Frozen Mango Bars.

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Frozen Mango Bars.

These are so light, fresh, delicious and contain no nasties!  Such a beautiful Summer treat, I found myself closing my eyes with every mouthful I was enjoying it so much!   Cost effective too!  I made 16 bars, (but you could cut yours smaller) and all I had to buy was a bottle of cream and 3 tins of mangoes.

In comparison to buying the Mango Ice cream bars like this already made, these were such a bargain and I knew the exact ingredients in them too, which was a bonus.

Frozen Mango Bars.

Ingredients:

220 grams of water

200 grams of sugar

3 x 425 cans of sliced mangoes, drained or equivalent to fresh or frozen mango

20 grams of lemon juice

300 grams of thickened cream

Click on the link below for a printable version of the recipe.

Frozen Mango Bars

Thermomix Recipe: 

Line a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan with foil.

Line your tin with foil.

Boil sugar and water in TM bowl for 5 mins on 100c, speed 2 until syrup thickens and set aside to cool.

Heat the sugar and water together until dissolved.

Blend the drained mangoes, syrup and lemon juice on speed 8 for 30 secs until smooth and pour into a separate bowl to cool.

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Measure 1 cup of the mango mixture back into the thermomix jug, add the cream and blend on speed 3 for 5 – 10 seconds.

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Pour this mixture into your prepared foil lined lamington pan and freeze until firm.

Once frozen, pour the remaining mango mixture over the frozen mango cream in the pan. Freeze for several hours, or until firm.

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Once the next level is frozen, tip the tray upside down on to a chopping board, peel the aluminium foil off and then turn it back to the other side so that the cream is on the bottom and use a sharp knife to cut in to bars so that you get a nice clean cut.

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Cut into 16 bars when frozen (or in to smaller bars and make the mixture go further if you wish) and store in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

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  • Standard Recipe:
  • Line a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan with foil.
  • Boil sugar and water in a saucepan over the stove until the syrup thickens, then set aside to cool.
  • Blend the drained mangoes, syrup and lemon juice with a food processor or hand blender until smooth.
  • Measure 1 cup of the mango mixture out and in to a medium to large bowl, add the cream and blend with your food processor/hand blender until the mixture is well combined.
  • Pour this mixture into your prepared foil lined lamington pan and freeze until firm.
  • Once frozen, pour the remaining mango mixture over the frozen mango cream in the pan. Freeze for several hours, or until firm.
  • Once the next level is frozen, tip the tray upside down on to a chopping board, peel the aluminium foil off and then turn it back to the other side so that the cream is on the bottom and use a sharp knife to cut in to bars so that you get a nice clean cut.
  • Cut into 16 bars when frozen, (or in to smaller bars and make the mixture go further if you wish) and store in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Falafel Balls.

Falafel Balls.

Falafel Balls.

These are a super healthy and yummy dinner idea and so fast and easy to make!!

I double the recipe to feed our family of five and it is plenty enough for us.  We just serve ours in wraps or pita bread with lettuce, tomato, finely grated carrot, garlic sauce and hummus dip.  It is delicious, healthy, fast and easy!!  Definitely a go to recipe for busy people!

 

Falafel Balls

 

Yummy!!  The kids will never know they are so healthy!

Yummy!! The kids will never know they are so healthy!

(Makes 15 falafel balls: we doubled this recipe and made 30 falafel balls)

Ingredients:

1/2 onion peeled and quartered

2 cloves garlic

400g can of chick peas, drained

2 tablespoons fresh parsley

2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons plain flour

1 tsp ground cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

Place onion, garlic, chick peas, parsley, breadcrumbs, flour and cumin into your blender/food processor/thermomix.

Process using the pulse function 5 times on your food processor/blender/thermomix.

Add salt and pepper and blend for 30 seconds on medium speed for blender/food processor or Speed 4 on your thermomix.

Shape mixture into golf ball size pieces, slightly flattened.

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Transfer onto a baking tray lined with paper. Brush both sides with oil and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, turning half way through.

PLEASE NOTE: To avoid dry falafel balls, brush them with oil when turning them half way through cooking.

These were so yummy, easy, cheap and fast to make and our whole family loved them!!  I highly recommend them and hope you love them too!

