As you all know I started my keto weight loss journey about 15 months ago as I my weight and health was becoming out of control. My food choices were terribly poor and I feared I was setting a bad example for my family.
During this time I felt so unhealthy, I also felt disgusting, unworthy and not ‘good enough’ I realized there and then that I needed to make big changes, not only to my health but to my mindset also.
About 4 months after the birth of my 9th child Michael, I did some research on diets and came across the keto diet. I was excited but so scared to start it as I’d tried and failed so many other diets in the past. I was sceptical at first but was willing to give it a go
I started my journey at 107 kilos and to my surprise, I’ve stuck with it and have lost 28.1 kilos! I’m so proud of what I have achieved so far! I feel like a different person, I’m more active, motivated and my mindset on food has completely changed! I still have 8 kilos left to lose and I’m feeling more determined than ever to do this.
Cutting out the carbs might sound scary but there are honestly so many other healthier and better alternatives out there! You just have to be creative and determined to make it work. I don’t miss things pasta and rice anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect and have had those cheat days but I don’t over-eat anymore as I used too and I always make sure to start again and re-evaluate the situation.
This past year I’ve made a lot of keto homemade meals and I can also bake my own keto bread using almond flour which tastes so good!
The keto diet has honestly changed my life!
Thank you for following my journey so far.
I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you all.
I hope to lose the next 8 kilos by Christmas. I hope I can do it! #icandoit Stay tuned! Claire Xx .
Sometimes people ask me “what’s your purpose in life and what is it you want to achieve?
Now let’s get personal… My purpose in life is to serve God in the best way I can and ultimately get to heaven, that’s my ultimate goal. I’m trying to live my life the way God intended me too. I am trying to raise my family and teach them everything I know about God and about our faith. I’m not perfect and I know I will make mistakes along the way but I’m always trying to to do the right thing. Every day brings new challenges but my faith and family help me get through it all.
My purpose also in life is to be the best mother and wife I can be. I have been blessed with 9 amazing children and a fantastic husband and I will do anything for them. It can be so incredibly hard but also so rewarding. We get one shot at life! You gotta live your life to the fullest.
My purpose in life is to help people in any way I can whether that’s in person, on the phone, through email, or through prayer. I have a kind and generous heart and I’m passionate about helping others. I am always here if any of you ever need someone to talk too. 😍 #igotyourback
I want to use my social media platforms to spread positivity, real-life challenges and also to help remove the stigma that surrounds large families like mine. We are all different and I think it’s disgusting reading and hearing what some people have to say about larger families. Why people go out of their way to do this is mind-boggling! My goal is to help change people’s perceptions of large families one day at a time. I hope to one day write and publish a book about my life as a mum of 9 and share my tips and advice, but each time I try I get scared and doubt my abilities to do so. Is this something you would like me to do? I want to overcome my fears and do it.
I almost didn’t post this picture today because I don’t like it! What I do love though is my hair lock from Happy hair brush. Lately, I’m pushing myself more out of my comfort zone and opening up more and showing those teeth off! Do you get asked what your purpose is in life too? Thanks for your ongoing support it means so much to me
AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK SPECTACULAR . Hey everyone on Tuesday night last week my family and I went to the Australian outback spectacular dinner and show. Upon our arrival, we were given free hats and had our photos taken which you had the option of purchasing at the end of the show. We were taken to our seats and we had a 3-course meal and drink refills bought out during the duration of the show. Did you know that 1000 meals are served by 40 stock-men and women in under 7 minutes! How incredible is that? . THE SHOW. Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all-new show featuring true Australian characters, a trans-formative arena, mesmerizing animals and immersive technology. Delve into the gripping tale of two struggling Aussie farmers, Reg and Marge, and rejoice with them as the community’s courage, bravery and generosity help them overcome a stunning, yet unforgiving life on the land. With the help from some unlikely characters and friendships that will last a lifetime, the pair overcome the harsh realities of life on the land. Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland takes guests on a compelling and emotional ride into the heart of the Australian bush. . OUR THOUGHTS . My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and show, We have never seen anything like this before. We are just country folk! We had a great night and were entertained throughout the show. We felt a little lost towards the end of the show, I guess we felt a bit overwhelmed with everything that was happening, which is a good thing as it kept us entertained. The show is fantastic and the animals and the light shows were absolutely incredible. You can see how much time and effort that goes into these shows. I highly recommend seeing it if you are visiting the Gold Coast. We will definitely see the show again one day. We did leave 10 minutes before the show ended as we wanted to be one of the first people to get a @uber_australia Back to our holiday resort. Thanks for a fun night out Australian Outback spectacular . Claire Xx .
