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How to get rid of a cold?

by Caz on May 22, 2015 · 0 comments

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I remember watching an episode of the Beverely Hillbillies about just this topic back when I was a kid.     Old granny had a secret remedy to cure the common cold and the unscrupulous family banker, who live next door, was literally falling over himself trying to his hands on it.  He knew full well that particular  cure would be worth millions.    Can you imagine coming up with a cure for the common cold?    Even better can you imagine being able to swallow a pill and minutes later your stuffy nose and sore throat vanish?  That would be awesome – in the truest sense of the word. Little  wonder the banker was so keen!

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Our family has been under the gripes of a cold for a few weeks now. We are all pretty much ready to wave the white flag and spend the rest of the week curled up in bed.    It’s one of those horrible draggy ones that just won’t let up.   One of the girls brought it home from school and it’s slowly made its way around every member of the family until over the weekend it came to settle with me.    Being that I’ve been doing the Whole3o for the past 21 days (no sugar, no grains and a million veggies a day) I thought I might escape it.  But no.  I’m coughing and spluttering right along side the rest of them.  Thankfully I do seem to be picking up a little quicker than the others though – so all that veggie guzzling might have done something.

Unsurprisingly it is the husband who got hit hardest.   Putting aside all of the Man Flu jokes that desperately need to be spoken of about now,  he really did get hit hard.   He came home from work at 3.00 in the afternoon one day last week and went straight to bed.  We didn’t see him again until about 10.00 the next morning.  That’s very unusual behaviour for this guy – whom I normally have trouble keeping still for me than ten minutes at a time.   And it’s taken him days to start to recover.  I have a sneaking suspicion that he may have actually had the flu – but I’m not about to tell him that!  (Shhhh – if you know him you are sworn to silence.)

So, what do you think.  Is there an answer to the question how to get rid of a cold?    Well if you go by the Hillbillies secret family remedy the answer goes something like this.   Drink a tall glass of water with a good squeeze lemon juice and head off to bed ………… voila ten days later you are cured.  (Yeah boom boom.)  Frankly, although there are lots of things that can help, I’m pretty sure we’re a little way off a cure for colds and flu.   But if you’d like to learn more about the difference between a cold and flu, or check out some Lemsip products.  you can visit the links above.   (She says as she heads off to wipe her nose – yet again.)

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For me, the best thing about owning a Cuisine Companion is that it makes cooking simple and easy. I love good food. But as I discussed recently I get very bored making meals for the family EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.   I have days when I love to cook, but I have others when the pressure to produce good family food drives me nuts.    So, since Cee Cee came to live with me last February, I’ve been researching and literally playing around with simple family meals I can cook up with absolute minimal fuss and bother.   Today, I’d like to share with you my own simple easy version of Thai Green Curry Chicken for the cuisine companion.     It’s inspired from a recipe my sister-in-law makes regularly and totally delish.     (Good work SIL!)

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If you just want to print out the recipe and avoid my pretty pictures and explanation, head on down to the bottom of this post.   But for those of you who like some explanation and visuals – read on. 

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Insert the Ultra Blade into your Cuisine Companion and add a peeled and quartered onion and two peeled cloves of very roughly chopped garlic.  Work at speed 12 for 10 seconds – resulting in a lovely fine chop.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

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Change the blade over to the mixing blade.   Add 1-3 tables spoons of green curry paste.   (1 tablespoon =  a mild flavour, 2 tablespoons =  strong semi-hot flavour, 3 tablespoons = a real zinger.)    Press slow cooker function and select 1.  (130 degrees  for  minutes 5 minutes).  

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While this is cooking chop your chicken breast into small cubes.  There is a lot of room for personal preference here. I like my chicken smaller and shredded.  You may prefer yours larger and more intact.  That’s the joy 0f cooking this way – you get to choose.  

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Add the chicken to the bowl and press the slow cooker function 3 and set the timer for fifteen minutes.  (95 degrees for 15 minutes).  While this is cooking roughly chop up your selection of vegetables.  For example (but not limited to) 2 medium-sized carrots, a zucchini, several stems of cauliflower and or good-sized piece of broccoli.  

