Wednesday, 1 October 2014

EFF you Brain Tumours - This time last year

What was happening this time last year? THIS. And it sucked. It still sucks... 

*Update* Dad was operated on just before Christmas and spent double the time in theatre than we expected, 6.5 hours in total.  When he came round he was unable to move his entire right hand side but had managed to retain his full memory and speech - hallelujah! They had managed to remove most of the tumour and suggested radiotherapy to remove the rest. After 3 weeks in hospital, blood clots to his legs and lungs and sheer determination he hobbled out of the hospital, forcing himself to walk again. 

This past year has been insane for him... After an intense shot of radiation in April which was a pretty horrific procedure, he still has limited movement on the right side and has been given a stick to help him walk which he HATES. He says he feels like the Pope hobbling around with that thing.. :) He has now been diagnosed with an enlarged heart too and will go for his next MRI on Friday. We're crossing everything possible, hoping that his scan comes back showing this bastard tumour has stayed the same size. 

Last week he asked my brother, sister and I if we'd like to go on a cruise to have some Dad/Kid time, we leave next Saturday for 3 nights and I'm SO excited we have this opportunity to spend time together - I honestly didn't think it would be possible this time last year.

My Dad is the bravest, coolest, strongest, most stubborn guy I know and I'm so proud that he is my Dad :)

What were you up to this time last year?

31 October Writing Prompts
Linking up to Mama Kat {Photo Credit}

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Sexy Mama Kat!

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Mama Kat is one of my all time favourite bloggers/youtubers/people on the planet. This chick loves her cocktails, her kids and her humour will KILL you. Literally KILL you. She's whipped up 31 writing prompts for October and I'm joining in with her on this cocktail-fuelled journey of fun. 

Today's prompt is: 'This time last year...' Keep an eye out for my 2nd blog post of the day (Shock, Horror!) due to go live in a couple of hours. 

Psssst.... Go over and read all about Mama Kat HERE, Subscribe to her on YouTube HERE :) 

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bath, Birthdays and Edible Cheesecake

I've been SICK with a chest infection. Like super duper, kill me now kinda sick.

In the middle of this wonderful blessing, Dave had a birthday and I had loads of new work come in and the school term kicked off with an almighty bang. Yay.

I vlogged about it - check it out here in my latest Weekly Vlog :) Every week I publish snippets of our life on the Tube of You. Yes I do.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Meal Planning Monday - 22nd Sept

Here's our menu for this week!

It's Dave's birthday on Tuesday so he's requested the Chorizo Stew.. It's pretty yummooo! Other than that it's a pretty normal week :) My Aldi haul is below in Video format if you'd like to see what I bought!

Monday: Mac 'n Cheese
Tuesday: Chorizo & Spinach Stew
Wednesday: Sausages, Mash & Mixed Veg
Thursday: Beef & Ale Stew with Basmati Rice
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Beefburgers

Linking up this meal plan to Mrs M's Meal Planning - check out the linky for more yummo inspiration!

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What's on the menu at your house this week?

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday Faves #2: Baboons, Glitter & Scary Dolls!

Every Sunday I'll be sharing some of my favourite posts from around blogland. Kind of like a mini-pinterest board of my favourite reads from the past week. Sometimes things can get so crazy here online and you can literally have 1000 blog posts thrown at you every single day... So I'm narrowing my favourite few down for you to pick and choose from. Enjoy!

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Jess from 'Let's do Something Crafty'  made this scary doll bunting which quite frankly scared the bejeezus out of me but how awesome does it look?! Perfect for Halloween! Haha go Jess!

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Claire over at The Witt Family wrote a post on her Sunday night pampering essentials... her sweet hubby even sets up the iPad for her so she can catchup on her favourite show while she chillaxes...too cute! She also has a FAB YouTube channel  - check it out HERE.

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Lovely Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter is celebrating her 5th blogaversary. She still remains one of  my all time favourite bloggers, Youtubers & people on the planet. Her humour and passion for life will make you all goosebumpy. I love her.

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Se7en+1 is a homeschooling Mom of 8 gorgeous kids and lives in my hometown in Cape-Town. (that's not her in the pic BTW.. lol!!) I stalk her blog often as her posts are super-informative, fun and remind me so much of home. How could I forget about the baboons that used to freak us out and wreck our houses on a regular basis?! Check out her post on the Cape Point trail HERE.

