Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection




It's been a busy week but I finally got a date day with my lovely husband before he has his operation and celebrate a early wedding anniversary and valentines all in one. I'm learning that even with kinder comes days that are to short and a to do list that is to long. There is a never ending pile of washing to wash and dry, food to make and a house that needs a major overhaul. We all face it I'm sure.
Our week in photos-
1-3. Park days, keeping a slower rhythm to our days after last week {I wrote all about it here and here}.
4-5. Growing into such a little boy. Exploring nature, showing an innate interest in the wind rustling the gums and the call of native birds {I included these in the 52 project this week here}
6-9. Symbolic play. Miss four recreated St.Andrews market, a festival and a meeting place. Stories of nature and nurture, coloured muslin scarves, wooden fences and schleich animals covering the floor it was such a magical week.
10. Everyone should be a super hero.
11. Our tomato harvest was plentiful but little else survived the summer heat. I'm getting ready to overhaul it next week.
12-16. Our Intentional Montessori classes have been in the kitchen this week and role playing. Measuring ingredients, practising cracking eggs, talking about healthy foods and gaining skills with the thermomix. We had little fox watching his sister as a black cat called ginger cooking a Lemon syrup cake {recipe here}, more bliss balls {recipe here}, enjoying a berber tagine {recipe here}, and practising our tea rituals coming together for a pot of chai and some afternoon tea. 
17. I'm crazy about owls {I saw this beautiful one on a friends wall}

Joining Em at the Bettleshack for Stills and you can read all the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here, there has been a few. Thank you to everyone who has left comments recently it's been amazing following everyone when l can grab a moment. Little Fox has been teething and has been unsettled so some days little gets done. Ads goes in to hospital on Friday to get his tonsils out so if you don't hear from me for a little while, I'm busy playing nurse at home. Hope you have been having a great week so far. Oh and you know it's voting time for the Kidspot Voices of 2014, if you like what you read and want to vote for Poppyfoxathome that would be awesome {you can do it here}.
x Mummafox
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Monday, February 24, 2014

8/52: a portrait project

   " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2014."

Little Fox| the wonder in watching your sister, taking in the sound of the swaying gums and the laughter of the kookaburras.

Miss Four| morning rituals of narrative play and those bare feet. 

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~
You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here. Hope you take the time to stop and enjoy your surroundings today. Breathe in, breathe out. We're going to get our feet dirty gardening. 
X Mummafox

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pepsi Next three ways


 product talk by Nuffnang

When l was asked to give Pepsi Next a try by the guys from Nuffnang, l thought let's have some fun. It was a great opportunity to try using a soft drink a couple of new ways. I thought today I'd tell you a little bit about it and share the many ways we've been enjoying Pepsi Next especially during the recent heatwave. At home we don't buy soft drinks often because of the high sugar content, but I was really interested in how Pepsi Next contains 30% less sugar and is naturally sweetened using Stevia. Stevia (GI 0) is made from the leaves of the stevia plant, which has a GI of zero, so is great for diabetics or those with fructose malabsorption. You only need about 1 teaspoon of stevia powder instead of a cup of sugar and I've used it in cooking and baking as my mum has diabetes and I need to be mindful when preparing meals. 
Whilst soft drink is an occasional treat I really enjoyed how refreshing it was. And Pepsi Next is a better, healthier alternative than coke.
It's been a really hot summer and a lot of our time has been spent outdoors in nature or at the beach. There is nothing better than ice cold drinks on hot days. We've enjoyed Pepsi Next over ice with slices of lemon, in cocktails, as a granita and also as a frozen alcoholic slushie {this you really should try}. I was really impressed with it and Pepsi is inviting people around Australia to take part in a blind taste test of Pepsi Next vs the high sugar Coca Cola for themselves. All you have to do is head over to there Facebook page for more information {go here}, go on check it out.

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The ways we've had it.

Cocktails
We made a cuban cocktail once we finally got the kids asleep because let's face it we deserve something special after dealing with our little monsters. We put shot of Havana Club Anejo Especial rum, a couple of ice cubes, a few quirts of lime juice and topped with Pepsi Next and garnished with a wedge of lemon.




We had it with slices of lemon over ice
We froze it into ice cubes to make a alcoholic slushie, 1 tray without alcohol for Miss 4 {really important you label the trays} and the other with a shot of Vodka.
3 seconds/speed 5 in the thermomix and you have a refreshing after dinner treat
Great for those 30+ degree days where all you want is cold drinks.

Give it a go I don't think you will be disappointed. 





Saturday, February 22, 2014

Taking Stock| the wellbeing series


"Above all else guard your heart, for everything else flows from it" Proverbs 4:23

It's been a rough week. I truly believed, once I learnt to let go of past hurts and be present, that my joy would return. I was doing great for a while there. I have such gratitude for those in my life and most days l love the life l live, but this week l was again reminded about how soul-destroying accusations and personal attacks can be. Sometimes silence is better than being reactive, it takes time to feel emotions and the importance of putting ones well being and that of my family first is paramount. It seems I'm still learning.

