My sister and I

My sister and I

In honour of world down syndrome day, I am sharing my story about my beautiful sister again

This Tribe of mine

Growing up things were pretty tough for a while. My mother was a single mother looking after young children, including my sister who has Down syndrome. It was not an easy task for her. I always thought my mother was so amazing and I believe she bought us up well. My sister needed, 24-7 care which proved to be difficult at times. We still managed and I helped wherever I could. There were times when my sister run away in the middle of the night, while we were sleeping, and end up in the local MacDonald’s eating someone’s burger, and there were times when she would run away to the police station and drink tea and eat biscuits with them having a jolly old time, and also trying on all the policeman’s hats. There were times when she would throw herself on the ground when we were out in public…

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Claire’s keto bread recipe

Claire’s keto bread recipe

A very lovely crunchy keto bread loaf!

Hey everyone,

Ever since I have been on my keto weight loss journey I have been looking for healthier food alternatives that still tastes just as good as the ones that are higher carbohydrates. Today I am giving you my version of the keto bread recipe.

For this recipe you will need;

Ingredients;

  • 1¼ cups almond flour
  • 5 tbsp ground psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of white chia seeds – these are for sprinkling on top of your bread before it goes in the oven
  • 2 small single sachets of stevia
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional) – I like to use half a cup of paleo mix for an extra nutty and crunchy taste

Instructions for the keto bread recipe are as follows;

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and add it, the vinegar and egg whites to the bowl, while beating with a hand mixer for about 30 seconds. Don’t over mix the dough, the consistency should resemble Play-Doh.
  3. place the mixture in a loaf tray and make it as flat as possible – if you want to make rolls instead then moisten hands and make 6 small round pieces of the dough. Place them on a greased baking sheet. Before you place your bread in the oven sprinkle your chia seeds on top of the mixture.
  4. Bake on lower rack in the oven for 50–60 minutes, depending on the size of your bread.
  5. Allow cool before slicing. Serve with butter and toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

And there you have it! You no longer have to be sad about not having any bread in your life when you embark on the keto diet. You can have a lower carb option that still tastes just as good as normal bread.

Claire XxX

My affordable everyday makeup products

My affordable everyday makeup products

My everyday makeup products

Hey everyone,

Following on from last week’s affordable skincare blog post,  I wanted to talk to you this week about affordable makeup products that I use every day.

Before I apply any makeup I make sure I cleanse my skin with micellar water and use my daily cream by blessed by nature. You can read my previous blog post about my thoughts on my new skin care products I use.

I am by no means a professional when it comes to makeup. As I mentioned in my last blog post I have been wearing makeup since I was 11 years old, but I have obviously improved a lot over the years. As you all know by now I am a mum of 9 children, so time is not on my side. I only want to use products that are quick to use, are easy to apply and look good, but most of all they have to be very affordable. I recently cleaned out my makeup bag and realized I actually needed quite a few new makeup products.I had neglected my makeup bag for a while. 

When I recently visited my local Priceline and bought my skincare, I also treated myself to some new makeup products too. I was excited when I realized one of my favourite makeup brands @rimmelllondau had a sale on. I believe the sale is still on too! 

The first product I bought was the; Rimmel London lasting finish primer  https://www.priceline.com.au/rimmel-lasting-finish-primer-30-ml.This primer is only $6.97!

I think is pretty awesome! Now to tell you the truth I was not one for primer until very recently. For all these years I had been applying foundation/ powder and wondering why it looked so patchy and uneven. Since using the primer I no longer have these issues. I wish I had started using it sooner. It is a full coverage foundation to a certain degree. I’d say it is more of a medium coverage foundation.It gives my skin a flawless finish. It is great value for money. All in all,it is a great foundation.

The third product is the; Rimmel London day 2-night mascara

Essentially it is day mascara and then you can transition it to a full dramatic mascara for an evening out. actually, love this mascara. I would just recommend wiping some of the product off on the bottle before applying the fuller volume mascara as it could end up being too cakey. This cost around $10.

.https://www.priceline.com.au/Rimmel-glam-eyes-day-2-night-mascara-in-black-9-5-ml

The 4th product is the Katie- By Rimmel London contour kit- https://www.priceline.com.au/rimmel-kate-sculpting-palette-18-5-g

I really like buying kits that are 3-1. it has a contour, blush and a highlight in the pack. It has step by step instructions on the back. The colours are gorgeous and it is still on sale for $8.49. All in all this product is amazing!

