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(Last updated 04/03/2021)

When Your Child Leaves Home…

 

I wasn’t going to share this.

Some things I thought, should be kept private.

But something inside me kept saying, ‘No. Do it. There might just be another parent out there who is going through the exact same thing and these words will hopefully comfort them, make them realise that they are not alone’.

This is the biggest thing that has happened in my life over the past three years by far.

My 19-year-old son has moved out.

I am so proud of him. I am 100% behind him. I love him.

I buy him food for his flat. And towels.

But. That still doesn’t mean I am coping.

It doesn’t stop me from being sad.

I don’t want to go over how I am feeling again. Instead, I have written a brutally honest post. I would love for you to read it if you are going through the same thing.

When your son leaves home and you fall apart.

I am also including the Tiktok that I made today.

I intended to make something humerous and happy but nothing would come out. Only this. So I figured there must have been a reason for that, and that’s why I am sharing it.

(Follow me on TikTok here).

 Podcasting

Latest (video podcast)

Americans in New Zealand. Will They EVER Fit in?

 

Remember, if you enjoy the podcast please leave us a 5-star rating and a short review on the Apple iTunes podcast page (just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the place!) THANK YOU!!

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple PodcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

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Woman in New Zealand. Writing a book

Birthday News, But First Things First…

 

I always start the year with many good intentions and one huge dream.

My big dream has always been to write a book.

But every year the same thing happens.

By March, I have given myself tons of excuses for it not to happen.

I blame bad timing and poor circumstances and so, the dream gets shelved for another year.

But not this time…Because now I have YOU.

Why You Need To Say YES!

This year, not only am I going to write a book, but I plan on writing it with you next to me.

I want to share every step of my forthcoming journey with you.

Here’s why I (really) hope you’ll join me:

I am guessing that you have something that you long to do.

Something that you keep putting on the back burner until ‘the time is right’.

Reason #1: (all about you)

Every week I will send you weekly emails, updates. I will share my step by step account of what it looks like to write and publish a book.

You will watch as I put myself out there, into the arena of scariness for everyone to see.

This will encourage you to do the same.

And will give you the confidence to make your step. Inspire you to do your scary thing.

It just will. I know it will.

I plan to share everything, absolutely everything that is spurring me on to write this book. So that you can take those lessons and apply them to your dream.

So? Are you ready to sign up and join me? If so click this link and we will get started together!

PS: Remember, this isn’t anything dodgy and it’s totally FREE!

 

Woman smiling at the camera in New Zealand.

Someone had a birthday…

 

I don’t normally mention birthdays. There’s only one birthday that anyone cares about and that’s there own.

But.

This was a biggy. And I’d feel as though I wasn’t being fair if I didn’t tell you a little bit about the day!

I turned 50.

This is quite confusing to me, especially since I’m still only 17. How can this be possible?

But apparently, it is. When you are born in 1971 and the calendar page says  2021 you are 50 years old.

The Romans said so, so it must be true.

The day was beautiful. For 38 years I had to celebrate my birthday in the middle of winter freezing cold, but no more.

Once we moved to New Zealand, I was able to do cool stuff like have cocktails down at the beach and wear thin clothes without getting hyperthermia.

The party

Thank you to my mum and sister for arranging a gorgeous party. I don’t usually do parties, in fact, just for the record, I dread them.

I’m terribly antisocial and panic if someone mentions facetime. So don’t ever come and surprise me in New Zealand.

I’d need at least three years notice. Just to make sure that I’m not in.

But this party was gorgeous. 10 members of my close family, lots of wine, good food, music, a fire and reminiscing.

What more could I ask for? It was perfect.

 

 

Family in New Zealand
Family in New Zealand
Party outside by a fire in New Zealand
Two sisters kissing in New zealand
Mother and daughter having tea in New Zealand
Woman looking at a board in
husband and wife in a garden in nEw Zealand
Family in New Zealand

 Podcasting

Due to birthdays, we haven’t released a new podcast this week but there are a few of our most popular ones:

Homeschooling and working – how to juggle both.

Schools in New Zealand vs the USA. Who Wins?

7 Things that scared the hell out of us when we moved to New Zealand

7 Ludicrous misconceptions about New Zealand 

 

Remember, if you enjoy the podcast please leave us a 5-star rating and a short review on the Apple iTunes podcast page (just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the place!) THANK YOU!!

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple PodcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

PS: Don’t forget that if you DO want to know more about New Zealand, then sign up below for my FREE 5-day video guide on what life in New Zealand is really like!

Living in New Zealand sign up form for a free guide

Reading

 

(Please be aware that I use my Amazon affiliate account when recommending books. This means that if you click and buy I get a few cents from Amazon for the referral).

 

I haven’t done this section for a while but I have read a couple of very inspirational books over the past few months (I’m a slow reader) and wanted to share them.

 

Choose Yourself by James Altucher. I absolutely love this guy. I listen to all of his podcasts and think that he is one of the most down to earth-tell-it -is-it-is person to listen to or read if you want to be inspired to do ANYTHING.

 

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

Again, a successful but down to earth person who will inspire you with his realness and ability to make you feel that your adventure is right there and ready to take!

 

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach (this one has been with me for almost ten years and I never tire of reading the daily inspirations).

 Homeschooling

 

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up for my  FREE online homeschooling email series.

These emails (there are 10 of them) are for women who – this time last year were going along quite nicely thank you very much, but who now feel as though their world has been  turned upside down.

These emails are for the normal women in this world (who drink wine and then cry when they look at all of the old baby photos) who find themselves homeschooling and don’t have a CLUE where to start.

Writing and sharing these emails has given me back so much more than I anticipated.

And I don’t mean money (remember, these emails are free).

I am talking about the friends thatI have made through this medium.

Being able to connect with other women who are going through the exact same thing as I went through (ten years ago) and being able to offer advice, support and comfort from the other end (ten years on and still going strong!) makes me so happy.

If you are not part of these emails (but would like to be) then sign up below:

 

And remember,  if you need free help or advice from me you know where I am.

[email protected]

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(Last updated 02/02/2021)

Woman in New Zealand. Writing a book

First Things First…

 

Every January, my year with many good intentions and one huge dream.

My big dream has always been to write a book.

But every year the same thing happens.

