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^^ We got lost trying to find the entrance to Noodhoek beach, but we stopped to take a look at this view.

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^^ walks on Noordhoek beach, on the hottest windiest day. ¬†I’m getting really tired of having huge pores and sweating all the time. ¬†Its way to hot here.

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^^ The previous photo Carl had a Trump hairstyle going on thanks to the wind.  It was obscene!  but you would never tell by this photo.

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^^ soooo windy.

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^^ Almost baby time!

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^^ I asked Carl for a jumping photo, I forgot he somehow hurt his back while getting into bed and have been suffering from old person symptoms. ¬†Maybe he’s just absorbing all my pregnancy symptoms I’m suppose to be having.

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^^ We tried to have a picnic on Sunday, but the wind and heat was just too intense for us! We rushed home and tried to cool of by drinking a lot of iced water and regret making our outside fire for food grilling.

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^^ Feeding pillow! Can you believe Carl sewed this together for me, while I took a nap! Obviously I’ve got a great little seamstress on my hands here. ¬†I found this fabric and just loved it! I also found another orange-y African print fabric that I turned into little zipper pouches for my diaper bag. ¬†I’ve been getting really tired of all the cutesy, kitchy things that people gift you when they find out your having a baby. ¬†I don’t know why everything has to look so cheap and crap? or plastic? I’m so tired of seeing pooh bear things. ¬†Also trying to find anything that’s really gender neutral in this country is near impossible! I’m trying so hard to have a low impact child on the environment, but yet people seem to think that includes giving me bottles that actually still contains bpa, toys that were banned in all the first world countries and diapers that I wont be using. FRUSTRATING! Oh well! Our donations pile is just getting bigger and bigger, most of the stuff we can’t even donate to orphanages, because they don’t even accept it!

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^^ Pretty little gingerbread house in the nicest light.

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^^ Beach walks

Hi friends! How was your weekend? ¬†I can’t believe how soon it is till baby time. ¬†I’m so eager to get this labour over with! I’ve actually been having a great pregnancy, but the anticipation that any day now labour can start is killing me! ¬†I’m ready for my little baby! ¬†Did anyone else feel like this during the end of their pregnancy?

Birthdays and the season to give

On Wednesday I celebrated my Birthday! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Carl made a pretty accurate statement the other day, ¬†saying this has been the fastest, yet slowest year ever….and even if that doesn’t make much sense its completely true. ¬†This year has been rough for us, I mean Ireland was amazing, but being back in South Africa has been exhausting and tough. ¬†When we first got back we tried to rent the cheapest place we could find only to find out we were not even gonna be able to afford it, we were living pay check to pay check, and not getting anything out. ¬†We could hardly feed ourselves, and with the news of baby we had to put money aside to get all the baby things we needed and prepare for all the medical costs. ¬†If it wasn’t for Carl’s parents that assisted us we wouldn’t have been able to eat at all. ¬† ¬†Our money situation has gotten better, but everything else is still crazy here, I have faith everything will work out, but its hard not to feel run down, from the constant bad luck we’ve had here.

So this year for my Birthday, because there is nothing I wanted to do in Cape Town and even though things have been extremely hard for us all I wanted to do was help the incredible amount of homeless people in Cape Town. Sometimes you just have to pay it forward. ¬† I got all the ingredients together and decided to make food packs and have ice cold water ready to give to anyone in need. ¬†I have to admit that during our long car ride stuck in the most insane African heat, I really wanted to crack open all those bottles of water and just go to town! ¬†I showed some restraint and just suffered through the heat. ¬†As we were driving trying to find the usual beggars that knock on your window asking for money, we realised as soon as you want to give people stuff they are nowhere in sight! ¬†I couldn’t believe what an easy drive we had!

