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Flapjacks

Struggling to find healthy but quick to make snacks that everyone will eat we mixed up these yesterday. They were ready to serve in 20 minutes perfect for any busy Mum.

Can also be used to top yogurts or stewed baking apples. Great as there filling but health and low in sugar to.

Recipe

150g of porridge oats

4 tbsp of oil I used sunflower oil

1tbsp golem syrup

1 tbsp of agave syrup

2teaspoons of hemp powder

5 dried apricots cut into pieces

Can add sunflower or pumpkin seeds to or any dried mixed fruit you have in the cupboard

1. Heat oil and syrup on a low heat

2. Add the oil to all the remaking ingredients and mix till all the oats are covered in oil mixture

3. Place the mixture in to a greased oven tin I grease the tin with sunflower oil.

4.Bake at 180c for 10/15 minutes

5. Remove from oven. Using a knife cut the flapjacks into pieces and leave to cool in the tin.

Have fun baking.

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family · Homeschool

Why we homeschool.

I’ve been thinking about sharing about this as it’s something I’m asked often usually followed by many people’s negative opinions that firstly I haven’t asked for and secondly are there thoughts and that’s all they are as they have no experience of homeschool.

We homeschool because I choose to, was it a easy decision? For me yes, my husband no.

We have many a debate about it for years but it’s something I felt so strongly about.

My husband liked School he enjoyed the social side maybe more than lessons but overall did well, I on the other hand hated School was a constant victim of people’s bullying, struggled being dyslexic, felt unsupported by the teachers and struggled to make friends.

Some of that could be down to me and my personality i find social situations hard and keeping a conversation and friendships going don’t come easy to me. We as my husband is more sociable than I am.

Through my school years I was very driven I had one goal and that was to dance professionally no one at my high school had goals like that and I developed a lot of anxiety regarding School, being the target of one teachers obsession with my weight even though I ate like a horse they convinced most of the school I had a eating disorder till my Mum stepped in. My memory’s from school are not happy memories.

When I found out I was expecting School was a big issue for me so I stared to research other options. My son attend Steiner kindergarten and forest school kindergarten till the age of 7 part time which I often went along to and he loved.

It’s perfect for him being a sensitive child , the groups were small and quiet and he was able to explore and develop at his own pace, my son is also very dyslexic and is currently being assessed privately for support. Homeschooling for us has ment this hasn’t been a stressful time for him as he hasn’t been comparing his struggles to other children’s achievements like he naturally would in school.

We follow a semi strutted day and meet up with other homeschooling family’s in the area . My son has no social issues and is not behind other children like people are often quick to say.

He’s a little boy who’s developing at his own pace in to a his own happy person.

Homeschool is perfect for our family

family · Homeschool

Childrens books for sensitive children

My son is 7 soon to be 8 and loves reading together but we’re stuck. We’re finding it so hard to find books where there isn’t a sad ending or a death. Reading those books with these endings in is causing him so distress nightmares and worries.

Being a sensitive child can be really hard as he doesn’t accept the book as a story he wants to know the when ,why, how and will it happen to me, him or his family.

Here’s some books we’ve enjoyed reading if anyone has any suggestions we would love to hear them..

family · Homeschool

A winter weekend

I suffer with very bad anxiety and phobias and struggle to go places that are busy with people. I get anxious about the thought of germs and feel more anxious inside in busy places.

We are lucky where we live that we don’t get very extreme weather and are still able to go out to explore.

I find being outside in the fresh air helps my anxiety and provides a good distraction as well as exercise.

My son loves being outside ( not as much as gaming) but he loves to explore. For Christmas he received a metal detector this weekend was spent looking for treasure to his sadness we didn’t find any. We can’t wait to take it to the beach once spring arrives and we head to our holiday lodge.

There’s so great local parks to explore local to us we are very lucky.

Here’s some pictures from our walk

The rest of the weekend has been spent baking banana bread and making soup.

Ready for the week back to work and homeschool activities.

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Sow & grow

We was lucky enough to get a box delivered from innocent. The biggest box arrived full of cups and seeds and compost. I’m not the best at looking after plants they die pretty quickly but we’re trying.

So the first afternoon nice afternoon we grabbed our box and went outside to pot the seeds. We had carrots and peas.

7days later after sitting on my kitchen window sill ( they had to sit there in front of my sink else I wouldn’t remember to water them ) they started to grow. 14 days later we have the picture below.

Hey we’ll never grow enough beans or carrots to stock our shop but maybe enough for some soup. Watch this space … IMG_0804.JPG