Vegan Carrot Muffins

If there is something we like in this house it’s carrots. We will eat carrots anyway we can. Roasted, boiled, raw, mashed and in carrot cakes. Master J is the biggest fan or carrots I know and he loves helping to make carrot cake just so he can eat the chunks left over after grating, and if we making something that involves carrots you will find him hovering around the chopping board. This time I choose to make muffins instead of cake and hoping to cut down on the sugar we would normally add to them. The bonus is the muffins are also gluten free.

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Baked Potatoes and Onion Rings

This is my first Easter as a vegan. We now do things a little differently. No meat as always and no milk chocolate eggs for me. We normally are invited out for lunch but this year we stayed in and did the Easter egg hunt for the boys and had family time. We made homemade gluten free pancakes instead of hot cross buns for breakfast.  Then together we cooked baked potatoes and onion rings.

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Down The Black Rabbit Hole

Now I’m not an expert and I have don’t have the data but I think a big contributor to relationship  breakdown is technology. And here is the big thing technology gives us access to the outside world from our living room. So yes I’m going to point the finger at technology for creating distance between couples but just technology.

 

Now before you get worried about my relationship I can assure you it’s still going strong. However as products of our generation we use our phones a lot. From the moment the kids are down and we have cleaned up you will see us sitting next to each and from outside is looks all cute and cozy but look closer and what that in our hands, yes mobile phones. It’s a terrible habit that we gotten ourselves into and the habit we are teaching our sons. I have reasons but not excuses. Or maybe they are I don’t know I will leave that up to you to decide. My major phone use is related to blogging and social media. I write blog posts, read and comment on other blogs, join blog challenges and post photos and join discussions. That’s just the basic stuff and most of that can be done from my phone. I can be there from the kid’s bedtime to mine own and I physically have to stop myself from doing more. I have become so consumed with blogging I barely check my personal social media accounts.

 

I can’t tell you exactly what my husband does on his phone. I know he watches videos and play games and tons of other stuff I just don’t really pay attention to. Like I mentioned we are teaching this terrible habit to our sons. They see us on our phones and hover over us while we’re using them. It annoys me when I see teenagers on their phones all time especially at family functions and no they aren’t taking photos. I and my husband at least have the social grace to not be on ours when having dinner especially when out with friends and family. I bring this up because kids get phones way too early these days, (my first phone that wasn’t my Mum’s because I caught train to school was at age 16). Yes my very first personal phone I bought at age sixteen. Not eleven or twelve. My seven year old is already asking about getting a phone when he is ten. I want to answer no way in hell buddy but will I have the choice. At thirteen he will be catching a bus so he will need one but I will be holding out as long as I can.

 

I want my boys to still talk to us and when they do have phones and I will ban them at the table. Yes I know teenage boys communicate in grunts but I still want those grunts directed at me if I ask a question. So I’m starting a revolution in our household for sake of my children and my relationship in the future.

  • No phones past 9pm. Not blogging or social media browsing nothing at all. I will break this rule on Friday night when my husband can be on laptop to all hours playing D&D.
  • Rule two is the continuation of no phones at the dinner table.
  • No phones during the kids wind down time and their bed time
  • No phones while first thing in the morning (that’s just for me).
  • Date night/day though it happens rarely means no phones out. Yes we will still have them on us in case the grandparents looking after the children need us but not using them during dinner.
  • No phone use between 3pm and 4pm on weekdays. This is after school time/ snack time and homework time.

 

So there you have it. My list to stop our continuing journey down the dark rabbit hole that is technology.

Do you have any rules for phone, laptop or tablet use in your house?

10 Reasons I’m Rocking Motherhood

We seem to focus on our mother fails and our ever growing list of Mummy guilt. So let’s focus on something else. Like how we are rocking this motherhood rollercoaster ride. Lately the ten reasons I’m rocking motherhood has been making the rounds and I love the idea so here is my list of ten reasons that I’m rocking motherhood.

  1. I allow my children the freedom to make their own choices within reason and to learn from them.
  2. I have taught my two sons that showing affection is not something to be embarrassed about.
  3. I try to be a better mother everyday
  4. I admit when I’m wrong and I apologize to them.
  5. They get all their needs met and most of their wants.
  6. I know most of the wiggles songs and bust one out when needed.
  7. My oldest eat veggies and fruit and actually enjoys them.
  8. I have read to both of them since birth and reading is a priority in our house.
  9. Religion is not used as the easy answer.
  10. Which leads to me this, I tell my children the truth. Age appropriate yes but the truth.

This was actually much harder than I thought it would be. I think we always remember what we did wrong or what we didn’t do. This list is something I want to print out to remind me of the things I’m doing right.

To keep this going I’m tagging

Lynsey from Real Moms Blog

Jessie from Her Arms Are Strong

Mommy Has Gone Crazy

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10 Reasons I’m Rocking Motherhood

We seem to focus on our mother fails and our ever growing list of Mummy guilt. So let’s focus on something else. Like how we are rocking this motherhood rollercoaster ride. Lately the ten reasons I’m rocking motherhood has been making the rounds and I love the idea so here is my list of ten reasons that I’m rocking motherhood.

  1. I allow my children the freedom to make their own choices within reason and to learn from them.
  2. I have taught my two sons that showing affection is not something to be embarrassed about.
  3. I try to be a better mother everyday
  4. I admit when I’m wrong and I apologize to them.
  5. They get all their needs met and most of their wants.
  6. I know most of the wiggles songs and bust one out when needed.
  7. My oldest eat veggies and fruit and actually enjoys them.
  8. I have read to both of them since birth and reading is a priority in our house.
  9. Religion is not used as the easy answer.
  10. Which leads to me this, I tell my children the truth. Age appropriate yes but the truth.

 

This was actually much harder than I thought it would be. I think we always remember what we did wrong or what we didn’t do. This list is something I want to print out to remind me of the things I’m doing right.

To keep this going I’m tagging

Lynsey from Real Moms Blog

Jessie from Her Arms Are Strong

Mommy Has Gone Crazy



Living With A Chronic Illness

 

I’m about to start studying, which will hopefully lead to part time work. I’ve been out of the workforce for three years. The work I hope to be able to do will be involving working in a classroom environment which means I can’t be in crippling pain or running to the bathroom every five minutes. My irritable bowel syndrome controls a lot of my life and I have missed a few important events due to it. Continue reading