By March, I have given myself tons of excuses for it not to happen.

I blame bad timing and poor circumstances and so, the dream gets shelved for another year.

But not this time…Because now I have YOU.

Why You Need To Say YES!

This year, not only am I going to write a book, but I plan on writing it with you next to me.

I want to share every step of my forthcoming journey with you.

Here’s why I (really) hope you’ll join me:

I am guessing that you have something that you long to do.

Something that you keep putting on the back burner until ‘the time is right’.

Reason #1: (all about you)

Every week I will send you weekly emails, updates. I will share my step by step account of what it looks like to write and publish a book.

You will watch as I put myself out there, into the arena of scariness for everyone to see.

This will encourage you to do the same.

And will give you the confidence to make your step. Inspire you to do your scary thing.

It just will. I know it will.

I plan to share everything, absolutely everything that is spurring me on to write this book. So that you can take those lessons and apply them to your dream.

So? Are you ready to sign up and join me? If so click this link and we will get started together!

PS: Remember, this isn’t anything dodgy and it’s totally FREE!

 

Woman smiling at the camera in New Zealand.

Life in New Zealand

 

You know how nothing interesting happens in your life for ages and then loads of stuff happens at the same time?

Well, that was me this week.

First, let me tell you about the song competition that I mentioned last week.

New Zealand is bringing ‘Pop Stars’ to the TV.

Remember the original Pop Stars that had Will Young and Gareth Gates in it? Well it’s that one.

Tessa and her friend wanted to apply for it (they both write their own music), so Brian helped them put a demo together (picture from last week) and they both got asked to audition. Exciting!

They didn’t get through.

They went to Wellington for the weekend to audition, had a brilliant day experiencing what it’s like to audition under pressure but sadly, didn’t make it through.

Which is annoying as I was looking forward to that mansion in Beverly Hills.

Tessa has written a couple of songs and they are superb. I know that all mum’s say the same (and she’ll kill me if she finds out that i have published this) but really, she has.

She has an exquisite voice and we are certain that she’ll take the music scene by storm. So proud of you Tessie. Even thogh you never read my blog. x

Keeping with Tess, she passed her exams this week so we all went out to celebrate. That was lovely. I had spinach and pancetta pizza. And wine. 

I also made a tiktok video that I am sharing on here. It seems appropriate what with the New Zealand kids just having had their exam results. (Check it out below!)

And finally! I went to Wellington for the weekend with Sonny.

Just me and him.

I couldn’t believe it when he took me up on the offer.

It’s weird, isn’t it? When you go away with your teenage daughter it is perfectly fine but as soon as you go away with your son people say ‘Ohhh…Why didn’t he go with his dad?’

(Actually, noone has ever said that me, not ever. But I imagine that that’s what they are thinking.)

I’ll tell you why not. ‘Cause his dad wouldn’t buy him chocolate waffles and a vintage shirt from the recycle boutique.

That’s why not.

The weekend was gorgeous. We had a ball. Cost me an arm and a leg mind you, but still. Try not to think about that Liz…

Girl showing her mum the phone.
Man with teenage son at a restaurant in New Zealand
Teenage boy in Wellington, New Zealand
Teenage boy in Wellington, New Zealand
Mum and teenage son in Wellington, New Zealand
Statue by water in Wellington, New Zealand

 Podcasting

This week we released our guest podcast post, with Tara from Kiwiamericans. 

I have had Tara on the podcast before and I love her. Last time we talked about moving to New Zealand and America.

This week we talked about the New Zealand school system.

Something I don’t know much about due to the fact that i homeschooled both of my kids.

It’s a very informative podcast and if you are thinking of moving to NZ anytime in the future you will love it. 

Schools in New Zealand vs the USA. Who Wins?

And from last week…

7 Things that scared the hell out of us when we moved to New Zealand

 

Remember, if you enjoy the podcast please leave us a 5-star rating and a short review on the Apple iTunes podcast page (just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the place!) THANK YOU!!

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple PodcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

PS: Don’t forget that if you DO want to know more about New Zealand, then sign up below for my FREE 5-day video guide on what life in New Zealand is really like!

Living in New Zealand sign up form for a free guide

TikTok 

 

If the though of Tiktok scares you, know that you are not alone.

As I have told you many times, I was terrified when I first started.

But. Then I just went with it and had fun.

I don’t take it too seriously (I know some people say that it is the best marketing tool since sliced bread), rather I use it to prove to myself that I am brave and not totally halfwitted when it comes to making fun videos.

As promised, I am sharing the one I made about Tessa’s exams.

(Follow me on TikTok here).

 Homeschooling

 

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up for my  FREE online homeschooling email series.

These emails (there are 10 of them) are for women who – this time last year were going along quite nicely thank you very much, but who now feel as though their world has been  turned upside down.

These emails are for the normal women in this world (who drink wine and then cry when they look at all of the old baby photos) who find themselves homeschooling and don’t have a CLUE where to start.

Writing and sharing these emails has given me back so much more than I anticipated.

And I don’t mean money (remember, these emails are free).

I am talking about the friends thatI have made through this medium.

Being able to connect with other women who are going through the exact same thing as I went through (ten years ago) and being able to offer advice, support and comfort from the other end (ten years on and still going strong!) makes me so happy.

If you are not part of these emails (but would like to be) then sign up below:

 

And remember,  if you need free help or advice from me you know where I am.

[email protected]

How to homeschool free email guide

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(Last updated 22/1/2021)

What’s Going On in New Zealand

 

This week has mainly seen Brian being a brilliant dad and working with Tessa and a friend to make a song demo.

They are applying for a music competition in New Zealand  – I will tell you more about that next time, but it’s very exciting (and a bit top secret).

Good on Brian I say.

I wish I’d had a dad that helped me record songs and stuff. I was lucky if mine made me a bacon sandwich when I was off school sick.

Me? I’ve been enjoying the New Zealand summer as much as possible and have been busy attempting to write a book.

As you do.

(More on that soon.)

The kids went to a ’70’s themed party and I thought they looked gorgeous so I have included a pic of them.

I was a bit miffed that I wasn’t included,  I must admit.

They showed me the videos and there was a lit-up dance floor and a glittery mirror ball and everything.

