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February 2012

Outdoor urban adventure

We often go on an outdoor adventure or two on the weekends. But during the week I'm full of excuses. We can go days without spending more than a few moments outdoors. I've decided to reinstate a daily green hour. In his book 'The Green Hour', Todd Christopher suggests that the nature deficit disorder that many children experience today can be alleviated by reclaiming a ‘green hour’ a day for play and discovery in the natural world. ‘A green hour is simply a time for families to unplug, unwind, and recharge as they reconnect to the natural world – and... Read more →


Have you been taking advantage of the abundant tomatoes and zucchini at this time of year? Here's two of my favourite summer seasonal soup recipes from the archives: Fresh tomato and basil sunshine soup. Pea, potato & zucchini soup What is your favourite way to use tomatoes and zucchini? I was over at Childhood 101 yesterday writing about active learning through messy play. Read more →


Slow Living Diary {January 2012}

The sort of information I share in this blog is different to what I might share if I was chatting to a friend over a cuppa. I’d probably tell them about the delicious batch of lemon balm tea I made and how I had to throw it out because it went mouldy, or the crazy challenge I’ve signed up for. Reading some of the entries in Christine’s monthly diary ‘Slow Living Month by Month’, I got the sense that the information being shared was cuppa fodder. I couldn’t help but join in. So grab a cuppa and real along. This... Read more →


Skipping the supermarket and thoughts on 'outsourcing working mums' and 'DIY punk housewives'

Skipping the Supermarket Challenge Update We thankfully breezed through our first month of the skipping the supermarket challenge. I thought I needed something from the supermarket a few times, but then found I could do without, make it myself, or use a substitute. I've been trying to remember to take photos of our meals to proove that we're not missing anything. I hope to share them all at some stage. The above is zucchini fritters, with local olives bought from Organic Feast, home made tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes from a friends garden (thanks Monique!), and cucumbers and onion from our... Read more →