We finally decided to go to this one park that we know a lot of the homeless sleep at, and off we set to try and give people food. ¬†It was really strange for me to try and get out of my comfort zone and actually go up to people to ask them if they were hungry, the guy that gave me the confidence I needed was a young man that was looking through all the trash cans for something to eat. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look of complete gratitude on this mans face as he said yes, and scurried off so fast, to go eat his food. ¬†After that we felt confident and walked up to all the people sleeping on the grass with all their worldly belongings in a grocery bags, and offered them the sandwiches. ¬†They all seemed so eager and happy, as they said God bless and thank you. ¬†I was sad when we ran out of our care packages, but Carl and I both decided we want to do this more often. ¬†My heart felt so full as I almost waddled along in the heat of the day at 9 months pregnant, giving people a meal that was specially ¬†prepared for them.

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^^ Pre-Birthday sunflowers and a card.  I felt so loved! I got three cards from Carl for my Birthday.  Usually he gets me no cards, I started feeling like I was in a cardless marriage.

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^^ I made a raw carrot cake for my birthday! It was sooooo good.  Who needs sugar or gluten! Seriously! This is sooo much better.

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^^ Would you like a bite.

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^^ We collected some pine cones for our little mantel to add a bit of holiday cheer.

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^^ Birthday selfie!

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^^ The food packages contained.  A fresh sandwich, banana, a Christmas cookie, crisps and a some small candies.

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^^ Baby’s first food drive.¬†img_5201new

^^ My belly looks all wonky here, but what you gonna do! I’m growing a human!

Soon I will have another member in my December birthday gang!

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^^ Went for a hike on the hottest day….It kind of felt like I was walking around in hell, maybe its just because I’m 9 months pregnant and heat is just a no go.

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^^ Praying on the mountain. ¬†After the terrible year we’ve been having, praying on the mountain seems like the only logical thing to do.

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^^ The view was nice.

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^^all you need on a hot day is some home made sushi…YUM.

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^^ Testing out lactation cookies.  These ones are definitely my favourite!  Sugar free and gluten free.  It reminds me of a seed cake.

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^^ Teff flour gingerbread men.  Sooooo good.

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^^ Christmas cookies!

Hi guys! How was your weekend? ¬†We’ve been busy! We’ve had to open our house up to people interesting in buying and man! is it a nightmare. ¬†People constantly walking in your rental while I’m just trying to relax before the birth, can kind of start driving you insane. Not to mention that you have to keep changing your plans to accommodate the realtor, but oh, well. ¬†I’ve been preparing a lot of freezer friendly confinement meals, as well as little work treats for Carl. ¬†You don’t realise how exhausting a whole day of cooking is until you’re covered in flour, have weird substances all over your clothes and you just wonder if you should just burn the house down instead of trying to clean it! ¬†But I’m nearly done with my list, just finishing up a couple of my last recipes today and we are set!

I’ve been feeling so glum and excited these last couple of days. ¬†Excited for the baby to finally be here, baby has been the best thing to happen to us this year and just glum about how this year really has kicked us down and brought me so low. ¬†Sometimes it feels hard to smile through it and have faith that things will work out, but I do believe things will get better soon. ¬†Sometimes we need these hardships just so we can see what we are made of.

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^^ Picnics on the beach.

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^^ I ¬†wanted to feel how cold the water was without getting wet so I just stood there until a wave lapped at my feet. ¬†I kind of look like a child from behind….My workout pants seem to be getting baggier and baggier…..bad workout pants, you should stay up.

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^^ The most dramatic towel shaker ever.

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^^ Shark watch flag.

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^^ Found a little friend on our walk.

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^^ early morning walks, making friends with fluffy weird haired cats, while I have fluffy just got up bed head hair.

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^^ Invited my parents in law over for lunch and made these two desserts! A raw chocolate pie and a crushed lemon tart trifle.  So good.

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^^ Picnic with a view.  I only ate my avocado sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit, the wind was so intense, all the food was covered in sand almost instantly.

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^^ Birds being dramatic.

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^^ So many of them.

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^^ my parents in law got me an early birthday present, the most amazing food processor/ blender ever.  In an instant I had the most amazing sunflower butter without oil.  It tastes so good and is so creamy.