The 5th product is a nude Rimmel London lip liner that I bought absolutely ages ago. But I believe the link is to the correct product https://www.priceline.com.au/rimmel-1000-kisses-stay-on-lip-liner-0-3-g

I am not very good with lip liner and have very thin lips, but the product goes on with great precision and  I have had no issues with it. I think it is a great product. This is on special right now for $4.49

The next product is my most favourite out of all the products. The brow kit from Elf cosmetics. It makes your brows look so good, especially when they are in need of a good wax. The kit has a gel and a powder. It also comes with a small brow brush. I love the definition it gives my brows. This product is $9.The best part about elf cosmetics is you can buy your fave products and chose to pay with after pay if you wish. https://www.elfcosmetics.com.au/collections/eyebrows/products/e-l-f-studio-eyebrow-kit

The next product is an eyeshadow palette I bought from Aldi It’s called stepping up- Lacura cosmetics. I bought it ages ago but it cost me between 5-10 dollars. The colours are very pigmented and apply so well. They actually feel silky smooth once applied. I know it is from Aldis but it is actually one of the best eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever owned.

The last product is this beautiful lipstick from lust minerals. It was created by my beautiful friend Simone Marie.The shade is number 58.It is a nude/natural colour. It feels super lightweight when it is on. I absolutely love this lipstick. It did cost me $30, but I wanted to treat myself. Lust minerals also have after pay available on their online store.

I hope you love all the products I mentioned. I try to keep my makeup collection small and not too complicated, I, however, am waiting on a makeup order from Db Cosmetics and Elf Cosmetics. I can’t wait for it all to arrive!

Enjoy your weekend lovelies

Claire xx

Full face using all listed products.
Krechelle’s fight – A family in need

Krechelle’s fight – A family in need

Krechelle

Hey everyone,

I am writing a different kind of blog post for you all today.

My beautiful friend, and fellow ‘mummy blogger, Krechelle Carter,  from the very well known blog ‘Eightathome‘ is a supermum to 6 beautiful children under 8. She is always so positive and is always lifting others up when they feel down. I think the reason that many love watching Krechelle is that she is always so honest about her life as a busy mum of 6. She is always so positive, witty, funny, and always shares great advice. WITH us all. Krechelle has made such an impact on thousands of people including myself. She really is such an inspiration to so many of us. I don’t think I would be where I am right now with my weight loss and blog journey if it wasn’t for krechelle’s awesome advice. She literally gave me the push I needed. Thanks, Krechelle for always being so awesome!

Unfortunately,  the lovely Krechelle has fallen very ill this year and has been in and out of the hospital, and has had to have multiple appointments and surgeries. Sadly she has just been told she will need to have her bowel removed very soon to prevent her from getting colon cancer in the future. She will have to have a stoma bag put in permanently and will have urgent sinus surgery to relieve pressure from her optic nerve. As you can imagine this would be very hard news for them all to process. I will personally do all I can to help the family during this difficult time. Krechelle is an amazing woman, and I am in awe of her positivity,  and courage, during what must be such a difficult time for the whole family. Her wonderful husband Dave has taken a huge amount of time off from work to look after Krechelle and the kids, and as you can imagine the financial strain on them has been very difficult. A gofundme page has been set up for the family. Please feel free to donate if you can,  Otherwise just sharing the gofundme link with all your family and friends will be a great help too. We could potentially reach thousands of people. Now it is our time to give back and rally around the family and do all that we can to support them.

Krechelle, I will do all that I can for you and your beautiful family. My family and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers every day, and we all hope you start to feel better real soon. I know the next 12 months is going to be very hard for you,  but we are all here to support you always.

You have got this Mumma!

GOFUNDME LINK >>https://www.gofundme.com/krechelles-fight?member=961594&fbclid=IwAR0xzCFdfYU4ThH55ATPOjhtZQMNS38hL9dAZcew_VKu-Cpo4JigsJy7OSc

Claire

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The worst day of my life – 17/06/2016

The worst day of my life – 17/06/2016

 

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I find this very hard to talk about,

On Friday 17th June 2016 at 11.20 am, my daughter and I were driving to town to go shopping when an idiotic driver was driving really fast in the middle of the road on a bend, it was also a very wet day. He/she caused us to swerve and lose control of our car which then caused us to roll 4 times before we hit a tree in a ditch! we landed the car on its side We were trapped for 20 minutes before anyone noticed 😦

In case your wondering the other car did not stop, they just drove off, and we never found them again!

The most frighting part is when you realize you no longer have control of your car. You just freeze and think “we’re going to die!