I don’t know why they didn’t invite me and Bri. We would have loved to have shown our Saturday Night Fever moves to their friends…

 

Two teenagers making music in New Zealand
Woman in a garden in New Zealand
Two teenagers dressed up in '70s style.

 Podcasting

After a months break it wasn’t easy getting back into the podcast…

 

Before I actually MADE podcasts (and instead just LISTENED to them), I assumed that all you would have to do to make a podcast was record yourself having a chat and then ping a button and it would magically share it with the world.

 

Nope. Not quite that easy.

 

  • There’s the deciding what to talk about.
  • The soundcheck.
  • The recording of it (and sometimes, honestly, it’s so bad we just scrap it).
  • Then there’s the editing.
  • The writing of the show notes/post.
  • The adding of the links.
  • Making a thumbnail for YouTube.
  • Making a pin for Pinterest.
  • Adding the intro.
  • Adding the outro.
  • And then, when all that is done there is the promoting of it…

And all for $0.

As much fun as it is, and as much as we love doing it, you might be able to empathise with me when I mentioned in the first podcast that I was thinking of giving it up.

BUT. But.

Then I received two emails.

Literally within an hour apart, from two people telling us how much they valued the podcast and how it helped them.

 

And that was all it took.

Sod the fact that we don’t get paid, when you hear that you are helping people or entertaining them it’s enough to carry on.

So here you go: The first two episodes of 2021

We nearly chucked the towel in but then THIS happened.

And …

7 Things that scared the hell out of us when we moved to New Zealand

 

Remember, if you enjoy the podcast please leave us a 5-star rating and a short review on the Apple iTunes podcast page (just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the place!) THANK YOU!!

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple PodcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

PS: Below is a photo that I took to use on YouTube.

My words to Brian: “Do a really confused face”.

I took the photo and this is what came out.

I have to say I think I’m doing a pretty good job of looking confused – Brian, on the other hand, looks like he does every single day when he can’t figure out what why Paypal is retaining his $46.😆

 

 

 

Man and woman looking confused as they don;t know whether to continue with their New Zealand podcast

TikTok (Yes! TikTok!)

 

Still keeping at TikTok. It’s getting harder though I’ll admit.

I’m finding it tough to think of things to video.

Hang on…I can see a bit of a theme going on here.

This is a classic example right here of someone who overthinks FAR too much.

If you are an overthinker then we should probably be friends.

Anyway, I’m still there and making videos and I am massively surprised that in only two months I have over 2000 followers.

Yes most of them are still in their nappies and have user names like ‘0006gybustyurass’,  but no matter.

I can still brag to Sonny and that’s all that all that counts.

 

Follow me on TikTok here.

 Homeschooling

A word of reassurance to all of you out there who have just started homeschooling and have returned from your Christmas break.

I know that you thought your kids would be well-rested and ready to start this year fresh and ready to learn.

BUT.

If your kids are anything like mine who,  EVERY SINGLE TIME WE TOOK A BREAK, came back acting GORMLESS causing me to think that everything I’d invested into them over the past few months has been a COMPLETE waste of time.

Know not to worry. Know that this is normal.

It happens all the time.

Go with it, ignore them when they say that they can’t remember how to spell ‘tricked’ and move on.

Have a large glass of wine at 6 or 3 pm.

Homeschooling is a peak and trough rollercoaster and after every holiday there is always a trough.

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up for my  FREE online homeschooling email series.

These emails (there are 10 of them) are for women who – this time last year were going along quite nicely thank you very much, but who now feel as though their world has been  turned upside down.

These emails are for the normal women in this world (who drink wine and then cry when they look at all of the old baby photos) who find themselves homeschooling and don’t have a CLUE where to start.

Writing and sharing these emails has given me back so much more than I anticipated.

And I don’t mean money (remember, these emails are free).

I am talking about the friends thatI have made through this medium.

Being able to connect with other women who are going through the exact same thing as I went through (ten years ago) and being able to offer advice, support and comfort from the other end (ten years on and still going strong!) makes me so happy.

If you are not part of these emails (but would like to be) then sign up below:

 

And remember,  if you need free help or advice from me you know where I am.

[email protected]

How to homeschool free email guide

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(Last updated 11/1/2021)

Happy New Year You Lovely People!

 

And helllloooo 2021!

We had such a relaxing break over the holiday period and I hope you did too.

I don’t want to ignore the fact that most of the world is going through a shitty time at the moment, what with lockdowns, new strains of the virus and all the unrest that is happening over at the White House.

I’m feeling for you, I really am, and am sending you as much positive strength as I can throw your way from down here in NZ. 

 I hope that you and your family managed to find a little bit of peace and joy and if you were lucky, someone sent you a nice bottle of plonk. 🍷

Ours was a very lovely but also very quiet Christmas.

We had my mum and stepdad over for a couple of days which was lovely and for the first time EVER I didn’t get het up over the Christmas present opening ceremony.

Every year I dread the opening of Christmas gifts.

I think it stems back to years ago when Sonny was five and we bought him the wrong coloured Thomas the Tank Engine track.

He tried to ram the box back up the chimney and then proceeded to cry all day.

Little shit.

Luckily, he has grown up to be a very nice young man, but still, to this day, we have an unwritten rule where we don’t mention Thomas and baby Jesus in the same breath.

***

I am actually embracing the fact that we can’t travel overseas right now.

I have made pockets of oasisis (is that a word?) around my garden and have filled these spaces with things that I love from my favourite countries. Indian sarongs, Japanese pots, Italian wine etc, etc.

I have included some pics for you below – apologies for the blurry Christmas day photo, my arm wouldn’t quite reach and I was desperate to tuck into that feast!

Liz x

 

Family celebrating Christmas in New Zealand
Boardwalk over water in New Zealand
Garden view with a chair and parasol in New Zealand
View of garden in New Zealand
View of a fire and a bottle of champagne in New Zealand

 Podcasting

After a months break it wasn’t easy getting back into the podcast…

 

Before I actually MADE podcasts (and instead just LISTENED to them), I assumed that all you would have to do to make a podcast was record yourself having a chat and then ping a button and it would magically share it with the world.

 

Nope. Not quite that easy.

 

There’s the deciding what to talk about.

The soundcheck.

The recording of it (and sometimes, honestly, it’s so bad we just scrap it).

