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Thinking about food and eating at Christmas

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Food is a big part of our culture and traditions in New Zealand. It can be as simple as meeting up with a friend for coffee to the more elaborate wedding or Christmas celebrations. We can spend a lot of time planning what will be eaten, who will prepare what, what diet restrictions and preferences need consideration and, of course, the actual preparation of the food. We don’t often take time to consider how we respond to the food and eating at Christmas. Continue reading »

Celebrating happiness

celebrating happiness

We’re heading into the Christmas / Chanukah Holiday “Silly” Season. It’s also the time of the summer solstice, when the southern hemisphere has turned its belly up towards the Sun. It’s a holiday time, a time of celebration. Continue reading »

Celebrating every day

celebrating every day

I don’t know whether it’s clichĂ© or a snippet out of a self-help seminar welcome packet, but lately every day feels like a celebration. Continue reading »

Use the good stuff

Use the good stuff

I remember a tale I heard years ago that has really stuck with me. It was about a two friends clearing away the possessions of an elderly mother who had just recently passed away and they came across all these dusty unused scented candles, where the scent had long since faded. One friend explained that her mother was saving them for a special occasion to use them. Sadly an occasion that special hadn’t come about. Continue reading »

New beginnings for students with learning and behaviour needs

learning and behaviour needs

“People have within them a wealth of skills, resources and strengths both known and unknown to them”

Micheal Durrent 2010

It is really easy to label anyone, especially when we don’t understand them. It’s so tempting just to think we know what’s going on and judge. People with learning needs live with other people calling them names and this has got to stop. Continue reading »

11 great ways to celebrate Advent with kids

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Yay! Advent is my favourite season in the church calendar, and it’s here! I love to celebrate Advent and so I’ve put together 11 great ways to celebrate Advent with kids.  Continue reading »

Great Kiwi Families: Jane McAllister and family

Great Kiwi Families: Jane McAllister

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be looking at how some great kiwi families celebrate and the first family is the McAllister family. I find large families fascinating and I think the McAllister family, with 14 children, is particularly amazing!  Mum, Jane also runs the successful company Dimples and in this post, we hear a bit about how it all works.  Continue reading »

Crepe Paper decorations: Christmases past

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As a child growing up we just simply could not wait for the day when we got home from school to find our Mother had put up the hand-made decorations in the kitchen. Bright colourful ribbons of crepe paper danced across the kitchen ceiling. Continue reading »

Is this exercise right for me right now?

is this exercise right

I have just returned from a three-day fitness conference in Auckland. It is always good to find out new information and have your own thoughts and beliefs challenged. In particular, I want  to talk about when we should think: “Is this exercise right for me right now?”  Continue reading »

Celebrate a relationship with your financial advisor!

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I’m very excited to write about this topic this month because I actually have a couple of recent events that I can share with you which I believe are well worth celebrating! Continue reading »

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