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^^ Made little drool bibs/neckerchiefs for the baby, because all babies needs to be gangsta while drooling.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? ¬†Is everyone still recovering from Thanksgiving binge eating? Over the weekend we decided to go for a little beach picnic we were all set to take a walk down to the beach, but I was standing in the sun really early in the morning by the way, sending someone a text I realised I might not make it back in this heat. ¬†It was like standing in an oven before 8 o clock in the morning. ¬†So we decided to drive to beach, when we got to the beach, it was insanely windy! Its one of the things I hate most about Cape Town, the fact that it can be so hot and the wind can be so cold, yet harsh that you just don’t know what to do. ¬†We powered through and continued as planned with our little picnic.

On Sunday we invited Carl’s parents over for lunch and I cooked up a mini feast. ¬†I warned Carl about the risk of eating large quantities of dairy and oil when he’s been on a clean eating diet, but he didn’t believe me, I couldn’t stop laughing when he got badly effected by it and wanted to vomit, while having a headache and stomach pains. ¬†It was a lovely weekend and we finally feel kind of ready for this baby to arrive! ¬†I can’t believe how in a couple of weeks I will be holding my little baby in my arms, while asking baby A, “why did you have to abuse mommy from the inside so badly?” ¬†I hope everyone has a great Monday and an even better week.

Tempeh Banh Mi less Lettuce wraps

I don’t know if its the weather or the fact that I’m trying to eat all the cooling food I can possibly get my hands on before confinement starts, but I’ve been on a complete easy meal kick. ¬†Especially on the weekends! The weekends around here are just so intense that we sometimes don’t even get time to eat ¬†lunch, with all the driving around trying to find stuff and ending up on the complete opposite side of where we live, things are always just chaotic here. We even try to be out of the house before 8 so we can get to everything before all the shops closes at 1 or 2 on a Saturday. ¬†So eating lunch is a luxury for us, on the special days we manage to get home at a decent lunch time we are so ravenous that a quick lunch is the only thing that will do and with all my pregnancy dietary needs I’ve got going on, grabbing the wrong thing to eat can end up in heartburn for the rest of the day or a sleepless night! ¬†Not pleasant at all.

This recipe was created on one of those days where I just wanted a quick meal that would be yum, filling and that I could just eat with my hands.  So why the weird title? Well banh mi literally means baguette in Vietnamese and seeing as there is no gluten or bread in this recipe, but it has all the wonderful banh mi flavour it just seemed like the perfect title?

If you remember a while back I was talking about how I’ve cut out soy in my diet, but kept in fermented soy products for their endless health benefits. ¬†So why tempeh?

Tempeh is processed less than all your other soy based products, its also a great source of protein making it a great plant based source of protein, because its fermented it makes it easier to digest.  The fermentation also increase the ability to absorb your nutrients as well as keeping your gut healthy.

TEMPEH BANH MI LESS LETTUCE WRAPS 10 wraps

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz tempeh slices into pieces
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 small carrots, grated
  • 1 small diakon, grated or chopped into matchsticks (or radishes)
  • 1/2 a small cucumber chopped into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup liquid sweetener
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • juice and zest of a 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • lettuce butter lettuce or romaine lettuce
  • coriander
  • jalapeno slices (optional
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha

Directions

In a bowl combine the apple cider vinegar, lime juice, sweetener, diakon, carrots and cucumber.  Toss and refrigerate until ready to use.

In a pan over medium high heat add the oil and tempeh.  Lightly brown the tempeh on both sides.  Add the tamari, garlic powder, juice and zest of lime and ginger, making sure it gets covered.  Remove from heat.

In a small bowl combine the mayo and sriracha, taste and adjust.

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Add the refrigerated veggies to your lettuce wraps, tempeh and a drizzle of mayo.  Garnish with coriander and jalapeno.  Serve!

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^^ Our first package from amazon arrived! Before the stuff we ordered from South Africa… Pretty silly I think!

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^^ Walks around Kalk bay, are always interesting.

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^^ old signs.

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I love this garden statue!

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^^ Cacti in cute little cups.

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^^ I’ve been missing Ireland like crazy lately, well I’ve been missing anywhere that’s not here, but Ireland will forever have my heart and these saints made my heart hurt a bit.

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^^ Pretty flowers on our walk, can you spot the bee fattening himself up?

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^^ This place is apparently the best place to eat fish and chips.

