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

Evidence Based Parenting, Mental health, mindful parenting, mothering, Parenting, Winter

Increasing Your Daily Joy

I’ve been on a “Joy Spotting” mission lately. Joy Spotting is intentionally seeking out and taking notice of small pockets of joy. A few months ago I watched a TED talk that was doing the rounds. The speaker, Ingrid Fetell Lee, was dressed in a brightly coloured dress, and she just seemed to radiate JOY.… Continue reading Increasing Your Daily Joy

Family, Parenting, Traditions, Winter

Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration

We have a wonderful Winter Celebration here in New Zealand, and it's called Matariki. Matariki is the Maori New Year. The exact timing of this celebration each year depends on when the seven stars of Matariki appear low in the north eastern sky. It's a time of the year when traditionally, Maori people would harvest… Continue reading Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration

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