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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

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Why worry… God totally has this !!

Who woulda thought, but man oh man, it’s complicated making decisions in regards to your children’s schooling pathway.  As you al know, I homeschool my 3 treasures, but it’s more accurate to say that they do Distance Education.  We are ‘homeschooling’ this particular semester due to changes at the school we were enrolled with, but this was always going to be a temporary arrangement until I found the best DE fit for my children.  I thought I had found it when I was told of a new College opening only 2 suburbs away, but further investigation proved that maybe it wasn’t.  Nothing against their curriculum or activities on offer, (that, in fact, was awesome) but I’ve been finding that my children are getting rather bored with their ACE paces.  While they probably would have reasonably happily continued with their paces throughout their schooling, I don’t believe I’m being a responsible parent to just continue with something they’ll toretate, but should find something that they will actually LOVE. (well, ok, at least really like.)

DH has also shown some concern over this year and last with the kids not doing a huge amount of computer work, with their curriculum being almost 100% paperwork etc.  This is always been a little bit of a concern for us as it doesn’t entirely prepare them for university where they will predominantly work on computer, transferring files, uploading /downloading files, making spreadsheets, scanning in & emailing images, getting files from one digital device to another etc etc.  As well as future workplace proceedures possibly involving all of the above and maybe more.  The on-line DE will much more thoroughly prepare them for the future.

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So, as a result, everyone is very happy with the decision to go with on-line DE as of first semester 2016.  Well, Master 10 won’t be so happy, as he has a further year of paces before he can go onto on-line curriculum as a grade 7er in 2017.

It has certainly been an interesting journey if I look back on the kids starting school, until now.  It seemed like it was going to be such a seamless pathway.  In lots of ways it was while they were at ‘mainstream’ school, but I guess with Miss 14 getting into the high school subjects, it makes things a bit more challenging.  Decisions needs to be made etc so as to have the BEST pathway mapped out for her to reach her desired goal.  And with Master 13 only two years behind her in school, these decisions aren’t far away for him either.

While the ACE paces hold a lot of great content, and revise a lot of important topics often, they are proving to be a little boring for the kids at the end of this second year.  Now, having said that, I don’t want to knock ACE as a curriculum as I really do think it is a sound resource, but I think it just comes down to different kids suiting different styles of learning, etc.  It is a real blessing to have been able to have these 2yrs with all 3 kids at home on the ACE paces and I don’t regret this pathway.

God has truly been so faithful to us through this time. One of those ‘memories’ came up on FB last week. It was a memory of the school holidays ending 5 yrs ago and I was saying that I would miss the kids when they returned to school, and then jokingly said “Maybe I should homeschool them”…. followed by a comment that went something like this “Nah, I care too much for my sanity to do that. LOL”  Very funny to read back on when you see how the journey mapped out later.  Is my Sanity in place??  Probably not at times (LOL), but I know that I’ve followed God’s leading throughout.

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With all this in mind, it makes me pretty excited to see what God has in store for us in the future.  Even when something has seemed confusing or illogical, we’ve always been able to look back and see that it was the best path for us as a family…. proving that God’s totally got this !!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

I can’t blog about this without once again mentioning the great Godly friendships that I have in my life, both homeschooling Mums, mainstream school Mums, and also educators.  I know that God has placed these people in my life to confirm leading from Him.  (& when needed, correct me of misunderstood leading.).  It’s also beyond beneficial to have friends going through the same decisions and being able to discuss things with them, bouncing ideas off one another etc.  I am also so grateful for the help we’ve had from seasoned homeschool parents who’s children are through and now into university, or even completely through uni and now in the workforce.  It’s been of great encouragement to have these seasoned HS parents to speak to as it really highlights how much diversity can be in a child’s schooling pathway.  For example, I have some friends who have solely schooled with ACE from Prep to 12 and now their children are either in Uni or successful in the workforce, others did part HS (with ACE or other great curriculum) and part on-campus schooling.  (This seems to be more prevalent in the southern states… it doesn’t seem to happen so much up here… although that could be changing.)

Also, there are many situations where children are HS’d up to grade 10 and then they go to a good day school for senior. I just love the diversity and that we as parents can really take control of our children’s education and make sure they are learning in a way that is best for them as a whole person !!

There are certain elements of our homeschooling lives that I won’t change with the transfer over to this new DE plan.  The most obvious being normal household chores and responsibilities (Some might be saying “Well, why would you think of changing these anyway?” but I’m mentioning it because some of these are within the school day, so I’m just making the point that these will continue around the on-line schooling set-up.).  The 2nd being our Character training.  I’ll still have the kids work on a particular character trait and corresponding scripture verse for a period of time that I will determine as suitable.  Also, excursions separate to those of the school we’ll be enrolled with.  I will continue to attend other homeschool excursions, as well as organise excursions with other homeschoolers.

So now to dive into the on-line diagnostic testing !!  Woot Woot !!  Fun times ahead !

