Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Christmas Gift for my Children.

This year I was adamant that I was not going to buy any more toys for my kids for Christmas. They will get toys from their aunts and uncles anyway so I didn't see a point in wasting money on something that they won't appreciate. I have always wanted to get them something that would be really meaningful to them. We always tell them how lucky they are to live in a country like Australia. They don't understand but I think their gift this year will open their minds and hearts. This year we sponsored a child!

I was walking in the shopping mall and was approached by a lady who worked for Child Fund Australia. I remember feeling a bit strange as I dislike being confronted by sales people but I knew I had to listen and I knew I couldn't say No. I knew what she was going to say as she held up the water bottle filled with dirty muddy water. I knew there were children who were dying from something as simple as not having drinking water and access to basic health care. In the back of my mind I tried not to cry as she went on about success stories etc. Wierd, I know but I knew I was going to be a part of something life changing, not only for my sponsor child but for myself; for my children.

So there we were, with my youngest daughter waiting patiently sprawled out on the floor of the shopping centre I signed up and in two weeks we will recieve news of a child that would be a part of our lives. I know hubby is a bit of a skeptic as some organisations do not use all their funds directly in aid to the families in need but he was fine with it. It is not up to us to judge what actually happens with our money. Jesus knows everything, you know. We are all accountable to Jesus.

I am confident that Child Fund Australia will use my money wisely. They use to be Childrens Christian Fund and before that China's Children Fund. ChildFund Australia is a member of the Australia Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. As evidence of this accountability, ChildFund Australia is accredited by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to receive government grants. This accounts for around 10 per cent of ChildFund Australia's revenue.

So, if you are looking for a special gift this year then I suggest you sponsor a child. It will be the single most important and best decision you have made in your life.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hunting the Alternative and giveaway links.

 As I mentioned before, I've been making changes in my diet. I'm trying (emphasising on trying) very hard to eat non-processed foods so breakfast last week consisted of scrambled eggs, fresh tomato and steamed broccoli.
Other times it may be poached eggs with steamed asparagus but it's not always eggs. I find it filling and delicious and light. It doesn't leave me feeling bloated and I know it's really clean food that isn't full of artificial additives.

Speaking of clean foods check-out this lovely new blog : Hunting the Alternative. It's a site dedicated to helping mothers out there who are looking for healthier, natural food alternatives. You may have a baby that has an allergy to a certain type of food or ingredient and this is a great way to order through a local co-op. Right now they are having a Easi-Yo yoghurt maker giveaway so pop on over and have a browse.

  To prove that I am still a 'normal' human mother I made scones this morning. I had some wholemeal flour I've never got around to using so I used Fast Ed's scone recipe and made there beauties. My tip: if you want thick and high scones just press them lightly once you've mixed in the wet to dry ingredients and don't press down too deep. I made them pretty high already so that little bit of cooking brought them to the perfect height. That way you won't have flat scones.

And yes, we had jam and whipped cream (from a can, naughty, naughty)!!!

 p.s Those Baker's Delight vouchers were re-sent and I still have three to giveaway so please leave a comment on my Baker's Delight post to be in the running for a $10 voucher!!!! I'll definately be contacting winners on Monday and posting out as soon as you give me your mailing address. Make sure I can contact you. Some bloggers have left a no-reply on their profile.

*Karina - can you send me your address please so I can post out your voucher to you please.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Two different books

I love Martha Stewart. Who doesn't? She makes things look fabulous and easy. My sister let me borrow this book she bought from Lincraft. The sales lady let her buy it for $20. Isn't that ridiculously good? So I've been wide-eyed at all the projects and really wanting to carve out some time for a bit of sewing but with four kids we'll see how that goes.

This is the Girls dress from Man's Shirt project from Martha's book. I know we all don't have a lovely light chambray shirt at home but I'll have to see what I can dig out of hubby's closet. He wears casual stuff to work so he has a few shirts I can snip into. It looks really easy and cute. How cool would it be in my size??? Oooooh.

 This is a stack of pillows from her book. They look great and while I don't need pillows I still need cushions but at the rate my kids go with chucking them on the floor I am apprehensive about spending the effort on this.

 Don't hate me cos I'm dieting. I was going to make that the blog title. But I have put on weight around my middle section. I think it's from all the cakes and bakery items I've been indulging in lately and the last straw was when someone asked a friend if I was pregnant. Seriously, is that the worst question to ask when one is not! I felt compelled to do something about it and I found this book from Big W. James Duigan helps models like Elle and Rosie (the chick from the last Transformers) to keep their tummies flat. I did buy his Flat Tummy Fast book as well but it isn't pictured. I bought this one for just $19 a few days later. So far I've learnt just to try to eat Clean foods. That is, foods which are not processed. I've lost 1.5kgs and I really hope to just slim down. I'm not after model perfection but I would like to flatten out my tummy. I'll keep you posted.

 Cake anyone? James shares his wedding cake recipe with us in his book. What a diet book with dessert? How can this be? This is what made me buy it. Hee heee. It's a peanut butter cream chocolate cake. Actually, they say that a picture of a cake on a magazine increases the likelihood of you buying it exponentially. We just love cake. Just don't eat it often and eat small amounts. Enjoy it slowly and savour the flavour.

This looks really yummy. Chicken and quinoa. I've been eating more steamed vegies with every meal and less meat. I just need to exercise more. I only play basketball once a week and I try to get on the treadmill on Wednesdays. Apparently, the treadmill is a bit of a lazy way to train but it still gets my heart and sweat going.

On other fronts, I've fixed my Blogger picture uploading issue. I am using Mozilla Firefox as we speak and it's a hell of a lot faster than IE. My pictures loaded up in less than 2 seconds each and I am over the moon that I can inundate you with my pictures now!

Somehow the Baker's Delight vouchers have not made it to me. They are lost somewhere or someone has taken them from church and because they don't know who I am it's gone AWOL. I've called them a few times to ask if they've seen my envelope but they haven't so I'm sorry my readers but I can't give out any vouchers until they are found :(

I better get on the treadmill right now as the little one is asleep and I can get some lunch ready for the kids. p.s My eyesight is pretty excellent now. Two weeks ago she told me I had about a month to go until it was perfect and it was pretty clear and sharp at that point so I was really glad. It's the best to be able to jump into the car and not have to rummage for my glasses anymore. I love it.

Til later, ciao for now.