Pesach Prep – 2 weeks to go // VLOG

I thought it would be fun to document the two weeks leading up to Pesach (Passover). For Passover we are required to clean out our entire house of any chametz (any of the 5 grains that has touched water for more than 18 minutes before being completely cooked). So we’re talking about pulling out all furniture and cleaning thoroughly behind it all, cleaning down all surfaces, toys, books etc. Obviously getting rid of all this food from the house (use it up, don’t throw it out!), and then kashering the kitchen and changing over most kitchen tools and appliances to Passover friendly ones.

It’s intense. As with everything there are different levels of observance – we aim for orthodox observance.

It’s probably obvious, but this is just a glimpse of what the week was like – I didn’t document every part of it!

Purim 2019! (VLOG)

We had a really lovely time celebrating Purim this year! We to the shule in the city to celebrate instead of our own Shule because the kids go to their Cheder, and were in the Purim play. I’ve put together our Purim adventures in a video below:

This video was a collaboration with Chana and Melissa, so check out their videos also:
Little Kosher Lunch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekoMbTcznoQ
Cheder at home – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e8oTWQ5X_A

The play was such a success that we’re quickly moving on to a Pesach model seder that all the kids are involved in. Even Ahava who is 3, and certainly the youngest of the group had lines in the play, and sung the songs. She’s already memorised her song in the Pesach seder which is exciting to see.

We enjoyed all the festivities, giving out our Mishloach Manot, reading the Megillah both in the evening and the next day, feating, and dressing up! Purim day co-incided with Harmony day here in Australia (maybe internationally, not sure…) and it was lovely to have this celebration of cultural and religious diversity on such a special day. We’re really grateful to be part of a school that recognises and celebrates the diversity.

I hope everyone reading this had a lovely Purim (for those who celebrated!), otherwise a great Harmony day. Now on to the Pesach prep!

5 Tips for breaking your phone habit

Hello! I have a new video today (and a new resolution to re-post my videos from youtube to here more often!). One of my goals for the month of Shevat was to use my phone less, and stop scrolling un-necessarily. So I put together this video with 5 (okay, 6) of the tips I used to help me break my phone habit! I hope you enjoy it!

Summary:

0. Turn off notifications on all your apps (bar maybe a few really important ones. I leave on my school app, gumtree (buying/selling second hand), and Pzziz which I use for sleep and it sends me a little reminder at bedtime!

  1. Put your phone up so you can’t easily access it from your pocket. Basically, treat it like a home phone!

2. Don’t have your phone in your room at night.

3. Have a full day away from your phone (hello Shabbat!).

4. Know what kind of relationship you want to have with your phone. Know why you’re trying to break this habit!

5. Use the time limit function within your phone.

Daily Vlog // Wednesday 29th Heshvan 5779 // 7th November 2018

Hey hey! Daily vlog time (is there anything else lately? No, no there’s not. Because there’s no time for anything else when you’re making a video every day!).

Today is mostly about cracking open a coconut, which went on all day really  while we did other bits in between. It was mostly Eli’s project as he is a keen life investigator, but we all had a go at different bits.

Daily Vlog // Tuesday 28th Heshvan 5779 // 6th November 2018

Something different again today (may or may not be due to not filming much of anything else in the day despite it being fairly busy!) – a book review!

I’m reviewing Mamaleh Knows Best by Marjorie Ingall which was given to me by PJ Libraries as part of their Summer Reading Program. Spoiler alert: I gave it like 4.5/5, so I definitely think you should grab a copy and read it, no matter if you’re a mum, dad, Jew, non-Jew, it doesn’t matter – this book is great for all parents!

Daily Vlog // Monday 27th Heshvan 5779 // 5th November 2018

Today’s vlog is a little different – I’m experimenting with just following one process of the day rather than the little snippets of the day I’ve done in the previous videos.

We made these kosher tacos, including the tacos from scratch which was lots of fun. Luke gave me a tortilla press as a gift for Sukkot, so I’m glad to try it out. We made these with corn, so they were gluten free, and we cooked with meat, so of course everything was dairy free as well.

Definitely going to add these to the menu again (hopefully it won’t take so long to make the tortillas next time if I don’t have so many helpers!).

Daily Vlog // Sunday 26th Heshvan 5779 // 4th November 2018

Sunday! Such a full day. I skipped Saturday because it was Shabbat. 🙂

In our family we love to do “date days” to have one on one time with each of our kids. This morning my husband took the younger kids out, and I had some one on one time with our eldest son. We went to a coffee shop to do some drawing, and then came home to do some art journaling. My parents stopped by on the way to the airport (they’re travelling for work for a few days), and then we had a relaxed afternoon watching Paddington 2, eating popcorn, and and playing some VR.

Daily Vlog Friday 24th Heshvan, 2nd November.

In today’s video:
* Opening our Judaica package. New hand washing cup, kippot, and a necklace for Ahava (she gets a bit jealous that the boys get to wear kippot, so we bought her this as her own special Jewish thing!).
* Mama & Eli time while Ahava sleeps.
* Picking up some supplies for Shabbat from the bulk store.
* Shabbat prep!

Daily Vlog Thursday 23rd Heshvan 5779 // 1st November 2018

Hi everyone! I’m having a go at doing some daily vlogs for the month fo November! They’re only going to be a few minutes long, and will hopefully help me to improve my video work, and by a fun little documentation of bits and pieces of our life right now.

This first video is for the 1st of November – the 23rd of Heshvan on the Hebrew calendar, and it includes a bit of a tour of our garden, Ahava’s wonderfully silly singing and dancing, and making some bone broth noodle soup for dinner! Enjoy!