Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Friday, February 6, 2015

We made slime

I am always on the look out for creative craft or cooking activities to entertain the kids in the holidays.
Years ago we used to rely on 'The Useful Book" from the Tv show Play School but thanks to the internet & now the wonderful world of pinterest the activity inspiration is just an endless pool of great ideas & tutorials.
In the holidays we made slime, we got the recipe from
which is full of great ideas for sensory play.

All you need is;
1tbspn of psyllium husk
Food colouring
1cup of water
Whisk it all togethor in a large mixing bowl (it bubbles up really high)
Microwave for 5 min

It peels out of the bowl which looks really cool.
My kids rolled it around the tray for a few minutes with spoons because they were to excited to wait for it to cool.

Now this stuff kept my 7yr old amused for hours but my 12 year old helped with the slime making & had a great time playing around with it.

I have no idea how long it keeps for, we will probably keep it in an air tight container for a few days & see how it goes.

Trish xx

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fit and Healthy Week 3

Well week 2 was pretty good.
I managed to achieve all of my workout goals except for my second shoulder workout but I went water skiing instead & had a go on the knee board. That was a great shoulder workout, especially seen as though I hadnt done anything like that since my teenage years...ouch!


So this weeks plan is really just a repeat of last week, I have been letting the sugary snacks sneak their way back in a little so I need to tighten my belt there.
Week 3 of couch to 5k, I know it steps up a bit this week so will be more challenging.

I found a great circuit to do. It has 6 exercises that you do 10. Reps of each & repeat 6x.
You time yourself  so when you do it next you have to beat the previuos time which is a great idea.
The last exercise is burpee's & they really bring me unstuck.

I have gotten my treadmill & recumbant bike out of storage so I can still do some cardio no matter the weather which will be a god send as Ive been rained out every morning this week. No more excuses...eeek!

So how was your week?

Trish xx

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fit & Healthy- Week 2

One week in & I am happy to report I am ridiculously sore EVERYWHERE!!
A crazy statement I know but you do have to experience some level of discomfort on the path to being fit & healthy.
I worked hard at cutting down on my sugar intake just as I had planned.
 I did suffer some withdrawal symptoms, mostly just a dull headache that lasted for 2 days & I was a tad moody/snappy.
Sorry kids :-)

The week went well during the week, but I did unfortunately fall of the wagon on the weekend as far as my nutrition is concerned, having a few cookies & pizza one night for dinner.
 I also enjoyed a few glasses of wine as planned.

My training was fantastic all week. I completed week 1 of the Couch to 5 k program plus added an extra 2 walks.

I also managed to do a weights work out for every muscle group.
At this stage my weights program for this first 4 weeks consists of 3 -4 different exercises for each muscle group with 3 sets of up to 12 reps. I am trying to set my weight so I do lift to failure by the third set & its working a treat, hence the sore muscles.

This weeks plan of attack

Nutrition - 

Keep trying to beat that sugar addiction.
I have made some clean sweet treats to help with that, you can get my protein ball recipe 

I will share more recipes as we go along some using protein, some without.
I will also be cutting down on my carb intake at night which will also reduce my dinner size, something that is necessary as I eat far to large a meal at night considering I am not doing anything physical.

Training -

I will tackle Week 2 of Couch to 5K

  I will  continue with my weight training program but this week I am going up my ab training to twice a week  as good core strength is the foundation for everything & i would like to pick a muscle group each week to target a second time, this week I think its going to be shoulders.

I did weigh, measure & take a couple of BEFORE pics last week as a measure of how I am trekking but I know if I check in on those stats to regularly, I tend to self sabotage, so I will just keep at it for a few weeks, until I can feel some changes in my clothes, before I worry about those tasks.
I do however fell less bloated & a little more energetic already.
I will be participating in the February

so perhaps I will wait until then to measure my progress.

Remember, If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't work!!

If you would like to catch up on last weeks post you can read it  here

How are your fitness & nutrition goals for 2015 coming along?

Trish x

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