Then there’s the editing.

The writing of the show notes/post.

The adding of the links.

 Making a thumbnail for YouTube.

Making a pin for Pinterest.

Adding the intro.

Adding the outro.

And then, when all that is done there is the promoting of it…

All for $0.

So then, as fun as it is, and as much as we love doing it, you might be able to empathise with what I was saying when I mentioned in the first podcast that I was thinking of giving it up.

BUT

Then I received two emails. Literally within an hour apart, telling us how much they valued the podcast and how it helped them.

 

And that was all it took.  Sod the fact that we don’t get paid, when you hear that you are helping people or entertaining them it’s enough to carry on.

So here you go: The first two episodes of 2021

We nearly chucked the towel in but then THIS happened.

And …

7 Things that scared the hell out of us when we moved to New Zealand

 

Remember, if you enjoy the podcast please leave us a 5-star rating and a short review on the Apple iTunes podcast page (just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the place!) THANK YOU!!

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple PodcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

TikTok (Yes! TikTok!)

 

I never ever thought in a zillion years that I would get on board and join the TikTok.

Why? Becasue sharing videos of MYSELF scares the beejeezus out of me. That’s why.

Which is exactly why I made myself do it.

I didn’t want to be lying on my death bed saying ‘I wish I’d made them there TikToks’.

No way.

I also did it to prove to myself that no matter what scares the hell out of you, when you face it head on and give it a go that thing suddenly loses its power over you.

And makes you feel good.

Kind of like a peacock with a mobile phone and a selfie stick.

I wanted to share it on here with you because this is my safe place.

(And if I do get any horrid comments I can just delete them and say bah hoo shucks to you).

Hopefully seeing this video will inspire you to do something scary that is currently standing in your way.

Just do it.

It really isn’t that bad and who knows? You might be like me. Once you start you can’t stop!

Follow me on TikTok here.

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(Last updated 24/12/2020)

Family in New Zealand
Christmas tree in the back of a car in  New Zealand
Boy trimming up a Christmas tree in  New Zealand
Girl decorating a tree in New Zealand
Christmas tree in new Zealand

Life in New Zealand

 

Ahhh… Christmas in New Zealand.

I have the same conversation with my family every. single. year. about this topic…

Which is better? Christmas in the sun or in the snow?

And every year we come up with the same answer…they both have their good and not so good points.

No matter how I try I can not stop missing the long dark nights, sitting by the fire, watching Scrooge and looking at my Christmas tree lights sparkling.

To do that in New Zealand you must wait until at least 9.30 and by then I’m usually sozzled.

But.

And this is a BIG but.

It’s summer in New Zealand.

The flowers are blooming, the nights are long, the BBQ is always lit, and people drink ice cold cocktails on the deck (while trying not to act sozzled).

So I think I have to say… New Zealand wins.

Wherever you are celebrating this Christmas holiday season, I hope you are safe and well… Christmas is always what you make it, regardless of where you are.

Annd remember, for those of you who are considering a move to New Zealand we have created a  FREE 5-day mini-series  about life in New Zealand just for you!

Get that today, for free. It can be my Christmas pressie to you. X

Just go to this page and drop us your email and we will send you your first video immediately!

Happy Christmas everyone! See you in 2021 ❤️

 

Living in New Zealand sign up form for a free guide

 Homeschooling

 

As some of you know I offer a FREE online homeschooling email series.

These emails (there are 10 of them) are for women who – this time last year were going along quite nicely thank you very much, but who now feel as though their world has been  turned upside down.

These emails are for the normal women in this world (who drink wine and then cry when they look at all of the old baby photos) who find themselves homeschooling and don’t have a CLUE where to start.

Writing and sharing these emails has given me back so much more than I anticipated.

And I don’t mean money (remember, these emails are free).

I am talking about the friends thatI have made through this medium.

Being able to connect with other women who are going through the exact same thing as I went through (ten years ago) and being able to offer advice, support and comfort from the other end (ten years on and still going strong!) makes me so happy.

If you are not part of these emails (but would like to be) then sign up below:

 

And remember,  if you need free help or advice from me you know where I am.

[email protected]

How to homeschool free email guide

 Podcasting

Thank you all so very, very much for all of your listens and support over 2020! 

If you haven’t yet listened to our latest podcast episodes then you can find them right here:

2020, How was it for YOU darling?

 7 (LUDICROUS) Misconceptions about New Zealand 

 And remember, if you enjoy the podcast please leave us a 5-star rating and a short review on the Apple iTunes podcast page (just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the place!) THANK YOU!!

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple PodcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

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(Last updated 24/11/2020)

Pahutakowa tree in New Zealand

 

Life in New Zealand

 

To say that Brian and I have been busy this past month is an understatement.

As some of you know, since the world went crazy earlier this year, New Zealand has become the new GO TO place.

Every man and his dog wants to come here.

Which is great!

I for one could do with some friends and I’m hoping that if the country has a few more people in it the restaurants might consider staying open past 9 pm 😜

ANYWAY…

After receiving numerous emails from people desperate to know what life is like down here in NZ, Brian and I decided to create a 10 Part Video Guide sharing everything there is to know about moving to and living in New Zealand.

And if I say so myself, it’s blimin’ brill.

Over 90 minutes of invaluable inside information.

We also created a  FREE 5-day mini-series (which in itself is fabulous) about life in New Zealand which you can get right now.

Today. For nothing.

Just go to this page and drop us your email and we will send you your first video immediately!

We are off on a road trip down to Queenstown this week and we plan to make a full-length vlog of the trip, so keep your eye out for that!

In other news, Christmas is creeping up on us (does anyone else feel as though it should still be May??) and as ever, I try to get my head around the fact that Christmas in New Zealand is just …different!

The Pohutukawa tree is known as the New Zealand Christmas tree and every year I marvel at how gorgeous it is (I have included a pic above!).

 

 

Living in New Zealand sign up form for a free guide

 Homeschooling

 

As some of you know I offer a FREE online homeschooling email series.

These emails (there are 10 of them) are for women who – this time last year were going along quite nicely thank you very much, but who now feel as though their world has been  turned upside down.

These emails are for the normal women in this world (who drink wine and then cry when they look at all of the old baby photos) who find themselves homeschooling and don’t have a CLUE where to start.

