actually let’s rephrase it ‘I’ve put my career on hold to have a family’. I’m sure I will go back to work at some stage but for now I’m a mummy.

I am also the first to admit that I struggled with this. Along with the complete financial reliance on my hubby I felt I was also giving up some of my independence. I’m not sure if other parents have felt the same when they made this decision however I certainly did.

It’s now been approx 4 months since I gave up my employment and I must say I love being a mummy. I have many friends and acquaintances who may not agree with me, they may feel like they struggle. I however am relishing in it and absolutely adore being a mummy. I absolutely adore my son too! 🙂

I have no deadlines, I have no immediate commitments, work to my own schedule and can sit around in my pyjamas all day if I feel like it. Not that this actually happens as our days are filled with reading group, gymbaroo, swimming lessons, play dates and general house hold chores including grocery shopping, washing, dishes, preparing meals and much more! But I still love it and feel grateful that my husband and I are in a position where I can be a stay at home mummy. I know some family’s simply can not afford to have one parent stay at home, I feel very fortunate and lucky.

I truly believe that being a stay at home parent is not for everyone and some people need a career or something more. I did love my job but after long consideration do not regret giving it up for my little man. Each day he inspires me and makes me laugh. I often find myself just looking at him and wondering what I did prior to having him? Each day he teaches me something new both about life and about myself. The love I have for him is indescribable and grows more and more with every passing day.

Again not everyone wants to be a stay at home parent, not everyone can be a stay at home parent for what ever their reasoning. It may be financial, it may be that they are more career focussed, perhaps they are a better parent when they are also working. Whatever their reasons, it’s an individual choice and no one should judge another for their choices.

So this now brings me to another article I read on my favourite MamaMia blog. It has made me feel even better about my decision to be a stay at home mummy. I enjoy being a mummy and cherish the fact that I can actually have all this time with my little man, seeing him grow and explore and make his own adventures.

I’ve pasted the article below to share with others who may be feeling in a conundrum about their choices.

By ALISSA WARREN

I like being a mum.

There, I said it.

In fact, I’ll go one step further. I love being a mum.
For years, I’ve been a bit sheepish about admitting it. I’d go as far as to say I felt a bit embarrassed.

Admitting you enjoy motherhood is met with the same looks you might get if you mentioned that you wear a Batman mask for fun. Or you wash your bed linen twice a day.

Like, what?

Somehow, this innocent, OBVIOUS statement has become almost socially unacceptable to say out loud.

Those five little words.

I love being a mum.

I’ve thought about this a lot lately. About why there is a stigma to saying you love motherhood. And I think there are three reasons we’re reluctant to say it.

The first is that up until relatively recently, saying “I love it!” was the only possible answer to the question “Are you enjoying motherhood?” There were no other acceptable options. As soon as they had children, women had to hide their unhappiness, their frustration, their guilt, their anxiety and their boredom for fear of being labelled a bad mother or an ungrateful one. Being negative or honest was frowned upon so women self-censored. Post natal depression didn’t even have a name let alone any community or medical understanding.

Being able to speak openly about the hard parts of motherhood has been undoubtedly a positive thing. It’s a less isolating experience now. There’s a better, wider understanding of the challenges involved in parenthood. There’s no longer pressure to be a Carol Brady Stepford Wife who’s hap-hap-happy all the time!

The result of this though, is that the pendulum has swung too far. There’s a sense among some women that by being positive about motherhood, you’re somehow letting the side down. Which confused me for a long time. Because when I say I love motherhood, I’m not suggesting everyone should. Not all the time, anyway. I’m not undermining anything any other woman wants to say about the experience. I’m not implicitly criticising any other mother for being less positive than me.

But surely my voice and my experience counts too? Surely there’s room for a range of different expressions about the experience of motherhood? Why does one sentiment have to cancel out another? It doesn’t.

The conversations about motherhood are so often about the struggles, the tantrums, the balance, the homework and the no-sleep. Sure, there’s that.

But recently, it’s become ONLY that. Because sometimes it feels like mothers aren’t really allowed to say we love motherhood. With good intentions, the good stuff has taken a backseat for fear of offending people who didn’t/couldn’t have children and for fear of upsetting the mothers who were struggling.

Peversely, singing the praises of motherhood has pretty much become taboo.

Have we been shit-canning motherhood for so long and in such depth, that we can’t even remember – and savour – the main game?

I’m reclaiming the land. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel for women who can’t have children or that I think childless women are living incomplete lives. Nor do I want to be insensitive to mothers who can’t be parents, who want to be – a sadness I can’t begin to imagine.

But I’d like to put an end to the collective shaming of ‘enjoying life with children’.

Because I love it. And I’m not ashamed to say, these are the bits I love the most.

1. It’s full.
My life is packed. Full of cuddles, arguments, questions like, ‘does God have eyes?’ and squeaky little voices. Their words fill the air. Always. Their little lives fill my heart. And literally, too. I have so many Nurofen syringes that I don’t have anywhere to put my kitchen scissors. I have so many colourful drink bottles busting from our Tupperware drawer that I had to throw out my extra tea towels. My days are long, my weeks are fast. They’re full. And fulfilling.

2. My kids have given me the greatest gift: patience.
Children don’t rush to put their shoes on, do a wee, get into the car, sit in their carseat or put their seatbelt on. This process once took me about 7.5 seconds. It takes my children a minimum of 17 minutes. This busy life has the slowest of moments and while it’s taken me a long time to stop nagging and embrace it. (However, I believe others may not be so keen to embrace how LATE we are).

