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Be thankful

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I feel confronted by a challenge at the moment, and one I have to admit, I don’t yet have the answer to.  I’ve been pondering it regarding myself for a while but am questioning the importance of instilling these values into our kids; the next generation.  One of the things I struggle with as a […]

baking

Our daily bread

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Creativity, experimentation, an awakening of senses, connections, celebrations, enjoyment, fun, laughter, family, necessity, daily, basic need…what do all these connotations have in common?  Food.  Our daily bread.  Something we need to survive.  I love food!  I love exploring new tastes and trying new things.  I’ll be honest from the start, I am a fussy eater […]

Christmas

Deck the halls

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If you’re anything like me when your kid brings home a delightful hand-crafted decoration from school, you’ll do the classic “that’s lovely dear, tell me all about how you made it”, but secretly be thinking “do we really have to put that on the tree?!”  Hopefully, you’re not like me and you embrace the beautiful, […]

Christmas

Do you believe?

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My mum informs me that when I was a little girl she had to tell me that Father Christmas wasn’t real as apparently I was anxious about a big, fat man, dressed in red, coming into my room in the middle of the night.  I guess that stands to reason.  She also had to tell […]

autumn

Bubble Pop

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Hasn’t it been nice to have the sun over the last couple of days and appreciate the warmth of it in comparison to the crisp autumnal air?  After such a lot of rain, it has been a great blessing.  Nevertheless, the rain does force us to get more creative indoors and so Poppi and I […]

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Sunday Blues

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Sunday afternoon blues…how many of us get that weird sinking feeling as the weekend draws to a close and the impending week looms around the corner?  I, generally, love my job, but I still, most definitely, get Sunday blues.  I remember Sunday blues on maternity leave too.  Monday was always a bit of a nothing […]

Activity

If at first

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Have you ever heard of the expression “Achilles heel”?  So, it turns out my Achilles heel is quite prominent and features heavily in my life as a mum, wife, practitioner, friend, daughter, daughter-in-law, and whatever else I might be.  An Achilles heel is a weak spot, an area that despite overall strength, can lead to […]

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Old Paint

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Ahhh, the summer holidays.  I wonder how you read that “ahhh”.  Ahhh as in “help” or ahhh as in “phew”.  The summer holidays can be an almighty sense of relief for some parents, but for others, they can be quite the opposite and somewhat daunting.  Six endless weeks to fill with activities and entertainment.  As […]

Activity

We are family

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When did you last take a minute to stop and think about what you value as a family?  Good question, she says, knowing that I can’t remember the last time, or if I have even ever thought about what we value, cooperatively, as a family. So, here are my thoughts: Family: We love spending time […]

Creativity

Lollipop, lollipop…

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Creativity is a wonderful phenomenon. It comes in all shapes and sizes and one of the most beautiful things about it is that there is no right or wrong. We far too often compare our creative skills with others who perhaps have a better photographic eye than us or have a straighter stitch or a […]