Sharing special moments

This morning when I went to Facebook – I found this beautiful video on my friend’s Facebook page.  Alyssandra always has magical stuff.   She has her own fantastic business doing stationery – putting a link here for you just in case you need some. Click here for Alyssandra’s Striking Stationery

But today I want to highlight this group that is on Facebook and shared another lovely video today.  “Animalkind Stories added a new episode.”

“He’s one of the few who knows what it’s like to fly with birds, and the views are breathtaking.”  What I love is that you really do get to appreciate the amazing “bird’s eye view”.  It is funny as you often hear people use that expression and this has given that saying new meaning and understanding.
You also get to appreciate this fantastic man who has his own passion and good work – rehabilitating injured geese.  Then he takes other people up to enjoy the magnificence of the geese and being able to be close to them.  I was surprised to see what one of the passengers was carrying.


Child & Family Foundation

Very pleased to be involved in a business that has its heart in helping others.  Everyone who joins and there is millions of us – have this information at our fingertips on our own website.

Our work

Our core responsibilities

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In accordance with its guiding principle “Education. Opportunities. Future.” the Child and Family Foundation Association set itself the goal of enabling people to help themselves in the long-term by giving them access to education, as well as implementing measures to improve the living conditions for children, adolescents and families with financial difficulties or physical or mental disabilities.


The area of early infant education includes the support of preschool children involving their parents and legal guardians in the areas of language, sports, music and social behaviour. In addition, we also support and implement educational and therapeutic measures and programmes.


The great emphasis lies on support and guidance from preschool to the start of higher education. All children and adolescents should be able to receive a basic age-appropriate education. According to the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child has the “right to education“. By building our own schools the CFF puts this from the idea-stage into practice. In addition, we also support existing educational facilities by renovating, adapting or extending the infrastructure, as well as by providing much-needed learning materials.


For adults and adolescents who have never learned how to read and write, education is just as important as for children. They should also have the chance for education, which provides them with new opportunities and chances in life. This means much more than a better education; it raises self-awareness and enables them to make their own contributions to the community concerning social and economic development.
We don’t just focus on academic education and further training; we also concentrate on measures and programmes to promote education.


To create equal opportunities for all, we go into partnership with project partners to support and implement various education programmes for children, adolescents and young adults with special needs. Our goal is to help people to live life independently.


It is very important for us to pursue a long-term, fully sustainable goal with all projects. Even before planning a project, it is necessary to ask ourselves which measures need to be taken to help people help themselves. It is very important to first attend to basic needs, such as health, food, clothing and shelter in order to achieve the main goal of initiating change by providing education.

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Oh no, it is still raining!


Here are some more ideas that we enjoyed as children – yes a long time ago!  The beauty of these suggestions,  I will share, is that every family can do them.  Are you ready?

Make yourself an obstacle course.  Find items from around your home.

  • Hoola Houp – we have two and they could have to hula hoop for a certain time.
  • Ride on any toys that you have.
  • Go in and out of cans of beans or tomatoes – whatever is in your pantry.
  • You could also do this with toys.
  •  Jump – over soft toys; or hope from one spot to another.
  • Crawl under a table or a blanket; large box you have cut the end out of.
  •  Balance – use something they can stand on for a certain amount of time – count to ten.
  • Let your imagination go and make sure you invite your little people to come up with ideas.
  • Here is a link to get hulahoops


Get crafty and make a caterpillar.

  • Hopefully, you have an empty egg carton. You will need paint or felt pens and stickers or other things to stick on and glue.
  • Step one – turn your egg-carton upside down and cut off the top and the edge flap.
  • Cut it in half – so from one end to the other and you will make two long caterpillar bodies.
  • You can then paint and decorate your caterpillar.  Remember to add eyes and see if you can make it a happy caterpillar.
  • Of course, you want to give your caterpillar a name and you can stick on wool or string and pipe-cleaners for feelers.
  • Here is a link to Creative Junk on FacebookCreative Junk on Facebook.
  • We have a box and we add to it cardboard rolls; ribbon; bottle tops anything that makes good creative items we then take them to Creative Junk for you. 5158b4af717ca8150f944c95f85779ae

Another indoor activity is creating Your Family Band.

  • This is where your creativity can come into its own.
  • Choose your instruments – might be your body for clapping or legs for tapping on.
  • Make some shakers – plastic bottles with rice or some other small item that will make a sound.
  • You can have music to play along to or you can just enjoy the raw beat.
  • You might want to create and then find new instruments and items for the band members to use.
  • Name your Band.
  • This could be how the new Family Band starts.
  • Over 300 posts of ideas to make your musical instruments.

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Holiday Entertainment

What do you do when it’s pouring with rain and you have what feels like a house full of bored children.  I must say I have never had to deal with this challenge as I have a reader.  That does bring its own challenge because to try and keep up age-appropriate books is a nightmare.  Professionals have said you must read the books before you give them to your teenager.  It just didn’t happen and as a consequence, we have a bright, articulate and word-wise teenager.  So not a bad outcome for this family.

I am here to talk about your family and share a few ideas of what you can do on that challenging day.

I shared on a live video a couple of these ideas and will share a couple more this week as it continues to rain.

