134 calories And Great TastingΒ 


10am on a Sunday morning once meant in our household, caramel lattes, chai lattes and mini chinos. To top it off Bannana bread and chocolate muffin. 

Fast forward a few months and here we are, greek yogurt fruit, and for mummy McDowell crackers with tomatoes and cheese. Just like our budget we are cutting alot out and working hard to achieve success. 

The Real Cost Of Sugar πŸ­πŸ’”πŸš«

The Real Cost Of SugarΒ 

 

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This handsome young man, has a whole life ahead of him, a grand journey that is their’s for the taking, he lives in a society that is socially trying to set a new bar, the well meaning, but misguided push to legalise same sex marriage, is one war that is taking casualties on both sides. Another war that will rage after the SSM debate’, is assisted death. But thrown in the midst of this search for meaning for this young generation is one the most important social and medical crisis of our time.

Never before in history has Australians eaten so much sugar, My wife and I tried to cut out all sugar from our diet, but what we found that about 95 percent of all foods including canned tomatoes had added sugar in them. according to Eating Disorders Australia, 63.4 percent of all Australians are overweight or obese. Obesity has soared 80 percent in 33 years. The worst of this is that 25 percent of all children in this lucky country are overweight. If these stats are not alarming you, in 2008, 2 years ago obesity cost the tax payer 48 billion dollars.

We have 4 young children and to be honest the future is looking a bit dark and large. What is needed? the current government is considering a soft drink tax, similar to the smoking tax. 20 percent on top of all soft drinks, to me the words, “soft revolution” come to mind. Raise the price of a can of coke, the only thing this will do is impoverish more people. Growing up in a beach town in central Queensland we would go to the shops in the morning to get some bread, alot of boys would meet up. some of them would be getting bread but there were a few boys who would get cigarettes and coke for there mums. Fast forward to 2017 and I can Guarantee this is still the case, some people look at soft drink in such high regard that its there life source. Raising taxes on a can or bottle will only take more money from the people who we are trying to save. One of the worst thing that is happening to this country is the cost of living. Bought on by well meaning but misguided global warmest that have single handedly driven up the cost of living, far beyond affordability.

To me this is just another knee jerk reaction to a serious crisis. I wish I had the answers but I really don’t. If Β I were the law setter I would reduce the level of sugar in things. Ween this generation off this amazingly tasty thing called sugar, cut the sugar in cans of fruit and tomato’s, plant community gardens everywhere possible, free fresh food for everyone is my answer, you want sugar? have a water melon, Apple, banana, eat of the fruit my generation.

 

Time Time Time Gone

One of the most common things I hear from people that are over 40, is that time went to fast. Where I sit at the moment I have a marriage, 4 young kids, a business that I am building, this blog which I am building and a strong spiritual walk to devote my time to. I guess you could say that I am in the thick of it, the busy point of life. All of the above are all important time consuming things.

Proverbs 16:9 says, The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. I think one of the hardest discerning moments in life is, what do we prioritise and what do we let go?

I am a visionary, I have a new idea for Breakfast then dinner. My sweet wife listens as best she can while having 4 children hanging off her.  It has only recently hit me that life is going faster by the year. We now go to church most Sundays, and hear great words from Pastor Jake from Life Builders church. It strikes us how fast Sundays come around.

One of our greatest things we did a few years back was to free ourselves from Facebook, I know it does connect families that usually wouldn’t see them and is a great place that people really like, but for Niki and I it was a place of never ending social suck. We started a Facebook group that grew to a few thousand and we spent most nights blocking and deleted posts. Around the same time we unplugged from the world, we also gave up TV. At first we were wondering how could we survive without it all. It took about the time frame of about 10 minutes to feel free. We looked at each other and smiled and literally welcome each other back into our worlds. Freedom!

God has lead us both to start an online journey, my talented wife puts together amazing vlogs that marvel the great Steven Spielberg and faithfully posts, even though we are so busy at the moment. I feel God is leading me to do this blog page to go alongside of the online journey of vlogging.

Time is for us going like sand in a siv, but I hope that the quality of our time is there. When we are old and healthy and hopefully wealthy, we will look back on life and know that we have given everything all the life we have.

