Argh! Finally back in Wordpress!

Hello! Now I have no idea what has been happening for the last few months but for some reason I wasn’t able to access my blog through my App or anything else! I’m upset about the delay and a lot has happened in life so please bear with me while I get up and running again!

Until then, hugs, Celese x

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Easy Chicken PΓ’tΓ© Recipe

A family favorite of ours is this easy chicken liver pate recipe. My children go in and out of their taste for this depending on what their body needs but it’s a great side dish full of vitamins, protein and yummy-ness. Clearly I enjoy it πŸ˜‰


Ingredients;

  • 300-500g chicken livers, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 small-medium onion sliced thinly
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • Fresh rosemary / mixed dried herbs / fresh oregano / your favorite French herb mix (approx 1-2 tsp)
  • ΒΌ to β…“ cup pouring cream
  • Optional: 1 tbs brandy 

Method;

  1. SautΓ© onion and garlic in butter before adding bay leaves, cook for a few minutes.
  2. Add chicken livers, cook for 5 minutes. Add herbs and salt and pepper. 
  3. Stir livers then cook until just done. Remove bay leaves.
  4. If adding brandy, do so now then light with a match or lighter in order to burn off the alcohol, then simmer for a few minutes until well incorporated into the mix.
  5. Remove from heat and then allow to cool for a few minutes before moving everything into a food processor or blender (I use a stick blender). Add cream and process until smooth. 
  6. Pour into a glass bowl/container and refrigerate for a few hours until firm. 

Enjoy!! Xx

Teaching Your Children About Consent – in pictures

I could not have done this better myself. If it makes it easier for parents to give them tools to feel a little less awkward (especially those who haven’t experienced any form of sexual abuse), or a great choice of words to use, I’m all for it. I will be searching for more from Morgan in the weeks to come. Check it out;


 Originally found here.
Thank you, Morgan and Liz! I will be sharing this everywhere! Useful for fathers as well.
Xx

I’m coming back!

Just to be quick – I will be coming back after a brief hiatus !

A few things I’ve been working on;

   
    
    
   
And the link to buy my book for those of you in Australia and New Zealand;

Link: http://celeseheward.bigcartel.com/product/sale-other-worlds-colouring-book-journal

Preview pictures: https://facebook.com/otherworldscolouringbook 
I have SO many adventures to share and a few parenting success stories that I want to post too so please subscribe so that you’ll get notice. 

See you soon!!

Xx

Helping Kids cope with Anger

Here is the next colouring page in my Choices Posters series. Download here.
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In my experience, some children thrive on routine, others don’t. In my family I have two of each – me being one of the ones who dislikes routine but actually would do a whole lot better if I stuck diligently to one !

I find that when adjusting to change my little pumpkins tend to be a little on the angry side. Even over things they normally couldn’t care less about, and so I’ve just introduced this poster to see how they go with it. We are reshaping our routine to adapt to everyone’s current stage of life and its progressing so I hope to report back on this in the next few months. I have found that the ‘Sad’ Choices poster was helpful. It seemed (through my adult eyes only and not specifically through the words of my child) that she almost saw the options shown as me giving her permission to deal with her sadness in any of those ways. For me this is a little bit of a win πŸ™‚ I just hope we all can continue to use these choices. Adults included πŸ™‚

Next in line for posters are Worry/Overwhelm, Happy, and Scared/Frightened. 

A few pointers I’ve seen, read and heard over the years when helping kids with emotion that I think actually do help;

1. Stay Calm – you are the adult. You are able to regulate your emotions. They are learning how to behave from you. Take a big breath first and think about your response before you react with your banshee voice.

2. Validate & name their feeling – Kids get scared and angry when they are overwhelmed and don’t know why. Heck it still happens to me! “Yes I can see you’re frustrated/tired, let’s take a break and I’ll read you a story.”

3. Remember it is just a moment, the child is not ‘bad’. This is a huge one for me. My biggest and best affirmation so far in my parenting career is this: “Choose Each Moment”. Moments pass, and overwhelm/tantrums can pass in a moment, too, if you respond to them in the best way you can, by choosing your own actions and behavior, from moment to moment. This carries over to every part of your life if you can let it, too.

4. Be present & patient. The hardest one for me I think. Especially when I have other things to do; get them into the car, to an appointment, through an appointment, cook dinner, exercise, etc etc etc. A little bit of patience goes a long way. Remember that.

Good luck with those big emotions! Let me know how it goes!

Xx

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