Thursday, July 18, 2013

Childs Play

Hannah received this wonderful sand and water trough as a very generous Christmas gift last year and now that winter has rolled around (despite that here in Emerald we have been having 13-24 degree days) unfortunately it has been sitting dormant collecting dust on our back patio.
My time in daycare has trained me to be a little creative, think between the lines and also to appreciate nature and using it to aid children's learning. So after thinking about it for a few days today I finally got around to going down to the nursery and getting a few buckets of river pebbles/rocks. I want to point out how proud of myself I am for being so strong lifting those heavy buckets (which weren't actually buckets but those big flexi plastic tub things) out of the boot of my car and over to the trough all by myself... such a big girl I am!
This type of experience is so perfect for Hannah as anyone who actually knows her knows that she is borderline obsessed with rocks and will spend hours in any rock filled garden picking them up, exploring them and moving them around. This type of activity aids children's learning and development by expanding their skills in sorting, comparing, texture, nature and environment, counting, dramatic play, weighing and many other skills that they will need to develop during their early childhood years.
The rocks cost all of $10 in which we ended up with way too many for what we needed them for. It makes a refreshing change from the expensive plastic toys for the shops.
Is this a kind of activity you would organise for your kids at home?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sneaky Meatless Monday- have I been caught out already?

It's that time of the week again and this morning I racked my brain to come up with a meatless recipe for tonight's dinner. My Dad (one of the gentlemen in the house) was returning from his weekend away, so I text him to see if he would be joining us for dinner tonight or if he would be having something on his way. "No, Thanks!" he replied. So I decided on Mushroom, Feta and Cherry Tomato Quiche.

Then out of the blue I get a second text from my Dad "Can you get a pork chop out of the freezer?". I thought to myself in the spirit of my challenge to have one meatless day a week, maybe I could convince him to have quiche with us instead of the pork chop which was reflected in my text message reply. "Pork chop, thanks!" Ha ha

Has someone let him in on my plan? Cause I know he wouldn't have read my blog and I now he wouldn't have figured it out just yet. So the rest of the house hold indulged in the yummy quiche, potato bake and salad, while dad had his pork chop.

Do we count this week as a fail?

If you missed week one you can find it here- Sneaky Meatless Monday

P.S- Quiche recieved Ben's stamp of approval.
P.P.S- Recipe will be released by popular demand only :-)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Why Wait for New Years 4.0

This is my final post in the Why Wait For New Years series as semester two of uni commences on Monday and my priorities whether I like it or not must shift.

I noticed that since moving to Emerald... scrap that... moving back to Kingaroy in November 2012, I stopped walking. I love walking! So last week while Ben had Hannah for the afternoon I decided to take my dog Roxy for a nice long walk. The weather was more than beautiful and within as little as three minutes I realised how much I had missed it! The gentle breeze on my skin, the smell of freshly cut grass, the colours that radiate from everything the way only the setting afternoon sun can reflect and most importantly the sound of some much loved tracks on my Ipod in my ear.

It was more enjoyable then I anticipated to slow down and re-discover the little town I had left behind so many years ago and to take in all the little details I had forgotten. It started to get later and I knew I needed to turn around and head home to begin my evening dinner and bath routines but I found myself wanting to keep going and re-discover more. I arrived home re-energized and re-freshed after taking some time out to clear my thoughts and indulge in some 'ME' time.

If that isn't motivation to continue my fitness plans after the month goal I had set myself, I don't know what is! Some times the best inspiration and treasures in life are not complicated or expencive, to simplify and appreciate what we already have and know is all we need.

What do you enjoy the most when you go walking?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Information and Communication Technologies

This past week I have taken a step back from my Mumma Next Door blog as the semester two of uni commences next week. I have been spending much of my time this week in preparation for my two subjects I am completing this semester, HPE Curriculum and Pedagogy and ICT and Pedagogy. I am anticipating enjoying these subjects as they are both interests of mine and I enjoyed studying them while I was at school. ICT and Pedagogy is a prac subject so this will be my second prac so far and this one is for three weeks! Hopefully we have a better experience then my last one with Hannah. It was not easy as a Mother to leave her for 10 days!

Preparing for HPE has been limited as the study desk for that subject hasn't released much information yet, so hitting the textbook was pretty much all I could do... but ICT has kept me on my toes. It was recommended that I start working through some of week ones tasks as there is a lot to get through. It is a requirement that we should have a Twitter account, Diigo (a social bookmarking site) and a blog.

