Do you have a fussy eater? Do you worry that they're getting enough food, especially during the school day, to have enough energy to stay alert? My youngest son used to be such a picky eater and I would pack so many different options in his lunch bag spending so much time and effort into putting his school lunch together. Still it would come home uneaten or slightly nibbled. What's a mum to do?
I mean do you put your needs before anyone else's most of the time? Do you take that nap when you could really use it? Get that massage when you're at breaking point? Go to the gym to ease your stress? Eat your lunch sitting down not on the run? Do you go out of your way to even inconvenience yourself to cater to another? Why the hell do we do this?
Quiche would have to be one of those dishes that I make weekly and I could probably make it with my eyes closed. It's versatile - for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, fast to make, portable and our whole family loves it - most of the time depending on what I slip inside!
Getting back out into society and our lives after lockdown can be a stressful and anxious exercise, especially for children. It's important that we take our time and communicate with our kids to be aware that the world has changed yet we can do little things that will make a big difference.
When we started our Fridge-to-go business 14 years ago, we never imagined what a ride it would be and how we would adapt and change. I was on maternity leave with my first son and enjoying having time and rediscovering the world alongside him. We had so much variety with park visits, beach trips, zoo adventures and interacting with our mother's group. My husband thought I needed a project and Fridge-to-go became our second baby. I love seeing how our business has evolved to its current stage as our kids and those around us have grown and changed. They say if you don't change you die.
I didn't know there was a name for it, but there is. The Slight Edge is all about living your best life and reaping the rewards at the same time because you're totally in flow and good things happen. This is not to be mistaken for luck. You MAKE this happen and need to be very present to acknowledge that this is the point.
I believe that everyone in the world is first and foremost, kind. At our very base level, we all want to help and support one another and show up. Things happen in our lives that effect us and have us react out of fear, but where possible, I believe we are all doing our best and are good people. Keeping this in mind as you move through the world can make life easier for you as you break down barriers and allow spontaneous moments of magic especially when interacting with strangers.
I've always wanted to make a difference, especially after my own breast cancer journey a few years ago. Life goes so fast and is so precious, yet it's not that hard to really make a difference in someone's life. This is where the Luci Pack comes in.
Parenting is hard work. Without doubt it's one of the hardest things I've ever done and continues to teach me with new challenges and adventures. We tell ourselves that we can do more and be better while we get stretched thinner and thinner and look everywhere for guidance and inspiration. There's no parent guidebook they say... actually there are too many parent guidebooks so it's hard to know what's helpful and what's harmful!
This is my year of choosing new areas to be uncomfortable and embrace the discomfort hoping to exchange this for growth and movement. I didn't know what this would look like so have kept it quite general and abstract in my head and am trying to let things unfold as they may knowing that my natural flow will kick in. I also trust that even if I could imagine the most amazing vision for what I want, what is best for me is always even better so I'm trying to keep a blank canvas and be open.
There is an amazing explosion and movement happening everywhere. Kids are getting into the kitchen and creating. Have you seen it? Can you feel it? Are they being encouraged and given independence and creative license?? Are they trying new things? Experimenting and pushing the boundaries? Is food even fun?
Life keeps changing so fast and it's hard to keep up. Do we even have to keep up? After having so much time to really STOP, kickstarting our worlds is a challenge for everyone. We need to nurture ourselves and ease back into the land of the living on our terms.