Much love, Fern

xxxxx

3 Ingredient Apricot and Coconut Bites.

These yummy, healthy, little snacks are so fast and ridiculously easy to make and super healthy too!  They would make great additions to any lunch box or even great to just keep in the fridge as a healthy snack in lieu of grabbing a less healthy snack to satisfy that sweet craving when you are on the run!

Apricot Bites

Makes 40.

Ingredients:

300g organic dried apricots.

50g of pitted dates or medjool dates.

100g desiccated coconut.

(Optional:  2 tablespoons desiccated coconut for coating if you wish).

Method:

  1. Place everything into a food processor.  Blitz on high speed until combined. Or for Thermomix Users: Place everything into bowl.  Blitz on speed 7 for 20 seconds. Then increase the speed to 10 for 30 seconds.  If the mixture is too dry, process a little longer or add an extra date or two.
  2. Line a small loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Spoon mixture in and smooth out using the back of a large spoon, then refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from tin and slice into 40 small squares.  (Optional:  Place squares and coconut into a bowl and toss until coated with coconut.).
  5. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

All Natural, 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream.

This recipe is SOOOOOOOOOO easy,  SOOOOOOOOOO healthy and SOOOOOOOOOO yummy!!!!

It is also excellent if you have excess bananas that need to be used up, as you can thinly slice them, place them in to freezer bags and just pull them out whenever you feel like some healthy, banana ice cream.

 

All Natural Banana Ice Cream.

All Natural Banana Ice Cream.

All Natural, 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream.

Makes: 4 Serves.

Ingredients:

4 bananas.

250 grams of milk (or any milk alternative).

 

Method:

  1. Peel and thinly slice the bananas, place in ziplock/freezer bags and freeze overnight.
  2. Place in to a food processor/blender that is capable of crushing/blending ice and blitz on high for 10 seconds. Or in to a Thermomix on setting 8 for 10 seconds.
  3. Add the 250g Milk and blitz for 30 seconds on high or in Thermomix on Setting 8 for 30 seconds.
  4. Using a spatula you may need to scrape down the slides and move the mixture into the blades to blend properly as it could be quite thick.
  5. Serve immediately as it can get soft quite quickly.  Or you can pop it back in to the freezer for a little while until it is the consistency you prefer.  We like to eat it immediately after being blended, as it is a gorgeous, smooth, fluffy consistency when it comes out.

Easy 2 Ingredient Muesli Bars.

These super easy, fast and yummy muesli bars are a favourite in our house!  The kids just love them which I am very grateful for, as they are so easy, cheap and fast to make with hidden goodness!

Freezable:  They freeze well, so they are fantastic to make in advance for the children’s lunch boxes.

Economical:  So much cheaper than a box of 16 muesli bars.

Only 2 ingredients:  Muesli and condensed milk!!  More transparency of ingredients than store bought muesli bars that may have unknown nasties in them!

Easy: So easy to make that the kids can help too!

Fast: Just mix then pop in to the oven!  Super fast for time poor or busy people!

Delicious:  Tastes yummy but also has lots of hidden goodness with the oats, seeds, nuts and fruit.

2 Ingredient Muesli Bars

2 Ingredient Muesli Bars.

2 Ingredient Muesli Bars.

Makes: 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of muesli ( or a combined total of 3 cups of whatever muesli ingredients you wish, such as rolled oats, dried cranberries, dried pineapple, sultanas, dried apricots, pepitas, almonds and coconut – or chocolate chips for a treat if you wish, all roughly chopped and combined well (or for Thermomix users: all dry ingredients combined on Speed 4 for 5 seconds).
  • 1 can (395g) condensed milk

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line a 20 x 30cm slice tin with baking paper.
  2. Combine muesli and condensed milk well in a bowl (or for Thermomix users: Combine muesli and condensed milk in the jug, on speed 3 for 10 seconds).InstagramCapture_df1d73bf-4964-4610-a27b-ad1c0312d7b9
  3. Press mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes or until the top turns golden and feels firm.
  4. Remove from the oven and let them sit for about 10 minutes to cool a little, and then cut into bars to allow to cool completely.

(The last batch I made was using a lovely apple, coconut and cinnamon muesli  that I bought and they were super yummy!  These were also great for me to eat on the run, rather than skip lunch on those crazy days!).  I so hope you love them too!!!

Coconut, Chia Pudding with Raspberry Coulis.

I have made this three times in the last week as I keep craving it and my boys are loving it!  It is super fast and easy to make and I can FEEL it doing me good as I eat it, it is so super healthy, really refreshing and delicious too!