3. It’s fun.
Oh, the horror. I just said motherhood was F-U-N! I can hear the sharpening of pitchforks. But it’s true. It’s funny and it’s fun. My kids’ little faces when I tell them they can have Weet Bix for dinner. Or the way they stare at themselves in the reflection of the mirror to see their little teeth. Or when they blame a fart on someone else. Or when they talk to birds. It’s humour at it’s purest and most original.

4. There’s no bullshit.
There’s no room for sensitive souls on the home front. Everyone gets a dressing down. There’s little space for a mum to have a ‘bad day’ and wallow around feeling sorry for herself. There’s no better pick-me-up than a forced one.

5. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
Enough said.

But that’s the thing, there’s not enough being said.

The ingredients that make up motherhood should be celebrated for their simplicity and loveliness. Let’s reignite the love.

 

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Where to start. To those who have been following my blog since the start, you will know that I’m a wife and a mother, a step mother and an aunt.

My family are my world and as my mum, big sister her family and my little brother all live 4hrs away from me visits are so very special to me.

Friday night at approx 9pm my mum text me asking if she could come visit for the day Saturday, it’s a long drive for one day but I was really wanting to see her. Especially as Sunday was Mother’s Day so I jumped with delight at her offer.

Of course once she arrived I talked her into stating the night 🙂

I am a mother of a gorgeous little boy who is 18 months old – he is the love of my life and everyday I am grateful for having him in my world. I often think what did I do with myself prior to having him?

He is my only child however I’d love to have one more.

My husband has a 12 yo to his first marriage so is quite defiant in not wanting another child 🙁 he says he has two and feels compete. His 12yo stays with us every Wednesday and every 2nd weekend from Friday pick up after school until Monday morning school drop off.

Today is Mother’s Day so with having my mum come stay with me has made it even more special.

I feel very fortunate to be able to have my mum as a lot of my friends are not as fortunate. My love and heart goes out to everyone who has lost their mothers. Especially today.

I hope to be a great mother to my gorgeous boy. I strive to do my best and teach him right from wrong. I wish nothing but the best for him and live him unconditionally and uncontrollably.

Mother’s Day is not about gifts of materialism for me, it’s about spending time with your mother and letting her know how much you appreciate her. I’m a big believer in small things can move mountains!

Although I did buy my mum a gift – practical pyjamas, Devine smelling bubble bath and some costume jewellery. I also made her breakfast – not in bed as she was up as early as I was. My little one rises about 5:30am each day! Early riser.

Mum, me and my little one sat down and had a lovely breakfast together. Low key but spending time together and having conversations is what is important to me.

If you have been following my blog you will also know that I left home at 17. I’m now 34. So I’ve been very Independant and self reliant from a very early age. Having these grown up conversations with my mum are sparse so again the time taken means a lot to me. It’s only a small thing but again small things / moments can move mountains. I’m also a huge believer that the best gift given is your time. Time is something that can never be taken away or turned back so use it wisely. Share your time with those important to you.

Perhaps today think about the small things that matter to you.

If your mum is around, contact her and tell her that you love her. You only have one mother. Xx

Rainy day play ideas for toddlers.

Well its yet another rainy day today and I’ve been up since 5:15am playing with my 15 month old – who by the way is very active.

Not that I mind as he is full of personality and I love the one on one time with him.

We quite often play the same games so today I thought I’d Google some indoor fun things.

What I found are some great ideas from other bloggers, so I have attached the links for you below.

http://fun.familyeducation.com/hobbies-and-interests/games/33380.html

http://www.kidspot.com.au/Toddler-Play-20-fun-toddler-activities-and-games+6166+25+article.htm

http://www.pinterest.com/babyhuddle/rainy-day-activities-for-kids/

http://www.realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/fun-things-to-do-rainy-day-00000000056092/

I quite often find myself on the kidspot site – I find it easy to read and also has great tips.

One of my favourite games that I have found on this link today, is making binoculars – super easy and lets face it – doesn’t everyone have some old toilet rolls laying around?

Make play binoculars

These binoculars are fun to make and even more fun for little ones to play with! They are easy to craft too – just use your imagination and you can be anywhere from on a wild safari to looking at stars in the sky!

Number of Players:

1+

What You Need:

  • 2 toilet rolls (per person)
  • length of ribbon or string (long enough to hang around your child’s neck)
  • stapler
  • masking tape
  • paint, crayon or stickers to decorate

Activity:

Line up the toilet rolls parallel to one another and staple them together (on the inside) at each end nor if you have a longer stapler – try staple in the centre.

The toilet rolls should now be fastened together to resemble binoculars.

Tape each end of the length of string to the inside of the combined toilet rolls (your child can use this to hang the binoculars from their neck).

Notes:

  • For an authentic look, wrap the binoculars in aluminium foil or simply paint them, draw on them with crayon in fabulous patterns including camouflage or even try drawing leopard print to blend in on the savannah of your lounge room.

http://www.kidspot.com.au/funzone/create-binoculars+11009+568+sponsor-activity.htm

Have Fun!

 

 

A rainy summers day!

A rainy summer day – blog

I enjoy beautiful things.

However I am also aware of the old saying ‘beauty lays in the eye of the beholder’ – therefore I understand that what I believe is beautiful may not appeal or be beautiful to others.

Weather you follow my blog because you like what I write, you like my images, you like my tips / recipes or stories. Whatever the reason you continue to follow – I thank you and hope that my blog makes you smile.