Some amazing competitions!

There are some amazing competitions out there at the moment. I really love the beauty ones. Here are a few that I have entered recently! Go ahead and enter them too!

 

Your beauty fix – This one is for 12 beauty products!

Ill take it all – Win a Dermalogica Hamper!

My Beauty Moment – Amazing beauty products!

Also, for all the Cape Town Bloggers out there, Cindy Alfino over at 3 Kids 2 Dogs and 1 Old House has organised an amazing Blogger Meetup. I’m sure that tickets are selling like hotcakes, so if you are interested please pop over to her blog to get the deets!

 

Good luck with the competitions!

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June Blog Challenge #1 – Introduction

Why did you start blogging? 

I started blogging a few years back on Blogger and have been on WordPress since June 2012. This blog started off as a way to remind myself about motherhood. Your child grows up so quickly and this was a way of keeping track of everything my daughter did and said.

What is the purpose of your blog?

The purpose of this blog has changed a bit over the years. It started off as a personal/private way of me to write about my daughter and as she has grown up it has changed. It’s not just a mommy blog anymore. It’s more about life in general. And things that interest me.

If you could sum up your blog in one world what would it be?

My blog summed up into one word – Real. These are real stories and real photos and just real life.

If there was anything you could change about your blog what would it be?

I would love to change my blog over to a custom domain, but I will first need to blog consistently for that to be an option.

Why did you want to participate in this blog challenge?

I participated in this challenge to get myself into blogging regularly. And also to find new and interesting topics to write about.

What are you hoping to see in this blog challenge?

I am hoping to see other blogs that I follow take part. It is always interesting to read new blog posts.

And what are you hoping to get out of this blog challenge?

I am hoping to find new blogs to follow!

Blogger Challenges

This month I am going to ‘try’ to do a few blogger challenges. I have found a few that I think are going to fun and completely do-able.

The first one is from My Renaissance. I have added a button to my blog, you can find it on the right hand side. The nice thing about this challenge is that you don’t get a full months list of things to do. I think this is what normally overwhelms me! Everyday you will receive your task for that day.

The second is a photo-a-day challenge that Fat Mum Slim does every single month. The topics are always quite interesting and what I love most is that she has a calendar that you can download to your smartphone, which is super helpful if you have a memory like mine. Here is this month’s challenge: 

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If you find any more that look like loads of fun let me know! 

Entertaining and Educating

Jae-Lyn is all about learning. If you were to put a pile of dolls and toys in front of her and then hand her a page of sums, she would sit and do the sums. That is just who she is and hopefully always will be.

Having a child that loves to use her brain is wonderful, it’s what most parents strive for. My daughter will choose a book over a doll everytime and that makes her bookworm mommy very proud. Lately I have been a bit worried though. She works through worksheets and workbooks at an alarming pace. I just recently bought her a new one, next in the series that she has previously been busy with and saw that it is Grade 1 level. My daughter is in Grade RR. She has a year and a half to go before even entering Grade 1!  How did I handle this you ask? I ran off to her teacher, who is amazing, to ask her advise.

Jae-Lyn’s teacher reassured me that although she is ‘ahead’ of the class she never sits around bored. She excels in all aspects and I am going to receive a glowing report this term. She also advised me that, although it is never a good idea to push a child to do work that is ‘ahead’ of him/her, if Jae-Lyn is requesting the work and enjoying herself whilst doing it that she must certainly continue with it. She also told me that your child can never be too prepared for Grade 1. Children are put under a lot of pressure and expected to learn and master quite a few tasks very early in the year. It’s crazy to think that within the first 2 weeks of Grade 1 our kidlets have to be able to read words as well as give the beginning, middle and end sounds. All this whilst adjusting to big school!

Here come’s my next problem. Have any of you noticed how expensive work books are? Its madness! And most of the time Jae-Lyn will just go through and do the tasks she likes. Thankfully I have found some amazing websites with free printables and I am going to share them with you. Also going to share some sites that have wonderful coloring in pages, because when Jae-Lyn decides she NEEDS to color in Princess Elsa this mommy cannot afford a 100 bucks for a teeny tiny coloring in book!

Here are the links to some great worksheet sites:

Turtle Diary

School Express

Jump Start

Education.com

Apples 4 the Teacher

 

And here are the coloring in sites:

Coloring Book

Educational Coloring Pages

Hello Kids

Crayola

Coloring Castle

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

 

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So I have this condition….

Last year I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I went to my doctor worried that I was suffering from Depression. I was down, low, and all around rather crappy. I sat in his office in tears trying to explain to him that I didn’t know what was wrong with me. That I had no reason to feel depressed, I had just gotten married and life was all around awesome. But I was sad, and something was wrong.

After the routine blood tests I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. Now what exactly is that and why is it so scary?

Firstly what is your Thyroid and what does it do:

A gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop.

The thyroid gland is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adam’s apple, wrapped around the trachea (windpipe). It has the shape of a butterfly: two wings (lobes) attached to one another by a middle part called the isthmus.

The thyroid uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods and in iodized salt, to make its hormones. The two most important thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which is produced by the pituitary gland, acts to stimulate hormone production by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland also makes the hormonecalcitonin, which is involved in calcium metabolism and stimulating bone cells to add calcium to bone.

Pretty important hey. So what happens when your’s works to slowly, like mine? Here is a list of the 69 (YES 69) most common symptoms:

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So pretty much EVERYTHING goes pearshape!

I have been managing my condition for about 10 months now. My medication has been upped and I am starting to feel so much better. The only thing that I am having trouble with now is weight gain. I thought that once my metabolism was sorted out the weight gain would stop. But it hasn’t its actually accelerated. And I have put on about 10kgs in the last 6 months, and losing this weight is near impossible. This all comes down to hormonal imbalances that you still may have, even after being diagnosed, as well as pancreas function which slows down when Thyroid is not working properly and doesn’t really speed back up. I must say that getting some answers has made this easier, as putting on weight when you haven’t been overeating or exercising any less is not fun.

 

Slow Cooker Heaven….

I’m a working mom. When I get home from work in the evenings I want to run around with my daughter, take my dog for a walk, catch up on my Reality TV obsession, basically anything except cook.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate cooking. I hate cooking after a long day at work. I could feed my family toasted sarmies every night but somehow don’t think that would go down very well. I have 2 hard working men in my house as well as a teenage boy and a daughter that will eat anything. And they all need a good meal at the end of the day.

This is where the Slow Cooker comes in. I ‘gifted’ myself one earlier this month and all I can say is WOW. My life just got so much easier! I get up in the morning, put a bunch of ingredients in the cooker, put the lid on and go to work. When I come home I have a cooked meal waiting for me. I mean, really, what more could I possibly say to make you want to run out and get one……

So far I have made:

Chicken Curry

Lamb Stew

Beef Curry

Meatloaf

Corned Beef

Gammon

and Creamy Chicken, Brocolli and Bacon soup.

All were absolutely amazing. Here are a few recipes that I am dying to try out, I found them over at the Recipe Critic. Click on the photos if you would like the recipe.

 

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I started a board on Pinterest with some amazing recipes. What are your favourite slow cooker recipes?