  1. Do my favourite activity when my daughter was three or four.  We loved playing “let’s go shopping”.  You can start by creating a sign “Sally’s Shop” or perhaps the family name so no arguments if you have more than one child.    The sign should keep everyone busy for a while.  Then go to the recycling bin and find as many empty cartons or boxes you can find.  Get the sticky tape and seal down flaps and lids.  Find the Monopoly money or take some time to create your own “play money”.   Find some shopping baskets and you can play until everyone has had enough.  Store all the food items in a big box and its there for the next rainy day.
  2. Ideas for cleaning up the house – playing tidy up!  This idea will be the perfect parent activity.  Inspired by a friend who shared photos on Facebook with me.  So find a piece of music.  Explain to everyone that when the music starts everyone has to get busy and put things away from the living room or lounge or activity room.  Whatever room you choose.  When the music stops the hope is everything has been put away.  Another idea find the “Mission Impossible” music.  Put that theme song and take turns with your children of choosing a mission.  My first mission would be to pick up the newspapers and put in recycling.  Yes, there is a blog to come on that I am sure).  Missions could include putting all the books back in their right bookcase.  Put away all the shoes!  The list of missions is endless when you are faced with an untidy house.  The final idea of cleaning up and making it fun – competition time. Parents verse the children.  Race each other – kids are in bedrooms and adults another.  This one will have some very inventive cleanup strategies from parents as they usually want to win.
  3. Balloons – yes let’s have some “fun with balloons”. I think every house has some leftover balloons tucked away somewhere.  Hopefully, you can find them as without them there can be no balloon fun.  So having found a few balloons, a felt pen, your fly wat or a paper plate – probably better as the fly swat may need a good wash.  So start with:   (1. Flying balloons – blow them up and when nearly full let them go and have lots of laughter and fun.  (2. Draw a doodle on your balloon.  Then blow it up and watch your doodle grow in size. (3. Blow up your balloon and tap it to each other and don’t let it touch the floor.  Have a competition and if balloon lands on the ground the other child gets a point.  Yes, there are endless options to develop this competition. (4.  So with that fly swot or something you create with your paperplate.  See if you can bat it to each other. There will be other ideas your children will have for playing with balloons.

So there you go my three ideas for holiday entertainment when its raining outside.

Let’s raise a glass to your sanity. books-1840463_1920

Your Chinese Good Luck Tantra Totem

I was given this and I wanted to share.

One – give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

Two: Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

Three: Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

Four: When you say “I love you”, mean it.

Five: When you say,  “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye.

Six: Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

Seven: Believe in love at first sight.

Eight: Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

Nine: Love deeply and passionately.  You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

Ten: In disagreements, fight fairly.  Please, No name calling.

Eleven: Don’t judge people by their relatives.

Twelve: Talk slowly but think quickly.

Thirteen: When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask. “Why do you want to know/”

Fourteen: Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Fifteen: Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.

Sixteen: When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Seventeen: Remember the three R’s. Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.

Eighteen: Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

Nineteen: When you realise you’ve made a mistake take immediate steps to correct.

Twenty: Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

Twenty-One: Spend some time alone.

A message for Financial Planners

Today I want to share with you some great advice  from Nicola Domini

Free financially but in the wheelchair?

There is a system that leads to financial freedom, a system that allows you to become forever free when you are still young and full of life, without forcing you to wait for the decline of old age.

Yeah, you don’t have to settle for mediocrity. You can become free financially, retire years before and live a life that few can afford.

Unfortunately, this system has been hidden from you.

Instead of taking you to freedom, you have been led on a path leading to mediocrity, a boring truckload of stratagems designed to quell the masses, a line of obligations that sacrifice your greatest dreams in the name of reduced expectations.

What is this system that you’ve been taught since you were a child?
It’s the system of financial mediocrity, known as “free financially in a wheelchair”.

This rhyme sounds like this:
Study for 15/20 years for free, get good grades, get your degree, find a good job, get married, make kids, debt to the house, get in debt for the car, work 8 hours a day, save, make sacrifices, live A simple and boring life… then one day, when you get, say 75 years, you’ll be free to enjoy life.

I know the system to make you live an amazing life today that you’re young, decades before you reach retirement age.

Yeah, you can live a life of freedom and prosperity, and it doesn’t matter that you’re 18 or 70

What the system you’ve been taught to create in 50 years, I’m going to get you in 47 countries.

Already 550.000 people in 47 countries have given me confidence, if you really want to understand how to become free financially – speak to who shared this post.

To your Freedom, Nik

I am so thankful to my friend Vicki for sharing this with me.  

I will forever be grateful.

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What can you do for someone suffering from depression?

What can you and I do for someone suffering from depression?

First, you need to understand what depression is and how it affects people.

Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. 

Depression is different from feeling down or sad, which everyone can feel at different times.  Feeling sad or down is usually temporary feelings and we can generally pick ourselves up and move on.

Watch out for symptoms of Depression that include:

  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
  • Withdrawal from social activities.
  • Sadness.
  • Irritability.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Disrupted sleep.
  • Fatigue or loss of energy.
  • Appetite changes

Depression should only be diagnosed by a medical professional but if those around you seem to be struggling, you can try and help. In Christchurch, New Zealand we have a very high rate of depression.  Rates skyrocketed after the earthquakes.  This led to years of stress and broken homes for many.  You would hear of one family getting past the challenges and then hear to ten who were still battling to get their home replaced.  It shouldn’t be like this but unfortunately, it has been.  There have been many deaths of elderly people and although it is not directly recorded as being earthquake related, I know my Mother’s passing was associated with earthquake stress.

My friend Raewyn posted this recently and she has given her permission for me to share:  “It’s funny cause 3 months ago I would have said “yeah right”, now I actually believe and am sharing because it has really worked for me. Three months ago, each day and nearly every single day, I would lie on my bed for around 3-4 hours sleeping. Kids would come home from school and there I was asleep. Got up, made dinner, back to bed and played games on my iPad and boom, sleep for the rest of the night. Now!! no more lying down in the middle of the day.”

What Raewyn is talking about is the Triangle of Health. People, including myself, have found it life-changing. It had helped greatly with stress and other issues. I have been dealing with some very difficult situations in the last few months and I don’t know how I would have dealt without this.

So here is a link to the Triangle of Health video: