Arts & Crafts, The blog

Activities to keep the littlies occupied

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m at home and the kids are bored, I’m bored and just cant think of anything to do. Though they have plenty of toys and games sometimes some thinking outside of the box is required to keep them and me occupied!

Lots of people find their inspiration on Pinterest, but I have very little experience in Pinterest, although I do mean to get on there and discover what all the fuss is about. I’m sure once I get the hang of it I wont look back. However, in the mean time I look for different Facebook pages, blog pages and twitter to find my inspiration. I get some really good ideas. To be honest, I really am hopeless at remembering where I saw the original posts, I really need to write them down when I see them! that way I can give full credit to the page I saw the original post on! I’m working on getting better at this! I promise.

Rice Discovery

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This is such a simple idea, yet Timmy loved it!

All you need is a spare egg carton, some small toys or rocks or other treasures and rice! place the toys in the egg carton then cover with rice. Timmy came up with the ides of guessing hat was under the rice before he would dig I out, that was his own idea, clever monkey! but yes, this game was a lot of fun for him he really enjoyed it! excuse his dressing gown, we had an at home day, mummy was wearing hers, so of course he had to do the same 🙂

Colourful hanging water bag

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This is another simple idea I found on another page, for the life of me I can not find where I found it! I have spent literally days trying to find where this one originated from!

All you need is strong sandwich bags zip lock, food colouring and glitter. You can get as creative as you like with this activity adding all sorts of items in the bag! I got Timmy to draw pictures on the bag in permanent marker, which he loved Timmy loved choosing the colours, writing on the bags and adding glitter to the water. Both the kids enjoyed this activity. We had these on the sliding glass door for over a week, they did not break, although I was worried as Timmy was occasionally very rough! but this is a great activity for all ages and got ALOT of use out of. After a week, we took them down as they kept falling down, we only had them stuck on the door with sticky tape!

Spaghetti Play

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This is such a great sensory activity. I kept the pasta plain as my 1 year old would only try to eat it and yes he did otherwise you could add different colours with food colouring or even some glitter to make it really interesting! Timmy LOVED LOVED this one. so much so the ending result was…………

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No I did not know he was going to do this, I went inside to get his brother some water and wash his hands, when I came out this is what had happened! A butt naked Timmy in a bowl of pasta. Each to their own I suppose! This picture will make a future appearance, say at his 16th, 18th or 21st….maybe all of them 🙂

Pasta and/ or rice in a bottle 

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This is yet again very simple using items you would most like have in your cupboard. Elijah really got a lot of use out of this one, Timmy liked choosing the pasta and rice to put it the bottle. just ensure the lid is well taped or glued up so it can not be opened.

Another basic shaker using a plastic bottle is water, food colouring and glitter and other crafty things you find. Timmy once again enjoyed doing this activity, choosing the colour and what would go in the bottle, Elijah plays a lot with this one! once again ensure the lid is firmly closed with tape or glue.

Cereal fun

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I went through our cupboards and found old cereal, coconut shavings, rice, seeds ect placed it all in a bowl and Timmy and Elijah had a ball playing with this. Elijah did try to eat it, so I kept close watch while they were playing. But its a great sensory messy activity.  Timmy loved getting his cars, making patterns and burring the items under the cereal. Afterwards, we threw the leftovers on our lawn for the birds! easy.

I would love to know what other ideas you have or use with your little ones to keep them occupied? Share your posts with me below!

Candice x

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20 weeks with baby number 3

Hey everyone, its been a while since a blog post, so I apologise. Some of you who follow me on Instagram would have known already by my insta videos ( which I am new at, and still trying to get the hang off!) that I am pregnant! I have been rather quiet with this one, more or less just really enjoying this pregnancy. Ive enjoyed having a little secret to myself for a while. But now I’m half way and about time I shared an update with you all!

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20 weeks with baby number 3

The first 3 months have been fairly easy, not much nausea just a lot of tiredness. I had an early gestational diabetes test, which I have not heard back from, so I’m assuming all good…..and considering how I felt with Elijah and how I feel this time, couldn’t be more different! This pregnancy is a lot more like when I was pregnant the first time with Timmy, it was easy and comfortable and I really enjoyed the experience. Elijah, well that was a whole other ball game. I hated every minute being pregnant, I hate saying that. But it was true. It was very hard to control anything to do with my body, what I ate and how I felt before or after i ate, my tiredness level was horrendous! however the minute I gave birth I felt I could have run a marathon, I literally felt amazing again. Goes to show what gestational diabetes can do to you!

