Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Adventure - June 2017. {Wordless Wednesday}

Let's wander where the wifi is weak.
Hello friends, 
I thought I would do a bit of "Wordless Wednesday" (or in my case, just a few words...)
We went for an adventure the other day to a local forestry & it was so absolutely amazing. 
I love being out in nature & exploring new places with my little family.
Here are some photos we took on our adventure...
I want this sign in my house - or just a sign that looks this incredible. LOVE!
What photo did you love the best? Have you been on any great adventures lately?
I would love to know, leave a comment below or on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 

Kids don't remember their best day of television. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Frosty mornings & how to weatherproof your skin this winter.

This post in sponsored by Bioderma. I like doing posts that highlight good products! All opinions in this post are my own.
Well, winter is here and to be honest so far this year, it has been fairly mild. We have had a few very chilly nights - but nothing crazy cold! But the wind - gosh the wind some days is very icy! 
We did get 2 consecutive frosts the other week, so our grass is looking a little less green but I have to admit, I love frosts. They are so pretty & kind of the closest thing we get to snow here in QLD, so I love to slip out early in the morning in my granny gown and photograph them. (I am positive my neighbours think I am nuts!)
I've noticed my hands get super dry in the cooler months, especially on the cold chilly mornings after I hang our laundry out on the clothesline for the day. My thumb actually got so dry I got a painful deep crack in the corner of it near the top of the nail! OUCH!
I tried so many things to fix it & nothing would, I was so frustrated with it - so painful & awful.
And then like some wonderful & strange coincidence I got sent a package of Bioderma products suited for dry skin.
In the pack was the Bioderma Atoderm range & I will be honest - I was skeptical, I've tried many "dry skin" products and none really work for me. 
But this stuff did! And really well! 
LuLu & I both tend to get dry & red patches on our faces if we are out in the cold wind too long & 1 application of the Atoderm intensive balm after our showers is all we need, because when we wake up in the morning, our skin is back to normal! And the intensive balm is suitable for the whole family, from our little baby to my husband. 
(I have used the intensive balm on my face & body, and it hasn't caused my skin to break out at all like some other creams tend to! And I have used it on Tommy, it's very gentle & his dry skin healed quickly.)
The Atoderm intensive balm is enriched with soothing & purifying agents that help to restore the skin to a healthy & comfortable state with the 2-in-1 soothing & dermo-strengthing treatment. It calms irritation and works to restore the skin barrier & nourish the skin.  
(The Atoderm Range can also be used to treat atopic skin conditions, such as Eczema, during flare-up periods.)
Click HERE to check it out.
We are all enjoying the Atoderm restorative lip balm & we've managed to avoid any nasty dry & chapped lips and I believe it is thanks to this lip balm! 
Click HERE to check it out.
Now my absolute favourite product out of the range was ultra repair hand cream. This product is so beautiful, it has a really light clean scent I adore & it feels so good on and isn't oily at all like some other hand creams can be! And it helped heal my thumb! 
This range of products has truly surprised me & I encourage you to check it out if you suffer from dry skin, lips or hands. It is absolutely incredible & something we will be purchasing.
Click HERE to check it out.
Have you tried this range? What products do you swear by to help weatherproof your skin in the cold weather? 
I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below or on my social media.
Stay warm friends!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Teaching kids money values. {Guest Post / Laurie Griggs}

Hi friends!
This weeks post is a guest post by the money wise & very knowledgeable Laurie Griggs. 
In this post she will be discussing how to teach kids money values with pocket money.

Laurie Griggs is a Money Mentor and Budgeting Coach as well as a wife and mother from Toowoomba QLD. Laurie shares her experience and knowledge taken from a 15 year career in finance, business qualifications and experience of applying unpredictable income from their own family web design business to the household budget for over nine years.
Her mission is helping other entrepreneurs, escape the worry and anxiety of unpredictable cashflow. Instead she helps them to achieve their own life goals they have always wanted but have been held back by debt or from never getting ahead. Find out more about Laurie and also check out her own blog here: 

Best age for teaching kids money values with pocket money 

Oftentimes, perhaps, even by default, we associate chores and pocket money… You earn pocket money by doing chores. Except, I am challenging you to think about it differently. 

Chores and Pocket Money serve different purposes.

The purpose of chores is to teach our kids about work and willingly helping to contribute. They are part of a family and it is important for each of them to do their part, and appreciate the contributions of one another… 
The purpose of pocket money however, is to teach our kids how to manage money. They are two separate things. And that separation is key. 

Pocket money based off chores is so often a huge hassle. It’s hard to be consistent, it creates a lot of undue overhead (e.g. commissions applied to different jobs, monitoring clean bedrooms and being dependent on how cranky mum is feeling that day), which makes it even harder to be consistent. Not to mention, they get smart and it can feel like anytime we ask them to do something they’re expecting to get paid or worse yet they decide that pocket money isn't worth the work!

From the age of four (before that money is simply a choking hazard) to about seven, the main teaching point about money for our little ones is its value, how to count it and how it works in our society eg. practice using it to buy milk from the corner shop…

Then from the age of eight to about thirteen (or high school age), the main idea is teaching them to manage it. This is where pocket money should come in. Keep it consistent, the same every week and nothing to do with chores or behaviour.   I wouldn’t even pretend to give a ‘best amount’ as this simply depends on each family’s individual financial situation. 
This is also the perfect time in their life to set up their very first budget. You might like to use the traditional method of GIVE 10%, then SAVE half of the rest and SPEND the other half. But its up to you and your own family values you wish to teach and pass on. 

Then watch what happens when you give them a choice of what to spend their remaining on… funny enough, they usually only put all their focus on just one thing! 

