The magic of books

I grew up reading Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and  Anne of Green gables ; just to mention a few as the list is too long.
I was also a major bookworm.who loved nothing better to escape into the pages of a good book and i must admit as I got older I was an extreme sucker for a good romance.  Not Mills and Boon style romance but the kind where there wasn’t always a happy ending or page after page of naked revelations. The Characters were complicated yet intriguing and the possibilities were endless.

In my early years I could be found in the back corner of the school library hiding out with my book of choice.
It was my way of escaping unhappy home situations. The library was also my main way of accessing books.
Books held an amazing world under each cover. Fiction and  Non fiction books were consumed at a rapid rate. The only time I must admit over the years that I did not want to see a book again for a while was after completing My University degree,  but this was text books.

Mr T & T is an avid reader and comes from a family who love to read.  The main literature in my house when growing up was readers digest and My Mum had a big collection of mills and Boon books. I have also met friends over the years who grew up being exposed to a great selection books but do not enjoy reading.

Many hours of reading to our kids,  always a variety of books around and encouragement may or may not have contributed to the fact that Most of our kids enjoy reading now and Miss Moo is well and truly a lover of books.

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So how can we encourage our kids to read for enjoyment?

  • Join the local library and start when your children are young.  The library is a great place to access free books and expose kids to a wider variety.  Most libraries run storytime sessions and sessions ( for babies). Some information:
  • Western Australia  Better beginnings
  •  Libraries of SA
  • NSW Libraries
  •  ACT Libraries
  • Tasmanian public Library services
  • Cairns Libraries
  •  Melbourne Library services
  • Read to your child often and from a young age.  It is never too early to start
  • When searching for books consider your child’s interests ( it’s ok if they want to read age and content appreciate magazines,  this is still reading.
  • Take an interest in what your child is currently reading and take the time to talk about the book.  When they are younger ask questions such as Can you find… ? ,  What colour is… ?  Can you count how many…?.
  • Give books and magazine subscriptions for presents to older children.

One of our family favourites is the book – A fortunate life.  So when our gorgeous Miss Moo arrived the decision to name her was not a challenge.  ‘Myra’ was the name of Albert Facey’s (the main character) sister and our name of choice .

Share your most Embarrassing / Funny Mum moments

Lately I have been thinking of all my embarrassing moments as a Mother. Probably because of all my fantastic fellow Mummy bloggers and their great posts and funny photo shares.

Over the years our kids have managed to embarrass us a lot. Ssh, don’t let them know because they may just try harder.

Last week Miss Moo and I had a sneaky visit to Bunnings. On our way out Miss Moo decided it was time to get out of the trolley and walk. Now this is fine and  Miss Moo was helping push the trolley until she decided that she needed to adjust her shoes right in the middle of the entrance aisle while insisting I assist her. So I did what every good Mum does and got down on the floor to help her. As I stood up I heard giggling and turned to see three teenagers looking in my direction. I felt a bit breezy around the back-end and reach around to realise that my Jeans were no longer covering my derrière  and my brightly striped underwear were showing. I quickly pulled up my Jeans and paid for my items in record time . Luckily Miss Moo is at an age that she isn’t embarrassed by me.

As I have got older I have found that I am not as embarrassed about things as I was when I was younger. I have also noticed that a lot of people seem to  worry less about embarrassing themselves as they get older. It’s almost like the filter has worn out for some people. I wonder if this will happen to Mr T & T and I , will we have the ability to embarrass our kids in public and not bat an eyelid (I say with a glint in my eye).

I am super excited this week to host my first competition on Facebook while also showcasing some stunning Jewellery.

The fantastic part is I get to offer you the chance to Win this stunning piece of Jewellery.

Share your Most embarrassing / funny  Mum moment for a chance to win.

Toddlers plus teens are excited to give you the opportunity to Win this gorgeous necklace. Thanks to my wonderful friend Samantha from Park lane Jewellery .

So how can I win you ask?

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1. Like Park lane Jewellery with Samantha Heinrich by clicking on photo above and going to her link.

2. Like toddlers plus teens on Facebook by clicking on photo below.

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3. Share competition with friends on your facebook page

4.  Share your funny / embarrasing mum moment or your mums moment on here or Toddlers plus teens on Facebook.

 

The Competition will run from Sunday the 19th of April 2015 – 2nd May 2015 at 11.00pm. Competition is only open to Australian residents and not affiliated with Facebook.

The winner will be drawn using Random.org . I look forward to sharing more of this beautiful Jewellery over the next few weeks .

Good luck.

Enjoy the moments

Jules x

Spanish Food

Thanks for coming to bring and share night with our family.

