All week I’ve been getting my babes ready for their new school year. We have bought the school supplies. All four have brand new school and sports shoes. William’s high school uniform is ready and he look a million dollars. We bought new hats, the others were a little tattered. We have updated the items that were a pinch too small. It was fun and stressful and exciting and expensive, but we are ready for what the 2016 school year holds.
A few months ago Unlock Hope had asked me to donate my brush script designs so that they could put them on t-shirts to sell to raise money for their cause. I checked out their websites and researched their mission. I didn’t hesitate.
Today I received a message from my friends at Unlock Hope that the t-shirts were ready for purchase. I was so happy yet, at the same time, a bit ashamed. All week we had been consumed by getting ourselves ready for our school year, absorbed in school supply lists and uniform sizes. And here, on the other side of the world, were girls simply grateful for the chance to learn. The true reason for all of what we had been doing had been, for moment, taken for granted.
How lucky we are to have a high level of education available and to our children and to have this high level of education available, equally, to both boys and girls.
Being involved with this cause has put our perspectives back in align with what is really important.
The t-shirts that I have designed for Unlock Hope are ready! I feel so privileged to have been asked to help. To give your support to these brave girls in Uganda please visit the Unlock Hope website, check out the amazing work these people are doing and the empowering benefits they are creating for girls in Uganda.
IN UGANDA, YOUNG GIRLS AREN’T GIVEN THE SAME CHANCES AS BOYS.
Without access to education they often marry young, have large families that they are unable to care for, and are forced to work difficult jobs for very little pay. We believe educating young girls is the first step in ending a seemingly never ending cycle of poverty in Africa. Help us Unlock Hope in their lives for a better future.
Since 2008, we have partnered with Think Humanity, an organization that runs a hostel in Hoima, Uganda for young refugee girls from all across Africa, many of whom are orphaned. By providing them with quality healthcare, good food to eat and a safe place to live they are enabling them to get an education.
ONE PRODUCT. ONE GIRL. ONE DAY.
Each time you buy one of our products we donate enough money to cover every single expense necessary to support one girl for one day. Health care, food, housing, utilities, transportation, support staff, school fees, clothing, uniforms, toiletries, school supplies, books and more are completely paid for – all thanks to you!
With gratitude. XO
“When feeling happy is of paramount importance to you – and what you do “for a living” makes you happy – you have found the best of all combinations.”
I get so inspired by words like these.
Today I am grateful that my darling wee little basil plants survived the crazy weather we have had in New South Wales lately. Hot, heavy rain, hotter, even more heavy rain, hot, more rain and hot again. This is Australia.
I’m not a very good gardener but I absolutely love giving it a go. I’m learning how to grow lots of tasty goodness organically in my small space. A lot of trial and even more error but I’m having a ball all the same. I also really enjoy creating in the kitchen. Tonight two of my loves came together in a very, very small way however it still felt like it was the beginning of the bigger picture I have in mind for myself and my family. To eat what we grow.
The kids and I had returned home from our swim. We walked through our cottage door all sun kissed, tired and happy, sand still on our bodies and incredibly hungry. I needed to whip up a meal and fast. I didn’t feel like cooking a hot dinner so I wandered outside and collected the cup of fresh basil leaves needed to make a serving of pesto for our lazy dinner of spaghetti. Here is how it came together based on a recipe a girlfriend of mine gave me during our time living in Saudi Arabia. Very quick and easy.
About a cup of fresh basil leaves, one crushed garlic clove, about a 1/3 of a cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup of pine nuts lightly toasted and cooled, 1/3 cup of olive oil preferably organic.
I threw all the ingredients into my NutriBullet cup and processed it until the ingredients were just chopped. I didn’t want it too smooth. Personal choice. You could also use your food processor.
Serve on top of your favourite pasta for a quick and easy meal. We added some pre-cut watermelon, rockmelon, peaches, strawberries and raspberries in a bowl on the side left over from lunch.
What did the kids think? The girls (10 + 9) hands down absolutely loved it. Henry (6) not so much but at least he tried it which is huge as he isn’t a fabulous eater. He eventually opted for the plain pasta option. William (12) my meat and three veg boy liked it but made the suggestion to add only half a garlic clove next time. Duly noted. I personally thought it was fresh and scrumptious!
All four were proud that the pesto was made from basil that was from our very own little veggie patch as was I.
Little by little it will all grow (and hopefully their taste buds will develop). XO
Hope you are all enjoying the school holidays. We have the cousins over today. Six little beings racing around making cubbies, playing outdoor cricket, sucking on icy poles and eating lamb sandwiches from last nights roast while, amongst it all, I try and steal a few moments to watch the Australia Open tennis in on TV. Sigh. This is Australia – and I really love it. Slowly beginning the working year, getting back into the swing of things with Jodie York Script and Wellness Naturally. Things are moving forward strongly. So proud.
To kick things off I thought I would let you all know that I have a heap of new brush script designs available in the Silhouette America store. All in the name of love ready for a romantic February.
You can find my hoard right here.
Wishing you lots of fun moments too. XO
I’m guessing that you have noticed that together with my love of yoga and mindful living I’ve dived into yet another area of natural wellness. Essential oils. I thought I had better explain myself and humbly present to you my ‘why’…
Every single word in this affirmation instantly grabbed me and I felt the need to script them straight away onto some more recycled kraft paper. If you were looking for a New Year Resolution and are stumped for choice perhaps this would be a good one for you. There are a lot of positive ideas in this one quote. I have three available in my Art Shop for purchase.
2015 was a big year. William was in his final year at primary school, Henry started Kindergarten and both Stella and Scarlett were going full steam head with life. I knew I needed every little ounce of energy to be the best mum I could be for these four beautiful beings. So I quietened my life right down. I went back to focusing on what was directly in front of me not what I thought I wanted or needed. I made a conscious decision to
The big event of my four babes leaving for an overseas holiday with their dad has been an enormous deal around here. We did a lot of international traveling as a family years ago however William, Stella, Scarlett and Henry haven’t experienced any of that since our new life began. When their dad told us of his plans to take them overseas we were all hit with a tangle of emotions. Happiness, worry, excitement, fear, overwhelm. As the months rolled on and we got closer to their departure date these feelings continued. They are half way through their trip and I