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I could not believe I went over my target of €250 for my Live Below The Line Challenge from April 29th for 5 Days. The generosity and support of people toward my efforts to highlight, not only the horrendous events in Syria that are going on now for more than 2 years! But, also the main purpose of Live Below The Line is to challenge people to live below the poverty line. At least I had a 5 day time limit on my poverty line experience – I could not IMAGINE what it is like to actually be in that situation and there was no way out….

The money will go directly to UNICEF Ireland’s Syria Appeal. And I know from speaking with the guys in Unicef they are delighted and grateful to you all too.

I want to THANK YOU ALL from the botom of my heart. It means a heck of a lot to the children in Syria and also a lot to me as I feel really proud that people supported me. Thank you all a LOT xx

Thank You


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So I am sorry I am only bringing you this post now but in Ireland we have the May bank holiday and I was off enjoying the SUN – in Ireland when we get sun then there is a mass exodus!! I can only tell you the outfits people, mostly teenagers, were wearing little or nothing. The obviously never heard of the saying “Do not shed a clout, til May is out”.

So my final day on Friday May 3rd, was great I am not going to go into the details of what I ate because it is too late for this but it contained porridge, soup and some concoction for dinner! On Saturday I drove to southern Ireland from Dublin to go spend the day with some ladies I used to work with many years ago and I did divulge and ate some amazing food and also included a desert, something I was craving all week. I am however going to try to keep up the cutting of sugar from my diet and sticking to eating a really good breakfast every morning. I was always rushing at breakfast but when on the bread line you never know where the next meal is coming from hence the importance to eat every last morsel and it will keeping you going until lunch. The ladies I lunched with were also AMAZINGLY generous and I raised a further €75 bringing my total raised this far to €191.06

All proceeds of my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years, and from recent reports the situation is getting worse!

MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE will be open for a further few weeks and if you feel like donating as little as €2 please do.

Thanks to everyone for reading my Live Below The Line Blog posts I really enjoyed the week and I hope I have done some good for my efforts – at times it was tough and my thoughts are with those who have to live below the line without choice everyday!


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The second last Day and I am feeling happy & Sad that soon it will be over! I have raised this far €110 for the children in Syria only another €140 to go so I am hoping you all can throw a few €’s my way – the smallest donation you can make on my Unicef Fundraising page is just €2. Thanks guys 🙂

Breakfast: Same o’l ding dong as its the only thing to fill me up!!  Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And of course a pot of tea with milk. 

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

10am Cup of coffee:

Tesco cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up coffee €0.13

photo (25)Lunch: Pasta with Seaweed and Tomato Pesto

4 spoons of value pesto =  €0.20

2 cups of pasta = €0.05

Seaweed = FREE and packed full of nutrients!

Total €0.25

Of course there was only 1 place to eat this and that was the place the sea weed came from – The Beach and thats where I went with Eabha.

 

 

 

 

photo (26)Dinner: SALAD of Sea Weed, Dandelion, Beetroot, Spinach & Tomato – Oven baked chips!  

I forgot to take a picture of the end result that looked fab but I had house full and just forgot 😦

Spinach = €0.09

Dandelion & Sea Weed = Foraged for FREE.

For the sauce which I will be dividing by 4 as this was the number of people who could easily have been fed by this dish.

Tomato x1 = €0.03

1/2 full onion = €0.10

3 small potatoes = €0.15

1 Beetroot = €0.10

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Dressing of soya sauce, olive oil & whole grain mustard = €0.10

Salt & Pepper  = €0.02

Total for my portion of dinner = €0.54

For Tea I had some Nettle Tea.

Total spend for Day 4 €1.15 I pushed it to the wire today so only 0.04 cents to my Jar!!

All proceeds of my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years.

Thank You for supporting me, with however much you can give – as every cent counts. To date I have collected €50 online (Thanks SJ & ORO’B) and I have collected another €60 from personal donations. My target is €250 and I hope with your support I can make and even exceed this. I have so far collected €110 for the children in Syria so in two days I need another €140

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. alternatively if you would like to email me please do even if it’s just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Thank you all 🙂 XX

Some interesting Websites about all the different benefits of SeaWeed:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2006/apr/15/healthandwellbeing.features

http://www.voyaseaweedbaths.com/Seaweed-Baths/Health-Benefits

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=135


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Today has been by far the hardest day – the hump in the week by a mile. I think the fact that I had a busy day and had to take my lunch with me to eat on the go. I also think my sugar cravings went up a notch today causing me to chaise my tail a little bit. I solved this however when my 3yr old gave me the end of her “free” lollipop. We got it free yesterday when I bought the dog food in a pet super store so thank God for that!!