Blessings Peeps !!  xox

 

Eat clean.. train dirty… trust God

Eat clean… train dirty… Trust God !! So… after an up & down kinda day. . I’ve decided this is going to be this season’s hashtag.
I have had 2 opportunities in recent days to be pretty naughty with my clean eating plan. .. and I am so happy to say that on both occasions,  I was able to either stick with my clean eating. . Or in the one instance I didn’t,  it was such a minor ‘slip up’ that I didn’t even feel the need to beat myself up over it.
I am actually really pleased with my resolution on this.  I just know that I know that God is providing me with the strength and perseverance I’m asking for,  as I normally wouldn’t be able to resist these ‘treats’. As I said on a previous blog entry. . My bodies likes & dislikes are changing.
I’m also loving having my 17yr niece to bounce ideas off. She is a vegetarian recently having gone completely vegan, so she is full of fab healthy ideas.  She seriously makes the best healthy snacks… that you wouldn’t even think are healthy.

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(Ps.. She didn’t actually make THESE exact ones. . But hers do look just as yummy)
I’m also experimenting with my new Nutri-infusion which has been amazing !! I am really so happy with it. . It actually DOES do everything they say it does, which can be rare for things bought off the tv.  A friend  and I did a shop at the local fruit & veg market yest,  so I’m well & truly stocked up for some yummy nutritious goodness in smoothy form.

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This actually was my daughter’s first smoothy attempt, but I used her pic seeing as my smoothy had spinach in it so therfore wasn’t this pretty colour.

I read some interesting information last night about drinking berry based drinks with your food as it assists with digestion due to the acidic content.
Here’s some healthy info for you all on this and other healthy gut foods. …

What is the key to good gut health? The answer is bacteria, millions of which inhabit the digestive tract breaking down food, helping to propel food through the digestive tract and providing protection against harmful invading organisms.

Foods that are high in fibre, rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, or that contain live probiotics, will encourage the growth of health-promoting bacteria colonies and support overall equilibrium balance in the digestive tract. Eating foods that are overly refined, processed or low in fibre will meanwhile place additional strain on the digestive system, potentially disrupting the important balance of health-promoting bacteria.

Berries are an excellent food for digestive health. They provide a good source of fibre, antioxidants, and polyphenols, which can selectively favour beneficial colonies of bacteria in the digestive tract.

Recent research on polyphenols has shown they interact with beneficial species of bacteria (similar to pre-biotics, which “feed” the good bacteria). The interactions encourage healthy bacteria growth. All types of berries, whether fresh or frozen, contain polyphenols.

Seaweed & chia seeds, as well as cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli and silverbeet, to name just a few) are excellent foods for gut health; they provide various phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, as well as a good source of fibre. Phytonutrients can benefit the gut by increasing the balance of good bacteria and also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

The fibre content of cruciferous vegetables is particularly important as it can help move food through the digestive tract. The fibre in leafy greens in particular also promotes the growth of good bacteria. Pre-biotics are food sources for healthy bacteria; without them the healthy bacteria (probiotics) are unable to grow. Hence, the growth of beneficial colonies of bacteria is largely depending on the intake of both probiotic and pre-biotic foods.
Yoghurt is also fantastic but it should always taste sour, not sweet. The sourness is a reflection of the lactic-acid bacteria that have developed during the fermentation process in the milk.

Regular consumption of yoghurt can positively influence the balance of microflora in the gut, creating more of the “good guys”, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium probiotics. These types of probiotics can help manufacture B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A and K, which are great for overall health as well as playing a role in a well-functioning digestive tract. They also help boost the immune system and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

Sadly (coz I don’t really like it) oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA, and DOHA. These fatty acids can play a vital role in healthy bowel function. They can work to lubricate the digestive tract and keep digestion flowing smoothly. They can also help to reduce inflammation and strengthen the intestinal lining, which can help to protect against gastrointestinal diseases.

& lastly in my disgestion lesson for tonight (lol)… Ginger is a traditional spice, revered throughout Asia for its ability to relieve gas and reduce abdominal bloating. In herbal medicine, it is considered to be an “intestinal spasmolytic” – in other words, a substance that can relax and sooth the digestive tract.

The active component of fresh ginger, known as gingerol contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which can alleviate symptoms associated with gastrointestinal discomfort.

Aren’t you all glad I’ve educated in this fascinating topic?  Well, if it doesn’t interest you,  try to get interested coz I can tell you that my body is a whole lot happier on a clean eating diet.
It does seem ‘un-fun’ at times,  but that usually only happens when your 1. Using boring ingredients,  or 2. Not thinking outside the box.
When it comes down to it,  it’s really all quite interesting and worth educating yourself on.
Ok peeps… that’s enough from me for tonight.
Blessings xox

Respecting the temple…. the continuing story :0)

Hi all…  Well, I’m just finishing up week 3 of my new healthy lifestyle.  So, how am I going?

Seeing I didn’t own a working set of scales when I started,  I can’t actually say what I have actually lost kg-wise, but I would guesstimate about 3kg.  However, what I’m learning is that it’s not all about the number on the scales.  My body is going through a process of changing it’s likes and dislikes too.  I do remember this from last time, but it does seem to be happening quicker this time, which can only be a good thing !!

