Choc-coconut Roughs

The first time I ever made these cookies was for a gift; for my neighbour with her new baby. I myself was a new first time Mum, and had been blessed by friends with home baking. With the desire to pass the blessing on, I made these choc-coconut roughs. I had stumbled across the recipe…

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Lose the Guilt: Positive ways to approach Technology

Is ‘Screen-time’ a big issue in your house? Does it seem like your kids are always plugging in or zoning out? Do you feel guilty that you have allowed them so much time and don’t know how to curb this increasing activity? A new way of thinking may help. Our children are born into a…

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Choc-banana bar cake

Banana cake has long been a family staple for morning tea. If I don’t have the energy or time to do something fancy, banana cake is my go-to. This particular recipe has been in our families cookbook for many years and has become an old faithful. I always seem to have the ingredients, no matter…

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Be Honest with yourself

Have you ever taken the time to sit back and reflect on what motivates you? Specifically what motivates you in how you parent? What are those conscious or unconscious thoughts that drive your actions; things below the surface that impact your daily interactions, whether positively or negatively? Sometimes, a new level of consciousness comes when…

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Carrot cake with Honey Cream cheese

The first time I ever made this cake I was living in London. It was summertime, and my back-garden was in full bloom. I had invited friends around for afternoon tea, and we sat outside in the glorious sunshine under my apple tree. Sipping Elderflower cordial, my friend and our 6 children devoured this gloriously…

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Laughter is the best medicine.

It had been a long week. I was tired, my husband was tired, my kids were tired. In fact it had been a long month; each day feeling like a lifetime. When another day ended, and the beauty of sleep gently whispered, “tomorrow will be a fresh start, no mistakes made…” only to wake and…

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Keep Calm and Eat Cake

I’ve always been a big believer in treats. A little something that is a source of enjoyment, an activity that makes a positive impact on my week; replenishing my depleted self and a little buffer against life’s storms. Treats don’t always need to equal food; there are many activities that can be a source of…

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London, a place for kids

When my husband and I began planning to travel and work overseas with our four kids, London was not my first choice of destination. When I thought of London, I thought of a mega city steeped in history, iconic landmarks at every corner, crowds and bad weather; certainly not a place for a young family.…

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Being Fixed

Currently, the common choice of music in our family is that of Coldplay. Whenever the kids are in the car and arguing about what to listen to, Coldplay is universally agreed on. So I’ve had the pleasure of many hours absorbing their lyrics. One song in particular has really resonated with me and how I’ve…

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