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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. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Dreamscape Glamping

I hope you can keep a secret because I’m about to give away one of New Zealand’s best travel ideas. Are you ready?

Glamping! And there's nowhere better to do it than New Zealand. You may have heard of it before but for those who haven't…Glamping (also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping) is that escape you've been meaning to take. It's that little break from the hustle and bustle but, with all the modern conveniences! 

We decided to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary at Dreamscape Glamping just down the road from where we actually said our I do’s. The perfect way to celebrate as Jake loves to camp and I got my touch of luxury with the compromise of glamping. A win-win if you ask me!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

The best of 2019 - Happy New Year!

I wanted to share a little recap of 2019! It's always nice to take a little look back at the year that was. Last year we took some family photos at Christmas time and decided that this would become a family tradition. Now, each year we get to reminisce, laugh and watch our family grow through some of those special moments we captured.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Bali Family Holiday. Kid Friendly Food and Things to do (Part #2)

“Our Big Fat Bali Family Holiday” was magical! It really was a dream, family vacation. Full of adventure, food, culture and most importantly, relaxation. In Part 1 we shared where we stayed and some useful tips on travelling with small children on my recent blog here. I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of the activities we enjoyed and all the delicious places we ate at. If you’re planning on checking out Bali, be sure to tick off some of the awesome places we found.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Family-friendly wineries in Martinborough

Summer is on its way! For our next family day out we thought that we would do a family friendly winery tour in Martinborough. Parents visiting the Wairarapa area may think they need to pass up a visit to Martinborough when they are traveling with kids. But, believe it or not, there are a whole host of family-friendly wineries offering friendly picnic areas, non-alcoholic drinks along with toys, play areas and more. Wine tasting is decidedly a very adult thing to do in that, well, legally you have to be an adult to do it! However, despite the age requirement, there are a bunch of wineries that are very accommodating to families and will happily accommodate children. If you’re looking for some child-friendly wineries, then Martinborough in New Zealand is a great option. You don’t need to be a wine expert to know that Martinborough is one of the premium wine regions of the world. 

The best part about Martinborough is its wide, safe, flat country roads, making it an ideal place to pedal. Along with conveniently located wineries all within short cycling distance of the town centre it makes it perfect for families. Green Jersey have a wide range of top quality bicycles that you can hire including their family bikes that come equipped with a child seat which was perfect for Arlo. They also have a big selection of helmets to fit the littlest of heads. I myself opted for one of their bikes with a basket on the front mainly because it looked cute but it was perfect for carrying any items or maybe a couple bottles of wine that we purchase along the way. There was no rush and we could set off at our own pace - Blissful! 

Read on for our favourite family-friendly wineries in Martinborough where you and your kids will have a great time and you can spend all of that babysitter money you’ll save on a case of wine to take home and enjoy later.