Yesterday I learned that one of the little 4 year olds in the centre where I work has been diagnosed with bone cancer. Devastating. My first thought was Why? Why does someone at the beginning of their young life need to go through this? Why should her parents have their lives turned upside down and… Continue reading The Important Things
Happy Anniversary Auckland, the beautiful little city that has crept into our hearts. This weekend we've enjoyed some of the best weather so far this Summer, with the temperature being 25°C at 10.25pm on Saturday night. We were in the city to watch the harbour bridge being lit up but as we'd spent the earlier… Continue reading Happy Auckland Anniversary Weekend
Hello Friends! I've got so much to share but don't know where to begin. It's been a while since I actually sat down with my laptop to write anything and I've missed it terribly, but time has been very scarce and I'm sad to say, my priorities have been forced to shift over the last… Continue reading Progress is impossible without Change
I was lucky to be able to take a two-week holiday over Christmas and New Year this year; between ending one job and beginning the new one but it was just the right length of time to be able to enjoy being together as a family both at home as well as squeezing in two mini-breaks out of Auckland,… Continue reading My Top-10 pre-holiday checklist
What will you do differently this year? Do you set New Year Resolutions? No? Me neither, because with as much enthusiasm as one can muster, they normally last a couple of weeks if that and peter out once the year gets going. But there are a few things I want to focus on this year and… Continue reading New Year, New Beginnings
2016 has been a very strange year for us. And I thought it was just us until I began seeing friends' posts on FaceBook about what a gnarly old year it's been for them too. I can't say that I'm sad to see it go - good riddance! Although I have a feeling that 2017… Continue reading Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017
A little over a week ago New Zealand experienced another devastating earthquake on the South Island, but as it occurred shortly after midnight with the epicentre in a rural farming community, hundreds of lives were spared. Sadly there were two lives lost and we pause to think of them and their loved ones. But had… Continue reading Are you prepared for an Emergency?
As kids, table manners were drummed into us. Most nights we ate together at the table as a family, with each one taking turns to set the table before dinner, or clearing afterwards. And then, of course, came the washing up. These days, many families don't eat at the table much, and for those that… Continue reading Teaching Good Table Manners
I realise this is a strange title and can give the incorrect impression, so read on to see what I mean. I'm one of those people who can't sit still and do nothing. Put a different way, I seldom sit still...period. I always find something to do, or think of something I should be doing,… Continue reading Be the fun parent
Every year I'm amazed at how early the Christmas decorations are up and for sale in the local shops and I know many people absolutely love seeing them up, and I do too, but not in October. My personal rule is that although I can start thinking about and planning for Christmas, I don't want… Continue reading No Christmas decorations yet please!