The Christmas celebration survival guide


The 2014 silly season is gearing up for another whirlwind of celebratory parties, parades, fairs, shows, and music. ‘Tis the season for overindulgence, letting your hair down, and being mindful enough to keep your dignity intact. The anticipation of celebrating Christmas is building up with expectations of the day beginning to snowball to galactic proportions (and explosions) on the day. Continue reading »

Visit Santa at Snowplanet this year for a magical Christmas!


Treat your little ones to a Santa experience they will never forget at Snowplanet. This Christmas Santa and his elves will be staying in a Magic Castle amongst a frozen winter wonderland.

On Saturday 22 November, Snowplanet is kicking off the ho-ho-holiday season by throwing a Christmas Festival Day to welcome the jolly fellow. Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: The Ridsdale Family

Great Kiwi Families: Risdale Family

If you read our recent post from Esther Te Aotonga, you’re were probably as fascinated as we were with the way that the Te Aotonga family organises their lives around home schooling their children. In this post in our Great Kiwi Families series, we learn a bit more about the life of a home educating family from Janet Ridsdale and her family.  Continue reading »

Keeping your child safe – What to look out for at different stages of development

Keeping your child safe

Sometimes when you start talking about safety, people will say “well you can’t wrap children in cotton wool” or even “they have to learn somehow”. But children being their natural adventurous selves need to be kept safe. Keeping your child safe is not about stopping children from being active and curious it’s about providing the safest environment to explore in. Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: Esther Te Aotonga

Esther Te Aotonga

In this series of posts, we’ve been looking at some great kiwi families and some of the things that make them fab. We’ve loved hearing from families that are doing things their own way and in this post, we talk to Esther Te Aotonga, who home schools her children. Continue reading »

Gavin Bishop talking about his new book Teddy One-Eye

Gavin Bishop

Beloved New Zealand writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop has recently published his latest book – Teddy One-Eye. Scary, funny, heart-warming and magical, this is a story of love and loss and a great fondness for the delights of childhood. We had the opportunity to ask Bishop some questions about his new book.  Continue reading »

Managing pain: Helping your child feel better

sick child

Children feel pain in much the same way as adults, but are usually a lot more vocal about it! As you’ve no doubt experienced, it can sometimes be very tricky to figure out what’s causing your child’s grumps or grumbles – as for example, a ‘sore head’ can mean anything from earache to headache to teething pain or a sore throat. Continue reading »

Stretch your family’s food budget with Countdown’s Price Lockdown


It’s one of the fastest comparisons I tend to make when I’m at a new supermarket: wander around, find familiar items, do a few calculations in my mind and work out whether it’s a good deal or not. With a family to feed and a budget to stick to, I’m always looking for a bargain! Continue reading »

Applying make up 101

make up

This is the last article in my essential style series, so it is entirely appropriate that it be on the ‘finishing touch’: How to ‘dress’ the part of your body which remains unclothed.  Continue reading »

Things that make you go umm…

Things that make me go umm...

Having been married for 47 years there has always been one thing that has made me go umm… Continue reading »

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