I thought we would stop after baby number 2, but I realised the moment I gave birth to him that would be that last time. I was sad at the thought of never getting to go through pregnancy again, feel baby kicks and getting to go through labour again. Yes, labour sucks, but it is the most rewarding experience you will ever have in your life, well it was for me anyway! You go through hours of pain to get the most amazing gift at the end of it! There is literally no high like it when you see and hold your baby in your arms, its pure magic.

well I have really been enjoying my pregnancy a lot this time around. Really absorbing it all. I’m getting a lot bigger now and feeling baby move a fair bit more, however baby is a lot more quiet in the moving department then the other two were. I have had my scan to tell me the sex of my baby. If you want to know, send me a msg, ill tell you 🙂 I wont write it on here as other people may not want to know.

With every pregnancy there are new fears I face every time. With Timmy it was all new, I feared the unknown. And after the birth everything was different, it was overwhelming, the tiredness was a whole new level I never knew. but after 4 months it all settled down, we found our rhythm and it was good. With Elijah I was worried how Timmy would handle the new addititon, but on a whole he was good. He just decided to go through his threenanger stage after Elijah was born, which kinda sucked and made my life very stressful. He seems to be getting a bit better now. But after Elijah I hit Post Natal Depression, my stress was off the grid it was awful….speaking to doctors and councillors all they suggested was drugs, especially after the doctor told me I would need drugs to come of the original drugs they would give me….um, no thanks. I decided right there and then I had to sort my shit out, whether it was timing or just me, somehow I managed to get my shit together. It was not easy, but I am lucky I got through it, it took a good 5 months. So yes I am nervous that PND will begin again after baby number 3, but I am currently taking steps to try and get my head straight, try to be aware of when I’m feeling low, and try to take a different approach after baby is born. only time will tell if this helps or not. If not there is a course on PND I can do through the Parental Stress Centre, who I did a course through them after my last baby called “find the calm amongst the chaos” and I can not tell you how much that helped me. You can read about my story on that here The Parental Stress Centre 

Its now 20 weeks with baby number 3, and I had my first hormonal breakdown a few days ago. My fears going forward are obviously PND, and Elijah. He is very clingy and needs my attention a lot. He screams and cry’s constantly when I am around, for other people he seems fine, but when it is me, its not good enough he needs to be with me or on me or have my attention a lot of the time! I am hoping after he starts talking he will calm down on the screaming and crying. however, I am looking forward to having our last addition join the family. Timmy is very excited for the new addition, he has helped choose the name also. I am not worried about him, he is such a smart little cookie and yes he has days he is a right pain in the arse however, he is such a beautiful little boy, very intelligent and makes a really good big brother. He loves to help me out when he is in the mood. His latest helping is vacuuming the floor. I am not complaining.

So after my feeling a bit low the other day and loosing my temper one too many times at the boys, I decided I needed to try and get on top of this once again before it gets out of control. I went onto the Parental Stress Centre website and found a course which now suits me. I will blog about it later once I am finished it. It is called The Happy Mum Course. I Just started 3 days ago, it goes for 10 weeks. I will blog all about it. I honestly love this centre, it suits me perfectly, and from my experience speaking with a counsellor this course beats that hands down! 

I am lucky this time around, we have everything we need for the last addition. All the furniture, a lot of gender neutral clothing – but either way this baby is getting all the hand me downs! The only thing extra we need is to get a pram that fits both Elijah and the new baby. Baby Bunting, here we come! I loved shopping there for all the stuff we needed for Elijah, they were so helpful and the prices were so good! Were hoping that the car seat capsule fits into the car so we will not need to buy a new one of those either! But other then that we are pretty much set ready to go! I’m looking forward to this next stage, and knowing this is absolutely our last bubba. I am happy with this, and accept it. I am just really enjoying every single second of this pregnancy and want to take it all in. I did not really with Elijah, I wasn’t feeling right and then after with the PND was just horrible. The newborn stage went by in the blink of an eye. I barely recognise Elijah as a newborn, its a blurry first 5 months with him which makes me sad. So this time I really want to just try to take everything in, and I’m hoping by working with the Parental Stress Centre through their course this will help keep me on track.