After the age of thirteen they’re not too young to think about earning their own money… You might even find they have their very own entrepreneurial nature! They might like to try dog sitting, mowing the neighbours yards or selling arts and craft. The  possibilities are endless.

Whether or not you're intentional about teaching your kids about money, you will teach them about money. For better or for worse, they are watching and learning. The best thing you can do for their financial future (and yours!) is to get control of your money, make a plan, and keep talking about it. Someday (maybe when they are like 27?) they will thank you. 

Thanks for reading friends!
I hope you found this guest post informative & helpful. Let me know below or on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
Also make sure you check out Laurie.

Monday, 5 June 2017

How to change a life; Watoto Choir. {2017}

Watoto means "children" in Swahili. 
Hello friends!
This past Wednesday we were fortunate enough to catch a performance by the incredibly talented Watoto choir.
Now you may recall me mentioning Watoto on my social media or in THIS blog post last year.
But for those that don't know about Watoto, it is an incredible church based organisation that helps orphans and vulnerable women in Uganda.
This cause speaks right to my heart, I'm so deeply moved when I learn about people & children in such disadvantaged and horrific situations. You can read more HERE. 
The choir we saw was the 86th choir and they were incredible. The moment we walked into the Oakey cultural centre we had 2 of the sweetest & friendliest little boys rush up to us for a hug & to welcome us. They scooped up LuLu & offered to carry her to our seats.
These children have been through times I cannot even imagine & they are so positive & full of joy.
Seeing the choir perform I feel is life changing.
This is my 3rd time seeing them perform - I saw last years choir (choir 79) perform twice.
The performance is just so terrific! Not only is it full of so many talented singers singing the most wonderful and God honouring songs but then there are the stories & testimonies that speak right to your heart.
I encourage you, if you have the chance - please check out the Watoto choir & also the organisation.
They are currrently touring Australia. 
They still have a handful of shows left in Queensland, before heading to New South Wales and then making their way across to Western Australia. (Check out tour dates HERE)
That blur is LuLu, she danced the entire time the kids did!

Before we went on Wednesday, LuLu and I spent the day speaking about a few hard topics. We spoke about how very, very fortunate our life is & how sadly others in this world aren't so fortunate. I purchased a book about Watoto at last years performance and this was a great resource to use to go through so she could get a visual idea. With her being just 3.5yrs old we stuck to the very basic points that sadly some little kids don't have mummies or daddies to care for them and in some situations people & children have to live in some not very nice places. We looked at the photo of the slums in Africa and imagined how sad & awful it would be to live like that.
Now I'm not trying to scare my daughter or speak terribly about other peoples way of life - we do shield her from many things in this world (such as terrorism) but what I never want to do is to raise my children thinking everyone is like us. I don't want to have kids who live with a deluded state of mind that allows them to be ignorant to other's situations. I pray I am raising good, strong, honest, kind and generous kids with hearts for helping others. I want them to be appreciative and humble - knowing they do live very comfortable and "spoilt" lives but at the same time having the knowledge that others aren't so fortunate and having a heart to want to help them in anyway they can, big or small.
One day I pray that when the kids are old enough we are able to take them to visit Watoto (or a similar organisation), so we as a family can volunteer and do our little bit. So our children see first hand the way others live. 
After the performance you have an opportunity to buy some merchandise, I love the beautiful bracelets on sale (the necklaces are just as pretty, but #mumlife & a grabby baby+beaded necklaces=disaster!) Last year LuLu got 2 precious handmade dolls. The handmade merchandise is made by The Watoto Living Hope organisation which is an initiative to empower vulnerable women in Africa. 
The top bracelet is from last year & the bottom 2 are from this year. The tiny pink one is LuLu's & she just loves it!
Have you seen the choir perform? 
If you would like any further information on Watoto or tour dates please check out the website HERE.
Here are some photos of last years concert at the Highfields Baptist Church & the Whitehill Church of Christ in Ipswich.

Have a lovely week friends.
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
Please also check out Watoto on social media! 
Watoto Facebook Australia
Watoto Facebook International
Watoto Instagram Australia
Watoto Instagram International
Watoto Twitter Australia
Watoto YouTube
Watoto Vimeo - this site has some wonderful videos. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Deliciously Easy Chocolate Cake & the best ever chocolate icing. {Recipe}

Life is too short to say no to cake. 

A few days ago I posted a photo on my social media of a chocolate cake I baked with my daughter. I was instantly hit with comments & messages asking for the recipe. 
Now to be honest, I kind of fluked the recipe - I combined a few different recipes from some old cook books. 
Anyway, I winged it & it turned out amazingly! I am so in love with this chocolate cake & I think it will be my new go to recipe. 
The icing is a chocolate icing I've been using for ages, it's so easy & delicious! 

Now a few things about this recipe - I baked mine in a 9x13 pyrex dish - I don't recommend using a glass dish if you haven't done so before (or you don't have the time to carefully watch it, I checked mine regularly & also ended up covering with foil for the last 10 mins). 
I like the idea of using glass as it doubles as the storage tray, but it was very temperamental to bake with. (If you have any tips for baking with glass I would love to hear them!)
Using a rectangular baking tin would be the easiest. 
I, like the rest of the female population, really dislike this word, but it is needed in this post -this cake was super moist - it is incredible!! You have to try it!
My cake was baked on Monday & 2 days later from being on the bench it's still very soft & delicious. I just stored it on the kitchen bench in the pyrex dish with some tin foil covering it. 
Enjoy this delectable treat, we surely have & this will be my go to chocolate cake recipe from now on!

I would love to know if you try this recipe out and your thoughts. 
If you do any variations or improve it in anyway - please leave a comment below. Or share your cake with me on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
Enjoy your cake!

Let's eat cake!