Balance, Family, Indoor activities, mothering, Parenting, Screen free activities, Screen time

How Alexa Helps Us Stay Off Screens

Yes I know. It seems a little counter-intuitive, doesn't it? Bring a "smart device" into your home, and it will reduce the time your kids spend in front of another device. But surprisingly, it's true.  Husband got me an Alexa for last Christmas. I actually wasn't really that happy about it. I mean - it's not… Continue reading How Alexa Helps Us Stay Off Screens

Mental health, occupational therapy, Personal

The Stages of Changing to Plastic Free

The move to removing single use plastic bags from our economy is coming, with one of NZ's leading supermarket chains removing them from use next week. It's a time of change for a lot of people. Change for the better for our environment. I'm so excited about this movement but I also acknowledge that change… Continue reading The Stages of Changing to Plastic Free

Christchurch, Family, Mental health, mothering, Outdoor play, Preschoolers, Traditions

The Gift Experience That Keeps on Giving: A Tram and Gondola Pass

For the last couple of years my husband has gotten a Christchurch Tram and Gondola annual pass for Fathers' Day. The first one was a surprise from me, but then in subsequent years it's been a family choice that we've made. Gifting him an experience that he can enjoy and have quality time with our… Continue reading The Gift Experience That Keeps on Giving: A Tram and Gondola Pass

home birth, mothering, Natural parenting

A Home Birth Story – part two: baby’s arrival

In my last post, I wrote about preparing for a home birth. I left that post being taken straight back to feeling heavily pregnant - 38 weeks and awaiting baby's arrival. I remember feeling hot, uncomfortable, and hoping beyond all hopes that she would come early! Her official "due date" was 28 December, but I was… Continue reading A Home Birth Story – part two: baby’s arrival