I would love any of your ideas on more Chia recipes, please add your comments below!!  I add them to everything I can these days but would love some of your fabulous ideas too!

This decicious breakfast, snack or dessert is packed with protein, antioxidants, fibre, protein, omega-3, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and much, much more!

This delicious breakfast, snack or dessert is packed with protein, antioxidants, fibre, omega-3, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and much, much more!

Serves 2

Ingredients

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup chia seeds

3/4 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup coconut water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Method

In a small bowl, add coconut, chia seeds, coconut milk, coconut water, vanilla and salt and mix until very well combined.

Place in the refrigerator and allow to rest for at least 2 hours

Optional: Serve with fresh raspberry coulis.

 

Put the Coconut and Chia Pudding in to the fridge for at least two hours.

Packed with so much goodness and deliciousness too!!

Raspberry Coulis.

Raspberry Coulis.

Raspberry Coulis.

    Ingredients

1 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon of caster sugar

½ a cup of water

Method

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth (or for thermomix:  blend for 20 seconds on speed 4 or until smooth), then serve through and on top of your Coconut Chia Pudding to taste.

Coconut And Chia Pudding with Raspberry Coulis.

Coconut And Chia Pudding with Raspberry Coulis.

For the Free Printable Recipe click on the link below:

COCONUT CHIA PUDDING

Cherry Ripe Slice.

Cherry 🍒 ripe slice

This super delicious slice is something that I make regularly and every time someone always asks me for the recipe, so I am posting it here, as it such a fast, easy, cheap, but SUPER popular sweet treat!  It is seriously delicious and so fast to make too – I love quick, easy, cheap and super yummy recipes!  This is definitely one of my all time favourite things to make and eat!!  So here it is!  Cherry Ripe Slice!  You will thank me later!

Makes: 30 pieces. Time: 20 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

250 g packet of chocolate ripple biscuits or other plain chocolate biscuits.
125 g of melted butter
4 cups of desiccated coconut
395 can of sweetened condensed milk
200 g packet of red glacé cherries, finely chopped
60 g of melted vegetable shortening or copha or coconut oil
Rose pink food colouring
150 g of milk chocolate, melted

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Grease and line a 20 x 30 cm pan. Place the biscuits into a food processor and process until fine crumbs form. Add butter and process to combine. Press into the base of the pan. Chill.
2. Meanwhile, combine coconut, condensed milk, glacé cherries, and vegetable shortening in to a large bowl. Add a few drops of food colouring, (I also added a teaspoon or two of cherry brandy essence for extra scrumminess! But this isn’t technically in the recipe) and mix well. Spoon mixture evenly over the prepared and chilled biscuit base. Refrigerate until firm.
3. Cut the slice in to 4cm pieces. Spoon the melted chocolate in to a zip lock bag and snip the corner. Drizzle over the square of slice, chill until set before serving.

Magnet Fishing: A fun way to learn loads of concepts for school readiness!!

Magnet Fishing.

Magnet Fishing.

We went to a friend’s house recently where they had a magnet fishing game, and I was amazed at how much my two youngest boys loved playing with it, so I decided to create my own – but with a twist!  I would make one so that they could not only improve their hand-eye coordination but so that they could learn about other important things too!!   As my 4-year-old is preparing to go to school next year, I thought it might be a good  idea to start introducing some concepts and ideas to help him prepare for this big educational leap!  Nothing will prepare ME for him to go, so I might as well try to prepare SOMEONE!!  :)  Personally, I think I will be hosting a “tears and tissues” morning tea at my house for me that first school morning!

My 4-year-old is such a busy, little soul, always doing something, never says he is bored, just always finds something else to do and asks for certain materials or toys to play with which is great!  He doesn’t like to sit still for too long, is always on the go and wanting to move, so often doesn’t feel like making time to learn structured concepts such as sight words, numbers, letters, etc. so I tried to think of general concepts that might help him at school next year, things such as sight words, numbers, letters, shapes, colours, emotions, weather and days of the week and from just paper, the laptop, the printer and a laminator and made loads of cards and pictures that we could use for our fishing games.  As he needs an introduction to these things before starting school, I thought that this game could teach him as he played, which worked!!  He was completely unaware that he was actually learning so much at the same time as we chatted about everything as we went!  It was such a gorgeous activity, as it was the catalyst for so many bright, interesting, educational and wonderful discussions and opportunities for learning!!  We talked and talked for hours!  He learnt and learnt for hours and had no idea that he was learning as he played!  It was so much fun!

Such a simple thing to make, luckily I had already made or purchased lots of magnets that we could utilise quite easily and I just made some new, cute little number fish by printing them off, cutting around them, laminating them and cutting around them again.  Then I simply attached some cute number paper clips that I had recently bought in a $2- shop that I loved.  Then I just got a flat rectangle container, added some blue decorative stones and popped our fish in there.

Then I threaded  some wool through the hole in our magnet wands and onto a piece of wooden doweling, then voila!!   Magnet fishing game done!

Our fishing rod was made from a piece of wooden dowling, some wool attached with sticky tape tied on to a magnet wand!  My 2 year old found it fun just to simply dangle the fish around on the fishing rod!!  xx

Our fishing rod was made from a piece of wooden doweling, some wool attached with sticky tape tied on to a magnet wand! My 2-year-old found it fun just to simply dangle the fish around on the fishing rod!! xx

It was so great for their hand eye coordination.

It was so great for their hand-eye coordination.  I just loved the number paper clips that I found in a $2 dollar shop!  So cute!

 Once he had “fished” in the pond until it was empty, he wanted to put the fish on our light table and match the number words to the actual numbers on the fish and also match the colours up.

Matching them all up...

Matching them all up…

Then we matched the numbers  with their matching names.

“These are the numbers and these are their names mummy….”

After having this fish game for a while and mastering matching up the words and letters,  we used some of our sight word magnets to “fish” with and as each one came out we said what the word was.  Asking questions like, “Hmmm, which one should we catch next?  What about the word under?  Which one do you think “under” is?  Let’s find it together then catch it!”

We also did magnetic fishing with our magnetic sight words.

We also did magnetic fishing with our magnetic sight words.  “What does this word say? “

Then once we finished the sight words, we “fished” with our magnetic letters and numbers!!

We also used our magnetic  letters and numbers.

We also used our magnetic letters and numbers.  “Let’s fish for the letters in your name first!  What is the first letter that we need?  How old are you?  Let’s see if we can find that number next!”

Then our days of the week cards!

We also used our magnetic days of the week cards.

We also used our magnetic days of the week cards.  “What day of the week is it today?  What day will it be tomorrow?”

Then we fished for shapes!

We also used our magnetic shapes.

We also used our magnetic shapes.  “What shape is this one?  Can you see anything else in the room that is this shape?  Look our table is a rectangle too!  This triangle looks like our roof!”

Then we wanted to fish for emotions, what they look like and what the word looks like for that emotion, this is great for their emotional intelligence and being able to read other people’s emotional cues.

We also fished for our emotion cards and emotion words.

We also fished for our feelings cards and feelings words, just attached them to a normal paper clip each!  “How are you feeling today?  I feel like this one!”

 

 Then he matched them up perfectly!

Then we matched the words to the corresponding  pictures to more aware of emotional intelligence and other's feelings.

Then we matched the words to the corresponding pictures to more aware of emotional intelligence and other’s feelings.  “How is this person feeling?  Look at that big smile – is that a happy face or a sad one?”

We found even more magnets that had words and matching pictures we had to find and we fished and matched those too!

We also used our words and picture magnets to fish and then match up.

We also fished for our words and picture magnets and then matched them up together.

Then we fished for our weather symbols, “Hmmmmm…..what is the weather like today?  Sunny again?  Which one do you think is the sunny one?  Let’s catch that one now!  In Summer, the sun comes out a lot and is very hot isn’t it?  In Winter is when it gets cooler and in some parts of the world it even snows!”

We also used our weather magnets and discussed what the weather was like today.

We also used our weather images with a paper clip on each one and discussed what the weather was like today and the difference between seasons.

Next time we might even put the magnets in a tub of water and do real fishing outside on a nice sunny day too!

This was such a great activity to introduce my 4-year-old to loads of different concepts without it being too “heavy” or “structured” as he is still so young, he giggled as the magnet fishing wand wobbled around and really enjoyed just having time with me to chat about loads of different things.  It was a beautiful bonding experience too, just sitting there chatting for so long (we don’t always have that much of an extended time together during the day in between siblings, school and kinder runs, chores, etc. but we had a rare, VERY quiet day where we could spend some real quality time together which I loved and he loved and we made the most of it!!!  Of course you could just do one of these ideas, we just went a bit crazy and did loads of different ones as we had time that day to extend the activity further and make the most of it!  We will definitely do this again – hope your kids like it too!!