If you do like your chicken well shredded you can swap back to the Ultra Blade once the chicken is cooked and  work it for 5 – 10 seconds at speed 8, however I’ve found this means you need to tip the chicken out to swap the blades and then put it back in and for me that feels too messy. I prefer to keep it simple.  However if  you do ever need shredded chicken for something such an easy way to do it.

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Add a 400g can of coconut cream (or coconut milk if you prefer), plus half of the same tin of water and a tablespoon of fish sauce, into the bowl along with the veggies.    Select the slow cook function 3 again but this time for 20 minutes.  (95 degrees for 20 minutes).   Now leave Cee Cee alone to do her work and go and do something more important than cooking!

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Tadah. Perfect and delicious Thai Green Curried Chicken.   Add some rice or enjoy as is.   A perfect winter warmer meal which also keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days.   I could seriously eat this every day of the week at the moment!

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Disclosure.  My Cuisine Companion was gifted to me and I have agreed to post recipes for your enjoyment in return. 

Easy Thai Green Curry Chicken for the Cuisine Companion
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Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breast fillets
  2. 1 onion
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. 1 can of coconut cream (or milk) 400g
  5. half of the above can of water
  6. 1 tbs fish sauce
  7. 2 carrots
  8. 1 zucchini
  9. 4 florets of cauliflower
  10. 1 head of broccoli
Instructions
  1. Place the Ultra Blade into the bowl. Add a peeled and quartered onion and 2 peeled and roughly chopped garlic cloves and process on speed 12 for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Change blades to the mixing blade.
  2. Add 1-3 tablespoons of green curry paste and press slow cook 1. (5 minutes at 130 degrees) While this cooks dice the chicken as small as you can manage.
  3. Add the chicken to the bowl and select Slow Cook 3. Set the timers to 15 minutes. While this cooks chop your vegetable into your preferred size and style.
  4. Add coconut cream, plus the same can half filled with water, fish sauce and vegetables to the bowl. Select Slow Cook 3 (which will automatically set to the necessary 20 minutes).
  5. Go away and come back when Cee Cee tells you she has finished her work. (Maybe cook some rice if you want to.)
Notes
  1. You can leave out the fish sauce if you don't have any. (As I have learned from experience.) IT will still taste amazing.
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I know I’m not the only mum who goes through stages when she thinks cooking was invented purely with the intention of driving mothers insane.  You know what I mean.  Those nights (or weeks ……. or even months) when the thought of making YET ANOTHER meal to feed the family seems like the most monotonous and soul-destroying thing you could be asked to do.     Don’t get me wrong,  I’m  not against food per-say (in fact I love it)  but meal preparation has been known to make me  bang my head on the nearest wall. 

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My cooking mojo seems to run in ebbs and flows.   While I’m never going to be someone who gets really excited about meal preparation, I do have stages when I can happily spend quality time in the kitchen and get some satisfaction from producing  good food for my family.  Entering the world of thermocooking with my Cuisine Companion has helped a lot in that area, but that’s not really what this post is about.  What I’m talking about today are those horrible dry spells when the only thing you want to go into the kitchen for is to make yourself a cup of coffee.   But, being the mum, there is no ‘get out of jail free’ card and you still have to make tea.  Every. Single. Night.  How do you cope with that?  (Unless of course you are one of the lucky ones who paired up with someone who loves to cook.  Which obviously I didn’t!)  

I hope you didn’t come here looking for answers.  Just so we’re clear I don’t have any.   My approach to it is pretty simple. I roll my eyes, sigh loudly and then put on my big girl apron and get on with it.  Eventually the feelings of boredom pass and I start to regain some pleasure from being in the kitchen.   It usually takes a couple of weeks, by which time my family don’t care if they never see a plate of spaghetti bolognese, tuna mornay, or any of the other classic ‘think free’ family meals, again in their life time.   (Which is a shame for them because of course they will.)

I guess what I’m really saying here is that if it happens to you too, don’t panic.  We weren’t all born to be masterchefs and a little lull in the endless progression of night-time food preparation  isn’t going to ruin anyone’s family.   One thing that does help, to some respect, with my own kitchen motivation is good quality cooking gear.  If you are in the market for some of that you might like to check out kitchenwaredirect.com.au – especially if you like the professional cookware range by Jamie Oliver and Tefal.  Just lovely!

