Easter egg decoration- part 2

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Eggs are finished, branches found  and the living room is ready for Easter. Honestly, I expected this to be a “mummy do it” craft, but the boys loved every step of it! Especially arranging eggs on the branches :)

Easter egg decorations – part 1

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Over a month ago I bough a pack of polystyrene eggs, (the same size as normal eggs) to make some Easter decorations. For days I was searching my head for ideas- pinterest and everywhere else for inspiration but couldn’t come up with anything that I really liked… And finally on Friday morning – a week before Easter- I got it. Keep it simple- use PVA and water mixture and pieces of tissue paper. Then I spent over an hour trying to locate polystyrene eggs, searching every craft box and every cupboard- they just VANISHED. How very annoying! Even more so that I already told my boys we could make an Easter egg craft together.

After a quick-ish trip to the craft store we came back with tiny polystyrene eggs-because that was all they had a week before Easter! Huh. Still. Nothing is a problem. At least we had something to decorate:)

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This is what we did:

We picked the colours of tissue paper we wanted to use (light blue, yellow and bright green) and cut them into pieces.

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(we hoped that some of the hearts would show through as a pattern- on finished eggs…and in places they are clear but next time I would use plain tissue paper)

In a jar I mixed some PVA glue with tap water in 1:1 ratio – stirring well to combine. Then we used cheap paint brushes to apply glue mixture onto polystyrene egg and covered with pieces of tissue paper.

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Coating generously with glue mixture we covered each egg with two-three layers of tissue paper. Making sure the last layer was also covered in glue (the glue mixture turns clear when dry).

We finished of with a piece of ribbon and a pin.

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So far we only have blue eggs, but hopefully in the next two days we will be able to add yellow and green eggs and decorate our house.

Healthy- cereal free breakfast

Disclaimer: The information written below is based on my personal research and experience.

I wanted to share my usual breakfast idea with you.  A while ago my family went gluten-free after I realised that my youngest son couldn’t tolerate gluten – even through breastmilk. It turned out to work brilliantly for us and after we cut it out we learnt that gluten was causing us a fair few aches, indigestions and causing my skin problems. Nowadays gluten free breakfasts are easy – you just buy gluten-free cereal! It tastes just as good, in most cases is organic and in most cases has less sugar added. More recently we have been trying to significantly reduce our sugar and carbohydrate intake and concentrate on a high (HEALTHY!!!) fat diet. This involves a lot of nuts and seeds, avocados, organic or grass fed fatty meat, fish and lots of veggies and fruit.

The problem with carbohydrates is that they don’t give us much nutrition and once we consume carbohydrate rich foods, our body turns them into sugar giving us quick burst of energy – followed by a sugar low and feeling hungry again. What’s more, our bodies can’t process the big amounts of sugar we feed them so they store it in fat. One of the reasons our bodies produce fat is to protect us from the chemicals we consume (I mean the nasty food additives mostly found in all processed foods) – our bodies will produce fat to surround the chemicals that are dangerous to us – sugar counts as one of those chemicals. Another reason for our bodies to produce fat would be if we go hungry on regular basis, fat would be produced to keep us from starving. On the other hand, healthy fats provide us with stable energy without the extreme highs and lows making us feel satisfied for longer and because we are avoiding sugars and other chemicals, there is no need for our bodies to produce extra amounts of fat. Interestingly, when we consume healthy fat -our bodies don’t store it, they use it up as energy.

Once I tried to cut out all pasta, potatoes, rice and grain from our weekly menu I realised how a typical diet focuses on carbs and makes it difficult to adjust and change. However, with time, research and listening to my body I came up with plenty of alternatives and we are doing pretty well staying off carbs and sugar.

Today I would like to share a very quick and easy breakfast “recipe” with you. If you are not looking to cut out carbs and sugar from your diet- I hope you will find this as a nice occasional change to cereal and toast:). I am using a banana, which contains some amounts of carbohydrates and natural sugars, but since it’s a natural food I can’t see it causing harm and if you wish – you can leave banana out. I also add (organic) full fat natural yoghurt.

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Why seeds and nuts?

Chia seeds- are full of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese and they contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Sunflower seeds- are full of vitamin E, copper, selenium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and others.

Almonds- contain vitamin E, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, copper, fibre, biotin.

Walnuts- are full of omega 3 fats, copper, manganese and biotin.

Dried coconut- contain B vitamins, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium.

They are all good for our hearts and protect us from cancer. They are full of healthy fat so keep us satisfied for longer.  Definitely a good way to start a day!

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You can put it all together in any way you wish.

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Sliced banana with the yoghurt in the middle…

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A whole banana with yoghurt on a plate…

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yoghurt topped with chopped banana, nuts and seeds…

My children love to sprinkle their own seeds on top and I am happy that they are learning to make healthy food choices :).

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Banana and seeds breakfast

Ingredients:                                                                                       

  • banana
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  • 2-4 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 2-4 tbs flaked/sliced almonds
  • 2-4 tbs chopped walnuts
  • 2-4 tbs flaked or desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbs chia seeds

Directions:

According to your preferences: chop or slice the banana into a bowl or onto a plate. Add the desired amount of natural yoghurt and sprinkle seeds on the top. Enjoy your healthy, energising breakfast!

a little bit of flowers and crochet

The temperature outside is rising and the sunshine is so warm, which means that Spring is just round the corner…and while waiting to finally welcome Spring I’ve been enjoying some lovely winter flowers…

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..and trying out this crochet stitch/pattern… I like it because it doesn’t look very feminine and should make a good scarf (or cowl) for a little boy…who has lost his scarf a few weeks ago. The colours are quite wintery but can’t blame little boys for not wanting to wear bright spring colours:)

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