My choice to not enter myself in “The Mummy Olympics”.

 

I want to be PROUD to be proud of my children!

I want to be PROUD to be proud of my children!

Today I want to stress the importance of celebrating people’s gifts, instead of competing against them, judging or being jealous.

I want to follow my dear and very beautiful friend Shelley’s brave and honest lead and write this post as I think it is very important!

She mentioned the other day on Facebook, that she sometimes feels hesitant about sharing on Facebook when her children do well at something as she doesn’t want people to think that she is bragging, and she then went on to say how much she considered and thought about why she wasn’t comfortable sharing this post, she had written it up and deleted it many times before deciding to share, after deciding that she should be proud of her children and that it is not bragging at all, it is about celebrating and rejoicing when things go right in life and celebrating successes – and I think that this is absolutely the right thing to do!  There is a difference between bragging and simply being open and honest about being proud of your children, a BIG difference, the tone of voice you use, the way you say it and whether you are comparing to other children or not, and even though we know all this, for some reason, many of us feel self-conscious about being openly and proud of our children.

Shelley’s insightful, perfectly worded post made me realise that I too feel self-conscious about saying if my child is doing well at something! If I say good things about my children – I always feel the need to also say what they are NOT good at, so people do not think I am bragging! I don’t like that I do that and I don’t like that I feel I NEED to do that!

Can’t we just be proud of them without people thinking that we are bragging – on the understanding that we all know that everyone has different areas of strengths and weaknesses? You should share these things with the people who love you! The people I have as my Facebook friends are the people I really love and care about and who I know should be happy for me if I share something lovely about my children, and if those people are not happy for me or feel “snipey” about it, then to be honest, I would MUCH rather not be friends with them on Facebook as I only want to share my life with those like-minded, positive, happy people just trying to live a happy life – NOT in ANY competition with others, just being grateful for whatever we have and to be loving towards others. Why should we ever feel self-conscious of being proud of our children?  Shouldn’t we all be rejoicing and proud when any child in the world achieves great things?  Does it REALLY matter if someone else’s child is doing better than mine at something?  Or that mine is doing better than their child at something?  Do people think that it makes them a better mother if their child is doing better at something than mine?

IT IS NOT THE MUMMY OLYMPICS!!!  We are not in competition with each other!!

All parents are amazing in different ways!!  xx

All parents are amazing in different ways!! xx

Sure we can look at other’s parenting styles and get ideas of what we ourselves would like to do more, better, less and different to others, but to judge them  negatively or compare ourselves as a parent, is completely unfair as we do not know all the background behind that person and their journey.  They may have tried what works for you and it simply doesn’t work for them, they may have tried what the baby books said to do and it simply doesn’t work for them, perhaps the only thing that does work for their child is what they are doing right now.

Every  adult and child is different and gifted in different ways, my children have completely different skills in different areas and when I am proud of them, it is because at whatever they did, that they tried their best or were kind or made the right choice – when a bad one would have been far more fun!😉  Children learn in different ways, some children learn from watching someone else do something, some children can just hear an instruction and get it instantly and others need to do it for themselves before they learn how to do something – none of the learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) are better than the others – they are just different, and whatever learning style your child has, is how they will learn best.  It is the same with how we are all good at different things.

For example: I was always very good at English, Psychology, I was a fast runner (this was a very long time ago – I have definitely lost THIS ability over the years!)  and was also pretty good at the creative and artistic things in school – (plus I excelled at talking and socializing a lot, but let’s not go there!).

In saying all of that, I was DREADFUL at Maths, Biology and Typing and was never any good at knowing how to be quiet or less honest – I seem to have no filter when I speak at times, I am also way, overly proud of my children, which doesn’t mean they are perfect or good all the time, because they simply are not. Sometimes, my gorgeous, beautiful, precious boys can behave so terribly that I feel as though I am the worst mother in the whole wide world as a matter of fact.

With my boys, my big 7-year-old boy is excellent at reading and spelling and being kind, playing nicely with others, he loves to help others and jumps instantly if I ever ask for any help, he is sweet, loving and openly tells people kind things without any prompting and he has gorgeous manners, but on the flip side his sports and music grades are not so great and he is incredibly messy with leaving his stuff all over the place!