In the meantime may the cooking force  and inspiration mojo stay with you for all your night-time meal preparations. Off you go now.  Get your big girl apron out and get cooking.  

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Bessy Blue Car versus the world

by Caz on May 13, 2015 · 6 comments

This post is brought to you by Ford 

Curiously our family has always had a rather close relationship with our family cars.  We’ve had two or three since we first had children and each one has been bestowed with a name and a matching personality.    I’m not sure if it’s just the nature of children  to do this type of thing or if it’s something a little more in-tune with the slightly oddball nature of our family  (my money is on the latter) but regardless, cars that come to live here end up  becoming members of the family.

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You don’t need much more proof of this than suggesting to the girls that we might sell our current car and (god forbid) buy a new one.  The cries of protest would be deafening.    Our ‘Bessy’ (who dreams of looking like the car above) is starting to get a little long in the tooth.   She is a delightfully un-dainty seven-seater SUV in a deep midnight blue who has just tipped her  front fenders  over the ten-year mark.  But despite her age  she has done an amazing job of serving our family.    She is as reliable as they come and gives her heart and soul to whatever we ask of her.  There have been no breakdowns or expensive car tantrums and I’ve not so much as locked my keys inside her.  Which is amazing in itself as it’s something I used to do with monotonous regularly.

I am told by a reliable source (AKA my  husband) that Bessy is a little heavy on the fuel.  But for me that’s a small price to pay for the security and comfort that comes with owning such a terrific car.   He has also had the gall to suggest Bessy might even be a bit on the ‘butch’ side.  But we best let that pass and move on as the rest of us don’t agree.   We prefer to think of her as capable and motherly.   

Bessy is not the only car we’ve had this intense type of family relationship with.  We’ve  also had Bert the dual cab ute, Harry the work van and let’s not forget  Kermit.  Kermit is technically a camper trailer  but we don’t hold that against him.    Yes it seems that personification might be getting more than its fair share of airtime in these parts.    I probably shouldn’t go on to tell you the names of our household appliances because I’m pretty sure you might start to think it’s really all about me and my obsessive needs to connect with everything and anything.     (Yeah lets not go there.)

Cars are important to families.  It’s important enough that most of us take a lot of time and consideration when we’re planning to purchase one.   If you’re in the market for a car right now you might like to head on over to check out these Ford offers.  The time is coming, all to soon, when we are realistically going to have to think about letting go of our delightful Bessy Blue Car and introducing a new member to our family.  But thankfully that time is not quite yet. 

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My four-week Docket Diaries challenge has flown by.  Seriously, is time speeding up or something?  The weeks just seem to have grown wings lately.   If you want to catch up a bit you can you  read week one Docket Diaries, week two The Adventure Continues and week three Learning New Things by following these links. (That should keep you busy for a minute or two.)

For my last little Shop-A-Docket adventure I took a much-needed caffeine stabilizer break at Gloria Jeans.  Toasted sandwiches and coffee mid way through the shopping was just what I needed today. (It’s toe curlingly freezing here at the moment.)   I did have  great plans to  take the family out bowling and use the ‘buy one game get one free’ shop-a-docket we have in our area at the moment.  But alas a dreaded lurgy has moved into our place this week and the level of coughing and spluttering meant it was never going to happen.  But that’s okay, coffee is always a good thing.   (FYI: By using my voucher I got my coffee at half price after buying a toasted sandwich). 

Anyhoo today what I really wanted to do is give you a summary of my experience doing the Docket Diaries and let you know whether I think Shop-A-Dockets are worth you giving them a second look.  What better way than to make you my own ‘Docket Dairies’ clip, because seriously there is not enough vlogging going on  in the world at the moment.   That and the fact that as I’ve never done it before it’s should be good for a laugh.  (Trust me I will be laughing so you might as well too.)    Why does your own voice always sound so ridiculous when you hear it back? And why didn’t anyone bother telling me my face is embarrassingly expressive?    Okay, suck it up princess and just get on with it.  

