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Why is the sea salty?

Ah, the ocean. What is it that is so calming about the sea? The small one and I spend as much time as we can next to it, on it, in it, looking at it, talking about it, learning…

Why do birds sing? The shining cuckoo and the grey warbler

Over spring, and now into summer, Nate has been fascinated by the innovative, yet pushy antics of the shining cuckoo (pipiwharauroa). He wanted to know why birds sing, and we talked all about communication and the kinds of things…

Things are looking up: CLOUDS and what they mean

My three year old son is like a puppy – he needs a LOT of exercise! That’s why so many of our outdoor activities are based around ways to use up that energy and tire him out. But sometimes…

5 Outdoorsy ways to dig yourself out of a hole

We all have those days. And sometimes, they’re weeks. You’re in a funk. You’re in a hole. You’re just not feeling quite right about life and it is proving difficult to snap yourself out of it. Sometimes, it’s ‘simply’…

Why are leaves green, Mummy?

We spend a lot of time in the bush – we love walking the trails! There’s just something about being surrounded by all that green that calms and restores both me and my bouncing son. I love asking Nate…

5 outdoor play ideas for pre-schoolers

Getting pre-schoolers outside, active, and occupied is one of the best ways to prevent feral tantrums, either from you or the child in question! Uninterrupted ‘free play’ is super-important for your child’s imagination (and many other reasons to be…

3 great child-friendly walks around Auckland

I’ve recently had a few Auckland mamas ask me about ideas for places to take the kids for a fun family hike on the weekend. Not too far out of town, and not too far for little legs! So…here…