Tag: family time

Get off your phone !!

Hi all,

Well, it’s the beginning of a new year (wasn’t that just the other day??) so, as per usual, there’s lots of talk of ‘New year, new me’ and ‘what are your new years resolutions?” etc etc.  Now, I don’t really do ‘new years resolutions’ so to speak, but anytime is a good time to want to improve.   One thing I DO do tho is listen to Holy Spirit prompting….  and this leads me to this blog.   Buckle up peeps… here we go…

Something that has been apparent to me is how much time is spent on our phones.  To be fair, there are a lot of logical reasons why this is so. ..  Email, banking, camera/photos, calendar, ah duh… the fact that it’s a phone (Ha Ha), your Bible app, YouTube, plus so much more…  there’s plenty of reasons we’re on our phones that aren’t necessary.  Social media being the most obvious.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a social media girl thru and thru.  I have a FB, Insta (actually I have a couple of each) & YouTube channel for crying out loud, but there’s a healthy amount of use, as well as a healthy quality of use.  (to do with the quality issue..  just one point peeps… BE KIND ALREADY !!)

Let’s look at a few of these that could be limited, if not eliminated.    Emails CAN be checked only on a desktop.. heck, it’s how we used to do it.  I actually don’t have my main family email address on my phone, but I do have my personal one on there.  The major reason for this is actually purely practical.  If there’s an email, say ticket confirmation, or a barcode etc, then I’ll have that go to my phone, simply for ease of access.  But, in reality, I COULD own a printer and not need to do this.  Personally I don’t find emails to be something that keeps me on my phone anyway, but hey, everyone’s different.

Calendar… Now, same thing, it’s not like a sit there for any length of time looking at my calendar (that’s just stupid), but it is certainly handy if making an appt while out, to be able to see when in fact you’re available for said appointment.   I have made the decision this year though to buy a planner and use that also.  So that when I’m looking at the week ahead, I can do it in there.  Yes, it seems like some double work, but it’s not really.  This big planner I’ve begun to use this year is an A4 ‘day to a page’ type, as I wanted to be able to journal in it if desired too.  I’ve done some YouTube & blog planning in there, and hope to continue that practice, so when you’re in the planner every day using it, it’s not really an additional thing to be doing to check out what’s in the week ahead.

Camera/Photos.. well, that’s pretty much impossible to not use, or even minimise.  It would be one thing if the camera in your phone didn’t take great pictures and video, but the new phones take AMAZING photos now.  So in some ways, when using it for that purpose, it’s really just like you’re using a camera.  Plus with a FB & insta page to promote, it’s just far too convenient to take your photo on there in 2 steps, you’ve done it.  As opposed to downloading photos off your camera to your PC, and then uploading to your page.

OK.. so doesn’t sound like we’re making too much progress at this point, but let’s hit it where it hurts…  Personal Social media usage.  There’s a really simple way to greatly reduce your time on social media…  delete the apps off your phone and only do your social media surfing from your desktop once a day.  I do have Instagram on my phone for my business account, and all posts automatically share to my FB business page, so that’s easy peasy.  If you don’t want to delete it all together, then simply sign out of it, so that it’s that little bit harder to ‘just jump on for a quick squiz’.

Banking .… I know this one is super doper convenient.. and sometimes actually is necessary (how did we ever survive without it?), but in reality, it’s not too safe to be doing banking from your phone anyway.  So, in short, do your best to only do banking from your desktop.

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The BIGGEST one that’s been on my heart in this regard is using the Bible App.  Just keeping it real… I get hung up on the streak… lol.  Yep, I just admitted that.  I was literally nearly at 400 days in the app in 2018 and then I went to Europe, lost a day in disappearing day land, and opened the app on landing to that terrible sight of the big fat number ZERO !!  Arrrggghhh.  Anyway, so I’m listening to Sadie Robertson and going old school and using an ACTUAL BIBLE !!.  Thanks Sadie !!!  If you wanna hear Sadie’s message, click HERE !!  It’s only been a couple weeks, but I LOVE it !!  It really is a different experience.

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With the Bible app, but also others as well…  it’s so easy to be distracted by other notifications….. even if on your phone for something perfectly reasonable.  So, my next tip is to turn off your notifications.  I don’t have them turned on, even for my business pages.   I just check in morning and night… and if I post something, than I can clearly see if something is there that needs addressing.