Are you ready?  Then press play below and let’s get it other with. 

So that’s a wrap then.  Docket Diaries challenge is done.  It’s seriously been fun and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way.   Hopefully you have too.   I have no doubt I’ll be checking the Shop-A-Docket app to see what new deals come up around here.   Do you think you will too?

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One of the best things about belonging to the greater community of ‘bloggers’ is that there is always someone new and interesting to get to know.  While bloggers can be a bit of an eclectic bunch, all focused on our own particular passion, we share a huge chunk of common ground and a basic inert desire to communicate.  (Interestingly being that so very many of us are introverts!).    Get us together and there is bound to be some lively discussion, loud laughter and good times.      Today I thought what better thing to do than introduce you to just a few of my own local blogging tribe – the Ballarat Bloggers. 

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This is Dorothy.  She is the inspiration behind Ballarat Bloggers and an amazing connector of people.  Dorothy writes with a passion and honesty that puts most of, with our ‘polished up’ online highlights reels, to shame.  She is a true wordsmith and communicates with a touching combination of finesse and passion.  You can find Dorothy at A Blog Of Her Own and on her business site Dorothy K where she supports others to reach their own business dreams with website building, business coaching and content creation. I can  totally recommend her if you need some support making an impact online with your own business venture. 

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This is Louise.  Louise is the  passionate Ballarat business woman behind Blossom Connect.  The thing I love most about Louise is her ability to pick up an inspirational idea and make it happen.  Where many people (read me) lack the follow through to truly make their ideas become reality, Louise seems to have that particular ability in bucket loads.   Blossom Connect is an inspiration website designed to support local Ballarat families.   Its brings to your fingers tips local ideas and inspiration but has its roots firmly planted in Louise’s desire to support children and encourage them to be the best they can be. It’s full of services, activities and insight.  Well worth checking out – especially if live in and around Ballarat. 

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This is Sharon.  If you have ever sat down and listened to this lady tell a story you will know she’s one of those people who can weave words so well you simply cannot help leaning forward to listen to her.  Sharon has run many a blog over her time but right now is concentrating a food blog about purchasing, preparing and enjoying good quality food on a budget.   Budget Bounty is a collection of recipes with tips for beginner cooks, gluten-free goodies and just generally eating well while spending less.  Get on over there and get yourself some cooking inspiration!

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And finally, for today, this is Brigit.  This beautiful woman is a wealth of information and inspiration.   She recently released her own e-book called Seven Days of Gorgeous Green Smoothies. (Follow the link to find out more).    What she can’t tell you about green goodness is probably not worth knowing.    She also blogs at The Inspired Notebook where she provides fabulous holistic approach to life while exploring her passions and inspiring others to live life as their authentic self. 

There you go. And that’s just four of our amazing Ballarat Bloggers.   There are many more of us.  Wonderful women (and men) who share words from the heart, tell stories and help others by following our own passions.  Go visit them and leave a comment.   Tell them I sent you over because I think they’re all a bit awesome.  It’s honestly such a pleasure to belong to the Ballarat Blogging Network.   I love having word nerding buddies. 

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Docket Dairies: learning new things.

by Caz on April 30, 2015 · 4 comments

This post is brought to you by Shop-A-Dockets

This week I learned something new about Shop-A-Dockets.   Two weeks into this four-week challenge I seriously thought I had them sussed out and was even enjoying that ‘clever smug’ feeling you get from working out something new.  Like how Shop-A-Dockets have a website where you can check out what’s available all over Australia and pre-plan what you can use, without even going to the supermarket. (Yeah, best to keep me out of the supermarket as much as possible.)   But then today I realised there is a Shop-A-Docket’s App.  Seriously?  Why didn’t I know that already?  You mean you don’t even have to print the dockets out?   (Well doh, it’s 2015 of course there is and App.) 

The best thing about their being an  App is that because it’s in your phone you always have your Shop-A-Dockets with you.  I love how simple that makes getting the most out of them.   You can be sitting in the car anywhere, pull out your phone, do a quick search and have a Shop-A-Docket bargain ready at your fingers tips.   That’s pretty  simple and smart.   If you want  to motivate me to do or use anything  you really need to make it as simple and fuss free as possible.   So good move there. 

