Diet and nutrition, Uncategorized

This, that and everything else.

IMG_3486I have always been a person that hates waste, I am known as queen of the leftovers in our house, I am constantly checking dates on food in the pantry, fridge and freezer and trying to use up all the food we have before I restock, well now I am even worse than I was before, I have reorganized my pantry and have itemized each category so that I know each time I use it I need to replace my staple items, pasta sauces, jars of tomatoes, pastas, rices and any grains are just a few items that have made my itinerary.  Another way I have reduced waste in my kitchen is by making bone broth once a week, I have a bag in my freezer for all my veggie scraps, onions, celery, carrots, ginger, anything really that I can throw in that pot of simmering bone broth, I also now try to shop for meat with bones and save any bones from any meat that I buy and cook up.

Friday is the day I throw all my scraps in the slow cooker covered with water and leave to simmer for anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, the reason I chose Friday was because Friday night is always pizza night in our house, so that means my crock pot is always free, as each person comes home in the evening they smell the broth cooking and go over to the pot to see whats for dinner, they lift the lid and pull a face as they look at a pot of scraps of food… its quite funny to watch.

I am a firm believer that we are what we eat, I may not have always practiced this, but as I grow older I want to keep my body in the best possible condition and that includes diet and exercise.  I have never really been one for intense exercise, I had a regular routine of step aerobics before I moved to the US, I had also dabbled in some yoga, and when I established myself here in the US I used to walk a lot around the town I lived in.  Since moving to our house we live in now 7 years ago and having had my two babies I have struggled to get into any routine of exercise, I am the type of person who puts a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect, I have had to learn to let this go, as I strive for perfection I create an image that is hard to maintain so I fail before I even try, and that is so often the case.  I want to be healthy, live in a nice environment and just be happy… but today I have learnt to just be happy with everything I am, and every day is a new learning day, and that is why when I am learning yoga I am not putting any pressure on myself I just do what I can, when I can, I am the same way about most things these days, homeschooling is the same, we do all the things we love to do, when we want to do them, Florence has taken a real interest in mermaids so this week we will look at under the ocean, and if the weather is kind to us we will go visit the zoo again and look in more details at the sea lions and other aquatic creatures that they have there.

I realize in life we need balance in all things, our health, our minds, our bodies and our spiritual well being, so I have decided to look more deeply into Holistic healing… I want to be balanced and it seems that together with learning yoga, holistic health could help balance not only me but make me a better person for each person in my family.  IMG_0635

 

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Florence…

Where to begin… This little girl of ours brings so much joy into our life, there has not been one day since she was born that she has not bought a smile to our faces! She is a crazy child, with wild curly hair that will not grow, she is always happy, but just recently she has started a crying phase, very loudly I might add, whenever we say no to anything… It’s driving me crazy! This past week she has been poorly, she had a fever and a head cold, but Friday saw her happy smiling face re-appear… Yay, this makes her Mommy very happy!

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She is not the best eater in the world, she goes through phases, sometimes she loves pasta, sometimes she loves pizza, but she always loves chocolate and ice cream! She loves to drink water and milk from Starbucks, but her favorite type of milk still comes from Mommy, now I know some people won’t agree with extended breastfeeding, and to those people I say it is your problem not mine… We cuddle in bed just in the evening and she nurses for 5 to 10 minutes, it’s just our time together and we both love it, so how can it be a bad thing?

She is not potty trained just yet, she knows totally when she needs to go, but with the arrival of Tate, she likes to be just like him and diapers are one of the things she likes to copy, I’m not worried it will come soon! She still sleeps in our bed every night, she tosses and turns and takes up most of our king size bed, what would we do without that size bed, some mornings there are four of us snoring away in our family bed!

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Florence is the joy of all our lives, she has coped with having a new little brother remarkably and she loves him so much! Her smiles and laughter fill our house each and every day, the cute things she says fill our lives with so much pleasure… HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY beautiful girl, we love you with all of our hearts!

The day she was born…

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Her first Birthday…

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Her 2nd Birthday…

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