Wednesday, 10 June 2015

All thing Aussie

Well it's been a ridiculous amount of time since I last wrote and I was jolted back into writing partly by all the amazing things happening in our lives at the moment and partly from a comment I got on a previous entry about thyroid problems asking for reassurance.  So firstly readers I apologise for my lack of content for the last year!  I will make it up to you this year!

I suppose the biggest piece of news is that we moved to Australia's Gold Coast, which is completely awesome!  We moved here six months ago with my children and with my parents.  It wasn't the easiest move, but we got here in the end.  We came out on holiday last year for my 40th birthday and well basically we fell in love withe place.  As much as I love New Zealand and it's incredible beauty, the Gold Coast has a lot more going on not just for the girls but also for the rest of us.

I have had to retrain to carry on as a Celebrant here.  I was a bit grumpy about it at first, feeling that I should just be granted my licence based on previous experience but once I got over myself I realised I couldn't have been more wrong.   The course was amazing with the awesome Rose Training College in Brisbane.  It was hard and the hours long but I learned so much. The law is completely different here in Oz and the responsibility seems strangely heavier here, with a lot more paperwork.  We are far more like the old registrars in England here, but mobile!  I have just booked my first wedding for an absolutely gorgeous couple, so now I am chomping at the bit to get started. You can visit my website at A Celebrant Called Kate

The girls are doing well and the homeschool scene is incredible here on the Gold Coast.  There are so many different clubs, meet ups and 'lesson's' the girls can get involved in if they want to.  This year Charli has taken up drums, ballroom dancing and gymnastics and little Rosie has taken up ballroom dancing, ballet, tap, and gymnastics. Plus she has just joined a talent agency and is dying to get out there and get her first job!
They are making some incredible friends although of course they still have days where they miss old friends from NZ!

I have finally joined a theatre and just been involved in my first production with them.  I wasn't on the stage as I failed the audition completely!  I took on the role of stage manager and I had an absolute blast.  I have made some really awesome like minded friends and now the show is over I am a bit lost without it.  Although I am now running their twitter and instagram accounts and set to do a bit of set painting next week.  Which is a completely new talent I didn't know I had!  If you are on the Gold Coast you must look them up Javeenbah Theatre.  I have a short blog on their website at the moment about being a stage manager in the theatre.

On the homeschool front we are still following an interest based learning program which has turned out to be completely perfect for the girls and myself.  This year it has resulted in the publication of a book!  Yes that's right a book!  We are very excited about it.  You remember the project that saw the invention of Charli's tooth fairy pillow?  Well at the beginning of this year Charli suggested we turn her pattern into an activity book with story, so that instead of selling her tooth fairy pillows she could sell the 'how to make the pillow idea' instead. I was skeptical at first to be honest, for a start I had never tried writing children's books and secondly as far as illustrating went I didn't think that was something we could accomplish at all.

It's wonderful having close family that believe in you though.  I think it is the key to a lot of success in life, that those closest to you have your back.  The story came easily between the two of us and it wasn't long before we had a working copy.  Charli had all sorts of images in her head for the pictures and it was then up to me to bring them to life.  I went to the Art shop (Riot Art & Craft) and asked a lovely girl there what paper and pens I needed to create my idea.  She was completely amazing telling me 'Art is something anyone can do, you need to just go for it and believe in yourself' .  I bought everything she suggested and started to bring the characters to life....then I couldn't stop!  I now have a pen/paint and pencil collection to die for and if you need to know anything about paper...well I am your girl!

With the book finished and ready to be published I approached a publisher in Sydney but after not hearing anything from them for some months, I impatiently started looking at self publishing which looked expensive. Then as we started to think about fundraising to get the project off the ground, we heard back from the publisher, our publisher in Sydney to say that they wanted to publish the book.  It's been a long time since I was that excited!!   Charlotte and I then flew to Sydney to meet up with the fantastic team of editors, promoters, publishers, designers etc and sat round eating pastries as we discussed our book! I can't tell you much about the book yet except that it's about the Tooth Fairy.  It will hopefully be on the shelves by Christmas, all being well.  We have a new website called 'by Charli & Kate' so watch this space!