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Anyhoo this week I decided to shout a lovely new  friend out for lunch using a buy one get one free meal deal at the Curry Star in Ballarat.  As with last weeks little Shop-A-Docket adventure I had never been to the Curry Star before and this time I have to tell you I was pretty pleased with the experience.   The Chicken Tikka Masala was oh so delicious. I will  definitely be going back for more of that.  And as a double bonus I got to use the Shop-A-Docket App – which was accepted without the raising of an eyebrow.  

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Cheers!

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Next week will be the last of my four Shop-A-Docket posts – bringing the challenge to close.  I’ll be giving you a full run-down on my thoughts about Shop-A-Dockets as well as reporting back on one last little adventure using them.   One things is for sure they have certainly come a long way since they started back in the 1980s.  For goodness sakes they have an app!          

Until then my Docket Diaries ………..

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chocolate bliss balls cuisine Companion

I have had the pleasure of having a Cuisine Companion in my kitchen for almost two months now and what I am loving most about my Cee Cee is how easy she has made making healthy choices.  These days, when I’ve been too busy (read forgetful) to plan for tea, I can throw a risotto together for the girls in less time than it takes to cook fish fingers in the oven.   That my friends is called winning,  especially when you are fighting an ongoing war against processed foods. 

Anyhoo today I though I’d share my own version of Chocolate Bliss Balls with you.  These I make more for myself than the kids, although they do love them too.   They are totally delicious, very filling and made from real food ingredients.   Having something like this tucked away in my fridge (usually hidden at the back so little fingers can’t find them) makes me very happy when the late evening sugar cravings hit.  Perfect to put your feet up with once the kids are in bed.

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You’ll find a printable recipe below, but for those of you who need to know ingredients up front my chocolate bliss balls  are made from natural or unsalted cashews, pitted medjool dates  (slightly bigger and plumper than regular dates), sultanas, cacoa (or cocoa if you prefer), coconut oil and coconut. 

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Place 250g of unsalted cashews into the Cuisine Companion bowl with the Ultra Blade (Sharp) attached. Seal on the lid and work at speed 12 for 20 seconds.   Remove lid and add 220 grams of medjool dates.  Work at speed 12 for another 20 seconds.  The mixture will then look like the picture below.

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Remove lid and pop in 150 grams of sultanas.  Work at speed 12 for another 20 seconds. (Yes there is a 20 second theme here.)   The mixture will now start to clump together and form a more solid mass.   (As seen below.)

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Add two tablespoons of cacoa and one tablespoon of coconut oil.   Seal the lid and mix at speed 12 for a further 30 seconds.    As the mixture comes together you will start to here more of a thumping sounds from Cee Cee as the lump moves around the bowl.  Feel free to adjust the 30 seconds if you think the mixture needs more or less time for this stage. 

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The  mixture will now be a perfect consistency for rolling into small balls.

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You should be able to make approximately 30 balls from this recipe, depending on the size you make.  Roll each ball into the coconut and pop into a sealed container in the fridge ready to eat when hunger strikes.   Alternatively you can press the entire mixture into a sealable container and cut it into squares once it’s fully fridge cold.   (This method is less time-consuming and less messy but not as much fun.)

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These chocolate bliss balls are delicious and meet a lot of special dietary requirement but best of all, from my point of view, they are simple, natural and pretty much unprocessed.     Do you have a favourite Cuisine Companion recipe?   Link me up in the comments if you do because I am loving learning all of the wonderful things this baby can make happen. 

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DISCLAIMER:  I was fortunate enough to be gifted my Cuisine Companion and while this doesn’t alter my style of writing I do prefer my reader are made fully aware. 

