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My 2 year “Instaversary”: Recipes from some of my favourite bloggers

I’ve been absent for a while – we’ve been on a lovely family holiday to the Sunshine Coast in QLD. I’ll probably write more on that soon, as there were some excellent kid-friendly eateries I’d like to recommend! Also, I haven’t stopped my Simplicious Challenge, but decided I would combine my May and June months into a single post, due to the holiday and finishing up a uni course prior to that. That post will be coming next weekend. 🙂

In the meantime though, I’d like to share some new recipes that I’ve tried recently, from other bloggers. A little over two years ago – not very long after starting this blog – I apprehensively joined Instagram so I could participate in the online community for my first ever I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program. I had no idea how to use it and found it overwhelming at first (now I feel that way about Snapchat! Which I have still not joined…). My first photo was a pork knuckle with sauerkraut, which I nervously posted to no one. To be honest, I initially found taking and sharing photos a scarier prospect than writing here on this public blog – perhaps because it’s a different type of creativity. But over the last two years I’ve found it to be an enjoyable and supportive experience, and one that seems friendlier than Facebook in many ways.

To mark the occasion, I wanted to say a little thank-you to some of the bloggers that I’ve met along the way (some in real life), who contributed to or were part of my family’s experience to better health; by trying and sharing their recipes. Obviously, a huge influence has been the team at I Quit Sugar – but I write about them all the time, so that’s a given. 😉 Continue reading

A weekend away, and new family-favourite recipes

I’ve been away for a few days visiting my husband’s family on the mid-north NSW coast, in a tiny village near Taree. We stay in my husband’s childhood home where his dad still lives, a federation bungalow-style house on a huge block with perfectly mowed grass. It’s very hot and humid, and there’s no air-conditioning, just a few ceiling fans. But in the 11 years I’ve been visiting, it has grown on me: the appalling internet, the lack of Netflix provide a kind of forced ‘retreat’, in which time seems to slow down. I always end up watching interesting evening movies on SBS, that I otherwise would bypass. Last time it was No Country for Old Men (I have seen it twice now and still feel like I don’t quite get it). This time it was Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

I found it amusing, one night after dinner, to watch my two little boys sitting outside on the front verandah steps eating slices of watermelon to cool down, the juices running down their arms – a very Australian cliche. My husband tried to teach our boys to climb a tree, one that he climbed as a kid. He was unimpressed by our four year old’s reaction: “But there’s ANTS! And SLIME!” (moss), and now he is even keener for us to go camping, a prospect that I find… unappealing. :-/

Anyhow, now we are home to the busyness of everyday life, and I’m hoping to share a new recipe next weekend, if I can just find the time to photograph it before then! In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of recent recipes that we have enjoyed, by my IQS buddies, Elise (@healthyfamily5) and Rani (@youtotallygotthis). Continue reading

Why my family quit sugar: with tips and strategies for parents who want to reduce their children’s sugar intake

This post describes my family’s experience of going sugar-free, along with some strategies for other parents who are interested in reducing their own children’s intake of sugar and processed foods. It doesn’t come from a place of judgement or criticism – I am lucky and privileged to have been in a position to make this lifestyle change, so I would never judge another person, or parent, for their decisions. Continue reading

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