Monday, August 15, 2016

Little Explorer *GIVEAWAY*

I get to combine two of my very favourite things today, giveaways and exploring!  Yuss!!!  Thanks to some amazing small businesses, we have the most adorable selection of goodies ready to send out to the luckiest winner everrrrr!  I have to admit, I seriously want to keep everything for myself, so you know, feel free to not enter this one #jokingbutnotreally.  On a serious note, this prize pack is worth well over $400, and would totally cover birthday and Christmas presents for the year, I should say!  

Want some details?!

As always, it wouldn't be much of a giveaway without wonderful prize sponsors, so please follow those links and check out their gorgeous stores!  I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Okay, fine print stuff:  

Giveaway is open to NZ residents only and you must be a Golden Adventures follower, either via facebook, bloglovin' or google follow.  

To enter, please leave a comment below letting us know your favourite outdoor/nature-inspired activity.

For EXTRA entries, visit and like/follow the businesses included in this giveaway (which is a great idea anyway, because then you get all the inside goss on giveaways, discounts and new products).  For convenience sake, here's a list of their instagram pages!  Come back and leave a separate comment for each new follow.  Woohoo!  So many potential extra entries!!

This giveaway will close on August the 30th and I will draw a winner soon after.  Good luck!!!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Maranui Cafe, Lyall Bay

As a finale for our midwinter roadie, we planned such a quick trip to the Wellington.  Time enough to visit some favourite spots and a few new ones.  We were fortunate enough to travel from Palmerston North with a friend, who was happy to tour the bays with us before she went home.  Such a pretty way to enter the city, bypassing all the city bits (for now) and heading straight to the water's edge.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

'Return' - Aaron Becker

'Return' - Aaron Becker

Stories without texts are automatic favourites in our house.  We love words, too, of course. In fact, we have to send Eleanor to bed with a notebook and pencil, so that she can save words to look up in the morning (parentals currently performing dictionary duty, but guess what she's getting for her birthday).

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Birdwoods, Havelock North

I tagged our midwinter holiday as a road trip, but it really wasn't.  We seriously cheated!  After a few hours in Auckland we caught a plane to Napier and spent half a week there, with my sister and her family.  Definitely a luxury, but so worth it.  

Friday, July 29, 2016

'Goodnight Everyone' - Chris Haughton

'Goodnight Everyone' - Chris Haughton

Big Bear and the other animals are sleepy and ready for bed, but Little Bear isn't tired yet.  Basically. A simple premise and a very cute little book.  The kind you would read in a really nice slow voice to make everyone feel suitably sleepy.

24 Hours in Auckland

Happy Saturday, y'all!  I'm SO happy to be here, that was one loooong week!  Getting back into the work routine is not easy, so I'm gonna take some time to reminisce about the adventure portion of our recent school break, starting with our speed-dating sesh with Auckland city...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Homeschool Field Trip: Farm Visit

A few weeks back we visited the lifestyle farm of a friend of ours.  The kids have been listening to Dick King-Smith's 'Sophie' stories, so farms, on any scale, held quite a bit of appeal.  Some of our homeschool group made the trip too, despite the gloomy weather.  Last term was pretty quiet when it came to homeschool outings (we made up for it in the holidays).  I think we'll have to up our game a little this term.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Holidays is Here!

Holla if you're excited about the school holidays!  #iam.  Okay, so it's maybe a little different.  For me, holidays mean NO work, NO homeschool and plenty of sleepy lazy mornings.  My kids are probs gonna fight and go monster crazy at times, but that's like, normal life.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

'Bee and Me' - Alison Jay

'Bee and Me' - Illustrated by Alison Jay

We may be pretty wary of bee stings around here, but knowing and understanding bee business is really important to our family.  While some activities are off-limits (like watching our bee-keeping mates extract honey, *sniff sniff*), we like to educate our kids about all the important work our honey bees do.

Friday, June 24, 2016

:: Sea ::

Autumn was pretty quiet this year.  There weren't too many adventures, other than the regular two-hour trips we took for Eleanor's Bee Venom Immunotherapy.  #muchfun.  But just as winter started to close in, my morning sickness (!!) eased up and we hit the beach and the forest for some treasure hunting.  A couple of times I even took my camera, yuss!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

How To :: Edible Butterfly Collection

This Little Explorer party (featured in the Spring '15 issue of OHbaby!) was the MOST fun to plan. So many little details that I would've gone crazy over when I was a kid.  It's hard to pick a favourite project, but the edible butterfly collection is right up there.  Maybe one of my favourite projects ever, in fact. My baker buddy Alice originally threw out the idea of hand-painted cookies and as I already had butterfly cutters and it just suddenly became obvious that we had to have a butterfly collection.  It was an intoxicating moment of ideaspiration, I tell you.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book Review - 'The Book of Pearl' by Timothee de Fombelle

'The Book of Pearl' - Timothee de Fombelle

"Joshua Pearl is from a world that our own no longer believes in.  He knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place, but he is trapped in our time.  As his memories begin to fade, he discovers strange objects, tiny fragments of a story from a long time ago.  Can Joshua remember the past and believe in his own story before his love is lost forever?"

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fairytale Theme Party

If you picked up the Autumn copy of OHbaby! magazine, you will have seen this little party, and accompanying details.  This was SO much fun to throw!  The fairytale theme has an abundance of references to draw inspiration from.  We had Rapunzel Plaits, Princess & the Pea Puddings, Fairy Godmother Wands and so many other fun details.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Pretty Puhoi

I last visited Puhoi when I was about 12.  We took the Puhoi River kayak trip and stopped in at the village just long enough for a picnic, before heading home.  I barely had memories the town, and felt no pressing desire to stop in again.  When our lovely friends picked Puhoi as their wedding reception spot, we had the opportunity to spend a (very) little time here again, and we were charmed.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photo Books :: Book Making Tips!

I know everyone has their own preferences for photobook creating.  For instance, I prefer to create photo books based around each season.  For me, it's much less daunting to approach bookmaking with only X amount of photos to include.  An entire years worth would do me in... With fewer images to work with, I feel freer to add extra pages and give full coverage to special events.  I also like the idea of pulling out a bunch of books ahead of a season, to remind us of all the fun activities that season offers...

However you go about making your books, some of these tips may be of use.  I've made a few now, and have developed my perfect recipe...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Camping :: Wenderholm Regional Park

It's not all room service and spa baths, yo.  

After spending most of January in our tent, it really began to feel like our second home.  It has taken several years for me to feel any urge to camp - because #babies.  Last summer we eased into it by staying in my Pa's caravan for a couple of weeks.  This year we went all in, and other than the heat, we loooooved it.  I'm a born again camper...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Book Review: Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford

Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford

Oh. So. Good.  Immediately good.  Through and through good.  For one thing, I love me a psychological thriller.  For another, this was so much more than that.  It was tender, raw, bittersweet.  It's kind of a thriller turned up on it's head...