calendar // November

november

I said it the other day and on reflection, realised how true it was. It’s not Halloween that scares me, it’s the day after ~ the eldest turns 12.

Twelve?! How did that happen?

I guess when you consider the lightning fast pace of each and every year, it’s not that hard to believe. This photo was taken on the same day that last year’s November taken. It’s a long time between decent photo walks!

Next year, a few short months away, I will have a high schooler, children in different schools, the apron strings slightly loosened.

So now, with the weeks in the school dwindling into single figures, I’m going to relish the simple weeks we have left.

So November. The year’s end is but two months away.

So we kick off with All Saints Day and of course end with Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

  • November comes from the Latin novem meaning nine.
  • It starts on the same day of the week as February and March in common years and is one of four months with 30 days.
  • November 11 is Remembrance Day or Veterans Day in the US. Other notable dates include World Diabetes Day on November 15, International Men’s Day on November 19. It’s also Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It’s also Movember.
  • For budding writers it’s a big month with National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month. [Timely writing advice round-up here]
  • The race that stops the nation, Australia’s own Melbourne Cup is on the first Tuesday.
  • The birthstone is topaz and the citrine and the flower is the chrysanthemum.

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print // spooky fun

print_spookyfun

There’s two scary things this week ~ Halloween and that it will be November on the weekend. Honestly, I don’t know what I find more frightening. Perhaps the fact my eldest is also about to turn 12!

It’s a scary time of year.

For those getting into the the Halloween “spirit”, some fun printable for your spooky fun.

Find past Halloween posts here

I gave up carbs and I survived it

chiapudding

This is a “keeping it real” kind of post, I thought it might be nice to delve into something different every now and then.

The Mr and I have been altering our eating habits over the past couple of years in an effort to be healthier, eat better and not gain excess pounds [ie. lose weight - but I really hate that phrase ~ I just want to make sure I fit into my clothes!].

We gave up “sugar” a couple of years back and are pretty well on that train, full steam ahead. Now we have carbs in our sights.

We’re not fanatical when it comes to our food choices but within our own control, we watch we eat.

So the past couple of weeks we’ve cut down on bread, rice, pasta, crackers and the like.

This was no mean feat for me ~ and truth be told I don’t know what it was that fateful weekend when I decided “that’s it, no more toast for breakfast”.

I love bread. I love pasta. And for a long time I thought that was the only way to satiate my appetite.

But a couple of weeks in, it’s not as tough as I thought. Lots of salads, protein choices, nuts and cheese are getting me through the day.

But breakfast, breakfast is tough.

This was my breakfast today. Chia pudding with raspberries and a drizzle of rice malt syrup. I’ve long been intrigued by this concoction ~ gotta love Pinterest for times like these  ~ and finally gave it a try.

I love this idea because it’s a prepare the night before, eat in the morning kind of meal. It needs a few tweaks for my liking but I’m feeling full and prepared to give it a go again tomorrow.

Plus chia seeds are full of all kinds of nutrients.

Hey, tomorrow I might even convince the Mr to give it a go!

Got a favourite breakfast idea?

 

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