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^^ Really disgusting fish drying!

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^^ Harbour boats.

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^^ Everything is so colourful.

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^^ I finally found a mango! My sister told me about a fruit stall selling mango and I couldn’t wait to get one! ¬†The beach and a mango, seems almost too good to be true.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? is everyone ready for thanksgiving/ friendsgiving? We’ve still been on a mad rush trying to get everything done before the baby arrives and getting all the herbs I need for my confinement. ¬†We want everything to be really well stocked so the confinement goes really smooth. ¬†With the mad rushing to sort out everything before baby, confinement for a month, resting and bonding with baby seems like pure bliss!

Hope everyone has a great week!

35 Week Pregnancy Update

The final countdown has begun! baby will be here in about a month and the time for panic has kicked in! ¬†I can’t believe how much we still need to get done and that we waited a bit too long with our second batch of cloth diapers. We found this amazing affordable cloth diaper company, that had really amazing packages for around the same price as what we bought our second hand cloth diapers for, but these diapers are brand new, comes in amazing colours and the reviews are just great, unfortunately with all the procrastination we were doing, most of the diapers are sold out! ¬†Let this be a lesson kids, never say you will buy something later, sometimes later is a little bit too late! ¬†We can’t seem to find another cloth diaper company that’s as affordable so we will have to stock up on more biodegradable diapers before baby A arrives.

I’ve also been in full nesting mode and nothing is surviving the rampage I’m on. ¬†I even started buffing Carl’s laptop clean. ¬†Yes, things have gotten out of hand.

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^^ This baby is so high up.

After doing a lot of research, I’m always up for an experience; ¬†I’ve decided on doing a month of confinement when the baby arrives. ¬†The whole process makes a lot of sense to me, so I’ve been raiding all our Chinese grocers, ¬†stocking up on a lot of confinement herbs, I’m not going to go completely authentic in it, but I’ve made a couple of western adjustments to the diet and rules to suit my needs a little better. ¬†I’m really excited to try it out and have the month to bond with baby, while letting my body heal and putting heat back into my body after my home birth.

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Speaking about home birth, I’ve finally started getting my home birth supplies! ¬†I was waiting until my last midwife appointment for them to tell me if everything is fine and that baby A is still in the head down position. ¬†Well I got the heads down, A okay I needed and just started buying all the “wonderful” incontinent supplies I needed! ¬†Nothing makes you feel like a grown up like standing in line with a trolley full of linen savers, adult diapers, a plastic fitted sheet, gauze and surgical spirits. ¬†The cashier must have been wondering what I’m up to!

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How far along? 35 weeks! Almost time to meet this little baby.

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Weight? I’ve actually been really consistent with my weight and kept losing weight or staying the same, I only gained some weight with my last appointment.

Cravings? Still craving watermelon, mangoes, pears, grapes and Ice. ¬†I’m about to hop on a plane in search of mangoes, I’m getting that desperate.

How I’m feeling? I’m feeling really prepared and ready to meet this baby! This last trimester has been a rough one! ¬†I’m constantly hungry and need to snack the whole time just to stay functional. ¬†To be honest I’m getting really tired of eating! I feel like I’m getting jaw muscles. ¬†I’ve still been eating healthy food, so no gluten, no sugar, clean eating meals that keep me going and doesn’t make me feel pooped. ¬†Even Carl loves this diet, he’s looking better than ever, his hair is shiny as can be and he seems to be losing wrinkles! ¬†I’m definitely going to continue eating this way when the baby arrives.

Sleep? I’m still sleeping pretty well, I just get up more often to use the loo, but I fall asleep almost instantly after.

Maternity Clothes? I’m wearing my maternity jeans often and a couple of dresses, but I’m mostly just wearing clothes I wore pre pregnancy.

Best Moment? Finishing up the baby mobile, painting the baby dresser and sorting out little things in the baby’s room. ¬†Finding out our baby’s got a small head.

