When your physical follows your emotional 

it was bound to happen – my emotional turmoil has manifested itself to a physical being.

A rotten old cold. Not man flu but just a headachy muscle achy snotty cold.

Does this happen to you when you’ve been overly stressed?

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F&cked up Friday 

I saw the asteroid cuffed and taken away.

So why oh why is my head still such a fucking mess? 

Why are my nightmares worse than they were before?

Time maybe?

Wine?

The confusion that is my head is making me dizzy. And anxious.

  

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No screen time … for parents

Aware of how much screen time I have {I sit in front of two or three of them all day for a start!} I have been making a concerted effort to put my phone down when we get home and only reach for it if Love Bug and I are either making or taking a call together. I am by no means perfect in this regard, but I try really hard.

I find the mornings/evenings that we have no screen time at all in our home to be so much easier. There are no disgruntled people {small or big} and even though we still can’t manage to get out the door on time most mornings, or into bed on time most evenings, things are definitely calmer.

In another vote for hands-free parenting, somewhere on social media yesterday I saw a link to this Time article, citing a study around the use of smartphones by parents when they are in the company of their children. Guess what? The parents are grumpier and the children feel disconnected. It’s really not rocket science but I think the impact is something that a lot of people would pass off quite easily.

No screen time ... for parents

Link to Alice Park’s 10 March 2015 Time article

The reality is, in this day and age where face to face communication and being present while engaging with our kids {and everyone else} seems to be diminishing, the negative impact of those actions is on the rise.

If you’re really addicted to being electronically connected, start small and work your way up.

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The dog ate my homework

As I struggled to get out of bed one morning this week, the late days of daylight savings and the early days of autumn firmly to blame, I thought of the myriad excuses people give when they are late. Or they can’t produce in a timely manner something they had committed to.

The dog ate my homework.

I am being held puppy hostage.

the dog ate my homework

Poor dogs get such a bad rap, with no way to defend themselves or their actions. Anyone who has lived with and loved dogs knows that both of the above excuses are oh so real!

Dogs seem to have a sixth sense for the things they shouldn’t eat – and of course they are the things which seem to be the tastiest.

I challenge anyone whose dogs have snuggled in for warmth in the pre-dawn cool to not hit snooze on their alarm … at least once.

Next time you are expecting someone or something, only to be told it’s the dog’s fault? It probably is.

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Take me home Tuesday

Because I shared seven recipes yesterday {to encourage people along their Meat Free Week journey}, I figured I’d spend this Tuesday sharing some gorgeous friends who need new homes.

jelly

Jelly is located in Victoria – if you are after a big lot of love, this gorgeous girl could be your new best fuzzy friend. Contact Gina at Golden Oldies Animal Rescue.

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Chief is a gorgeous man who has just had surgery to save his eyesight {while in rescue care} and is now looking for a home where he can be an only dog. He’s in NSW and is available for adoption through Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia.

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Barron is not loving life in the shelter, so needs out asap! He’s a big smoocher and is at Renbury Farm Animal Shelter in NSW.

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This gorgeous girl is a rottie cross kelpie who doesn’t have a name – she’s in Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter {PCC227 – breaks my heart!} and is 9 years young. Someone better, before I do!

Many rescues and shelters will offer some kind of help with adoption fees. If one of these beautiful critters {or someone else who has stolen your heart} belongs with you but you can’t afford the full adoption fee – always ask. Or reach out to me. I have a friend who may be able to help.

I wish I could save them all.

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Once you meet them, you can’t eat them

It’s meat free week in Australia {and I think the UK too}.

Obviously we’re vegetarian so it’s situation normal in our house … but for people who might think eating meat free is tricky, here are a few super easy recipes to get you through without eating our anipals this week. Hey, it might even inspire you to go meat free for longer than a week. A girl {and a LOT of animals} can live in hope!

Australians eat more than three times as much meat as the global average. THREE TIMES. Whaaaaaaaaaat? I mean, seriously people. It’s not like it’s all sustainably and ethically farmed either. Although more people are seeking out meat that is, thankfully.

once you meet them you can't eat them

I could stay on my soap box all day about not eating meat. But I feel like a little bit of a fraud doing that because for the first 8/9ths of my life so far I ate meat. So, I’ll clomp clomp off the soap box and instead get back to giving you some inspiration to not eat our animal buddies.

Maybe go visit an animal rescue shelter and cuddle some of the animals you’d normally eat. Because once you meat them, you can’t eat them!

Monday
Quinoa-crusted Eggplant Parmigiana

Tuesday
Our super easy One Pot Risotto – a favourite in our home and on high rotation with varying ingredients! As with all risotto, it’s super tasty the next day once the flavours all seep into each other.

Wednesday
As shared with you recently, C-Rice {a fabulous light alternative to traditional fried rice}.

Thursday
Oat-free Spicy Barbecue Lentil Loaf … we made this one over the weekend and although delicious, it was ever so slightly dry, so next time I make it, I would put a little extra of the sauce in it {maybe 1/4 cup more?}. The sauce is de-licious! As with meatloaf, this loaf is also great as leftovers – lunch Sunday maybe?

Friday
Who doesn’t love a Pizza on Friday night? Try our healthier cauliflower crust version.

Saturday
Not Sausage Rolls – a fun recipe for all the family to make and enjoy!

Sunday
The most common question people ask me as a vegetarian is how I get enough iron. It’s easy. Here’s an iron rich fun recipe – another one for the family to get involved in! Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas With Green Chile and Feta.

iron rich

Bon appétit!

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The changing of the banner

It’s time again.

46 to 50

Well, actually it’s passed time, but I only realised that when I took this month’s photo. Aside from being a great way to sort my Facebook photo albums, I love watching Love Bug changing from month to month. Knowing these photos are taken exactly a month apart {well, give or take a day or 3!}, sometimes the changes are ever so subtle, and other times they are insanely obvious. Her personality shines through in each of the photos too – from pensive to silly and everything in between.

I particularly love the last two months’ photos, as they show her relationship with Bella and Beary even more than usual.

49 50

The three of them are never far from each other – and wherever Love Bug is, one of the puppies is usually within reach.

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