Our family enjoyed challenging our cooking skills and putting our chefs hats on to produce our Spanish inspired dishes this week.image

 

There were lots of Masterchef inspired comments and even though we tried our best Mr Wings didn’t do his Iron Chef inspired pose this week ( there is always next week) .  I have provided the links to the recipes online in the dish tittle,  just click on it and it will lead you to the site. I also need to let you know that this is not a sponsored post.
Included in the dishes review below is,  what the cook said,  review of dish ( no one had to be encouraged to play nicely for this part)  and the winner  ( three chefs hats).

Smashed chickpeas with spinach

What the cook said
This recipe was easy to follow and make. Nothing was changed in the ingredients and method when making this dish.
Review – Miss Teen
I’d definitely eat this again! Healthy, looks nice and tasted good too. Whilst i didn’t mind the plain taste some might find it too bland, some citrus flavoring in this dish would go a long way 7/10

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Beef empanadas

What the cook said
I left out the mushroom in this dish because some people don’t like it.
If I made this again I would make some with mushrooms and some without.

Review – Mr Wings
Phew, I am so glad there were no mushrooms in this.  The pastry could have been a bit more crunchy and I would have cut the onions more finely. The chicken was cooked to perfection. 

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Spanish prawn and chorizo rice

What the cook said
I really love one pan dishes.
This recipe was fun to make and the only thing I would change is to add more chorizo next time.
Review – B1
It was delicious.  The prawns and chorizo tasted awesome together. Lemon slices as an option were great to. More chorizo would have been good.  Overall an awesome dish.

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Summer pisto frittata

What the cook said
OOPS,  I left the asparagus out,  how sad. This dish wasn’t to hard to make.
Review – Myself
Something was missing from this dish for me.  Mmm I wonder what that was?? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and it looked great.  Just like Jamie Olivers (impressive),  but it needed another ingredient to replace the asparagus.
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Three chef hats 

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This weeks winning dish and nomination for make again recipe goes to………………………………………………………..
The Spanish Prawns and chorizo rice

Luckily in the T + T house no one is voted off the island and next week we get to inspire you all to have a go at trying some different recipes and food.
Our own Master chef wannabe (Mr T + T)  is home for next weeks bring and share .
I really do encourage you to share a meal around your table with your family and friends and get everyone involved.

The current prize for winning is to choose next week’s theme and because I am the winner, I have chosen Turkish food. My inspiration being that My sister in laws family are Turkish.

Note – We are currently looking for sponsorship for Bring & Share
If you think your products,  services or sponsorship is a good fit then we would love to hear from you.
Contact Us

Enjoy the Moments
Around Your Table

 

Jules 💜

Mummy Martyrs

Thank goodness it is Friday!
Believe me when I say I love what I do and I made the choice to balance working,  being a mummy ( very thankful for our gifts) and a wife of a fifo husband.
But I’m really feeling it at the moment.  I’m tired and my whole body hurts.

I have been a mummy for 23 years in May which is nearly half my life. I thank God for the gift of our 5 kids every day.
It has taken me years to realise that I can’t be a good Mum and wife if I don’t look after myself. For a long time I was the mummy martyr soldier.  Doing everything then whinging to Mr T & T about my exhaustion.  The whinging wife (do you know her?) because shameful to admit it was me.  For years I was told to take some timeout for me by Mr T & T and friends.

Unfortunately mummy martyrs get sick as well and when your balancing work,  parenting and being a fifo wife the walls can come crashing down with a bang.
This Mummy Martyrs found out the hard way last year when our Miss Moo had a long run of illnesses that always seemed to happen when Mr T & T was away. I soldiered on until I became very ill at the same time as Miss Moo was recovering from the flu.  I didn’t ask for Mr T & T to come home I soldiered on until he came home and I crashed.
Medical advice finally conquered all and my pride was crushed as I was told that I had to slow down and make changes if I wanted to be here to see my beautiful kids grow up.

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What a slap in the face that was.  How the hell was I going to make changes.  Who would do all the jobs I did, as Henny Penny said ‘The sky is falling ‘,  or in my case it was going to fall.

Long story cut short as it was a journey that saw Mr T & T and my older kids disarm me and force me to stand down from my post and fast forward to this week and changes that have been made.
Yesterday I snuck off after work before anyone could catch me and before picking Miss Moo up to get a neck,  shoulder and feet massage.  Being the cheapskate I am I went to the local Chinese massage place and it was great.  I came out minus the headache I had carried for the last week and not clenching my teeth.
Today B1 is coming over to play with Miss Moo while I get a much needed haircut ( time to control the fluffy fro) and on Sunday I am going to the movies with a friend.

Yes I have a long list of jobs to get done but I’m taking some time to unravel and step back from my post so that I can be a better Mummy.

Nagging self doubts,  you can take a hike.  My Mummy comrades I hope you get to take a breather no matter how small.  Most of all if you need help ask for it ( it’s ok to)  and if you don’t get it shout.  Over and out.

Enjoy the moments

Jules 💜

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