Ok, so that is all so far from me! So far so good on my pregnancy. Be sure to check out my Insta & Facebook page for picture updates along the way!

Candice xx

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food & drinks, The blog, Uncategorized

Berries & Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

These Chia seed pudding’s seem to be the absolute craze right now don’t they? And its easy to see why! I have started experimenting with a few different recipes lately, and I found this one a winner for me! Its easy and quick to prepare. If you are like me and the mornings get a little hectic, trying to prepare breakfasts for 2 monkeys, getting dressed and ready for the day and find its after 10 and still have not had breakfast then this is a great solution as you prepare the pudding the night before, preferably when all kiddlets have gone to bed! Put it in the fridge, then you can pull it out in the morning and it’s ready to go! It’s simple, delicious and packed full of nutrition. what’s not to love?

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Check out the recipe below and let me know how you like it, or share your favourite chia seed pudding with me in the comments.

Berries & Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries & 1/4 cup Raspberries
  • extra strawberries and raspberries for topping

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Instructions:

  1. In a blender, blend your almond milk, Greek yogurt, strawberries, raspberries & Vanilla extract.
  2. whisk in your chia seeds then Pour your mixture into 4 separate serving glasses or jars. Leave in your fridge overnight to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and create the pudding – like texture.
  3. The next morning remove from the fridge and place remaining strawberries, raspberries and other topping you like over the top of your chia seed pudding.
  4. Now enjoy!

Have you tried this pudding or wanting to? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Candice x

 

 

Reviews, The blog

Personalized Cart – Monogram Necklace Review.

I was fortunate recently to be sent this beautiful Personalized Monogram Necklace from PersonalizedCart.com to review.

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Upon them reaching out to me and before accepting, I made sure I did my research! I looked up their website, their social media and any customer comments. I must say first impressions were really good and I started to get excited. I love personalized gifts, so this was right up my alley. They have a very large range of products, personalized puzzles, robes, wedding gifts, gifts for him and her and for the littlies of the family! If you are looking to spoil that someone special, or just to treat yourself, then this is the place too look. It was really hard to choose what I wanted. In the end I decided to treat myself, I honestly don’t remember the last time I brought myself anything as a treat or that was not necessary. It took me 2 days to choose what I wanted, I honestly couldn’t decide!

I was pleased to find out they shipped to Australia amongst other overseas destinations. And I was very impressed with the shipping time, from the moment I chose my product, to the moment I received it, it was just over a week! Were talking a beautifully engraved piece of jewellery being shipping overseas. I was expecting it to take a couple of weeks at least. The packaging was a delightful velvet soft box, just gorgeous! The prices are very reasonable also. Any enquiries I had were met with almost immediate response and were very friendly, reassuring and professional.

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I have never had anything engraved with my name on it, so I was really happy and delighted when it arrived and it was the perfect chance to treat myself! I chose silver, but they also come in gold or rose gold. The necklace has worked perfectly with anything I have chosen to wear and I have even had a couple of comments on my new accessory.

Please check out their website personalizedcart.com  feel free to leave any comments, if you are going to use this company or have used this company and have a favourite product. I know I found it hard choosing!

Candice x

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  • Please note, although this was a gifted product, all views and opinions expressed are all my own. 

 

 

The blog

Weaning from breast milk or formula.

At some point all parents need to think about moving on from breast milk or formula to other milk products such as cows milk, almond milk, soy milk ect. I have been very lucky with both my boys, weaning them both has been a very easy transition. I started both my boys at around 11 months. I started daily by substituting there formula in their cereal, by replacing it with full cream cows milk. This way it was not a lot at first, and I would know if it had an effect on them such as diahoreah, rashes or any severe reactions. After a bout a week I slowly started to add cows milk into a Sippy cup as well as in his cereal. Once another week had past I slowly replaced all formula with cows milk. By 1 years, Elijah was fully weaned and only drinking cows milk! So this was a great for me and a relief knowing there was no reactions or allergies to the milk. I did the exact same process with both boys and both worked out really well for me.

I recently read on mybabycare.org an article about moving your child onto Almond Milk for Kids which I found really interesting, as to be honest I had not thought about giving any other milk products to my kids. I have always drank cows milk, as its what I was brought up on, its what I know. I usually use almond milk in smoothies or on cereal. Sometimes I will even try coconut milk or coconut water in smoothies, which I’m not the greatest fan of I must say!

