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Monday, 24 August 2020

J&J in Rotorua

We've done a lot of travel around the world! During our travels one thing we always said was how lucky we are to call New Zealand home. There's nowhere like it and there is a reason why it's on so many travellers bucket list! One of my fondest memories as a child was spending weekends and holidays exploring New Zealand. Rotorua was one of our family's regular destinations. 

Due to covid-19 there's no better time to explore this place we call home. We’ve even made a new section on the blog and you can find all our family friendly things to do here in New Zealand along with all our Wairarapa adventures. 

We have always been big on experiences rather than presents and for Arlo’s second birthday we decided to pack up the car and head to Rotorua for a family holiday! Rotorua is widely recognised as the cultural capital of New Zealand and the adventure capital of the North Island. With incredible geothermal activity, it’s unlike anywhere else you’ve ever visited and is a must-see destination on any New Zealand trip. 

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Wairarapa ~ Greytown Aventures

Want to know a little secret? If you asked me when we moved to Wairarapa if I thought we’d still be here now, my answer would have been, hell no! I was pretty much dragged kicking and screaming but calmed myself by thinking this was going to be just a pit stop for us, and a move to boost Jake's career. If you ask me now, I don't know if this will be our “forever home” but I can't imagine us living anywhere else…We have fallen in love with the Wairarapa, especially Greytown!

Greytown is a little hidden secret and it is one of New Zealand's prettiest towns right up there with Arrowtown and Martinborough! It's very picturesque with its Victorian buildings and tree lined streets. If you find yourself in this pretty town, and you're looking for a great little spot where you can drink wine, eat delicious food, and indulge in some people watching, I know just the spot!

Monday, 18 May 2020

Wairarapa staycation at The White Swan

We love sharing our Wairarapa adventures with you all and showcasing this amazing place we get to call home. There’s a place that we have been wanting to tell you about! Since New Zealand has finally entered alert level two, we packed our bags and jumped in the car for a weekend away!

Friday, 1 May 2020

Parenting Arlo

Parenting is such a diverse topic! It’s a wonder it hasn’t been added to sex, politics and religion as dinner party taboo! Remember, there is no, one right way to raise a child. Do your best, trust yourself and enjoy the company of the small person/s in your life. 

Monday, 23 March 2020

Our Montessori home tour

I decided it was finally time for a “Montessori” home tour!

I am a Montessori kid myself and recently purchased The Montessori Toddler book to refresh my memory and apply the Montessori theory in my own home to help me lead and support Arlo. Hopefully this will help give you a visual of our home and how I have set up Montessori spaces for Arlo. I have tried to include links to all the furniture and materials I am often asked about. 

One of the beautiful things about Montessori is that it is so much more than a type of education, it's a way of seeing and being with children. Even if your child does not go to Montessori school, you can easily bring the ideas into your home and watch your child’s independence and concentration grow. While we don’t strictly follow Montessori principles, I am inspired by the philosophy, especially for the younger years. 

It’s always been important that our whole home is child friendly and that Arlo has free access to wherever he wants to go turning our whole house into a “yes space”. A “yes space” is simply a space where you don’t feel like you have to always be saying “no”, “don’t touch” and “don’t climb” to your children. I find that if you do this in your home it allows everyone to feel more relaxed. Your children are free to touch, explore, move, climb, and look after their own needs, and you feel more at ease knowing they are unlikely to do serious damage to anything, including themselves. You’ll notice each of the Arlo’s spaces offer opportunities for independence.