Πέμπτη, 31 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Currently

Poor little miserable thing...he's angry all the time with eveything!

LOVING the fact that I GOT A JOB!!! I will be working for my parents' as a seller, three times a week for about 5-6 hours. The money is not much but there's not much work to do there, either. So when I'm not busy, I'll have the chance to write on my blog and do other things that I can't do when I'm at home with a desperate for attention baby! I could never believe I would be so excited about getting a job! I thought that Nereus couldn't do it without me and that Philip wouldn't make it either. I was so wrong! They were fine even though Nereus was sick! I worked for only 3 hours the first time, but I'm sure they're gonna be fine with more! I'd love to be a SAHM but we need the extra income and I have to admit, I love the idea of having my own money after two years of not working.

WISHING Nereus wouldn't wake us up by beating us up! I used to hear about people worrying about the dangers of co-sleeping. Sure...a toddler putting his finger into your eyeball or your nose, or maybe banging his toys on your head while you're sleeping can be pretty dangerous! Now, I understand...

CRAVING apple pie, brownies, ice cream *sweets sweets sweets*. Detoxification from sugar can be hard. I fight my cravings with lots of tea, a few fruits and amazing sugar-free treats I have been making. Recipes coming soon, people!

MISSING my queen size bed! OMG I love this white cast iron oh so comfy bed! I sleep in my kid bed with Nereus and Philip on the floor next to us for quite some time. I'm looking forward to sleep in that bed again with my loves!

WORRYING less than before! My life is getting in an order and I can't do anything else but being positive!
HK



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Τετάρτη, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2013

My first sugar-free week & what I have been eating!

One week and one day have passed since I stopped eating sugar. I wasn't consuming the white refined type because it is processed with bone char (gross) and as a vegan I can't stand this. But I was having big amounts of brown sugar and other sweeteners.

I knew I wanted to eat less sweets because I didn't want my son to copy me. I used to have a pretty rubbish diet as a child and I am wishing for the excact opposite for Nereus.So far, so great! Nereus has only had molasses and a tiny bit of honey. But, as he grows, he's gonna want to have what I'm having and it won't be easy to trick him.

All I knew about sugar was that it is bad and we don't need it. Until I did some research. Man, I was socked from what I have found! It may lead from the obvious diabetes, obesity etc. to reduced mineral absorption and cancer!!! These are just a few from the long list . Those of you who have kids NEED to read it!

My second step was to take the sugar addiction quiz . It proved what I was suspecting. My addiction in sugar was huge!

In the middle of January, I decided to quit sugar! Big step! I wasn't well informed and as a result, I failed! I did more research and a few days later I started my (more serious) attempt to be sugar free!

And here I am now! After the first sugar free week of my life! Alive and happy! Ok, a little grouchy...I miss my drug! A had a couple of headaches and woke up in the middle of the night needing something sweet (I had some water and went back to sleep). I crave sweet things all day long, but I'm fighting it! I'll be honest, today I slipped and added half a teaspoon oh honey in my tea. It was the only cure I knew for sore throat and my sick baby wouldn't let me do some research for alternatives.

The girls over at the Sugar-Addicts Anonymous facebook group have helped me so much. If you ever consider quitting sugar join this group!

Here's what I have been eating while sugar-free! The pictures are from the beginning of the week only. I almost never had my hands free the last few days. Nereus is sick with bronchitis and needs my full attention!
Unbelievably tasty homemade cookies

Vegan pizza, beer and movie night for me and Philip! He made the dough, I made the toppings!
Lemon-cherry pudding
Hot cocoa made with hazelnut milk
Porridge with toasted coconut and raw cacao nibs and a splash of coconut milk
Sweet potato curry over brown rice (yes, I love pepper!)
Beans-quinoa and veggies salad







Have you ever tried being sugar-free?

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Δευτέρα, 28 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Vegan Baby Led Weaning: *Breakfast*

Chia pudding (made for the first time) with dried cranberries, banana and cinnamon (the banana was for decor mostly, he rarely eats it in this form)

The floor loved it!!! We didn't...and it was sooo messy that I decided to never make it again!
Waffle with molasses and orange-broccoli-cabbage juice (not pictured)
 Apples, rusk with tahini and spanakopita (greek spinach pie)
Toast with my amazing almond-coconut butter and almond milk (not shown)
Dried cranberries, rusk with tahini and kiwis
Quinoa porridge with blueberries and coconut shreds in coconut milk
Smoothie with mango, pear, banana, hemp protein, spinach and probiotics
Pancakes with tahini and toasted coconut with some goji berries
I haven't done much blw posts lately. It's because two forces crash inside me.  My son is not a baby anymore. He has passed to another level with eating too. It's not like he's the best eater and no 'problems' occur, but I'm not that much into blw. At least not as I was a few months ago. On the other hand I love everything that has to do with food and especially with what my kid eats. Also, I feel experienced enough on vegan baby led weaning and I'd love to share my 'knowledge' with those who are interested. There's lack of information out there, right? I mean, I wish there was a blog full with info and inspiration when I started...