Writing and sharing these emails has given me back so much more than I anticipated.

And I don’t mean money (remember, these emails are free).

I am talking about the friends thatI have made through this medium.

Being able to connect with other women who are going through the exact same thing as I went through (ten years ago) and being able to offer advice, support and comfort from the other end (ten years on and still going strong!) makes me so happy.

If you are not part of these emails (but would like to be) then sign up below:

 

And remember,  if you need free help or advice from me you know where I am.

[email protected]

How to homeschool free email guide

 

 Podcasting

 

I had the most exciting thing happen to me on the podcast this month.

I had a guest.

A REAL LIFE (not just Brian doing a different voice) GUEST.

Her name is Tara and she is an American who moved to New zealand with her four kids and husband five years ago.

She is just fantastic. (I have included a photo of her below!).

On this podcast we talk about what it was like to move from the land of the free  to the land of the kiwi and she explained the entire process for us.

Our second podcast episode was about the Food in New Zealand.

Poor old New Zealand. It gets such flack about its food and I wanted to make this episode to tell people the truth.

That there is more to New Zealand food than  lamb chops and  frozen peas.

And then finally, Brian and I put out grown up and vetry sensible pants on and made an episode on how to work from home and get stuff done.

In the past two years, as some of you may already know, Brian and I changed our lives around and built a couple of online businesess that we now run from home.

So we’re experts.

In procrastination.

And folding the laundry when we are supposed to be doing things online.

This episode is all about the things that we have tried over the past two years  – what worked and what didn’t. What upped the productivity and what made it worse.

You can read the posts, loo at the photos and  listen to all three of those episides by clicking the links below:

✔︎ Moving to New Zealand from the US (and was life really THAT different?)

✔︎New Zealand Food. Delicious or Dull?

✔︎How to Work From Home & Still Get Stuff Done. 7 Tips.

PLease!! If you enjoy the podcast please leave us a 5 star rating and a short review on the Apple itunes podcast page (just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the place!) THANK YOU!!

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

Man sitting in front of his podcast things.
Burger in a takeaway container. New zealand favourite foods
Couple working online at home on a cumputer

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(Last updated 21/10/2020)

 

 

Life in New Zealand

 

Well. She did it! HURRAY!!

Jacinda is in to stay!

I for one am happy as I happen to love the woman. Especially now I know that her husband buys his shirts from the chazzer shops.

In other far more important news, Brian and I had a romantic weekend away in Wellington last week, and it.Was.Divine.

Every time I visit Wellington I love it even more.

Brain and I are in the throes of creating a very special video course for all those of you who are thinking of coming to New Zealand, either to live or to visit.

This will be a very good look into real-life New Zealand (no fancy guide book stuff) and our aim is to let you in on everything there is to know about living here in a series of 3-minute videos.

Something we would have loved to have gotten our hands on when we were thinking of moving to New Zealand 🙂

So.

Rather than running around Wellington with a bottle of champers and a pair of frilly knickers, I mostly spent the weekend with the iPhone stuck in front of just about everything and anything.

If you’re a New Zealand fan you will LOVE what we are creating for you. keep tuned and I’ll let you know when it is released.

 

Wellington sign in New Zealand
husband and wife having a drink of wine
View of New Zealand scenery
Cable car in Wellington New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcasting

 

 

This weeks podcast episode was life in New Zealand with kids.

It was over eleven years ago that Brian and I left the UK to come and live in New Zealand, and it’s funny how quickly you forget about those concerns and worries that you have when planning your move to a different country.

Especially a country which is one the other side of the world and you have no way of knowing about until you live there.

So we thought it would be a good idea to start asking readers what they were concerned about and then set about trying to help them by means of creating free podcasts.

I have included the image (as promised) of Brian’s new Star-Trek set up in our spare room.

I think it must be a man thing…

 

Click Here and read the post and listen to Life in New Zealand with kids. 3 Undisclosed benefits.

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

Man sitting in front of his podcast things.
Husband and wife making a podcast in new Zealand

 

 

Homeschooling

 

I am bursting with excitement about homeschooling this week.

I can’t say too much about it but let’s just say that the photo below might give you a clue…

I know that there are sooo many people out there that right now are thinking sh***ttttt what’s happening??? 

I know that because that’s exactly how I felt at the beginning of my homeschooling journey.

But those fears and doubts don’t last, I promise.

And please, trust me on this one, homeschooling will NOT damage your kids.

 It might give you a few wrinkles and turn you to booze but it won’t damage the kids.

 

My Favourite Homeschool Resources

 

I have a couple of top resources that I’m recommending this week, the first is a company that I have used and loved called Outschool.

Outschool is a kind of online unschooling/really cool way to teach kids ANYTHING programme for kids!

And the beauty of it is they hold live classes taught by professional teachers (and some of the lessons are only $5!)

There is too much to tell you here but feel free to check Outschool for yourself by clicking here



 

Homeschooling High School Kids

 

I understand that high school homeschool is a totally different ball game and that’s why I am sharing this fabulous resource with you.

Prep Expert

Prep Expert offers online SAT & ACT prep courses for high school students, so if you have a high schooler at home right now and are struggling to see how you can make the marks, you will love this.

Their online 6-week course comes with a 200-point SAT score improvement guarantee or 4-point ACT score improvement guarantee and they help students get into top universities, win millions in scholarships, and improve test scores. 

If this sounds like something you could benefit from then click here
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And remember,  if you need free help or advice from me you know where I am.

[email protected]

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Life in New Zealand

 

It feels as though spring is finally here in New Zealand!

The cherry blossoms are out, the Tui’s are hanging from the flax nectar and the fire is getting lit later and later each night.

On Sunday we all went (me, Brian and the kids) and spent the day being tourists down by the sea.

I saw a post on Facebook that showed the whalebone bridge in New Plymouth.

It had billions of likes and shares and it made me stop in my tracks and say Hey…waidaminit… We live there!

So off we went. And we got chips and ice cream and coffee.

Last year I wrote this post about the benefits of living in New Plymouth (it really is a gorgeous place).

 

 

Whalebone bridge in Taranaki, New Zealand
Bag of hot chips
Family walking along a path in New Zealand
Family in New Zealand
Cherry tree in front of Mountain in New Zealand

 

 

Podcasting

 

This weeks episode was about unplugging.

