I know i havent updated must this year on what we have been doing. Sorry.
But here i am now with an hour to spare so i thought it was time to let you know what we have been doing.
Firstly our garden is growing so much. We have planted so many things like Carrots, Pak Choy, Cauliflour, Spinach, Celery, Potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, Peas, Strawberries and beetroot. Plus a Passionfruit Tree.
The children are loving seeing the garden grow and they fight over who is going to water it each day. The even got a bit carried away and trimmed the edge of the garden with sizzors. (the grass was getting to big)
The garden 2 weeks old.
6 weeks old
We just havested a few strawberries and they were beautiful
We have been so busy with our school holiday programme. Making and creating. The children get to pick what subjects they want to learn and this holidays Knitting was on all the girls lips!
Well i can tell you it was a difficult morning and only a few perfected it (sort of) but we all will have another go next holidays as i tell them practise makes perfect. Some of the girls had to give up but i taught them how to finger knit which they all mastered. So we ended up with Finger knitting everywhere. It was alot of fun.
There are no mistakes in creating only opportunities. That hole will be for a thumb or a unicorns horn...
Last term we were looking at secret maps and codes so i thought for the holiday programme we would head off into the unknown and make the fairies in the garden some houses. All the children think i have fairies... i am not sure where they got the notion but we all decided they needed some help in building nice dry houses.
This was such a good project because they took my idea and pushed it to their own limits. some of them make chairs, swings, beds with blankets, rugs and the list goes on.
They are all taking about making more houses which is going to be hard as i ran out of sticks.... so i may have to head out to find some more... anyone have small sticks?
Another morning we made tea light buildings. These were a huge hit as well and the children made hotels and castles. All the parents loved these. (they came with a glass for the tea light ) I wish i got a photo with the lights inside as all the parents have told me they look amazing . But here they are finished.
I have a secret garden down the back of the property and we are building a hut down there. We have been cutting bamboo and clearing out the weeds we dont want. This has been a challenge as some of the kids are big WIMPS..... I have had a few of them not wanting to get dirty. But i push them through. Your not having fun until you get dirty. I havet got photos of the hut but i will post once we are closer to finishing.
So another week of Holidays to
All the children are excited and i am over the moon as we have FOUND a new location for TREEHUT.
It is SPECTACULAR!
We have a huge Art studio, our own kitchen, our own garden and even a secret garden where we will be building a hut in the summer.
This means we will be now having School holiday programme's.
This term we are working on our Garden..... i think it is very important that we teach our children how to grow thier own food, as well how to cook good healthy food.
The children are very excited and have a list of things they want to try to grow which are:
We are also going to have a huge Sunflower garden as Sunflowers make the kids and i Happy!
We still pick up from Red Beach, Both Orewa Schools but now we are opening up pick up for Silverdale and Stella Maris. Dont forget we also have Morning care.
If you told me a week ago that i would be HAPPILY having Black coffee i would of laughed in your face!
But here i am up at 6am having black coffee with no sugar.
I didn't think i could do this way of eating but i have to be honest and tell you that i have enjoyed the whole process! There is a lot more cooking involved but it makes you really plan out each meal and the one thing hubby and i have noticed is that we don't have to snack in between meals.
I thought the cutting out of milk and sugar would be the deal breaker but we have found substitutes for milk which have been Almond milk in our coffees and coconut milk in our smoothies.
One thing i have been notorious for is not having breakfast and i would find if i did have any breakfast i would be hungry at 10 am anyway but on this food plan i have realised it is all about eating the right food. Cereal just doesnt cut it but having a morning frittata or Kumera hashbrowns and eggs makes a huge difference.
Lunches have been a challenge especially in the first few days but once we got into routine we realised that having left over dinner was the key.
Dinners were a breeze as we usually eat that way normally.
We have still been doing our training as well nothing has changed. I did feel very light headed on Saturday morning when i was at Fun n Fitness and i realised it was because i had no breakfast. (i used to have no breakfast before training as it used to make me feel sick) So now i know i will need to eat at least a banana before training.
So after a week Hubby and i hopped on the scales and were blown away with our results
Hubby 3kg Loss
ME 2.4kg Loss
Bring on Week 2!
I couldn't sleep last night. I was very nervous. Its silly really but the thought of not having my morning coffee was driving me crazy. I don't think i could cope so i was up late and when i woke up i was seriously in a bad way.... you know those mornings where you cant focus and everything is still blurry!
So my first move was to have a coffee...... with Milk and Sugar (not a great start)
With my beautiful coffee Zapping me awake and making me functional i was able to have our first breakfast.
I made Kumera and Courgette Hasbrowns with bacon and eggs on the side! It was beautiful!
Lunch was roasted veges with salad.
With this morning coffee disaster i decided to head out and try to find better coffee and Almond milk..... With both on board i rushed home and heated up our coffee to give it a whirl. Both jason and i stood in the kitchen putting our coffee together and slowly we both attempted it.................... No sugar and with Almond milk and we both said " hmmm nutty" It was a funny moment.
So now that our coffee situation is solved we are heading toward dinner like a steam train and we are having Chicken with salad and Cauliflower mash ( i have heard many people rave about this so i am giving it a try tonight)
So day one was a rocky start but we came out on TOP!
I have been trying so hard to lose weight. Last year i was counting calories and it drove me nuts! All i would do all day was think about food and how many calories each item had.
Then at the beginning of the year i decided to try Weight Watchers. I have lost weight on WW before but this time i struggled. I think the whole keeping track was doing my head in. So i stopped and since then i haven't lost any weight.
My personal trainer had been telling me about Paelo for a few months but i refused to take it up... it just looked too stressful but over the last month i have been talking to others in the community online and have found so many people that have benefited in this way of lifestyle.
What is a Paleo diet?
Mother Nature has provided us humans with Natural Foods for human consumption. The natural foods are basic to the human biology and digestive system. Natural foods are what make us healthier and maintain a proper weight level. This is the basic philosophy of Paleo Diet.
These natural basic foods are what make up The Paleo Diet. This diet is based on foods designed by nature not a food processing plant or chemical lab. Fatty foods with preservatives and chemicals are not what the human body is designed to eat.. It is getting back to the basic foods our bodies are designed to eat. This diet restores your energy, creates a healthier body and strengthen the immune system.
NO SUGAR, NO DAIRY, NO PASTA, NO RICE, NO BREAD, NO GRAINS......NO NO NO
Both my husband and i are going to try this. So i will keep you up to date on how we go.
So anyone who has done Paelo please let me know. Any food ideas are great appreciated.