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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

 

 

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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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Life in New Zealand

 

 

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.

 

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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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