Bike Happy

A short and sweet post dedicated to the art of learning to ride a bicycle…. Have you ever had one of those parenting moments where you think – Oh shoot! That’s my responsibility! I forgot to teach them how to do that!! As a parent we are here to educate our kids… not just on […]

Holiday Happy

What kind of school holiday family are you…? Jam packed and fun filled, must-keep-little-bodies-busy days, quiet home days, or maybe you’re off to explore on a family adventure? Maybe you follow traditions and go on the same holiday every year? While we like traditions, the comfort and familiarity of them, when it comes to adventures […]

Date Hike

When Tom and I first met we used to go out at night together, OFTEN. As time went by these late nights happened less and less until they actually had to be scheduled (well in advance) and these nights received the title of “Date Nights”. Once kids had come along they were almost non-existent and […]

Home Sweet Home

“And down by the waters edge surrounded by magical trees, there is a clearing where the charming Lemon Cottage sits. It has 8 sides, the shape of an octagon, and is made of polished wood with floors and doors all in all the colors of a sunny rainbow. Fruit hangs from lush trees and the […]

School Happy

Schools for us have not always been easy, but let me say what is effortless and feels really, really good… to stand on your veranda, still in your pj’s with a hot cup of coffee in your hands, while watching your girls run to school, free as birds with hair flying and bare feet. For […]

A little gem called Russell

“Romantic Russell” lives up to its name, a small, picturesque town (population around 800), which is nestled in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Time can sit still as you drive off the car ferry and take in a deep breath of peace. During the summer months the town can be bustling with people from all […]

An Upside Down Christmas

♪” It’s a real New Zealand Christmas – there’s no fire, no snow, no sleigh! Everything has come to a grinding halt and at last it’s Christmas Day! ♪ We’re wearing shorts and jandals, singing songs of Christmas cheer… Mum’s organised the family lunch and dad’ll be drinking Kiwi beer!”♫♩ This year everyone in our […]

Plan: NZ For A Year

Live in NZ for a year (give or take a bit)… I’ve learned that you can easily, or not so easily, make plans but you don’t have to be set on actually following each and every step. Go on – alter the route!! I dare myself to have a little fun and let go of […]

A life less ordinary

We have always talked about living in New Zealand, after all that is where I grew up and it was pretty amazing. We were waiting for the right time, the kids had to be the “perfect age”, things had to be set up just right…. The thing is, it’s like having a baby. Or any […]