It is an amazing journey publishing a book and more work than you would imagine.  They rip apart your writing, critiquing every syllable, rewrites, corrections it's been amazing.  Then came the illustrations (which they loved!) some needed redoing and new ones needed to be created.  Our finished book as I thought of it when we sent it to them, was anything but finished.  We have worked hard though and we are on the home straight now, with most of the editing and illustrations finished.  We are now awaiting the final layouts and designs (which we can't wait to see!). You definitely have to grow a thick skin and be prepared for the workload writing a book involves.  It has been so worth it and an incredible journey for Charlotte and myself.

The trip to Sydney was out of this world and Charlotte and I made the most of it.  We stayed in a nice hotel in the centre of Sydney and did as many things as we could possible fit in the three days we were there!  We happened to be visiting during 'Vivid' which if you ever get to go to you absolutely must.  It is a festival of lights basically, but it blows your head off with it's creativity. The light, the sounds, the experience is like nothing I had been to before.  We went to the Opera house of course, which Charli loved and she took me to the Gallery of Contemporary Art for which I am apparently "missing a gene" to appreciate according to my 9 year old daughter!  I just failed to see the art in a lot of what I saw but to Charli it was a dream come true, so it was worth it!

We met up with an old friend and tried Chai Latte for the first time, to which I now freely admit I have an addiction! We walked for miles and we took ferry boat journey's across the Sydney waterways.  We ate out at posh restaurants on Darling harbour and stuffed ourselves silly at Max Brenner's chocolate heaven.  Did we have a good time?  We had the best time, one that I will remember forever.  What a journey homeschooling is taken us on, you never know what amazing adventure is around the next corner.  My children never stop surprising me with what they can achieve and their hopes and dreams for the future.  It's funny it no longer matters to me what other peoples opinion of our lives are because I am finally in a place where I know with complete certainty that this is the right choice for my family. We love living with my folks and I know the feeling is mutual.  It helps of course that we all get along!  Life has never been this good and everyday I thank anyone who is listening for my amazing life and my even more amazing family.

And yes I'm still single.....

Monday, 6 January 2014

The Charlotte & Rosie Show

Hi Everyone

I know I haven't written in ages but I have been mega busy.  I will write later this week...promise.  In the meantime I thought I would post my kids first webisode of their funny little show they did this week :-)   'The Charlotte & Rosie Show' Episode 1.

The Charlotte & Rosie Show

Monday, 28 October 2013

Fluoride in Water Good or Bad?

Hello Folks

I am very pleased today to welcome Fluoride Free NZ as my guest blogger.  There has been a lot of press recently about the issue of fluoride in our water and the harmful effects it could be having on your health.  After hours of endless research looking at medical studies and watching I don't know how many videos and presentations I am in NO doubt that I never want to drink fluoridated water again!  We have been buying bottled water now for about two months and I have noticed all sorts of improvements in my families health.  In particular for me absolutely no more heartburn, which is wonderful.

We should have a say in what goes into the water we drink, this is a medication it's that simple.  I don't appreciate being given medication without my permission!  This is your opportunity, don't take my word for it, I'm not a doctor the information is out there, check it out and make an informed choice.


SAY NO to fluoride in our water !

Is Your Water Making you Fat? 

by Mary Bryne

This may seem like a strange question but if you are having trouble losing weight, or are feeling tired or depressed, and don’t know why, it could actually be the chemical added to your drinking water.

A fluoride chemical is added to the drinking water in many towns and cities in New Zealand. (See Is My town fluoridated). There are many adverse health effects associated with ingesting fluoride including brittle bones, impaired immune system, ADHD, lowered IQ and lowered thyroid function.

Low thyroid is a major reason why many people cannot lose weight no matter what they do. And low thyroid function is reportedly to be seriously under diagnosed in New Zealand. It is already known to affect around 15% of women with estimated 15% - 20% more women over 60 with sub clinical hypothyroidism. Thyroxine is the 19th most commonly prescribed drug in New Zealand.