Worst Moment? Getting the pregnancy rash on my tummy….Its so unpleasant, combine that with the unattractive veins popping out all over my body, it makes you realise anyone who ever said pregnancy was beautiful was a giant liar. ¬†I’ve been trying out mama naturals methods for getting rid of the rash and it seems to be working. ¬†I also got an allergic reaction at church that left me with a swollen face, thanks to all the proteas and fynbos flower arrangements all over the show. ¬†I’m allergic to South Africa’s national flowers, good job body.

Movement? So much movement! This baby doesn’t seem to like loud noises or people speaking in loud tones ( Shouting) and really lets me have it when I’m around anything baby doesn’t like.

I can’t wait to meet this little person soon!

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^^ A daily walk that ended up at the beach…again…. We’re not even beach people, but when its cloudy we love it! ¬†I also took my new diaper bag out for a spin. ¬†It held everything! Even my camera!

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^^ I accidentally painted my baby bump! Whoops

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^^ Carl turns into a model on windy days.

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^^ This seagull was walking so gently on the wet sand, it was like he really didn’t want to get dirty. ¬†I feel you little guy.

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^^ Every morning its cloudy, but by the afternoon the wind seems to have blown away all the clouds, come on clouds! We need rain! stand strong.

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^^ I don’t know what was the deal with these geese, but Carl thought they wanted bread, I was convinced I saw murder in their eyes, while I ran away screaming this is the worst day!!!!

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^^ Pretty memorial flowers left behind on a bench.

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^^ Walking, walking, walking!

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^^ Pretty flowers on the side of the road.  Nature is always trying to prettify ugly things up.

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^^ Gluten free, Sugar free pumpkin bread.  This tasted delicious, but was a little bit too soft in the middle! Back to the drawing board!

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^^ Enjoying a watermelon lunch, wondering when will mangoes be in season! My craving is killing me! I can’t even find one overly priced out of season imported from who knows where mango lying around somewhere!

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^^ Always matching.  We found a baby pair! Soon baby will be matching to! Sorry baby.

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^^ Beautiful light.

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^^ Geese ignoring Carl.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? We’ve been busy, busy, busy! We’ve been in a slight panic mode, when we realised we basically have a month left before this baby arrives! ¬†We still have so much to do and get, but Cape Town really does not make it easy for us. Everything closes before 2 on a Saturday or requires a long commute to get anything, and shopping on week days is just not an option for us, work keeps us busy! ¬†Sundays we attend three hours of church that can sometimes feel like a million hours, and keeping the Sabbath day holy after that, doesn’t give us much time to sort out everything on our to do list!

We’ve started ordering stuff from amazon, just because delivery is faster than most of the South African online shopping experiences we’ve had! For all our organic needs we order from faithful to nature, they have been amazing and delivered within a day! Like it should be! ¬†Stocking up on our biodegradable diapers has been easy with them by our side!

At my last midwife appointment, my midwife asked me if I’m ready for labour and I’m so ready, I don’t think she usually hears first time moms, being excited about labour. I feel like the pain we endure as expecting mothers in labour, prepares us, and shows us how strong we really are and that we can do this motherhood thing, but I’ll let you know how I feel when I’m actually in labour. ¬† I’ve given Carl the heads up about the transitioning period and told him he should just remember I love him before I get mean, and he should just keep encouraging me if I feel like giving up. ¬† I can’t wait to meet our little baby in a month, our midwife told us Baby A is thin and long, with a small head, after seeing Carl’s giant head as a baby and how he seemed to have grown into it as he got older, I’ve been really worried about what I’m in for, the head thing was a bit of a relief!

Happy Monday, Hope everyone has a lovely week and gets to everything they need to get done this week!.

 

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^^ Found this really inexpensive chest of drawers for the baby’s room and gave it a little make over.

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^^ I wanted more of a woodland green, but I just didn’t have enough paint stainer to get it there. ¬†Happy surprises, because I really like the way it turned out. ¬†Later on I spray painted the knobs gold. ¬†Walking around with a face mask, while pregnant felt like a ridiculous sight, but things need to get done!

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^^ Nursery break! I’ve been desperately looking for a fiddle fig tree, with no luck at all. ¬†I’ll find you my beautiful planty friend!