I did also have a fairly mundane menu with the same breakfast and lunch. I made two of the lunch pots yesterday as I prepped for today as I knew I would to have lunch on the go. Part of this challenge has really pushed me into the whole area of FREE natural food and I researched sea weed and how to cook with it and I had a plan for my main course by that was put on hold when the tide was in at 3pm today. It was however out at 8pm when I went back for a walk with the family and I got my bag full so tomorrows main course will be something to marvel at. My husband suggested I get a fishing rod and go fishing for my dinner – he was joking – but I was delighted at his suggestion!! Where I am living has some of the best bass fishing grounds in Ireland, so who would be the last to laugh in that scenario.

I also love this challenge as my basic maths have been given a revive. Getting the costings per serving is a bit of a pain but its good for the brain!

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And of course a pot of tea with milk.

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

10am Cup of coffee:

Tesco cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up coffee €0.13

photo (21)Lunch: Low Fat Natural Yogurt with some porridge on top and 1/4 of an apple

4 spoons of Tesco value Low fat yogurt =  €0.10

1/4 of an apple = €0.04

1 tbls of porridge oats = €0.01

Total €0.15

I just had to make this picture bigger as I just noticed my dog – Callie O’Malley doing a Photo Bomb!! LOL all those who know her will know she is part human and is obsessed with the family she will look at us hail rain or shine through the window, totally dedicated. While our other dog will be off sunning herself totally oblivious to the fact she has a family!

photo (23)Dinner: Homemade Tortilla Chips with a spicy chick pea and tomato sauce baked in the oven.

Slightly stale Tesco Tortilla Wraps = €0.90 of which I ate 1 of them = €0.09

For the sauce which I will be dividing by 4 as this was the number of people who could easily have been fed by this dish.

1 very small clove of garlic = €0.04

1/2 full onion = €0.10

1/2 tin of value chick peas = €0.25

1/4 of a carton of passata = €0.50

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Salt & Pepper & Chili flakes = €0.02

Total for sauce €0.95/4 = €0.23

Total for my portion of dinner = €0.32

photo (24)I made enough for the whole family so when my husband got home he sabotaged the whole dish by adding blue cheese and chili’s he did add these to the middle section and I ate around the edges which left pretty much the whole dish to him!!

I also have a previous post on how to cook the tortilla chips DIY they are far superior to the shop bought versions and are cheaper too. They also take minutes to make and will wow anyone and make them think you are a culinary genius. You can check out my blog on how to turn stale wraps into lovely chips HERE. p.s one tip I alway give is keep any wraps in the fridge they will keep longer and will not dry out and turn into a frizbe.

When out for my evening walk with the family not only did I foraging Sea Weed but I also gathered Nettles and some more Dandelion leaves for tomorrow. Only 2 more days left and I am really getting into this!

For Tea I had two Oreo biscuits €0.20 and some Nettle Tea.

Total spend for Day 3 €0.94 so another 0.25cents to my Jar!!

All proceeds of my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years.

Thank You for supporting me, with however much you can give – as every cent counts. To date I have collected €50 online (Thanks SJ & ORO’B) and I have collected another €20 from personal donations. My target is €250 and I hope with your support I can make and even exceed this.

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. alternatively if you would like to email me please do even if it’s just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Thank you all 🙂 XX


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So it is day 2 and my kitchen has just closed and I have had another very enjoyable day. The nettle tea is flowing as I type and it is so funny the reaction a simple nettle tea has received! Wait until I tell you what I had for dinner this evening…..

Firstly I want to thank those of you who sponsored me so generously I know times are tough and some times a spare few euro are hard to come by. But I just want to THANK YOU ALL for just even reading this is supporting my cause.

As the days are unfolding I am finding out more and more about myself and my limits – although the sugar with drawl were something nasty yesterday. I am also rediscovering FOOD and our relationship with what is such a basic need. But this need has turned on its head to what it is now for billions of us – a grossly wasted want. Instead of needing food we now want and expect it and want it with all the conveniences that we have come to expect!

One of my main fundamental questions this far is – What would happen if food production failed and there were global food shortages? Can you imagine the local super markets? Can you imagine the panic of normal working people who never had to think about food – where it comes from – the waste created getting it to the convenience store that the person stopped at on the way to work. What would happen to a normal civilized society?

So for today I had my three meals and made a few interesting discoveries in my quest to find FREE foods to supplement my very small budget of €1.19.

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And of course a pot of tea with milk.

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

10am Cup of coffee:

Tesco cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up coffee €0.13

photo (21)Lunch: Low Fat Natural Yogurt with some porridge on top and 1/4 of an apple

4 spoons of Tesco value Low fat yogurt =  €0.10

1/4 of an apple = €0.04

1 tbls of porridge oats = €0.01

Total €0.15

 

I just had to make this picture bigger as I just noticed my dog – Callie O’Malley doing a Photo Bomb!! LOL all those who know her will know she is part human and is obsessed with the family she will look at us hail rain or shine through the window, totally dedicated. While our other dog will be off sunning herself totally oblivious to the fact she has a family!