It happened so quickly! I felt so woozy!

The first thing I did was turn the car off and reach my hand out to my daughter as she was screaming and in complete shock. We were both very frightened. My daughter kept crying out saying is the baby in your tummy OK mummy? For anyone that did not know I was 6.5 weeks pregnant when the accident occurred

While trying to keep my daughter calm, I unstrapped myself from the driver’s side to grab my mobile which was in my handbag on the passenger side of the car. I rang the emergency services. My daughter and I were both severely shaken. A nice tradie drove by and stopped and took over on the phone. He stayed with us until the emergency services arrived, not long after that, my husband came too. My daughter was checked over at the scene and was not injured but just in shock. I was taken to the hospital and checked over. The doctors said I suffered whiplash and bruising. Thank God we are both okay! The doctors said I have whiplash and was also bruised up one side of my body. My unborn baby was also safe and I felt so relieved. Emotionally it will take time to get over the trauma of what happened especially as the driver who caused this never stopped! I was told by doctors that within 6 months I would no longer suffer from neck and back pain! He was wrong! It’s been 2 years and I still suffer from pain.I, however, do not like to complain because the other alternation is that I may not have been here to tell you my story!

I started driving 2 weeks after my accident. It was very scary, but over time I gained my confidence back. I still get nervous, but I know it will get better. When I drive now I am always extra cautious

Stay safe everyone!

Claire

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Hospital drama! Before and after my son was born

Hospital drama! Before and after my son was born

Please See the letter we sent to the hospital below that explains what a horrendous experience we endured.

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To whom this may concern,

Please accept this statement as a formal complaint relating to how I was treated during my labour and delivery on 14th February 2018.

Firstly I was told my entire pregnancy that I was high risk because I was having my ninth child and that because I had a history of preterm labour and postpartum haemorrhage that they would be keeping a close eye on me.

I strongly believe that hospital failed their duty of care towards me during this time whilst I was in labour.

I was also told that as soon as my first contraction started that I was to head straight to hospital where there could keep a close eye on me. I rang the hospital and told them I was in labour around 1 am on the 14th of February. I was 38 weeks gestation. The midwife advised me to go in and get checked. Since we live an hour from the hospital we decided to load everyone into our vehicle and head to the hospital. First, we dropped out children to my mother in laws home.

We arrived at the delivery suite around 3.30am. I was internally checked a couple of times by midwives and a doctor.

I was in a lot of pain, but it was irregular and continued to be irregular the whole way through.

I was checked for dilation twice in the few hours I spent there that morning, but they had established that not much had progressed during that time. I explained to them that I have had an irregular labour before right up until I have delivered my previous babies but they didn’t appear concerned. At that point, I was 2cm dilated and was verbally told by a midwife I would be kept in hospital.

The doctor decided around 9.30am that I should go home. We explained to them that we didn’t think this would be a good idea because of how far we lived from the hospital and that we had other children to organize. We told them that my Mother in law was looking after our children and that we could go there but it would not have been an ideal situation.

My husband and I left the hospital and went to the local shopping centre because there was no way we were going home. I was walking around in agony for an hour or so. I felt embarrassed as I knew people were looking. We headed back to my mother in laws place but had only stopped there for twenty minutes until we decided we would go back to the hospital again as my pain had got much worst. We rang the hospital and told them we would be back in very soon.

I felt silly ringing because of how some of the midwives made me feel. I, however, was concerned and trusted my instincts and went back.

Once we arrived at the hospital again. I was checked a couple of times over a few hours. I had only dilated a little more to 2 and a half cm. The doctors and nurses once again told us ‘we must leave’ and that I must ‘try and sleep!

At this point, I was very stressed, emotional and overtired due to lack of sleep and began to cry. My husband clearly distressed at how I was being treated, put his foot down and told the hospital that this is ridiculous!! ‘why should we go home when you know that we live so far away?

We also reminded them that this is my ninth pregnancy and that things can change very quickly. They knew this information due to the medical history that I have laboured quickly in the past. The doctor seemed disgruntled and went away for a short while. When they/ she came back they /she said they had ‘twisted a few arms’ and said it ‘wasn’t easy’. They said we can stay at the residences across the road from the hospital, it, however, costs $60 a night.

We reluctantly agreed and arrangements were made to go over there.

