White Ribbon Day

Reaching outHello,

How are you all doing this week? I know I have been posting about less than upbeat topics lately, and I promise some more fun will come back to the ol blog, but this issue is really important and I had to post about.

In Australia, today, November 25th is White Ribbon Day.  It is a day to raise awareness and get men involved in stopping violence against women. Men are encouraged to swear against participating in or tolerating violence towards women.

Violence against women is a real thing and a really common thing. It transcends all socioeconomic backgrounds, it affects women from all walks of life. In Australia, one woman a week is killed by her partner through a domestic violence situation. One in three women have been involved in an abusive relationship at some stage during their lives.

When people think domestic violence they usually think of the physical abuse, which certainly is violence. But it isn’t isolated to that and it doesn’t necessarily start or stop there. Domestic violence can include economic, social, spiritual and emotional abuse.

Domestic violence is generally about power and control. Within many family cultures the attitude that women are lesser than men in certain ways is entrenched.

What can you do about it?

If you see it or hear it happening, intervene, say something and don’t put up with it. (Obviously don’t put yourself at risk, call 000 if necessary).

Jokes, flippant remarks and negative comments are no joke. And reconfirm sexist attitudes that help justify abusive behaviour towards women. Tell the person making them it is unacceptable.

Treat women and men equally and with respect.

If you know someone in an abusive relationship, highlight your concerns and be there to listen and help if they want it. Sometimes women don’t even realise how bad the situation is when they are immersed in it.

If you think you may be in an abusive relationship seek help immediately.

Thank you for reading today, change is possible and necessary.

Jess xoxox

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Pre Schooler Gift Guide

St. Anthony's preschool Easter program last nightHello!

Christmas is coming! So exciting! But it can also get quite stressful quickly. And it can be really hard to know what to buy kids especially if you don’t have kids that age. I know when buying for my older nephew I never have a clue. So I thought I’d put together a little gift guide for anyone buying for a preschooler. These are all fairly gender neutral gifts! They are all Amazon Affiliate links so any purchases you made through my links would provide me with a tiny percentage of the purchase price, it doesn’t increase your costs and it all just goes to upkeep costs of the site.

Percussion Bag click here

All kids have a natural sense of rhythm and have fun playing around with it. Music is so wonderful for kids for so so so many reasons. I could dedicate an entire blog to the benefits. Percussion is fun and music (and presents) should be fun!

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Dinosaur Figurines from Schleich for T Rex click here

Everyone loves Dinosaurs. Or are at least fascinated by them to some extent right? Preschool age is also the time when kids are starting to play independently or with each other quite well. They are able to set up little imaginary worlds and love figurines. Schliech figurines are more expensive then your average but are beautifully made and outstanding quality. They will last. Figurines are also something that your child will likely continue to play with as they get bigger and they are usually fairly small, so easy to store.

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Bugopedia answer some of those ‘whys’ click here

If you haven’t heard ‘why’ at least 300 times today then you haven’t been hanging out with a preschooler. National Geographic does some awesome kids books. We have quite a few, the current favourite is all about sharks. Bugs though are one of those things that lots of people don’t know a lot about, but definitely spark the curiousity of kids. They are not so cute or cuddly, but they all play important and unique roles.

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Real Princesses click here

Okay so I have not specifically read this book, although I am planning on buying it for my kids this Christmas. Amazon recommends it for slightly older kids, however, there is no reason your preschooler would not enjoy a book for older children if you are there to guide them through it. My in laws are pretty into Disney Princesses and have passed this interest easily along to my girls. I am okay with it in moderation, however, generally I wish that there were stronger female role models in the stories. I figured though since they are so interested in Princesses maybe I could use it as an opportunity to delve into History and educate them a little about Real Princesses. How far this book goes, I am not entirely sure yet, but it looks like it could be a good launch pad.

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Paint your own bird house, combining nature and creativity, click here

My kids love love love craft. It is so good for encouraging their creativity and improving their fine motor skills. And they love the outdoors. I once read that people by nature are biophilic, they naturally enjoy and feel calmer outdoors. I like that thought. Painting your own bird house combines the two nicely. You could even pair it with a birders guide book and a little pair of binoculars.

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Dress ups click here

Imaginative play is so important and fun at the Preschool age. They love it! And they are definitely not too cool to get right into it and role play. I love to watch where their imagination runs too!

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What is on your wish list this year?

Jess xoxox

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Workout Review Millionaire Hoy 35 Min. MAX Cardio HIIT Endurance Workout | HIIT Start Day 02

Vida Fitness Opening PartyHello!

Time for a quick workout review. I have been trying to fit in some workout videos from You Tube and have tried out a few new trainers. Millionaire Hoy is one of them that was recommended to me. If you are looking for a quick, solid and challenging workout Millionaire Hoy’s workouts may be for you.

The Day 2 Max Cardio HIIT click here is 35 minutes total, including a warm up and cool down. You move the entire time. It is hard, but after the 35 minutes you really feel worked.

It contains a lot of plyometrics (jumping) and high impact exercises, so it is a more advanced workout and not suitable for anyone with joint issues or injuries. Hoy does provide some low impact options and you could certainly come up with your own, however, essentially it is designed to be a high impact cardio workout.

The HIIT in the workout name is a little misleading to me, because it really is continuous aerobic activity, not really intervals where there is a clear rest break, or even lower energy activity break, between the action. He does do each exercise for a set time and then switch to the next one. So exercises are broken up, but you move from one to the other without rest. At the end of the round active water breaks are provided. I have seen other trainers and instructors use the term HIIT in the same way, however, so it could be me who is incorrectly using the term.

The warm up, cool down and stretching are nice and fairly thorough for such a short workout.

I really enjoyed it and will certainly try more of his workouts. They are definitely great for me when I am very very short on time but really want to get it done.

Have you tried any new workouts lately? Do you enjoy HIIT?

Jessica xoxox

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