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Photo Shoot At The Beach And Other Stuff

Hope you are all well and have had a great week so far.

This week I’ve had a few things going on pushing things in the right direction.  I hope you all enjoyed last weeks blog about Sass Harding Photography, which if you missed you can read here.  If you follow me on facebook or instagram you will know that Sass and myself, along with Saffie dog, took a trip to Whitstable for a photo shoot on Wednesday.  We had such a lot of fun and were so blessed with the weather.  The sun was out, the wind was blowing but although there was a bit of a nip in the air it was beautiful.  In my mind that is perfect weather, especially for a walk along the beach.  I will be sharing some of the photos with you once they have been edited.  I’ve had a sneak preview and I’m really pleased with the way they have come out.  I would highly recommend Sass if you are looking for a photographer for any occasion.

I did somehow manage to lose my phone along the way and had no idea where it could be as we had walked quite a way.  I couldn’t believe it but I did feel really peaceful.  As you can imagine, my first port of call was to pray.  I just simply asked that I would be able to find it.  After looking in a couple of places that I thought it could have been we decided to head back.  When I got home, I looked on my ipad at the amazing app called ‘find my iphone’ which, if you have ever used you will also know how marvelous it is.  For those of you who haven’t experienced the genius of this app I shall explain.  The first thing you can do is reset the phone from your ipad to show a message on the front screen saying the phone has been lost and a number so that whoever finds the phone can call to let you know they have found it.  It also locks the phone so that no on can see your personal information.  I mean how cool is that?  Even cooler though is that it shows you a map and the exact location of where your phone is.  Long and short of it, myself and Madie drove back to Whitstable to the part of the beach the app was showing and low and behold, there it was!  Now that is what I call an answered prayer.  God does use technology to answer our prayers.

Also this week I had a meeting with another friend who has recently started her own business.  I will be doing a blog on her and her new venture in the not too distant future, so more inspiration to follow.

I heard from the hospice who have said they now have all the information they need for me to be able to start there soon.  It’s taken quite a long time to come together but we are nearly there.  I’m expecting to hear from them in the early part of next week to confirm an induction date.  I really can’t wait to start now.

Lastly, the kids group at church that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago started this week.  We had about 30 children between the ages of 5 and 11.  As you can imagine it was pretty full on, especially after they had all been in school all day and had tons of energy.  It was as they say a ‘baptism of fire’!  The upshot of it though was that the kids had a great time and learned more encouraging and good things about God.  I felt a little out of my depth but I guess that’s what happens when you step out.  The parents said the kids had a great time and myself and the lady that is heading up the group had a good debrief and have some new ideas on ways to make it even better.  It’s exciting to be a part of something so very different to what i would  normally do.

That’s what’s been happening in Kates shoes so tell me, what have you been doing?

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend whatever your plans.  I’m off to a spa tomorrow to celebrate my lovely Mums birthday with my 3 sisters – lovely.

Take care and God bless

Kate x

 

General, Life, Saffie Dog

Happy Half Term Holiday

Happy Friday! Not only is it the weekend but also half term week, yay!  Do you enjoy the school holidays or does it present problems with work etc?
So I didn’t get around to posting last week, partly because I was busy getting on with life and also because Mum came to stay which, as ever, was lovely. We met for a shopping trip last Monday which consisted of  coffee, looking around for a while and then going for hot chocolate, hand made chocolates on the side and chocolate dipped strawberries for lunch. Oh my that was good!

I wanted to have a look at juicers but then I saw the nutribullet! I am now the proud owner of said nutribullet. It happened to be on offer that day and because it’s my birthday next week Mum said she would pay towards it for me. I have been merrily drinking all sorts of things that I would not normally eat such as kale, spinach, advocado and figs. As long as I put a banana in I can’t taste all the other stuff so my body can enjoy the benefits of fruit and veg that I don’t normally eat – result. Some of them do look a bit ‘iffy’ in colour though!  Little Miss has been having a smoothie of oats, banana, strawberries, blueberries and grapes with milk all week! It always makes me feel good knowing that the kids have gone to school with a healthy breakfast, you know?

Scrummy #nutribullet #banana #glutenfree #oats #banana #strawberries #almondmilk #sodelicious ❤️

Scrummy #nutribullet #banana #glutenfree #oats #banana #strawberries #almondmilk #sodelicious ❤️

I still haven’t got round to finishing ‘the sideboard’ that I am supposed to be blogging. Maybe I’ll get that finished for next week, you never know!  I haven’t been feeling the creative buzz since Christmas really as I felt all crafted out but I think it’s on it’s way back so hopefully I will be posting more of that soon.

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Something that is keeping me incredibly busy, more emotionally than anything, is the children. I seem to have hit the stage of ‘teenagedom’ with more speed than I thought possible. One is well into it and the other is not quite there years wise, but they are both there in full swing!! Obviously we have been there for a while and I was aware but a couple of things have happened, conversations had and I’ve been made acutely aware that this is it – bam!  What the heck? It’s a bit overwhelming if I’m honest. This is the point where I need to trust that I have done enough in the earlier years to help them through these years with as little collateral damage on the way as possible. We have all been there though and made our own mistakes and it’s the only way they will learn but It can be hard to watch.  How did those of you who have been through it and come out the other side fair?

 

Saffie dog has been quite time consuming, trying to keep her clean. Oh my goodness who is having the same problem with their pooch? This muddy weather is a nightmare, especially for the short legged variety like the saffster. Part of the problem being that we haven’t had her cut for some time so there is so much more fur to clean. She may be a tad overgrown now though!

Saffies early evening nap joined by mummy #naptime #lovesaturdays #chillingwiththedoggy #ilovesaturdays #happy ❤️

Saffies early evening nap joined by mummy #naptime #lovesaturdays #chillingwiththedoggy #ilovesaturdays #happy ❤️

 

Mr H has been away all week and will be home late tonight. Very much looking forward to seeing him and it’s the weekend and valentines weekend at that! ❤️❤️❤️

What’s been happening with you? Any of the same issues? Would love to hear from you.

Lots of love ❤️

Kate Makes, Recipes, Saffie Dog

Healthy homemade dog treats

These delicious dog treats, (so my daughter tells me) have been mentioned previously on one or two of my other blogs so I thought now was the time to share them with you. I’m not a complete dog crazed person (some may disagree) but I do want Saffie to be as healthy as possible so she is with us for as long as possible. It was decided from the beginning that we wouldn’t feed her any ‘rubbish’ but trust me she doesn’t miss out, which is why I decided to bake her treats myself. It’s like anything we cook from scratch, if you make it, you know exactly what’s going in it.

So you need wholemeal flour, peanut butter, coconut oil (really good for dogs general health and their coats) very small amount of milk and a tiny bit of baking soda. I literally throw it all in the magimix – amazing piece of machinery! Once it’s turned into a dough you roll it out and then cut out your shapes. This is the time consuming part. Oven needs to be pre heated to 180 and the biscuits take between 20 and 30 minutes. Obviously that’s just a guide as all ovens vary and it also depends on the size of biscuits you go for. Take them out of the oven, let them cool and voila healthy homemade peanut butter dog treats.

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Healthy homemade dog treat #homemade #dogtreats #lovemydog ❤️

 

The recipe for these was found on Pinterest by a lady named Kim @http://todayscreativelife.com

There are tons of recipes out there to try but of the ones I’ve tried these seem to be saffies favourite (and my daughters) 😉

Let me know if any of you give them a go and how you got on 😀