Brian and I have been without a telly for about ten years now and to be honest, we don’t miss it one jot.

We still get to watch films and docos but we just don’t have that constant stream of bad news being shown to us 24 hours a day (not unless we go looking for it).

We shared a few tips that everyone can practice to get some time back in their lives.

I was hoping that my teenagers would read it and take note.

Bloody phone addicts.

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

Man making a podcast episode
Woman drinking tea

 

 

Homeschooling

 

I have had so many people contact me regarding homeschooling.

I can not begin to imagine the fear and desperation people must be feeling.

Homeschooling should be something that you WANT to do and not something that you are forced into.

Now more than ever it is so important to remember that there is no secret trick to homeschooling your kids.

It’s just an extension of everyday life with them (only you might have to find out what a molecule is).

You just do your best and look after yourself.

Nobody is judging you.

And remember, the fact that you are willing to step out of the box makes you a bloody legend.

I wrote two posts for homeschoolers this week.

How to homeschool for free (I homeschooled for ten years and hardly spent a penny) and:

The pros and cons of homeschooling (because you need to keep it real).

If you need help, you know where I am. (I have a weekly newsletter written specifically for homeschooling parents, if you would like me to add your name to the list then let me know – send me an email [email protected])

 

This page was updated 7/10/2020

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Life in New Zealand

 

I am currently housesitting in Wanganui for a few days with my mum (I have included a pic of her and one of the cats below!).

The house is right by the beach and is gorgeous.

I love the fact that I am able to get away for a few days (sorry Bri) without having to pay any money.

We have saved an absolute fortune housesitting around the world and I LOVE it.

This time I needed the break. I think we all do don’t we?

It’s weird, the minute you come away and leave things behind (even when it’s just an hour down the road) you start to wonder why you are worrying about stuff.

Auckland has dropped down to Level 2 (which means wearing masks on all public transport and in shops is advised and there are to be no get togethers of over 100 people).

The rest of the country is in Level 1 (which means we must be careful and be aware of social distancing and cancel mass gathering s pf more than 500).

In New Plymouth it is rare to see someone with a mask on, and the same here in Wanganui.

People are being very good about using the contact tracing app on their phone. Whenever you go into a cafe or supermarket you have to sign in.

It feels a bit strange and can sometimes catch you unaware (l went to the hairdressers last week and she was in a mask and gloves).

I have included a few more photos of our trip down to the South Island.

 

 

woman holding a cat in a garden
boy standing in valley in New zealand
Lake in New Zealand
Woman standing at Lake in New Zealand
Boy and dad sitting on bench in New Zealand
Family smiling in New Zealand
Young man and mother standing in New Zealand

 

 

Podcasting

 

This weeks episode was brought to you with wine.

Brian and I thought it would be a good idea to have a nuice big glass of Merlot while we talked.

What happened was I got a bit racous and Brian got a bit cocky.

Never mind. We like to keep it real.

We talked about trusting people online and how, when we were couchsurfing around the world, we decided whether or not someone was nice or a complete weirdo.

You can here the podcast Trusting People Online here.

Let us know what you thought of the episode.

Oh my God. I can’t believe that I didn’t even bother to tisy up the bed before taking these photos…

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

Husband and wife making a podcast episode together
Husband and wife making a podcast episode

 

This page was updated 21/8/2020

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Life in New Zealand

 

Last week, our family went on a last-minute break to the South Island of New Zealand.

The kids have never been to Queenstown and so we booked a couple of very lovely Airbnbs and escaped to the cold and the sun.

Queenstown in the Central Otago region of New Zealand and is just g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s.

Aside from the fact that the wine is the best in the world, the scenery is stunning, there are no people and the weather is beautiful.

Apparently, Otago is the hottest, the coldest and the driest region in the whole of New Zealand.

I will have to tell you more about it (and add photos and videos) in the next few weeks so keep your eye on this page for more photos of how the trip progresses.

For now, I have included the first day photos – us on the plane, getting our camper van and then our first night freedom camping.

 

Flying During COVID Times

 

What was really weird was this is the first time we have flown anywhere since COVID hit.

There have been a few clusters flare back up in Auckland, meaning that the city has gone back to Level 2.

I have flown all over the world and have never experienced anything as eery as what we saw at Auckland airport on a Monday morning.

I have put a little video in for you to see.

Converted bus to go glamping in new Zealand
Kids in camper van
Tess in the camper
Liz and Brian in the Coromandel. Now page. It's a Drama travel blog

 

 

Podcasting

 

 

This weeks episode was brought to you from me and me alone.

I made an episode on the 7 big MISTAKES I made when I first attempted homeschooling and working at the same time.

Let me know if you liked it and whether you would like me (and Brian) to do more episodes on homeschooling.

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

 

 

Homeschooling

 

These past few months have been super busy for me.

Since COVID hit the world I have had lots of my blog readers asking me about homeschooling.

When this first happened I was a bit shocked.

I wanted to look over my shoulder and say ‘Huh? Who are you talking to?’

And then I remembered that I started homeschooling my kids ten years ago.

I know what I’m doing.

And I can help people.

So that’s what I have been busy doing.

As well as supporting my big girl through her mock exams (she takes her first set of exams in November) I have been creating a homeschooling course, writing lots of blog posts and talking into a microphone on my podcast!

Working on the job if you like.

And I have to say I have never been happier.

I adore homeschooling (most days at least) and I would never want anyone to think that they weren’t capable of doing it with their kids.

It’s not as hard as people think.

So if you need help, you know where I am. (I have a weekly newsletter written specifically for homeschooling parents, if you would like me to add your name to the list then let me know – send me an email [email protected])

Mother and daughter homeschooling and working at the same time

 

This page was updated 1/8/2020

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Life in New Zealand

 

Last week, Brian and I went on a romantic 5-day break to the Coromandel.

We stayed in a converted bus and bathed outside in the forest.

I know. Get us.

 

It is mid-winter here in New Zealand and I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that there were a few mornings where it was a bit chilly on the old willy but all in all it was BEAUTIFUL.

 

The highlight of the stay was the outside bush bath.

A cast iron bath that was filled with spring water and then heated from underneath by a wood fire. It. Was. Divine.

