5 free active things to do with the kids these winter holidays

Flying a KiteHello!

How are you all? I have intentionally stayed away from blogging the last few days, because I have been really busy helping 3 sick kids. Not much fun and not very exciting to blog about. I think we are finally on the upswing… fingers crossed.

Well since it is school holidays and my kids are sick it has actually been me going stir crazy at home, desperate to get out! However, usually holidays bring boredom to the kids as they search for things to do. Most “things” these days cost $ and it adds up quickly. SO here are a few ideas for those after some free options.

1. The library!

Okay I know some kids will complain about this, but I think even if kids don’t admit it, most can find some joy in reading. And the library has so many books, they can usually borrow quite a few! It is a great way for kids to try out different authors or genres. It satisfies that super consumer cultural need to “take something home”/ “get something” and it will get them out and then hopefully give them something to do during at home. My kids also discovered at our last visit that they even have DVDs you can borrow! Also for little kids the power of having their own card and bag to manage is extremely fun and empowering!

2. The beach!

It may be winter, but the beach is one of my favourite places to visit. During winter it is generally empty, clean and more fun than you would guess! You may even get lucky and spot a dolphin or whale as they migrate north for the winter! Rug the kids up if it is too cold or windy, and let them run. Take a kite or let the kids build a sandcastle. I find that kids have far fewer issues going to places like the beach in winter than adults, we like to over think potential fun!

3. The park!

Okay I know this is predictable but it is a good one. And you know you can always mix things up and try out a new park, or a new kind of park. Maybe your kids seem too old for the usual park, well how about a skate park? Or a bike park? My kids complain if I take them to the regular park during the holidays too frequently so I like to take them to those parks we have driven past but don’t have time to stop at because we are usually too busy!

4. Bike track!

There are bike trails, paths, and tracks all over the place. Bike riding is obviously great exercise and lots of fun! You can foster their independence and take them on a little adventure. My only tip is that make sure you don’t take them too far on the way out so that the way back is a real struggle!

5. Bush walking!

Again, it is a great time to explore some wonderful trails. Snakes are (mostly) in hibernation, so get those shoes out and go for a walk. If you are in Sydney there are trails and walks to suit even the slickest of city slickers and those up for more rough and tumble. Make sure you are prepared, let someone know where you are going and when you should be back, take plenty of water and sunscreen! And have fun!

What are your favourite “free” activities”? What are your favourite holiday memories? If yor kids are on holidays what do you have planned?

We are hoping to head up to Yamba to see my Dad in the second week if the girls ears clear up as we are wanting to fly! Fingers crossed!

Jess xoxox

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Life lately and the Winner is…!

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How are you? This week is the last week of term before Schools ( and the girls kindy) break up for two weeks Winter Holidays.  We had quite the week with some nasty virus that has been passed back and forward. The girls made kindy 2 of the 3 days but have been lying on the couch with temps the last two days.

My sister has been busing moving so luckily the two days the twins were at school Summer and I were able to help with the move! And in between helping move we were able to go on some beautiful winter beach walks. We have had the most stunning winter weather! I have been soaking it up because Sydney weather can change pretty quickly!

We saw Dolphins on one of our walks. See if you can spot the fins in the picture. Pretty hard to see! Still you can get the idea of how beautiful it has been with the gorgeous winter sunshine.IMG_20150623_104300799

That has been life lately! I am so glad the girls are finally on holidays. Everyone is well and truly ready for some rest and fun!

And before I go… I wanted to thank you all for entering my competition. The winner was Raychael from Agent Mystery Case! Thank you Raychael!

How has your week been?

Jess xox

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Fitness – fitting it in

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How are you? I have been meaning to do this post for awhile, but have been struggling to fit it in, excuse the pun. No but seriously it can be hard trying to manage your time when you have little kids or a full time job or are studying or whatever. Life is busy. Time to spend on yourself for things like exercise can be scarce. So sometimes you have to get creative, prioritise and just do it in order to fit it in.

The girls started kindy this year (preschool) three days a week. This has been a huge change for me, because I was so used to having them home with me all the time. I miss them, but it is no doubts positive for all of us for them to be going to kindy, socialising and getting used to routine before school starts next year. It has also given me more time sort of to exercise. I still have Summer at home with me on their kindy days. However, it is definitely easier to exercise with one child than three.

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Term one I focused on going gung ho into exercise on the three kindy days. Monday was generally a run with the stroller or an at home jump rope session during Summer’s nap. Tuesday morning was a Mums boxing class. Wednesday morning was Yoga and a long walk. The rest of the week and the weekend was a struggle. I would find the occasional time to go for a run, but largely I relied on doing as much incidental exercise as possible. I would try to walk the girls to school as frequently as possible and home from school, rather than drive on school days. On non kindy days I would try to plan active days including things like park visits, zoo trips, beach visits or swimming.

I definitely felt better about getting exercise in than I had last year where it felt impossible to carve out time. However, I still felt like I was craving a lot more on the days the girls weren’t going to kindy and I wasn’t being so successful with fitting it in. Everything in moderation though right? And I do realise how fleeting time is. The girls will only be this little once and it will flash by (it already has been flashing by). So I have tried not to worry too much, knowing that I will be able to increase it more as they all become more independent.

head standSecond term I changed things up again. Monday stayed as a run with the stroller, yoga moved days to a Tuesday and Wednesday has been a run with the stroller. With yoga changing days I have been unable to return to boxing. I have mixed feelings about this, I don’t like to be a quitter. But there were some challenges with boxing. It was farther away, which meant I had to drop the girls really fast at kindy to make the class and Summer hated the boxing classes, she hated the noise and would cry through a lot of it. And finally I felt as if I was being continuously corrected, which is totally fine with me to a point and then I just want to be left to work it out and do it on my own.

I have been better about getting in workouts on the days the girls are not in kindy. I have been doing at least one other structured workout over the four days and frequently I do two, which leaves me with 2 rest days. The workouts are a bit hit and miss and I would prefer they were a bit more planned, rather than trying to negotiate the time each week. However, definitely been a step forward!

The other positive thing that happened was for Mother’s Day I got a FitBit (basically a fancy pedometer). It has been fantastic. I am not usually one for gadgets, because they are expensive and I don’t like to get too obsessed with numbers. However, it has been really motivating in a really healthy balanced way (at least that how is feels so far). My goal has been to do 10,00 steps a day, which is achievable but takes some extra work some days. It has also been eye opening for the days I rely on ‘incidental’ movement, because there were days where I thought I had moved non stop and I really hadn’t and others where the reverse was true. I will probably do a review post soon!

So that has been my fitness these days, it is definitely not a work in progress. I definitely hope to do more and carve out more time and workout more effectively. However, I am happy with where I am at in the mean time.

Do you find it hard to ‘fit it in’? What holds you back?

Jess xoxxo

PS Have you entered my competition yet? Don’t miss out!

 

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