Before we left the midwives had said I needed rest so they told me to take a sleeping tablet and strong pain relief which they had provided. We made our way over to the residency. We got to our room. It was basic, with 2 beds, and tea and coffee making facilities. It was not overly clean. There was a shared bathroom, but it was down the corridor. It was one of the hottest days (35 degrees ++)of the year and without air conditioning, labouring in the heat was extremely difficult and tiring. There was a small fan in the room but it was not very powerful. My husband had to keep wetting towels with cold water to keep me cool. Every time I had a contraction I needed to go the bathroom, and because the bathroom was down the corridor, passed several other rooms, my husband had to walk me down there every single time because I kept contracting whilst I was walking, and I felt light headed due to the medication I was taking.

Please understand that the residency is not suitable for a woman to labour in, especially in 35+ degree heat! No woman should have to labour in such an environment as that! Especially with a fully equipped state of the art Maternity unit just meters away. It is just not suitable! I should have been allowed at the hospital!

My husband had found a wheelchair with a wonky wheel and was wheeling me around in circles around the hospital for about one hour. We were angry, tired, fed up and felt humiliated and bullied into the position we found ourselves in! The entire experience was horrific.

Despite the medication I took I still could not sleep. I was too hot and in unbearable pain at this point. I truly felt my labour had progressed and I could feel the pressure from the baby’s head. My husband, now very concerned for me rang the delivery suite and told them that I could no longer cope with the pain and thought it was best we headed back over. My husband was worried they if we didn’t leave soon he could be delivering the baby himself!

Their response was that they are very busy at the moment and that if we headed back now we would be waiting in the tea room with everyone else who was also waiting. We thought this was terrible, and so my husband said to the midwife “what is Calvary hospitals status at the moment” Can we go there? Their response was that they could not possibly say what their status was or how busy they may be! Then they put the phone down on my husband. Which was incredibly rude!

After the phone call, we felt really uncomfortable about going back. We felt like we had just been fobbed off! Again lacking in the duty of care department!

My husband wheeled me around in the wheelchair for another hour! I cried in pain at every movement. At this point, I’m over exhausted and also very frightened because I didn’t know if the hospital were going to see me and deliver my baby on time! I felt like they did not care and I also was made to feel like I was a nuisance to them! As I said we left it an hour until we headed back. My husband then wheeled me over to the delivery suite.

We got to the front desk. I was in floods of tears, and in extreme pain at this point. I remember the front desk ringing someone and telling them how distressed I was. However, this did not seem to matter as I was told to go and sit in the tea room and wait with everyone else who was also waiting. My husband wheeled me down there. My contractions were very intense at this point, and I screamed in agony with every contraction that came. My whole body was tired!

The people who were waiting were very distressed seeing me in this way. I felt bad but couldn’t cope at this point! The people who were waiting in the tea room prompted my husband to take me back down to the front desk again. He raced me down to the front desk only for them to say again, to go wait in the tea room! My husband wheeled me down to the tea room again, but we moved outside to the decking area where it was a little quieter and out of everyone’s way!

We did not feel welcome at all!

We were out on the deck for ten minutes before someone came to take us to a delivery room. I had three intense contractions in those ten minutes that I waited.

When we finally got to the delivery room I was examined. They were searching for my cervix, but all they could feel was the bag of waters and the baby’s head. I basically I had no cervix left!! Dilation was well and truly done!! It probably finished an hour prior when I felt the immense pressure of the baby’s head.

Had they fobbed me off and longer my husband would have delivered our son for sure! Within 30 minutes of being in the delivery room our son was born on February 14th at 11.30pm.

I cannot fault the actual midwives who delivered my baby as they were absolutely fantastic!

An hour after our son was born he had some breathing difficulties and had to go up to NICU for further tests and some breathing assistance.

I was told that because our son had gone up to NICU I could go to postnatal and I would be able to stay a couple of days. I headed to postnatal but unfortunately was sent packing in less 10 hours after delivery.

Every time midwives and doctors changeover I was told different information every single time and you have to understand that this is very frustrating and disheartening. One would say you will stay and the other you have to go. Very poor communication and extremely inconsistent.

The hospital knew of our situation and how far we lived but didn’t make any effort to make things easier for us. We apparently didn’t qualify for the Ronald MacDonald house because we didn’t live over 100 Kilometres away!

Our son spent 7 days in the NICU, and we spent 7 days travelling up and down the hospital several times a day visiting our son.

On the night before he came home, they let me ‘ room in’ with my son to which I was very thankful for but really wished it was offered earlier.

We are Thankful that my Son and I are doing well now but we are however very unhappy with how we were treated during this time.