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Κυριακή, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2013

16 months old

Another month have passed sooo fast and my little boy is 16 months already!!! I can't believe it (as always)!

I'm not sure if I can call him a baby anymore. Of course he has those little fat baby legs which I'm obsessed with and he's oh so cute and small. But, he's been acting very differently lately. Not in a creepy way! He seems to understand everything and communicates perfectly with a few worlds but mostly by gesturing and pointing! He is a tiny man, doing excactly what we do in his own way!




Here's some fun stuff he has been doing lately...

*He loves feeding Maya.
*He escapes while I'm trying to change his diaper and runs naked around the house, full of excitement.
*He's obsessed with closing the doors and leaving us outside.
*When we're chasing each other he gets into Maya's bed. I guess he considers it an asylum, because we always tell him not to mess with her when she's in there.
*He's a great helper in the kitchen. I love how he pretends to cook miming me.
*He licks the mirror and then kisses us using his tongue!
*He goes to the balcony, grabs small firewood and taking them to the fireplace. Then, he insists to light a fire.
*He's running wildly.
*He's playing alone! Finally! Don't get me wrong, playing with my son brings me so much joy! But, I have to admit that being able to entertain himself without me being there is a huge relief for me! If you're a mom you totally understand what I mean!



What's your kid's age and what's the funniest thing they currently do?



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Σάββατο, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2013

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, in 2013."

 Nereus: How much he loves Maya?! He gets super excited everytime he sees her! He's kissing and stroking her all day long (and sometime hitting her). Or reclines on her and  just staying there...it makes him so happy!

So bad quality photo, but I just had to share this moment! I may have the worst camera ever! Not that I'm the best photographer but my cousin's smartphone takes amazing photos just like that! I'm dreaming of a dslr...maybe one day!






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Πέμπτη, 24 Ιανουαρίου 2013

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My loves made wholewheat sugar-free bread!

WATCHING movies with my husband again. Long periods of not spending time together have destroyed us. We finally realized that we have to work hard to make things happen, but also have fun to keep sane.

INSTAGRAMMING nothing, yet. I don't have instagram and I don't have an iphone. No, I'm not an alien.

TASTING surprisingly good sugar-free home made food! Third day of sugar-free life and the sweetest thing that made it to my stomach is pineapple! It's a little hard sometimes, but not as hard as I expected. Keeping your stomach full makes things easier!

LISTENING to the rolling stones all day long. Let's say I got a little obsessed. We also love listening to "No More Monkeys" by putumayo kids and dancing to it. Nereus gets crazy when he hears it! Haha

LEARNING how to sew. I know some of the basics and I have created some beautiful things, but I want to take it further as long as I want to sew things for a living. Oh, I'm also sewing the stuff for my upcoming giveaway! Check back because you don't want to miss this!


HK
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Δευτέρα, 21 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Welcome to the New Age!!!


This song, this incredibly powerful song, describes EXCACTLY how I feel right now!!!

After all the hard moments I had lived the past year, the moving, the long periods of low or no income , growing a baby with almost no help, all the failures and the plans that never happened. After all this shit, life offered me and after I realised that I was suffering from depression signs the last couple of months, I decided to let it go and BE HAPPY!

This is my chance! I have to make things happen! No more excuses! No turning back! I'm taking control of my life!

I am happy!!! And I will stay happy! I have a lot of ideas to implement in my life and I will be sharing them with you on my next posts!

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Κυριακή, 20 Ιανουαρίου 2013

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, in 2013."

Nereus: Playing for hours with the little rocks at the playground.


Πέμπτη, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2013

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GROWING as a person, from day to day. Reading, watching, thinking. Trying to expand my horizons and be a better mother and wife.

MAKING changes in the house to make it more functional and baby friendly. I'm also working on some montessori inspired ideas that I was planning to impement in my previous home, which I totally forgot when I moved to my parents'.

WORRYING about our future in Greece. Life here becomes harder and harder everyday. Jobs are hard to find, salaries are ridiculously low and taxes are being raised all the time. Not to mention how annoying is the fact that our politicians are the most ridiculous guys on earth. Thank god I'm not watching the news, I would be angry all the time!