I hope that as in Matthew where the holy scripture says, But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. that you will give life everything you have. Because as my business slogan says. One Life, One Earth, Live it clean.

God Bless and you i hope that you follow us on this journey and keep reading, as some really exciting guest bloggers are about to write for us.

Imitating Christ

This morning when I woke up I went straight into my quiet morning time β€œalone”. I say alone very rarely…and I wasn’t alone. Mr almost 3 yr old followed me and my quiet time didn’t last very long, alone. But I still enjoyed it πŸ™‚
I was reminded this morning of Philippians 2. As it states we are to be imitating Christ humility. Wow. How hard can this be? I think it can be really hard at times, and OK at other times.
This is what stood out to me…1-5 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, than make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in the spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
I pray that his passage will encourage you on your walk with Christ. I challenge my self today to really take note of others needs and interests and seek God to help me. So today I am going to put in to practice more than before to be imitating Christ humility.
Hope you have a great day and weekend! Be blessed, Niki

Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Fat Sausages 2017

10 fat sausages frying in a pan. One goes bang. You know the fun irritating song.

Growing up my Dad used to prick the snags with a fork to make sure they didnt blow up in your face. Massive amounts of added fat to each explosive sausage, that made north Korea look tame. One of my favourite memories of my dad is pricking the Sausages. 

Its amazing how far the flavors have come. From the minced mess of anypart a cow that you cant sell. To chicken with sage and mint. Full fat no fat low fat organic. 

In Victoria the tradition of walking into bunnings and enjoying the smell of sausages and onions has been hijacked by well meaning vegans, that are now serving green sausages. Hmm fake meat sausages. By the way not green as in off but green as in vegan. I guess its the new way to have options but give me a sausage loaded with taste and badness. 

Let us know if you have any weird new mixtures of Sausages. Have a great weekend. Full of love friends and family. 

– Michael

Bless you all please comment and share 

Baby Dedication

In our family we love dedicating our children to the Lord in front of our church and family. We have done so for all of our children, and it is kind of a big deal! 😁

When I was dedicated I wore a white dress, to this day I still have it and we put it on Gracie to wear for her dedication too, it was very special. For our boys, we bought an outfit that is white satin and they all wore that!

In Deuteronomy 6:4-7  NKJV it says this. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

In 1 Samuel 1 we read about Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Joseph and Mary bought Jesus to temple and presented him to the Lord in the same way that we do now days.

Reflecting on these scriptures we believe that we are to do this for our children. We love our kids so much and we want the very best for them. We will do this by teaching them God’s principles and showing them these in our own lives. We want to dedicate them to the Lord because they are His, just like we are His. Children are a blessing from the Lord.

-Niki

P.S. If you want to watch the VLOG of us dedicating our newest member of the family, Malachi, then please head over to our VLOG Channel on YouTube. Click here.

Our VLOGGING Adventure 2017

It started in 2016, a fun loving homeschooling family put themselves out there for the world to see, often in the cleaning Business I Michael, would be asked do you I have kids? Yes I would reply, 3 kids under 6.  After a few silent seconds after the brains commuted what I had just told them they would always say, boy you have your hands full I bet you cant wait until you send them to school. In reply I would take a breath and then calmly explain that we will have started homeschooling our kids and will continue until they graduate. The room would go from a casual chat to a cold, earth shattering, paradigm mind shifting world altering,  response WHAT!? The questions would then come, the usual, how will they get socialised to I didn’t even know that was legal in this country and why don’t you like to current curriculum and school system.

Being a debater at heart, I could hit them with enough language and argument on the benefits of homeschooling that they would loose me a few minutes into my grand speech. So in putting it into believable terms, I would explain that I have no issues with schools and I have niece’s that go to school and my wife and I were schooled at the so called “normal school”. We believe in Maths and English and core subjects that will not only improve their knowledge and IQ but also build there spirits and social IQ by getting them to deal with a lot of ages. Being Christian as well, we can encourage them in the faith.

In conclusion this is why we VLOG to encourage people around the world that they’re worth it and that if they choose to homeschool their children then good on them. The ability it can give them to be great adults with all the opportunities that other children have without the restraints of a school system that can drum them into little employees, not free minded leaders that can change the world.

-Michael