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TEACHING KIDS TO LIVE WITH LESS

We all try and play the game with the kids of one in one out, the mass donation post Christmas push, even the Garage Sale to create cash to buy more shit charade...

The thing is those are all just mini band aids as what we really want to teach our kids is not to hang on to all the crap in the first place. Better still would be to not bug the crap out of us to purchase it or let it enter the house post carnival store win/party gift bag/free advertising handouts at the local shopping centre.. you get my gist huh?

Soo.. I have been looking into a whole host of ways to live a more minimal life and not just by owning some Zen Style sterile looking abode.

I have been been clearing my own stuff for a while. I got the hassle but magical chance to clear half the house when we moved from Australia to the U.S but I really wanted to get the kids aware of how much junk they keep and attach value too when there really is none.

I have heard to the 30 day minimalist challenge where you get rid of 1 item on Day 1, 2 on Day 2, 3 on Day 3 etc, etc, etc by the end of a month you have 'minimalised' over 400+ items. Now this was a little much for me to ask the kids to do and I wanted them to be o.k with the process so I decided to just do 1 week every month. 

We made a rule that paper things like cards, leaflets and generally tiny items were 5 for the score of 1 item and as you can see the haul was a really decent one. Don't get me wrong, they still have way too much crap but we are getting there.



The other rule we have is that before they want to buy anything we have to have a discussion about how it will add value to their life. Lets just say it has ensured I have not been badgered for needless crap and the more big ticket items we talk about adding to Birthday or Christmas lists.

So what are the rules again?

Day 1 trash, donate or re gift 1 item
Day 2 trash, donate or re gift 2 items
Day 3 trash, donate or re gift 3 items
Day 4 trash, donate or re gift 4 items
Day 5 trash, donate or re gift 5 items
Day 6 trash, donate or re gift 6 items
Day 7 trash, donate or re gift 7 items

45 items MINIMALISED!!

By the end of the week they have de cluttered desktops or pin boards a little and got rid of some old things they don't use anymore.

I am going to share some of the other things I have done to literally reduce well over 1000 items without even noticing and am doing more each and every week.

So do you think you could do it? Would your kids be willing? 

Fudgy Plant Powered Brownies


I have a few recipes for Brownies in my pocket these days and I will share them too but this is the Fudgiest most Gooey version by far.. Just like my Magic Bean Cake this one has beans that give it a rich texture but these are accompanied by Avocado to make the texture more moist.

It is super easy to make, all in one bowl (or food processor), under 150 calories per piece and has the tick of approval from my two..


INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 Flax Egg (1tbsp of flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tbsp of water)
  • 15oz / 425g of Black Beans
  • Half an Avocado
  • 4 Dates
  • 1 tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup of Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Sugar (you can use Brown Sugar, Honey or Maple Syrup if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup of Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 3 or 4 tbsp of Vegan Chocolate Chips to sprinkle on top

DIRECTIONS :
  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit / 175 Celsius and Grease an 8x8 inch Pan
  • Make your Flax Egg then add to Beans, Avocado, Dates, Vanilla & Sugar in a Food Processor, Blend until smooth.
  • Add to same mixture the Cocoa, Baking Soda, Baking Powder and blend again.
  • Stir in the 1/4 cup of Chocolate Chips and then spread that into your greased pan.
  • Sprinkle your other Chocolate Chips across the top and put it in the oven
  • Bake for 23 minutes and then check that a knife comes out nearly clean.. not fully clean as that would be too dry but as long as the top is dry you are good to go.
  • Once cooled on a rack for 10 minutes they will cut easily into 12 pieces and melt in the mouth.
These Brownies can be stored in the Freezer if you wish and by all means double the recipe but be sure to do in 2 pans or they won't have the same consistency as these.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free and full of Fibre.. Happy Days..

Whats your favourite sweet treat? Maybe I can re make it in a healthier way for you?




July Lemonadelustloving

How do you like our new home? Same, same huh? 

I had to take a little time off #lemonadelustloving for personal reasons but I am back and back for good. For those who have been playing along over on Instagram, our tribe is growing. As I have said before, I love to help businesses get a little boost and by bringing the blog to my personal page the reach goes further so it is a win, win.