As you all would already know I have just recently started exploring Twitter again, but for the purpose of this subject I have created an account designated to teaching and ICT. If you are a (Pre-service or) teacher, in education, work in the ICT or social media fields and are on Twitter, please let me know so I can follow you and include you in my personal learning network. Personal Learning Network or PLN is a new term for me which I am pretty pleased to be able to use in context ha ha. A PLN is described as "Perhaps the most important resource you can have as a teacher." A personal learning network is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection. Alternatively if you would like to follow my teaching specific Twitter account my user name is @teaganchilds.

*Please note that my teaching Twitter account (@teaganchilds) is not related to my blogging Twitter account (@MummaNextDoor).

As for the blog requirement for this subject it was recommended for me to use a wordpress hosted blog. I jumped at this opportunity as my Mumma Next Door blog is obviously a Blogger hosted blog, I thought it would be a great chance for me to try out the competition and compare the two. I must say it is very different and has taken me a long time to feel my way around the system and get things to do what I want them to do. (By this I mean I am still way over my head and trying to figure everything out!) But I am getting there slowly. If you would like to have a sticky beak at my other blog you can find it by following this link: Childs Teaching Journey. This blog is a Uni and teaching related blog only, so if you are not really interested in that kind of thing, it will probably bore you. :-)

I already feel like I'm spending all of my time in front of my computer but I'm hoping I will learn a lot more about Twitter, blogs and Diigo (Which I hadn't even heard of before) and many other technologies in the next few months. So wish me luck for the semester to come. I'm hoping to do a Blogger Vs Wordpress blog later on after I get the hang of it.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Contact Me

My name is Teagan. I am a happy mother of a beautiful one and a half year old little girl. I am currently studying my Bachelor of Education- Early Childhood, and am a former child care Group Leader in which I worked for over six years.

Parenting and studying aside; I am really interested in food, photography and continually changing my lifestyle for the better, so you will find these topics will be what a lot of my posts on this blog will be about.

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Sneaky Meatless Monday

Leading a healthier lifestyle is becoming increasingly more important to me, as Hannah gets older. It is vital for me as a mother to model and demonstrate good habits and provide traditions that she will hopefully carry on long after she has left the nest and even pass on to her babies.

I have been toying with the idea of introducing a "Meatless Monday" for a while but my lack of vegetarian recipes and the fact that I have two very carnivorous men in the house which I must cater for; who will very quickly protest if I feed them anything lacking in their daily dose of steak, lamb or pork has put me off. Despite this, I have set myself two challenges:

1- The obvious, lead a healthier lifestyle including a diet which contains at least one meatless day a week (Monday). I know that meatless doesn't always mean healthier, so I will endeavour to try to choose healthier recipes.

2- This is the part which is going to make it all that much more fun... I am going to try and do it with out the two gentlemen in the house noticing and see how long it takes. I'm pretty sure that neither of them actually go out of their way to read my blog so I think I'm safe putting it on here, as long as my lovely readers don't bring it to their attention.

Week one will include a pumpkin soup. This is an easy one as we have been talking about having a pumpkin soup for a while now but just haven't gotten round to it yet. So a great way to start and no likely danger of my deceptive  plan to become exposed... just yet... I hope!

Pumpkin Soup

Approx. 3/4 of a seeded and peeled pumpkin chopped into chunks
2-3 large peeled potatoes chopped
1lt milk
Onion, finely chopped
Tablespoon crushed garlic
Tablespoon olive oil
Chang's fried noodles to serve.

Fry your onion and garlic in the olive oil until softened.
Add the pumpkin and potato then pour over the milk.
Boil for 1hr until pumpkin and potato is softened.
Blend until silky smooth.
Add a pinch of Chang's fried noodles and salt and pepper to serve.

P.S- I am in desperate need of some good meatless recipes so please leave the link to some of your favourites in the comments... pretty please :-)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tweet, Tweet

Back in 2009 I took the plunge and joined Twitter, to see what all the fuss was about. Personally I wasn't all that "fussed". My only lonely two little posts were 21 April 09- is sussing out this twitter thing and 31 May 09- had her house broken into on Friday night!!! Then I lost interest and haven't been back on there since.

I had a thought today and for some reason I was compelled to jump on and see if anyone had started following me and maybe use it to promote my blog and connect with other bloggers. As I attempted to log in my password was incorrect... that's weird! So I reset my password and logged on only to discover that someone has HACKED my account! I had all of 5 followers but they would have been a bit confused when apparently I had been tweeting about hating my bawled boss and hating my job and being a single mum who didn't want to go to work on Monday followed by links to some inspirational... (I didn't click on the link to find out) the hacker kept referring to "be inspired by" and "I wish I could be like her"

Anyway I now have two Twitter accounts. My existing one @tegs6 and my blog account @MummaNextDoor. Please follow me and I would love to follow you in return. Leave your user name in the comments section below.