Chocolate Bliss Balls
Yields 30
A healthy a delicious snack sugar free, gluten free and unprocessed.
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Total Time
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. Natural Cashews (250g)
  2. Madjool Dates (220g)
  3. Saltanas (150g)
  4. Cacoa (2 tablespoons)
  5. Coconut Oil (1 tablespoon)
  6. Coconut for rolling.
Instructions
  1. Insert Ultra Blade into your Cuisine Companion
  2. Add chashews and work at speed 12 for 20 seconds
  3. Add madjool dates (pitts removed) and work at speed 12 for another 20 seconds
  4. Add sultanas and work at speed 12 for a further 20 seconds
  5. Add Cacoa and coconut oil and work at speed 12 for 30 seconds.
  6. Roll the mixture into approximately 30 balls and store in the fridge. (Alternatively press into a container and cut into square once the mixture is fully cooled. Again store in the fridge.)
Notes
  1. There are many similar recipes for bliss balls - this is simply my variation and the one I enjoy the most. This recipe could be prepared in a blender or similar. However times for working may vary.
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Life is an adventure

I think the thing I am enjoying the most about my crazy quest to use Shop-A-Dockets is that it’s making me be adventurous.   You know, getting out and doing things and going places I might never have considered before I took up this challenge.  That in itself is a good thing.   A splash of curiosity and a little adventure makes for a much more colorful life – don’t you think?  (Well certainly for me it does  as I have well established tendencies  towards being boring safe and cozy.)

Anyhow diary on Monday I met up with Dorothy (from A Blog of Her own) outside of a rather  interesting looking establishment for a Shop-A-Docket  lunch.   (I confess straight up that neither of us would thought to lunch there without the inspiration of this challenge.)   We stood out the front and exchanged questioning glances before giving ourselves a little pep talk about adventure and walking on in.    The place was totally deserted and the decor a little less than we expected, but we sat ourselves down in a sunny window seat, ordered a glass of wine and did lunch.

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Turns out our meals were okay and, as with most good  lunches dates, the conversation soon eclipsed the surroundings and we spent a couple of chilled out hours  enjoying some ‘time out’ from our busy lives.  We even managed to solve one or two of the worlds bigger problems and iron out a few kinks in the greater blogosphere (you might want to thank us for that later.)  It was relaxed, the services was friendly and we both left feeling full and happy.

But to be honest what I liked best about this Shop-A-Docket exploit was that it took me  to somewhere new and unexpected.   Somewhere a little left-of-field to my normal.  I guess you could say it expanded my horizons.   So it appears that Shop-A-Dockets and the Docket Diaries have done more than provide me with a bargain. They’ve helped me feel adventurous – which is something I totally didn’t see coming. 

Have you check out your local Shop-A-Dockets yet?  (Use the link to see what’s available around your postcode.)   I’d love to hear how your own Shop-A-Docket adventure went or why you do or don’t use them.  

Until next week dear diary …………….

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Life in pictures ….

by Caz on April 18, 2015 · 4 comments

 

The Seventh Birthday Party

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Sonny Bird

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A crazy day at the beach

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A self-portrait

Our week in pictures

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Docket Diaries

by Caz on April 15, 2015 · 6 comments

This post is brought to you by Shop-A-Dockets.

Have you ever used a Shop-A-Docket?   I have to confess, despite seeing them pretty much every time I do my weekly shop,  I don’t think I have.   Why is that I wonder?  I love a bargain as much as the next person, maybe more even, but for some reason I barely  give my receipts  a second glance.  Am I missing out on something here?  Maybe it’s time I took a second look. 

Well actually (as you may have guessed) I’ve taken up the challenge to blog about Shop-A-Dockets, dairy style, for the next four weeks.  I am going to make sure I  use at least one docket every week and report back here on how the experience goes and whether I really think they are worth that second look.    Call it a little social experiment I’m playing on myself.   I need to find out if I’ve been missing out on all the bargain.

One little Shop-A-Docket tip that I didn’t know is that you can find all the deals on-line these days.  The clever bit about this is when you’re heading off on your family holiday (as we did over Easter) you can check out what deals are available before you get there.  I think we’d all agree that savings on meals and kids activities are a big bonus to the holiday budget – especially when you can pre-plan it. 

