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… Read More Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration
We have a collection of bugs in my son’s room. Dead bugs. Creepily stuck to a pin-board, dead as a doornail, along with other flora that he’s collected over the last year. In this house, I’ve had to learn to love bugs and not be freaked out by them or their creepy crawly nature. I… Read More Our “Science Board” (aka Bug Collection).
Down here in the South of the world, Easter comes at a time when the leaves are changing and the days are getting shorter. And although it obviously doesn’t change the true meaning of Easter, when you look around on the Internet for ways to “celebrate” Easter, images are often filled with the pastel colours… Read More Autumn Easter Boxes
Playcentre! That place behind the fence which you drive past and wonder “What happens there?”. That thing that you’ve heard about and wondered “Is that for me and my child?”. Is it a playgroup? Is it a daycare? A kindy? Well… no, it’s not any of those. For anyone reading from overseas (and, anyone brand… Read More That Playcentre Life
Hi everyone, happy New Year! OK, that’s a bit late I know. It is almost March, after all. I haven’t been blogging lately. We went on a giant massive holiday and I’ve really only just settled back into the routine of the year. Plus, my baby girl is one now, and not napping for quite… Read More “Go Outside and Play”
‘Tis the season, people! Time to get that tree out and decorate it all just so. Ah, Christmas joy! Until… here comes the toddler! Yep, having a little person around (or three, in my case) means those wonderfully placed decorations are unlikely to stay “just so” for very long, are they. However you choose navigate this… Read More Stress-Free Christmas Decorating with Kids
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… Read More A Home Birth Story – part two: baby’s arrival