And guess what? Doctors in Germany, France and Argentina successfully used pharmaceutical grade fluoride to treat hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid) for many years up until the 1950s when safer medications became available. Doctors prescribed 2 – 5 mg per day of fluoride to patients to lower their thyroid, the same level that many New Zealanders are exposed to as a result of water fluoridation.

Fluoride chemicals are added to the water supply at a rate of between 0.7ppm and 1ppm, with most councils aiming 0.85ppm. This means for every litre of water there is 0.85mg of fluoride. If a person drinks 3 litres a day (ten cups of tea coffee or water) plus any processed foods made with fluoridated water, they are easily receiving 2.5mg per day, and that is not including the fact that some foods are high in fluoride such as fish and tea.

In 2006 the US National Research Council (NRC) found that very low levels of fluoride can affect people’s thyroid. Normally the Ministry of Health only talks about the dose of fluoride that is being added to the drinking water, but what is really important is the dosage that people are receiving. Dosage is milligram per kilo per day (mg/kg/day) and is how medicine is normally prescribed. The NRC found that dosages as low as 0.05 – 0.13 mg/kg/day when the person has adequate levels of iodine and 0.01 – 0.03 mg/kg/day when iodine is inadequate is likely to affect the human thyroid.

So this could explain for many people why they are having so much trouble losing weight even though they do everything possible (including drinking more water!) and still don’t lose weight.

The NRC was set up by the US Government’s National Academy of Science, which is the top scientific body in the US, to review fluorides in drinking water. In the US some parts have very high levels of fluoride and their maximum allowable limit is 4ppm. The NRC was charged with reviewing all the scientific data on fluoride to establish if 4ppm was safe. This was the most extensive review that has ever been carried out, and even though it was not looking at fluoridation per se, a lot of the data they reviewed was relevant to the levels of fluoride used in fluoridation. The Review found that 4ppm was not protective health but was not allowed to state what it would consider a safe limit. Three of this 12 member panel have been brave enough to speak up against fluoridation and they can be seen on this video along with other health or scientific professionals.

This information is even more important when we think about bottle fed babies. Fluoride cannot be boiled out so many babies in New Zealand are receiving a huge dose of fluoride. In fact, a bottle fed baby in a fluoridated area receives around 200 times more fluoride than a breast fed baby even if the mother is consuming fluoridated water. Considering, there are now 35 published studies linking fluoride to lowered IQ, this must be one of the most reckless things the government can do. And we even have proof that children are receiving too much fluoride as, according to MoH data, 44% of children have some form of dental fluorosis. This is white spots or marks on the teeth and even though, for most children, it does not look that bad, it is the first outward sign they have been overdosed with a toxic substance.

Another horrifying aspect of this is that the fluoride chemicals used (hydrofluorosilicic acid or sodium silicofluoride) are often contaminated with heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. These chemicals have been captured from the chimneys of the phosphate fertiliser industry as they are too toxic to be allowed into the air. The phosphate fertiliser industry is required to have caps on their chimneys which capture the fluoride so that it does not poison the surrounding environment. Many people do not realize that fluoride contamination is what kick started the in the Green movement. See this informative and riveting interview with the author of The Fluoride Deception which explains how fluoridation came into being. As a result of the fluoride being extracted from the chimneys it contains trace amount of these various heavy metals and even though the levels are low, no amount of arsenic, mercury, lead or cadmium should be added to drinking water.

So why add it to the water?

It used to be thought that children needed fluoride as to harden the enamel of their growing teeth. However, nowadays most of the top fluoride researchers, including top New Zealand ones, know that fluoride needs to be applied directly to the teeth to reduce dental decay. Therefore, there is no good reason to continue fluoridation but it appears the Ministry of health is determined not to lose face and most councilors are more concerned with votes than people’s health.

To stop fluoridation in New Zealand we need thousands of people to be informed and to do something about it. Please visit our web site and subscribe to our periodic emails and “like” Fluoride Free New Zealand facebook.


This blog was written by Fluoride Free NZ 

So there you have it folks, there are some powerful arguments in there.  Now it's your turn find out more about Fluoride and the

toxic and harmful effects it could be having on your family.

Have a good week

Kate x