Meal time at the Kumars/weight struggle

We make a bit of deal of meal times in this house, it’s the time we get to sit together and just relax, and there is nothing better than for a mama to watch her little chicklings tucking away into something delicious.

I like to do an array of things, in different colours, so it appeals to the eye. I want my children to love food and make the most of their meal times but not to go over board.  I have struggled with my weight for many years and developed quite a guilty relationship with food – thinking I should only eat when essential and then going over board because I have under nourished my body. Having three beautiful children has really encouraged me see the different side of food, and I don’t want them to struggle with what should be a very simple thing.

My hubby is a builder so he needs a hearty meal but of course he needs it to be healthy – even though he is a healthy eater though and exercises a lot he has still developed a middle aged pot (bless him) he quite likes it makes him feel well looked after, but non the less I do worry about it as I feel like it means I am not feeding him the right food. 

But seriously although we all know what is good and what is bad for us, it’s not easy walking through those shop isles and picking up all th healthy stuff when the cold weather makes you want to reach for a bit of something warm and gooey.

Non the less I am trying – I have attached a few pics of todays lunch, I love to be a bit artistic with it..

I might add that this is for five people and there is always a bit left for snacks x

 

The smell of cinnamom is running through the house

I love the fire, I mentioned the other week that I had pulled off the covering for the fire and had it swept out its so fantastic, to have the fire blazing and due to the fact my husband is a builder we have been getting loads of free wood, a few tonne bags turned up to day yay!!!

So we decided to cook banana and chocolate muffins and bread today and the house smells incredible . Especially as I have been burning cinnamon and vanilla in the fireplace, it’s really easy just parcel fresh cinnamon and vanilla into brown bags and tie the smell is incredible – I also like to burn the cinnamon and vanilla incense sticks the nice ones that have a true smell so yummy gives the house a lovely feel.

As I also mentioned the fireplace. I purchased some lovely vases from a discount store up the road and filled them with coals, pine cones and bits of pine tree and also twigs they make the fireplace look really homely. I filled the bowl of pinecones with incense sticks so the room has a lovely fragrance.

ONLY A MOM WOULD KNOW SO FUNNY

Cup of Tea.

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.
I was maybe 3 years old,
and someone had given me a little ‘tea set’ as a gift.
It was one of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him
a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water.
After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came   home.
My Dad made her sit quietly in another room,
so mom could watch me bring dad the cup of tea, because I was so cute.


Mom waited, and sure enough, I came walking down the hall with a cup of tea   for Daddy.
Mom watches dad drink from the tea cup.

Then she says, (as only a mother would know… 🙂 ‘Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?

Keeping it clean

As any busy homeschooling mom/ mom  knows keeping a clean house is essential especially if your husband is fanatical about cleanliness and most god fearing men are.

I have designed the following cleaning checklist and also loaded up a blank copy for you to print of yourself.

I highlight each day the tasks i wish to get done, and then tick when done, if i have missed something i simply re-highlight the next day and put a start next to that job giving it priority, this also helps me plan out the children chores for the week as i can see which days i am going to need the most help.

my basic cleaning checklist

blank cleaning list

Children’s chore charts / not fit for the world

One of the things I have found is that homeschooling three children means everyone seriously needs to chip in with the housework.  I have had friends tell me that my children won’t be able to fit into the world of work properly because I am sheltering them from reality.

Well here is my reality, all three of my children aged 6, 8 and 10 can duct, sweep, vacuum, strip and make bed, wash up & dry up, put their own washing in the machine, dry it, fold it and pack it away.

They get up every morning and shower themselves, and keep to their own little schedules.

They can also make a wicked cup of tea or coffee , their own breakfast if needed that includes porridge and toast, and the list goes on

My ten year old is also learning to iron.

is it all bore and hard work – o we make and fun and work along together as a family, of course I am always keeping an eye, but they don’t necessarily know that as i still want them to develop independence.  They also earn some money for their chores so they already realise that if you don’t work hard and do the job properly you don’t reap the benefits – in my mind they already have the basis of understanding the adult working world.

I found a fantastic chore chart on http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/mom-stuff-printables

Now I am still waiting for the proper tools to turn up from amazon so i decided to create a makeshift chore chart using the guidelines found on this site, take a look at the pics below – i had a bit of extra red paint to created a square free hand on the wall just to add a splash of colour.

 

Storage solutions to check out

I these ideas, take a look for yourself and see what you think

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/organization-basics/small-item-storage/#page=3

http://www.marthastewart.com/274903/25-closet-storage-and-office-organizers/@center/276989/organizing

Trying to cut down the costs of home schooling I have had to find useful ways of storing things I recently did a large stock up shop and decided rather than recycle the cereal boxes I normally do I would (the local council way) but to use them as book holders, when the sales come in january and there is loads of wrapping paper going cheap I will get the kids to help me decorate them but for now this make shift way works well.  I have also used old shoe boxes – also waiting to be decorated for the kids to pop some of their little personal bits and pieces that they may want for school.

 

 

 

Cleaning schedule & home schooling.

I am asked by  friends how I manage to juggle home schooling three children and keeping a house clean – the truth is sometimes with great difficulty.  Quite simply if I don’t plan I don’t get it all done, i find that there are so many things buzzing around my head it’s hard to keep on top of things from memory.

I created a basic daily routine form and daily cleaning checklist, I keep these together, and have attached a copy below with a sample of todays morning routine.

I highlight each morning or the night before each thing that needs to be done and then tick it off when it is done – some of these jobs I will assign to the children, either way the tick still counts..

The jobs I know are done regularly are just left in black but some are highlighted so i remember their importance and also know I need to allows extra time for these things as they are not always as easy to fit into the schedule.

I have to say the children are wonderful and always help around the house they truly appreciate the opportunity they have been given to home school and don’t want to take advantage this makes me so proud, having wonderful children is half the battle won in keeping a clean home.

my basic cleaning checklist

ROUTINE EX 2 mom

Fire, Muzzy and the fears of home schooling.

Ohh, i got my chimney swept yesterday, this is quite a silly thing to get excited about but yes I have.  We moved into this house in August this year and fire-place was all boarded up, I decided a few days ago to bite the bullet and take away the boarding and call in a chimney sweep – success.

We have a beautiful raging fire last night and this morning I took great pleasure in setting up the fire and getting it going.  The kids love it and are all sitting watching Muzzy learning French while drinking tea and warming themselves on the fire. It’s so lovely to see.

THE SCHOOL BIT

We have a few things planned today obviously French they love Muzzy sent off for it the other day as you get a free trial so even non homeschoolers should seriously give this ago its fantastic even if your child is still a baby immerse them in the different languages you will be amazed at what a difference it makes to their abilities. 

The site is www.earlyadvantage.com and find the English site, my kids were so excited when I introduced Muzzy quite literally it comes with a Muzzy teddy and they sit and hold him when they are doing the lesson so cute!! (We have a muzzy holding rota in place to stop fights.)

The kids will be doing their spelling and reading today, when my six-year-old came out of year two he could barely read a thing now he is reading more fluently than even I was expecting. It’s always scary as a mom wondering if you have what it takes to teach your child – well yes you do, you have common sense and knowledge of what a person needs to survive in this world after all you have made it this far, use this as the basis for teaching and remember you are learning on the way as well.