All posts tagged: Books

Remembering Why I Blog…

It’s been a while since I have written here. I have thought up many blog posts in my head but have been unable to prioritise writing them for most of the winter. It comes way way down the list of things I need to do. So that’s why there have not been any. And I still struggle with the idea of blogging itself. If I want to cultivate a brand, persona or sell something than sure add blogging to the marketing/branding/pr toolkit. So then….[called away by crying toddler who just will not go to sleep without my hand on his face (trying to get them to go to sleep on their own)]..why do I do it? {that question was in relation to blogging not how I help my children sleep!! Funny.} A very strong feeling is that I don’t want to document my life or constantly think about if it is worth documenting in that moment but just want to live it. I have a separate daily diary for special little moments and a camera …

End of another week

It’s the end of another week already. Haven’t I just written the last post, which mostly would read the same! School holidays have started and I will need to be more creative about what we will do each day. A trip back to Christchurch for a wedding for next weekend and maybe even that night free from children (really?).  So this week will be about watching the weather (snow showers expected) and getting ready to go (what will I wear / packing the car for the long road trip (books, snacks, toys)). Oh and possibly a yoga class tomorrow night – yay! So I leave you with some great links to read: Using order and organising to help your child learn and just be a child. A great new site I have found for being more calm and kind as a mama. My current favourites from Janet Lansbury (so going to buy her book): Benefits of RIE parenting Trying to help me relax on sibling toy taking. Be the grown up your child needs (quite hard …

This week I…

This week I… Made a wreath – after years of wanting to I did it! On a drive around Queenstown last weekend I spied some beautiful pine tree branches that had fallen onto the road in some recent winds. Into the back of the car they went which left it smelling lovely and pine scented. Then on one of the more colder days we had this week (-6 degrees C!!!) we ventured outside to dig up the frozen sandpit and I made the wreath. It did take two days of outside play and managing the boys but so pleased. It has held up well already in a southerly storm and looks so good. Very wintry. Now for some mulled wine! baked : chocolate scones and bliss balls cooked : my favourite noodle recipe (here from My New Roots). I could eat it everyday. drank : lots of Rooiboos tea with Almond Milk read : Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali and Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fford wanted: to find a way through and …

Winter Living

Living amongst the mountains and snow means I am really feeling Winter. And it has really only just started. Others living here will hit the slopes and ski/snowboard their way through winter. But, that just isn’t my thing. And this year I want to make winter as important as any other season rather than just trying to ignore it and push through to Spring. Winter is about turning inwards, snuggling up inside duvets and extra layers and being still while the earth regenerates for a new Spring re-birth. One of my favourite books The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover is on my bedside table for a catch up on Winter living. In her Winter Reflections she writes “…As women we are labyrinths, continually winding our way to the center and back out again. Our lives are endless processes of becoming. May each season, each heartbreak, each birth, each death, each sunrise and sunset remind you to live fully, feel fully, and digest everything through your heart. It’s not always easy, but …

What I’m reading.

Reading happens in micro round here. Short moments of a few pages here and there. This is not helping the general staccato feel of life at the moment. With two toddlers (3 and 1) it is hard to get any time to focus on one thing for long and deep. There are a multitude of things that need to be done and it is hard to prioritise sit down time. I must more often. When I find a good book I do read it at night to help sleep and last year managed to get through 20 books! At the moment I am flicking through or actually reading a number of good reads: The Winter edition of Town and Country – mostly for some pure upper class Englishness and style and a lovely article on the Delevigne sisters. Fete Magazine Spring – I love this magazine from the very talented Fete team Annabelle Kurslake and Jane Cameron. These two provide beautiful homewares and interiors as well as lovely new eats. I have already ordered the …