 

If you’ve never been to the Coromandel National Park, put it on your list of places that you need to visit. It is simply lovely.

And the seafood there is the best.

Converted bus to go glamping in new Zealand
Bush bath in the coromandel National park New Zealand travel blog
Coromandel New zealand
Liz and Brian in the Coromandel. Now page. It's a Drama travel blog

 

 

Podcasting

 

This weeks episode was brought to you from the inside of the glamping bus!

We go into great detail of what our first experience of romantic glamping was like.

As usual, I probably say the wrong thing.

Never mind.

You can listen to Glamping in New Zealand. How was it for you darling? Here.

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

Husband & wife making a New Zealand travel podcast
Husband & wife making a New Zealand travel podcast

 

 

Kids

 

As any parent of teenagers will know, getting your family together in the day is nigh on impossible, so I was grateful to be able to spend a day together last week.

We all went for lunch together and then walked along the coastal walkway that runs the entire length of New Plymouth (where we live).

 

When I look at my kids I desperately want a clock that pauses time.

 

And a manual.

 

Man and son walking in New Zealand
Family in New Zealand
Sonny in new Zealand cafe
Liz on beach in New Zealand

 

This page was updated 29/7/2020

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As I told you last week, I have been hitting the local Airbnb website hard in an attempt to fill the gap of not being able to travel abroad.

Hang on. Do people still say abroad?

Not sure.

Maybe I should say overseas. Internationally. Crossing the pond. Taking a foreign holiday.

This has enabled me to explore parts of New Zealand that I have never seen before.

One of those parts being the Wairarapa region at the bottom of the North Island.

I have heard people say that it is a beautiful area but I never expected such spectacular scenery.

It is stunning.

There are wide valleys, small towns and lots of beautiful vineyards.

And gumboots (wellies for those of you who don’t know kiwi slang).

Gumboots outside every shop doorway. It was quite bizarre.

At one point I wondered if someone was playing a trick on me and half expected Jeremy Beadle to jump out and kick me in the shins.

We were only in the region for a few days but I will definitely come back in the summer.

It’s a beautiful area – just gorgeous.

I have lived in New Zealand for eleven years and I still feel as though I am holiday and that any minute now Jacinda’s dad will knock on the door and say “Oi you! Out!

(I have included a couple of phots but the weather was pretty bad so they don’t show the place in all it’s loveliness!)

House in New Zealand
House in Greytown New Zealand

 

 

Podcasting

This weeks episode kind of happened by accident.

It was 5 pm on Saturday night.

Both kids were out.

So. Like any other normal husband and wife who never EVER seem to get any time on their own and even when they do they decide to fix the tv remote or fold the cat hair covered clean washing that has been piled on the back of the couch for two days, we decided to live it up a little.

Go a bit wild.

Me and Bri. Have us some jolly good fun adult time.

We sat down and made a podcast episode together.

And we drank wine. And chatted about life and kids and dogs and money and New Zealand and kids.

We were going to run around the house with our knickers on our head but my Plantar Fasciitis is playing me up something terrible so we decided to give it a miss.

Click here to listen to ‘Wine o’clock – what’s on top‘.

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

 

Man and wife talking on their new Zealand podcast
Man raising a glass of wine chatting on the new Zealand podcast

 

 

Kids

 

It’s all change again in our schooling routine. Tessa has decided to return back home and do her final years of school here.

It has been a bit of a roller coaster of emotions and juggling so I will be glad to get back to some sort of normality (and I am thankful that I no longer have to get up and think about what she is going to take to school for her lunch.)

I think lockdown showed a lot of kids that working from home is actually quite easy.

I’ve had a lot of parents chat to me about homeschooling their high school kids in particular.

I’m in the throes of making a homeschool course for parents (which will share when it is complete).

It mostly says this:

Just pretend you didn’t hear them when they ask you about decimals and fractions.

Tessa. It's a drama now page

 

Reading

(Please be aware that I use my Amazon affiliate account when recommending books. This means that if you click and buy I get a few cents from Amazon for the referral).

 

The Obstacle is the Way – by Ryan Holiday (I have only just started this book but I know that I’m going to love it. For anyone who knows deep down that they are capable of achieving their dreams but fear and doubt stop you from doing so, then read this book).

The Artists Way (again – 5th time now – I just love it and learn something new every time) by Julia Cameron

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach (this one has been with me for almost ten years and I never tire of reading the daily inspirations).

 

This Week I’m Really Grateful For Housesitting

 

Anyone who knows me will know that i am a huge fan of nabbing fabulous opportunities and experiences for as little money as possible.

I can’t help it. I was brought up in Lancashire and it’s in my blood.

This week I took my mum housesitting for the first time.

I won’t lie.

She ummed and aahed about doing it at first.

But after three days of housesitting, I am happy to report that she is now converted.

We had such a lovely few days.

The owner was a gorgeous woman who has a beautiful kiwi bach (kiwi word for little beachside cottage) in a town two hours away from where we live.

We looked after her four cats, spent time on the sunny deck that overlooked the sea, and made lots of delicious meals – it was the perfect getaway.

And the cost?

Free.

If you haven’t already then check out my post on how housesitting kept a family of four in Europe for three months ( and cost us $0)

In times like these when you need a break but money is tight, there is no better way to grab yourself a few days (or weeks) away.

Stay local. You don’t have to go far to experience the benefits that a change of scene brings to your life.

PS: For those of you who bought my How To Travel Cheap course then you are in for a treat! I am about to upload a couple of videos taking you on a tour around the houses that we have been staying in around New Zealand and showing you a few things that you wouldn’t expect from house sitting!

 

House in New Zealand over looking the beach
Dinner set on the table while housesitting
Cat sleeping. Housesitting in New Zealand

 

This page was updated 8/7/2020

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Life in New Zealand

 

 

Last week I went a little cray-cray and booked a bunch of mini-breaks away.

First:  I took Tessa to Wellington for a few days and stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb down there.

There are so many fabulous deals to be had at the moment and the house that we stayed in was one of them.

It was gorgeous. Super close to the city centre, warm, clean, cosy and a massive breakfast. Perfect.

If you are new to Airbnb then use this link when you sign up and you’ll get $25 off your first stay.

Now: I am in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand,  having a few days away (again in an Airbnb) with my mum.