Not that I have a known diary intolerance, but I have noticed over the years that if I had a milk drink out (more often than not it would be a skinny iced mocha… my ‘coffee’ of choice) for morning tea after having had a bowl of cereal & milk in the morning, my tummy wouldn’t like it so much.  So, with this in mind, I decided to cut down on my dairy intake (mostly milk).  All that’s been required to do this  is changing my cereal breakfast into a cup of green tea (so gross it’s not even funny) and a couple of cooked eggs with some avocado.  If I’m out of avocado, then I have a banana or kiwi fruit with my eggs.  The green tea is for assisting the weight loss, but the cutting down on the milk was more for added comfort in my tummy.  I do add a little honey to my green tea which does make it bearable.  I also just purchased some green tea with peppermint and while it doesn’t particularly had anything flavour wise, it does seem to be more refreshing.

I found this decrease of dairy to have been a very good decision when DH and I went out for a quick ‘coffee date’ this week and I decided to ‘treat’ myself to a skinny iced mocha.  Well, I didn’t even get a quarter way through it and couldn’t drink anymore.  I just couldn’t take in any more milk, as well as the overall sweetness of the drink.  My body has clearly changed in how much it likes sweet things.  How cool, right !!!

My excerises of choice have been sit-ups (I’m now doing 80 per day and upping it by ten each week), skipping, weights, walking and leg lifts (to get a nice butt..LOL).  I do have a x-trainer and a rower but actually haven’t got to using them as yet as it requires me finding a good half hour to get in there and get on them.  I do really enjoy using them though, so I’ll just need to improve my time management.

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Having ‘coffee’ out was a little boring in the first two weeks as I’d sit there with nothing while the person I was with might have a big ‘ole slice of mud cake or something equally scrumptious, but I seem to be getting quite ok with it all.  I take my water bottle along and just think of all the money I’m saving.  LOL.  Also, what I’ve found to be a great idea is instead of going out for ‘coffee’ where the food choices aren’t that healthy at all….  Going out for an actual meal is far better, as there are usually semi-healthy options available  For example, I went out for lunch today and ordered a chicken, spinach & quinoa salad.  It was soooooo yummy and coming in at only 2449kjs… not too bad for lunch.  I did plan to have water with it, but actually forgot to get any.. whoops.  My sister let me have half a glass of her diet coke, so all was good in the world of good eating/drinking.

Speaking of water intake though… I have hugely upped my water intake on a daily basis.  I try to achieve 3lts, but realistically I’m only getting in 2ltrs per day.  I was drinking one can of coke zero per day, but have now gotten it down to one can per week, if that.  Not a bad achievement me thinks.

I’m also being a lot more disciplined with my vitamin intake, making sure I take my women’s multivitamin each day, as well as fish oil (to assist in me continuing to be a super clever homeschool Mum.. ha ha), as well as Olive Leaf Extract.  My vitamin & minerals would also be increased since I began this journey simply because of the wide rang of fruit & veg I’m taking onboard.

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I’m also wanting to start having a detox drink prior to going to bed which is supposed to be super fab at combatting tummy fat.  Normally I’m not a fan of these detox drinks but seeing as this one only has a cucumber, grated ginger, half a lemon, some parsley and 1/3 cup of water, it seems pretty good to me.  Nothing weird in that lot.  My sit-ups are certainly helping with this problem area of mine, but anything to help along the way would be great.

The sit-ups issue has been a surprise to me as it started out as a little challenge to myself as I find sit-ups so hard to do.  Well, it’s a gross understatement to say that I underestimated my own ability.  My original plan was to start at 20 per day and increase it by 10 each week, with the long term plan that by summer, I’d be doing 170 sits per day (sounds crazy right). Surprisingly I’ve been able to up that number quicker than I was anticipating, with my daily rate at the already stated above amount of 80 per day.   When I first worked out I’d be doing that kind of number per day by summer, I was like… yeah right.. like that’s gonna happen.. LOL… but now that I’m pumping out 80 per day, I can easily see myself achieving those big numbers.

I am constantly reminded the I’m only doing so well on my journey because I’m being carried by the grace of God.  I am surprised over and over when I can so easily have my water over a fancy drink, or eat nothing when others enjoy something super yummy.  Or when I can pump out those last 20 sit-ups late at night when it was so hard even walking up the stairs to get to my room to do them.   When I am weak, HE is strong !!!!!!  Not just physical strength when I’m tired, but emotional strength when it comes to self-control over right choices.

On the tiredness issue, man I’ve been feeling it.  There were a couple of days this week where I actually didn’t like being in my own skin I felt so tired and achy.  But I was once again blown away by the strength God gave me in those times to still stick to my exercise plan.  It is beyond comforting going forward to know that He is there for me ALL THE TIME!!

OK… so there’s my update for now.  I’ll keep you posted along the journey….  which will be a long process seeing as it won’t end until I get rid of this frustrating earthly body and gain my new heavenly body… the way the world is going, it seems like maybe it could be sooner rather than later, by hey… that’s another blog entirely. :0)

Blessings Peeps  xox

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