We recently collaborated with an amazing family owned company called : https://artisangiftco.com.au/ They sell amazing keepsake gifts and prints. My family and I, quickly fell in love with their products. What I love is that they put so much love, care and attention into their products and it truly shows how passionate they are about what they create for us. They are creating and designing products that we will love and cherish forever.
About arts and gift co
The Artisan Gift Co. was established in 2018 with the idea of creating hand made keepsake gifts that will last a lifetime. Starting off with hand made prints, they have grown their range and added decor, toys and gifts but they have and continue to stay true to what they’re all about: hand made and high quality. They are not wrong there either because their products are incredible!
The unique and beautifully hand made gifts you buy from The Artisan Gift Co will be so special and will be something you and your family will cherish for many years to come and nothing is more special then a beautifully handmade keepsake you can share with your loved ones.
My family and I received 2 wonderful products from The Artisan Gift Co.
This is a fully personalised cushion. The cushion also features a small paragraph on the back which really cute and gives it that story feel. They retail at $85.00 and afterpay is also available. The quality and design of this product is absolutely impeccable and I know that my son Michael will cherish this for many years to come.
I wanted to have something special and meaningful that I could proudly place in my house and this was the perfect idea. This is the perfect definition to what a family is. This is what we have written on our print:
a group of people related by blood or united through friendship and love.
. the result of two people falling in love.
the ones you live for, laugh with, support, forgive and love unconditionally with all your heart. You can also choose what color foil you want for the the big capital letter of your surname on the top of the print. We went with rose gold as it’s my favorite color. We absolutely love our keepsake print. It’s very special and I already have it up in my living room with all of our other family photos. You can also have other themes for your keepsake print just contact someone in their friendly team who will happily assist you.
We are so thrilled with our personalised products and have never had anything like this before, so a very big thank you to The Artisan Gift co for gifting my family and I these beautiful keepsakes. At the moment they have 10 percent of site-wide all you need to do is use the code : 10SITEWIDE. They also have afterpay available.
R E A S O N S TO S M I L E 😁 . SMILE because you are BEAUTIFUL SMILE because you are AMAZING SMILE because you are WORTHY SMILE because you are UNIQUE SMILE because you are BLESSED SMILE because you are LOVED SMILE because you can! SMILE because tomorrow is a new day! SMILE because life’s to short not too! . I SMILE not because life is perfect because it isn’t, It just means I appreciate everything God has given me and for that I am internally grateful. . I SMILE every day because I am very blessed to have my family, my faith and my friends and so so much more.. When I’m feeling a bit down I think of all the positives in my life and eventually, it outweighs all the negatives. Smiling is so important. Smiling is also good for your mind, body and soul. . What makes you smile? . Claire Xx .
Happy Monday – #ad Today I wanted to follow on from my last photo book shop review and share some of the amazing products I created again through PhotobookShop. Now you guys all know that I love taking photos and editing them, so this opportunity has been perfect for me because It’s so much fun making personalized photo products with your very own photos!