I would love to know your weaning experiences, good or bad and any tips you may have on weaning little ones from formula or breast! Everyone has different experiences, and learns new tips and tricks along the way, so share them with us!

Take Care,

Candice

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The blog

A recent update

Elijah’s first birthday Plans

Can you believe we are already in the middle of March? My baby turns 1 this month!! It has gone way too fast. My plans for his birthday are not a lot really. He doesn’t have any baby friends yet, so no point in throwing a party. His daddy will be working late as its a Friday his birthday falls on. So I am thinking I will just go around my dad’s house and do a nice little celebration and dinner round there. I will get Timmy to help me make a cake, he loves decorating cakes, not so much eating them. I have the weirdest child, he will not lick the bowl or the spoon, the BEST part of making cakes! I have not organised any presents as yet. He does not need a whole lot, so I am thinking I’ll just get him a little play tunnel which I think he would love to play with Timmy. Besides that, ill get him some winter clothes which he is need of. So not a very exciting birthday, but will still be nice and special.

My Study’s

So if you follow me on my social media accounts, Facebook, twitter or Instagram you will know that I am currently studying a diploma in childcare. I started it last year after I had Elijah, and I fell far behind. Mainly due to my self doubt! It is by far my worst quality, I second guess everything I do and question every choice a thousand times. So I delayed doing exams out of fear I would fail. So far I have not got below 90% in a single exam, so I really should stop the self doubt and just get on with it as I am clearly capable of doing it! So I am now trying very hard to catch up. I need to be doing an exam once every week for the next 2 months in order to catch up and then if I continue along the same routine, I should finish my course by the end of the year, that is my goal. I still have my work placement to do and I am hoping I will be ready to do this next month.

Personal Goals

Ok, so I have blogging goals which is to blog more regularly. As of late I have been really uninspired by my own blog, I need to update the theme so its more exciting, I have just added some more areas which will expand my blog a little more. I’ve included food and drinks, books, mummy time and an arts n crafts section. And obviously there is the main blog section too.

Future Holidays

So Timmy and his daddy are heading to the UK in a few months for a couple of weeks to visit family. Just the thought brings me to tears, the idea of putting my 3 year old on a plane and sending him off half way around the world, its too much to bear! I have never left Timmy for more then 2 days, and he was in the same country! Its a HUGE deal!! not to mention his birthday will fall on his holiday, so I wont be with him! I will not be going because Elijah will need to be held the whole journey as he is too little to have his own seat yet, that idea is not one I think of as much fun! So, I’ve decided, while they are off trekking the world, I am going to take me and Elijah on a holiday of our own, just not sure where yet! I really want to go to Melbourne. I have been before and loved it, so would be nice to go again! Or I could go up north. It would be winter time, so ill do some research and decide where I need to go.  I do know I do not want to be sitting around the house, sad and missing my biggest monkey which is exactly what I will be doing. So I must make a plan for me! keep myself busy as possible.

So this is my latest update. Hope you enjoy!

Candice xx

 

Reviews, The blog

My 2 Day Fat Blaster Detox

So it is now a new year. I figured it was time to start getting myself back on track. After I had Elijah in march 2017, I have never had such strong cravings for chocolate in all my life. It was all I could live off to be honest, and basically all I did live off! My partner would come home from work we would sit down to watch one of our favorite series once the kiddies were in bed with our usual bag of lollies and blocks of chocolate. Needless to say 9 months after giving birth ive put on waaaaay too much weight. I have never been this heavy in my life. So much so, on new years I weighed myself and I was a shocking 63.3 kg. I am used to being between 50-55kg at the most! Also, even at 55kg that is heavy for me, i’m only just 5ft tall. So any weight I gain shows very easily. So I decided new year, new me! No excuses, I am the absolute queen of excuses.

So, to kick of my new years new me resolution I started my diet on a detox. This sort of happened by mistake, I had not originally intended on this but my dad had found a Lemon and Coconut detox syrup from Fat Blaster in his cupboard. Clearly not his, left over from someone else, he was clearing out and said, do you want this? So I read it, was not entirely sure how it works or if it even would. It did not mention any side effects that you would get with a normal detox, so I thought, why not. Lets give it a go and it is only for 2 days! Basically you mix this liquid with water, It tastes just like lemon syrup. You are supposed to basically drink this throughout the day with limited or no other meals. So here is how I got on with my Fat Blaster 2 day lemon & coconut detox.