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Anyhoo for my first Docket Diaries experience I decided to choose something very close to my heart.  COFFEE. Coffee is, after all, the life-blood of an insomniac.  (It’s 4.00am on my  side of the screen right now.)  Both of the Gloria Jean’s here in Ballarat have a Shop-A-Docket deal where you can get a second cup half price.  That’s seriously not bad. For the effort of carrying around a little piece of paper in your purse you can shout a friend out for coffee for two bucks.  (Or maybe make them pay full price and keep the $2.00 deal yourself – just depends on how much sleep you’ve had  and where you are on the grumble-bum geiger-counter.)   Oh yeah,  or maybe just drink them both yourself, although from personal experience I don’t recommend that approach. 

All in all I left feeling happy – as you do after two cups of coffee.    Gloria Jean’s had no problems accepting the Shop-A-Docket, I got myself a little bargain and I had coffee (lots of coffee).   What’s not to like about that.   The only thing that could have made the whole things  better would have been taking someone else to drink that second cup.   (Maybe then I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this at 4.30am in the morning.)

Until next week my Docket Diaries ………..

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Those words up there in the title are a  direct quote from the  Media Release for Taryn Brumfitt’s new book. EMRACE ~  My story from body loather to body lovers.  But honestly I could have spoken them myself – probably along with half the rest of the female population of the western world.   What is it with us and our bodies?  Why do so many wonderful, funny, creative, adorable and clever human beings hate the vessel they were born into to live out their lives on this earth?  If you’re looking for answers to this question you may have come to the wrong place.  I don’t have any.  What I do know is that it’s a deep and potentially debilitating issue that stops many wonderful women from reaching their full potential – and that sucks.   

what if I could live happily with my body?

I feel like I was born with body issues.  I can remember very  early on in life feeling an actual and real hatred towards my legs.  You see I have heavy thighs with a big booty and have to stretch  myself to reach my 164cms or 5’4″.   I well remember the day my Dad christened my legs tree trunks.  (Yeah, I know, but he didn’t have the luxury of understanding how words like that can affect a young girl.)  Throughout school and right up into my twenties and even early thirties I spent an immense amount of time obsessing over my body – both trying to change it and simple hating the way it was.    Looking back now, and thinking about how much of my younger self’s energy and vitality was absorbed by my own body hatred, I shudder.    How many achievements and how much fun did I miss out on because I was too immersed in my own self-loathing to recognise them?

Today I am forty-four, and although my body has changed a little over the years, I can happily say I love it.  It’s far from perfect, whatever the hell that is, but I feel forgiving and kind towards it and I enjoy treating it well.   What changed?  It might have been children.    While bearing them adds stretch marks and flappy bits to your body, their presence in your life makes you so much more widely aware.   I made a decision very early on in my parenting journey that I would always speak positively about my body in front of my girls, in the hope that this would give them permission to love their own bodies.   All three are very clear about the fact that I love my big butt.  Maybe I spoke those words so often I started to believe them myself?  I don’t know.   But I do know my perception has changed a lot as I’ve grown older. 

I still have moments were my thoughts plummet back into the dark desperate abyss of self-hatred.  Things were pretty bad for me for a long time.  Words like bulimia were bounced around and I seriously struggled to like, let alone love and respect,  myself.    But these days I treat my body like I would a  friend.    I care for it.  I have compassion and forgiveness for it and I don’t expect perfection.  I enjoy the fact my girls think I’m soft to cuddle and, like the velveteen rabbit, I’ve embraced being real. 

I haven’t even started reading Taryn Brumfitt’s EMBRACE yet.  In fact I only pulled it out of the mailbox ten minutes before I started writing this post.  Just the front cover and the Press Release had my inner Word Nerd on a rampage.    I am a self-confessed fan of her work though.  I contributed to her crowd-funding campaign and I love her message.  I want girls from the new emerging generation to understand this stuff and not lose years of their lives in a cesspool of self-hatred.     I want  my own girls to grow up knowing their bodies are amazing, just like they are, and to use them to achieve all of their dreams and ambitions.   I want to help stamp out the deception that there is even such a thing as a perfect  body and embrace the concept that we’re all perfect in our imperfection. 

Right, all that said I best go read the book now.    But tell me did you grow up understanding that you need to love your own body?

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