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Another suggestion with the bible reading, which I have found super beneficial, is this… when you kinda don’t have the option to use your actual bible, or for some reason it’s not possible..… use the audio option in the app.  I not only found this solved the interruption issues, but I also found that I ‘read’ so much more of the Word since starting this.  You’ll have your verse of the day come up each day you go in… but at the bottom it says ‘read entire chapter’…  when you’re literally holding your phone in your hand, it’s far too easy to just read that one verse and think you’re good to go.  But listen to a chapter a day.. and you’ll be amazed how it’ll boost your day ahead.

Another issue re using the bible app is the bible studies.  Now, if it’s going to be the only bible study you do, then of course do the ones on offer in the app… but if I could encourage you in anything.. it’s to do an ACTUAL HOLD IN YOUR HANDS bible study.  If it’s got a workbook to go along, then even better… if not, then simply journal.

Watching YouTube…  while it’s super easy to catch up on a lil YT on your phone… can I just suggest that you do it on a desktop, or on a tablet where you’re not signed into anything that will cause you to be sucked into other apps. (This applies to reading blogs too… LOL. Are you on your phone right now??? ha ha ) This seems to work really well for me.  I don’t even have social media on my tablet…..  it’s basically just for YouTube watching really.  I actually don’t watch any TV…. the only show I watch is The Crown, so basically I do some binge watching every 2yrs and that’s it.  LOL.  I prefer to find some really great vlogging families on YT, and follow their lives.  It’s way better than watching some fictional show.

For your info… my fave vlogging families are 2 in a Zoo, Alex & Phil Congillere, Loftis party of 6, Grace for the Millers, The Mills Family, & This Gathered Nest.  All of these families are really wholesome Christian families, 3 of them being Pastors.

Another thing that keeps us all on our phones is messaging/texting.  When did it become ‘uncool’ to actually pick up the phone and RING someone?  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the dangers in misunderstood texts, and what that can lead to.    So, all I can say on this one is RING, DON’T TXT.  (I know, easier said than done.)

I’m really excited to see what improvement I can see come about though these simply changes…  and I’d love to hear how it’s improved your life too.

Blessings

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Healthy on the hols

Hi all !!

I just wanted to jump on and share 3 things with you ….  how much I LOVE my smoothies of a morning, how easy it is to make simple substitutions in order to still have a ‘treat’ when out & about…. and lastly, how creating a yummy healthy dinner is actually fun to do !!

So, EVERY single morning starts with a Healthy Mummy Smoothie….  I’m in a bit of choc cherry or Raspberry Ripple phase at present, but really any flavour is divine !!

My husband is constantly in awe at how much I actually pack into my brekky smoothie, so here’s a run down on what goes into every morning smoothie.

I used to put almond milk in my smoothies, but ran out one day, so simple threw a handful of almonds in with water.. and it tasted just as good.  So I thought…  well, that’s gotta be a healthier option.  If you look at the nutritional info on a carton of almond milk (even the good organic activated almond milk), the % of almonds is pretty darn low.  This way, I know I’m actually getting a good amount of almonds in.

So, along with the almonds and water, goes a frozen banana, 2 or 3 frozen strawberries, (usually some frozen blueberries, but I actually forgot them this morning, .. whoopsie), a big ole spoonful of LSA (Yes, I know I’m doubling up on almonds.. but hey, there’s worse things to double up on, right?), Organic cacao, Maca powder, Chia seeds, Hemps seeds & the HM mix.   This one had some organic cacao nibs on top with the blueberries and strawberry too.   Whip it up in the trusty Ninja Auto IQ.. and you’ve got yourself a nutrient dense, yet delicious, breakfast !!

I literally go to bed each night looking forward to my smoothie… it’s crazy right?  I did wonder when I started with HM whether I’d get bored with them, or get sick of making them each morning, but no… I still LOVE it.  I also wondered how I’d go thru winter.. whether I’d like getting up and having a cold smoothie on a cold morning.. but I actually went through last winter still having one each day.  There was one morning that I made a warm smoothie, using the thermomix, after seeing a HM recipe for it. I really did like it, but didn’t actually make another.. so who knows if I’ll do more of that in winter this year.

