The first term break for the school year is fast approaching. Who knew that term 1 would be a mere 8 weeks long? A tiny benefit of the school holidays is generally less traffic during peak hour on the roads. Although I barely drive in peak hour these days!
If I am totally honest, most of the inspiration for these ideas have come from my own childhood. I used to bat a balloon back and forth with my brother in the lounge room. Make sure you remember to move the valuables! Sleepovers happened at least once a week during the school holidays. My brother & I used to spend quite a bit of time at our neighbour’s house while our parents were at work. At our neighbour’s we would put on performances, bake or sew a creation with a little help.
I do wish that we had the chance to go to more places & visit different things during the holidays when I was younger, rather than having made our own fun at home. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.
All of the items on this list are suitable all ages. Most of them also make for great family outings or activities. The activities don’t require much equipment. And best of all, most of them cost next to nothing!
So sign up to my email list to download the printable, stick it to your fridge, then cross off the activities as you complete them!
I gave up coffee, for 30 days in a row.
Call me crazy but I gave up coffee. I had my last beautiful brew on Friday, January 12. The surprising thing is that I don’t really miss it as much as I thought I would. I would have given it up earlier knowing that.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the taste of coffee, that’s why I drink it. I do also use it as a substitute for morning tea, to keep me going through to lunch. But over the years I have learned that I don’t have much of a tolerance to caffeine. I have to be really careful when ordering a coffee at a cafe. Did you know some large drinks can contain up to 3 shots of coffee which is equal to 90mL. That’s a lot of coffee in one hit! I also have to watch my intake of tea, due to the caffeine. I once drank about 4 cups of tea at an afternoon high tea, do you think I could sleep that night?
– a decrease in anxiety
– save money (the latte factor: the phenomenon whereby many small purchases add up to a significant expenditure over time.)
– sleep better
– weight loss (empty calories from added milk, sugar & flavourings)
However, I did notice that after having my daughter, my tolerance increased. I could have a coffee or tea at any time of the day & not be affected by it. Sadly this has worn off now.
I have had a few teas during my coffee free period. But I’ve been choosing green tea for my hot beverage more than anything, along with the occasional hot chocolate. It is still summer here after all. Did I look forward to my first cup after those 30 days? You bet! I chose to add some salted caramel syrup to my cappuccino. I find that when I add a little bit of syrup I don’t need to add any sugar, the syrup makes it sweet enough
DIY flavroured coffe tip: When using the coffee machine at home or at work, I add the syrup to the milk frother. It blends it all together well so the flavour is throughout.
My husband and I met through a mutual friend while I was in my last year of high school. It was really fun at the start before either of us had a license, we had to rely on other people so we could see each other. He actually asked me out over MSN Messenger.
We are coming up to 13 years together this year. It feels like a lifetime and it won’t be long before we have known each other for more than half of our lives.
I really did think I was getting ring at the airport when I came back from 6 solo weeks in Europe. But it arrived in a very unexpected way, about 5 months later. We were “gifted” a helicopter joy flight and I publicly thanked those involved on Facebook. A photographer was joining us on our flight. I thought nothing of it, I knew that it would make more sense to fill as many seats as possible. Helicopter flights weren’t exactly cheap.
Before I left for Europe we had purchased a block of land in a developing estate to build our dream home on. We were both eager to see the progress of the estate from the air. To my surprise there was something written on our block of land.
My husband comes from a large family & we knew that we didn’t want a big wedding. So we opted for a destination wedding. We invited the people that were most important to us & ended up with 8 wedding guests. We got married on Waimanalo Beach in Hawaii. For the reception we went to dinner at a restaurant & paid for our guests’ meals and drinks. A friend, my husband and I walked the entire way back to our hotel along the beach in the dark.
Thinking back now that when I was a kid I said that I wanted to get married on a beach in a mini skirt. While the miniskirt didn’t happen, I did get married on a beach.
We started trying for our first child a few months before we got married. A year passed and nothing. I went to my doctor and we tried a few things. Another year passed, so we started IVF. Another year passed and our little girl arrived on our third wedding anniversary.
Funny Story: I though I might be pregnant after throwing up on the Ferris Wheel at Disney California Adventure.
We regularly sit down to dinner at the table as a family. We also try to watch something together about once a week. Usually, it’s Grand Designs Australia or a slew of funny videos on YouTube.
My idea of a perfect date night is a home cooked meal with a homemade dessert followed by a movie on the couch or in bed with a bag of popcorn.
I’m not sure what the future holds for us but I know we are working towards making it incredible. Afterall, in my wedding vows, I promised to work hard to make our life as amazing as possible.
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It only takes an hour to donate blood, but it could save someone’s life. A few years ago I decided that I wanted to donate blood. I was disheartened that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I really don’t like having blood taken. Even talking about it often makes me go weak at the knees. But I just felt really strongly that this was something that I needed to do. I felt so strongly about it that I became emotional thinking about it.
Since that first attempt, I have attempted it two more times. Each time I was unable to complete a whole donation. However, they assured me they were still able to use the small amount.
I fall into the 4% that is obstetrics. After the birth of my daughter, I received a total of 3 units of blood over the course of two days. After that, I was also on iron supplements to help me get back to normal.
I’m not sure that I believe in fate but it’s quite interesting that I had attempted to donate blood 3 times & ended up needing 3 units.
Take the quiz to see if you are eligible to donate blood here.
After my husband & I got married, we opted to be on the same Medicare card. While looking into how to go about that I learned that you can sign up to be an Organ Donor through Medicare. All it took was completing a flyer and we were both registered organ donors.
I’ve recently learned that with great doctors & surgeons, blood transfusions are not always required with an organ transplant. Miriam from But, Still Breathing had a double lung transplant at Houston Methodist on March 6, 2015. Her doctor, Dr Scott Scheinin, has made it his life’s work to becoming skilled in bloodless surgery in order to lessen bleeding & hemorrhaging during surgery, therefore lessening the need for blood transfusions. Even though lung transplants are usually considered to have a higher risk of blood loss of all the transplants, Miriam’s surgery was a wonderful success with very minimal blood loss. You can read more about Miriam’s journey over at her blog: But, Still Breathing.
To become an organ donor, register through Medicare here.