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^^ Made the best sugar free, gluten free pumpkin pie bars ever! It was like magic in my mouth, the gingery crust, made me feel like crying tears of happiness! I was floating my own boat hard while thinking I’m a recipe genius!

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^^ My cute little kitchen friends.

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^^ Protein shake in the baby’s room!

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^^ Kind of done with the baby’s mobile, I still feel like I’m missing one little woodland friend? What do you think?

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^^ The guinea fowl family on our walk again, these guys really know how to make you feel bad, when you try to pass them, and they all scatter like you’re the biggest murderer on this planet.

Hi friends! ¬†Whew! Its been a couple of days hasn’t it? ¬†I’ve just been so busy with all lives demands and trying to get everything ready for the baby! I still feel like I have so much to do and buy! ¬†I’m starting to feel just a tad overwhelmed, but I downloaded the hypnobabies app on my phone and its just the best thing to listen to!

I feel like this week has been a whirlwind for the entire world……I try to keep my blog neutral and easy, but what is going on with the world? I’m still in so much shock about the US elections and the effect this will have on all the other countries and I just can’t believe people chose fear again so soon after brexit. ¬†In the beginning of the year I couldn’t wait to see what humans were going to do next and now, I’m like how is such a racist, sexist, completely insane man, going to be president? but who knows maybe this will be the time were people stand together and realise fear is not the answer, we should live with kindness and treat people kindly. ¬† Okay! Rant over! ¬†I felt like I needed to say something about all the craziness right now! ¬†Things will get better, the earth is too beautiful to not care!

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Overnight Porridge ( Vegan / Gluten Free)

I’ve been on a serious breakfast kick lately. ¬†Give me anything that’s fast, that will keep me going until the afternoon and I’m willing to give it a try. ¬†Right now I’m in the serious grazing part of my pregnancy, I never feel completely full and I’m always on the look out for my next snack and when I can’t have it immediately I feel like a complete wreck. ¬† If it didn’t make me feel like a completely irrational drama queen you would probably find me curled up in ball wondering what did I do to deserve such a food-less world even if the fridge is completely stocked, I just have to make something.

That’s why I’ve been going crazy for anything overnight, put things in a jar, shake it up and forget about it until morning. ¬†At one point I felt like I was a little bit too addicted to my iron rich overnight oats, instead of calling the overnight oats helpline for addiction I decided I need to add some variety to my mornings, but yet be filling enough not to make me sulky in public when I get hangry 15 minutes later, it should be filled with protein and just make me feel good while eating it. ¬†That’s how this gluten free, coconut flour, chocolate-y slice of heaven in a jar was created. ¬†Filled with a whole lot of good for you ingredients, like ground flax seeds, chia seeds, banana, protein powder and really yummy coconut flour, how can you go wrong with something that’s just so right.

Coconut flour overnight porridge

A word of advice, don’t be all willy nilly with your coconut flour, otherwise you might end up with coconut flour-aggedon. ¬†The one evening I felt a little tired and didn’t count my tbsp properly, and because ¬†coconut flour is just as hungry as I am, I ended up with 3 days worth of porridge for 2 people. ¬†I wasn’t complaining.

CHOCOLATE COCONUT FLOUR OVERNIGHT PORRIDGEserves two hangry people

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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3-4 tbsp chia seeds ( depends how thick you want it
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 overripe banana, mashed into a puree or a normal yellow banana blended smooth
  • 2 tbsp hemp seed powder (optional)
  • 1 cup non dairy milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • sweetener of choice ¬†( I cut up some dates really small or add a couple of dates while blending the banana for a sweetener)

Directions

Mix the dry ingredients into a big enough jar, or two smaller jars.

Stir in the milk, water, banana and vanilla.  Stir well until all the coconut flour clumps are gone.  Or shake vigorously with the lid tightly sealed.

Place in the fridge overnight.

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Remove from fridge, if its a little bit too thick add more milk till desired consistency and serve with your favourite porridge toppings, I would suggest a drizzle of nut butter, almonds, yogurt, fruit and a drizzle of sweetener. ¬†Sit back and enjoy your healthy, yet decadent dessert….. I mean breakfast.