I can jump {in} puddles

  

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When I get big boobs like you

Another fun-filled episode from the Conversations with My Pre-Schooler series…

{Scene: me walking from the bathroom to my bedroom post-shower, wearing my knickers. Love Bug sitting at the table eating her breakfast. Bella and Beary at her feet hoping she drops something.}

Mumma, when I get big boobs like you, I will be able to feed my bubba too.

{Those of you who know me: stop laughing. Those of you who don’t I have been a small B-cup at best my whole life, with the exception of a couple of months after I had Love Bug.}

When I get big boobs like you

Some people feed their bubbas like that Love Bug, and some of them feed with baby bottles. When you are a grown up, you will decide what you’d like to do.

But where do you open them to put the milk in?

When you have a bubba, your body does some pretty amazing things. One of them is making milk for your bubba to drink. Not for all people, but mostly. That’s another reason it’s really important to drink lots of water and eat healthy food.

{Pause while she contemplates this and I do a little dance on the spot to keep warm. Looks down at her chest.}

Mumma, I think I will just feed my baby with a bottle because I don’t think my boobs will ever be like yours. Yours aren’t so big any more because I drank all of the milk out of them.

{Turns back to her breakfast. Conversation over. Return to normal programming.}

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Dear Future Husband

So, earlier tonight I made a confession of sorts on Facebook. The response {both directly and via private message} was quite unexpected!

Dear Future Husband

So there you have it. If you happen to know anyone caring, funny, tall, dark, handsome, must love dogs, with a fully functioning GPS and is great at making pancakes … send him my way!

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Tasty Tuesday {breakfast cookies}

In a vague attempt to get us out of the house in the morning in a more timely fashion, I thought making breakfast cookies/bars/bites {depending on your mouthful!} might help.

Packed full of goodness and an extra boost of protein from the Maca powder, these chewy cookies are super tasty. They would also be a good after kindy/pre-dinner snack as they’re just filling enough and just sweet enough to hit that spot we all need at the end of the day.

Based on the original recipe found over at Green Kitchen Stories, I have tweaked these a little to suit what was in our pantry {and the fact that Love Bug is not a fan of dried apricots}! The recipe below is directly from their site with our additions in italics and the things we left out  struck through.

{By moulding them into smallish thick cookies we got 20 from the batch, but you can shape them into bars or larger flatter cookie.}

1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 1⁄4 cups / 325 g gluten-free rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1⁄2 cups / 250 g cooked white beans, such as navy, white kidney, or Great Northern (about one 15-ounce / 250 g can) {butter beans}
1⁄4 cup / 60 ml coconut oil, melted
1⁄4 cup / 60 ml pure maple syrup or raw honey
Grated zest of 1 organic orange
1⁄4 cup / 60 ml unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄3 cup / 60 g chopped unsulphured dried apricots {medjool dates}
1⁄4 cup / 30 g  raisins {dried cherries}
1⁄4 cup / 30 g  dried blueberries}

1⁄4 cup / 35 g pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon Maca powder
2 tablespoons organic shredded coconut
2 cups / 60 g organic, gluten-freecornflakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

Combine the chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl, and set aside for 15 minutes to gel.

Pulse 1 1⁄4 cups / 125 g of the oats, Maca powder and coconut in a food processor until they resemble a very rough flour. Transfer the flour to a large mixing bowl and whisk in the remaining 2 cups / 200 g oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Pulse the beans with the coconut oil in the food processor until the mixture is creamy. Add the maple syrup, orange zest, chia gel, applesauce, and vanilla extract, and pulse until smooth.

Pour the bean puree over the oats mixture and stir until everything starts to come together. Add the dates, cherries, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and cornflakes and stir to combine – you may need to use your hands at this point.

Shape the dough into 20 equal balls, and then flatten each one into a patty shape. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 to 20 minutes, until the cookies are golden. Let cool completely before enjoying. The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Let’s hope they decrease our getting-out-of-the-house time in the morning!

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You light up my world

We were sitting on the couch last night when Love Bug tackled me into a big cuggle.

She then pulled my head in her lap and proceeded to pat my head and tell me over and over how much she loves me and how nice I am.

You light up my world

You really do light up my world, Love Bug!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am one very lucky mumma.

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Silent Sunday {precious}

  

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As the temperature drops


As temperatures in Eastern Australia drop to 15-year lows this weekend, it’s time to be extra vigilant about the warmth and safety of our furry family members. I woke up today with Bella under the covers with me, and Beary on top of the covers but stretched out along my back. We were all toasty warm.

Not all dogs are this loved up. Sadly. 

Your local rescue organisation would love any old towels and blankets you no longer need or use. Better yet, visit a shelter and offer someone a forever home. Or foster an animal to get them out of a cold cement cell and into your warm home. 

Homeless people and their pets need as much as we can give them too. Instead of walking past the next homeless person you see, why not stop and say hello? Give them your coffee money. Better yet, ask them if they’d like a hot drink and buy one for both of you. A little kindness goes a long way.

Some winter pet care tips  {from RSPCA NSW}

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a strong cold front this weekend could see the biggest outbreak of frigid conditions in 15 years. As forecasters tip Sunday to be the coldest day, RSPCA is urging pet owners to factor in the effects of this cold snap on their animals.

Top tips from RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Magdoline Awad;

  • Provide adequate shelter that keeps your pets protected from the wind and rain. If your animal is housed outside, provide a warm kennel that is elevated from the ground with thick bedding materials. In extreme weather conditions, it is preferable to bring animals inside if possible. If your animal is inside, provide them with a warm area to sleep that is elevated from the cold floor and away from drafts. Make sure fire places and heaters have safety grills and screens so your pets cannot get too close for comfort, and end up with burns.
  • Accessorise your pets with winter woollies that will help them maintain their body temperature in the cooler weather. This is particularly important for short-coated breeds. The elderly, young and those with underlying illness feel the cold more than others, and are probably best indoors.
  • Animals’ nutritional requirements can also increase in winter months. More energy is used to keep core body temperature regulated, meaning if your pet spends significant amounts of time outdoors or is exposed to colder temperatures, they will have a higher daily caloric requirement and need more food.
  • Just like us, dogs and cats suffer the effects of arthritic pain more in cold, wintry weather. If you know your pet has arthritis or you notice things like lameness, a stiff gait, difficulty getting up and reluctance to exercise a trip to your vet is essential. Arthritis can be debilitating and painful, but can be managed with various treatments.

Stay safe and warm friends. For those of you in summer climes, soak up some sunshine for us!

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