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May 2012

Valuing their creativity by giving them the “good stuff”

“The materials that we give our children to create with send them a message about how we value their creative endeavours, their time, and their work. When we care for and value their materials, so will our children. If we invest resources and treat the materials with respect, our children will know that their work is important to us. They will know we believe they are worthy of the “good stuff”. Amanda Soule, The Creative Family. I read these words when Little Eco was still a baby. They struck a chord with me and have influenced the type of art... Read more →


I’ve been guzzling Lemon Balm and Rosemary tea this week. I’ve had a rotten flu and apparently both Lemon Balm and Rosemary have antiviral properties. To make the tea I pick a few generous sprigs of Lemon Balm and a small sprig of Rosemary, add hot water, and brew for at least 10 minutes. I love being able to step out into the garden and pick herbs for nourishing homemade tea. Besides Lemon Balm and Rosemary, the only other ‘tea friendly’ herbs I’m growing at the moment are Mint and Lemon Grass, so I’ve decided to make a ‘wish list’... Read more →


The Little Eco Footprints family is now four and a half months into the skipping the supermarket challenge - skipping supermarkets, shopping malls and super chains. Until a month or so ago the challenge was a bit of a non-issue and was a restriction we hardly noticed. We've continued to get a weekly veggie box through a Community Supported Agriculture farm and regularly pop into our local greengrocer for dairy and fruit. I get pantry staples like nuts, dried fruit, pulses and rice through a local mum-run bulk-buying club (who orders from Honest to Goodness) and we can usually find... Read more →


Compensation, bribery, or living vicariously through my child?

I’m pretty certain we’re doing the right thing moving to the country. And even if we're not – we can always move back. However, every now and then a sense of uncertainty hits me. Is it fair to drag our only child out to a regional area away from her friends? Will she make new friends? What will she do after school? Will she be lonely? Lately I’ve found myself encouraging a love she’s always had for horses. ‘Perhaps you can get your own pony’. ‘Imagine – you could even ride your horse to school. How cool would that be!’... Read more →