Let's chat, Life, Travel

My Top-10 pre-holiday checklist

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

Let's chat, Life

New Year, New Beginnings

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

Let's chat, Life

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

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

Let's chat, Life

Are you prepared for an Emergency?

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?

Kids, Let's chat, Life, Uncategorized

Teaching Good Table Manners

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

Kids, Let's chat

Be the fun parent

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

Christmas, Let's chat

No Christmas decorations yet please!

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!

Christmas, Let's chat, Life

100 Days to Christmas!

Can you believe it? Sounds crazy! Where has the year gone? But then again, it is still only September with a lot to look forward to before the year is out, but while driving to work today I heard one of the Talk Show hosts say it is 100 days to Christmas! My heart nearly… Continue reading 100 Days to Christmas!

Baking, Tips

How to safely remove a cake from it’s tin

Ever had one of those moments when the cake just won't come out of the tin? Or you flip it over and it falls apart? Follow these easy tips and it's sure to come out perfectly, provided you greased and lined the tin in the first place...

Book Reviews, Kids

Book Review: The Island of Beyond

We stumbled upon this book at our local library. From the look of it, it was a brand new addition to the library and although the title didn't grab my son's attention, the picture on the front of two boys standing staring into a fire certainly did. We were captivated. Our shared reading sessions made… Continue reading Book Review: The Island of Beyond