DANCING tango, juggling, singing opera, pretending to be a horse, being so silly just to make him wear clothes/socks/diaper...he refuses to do it and I refuse to have a battle!

LAUGHING so loud with all the cute and funny things Nereus does! What he loves doing lately is feeding me imaginary food that he picks from my boobs!!! He's my joy!


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Τρίτη, 15 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Insecurity

I started this blog to document my life as a mother and to meet people. At first I was writing about anything I had in my mind. After some time, I decided to share less of my negative emotions. Partly because subconsciously I wanted to remember the good stuff and partly because I didn't want to be exposed to so many people.

But, the negativity is here right now. Inside me. 

I feel overstretched.

I am a very young person, who suddenly got involved in so many things. I turned from a zero responsibility girl into a full time mom, wife, housekeeper, cooker (from scratch), blogger and an oh so bad wanting and trying to be an entrepreneur woman. 

All these, while I have no money, no home, no car...nothing! Right now we live with my parents who support us. I feel horrible about this. Having to leave my home was a heavy blow for me. We said it would be for just a while. But it's been 8 months now and where are we? Just where we were. Nothing has changed.

We had a chance to make things different. Around November-December we decided to go to my grandma's to pick olives and start a new life there. It was dreamy for me! Being close to nature, having some silence, relaxing! We could learn so much from my grandparents and slowly start the life of my dreams (our dreams?)

Things didn't work out and I was devastated. I don't know where we're going anymore. I feel so lost.

I want to be able to live without my parents' support and I NEED my space. It's impossible to have it and it's killing me.

I don't know how long this is gonna last. I hope it ends soon cause I feel so crappy right now...

At least I still got my coffee I guess...


Δευτέρα, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Currently

I'm currently knitting like a crazy.

MISSING the summer! It's just January, I know. But I love summer so much and I can't wait to wear less clothes, take walks on the sunshine and swim in the sea with my son again!

THINKING  about opening an etsy shop! Soon...

CONSIDERING to quit sugar. I started doing that a few days before but realised it's not as simple as I thought. This stuff is everywhere. Right now, I'm doing my research and I hope I'll quit it sometime this week.

MOVING in my own house and never have to go back to my parents' again. Ok, that's only in my mind for now. It's in my mind all the time lately. Things here are not good. I NEED to go to my own house.

PLAYING all day long. From horse rides to building with blocks. And from pretending to feed each other imaginary food and drinks to pretend to cook!!! Yes, Nereus did that! I was doing something for two minutes and then I turned back and saw him adding oil (it had the lid on thank god) into a little pot...I almost died from the cuteness! He loves cooking so much!

So, I found this beautiful blog with these fun series and decided to link up each week. I really enjoy these posts!
HK




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Vegan Baby Led Weaning: *The snacks*

Nereus snacking on dried apricots.


When Nereus started eating solids, he was having only one meal a day. Gradually, as he was becoming a more skilled eater, I started offering food to him more often during the day.

Now, at 15 months, he's having breakfast, lunch, dinner and some healthy snacks in between.

Do you need some ideas for vegan healthy snacks for babies? Here we go!

  • Rice cakes/Bread/Rusk (plain or with nut butter and/or fresh fruit spread)
  • Yogurt (plain or with added fresh or dried fruits//Nereus usually eats it with a tablespoon of shredded coconut, a tablespoon of flaxseed meal and some raisins)
  • Freshly squized juices from veggies and fruits
  • Fresh smoothies
  • Dried fruits (apricots, dates, raisins, blueberries, cranberries, plums)
  • Fresh Fruits (kiwi, pears, apples, melon, watermelon, pineapple, mango, avocado, bananas, cut up grapes, figs)
  • Hummus or other bean dip with veggie sticks and pita bread 
  • Toast with vegan cheese or avocado toast
  • Cereal bars
I have only included what Nereus has had so far for snacks. Be inspired and if you have any cool ideas for vegan snacks please let me know!

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Κυριακή, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2013

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, in 2013."

Nereus: Perfecting the skills on feeding himself.

Among all the crazy 1 year old milestones, we don't notice how they improve their ability to do everything with their hands more effectively.
These little hands could barely hold a piece of avocado 7 months ago! Amazing!




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"A portrait of my child, once a week, in 2013."

Nereus: Sleeping...just a few minutes before the new year came (apparently, people who say that all the year, you 're gonna do what you were doing when the new year came are lying...shame on you! I had hopes...)

I was so inspired by this idea that Jodi from Che & Fidel came up to. I will be taking a photo of Nereus each week and posting it here. At the end of the year I will have 52 portraits of my baby! So excited!

Well, I was a little late with this and I'm going to be posting 3 portraits this week to make up the difference.



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