What were your favourite posts from around blogland this week?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Faves - Free Education, Homegrown Veg & Love to Admire

Every Sunday I'll be sharing some of my favourite posts from around blogland. Kind of like a mini-pinterest board of my favourite reads from the past week. Sometimes things can get so crazy here online and you can literally have 1000 blog posts thrown at you every single day... So I'm narrowing my favourite few down for you to pick and choose from. Enjoy! 

Ok... I tried the 'Live Well, Spend Zero' challenge - I failed miserably by the 2nd day... it's easier said than done BUT I do think it's a fantastic idea and I've been inspired to TRY and watch what we spend.  Check out 50 cool things to learn that won't cost a thing...  Number 24 had me addicted!!

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Soulemama is a Canadian, home-schooling, fun-loving, home-growing Mama of 5 and I have loved her blog since I first started blogging all those years ago. Can you believe she grew all this food herself? I love her little piece of the internet.. it's calming and super inspiring.

@SouleMama - In the Garden... all homegrown... what a lovely life!
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Samantha from HappilyAHousewife is seriously going to think I'm stalking her.... BUT this woman is flipping amazing and organizing and planning and just being a mom. I love her YouTube channel, I love her blog.. she's just ace. Check out this post on Lunchbox Essentials... fab tips here dudes - muffin cases to seperate things? Genius.

Lunchbox Essentials - great post by Samantha at @HappilyAHousewife
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Lastly, if you've followed me here for a few years you'll know about my love for Meg Duerksen. She and her hubby recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and this is what she had to say..

he is my best friend and he lets me know i am his.
he is so funny and he makes me feel like i am VERY funny.
he is patient, considerate and thorough.
he is the hardest worker.
he’s helpful & grateful.
he takes care of me and his family like an expert.
i am so proud to be his wife… i can’t believe i am so lucky.
He didn’t leave when he could have.
he has always been right here.
*this bit got me......... simple, honest, true! 
thank you mr. duerksen.
for making twenty years feel like a cake walk.
i love you.

I really hope I'm writing similar words in 15 years time :)

So those were my favourite posts this week - please share yours with me in the comments, I'd love to check them out! 
Thanks for stopping by,
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Monday, 8 September 2014

Finding a little good in every day

Every now and then I join in with Fat Mum Slim's 'Photo-A-Day' challenge. This awesome blogger aka Fat Mum Slim in the land of Down Under puts together these daily topics every month and you post a pic on Instagram, her Facebook wall, her Group page, Google + - heck, wherever you like... tag it with #fmsphotoaday and basically share the photo love.

I read on her website that people have actually improved their outlook on life by finding the good in every day in searching out their photo topic. It's such a simple thing but it honestly makes you look at things differently and it's so cool to see how people interpret the topic in different ways.  

Interpret. Is that a word? It is now.

And so.......the topics for September are
September Photo A Day 2014

So here goes... The first 7 I posted are....

Day 1: In my cup - the remnants of hot chocolate the night before :)

Day 2: Stripes

Day 3: Button - Me: "ooh I need a photo of a button for #fmsphotoaday" teenager: "here mom, use mine, don't get my face in" LOL.

Day 4: DIY - I literally had a BLAST doing this :) 

Day 5: Upside Down - this kid turns our house upside-down. EVERY. DAY.

Day 6: I Need... to stop eating crap :( 

Day 7: Father this time last year my dad was seemingly healthy, then one day in September he collapsed in a supermarket carpark and all of our lives were turned upside down as he was diagnosed with a brain tumour that doctors think had been slowly growing for around 7 years. He had brain surgery at Christmas and woke up unable to move his entire right hand side. Because he's a stubborn old bugger he forced himself to move and within a month he was able to stand and slowly walk again. He's had endless problems since the op including blood clots, a pulmonary embolism and now an enlarged heart which has slowed him down again. He's kept such a brave face throughout this whole ordeal and even though he's had to give up work after 50 years of working hard pretty much every single day he still manages to keep high spirits. I love him so much and I'm so proud that he is my Dad

Are you joining in with Fat Mum Slim? What's your favourite prompt on the list? 

Thanks for stopping by!

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