 

 

 

photo (20)Dinner: Chipatti Pancakes with garlic mushrooms and dandelion salad!! 

3 medium sized mushrooms that I bought in the reduced isle the whole packet cost €o.45 = €0.11

I very small clove of garlic = €0.04

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

Dandelion salad was FREE and guess what more good stuff packed into these leaves and what some would consider a garden pest! I obviously googled the whole idea before I went and chewed up the lawn and I also picked them where I picked my nettles yesterday – this is actually how I began to think about can I eat Dandelions as there were so many of them around. Check out that they have been eaten for centuries and that the French folk actually grow them like lettuce, read all about it HERE.

Chipatti Pancakes were to die for and were soooooooo easy to make – not sure of the effect on the waist line but hey they only cost €0.08 to make. I will be putting the method on how to cook these and the variations you can do in the next blog. ( My 3yr old had to help me as she thought we were making play dough, but she put chocolate in hers and we folded it over and fried it on the pan – needless to say I nearly fainted at the though of this! She and her dad ate them with ice cream 😦 and I just watched…..

Total for dinner €0.29

Because today was so under budget at 0.71c I have now gone into the kitchen and God help the two Oreo cookies that will be devoured!! And another 0.20c to the bill bringing todays eating in at €0.91

Thats another €0.28 put into my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years.

Thank You for supporting me with how ever much you can give as every cent counts.

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. Alternitavely if you would like to email me please do even if its just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Thank you all 🙂 XX


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So Day 1 of Live Below The Line Challenge I have a budget of €1.19 to pay for all my meals, drinks etc for 5 whole days. It has been a great day so far, besides my 3pm slump when I nearly went through the door for some chocolate – my €1.19 budget just wouldn’t allow for any treats and I didn’t want to eat any sweet things anyway. I want to do this and really go without something I really love and that is any thing containing SUGAR!

Breakfast consisted of Porridge with half milk and half water with a dollop of jam!

I bought 1kg/1000g of Jumbo oats for 0.79c so my 50g bowl of oats this morning cost just 0.04c.

Milk cost 0.10c including milk for the tea

Dollop of Jam cost for the jar 0.99c so for the dollop it should be 0.03c

Pot of tea = One tea bag and I will be reusing it!! Cost 0.05cents

Total breakfast spending = 0.22cents

The first thing I had to do this morning was to sort out my charity as seeing as the charities on the website were all UK based I thought it easier for sending a cheque and currency convertion etc to the Irish equivalent. So my chosen charity is Unicef Ireland  with any money that I raise going to The Syrian Crisis where this harrowing account of the crisis will put an ease to my rumbling tummy –

The Syrian conflict is now older than its youngest victims. For more than 2 years now, millions of Syrian children have been suffering daily horror and misery. With more than 70,000 deaths  – almost the population of Galway city – including thousands of children. Enough. Enough.” – UNICEF Ireland’s Executive Director Peter Power

photo (16)Lunch Time consisted of two rice cakes with cream cheese (it was the end of a tub that needed to be eaten today or end up in the trash so I figured I needed to eat it)

Rice Cakes x2 = 0.13c each = 0.26cents (pretty expensive to be honest and has put a whole in my dinner budget)

Cream cheese – end of life tub = 0.12cents (I am reducing the cost of this as it was destined for the bin)

Total for lunch = 0.38cents 

total budget remaining = 0.59cents

photo (18)Dinner Time a rice dish using left over boiled rice, soya sauce, broccoli and carrot.

Value rice 50g 0.11cents

1/4 of a carrot 0.04cents

1/5 of a head of broccoli 0.18

Soya sauce – 2 tsp – 0.07cents

Salt & Pepper – 0.02cents

Total = 0.42cents

For Tea I had a pot of fresh Nettle Tea, I went out for a walk and picked a fresh batch of nettles. I needed a drink that didn’t involve milk as I love milk in tea and coffee and I know it was eating into my budget. I used to pick nettles and drink the tea when I was younger and I love the smell it brings me back to the days running in the field next to our house. I know the health benefits of nettle tea are great but when reading up today I didn’t realize how BIG the health benefits were – so I will keeping this tea on my list of top teas to drink especially because of the high Iron content. I am not a vegetarian but I don’t care very much for red meat but I am a firm believer that there are greater sources of iron out there without looking to animals. But I will eat what ever comes my way but I will not go out of my way to eat meat, if that makes sense to you all??

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So today on Day 1 of my Live Below The Line Challenge I came in under my €1.19 budget at €1.02

If you would like to sponsor me please feel free to email me at claire@clairelewis.ie and I will send you on the link to my Unicef Ireland fundraising page where you can make a safe and secure online payment. Or if you know me personally I can arrange to sort this out with you over the next week or so. It is a good cause and I hope you can give just a little or just even send me an email to encourage me and help me on my hungry little way!!