My 4-year-old boy loves to learn about everything and is very artistic, he is sweet, affectionate, loving and kind, but is not all that great with sitting still for long or knowing when to stop talking (ha ha ha – he is like me!), he is the messiest eater I have ever known and can be very shy at times! But I am immensely proud of things like the fact that he had a crippling fear of the pool just over a year ago and is now swimming without any flotation devices across the width of the pool and is very confident at jumping in to the pool at the deep end now too!  Things I honestly wasn’t sure he would ever do! He doesn’t have a perfect swimming stroke or perform the freestyle technique swimming yet, but the fact that he overcame that fear, is confident and BEGS to go in the pool and can now mostly keep himself safe in the water has made my heart swell with pride.

My little 2-year-old boy is adorable in every possible way, we don’t know yet where he is gifted in terms of skills yet as he is so young, but I know he is very gifted at making people smile, is great at dancing, excellent at sleeping, he is a real Mr Personality, is very tidy, is affectionate, loving, playful and has a gorgeous sense of humour and is exceptionally good at eating, but is not so good at going out to the shops or basically anywhere without having a public tantrum. He rarely tantrums at home all that badly, but going out seems to trigger him and make him anxious and become very difficult!

Just because I am a very GRATEFUL mummy, does NOT mean I am necessarily a GOOD mummy – I feel as though I stuff up this parenting gig ALL the time!  I am not saying I am not a good mummy either, but all I am saying is that although I try my best all the time, I know that I make mistakes far more frequently than I wish I did.  Yes, I do love to play and spend quality time with my children, and I love my family more intensely than I could ever explain, and I do EVERYTHING that I possibly can to keep them safe,  healthy, happy, loving, loved and to enjoy learning, but sadly, often the busy-ness of life simply gets in the way and we can’t always do and say what we want all of the time.  As a mother, I get tired, cranky, exhausted, impatient, quick-tempered and I get regular times when my tank is just completely  and utterly empty.

I feel as though I am  really happy most of the time, but that I also have a routine mini-nervous breakdown around every 3 months, where I have a week of feeling completely snitchy, then suddenly some silly little thing will make me just need to go to my room, get a moment alone and maybe even have a little cry to release all of the overwhelming emotions that have built up over time plus all the mummy guilt, stress and pressure of being a mummy.  I set such silly, unrealistic and high standards of myself to be the best mummy I can possibly be and because these expectations are too high, I never feel as though I ever quite “make it” as a mum and inevitably feel like I have failed…..far too frequently.

The truth is, that most of us do the best we can with what we have every day, and I like to think that so long as we have hearts full of absolute love and the very best of intentions for our families, then any little “stumbles” along the way will not mean all that much, as the abundance of love, appreciation and effort that has been poured over our families by us will overpower any of our little stuff ups.

Sure, we will look back and wish we had other ways of doing things at the time, and yes over time, they may discover new and better ways to do everything that we do now, but if we “do the best we can with what we have right now every day”, that whatever we are doing now is the best we can do under the circumstances and therefore it is unfair and unkind and unnecessary to judge.

At the end of the day, everyone needs to find their own gifts within themselves where they will find their own success in life, you might be the best in a certain sporting event, or at hairdressing, or the best nurse, teacher, doctor, or  the best at helping others, or making other’s smile, whatever your gift is – (and EVERYONE has at least one very special gift that you were born with) – whatever it is, find it and embrace it and use it to find your own version of success in life and also be happy for others when they have found theirs too!

I have made the choice to not enter myself in “The Mummy Olympics” and you should too!  You will be much happier for it!

On this topic, I have to recommend this wonderful book by America’s funny Family Feud host Steve Harvey, who has written a wonderful book about how people are all born with a gift and they just need to find out what that gift is, in order to find success and happiness and he teaches you how to find out what it is.

He has been divorced twice, lived in his car for three years, been homeless and on the depths of despair among other struggles in life and has been at every end of the scale financially, and he is now highly successful and highly celebrated, just because he was able to find his “gift” in his entertaining personality  and good sense of humour.

Click on this affiliate picture link below to go check out this book at Fishpond.com.au that offers free shipping!  Definitely worth a read!!