I also have come to love using my ‘smoothie time’ as my quiet time with The Lord.  I make my delish smoothie, make it pretty (a totally unnecessary part of smoothie time.. but hye, it makes it more special.. like you’ve having a smoothie from Charlies Raw Squeeze.. lol).. and then go sit somewhere nice and get into the Word.  I GREAT way to spend part of your morning.  I’m still working on ‘becoming an early morning person’…  (says the blogger at the computer after 10pm).  It just seems to make so much sense to me.. to get up by 6, have a solid hour with The Lord.. and then tackle the day… but I’m not there yet, so currently have a quiet time of about 20-25mins.

OK… jump forward into the day.. and we decided to head to the beach around lunchtime as there’s not too many of these opportunities left before school goes back.  I totally could have taken something with me to eat, but part of the fun of a ‘beach trip’ is the chips on bread lunch/arv tea you have after a swim in the ocean.

Sooooooo, here’s how I still have my ‘treat’ with the kiddos, while fueling my body the best way I can in the situation.

If you’re not Australian, and you’re reading this…. that pic on the left, is a VERY Aussie beach meal.  A ‘chip sanga’.  Not many would choose to have it on multigrain, but hey…  I actually like it.. and it meant I was actually adding some nutrition to what would normally not have much.

In years gone by, the chip sanga would have gone down VERY well with a Pepsi Max, but today… a delish Watermelon water was my selection.. and man, it was no sacrifice.  It was downright divine !!  I have had this one before, so knew it was going to be yum.. but still.  It meant that I ate alongside my kiddos.. enjoying the beach lunch experience with them.   Being healthy isn’t just about the food & exercise peeps !!!  However, I can’t help myself, I did walk out a mere 5000 steps along the beach while the kids rode the waves.

OK… an hour drive home… and it’s time to tackle my challenge for the week….  instead of ‘meat free Monday’.. I decided to challenge myself to a ‘meat free week’.  It’s too much to go into right now, but when my niece went vegetarian a few years back, I decided to look into and do some research as to why people think it’s a better option.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my chicken and beef far too much to go vegetarian, but after all the research I did, I certainly do believe there is too much meat production in the world.  As a result, I made the decision to go one night a week without meat… but I’d like to aim for 3 or 4 nights per week as meat free.

What had me seeing it as difficult tho is I didn’t think I could come up with enough options to reduce our meat intake, but after I came across a page last night, I’ve put together a list of options.

Here they are  – Vegetarian lasagna, soup, fritters, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, veggie bake, mushroom risotto, chick pea & veg curry, flafel burgers, sweet potato and feta sausage rolls, veggie nachos with guacamole, veggie frittata, roast pumpkin and quinoa salad, quesadillas with beans, spinach & ricotta pastries, bbq halloumi & veg kebabs.. and vegetarian pizza.

Tonight, I decided to simply start at the top of the list and make veggie lasagna.  We actually ended up having friends over for diner last minute, so they were my little guinea pigs.  lol.

I was honestly just making it up as I went along (see, it’s fun !! )….  randomly putting in whatever I thought would work…  actually being so lazy that I didn’t even make a cheese sauce, but only poured a can of coconut cream over one of the layers.  I also used lavash bread instead of the lasagna sheets.  One, because it’s a healthier option.. and two, because it gets dinner on the table WAY faster.

My method was – Slice up 2 sweet potatoes and lay the pieces on a pan and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the top, then season with S & P.  In a 180 degree FF oven for approx 20mins.  While they’re cooking, slice up 2 big zucchinis and 4 large carrots and microwave them for 10mins (if I had more time, I would’ve steamed them though).  Once everything is ready, simply start constructing layers in an oven proof rectangular dish.  I added a can of diced tomatoes, a can of corn kernels, the sweet potato, carrot and zucchini slices, some cream cheese spread dollops, some chopped mushys,  the coconut cream.. and some grated cheese on top.  It only took maybe 10mins in the oven as there’s really nothing to cook.

I’d love to show you a picture, as it actually came out of the oven looking gorgeous.. but it got eaten too quickly.  I do have 2 serves left tho… so I’m now hanging out for lunch t’row.  ha ha.

OK..  so there you have it… a day of Fi’s meals.  A little bit of a treat with the chip sanga, but overall, a very good food day, nutritionally speaking.

Still #respectingthetemple

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