Day 1:

Breakfast: Woke and mixed the syrup and followed the instructions, mix the syrup – 1/2 cup, with 1/2 cup water and drink slowly over 2-3 hours. Sounds easy, and it was. I did not feel very hungry through the morning. But was very tired, I was not sure if this was because I was up till Midnight waiting for new years fireworks on the Tv. Or if this was an unwanted side effect.

Lunch: I decided as I was feeling so tired I would make a Smoothie for lunch. I had got a Nutribullet for christmas and wanted to give it a try. So I made a smoothie made from a handfull of green spinach, handfull of kale,  1/2 cup frozen mixed berries and water. I was hoping this would help give me the extra boost I needed. Then made the syrup again and continued to slowly drink through the afternoon. However, I was severely tired and ended up falling asleep just after lunch time. When I did wake after an hour we went out to my dads for Timmy to have a swim. Saying no to a paddle pop and a cold drink besides water was hard! But I managed 🙂

Dinner: So we got home, I made Timmy’s dinner fish fingers and veg, so I decided I would cook some extra veg for myself, that’s what I had for dinner. A small bowl of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. I also had some more of the lemon mixture but did not finish it, I was so tired I went to bed shortly after 7. I put the kids to bed and that was me done for the day. I hit the pillow and crashed!

Exercise Day 1: 10 minutes on the exercise bike. I found a thousand excuses to stop or not even get started! That 10 minutes with being so tired was hard though. Terrible really. So unfit.

Day 2:

Breakfast: I was woken up at 4.45am by the baby who refused to go back to sleep. I held out doing the syrup until 7am. By 9am I was hungry. But we had been for a hour long walk, so perhaps this is why i was a little more hungry. So when we got home at 9am I made myself a green smoothie in my Nutribullet. The following juice recipe I got from the nutribullet website.

Green smoothie/juice

  • 1 Cup Kale
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 1/2 Apple
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 cup coconut water

Lunch: After going out again with Timmy to the library, I came home absolutely starving, not having finished my lemon syrup from this morning. Its fair to say i’m struggling at this point. So I relented and made Parsley Omelette with a side green salad. It did the job. Back on the syrup through the afternoon.

Snacks: 1 green apple, 1/2 Orange

Dinner: Side salad with the parsley omelette. I was so hungry, it did not feel like waking up at 3am starving!

Exercise Day 2: Walked with the kiddies to the shops, took roughly an hour round trip. Then after lunch I jumped on the exercise bike and managed to get 40 minutes done. could have gone more, however I wanted a little nap on the sofa while the baby slept!

Starting Weight: 63.3kg

Finishing weight: 61.8kg

Conclusion: I woke up on day 3 and was a lot less bloated then when I started, and I did feel a little less sluggish. I was not able to go through the 2 days without eating. And I felt awfully tired especially day 1. I am glad this was only a 2 day detox, as I don’t think I could have lasted much longer! I just love my food too much. Plus when you have 2 kiddies too look after, being that tired its just not a good thing really!

So since the detox, I have been eating fairly well. I drink my smoothies for breakfast, which I am really enjoying. Plus I was given a Nutribullet for Christmas, and these things are amazing! Then I eat fruit for a snack, for lunch ive been having either spinach, kale and parsley omelettes or scrambled eggs, or a salad instead. Then for dinner either soup, a salad or smoothie. I have been doing a little exercise on the exercise bike, but nothing much, I weighed myself today and am 61kg, it is slowly going down. So ive been eating well now for 2 weeks. I have allowed myself a day or 2 where I let myself have a naughty snack, or i’m more relaxed with my eating. I just take every day as it comes. I know if I up my exercise this will make my loss even more, we will see. I don’t want to go too hard too soon as this is when I get defeated and give up….slow and steady wins the race right? I will get motivated to hit the gym again, but i’m just not that motivated yet! Ill keep you updated on my progress including my wins and fails as i’m sure there will be plenty!

Candice x

* I have not been paid, endorsed or otherwise to post this. It is my honest opinion and experience of a product I have used.