This is a major wine region of New Zealand which suits us down to the ground – the Airbnb has a fully equipped kitchen and so we are cooking lovely meals, drinking wine and reminiscing about things that normally make non-family member’s eyes roll!

On Saturday we leave here and go to a beachside cottage to housesit for a lady with lots of cats.

I’ll let you know how that goes.

 

Next: Poor Brian.

In my moment of madness I booked us (what I thought would be) a romantic, hippy getaway.

What with me being so young and hip and all.

Again, Airbnb only this time it’s a converted bus that we are staying in.

In the Coromandel region of New Zealand.

It’s a bus called Jennie.

It has a compostable toilet that is a minute walk away. In the bush.

And an outside bath that is heated by a wood fire.

So. My daughter gets the shops; my mum gets the wine and Brian gets poo worms and hyperthermia.

Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Now page for It's a drama travel blog
Now page for It's a drama travel blog
Mum and daughter havibng a weekend away in Wellington New zealand

 

 

Podcasting

 

Our latest podcast episode Moving to New Zealand – What You’re Bound To Miss is now out.

This week Brian joined me and we ate cake and chatted.

I loved it.

Yes, I sound like a bossy Northern fisher wife but hey ho. We can’t be perfect all the time. 

 

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

Husband and wife making a podcast on New Zealand. Move to New Zealand and be prepared for these 6 things

 

 

Kids

 

June is a busy month for our family. Both of my kids (and my mum) have their birthdays.

I save all year for June.

I have included a couple of photos of the kids birthday’s (Sonny was 19 and Tessa turned 16).

But the highlight of this month has to be when both of my teenagers got together and sang for the New Zealand radio station Hokonui hosted by Bryan Vickery

I am so very, very proud of them.

I have watched this video twenty-eight times now and I still cry and say “ahhh” a lot.

I am hoping that one day they will both become famous and pay me back all the money that me and Brain have ever spent on them.

Either that or at least buy us an Indian takeaway every Friday night.

 

Mother and daughter having tea in New Zealand
Mother and daughter having tea in New Zealand

 

 

Reading

(Please be aware that I use my Amazon affiliate account when recommending books. This means that if you click and buy I get a few cents from Amazon for the referral).

 

The Obstacle is the Way – by Ryan Holiday (I have only just started this book but I know that I’m going to love it. For anyone who knows deep down that they are capable of achieving their dreams but fear and doubt stop you from doing so, then read this book).

The Artists Way (again – 5th time now – I just love it and learn something new every time) by Julia Cameron

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach (this one has been with me for almost ten years and I never tire of reading the daily inspirations).

 

This Week I’m Thinking About Blogging…

 

About how glad I am that I invested my money (which for me, to part with money online is a BIG decision) into the best (in my opinion) blogging course on the market.

I remember thinking that I would never be able to make any money with my blog.

I just couldn’t see how others were doing it.

And then I found this guy And I never looked back.

I am not a salesperson and this is not a pitch. I have spoken with some of you before about the Blog Simple Framework Course when you approached me personally.

But things are different now. I know that a number of people are looking for a different route.

A way to turn what you love into a business.

And this lovely guy (and I don’t say that lightly) will help you do that.

If you don’t have the money to buy anything online at the moment, don’t worry.

There are loads of FREE resources that you can access – more than enough to get you on your way if blogging for a business is what you want to do.

Click here and see what you think.

 

 

 

This page was updated 25/6/2020

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Living

 

We are living in New Zealand. In the region of Taranaki on the West Coast of the North Island.

The country is still at Level 2.

A couple of positive things have come out of not being able to travel internationally.

One of them is discovering what’s right here on our own doorstep, and the other is that we have become even more frugal so that when we DO come to travel again, we will be able to do so for a good chunk of time.

Last weekend Brian and I spent the most delicious weekend exploring the tracks around the mountain that sits just around the coast from where we live in Taranaki.

If you get the chance to visit Dawson Falls when you come to New Zealand then do so.

It is beautiful. The air is cool and fresh and the moss that hangs from the ancient trees at the foot of the dormant volcano will remind you of a Goblin movie. It’s gorgeous (and it’s free).

Brain and I are still frequenting our café at our-shed-at-the-bottom-of-our-garden.

We are saving ourselves a fortune on not buying takeaway coffees (or croissants). A cappuccino and a pastry cost $8.50 (NZD) so times that by two and do it a few times a week and … yes…it adds up.

Much better to take a flask (and ask your mum to make you fresh loaf in her bread machine?!).

 

Mount Taranaki. Dawson Falls New Zealand
Family in New Zealand

 

 

Podcasting

 

Our latest podcast episode Raising your kids in New Zealand is now out.

I almost didn’t release it.

It doesn’t show me in the best light as a parent. And there was me thinking that my son had an idyllic childhood…

Bloody teenagers. Good j0b I can take a joke is all I can say…

You can subscribe to our podcast right now on Apple podcastsAndroid Stitcher or  on Spotify

 

Mother and son doing a family podcast it's a drama now page

 

Future Plans

 

Last week I signed back up with Trusted Housesitters.

I had taken a three-month break from my subscription until New Zealand was back in action.

This is a housesitting company that I will rave about until the cows come home. They have saved my family a FORTUNE on travel and hopefully, I have secured a cottage by the sea for next weekend to look after a couple of cats.

It will mean that me and my daughter Tessa can go and spend some time together. No boys.

Only cats, green tea and chocolate.

And maybe, when she’s gone to bed, wine.

 

Mother and daughter having tea in New Zealand

 

Reading

(Please be aware that I use my Amazon affiliate account when recommending books. This means that if you click and buy I get a few cents from Amazon for the referral).

 

Do the work by Stephen Pressfield

The Artists Way (again – 5th time now – I just love it and learn something new every time) by Julia Cameron

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach (this one has been with me for almost ten years and I never tire of reading the daily inspirations).

 

This week I’m thinking…

 

How important it is to remember that everything we do is part of a process.

Small baby steps that lead to bigger things.

That so many opportunities are out there but sometimes we are so busy looking for “that BIG thing” (the magic something that will make everything so much easier) that we fail to explore them.

I am trying so hard this week to remember to enjoy every step of this journey that we are all on.

 

 

This page was updated 3/6/2020

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