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches

 

 Here is another excellent book that I read many years ago, it is a fantastic read that has a “Strengths finder” to help you discover your areas of strength and it talks about the importance of using your strengths to find success in life rather than focusing on the things that you are not good at (it doesn’t say to stop trying to improve on those areas, but has more of a message like, find your passion and your strengths, then success will come easily and abundantly to you, another excellent read!!  I will write a more detailed Book Review Post on this book soon as it is really an excellent book and puts your own and your children’s strengths and weaknesses in to perspective – it really relaxes me knowing the wisdom of this book to let go a little of what I am not good at, and what my children are not good at, and to focus more on our passion and our strengths and gifts instead.

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Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

 

 Overall, I just want to say a very big thank you to you all who I love on here, who I trust to always know that if we share these precious moments of our lives together, that we do not judge each other, we are trusting each other and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable only because we feel safe with each other. This is a privilege to be allowed in to each other’s lives like this, and we should respect this honour!!  I only share on here the way I do, because I feel safe with our friends on here. If you ever share good news, achievements and things that you are proud of, I will be so, so, SO happy for you – not jealous of you or in competition with you! I can’t stand the competitiveness of some people, and I simply won’t be a part of it. I really don’t care if my children are better than anyone else’s, sure I would be proud of them if they ever are excelling at something, and yes I would probably worry a little if they were struggling to stay around the same level as most of the other kids at school, but I don’t care if they are better or worse than anyone else, I just want them to do their best, to make a big effort and to all be happy, well-rounded, kind boys who try their best and have loving natures. I want them to have the best opportunities in life available to them of course, and to do this they need to be at a certain level academically, but if your child is getting an A grade in music and mine isn’t, I will be happy for you and your child – not jealous or in competition!!  Mine might be getting an A grade in something else your child isn’t and it wouldn’t even matter if he was, he might get an A grade in my books for simply being a loving person who is always kind to others – which I rate FAR higher in importance than being able to play the “trombone/flute/clarinet/fill in the blank” in music class.  I know what I rate as more important in life.

Wishing you and all your children every success and happiness at whatever it is that makes you and your children feel joy and hoping that we can all be more accepting and loving and less judgemental of others – as we are all doing our best!

Thank you to all our readers on here who all make this a safe, warm and happy page where we can all share and be ourselves and boost each other up instead of bringing each other down.  You really all are the best bunch of people and it is an honour for me to be surrounded by such amazing people.  Thank you to you all!

 I hope that you all have a beautiful, love-filled day with a renewed enthusiasm for other’s successes and for your own.  Please celebrate success – no matter whose it is!!

Much love,

Fern

xx

Glow in the Dark Stained Glass Windows.

Glow in the Dark Stained Glass Windows.

Glow in the Dark Stained Glass Windows.

With our glow in the dark adventures that I have been blogging about, I thought I would share another easy, fun and cheap glow in the dark activity that is great for a sensory and fine motor experience with a side of shape recognition thrown in  for children too.

You will need:

Clear Contact (adhesive clear book covering).

Flourescent Neon coloured paper – yellow, green, orange, any flouro colours you can find – on any paper you can find: paper, cardboard, cellophane, tissue paper, etc.) cut in to various shapes and sizes.

A lamp with a black light globe or fluorescent black light tube light.

Blu Tac (adhesive putty)

Method:

All you need to do is work out the size of the rectangle of clear contact that you want your stained glass window to be, then double it and cut out this piece of contact in one large piece (so that once everything is stuck to the contact you can double the sticky sides over on top of each other then seal in your artwork.)

Peel the backing off the contact off of  the one side of the contact that you would like your child to stick the coloured shapes on to.

Then blu tac the non-sticky side down on to your surface to make it easier for the sticky side that will be up not to cling to little fingers and get a bit messy.

Then give your child your neon coloured paper cut up shapes and peel off the backing of the contact and the children can stick their shapes to the sticky side of the contact.

When they are done, peel the backing off the other half of the contact and fold the two sticky sides over on top of each other and then you can stick your masterpiece up on a window or a wall right near your black light which will make it glow beautifully!!

This is a great activity for fine motor skills and is sensory in so many ways, sitting in the dark with your picture glowing in the dark and sticking paper shapes to a super sticky surface without glue is apparently super fun!!

I hope you are enjoying our glow in the dark activities as much as we enjoyed them!

Loads of love,

Fern

xx

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