Monday, 23 March 2015

''Gift Baskets'' worth sharing

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ~Charles Dickens

If you are at all like me you now how great it feels to receive presents. 

You would also then know, that the joy of getting is short-lived. 

However our lives are richer when we share and give. 

Truly giving from the heart fills your life with joy like no words can describe. 

Giving takes you out of yourself and helps you to expand beyond your wordly limitations. 

True joy lies in the act of giving without ever expecting something in return. 

Last week I put together two "gift baskets" for two people in my life. They were neither expensive or time consuming to make. I found two wicker baskets (op shops) and lined them with a tea towel. I made a fresh batch of scones and threw in some of my homemade strawberry jam. I wrote a small card to each lady offering encouragement and love. I stuck a small sticky note on the front that read: "This is a gift basket, don't return it but instead fill it back up and share it with another...". I am hoping that these baskets will get lovingly restocked and bless another person (and hopefully another, and another...) and bring joy to my friends.
How can you give? What can you do for someone else this week?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

No Bake Breakfast Bars

I have been slowly changing how our family eats. Baby steps. Lots of baby steps. 

We have just done a month or so without bread (except the odd occasion). No sandwiches for lunches and no toast for breakfast.

My first 'baby step' was to change our breakfast by moving away from cereals (Special K, Rice Bubbles & Nutri-grain) and toast (peanut butter or vegemite). I have been introducing yoghurt, boiled eggs/bacon/avocado and 'breakfast muffins' with no grains or refined sugars as alternative options.

Yesterday I made these no bake breakfast bars which the kids scoffed down! They have four ingredients; quick oats, honey, peanut butter (I make my own to avoid sugar) and coconut cream/milk. I love that these bars took me just a few minutes to whip up and they are refined sugar free (yipee!). Perfect for rushed mornings when I don't have as much time free to cook.
I have printed the recipe card off and it is on my fridge until I can remember the ingredients myself. Find the recipe here and try them for yourself!

Friday, 9 January 2015

IVF care package

I have a beautiful friend who is starting IVF this year. Over the last few months I have learnt a little about the IVF process, how it works and how challenging it is and will be for my friend. 

I know that my friend has gone and will go through multiple ultrasounds, daily injections, blood tests, procedures for egg extraction and then again for implantation etc. She may endure difficult side effects from the drugs, the disruption to her personal life, and the fear, worry and hope that goes along with the entire process over and over. 

I am sure only those who have gone through IVF will truely understand what it is like and how they can best be helped by friends and family. I have spent considerable time pondering how I can help her this year and be a friend to her in this time.

Practical help with meals, babysitting and helping with school runs will help at different times this year. Offering quiet times (with coffee in hand!) to chat and talk about how she is going and be there and help her remain positive will also be important.

I have made a very simple 'IVF survival pack'.

I'd love any thoughts or advice about how to help someone begin IVF!

These are only my thoughts and opinions on what it might be like to go through IVF and I'd never assume to know or understand what is involved. 


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