Creating products like photo books and other personalized items are not only great keepsakes they also make really wonderful and meaningful gifts for a loved one
“Our Vision – To help Capture Your Memories forever We all have hundreds of photos hidden in boring albums or tucked away in dusty boxes under the bed, and now with the addition of digital cameras and smart phones in our everyday life it is easy to forget those great moments you have snapped along the way. It is our vision to help you Capture Your Memories by giving you the tools to design your own stunning Photo books, Canvases and other photo-print products.
We then promise to produce the project you’ve invested so much love and thought into, to the highest quality standards while giving you outstanding customer service along the way. .About Us Photo Bookshop is an Australian owned and operated company giving you the tools to design your own Photo-books, Canvases and other photo-print products in the comfort of your home. Our FREE design software lets you become the creative genius behind crafting your own book using photos from all occasions helping you capture your memories to share with friends and family near and far.
For many of our customers, Photo Bookshop becomes not just a hobby but a passion, with some of our regulars creating shelves of photo books while others decorate their homes with stunning canvases of their favorite photos. No matter how you want to display your precious memories, Photo Bookshop has the right product for you.Our Story In 2009, Peter Thomas had an ambition to create the best quality photo books for the lowest price, making these available for everyone at home to enjoy. Over the next 12 months, Peter worked day and night researching, testing and developing a plan to create, print and deliver the best photo books available.
In a short but very busy 5 years, Photo Bookshop has outgrown two factories while adding over 70 products to their range and 50+ staff members to their team. Their ambition continues to grow as they constantly develop their technology and processes to guarantee you receive the best quality products at the most affordable price.
In the next few years you will see Peter and the team bringing you new and innovative photo print products in fun and easy-to-use ways!
Thank You. Big thanks go to their 250,000+ devoted customers who continue to support Australian made giving Photo Bookshop the opportunity to grow and become Australia’s leading manufacturer in Photo books!
I love using their easy creator software and personalizing the products and making them my own. You can chose so many different templates and designs! the possibilities are endless! I have created some beautiful products that my family and I will cherish forever! My family and I love nothing more than snuggling up on the sofa looking through all the photo books and all those specials memories we have made together over the years. This month I made personalized wooden spoons, a huge family canvas, a photo book and a sequin photo purse, and an acrylic family picture. I love everything I created. Would you like to create your own personalized product too?
You can easily create these amazing products do by following these 3 easy steps; . 1. Capture those special moments / Purchase Voucher 2. Design your product 3. Order and upload
FUN FACT; It was my wonderful husband’s idea to start my blog and I am so thankful to him for suggesting I do it because it’s been so amazing. #whataguy . I live in a rural town in NSW and really wanted to start my blog but I had alot of self doubt in my abilities to do so. My husband was very supportive and told me to go for it! And so I did! . I honestly do not know where the time has gone! But being a busy homeschooling mum of 9 children under 11 years of age takes up alot of my time, I honestly don’t mind though! I like to keep myself busy. I am very passionate about writing and spreading positivety wherever possible. I feel truly blessed with everyone and everything I have in my life. I have had such an awesome journey so far and I have made so many great connections and great friends along the way. I’ve had some amazing opportunities along the way too which include; working with brands, media and going to events. I’m now also represented by the awesome agency mumnetwork.com.au which I am so excited about. I’ve honestly had such a blast! Even though the last 12 months have been great there unfortunately have been some negatives too! When our media articles came out there was a few nasty trolls that came along with it too! I didn’t know what to expect! I wasn’t prepared for it at that time, I, however, have learnt over time to just ignore them and not read the nasty comments. As long as I’m happy and my family is happy then that’s all that matters to me. I have also had other bloggers tell me to ‘give up’ or that I have ‘missed the boat’ or even that, I shouldn’t work with certain brands/ companies because they belong to them and only them! I found these comments very disturbing and decided to cut these toxic people out of my life! I am on a journey and no one will ever stop me from doing what I love! I’m here to stay! It’s so important to be kind always We are all on journey I can’t wait for the next chapter of mine Thank you for your ongoing support . Claire Xx