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Sunday, 16 June 2019

The moments I don't want to forget

When I was growing up, my parents always made a big deal about birthdays, special events and holidays. This always involved multiple celebrations, many traditions, and of course surprises and presents. A childhood full of memorable moments for me to tuck away in my memory bank. I think celebrating milestones with your kids are so important as it helps them prioritise what's truly important in life. It provides a special bond between you and your child as you celebrate the significance of life's journey together.

So when our fifth wedding anniversary was coming up I knew I wanted to do something big to celebrate! Our wedding anniversary has always been a special day of the year for Jake and I. Every year we reminisce and look at where we are now, what we've learnt, the places we have explored, the memories we have made and the many things that we have celebrated over this time. Of course, nothing could top becoming parents to our sweet Arlo! I hope in 40 years’ time, we are still looking forward to celebrating these occasions surrounded by our children and grandchildren.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

My first Mothers Day

I hope every mama out there is having a wonderful Mother’s Day. My boys treated me to a special mother's day photo shoot last week to celebrate my very first Mothers Day. We got together with Jenny Siaosi who managed to capture my little family perfectly. It was the perfect gift as I love doing photoshoots because its those little moments, those little grins, those little hands, they are not this little forever and a photograph can take you back to that exact moment and make you relive that memory all over again. I will alway cherish these photos and always remember my very first mothers day. I’m not even a year into my motherhood journey and it’s already the hardest, messiest, most exhausting thing I’ve ever done. Yet at the same time, it’s the most enjoyable, rewarding and satisfying thing I’ve ever done in my life. Arlo changed my world in the best way possible. It’s like I’m doing what I’ve always been meant to do. The joy I feel being a mother, and being this boy’s mother, is indescribable. I love the way he’s eyes light up when he sees me and his giggles are the best sound in the world!

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Wairarapa ~ Castlepoint

When I look back at my childhood, the times I remember the most are special family moments and the memorable holidays and outings we took. We used to have family days on Sundays and we would hang out as a family doing things like making pancakes which ultimately turned into food fights, having wrestling matches with dad, going down to the beach, camping, skiing trips...the list goes on. But the main thing was spending that quality time together and making memories that last a lifetime! It's something that I have held dear to me and now that I have my own little growing family it's something that I now do with them. Let’s face it—life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. So it’s nice to dedicate one day a week devoted to spending it together as a family and it gives us an opportunity to explore our new backyard….the Wairarapa!

Friday, 26 April 2019

J&J Queenstown

Queenstown is one of my favourite places in New Zealand. Jake had never been, so it was time to take my boys to Queenstown and let this mumma show them exactly why she loves this city so much. 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Hello Wairarapa!

We've moved!....Again! I know, it seems like we can’t seem to stay still. So, Jake and I don't fight a lot but there’s one thing we always seem to disagree on…..where to live?! He’s definitely a country guy and I’m more of a city gal! But if I'm honest, it truly doesn't matter where we live, just as long as we are together. My home is not a place, it's a person...well now two people, Jake and Arlo. My family are my home. It wasn't an easy decision because we had originally planned to move back to the UK after being home in NZ for a year. I’m so sad we are not returning. I love London and it’s really hard having your heart in two places, but we are already planning a trip back over there and we can't wait to catch up with all our friends. I also can't wait to show Arlo why I love London and take him to all my favourite places.