10 easy, healthy lunchbox ideas

We dusted off our lunchboxes this week as my girls returned to their various preschool activities after the summer holidays. On Monday I certainly struggled to think of good lunchbox fillers and have been trying to put more thought into it as the week has gone on. My eldest daughter needs a packed lunch four days a week now. Ideally I'd love these lunches to be varied, healthy, homemade, tasty and desirable, without being too stressful for me to put together. To me a healthy lunch is one full of real food and real ingredients. I try to limit the amount of refined white sugar, refined white … [Read more...]

Homemade baby wipes

Have you read the ingredients list of baby wipes recently? Some of them are filled with names I cant even pronounce, and the list is a mile long. Its not exactly what you want to be putting on your baby's skin - even a bottom! Some of the ingredients in baby wipes are known carcinogens, can cause toxicity in liver and kidneys, are skin irritants and can affect development. So when you think about how many times you have used baby wipes to wipe snotty noses, clean ice cream of fingers and faces, and wipe felt from arms... it can be a little scary! We cant dwell on the past.... but we can make … [Read more...]

A Handmade Mother’s Day

Although Mother's Day is celebrated on different days around the world, it is traditional to celebrate Mother’s Day in New Zealand on the second Sunday in May, which this year is May 13th. There is no one way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but theoretically it is a day when Mum gets to relax and be pampered, a recognition for all of the things she does for family all through the year. Some people, including myself, think Mother’s Day is just another opportunity for retailers to cash in, but Mother’s Day was celebrated around the world long before the commercial aspect arrived. Most … [Read more...]

Getting my hands dirty!

 Well I have to admit that there is nothing quite like getting your hands dirty to clear the mind. Today I embraced farm life and set about making myself a veggie garden. But first, let me back up a bit. I woke this morning still with a sadness that weighed upon my heart. My mind has been turning over with all the questions about whether the move has been the 'right' decision and regretting all the things that I have left behind and now miss in England. So I started the day with asking my husband those awkward questions - are you happy? do you think we did the right thing? are you enjoying … [Read more...]