20 June 2017

Bear Softies

With a few new babies in the family and friends with babies on the way, I decided to make the time for a bit of Softie sewing in the middle of a busy week and lots of renovations.

I love this simple bear softie pattern I drew up a while ago - not too many limbs to sew in and rather quick and easy to make.

Softies are a lot like freshly baked goods around these parts - as soon as they're "out of the oven", they're gone!

For more crafty makings, go here.

07 June 2017


In a recent article I read (here) it mentioned the importance of thankfulness, and how even the act of looking for things to be thankful for had a positive effect on you.  So when you're having a tough week, search out those things you can be thankful for... even if it's something simple.

It's been a super busy month around here with birthdays and trips galore - tonnes of things to be thankful for.

Things like...

Our eldest boy turning 18!  His and Symon's birthday are 2 days apart, so they both had a busy and fun long weekend with friends celebrating.

Jasher is such a precious guy and we are so blessed with the lovely guy he has grown into. Seriously though, where have the last 18 years gone!?!?!?


Love these guys so much!

Thankful for braces (again!) and the funny as experience of watching your daughter with laughing gas (see here!).  So cute!

Thankful for our dining room renovations... they may be coming along suuuuuper slowly, but they are coming along...

Thankful for coffee (can I get an amen!?).  We've been given some delicious beans to try lately - I'll never say no to sampling coffee beans!  Still have to say that Merito coffee beans are some of my favourite (see here if you want to check out great beans!)...

Thankful for a recent conference we were able to attend with some of our amazing church team. Totally recommend Life Conference in Auckland, NZ - can't wait for next year.

Loooooved catching up with some of our favourites while in Auckland - so good!!

Here's to keeping thankful, and remembering that even if it's hard to find things, keep searching!

15 May 2017

Beach Horse Trek Adventure

Our sweet girl just recently became a teen, and with her being slightly horse obsessed (and there being no way we can buy her a horse despite the pleading) we figured the best idea for a birthday present was a horse trek! Thankfully, a local place was advertising a deal and we grabbed it and booked in a 1 hour beach trek for herself and me (Eeeeek!).

I've never been one of those girls who was into horses... my dream as a child was for my own pet pig (strange I know!), so I felt a little nervous at riding a horse all by myself for an hour, but took the leap because I love my girl.

We had such an amazing time, and for beginners like us, the horses were experienced, patient and so cute (instagram video here),

The trek took us through some farm land and right onto a beach (Waipu/Urititi area, Whangarei, New Zealand) with stunning views on a beautiful day!

My girl was a natural for a first timer, handling trotting and galloping with confidence, while it took me a while to learn how to sit and hold on tight with my legs and stop flailing my arms around!

I would highly recommend Waipu Horse Adventures to anyone - lovely staff and horses and such a beautiful way to see our beautiful country and experience horse riding for beginners and experienced people.

My girl is keen to go again ASAP!

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