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Good morning to YOU! It’s Friday, you know what that means…
This week has been full tilt, so I’ve enjoyed relaxing this morning as I put together these finds for you…
– I’m thinking of hosting a screening of Miss Representation as a part of some work we are doing around sexualisation, the media and young people in my job. The directors of The Representation Project, who made the film explain what the point of the movie is: “In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.”
It’s such an important message and I can’t wait to see the whole thing. Check out the trailer for it here. Would you come to a screening if I showed it locally?
– Big up Google today! If you check out their homepage, it has an Olympic Games themed doodle in rainbow colours with the statement ‘”The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter‘ underneath to show support over the controversial anti-gay laws that are still in practice in Russia, where the Winter Games is opening today.
– I can’t really get over how cute this independent seller is on Etsy. Boucle D’or Bow designs has the raddest leggings for kids in the hippest of prints. Check them out!
– Lucy posted a great blog over on Lulastic about ‘How Children Thrive When They are Set Free from Rules’. I particularly love the emphasis on trusting your child to do things. We are so quick to think our children are incapable of making the right choices. And when they don’t, coming down heavy handed about it all. Are we guilty of too much hovering, not allowing our children to make decisions themselves and learn from their decisions? I’m guilty of it. Lucy’s thoughts are a great reminder about how important autonomy coupled with consistency as a role model is in a child’s life is.
– I’ve been loving the ideas that are coming up on my facebook feed from Tinkerlab – a hub of creative ways to interact and have fun with your child. Maybe I’ll actually have the time to do some of them this weekend.
– A friend posted a recipe for Curried Coconut Ginger Carrot Soup on facebook this week. I made it and it is SO YUMMY. It’s packed full of healthy stuff as well. Here’s the recipe.
serves 6 to 82 tablespoons coconut oil
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
6 cups carrots, unpeeled and roughly chopped (about 8 medium-sized carrots)
3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
One 15-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly chopped ginger root
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot and add the onions. Sweat the onions on medium heat for about 7 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour in the stock and coconut milk. Add the ginger, curry powder and chili flakes. Put a lid on the pot and cook until the carrots are softened, about 10 or 15 minutes.
When carrots are soft, blend the soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion hand blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh herbs and a dollop of yogurt if desired.