Thursday, 28 May 2015

How to make school holiday fun with stunts and crazy experiments

if you dare ... OMG the ideas are wicked.

Your kids expecially boys will think you are AWESOME !

Save yourself from the

"I'm bored " and the battle to keep them away from the screens ; after they choose their weapon of mass fun.

I stumbled onto a youtube channel by Grant Thompson - the King of random.
I was addicted to watching video after video .

School holidays will be so much fun with
Mini Matchstick Gun - The Clothespin Pocket Pistol, , micro cross bows (from hair clips) , and squishy ninja balls.

Created with things you have at home, for practically nothing  ...well I'll have to buy the hair clips.

Maybe freaky glowing Fluoro magical mud (from potatoes) or cornstarch if you want a quicker version.

I just want to make this

Warning - many of these projects will need adult supervision - don't let the kids have all the fun.

What are your plans for the school holidays ?


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Be part of the cure.

I'm channeling my sadness towards being part of the cure.

As a two times cancer warrior - Breast Cancer in June 2012 and Malignant Sarcoma to my left thigh in February 2014 - I've heard those life shattering words.

I'm running 2015 Sydney City to Surf for National Breast Cancer Foundation NBCF to raise $1000 as a Gold Charity runner - especially in honour of my friend Michelle who passed away last week.

Also for all mothers (sisters, aunts, daughters, nanas and even a few of our menfolk) that have or will face the words -

You Have Breast Cancer ?

However, breast cancer in the breast isn't a death sentence - it is only when it metastasizes to other body parts , like bones, brain, liver or lungs - stage IV that the time bomb starts to tick. Some have weeks or months and the lucky ones years.

I'm running so the 15000 women and 100 men diagnosed with breast cancer this year have a hope for the future , to prevent more families from going through the distressing experience of cancer diagnosis, treatment and in too many cases losing a loved one.

With 37 Australians diagnosed each day and seven losing their battle, there is still much to do.
The value of living each day to its fullest, not putting off until tomorrow what you could do today. After all, one day, there will not be a tomorrow.
Too many lives cut short.

Anything at all counts - be part of the cure - if you can donate or spread the word .

(PS I donated the first hundred as part of my Gold Charity Entry commitment.)


Wordless Wednesday : Of scales, claws and the beating of drums.

Our new, beautiful 12-metre long dragon boat arrived !

 ' Champion' racing boat !

With customised dragon scales on the hull in our club colours , a new drum and complete with an ornately carved and painted dragon’s head at the bow and a tail (not shown yet) at the stern. Our old dragon head looks like a school project next to it

I'm not sure when our maiden paddle is and there is a special ceremony to dot the eyes.

It's large; large enough to seat up to 20 paddlers, a sweep stands on the rear . During races a 'drumme' balances upon a small wooden seat on the bow. Then we battle it out to the beating of drums. The paddlers represent the claws. 

Lifting the new boat is a piece of cake (with a few strong women and men) compared to our older boats. They arrive on 40ft sea containers in packs of ten (on a slow boat from China)

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Make your pinky promise ...

It was with great sadness I found out my friend with stage IV breast "terminal" cancer passed away on Saturday.

There is a hole in my heart. I am gutted for her and her family.
She was in her 40's.
I chatted with her via Fb a week before, I planned for a visit in the next 2-3wks. (She lived 2hrs away.)

It wasn't to be .

A teenage son & daughter and a husband whose loss is immeasurable . Who though at peace with her passing , knowing she has gone into God's hands , will grieve her for the rest of their lives.

I don't know the circumstances. It isn't about me and my loss. I cannot imagine how her family is feeling.

It just so happened I was having my radiation in Orange and saw in The clinic her the day she found out her breast cancer had returned.

I was also visiting the day the doctors gave her the raw truth  "how much time do I have" talk . I was shocked they didn't think to have her husband there.

Though , I was asked to leave the room, afterwards - she mentioned it was measured possibly in years. She mentioned her concern for her daughter immediately that it not happen while she was doing her HSC.

Not 11 months.

Eleven months of unplesant treatment , surgery, pain and time away from her family ; for the most part, that robbed my dear friend of all she loved.

I'm not afraid to talk about the big issues on my blog.

I've shared my own personal story and experiences with cancer so others don't have to face it alone.

Someone told me recently
" ...readers are often looking to your blog as a source of advice, inspiration or empowerment, much like turning to a friend "

So as a friend I am sharing this ...

Pink Hope, breast and ovarian cancer prevention charity, have launched their first Pinky Promise campaign – an initiative to encourage Australians to make a pledge with their best friend to reduce their risk of preventable cancer.

Pink Hope believe making a simple pledge or ‘pinky promise’ with a friend is a great way to keep each other accountable.

I would love you to take the pledge and share on your social media sites.

.... you can pledge to get regular screening tests, to maintain a healthy diet, or to stop smoking or reduce alcohol – all of which reduce your risk of preventable cancer.

Not that I think all breast and ovarian cancers can be prevented , but we can make a difference by reducing our risk and early detection.

During the month of May ~ Pink Hope wants to see more than 100,000 people register their pledge at by the end of June, to prevent more families from going through the distressing experience of cancer diagnosis, treatment and in too many cases losing a loved one.
There is just a week left in May - will you join me ?
The value of living each day to its fullest, not putting off until tomorrow what you could do today. After all, one day, there will not be a tomorrow. 

Time is ticking. Please think about the preventative steps you can take to reduce your risk of cancer this Pinky Promise month.

Excitingly, people who register their pledge at will go in the draw to win a trip for two to New York City, donated by Emma & Roe by Michael Hill – a wonderful experience to share with a best friend.
Take a selfie with a BFF making a Pinky Promise and upload it to Instagram using our hashtag, and you could laso both shine in the full Pink Hope collection  by Emma & Roe by Michael Hill worth $1,000!

PS: I'm going to give my friend's daughter a Mother's love Rose plant.Hopefully I can track one down and give her a pinky promise ring.

My pinky promise is to modify my diet and alcohol intake to reduce my risk of reoccurance.

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