So.. to the July Round Up ...





We have (from top left clockwise) the cute as a button mini crowns from Le Petit Renard Rouge, Aztec style dangly earrings from Pop and Pop Design , Cheeky Alfy from Stephanie Buckman and the beautiful candlesticks from Dollma Design

.. as I will each month, I need to choose the winner that I will feature 4 or more times on the Insta Feed over the next month AND I will be putting them on my Pinterest Boards too...

I am digging the neutral tones of Dollma Design and can I girl ever have enough baskets? I think not so thats my pick for this month. Look out for my favourite picks on Insta and keep tagging #lemonadelustloving to be featured yourself.

Have you got friends starting a new business? Make sure they get tagging too..

I am back and with baggage..


I have been missing in action. I didn't let anyone know I was going and I sorta kinda didn't care because I was so busy with new things I had no time to worry about what anyone else thought.

So whats new? 

I will unpack it all over a few blog posts but a quick sum up is..

I have been training for a 50k Trail Run in August.
We turned Plant Based in April, Yes the WHOLE Family is now Vegan.
I raced a 30k Trail Race last month and came 1st in my age group!
I have done a full circle grieving for Dexter and Maggie the Blue is now 7 months old.
I am officially a full time Mum and making changes.
As a family we are moving towards a more Minimal life..
I have booked flights back to Australia for my B Day in October so I can meet my nephew
AND I have moved my other website Lemonade Lusts over to here so I can keep it simple

Our family has been making massive changes and I want to share the positive, negative and the reasons why with you over the next few months. 

I know for sure there are things we have been doing that everyone could starts to implement and see some great results. 

Sorry I buggered off with no warning but don't be mad.. there is good stuff to come.

Keep up with me on Insta here.. and lets chat.. I don't have many friends over here in the USA..

Puppy Training Tips that WORK





Ok so they key is consistency and using simple repetition in your wording.

The first things you really need are ‘sit’, 'stay' and ‘come’, along side toilet training..

In the house have a little plate of treats at easy access so you know where they are.. maybe every hour grab a treat and ask them to 'come' or 'sit' and reward them when they do.

Get them to sit every time you are going out to put the lead on and reward that also. Every street corner or crossing you can practise sit and stay as can you also if you pop in a shop etc. I reward if they have stayed put and not barked.

Whenever you are out and wherever you are have treats in your pocket or bag. Every sit or come gets a reward as does a pee or poo.. I use the wording ‘lets get busy’, 'do you need to get busy?' to cue and when successful ‘well done getting busy’ lots of excited praise and a treat. This can be further developed to adding the words 'wee' and 'poo' so they know exactly what you are asking for and what it is when they have done it.

Have everyone in your family use the same words and to practice recalling in different places with just a simple “ ****, Come”.

No jumping and no biting, just simply ’Off **** ’ as they approach anyone they might jump on and if on you a hands crossed and turn and walk away

Try and get them socialised with other dogs and any out of hand rough play where they get over zealous they goes back on the lead and are removed from the park by you.. they will soon learn to play nicely. Parks are also great for practising re call ‘****, Come’ as other dogs are the hardest distraction.


An now to toilet training..

No rewards for any messes in the house even if on a wee pad once you are initiating outdoor toilet training and even a disappointed ‘oh no *Insert Name*, we don’t get busy inside.. thats not good’.

Pee pad near the front door so they know that the pee pad is at least 2nd best or on deck if they have access to outside but again, no treats even if they go on it.

I set an alarm on my phone to take my puppy out every 1.5 hours between 6.30am and 8pm.. I do it no ifs or buts and then there should be no reason for messes in the house. If I get lazy and push an extra 30 mins I will always regret it. The older they get, the longer the gap can get.

Try and keep an eye on them and grab them if they looks like they are about to pee or poo but if you do the alarm thing and are regular at taking them out to the garden or for a walk then you should be ok.

If you forget treats then squeal your butt off very excitedly and cuddle and rub their head with praise..

Lastly if they steals kids toys, your shoes.. simply ’No *****, thats not yours’ and give them one of their toy to swap ‘this is yours, good boy/girl’

Dogs are easy to train as they love to please but you need to be firm and confident..