Whilst recognising that l am in charge of how l feel there have been moments this week where peace and a sound sleep has been impossible. I've been grieved by certain people that seem hell bent on destroying any chance of my family's happiness. I was stripped raw by thoughtless accusations and left feeling anger, helplessness and sadness that no matter what was said regarding the recent and the past, their beliefs and actions directed at me would not change. I know that part of letting go and being able to forgive is accepting the positive and negative emotions and not pushing them down. I'm still really angry. 
Ignoring pain and anger doesn't achieve anything it just strips our ability to be happy, feel joy and gratitude. My children have witnessed the full gamut of my emotions this week, and I have been trying to teach them that it is ok to express emotions as they are a part of us whether we like feeling them or not. New learning is important, we've entered into conversations over the past few days about how to express our emotions in a healthy way without hurting others. That words can have a lot of power over others and our own hearts and we need to speak with mindfulness. Reflecting on the need to use our words in a loving way and why it's important to be truthful about what we feel. 
In the midst of my emotion and vulnerability over what's been happening it became abundantly clear that l have disregarded my worth and values by not saying enough and defending oneself. It's not serving my relationships well or my mental state and with such a realisation comes acceptance finally and positive action. I'm not letting negative thinking or other's judging me hold me back but surrendering to the need for change in another area of my life. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and once again I have had to reach out to my village to support me and what's mine. I have practised surrendering and letting go this week of pain, only to have it return to be felt, acknowledged and let go of again. It's in these times of exhaustion where I've had to seek God to strengthen my resolve to guard my heart. I have clung to Ads for support.  He is my greatest defender and supporter in my mothering, our marriage and the care we have taken on of my mother. His wisdom, love and also the support from close friends was a reminder to me, that the behaviour of others does not make me who l am. I can choose to let their negativity transcend my beliefs about myself or change it. I know who l am and I am ok with me. I'm practising gratitude for my tribe and the wider 'village' that embraces us even when it gets tough. It was a timely reminder to live from my heart and be my truest authentic self. I'm walking in that truth, trusting in God, that God's grace reigns and it'll be ok in the end. 
The past day or so since making a decision to take a stand, calm has settled over our home. Sadness and hurt remains, given time that will lessen. I am honouring my worth and listening to my spirit and the need to self nurture. I am in charge of how l feel and today l am choosing to love simply and breathe deeply. Happiness will come. 
What have you been learning about your emotions?
With love to you all.
x Mummafox

Letting go of hurts |the wellbeing series here

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection


It's been a busy week but I finally got a date day with my lovely husband before he has his operation and celebrate a early wedding anniversary and valentines all in one. I'm learning that even with kinder comes days that are to short and a to do list that is to long. There is a never ending pile of washing to wash and dry, food to make and a house that needs a major overhaul. We all face it I'm sure.
Our week in photos-
1-2. My love for colourful kantha quilts, I bought none though perhaps next time.
3. There have been so many hours this week holding Tully as he got his molars and was unsettled. He is such a trooper and there is more coming through. It could have been worse at least l was able to read my book.
4-5. There is a new brewery opening up close to home, we went and bought a handmade beer for Ads for Valentines day. 
6. Miss four has been practising her pen holding skills daily, she hungers to learn to write and tell her own stories.
7-8. So many milestones, learning to throw a ball and swim towards it. Miss Four going up a level at swimming after being victorious with freestyle and kicking/diving under the water. 
9-14. A magical saturday afternoon lunching at Bella Verdere in the Yarra Valley. I've dreamt of eating there for a while and it finally happened. The food was incredible, slow cooked pork belly, artisan bread, crisp Chardonnay, rich, plum red pinto noir and a vanilla brulee tart that l will remember for a long time. It was lovely spending a couple of hours with my husband kidfree alone. {if you ever get the chance to visit Bella Verdere you must try the food}.
15. My Valentines.
16-17. The vines and grapes of the Yarra Valley.

Joining Em at the bettleshack for Stills and you can read all the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here, there has been a few. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone's weeks have been like. What did you get up to? Oh and you know it's voting time for the Kidspot Voices of 2014, if you like what you read and want to vote for Poppyfoxathome that would be awesome {you can do it here}.
x Mummafox

Saturday, February 15, 2014

7/52: a portrait project

   " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2014."


Miss Four| you think a lot about how things are and how they can be. I greatly admire that dreamer, passionate soul. I learn so much from you. 


Little Fox| you started throwing the ball and enjoying our reaction when you swam to get it. This week there have been milestones, walking along holding into walls one handed, two molars through, more words. It's such a surprise when you share these new feats with us. 


Siblings| Miss four and her friend dressing up and Little fox now joining in. There is a joy in their sharing and wonder, I'm glad I mother these two. 

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection





So here goes:
1-4. A picnic before Expressive dance. It might surprise you that this was taken on the fly with my iphone. The laughter of children, kookaburras and the wind rustling the gums above, it was magical.
5. We have been using our prayer beads for meditation, yoga and play. Little fox is fascinated by the animals and loves putting them on himself {you can buy them here}.
6. Montessori class this week and we made Bliss Balls. You can find the recipe + the Kitchen Series here, this week we shared Rawfood Bliss Balls-three ways which my tribe just love, and there is a recipe blog link up too {just go here and link up}.
7-11. Play at Ceres, Bon and Little fox catching up in the shade, babychino's, sandpitts and organic fruit treats, oh it was a great day with friends.
12-15. Musical moments with the tribe
16-18. Franklin a vintage caravan of goodness, owning one of these beauties is on my wish list. We spent a Sunday morning at Belgrave Bigdreams market visiting our mate who was face painting and enjoying ice coffee's, drooling over the caravan where Franklincoffeeco took up centre stage {do you know you can hire Franklin for functions oh yes, go here}.
19-20. Miss 4's friends and face paint by the very talented Lisa.
21. Such a beautiful shot of my little mermaid princess. 

Joining Em at the bettleshack for Stills and you can read all the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here, there has been a few. And I'll be joining thelittledrummerboys for Wordless Wednesday too. I'm planning my first product review tomorrow {oh exciting times}, and reflecting on motherhood along part two in the wellbeing series this week {see part one here} and I'm going to try my hand at making a cross stitch brooch {we'll see how that goes}
Oh and you know it's voting time for the Kidspot Voices of 2014, if you like what you read and want to vote for Poppyfoxathome that would be awesome {you can do it here}.
Have a great rest of the week everybody!
x Mummafox
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