I can see that the hospital does not have enough beds and that your staff are under serious pressure. The’ in and out’ policy you currently have is not helping anyone. In fact, I believe it is both physically and emotionally damaging to people who the hospital has a duty of care to help (Mothers and Babies). Please change this policy before it gets even worse for expectant mothers, fathers and babies.

I hope to hear from someone soon in relation to this matter

Regards

Claire

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They had since replied to me and apologized for what happened and have promised to make big changes. I do accept their apology, and I guess we will have to wait and see if they keep their word. The way the parents are treated is unacceptable and things must change!

Claire

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My weight loss journey: and the keto diet explained

My weight loss journey: and the keto diet explained

 

originally posted July 30th 2018- #repostJBP_08072018_Hooker_033

Ten weeks ago I decided that I needed to make a big change and have a healthier lifestyle.

I had not long given birth to my ninth child, my first son, and I was not feeling my best!

I needed to change my eating habits. I knew this was going to be a difficult task, especially since my eating habits had been bad for over 12 years!

I felt miserable, fat, and unattractive. It’s sad I know! but unless I made a change I feared that the reasons I mention above would spiral out of control!

I wanted to set a better example for my family. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could make this change.

My husband and I did a lot of research on what the best diet plan would be, and we came across the Keto diet.

The keto diet is a low carb, high fat, low sugar, moderate protein diet. See this link that explains the keto diet in full https://people.com/food/keto-diet-foods-meal-plan-facts/

We researched the diet a lot and decided to go ahead and give it a good old go. It is not easy, to begin with, that’s for sure.

Here is everything I learned about the diet so far.

I had to cut out all wheat products, rice, pasta, milk, and anything that was really high in carbs and sugars. At first, I thought this was terrible, but after a while, I found there were some great alternatives out there. Natural sweeteners are great alternatives for sugar, but make sure you buy the natural ones and not the artificial ones. I recommend Stevia. The great thing about natural sweeteners is that you only need a small amount when using this product.

You can still have bacon and eggs, and cheese on this diet which is a big win in my eyes!

Stick to lean meats, grass-fed is preferred. Cauliflower, broccoli, capsicum, and zucchini are the best vegetables to have on the keto diet. Check out the keto food pyramid here which explains in more details about which foods are suitable on this particular diet,

https://www.essentialketo.com/keto-food-pyramid/

Your milk alternatives are almond milk, coconut milk, pouring cream or thickened cream. Pouring cream actually makes your morning coffee taste so much better

Your flour alternatives are pretty much any nut-based flour, but I love to use almond meal or coconut flour. For all bread lovers out there don’t get too sad there are plenty of keto bread recipes out there to keep you happy check out these ones here:

https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/keto-mozzarella-dough-bagels/

https://www.ketoconnect.net/best-keto-bread/

https://headbangerskitchen.com/recipe/90-second-almond-flour-keto-bread/

You can make a sugar free chocolate guilt-free mousse with cocoa powder, thickened cream, natural sweetener or a dash of vanilla extract. Here is a slightly different recipe to the one I make. I have to say it looks pretty delicious.

https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/lchf/5-minute-keto-chocolate-mousse.

After my first 7 days on this diet and cutting out all the carbohydrates I lost 4.5 kilos. I guess it was mostly water weight, but I could instantly see the difference around my face. I was totally shocked! I felt really happy.

The next few weeks were steady. I was loosing 500 grams to 1 kilo a week, and some weeks I was losing 1-3 kilos.

I weigh myself once a week, and I measure myself with a tape measure once or twice a month!

There have been times where I have eaten the wrong thing. I am only human after all. What I can say though is as the weeks go by your body adjusts to the diet, and your whole mindset completely changes. You completely train your body and mind into thinking a different way. It really does get easier. I can promise you that for sure. If you do so happen to eat the wrong thing then expect to get a bad stomach ache, and from experience, I can tell you that the pain you go through is totally not worth it!

It is recommended you track your foods, macros on this diet. I, however, have not done this, but I do recommend it to anyone who would like to give this diet a go. There is plenty of apps that help you track your foods.

I have had highs and lows on this diet, but mostly highs for sure! I have seen the results and it has been unbelievable.

I am proud of myself for sticking to this diet

No more excuses from me that’s for sure. Being a busy young mum of 9 won’t stop me from achieving my weight loss goal

I have lost almost 14 kilos in 10 weeks! I have 20 kilos to lose. I hope to achieve this goal by Christmas. I will keep you all updated for sure

I am very proud of myself for making these big changes to my life

I feel so amazing, and I feel so much more energetic!

Love Claire

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