A Breath of Simplicity

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“Children need free, unstructured time. They need time to do ‘nothing’; time to do handstands. Or figure out a way to get the ice-cream truck to continue straight down the block without always turning at the corner. Or to make a good ice-cream truck plan while practicing handstands. ” ~ Kim John Payne.

Simple living and un-scheduling your kids lives

Last Summer, my younger kids and I packed a lunch and spent most of our afternoons at a neighbourhood park. They were 4 and 7 at the time and they were content to spend several hours riding their bikes and scooters and playing on the park equipment.

They didn’t complain or tire of the ritual. In fact, they woke up everyday asking if we could go to the park again, please. I honestly couldn’t believe it was that easy to keep them content. 

For a treat, we sometimes walked 20 minutes to enjoy some frozen yogurt. That was a busy day.

We had an amazing Summer. And you know what else?

I got to read at least a dozen books on my wish list. It wasn’t always like this.

I used to spend hours planning day trips and scheduling activities for the Summer break so my kids wouldn’t get bored. After all, 10 weeks is a long time.

How else would we survive?

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too many sweets

Do you deprive your kids of candy?

To celebrate the end of the school year, my 7 year old’s teacher had the kids complete the second half of a little booklet. The idea was to show the kids how much their writing had improved over the course of the school year. My daughter showed me the booklet and had a good laugh about how bad her spelling used to be. I, on the other hand, couldn’t move past the topic she chose to write about. Candy deprivation. Hmm…… READ MORE ➞

Simple life

Put mummy aside and make time for YOU

Procrastination.  According to Wikipedia, procrastination “is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the last minute.” That pretty much defined my behaviour for the first half of the school year. My four year old (the youngest of my four kids) started school in September and for the first time in a very… READ MORE ➞

Healthy Food

5 things we’re loving lately

This is the first of a series of posts that I’m hoping to publish on a regular basis. I’m always on the look out for healthy food products at the grocery store; products that I feel would make a great addition to our kitchen pantry (okay, I admit, it’s usually packaged, convenience foods, but these are necessary when you have four kids)! My trial purchases are usually a case of hit and miss so you can imagine the resulting euphoria… READ MORE ➞

after school snack

After-school snacks + thinking outside the box

After-school hunger pangs Every morning my three kids leave home with lunch bags filled with healthy snacks and a hearty lunch. Every afternoon these same kids return home starving. I tried moving dinner up an hour (from 6pm to 5pm) and suggested the kids wait it out but was informed in no uncertain terms that I may as well ask them to starve! When fruit, yogurt, peanut butter and crackers didn’t cut it I began baking more often. I served healthy… READ MORE ➞

Healthy Rice Crispy Squares

Lose the marshmallows! Healthy rice crispy squares

My kids love rice krispie squares. I stopped buying the Ooey gooey, marshmallow loaded squares over 2 years ago; yet my kids still beg me for them if they happen to spot them at the grocery store. I’ve been stalling their requests, telling them we would buy them one day; of course we never actually do. My four year old recently told me off for my erroneous ways when he exclaimed in frustration, “but it’s already one day, TODAY!” I knew it was time… READ MORE ➞

Carrot Muffins

Carrot and Applesauce Muffins

These are our favourite muffins at the moment. Often when I experiment with healthy muffin recipes they turn out a bit dry. Not these. These muffins are moist and delicious. These make a great breakfast on the go (my 15 year old rarely has time to sit down for breakfast!) and my two little ones love these muffins in their lunch boxes. I usually round them out with a boiled egg or two and some fruit. My 7 and 4… READ MORE ➞

natural food pantry

How to start a (natural) real foods pantry

When I first began my journey in real food, one of the first things I did was replace white, processed foods with whole food alternatives. I also switched to whole food versions for frequently used ingredients such as oils and sweeteners. The following list is a good place to start when you are new to real food. 1. Replace white bread with 100% whole grain bread. Don’t be fooled like I was. I used to think that whole wheat and whole grain… READ MORE ➞

gluten-free cookies

Gluten-free Almond Cookies

These cookies are highly addictive. Crispy on the outside; soft and chewy on the inside. I baked at least a half dozen variations of these before I was satisfied with the texture. Not a single batch of these cookies lasted past the second day. If you ask me, that’s a pretty fool proof cookie!

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