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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…

A family holiday in Hawaii – what to do in Oahu

Hawaii is such an ‘easy’ place for a holiday. Whether it’s with the kids or with a partner/friend, get ready to unwind! Here are some thoughts on our recent visit to Oahu: For a start, it has such a…

The Great Barrier Reef: tips to plan your escape

Time out is crucial for a mama to retain her sanity. I don’t think any of us would dispute that! But it sure can be hard to find the time – and the money – to put together a…

Getting your child enthused about the outdoors

Here’s a tip – a great way to get your child more enthused about the outdoors is to begin explaining concepts to them which they can apply while they’re out and about. Children can get overwhelmed and confused about…