Jun 02

Cool stuff for a Thursday

It’s been pretty quiet around here. Ivan and I are aching from our Insanity workouts. Our little girl is nearing 3 months of existence in this world. And she’s been growing! While she sleeps, she grows. Every time she wakes up from a deep slumber I swear she looks bigger.

This is her 10 weeks photo.

And here’s some cool stuff for a Thursday:

Why women breastfeed in public.

I want one of these.

Have you ever played this game?

Did you hear about the guy who had his MacBook stolen?

Trying to find your passion? Maybe try finding a problem instead.

My new favourite store! I bought one of these today (the mustard bow).

If you haven’t seen this then you’re probably living in a cave under the ground. It’s pretty neat-o.

And just because polls are fun:

May 26

Thursday is fun

Today’s a bit all over the show. Thursday is fun like that.


Yesterday Mika got weighed at her 9 week check up and she has gained 200grams a week since her last weigh in! Miss piggy. She is officially 4.85 kilos. (Not looking too happy about it here)

She’s so cute when she cries eh. Oh and last night she slept for 8 hours. It would have been wonderful if my silly boobs didn’t wake me up at 5am, aching and full with milk. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I got up and hovered over Mika’s cot begging for her to wake up. Can’t win!


I’m curious as to what kind of people read our blog. I can tell a lot about a person by what they chose to eat for breakfast… so please do me a favour and tell me what you usually have for breakfast…


Do you love New York? Or do you feel relatively neutral about New York? This hilarious book explains why New York is cool, but not so cool that we should heart it as much as we do.

From the book (cause it’s so funny I just had to share it with you)

Have you ever stood atop the Empire State Building—the absolute highest point on Earth—gazing across all of Manhattan in the fading sunlight, pondering what brought you here and where you’re going, realizing that this is probably the closest you’ll ever be to heaven? Have you ever done that? Neither have we.

But we do have to admit that it’s really neat that this is the tallest building in the world. Really. The tallest in the world? That’s a big deal. You put your mind on something and you  nailed it, New York. Absolutely nailed it. And ain’t nobody taking that away from you. Congratulations on this. So let’s just move on to the next . . .

What’s that?

It’s not the what? Not the tallest anything? So, wait . . . when was it beaten . . . in 1954? By the Griffin Television Tower, in Oklahoma? So, you’re saying that New York has had a relatively tall building for the last fifty years? Huh.

This. Is. Awkward.

Okay. Tell you what: The Empire State Building definitely seems to be taller than everything in its general vicinity. So as long as nobody’s putting up any supertall Starbucks or giant Walgreens on 5th Avenue anytime soon, your secret’s safe with us, E. S. Building.

PROS: Very tall. Crazy tall. Almost too tall.
CONS: Not tall enough.
CONCLUSION: (Uncomfortable smile)


This is hot. Men should carry their babies, always. I found it on Carrie’s Pinterest.


If you love simple but beautiful weddings (and bicycles!) then you must check this out.


Also, I love the idea of living on a houseboat one day.


Tomorrow I’m gonna share what I’ve been cooking all week since my Dad (our usual chef) is in Canada (with my Mum) visiting family. It’s been kinda cool having to think of what to cook each night like we used to before we moved back home. I love planning the week’s meals, doing the grocery shop, cooking each night… it’s so therapeutic and makes me feel good about our money and our health!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday :)

(and a couple more cause she’s extra cute this week)

Apr 17

funny pictures

Apr 17

friends who blog

I have the flu.  This is severely UN-fun to the point of wanting to ball my eyes out and scream IT’S NOT FAIR but that wouldn’t achieve much I know. Our little bird has been sleeping FIVE hour nights for the past 3 nights. It’s almost as though she knows I’m sick and is doing the best she can to help out. It’s heavenly and I wish I wasn’t sick so I could really enjoy the sleeping a bit more.

But despite being sick, I’m quite excited about something. A lot of my friends have recently hopped aboard the blogging bandwagon and I just wanted to share this with you all.  If you are a friend of mine and you have a blog that you have been keeping secret then shame on you!  That’s just like keeping a journal. A blog must be shared! (Unless it is a journal). So here are my friends who blog (that I know of) and why you should check them out:

From left to right:

  • Adele Barlow – I’m sure you all know by now that Adele is one of my most wonderful friends/first ever business partner/extremely talented with words/living much too far away from me. Reading her posts is like attending therapy class and you’ll leave wondering why you feel so amazing. (It’s because she has an incredible relationship with words. They do amazing things together.)
  • Anthea Whittle – This lady doesn’t publicize her blog enough. I’ve known Anthea for about 4 years and she is an incredible writer, photographer and creator of many things. She loves good music (I get a lot of my music inspiration from her) and her blog is beautiful. This is reason enough to visit.
  • Court & Brad (Tresor de Jour) – It’s still early days for this blog, but Courtney is so interesting and passionate about all things creative/design/advertising/photography that I know only good things are to come. Subscribe to it now so when she’s uber famous you can say you’ve been following her from the start.
  • Ellice Street Galley Kitchen – I just discovered that a friend of mine and his girlfriend blog about what they eat. I’ve witnessed a meal being prepared in this kitchen and magic really does happen. If you love food then this is fun.
  • This is Weeny – Eeeek, this girl is a beautiful soul. I have everything envy of the way she writes, travels, documents and creates. You just have to see for yourself.
  • Kevin Jagger (Long Track Long Shot)- My old ‘boss’ quit his job and decided to become a longtrack speed skater and try out for the next olympics. Pretty fucking awesome really and stupidly inspirational. If you’ve ever wanted to do something and need a kick in the pants, just read his story and you’ll jump off that couch pretty damn fast. He’s documenting his journey and his training and everything.. check it out.
  • Nanatech – A friend of mine is a contributor to this blog. Basically it’s a “collaboration of young and old who like to get together to craft, preserve, garden, create and eat, to nurture the exchange of intergenerational wisdom and skills across Aotearoa/NZ with a hands-on approach” – and they blog about it. I wish they blogged more though…
  • Red (Walking is Overrated and Becoming Mr Red) – a super wonderful best friend of mine who is becoming a secondary school teacher and documenting his adventures. His website Walking is Overrated is a pretty big deal and I thought he’d taken a break from it but it looks as though he’s back documenting news, reviews and views about disability in NZ.
  • Tash (Taking Out the Tash) – Tash is one of my crazy insane beautiful best friends who now lives in London. We’ve had many a Skype call about her wild silly tales of love and sex and everything in between. Luckily for you, she now documents these tales in a super lighthearted joyfully chick-lit sorta way on her blog with a title my Dad would be proud of. She’s only just started, but be sure to follow her sure-to-be-hilarious journey of ‘finding love’ in London.

There must be more of you out there who blog – please let me know!!

Also – unsure where or how to follow blogs? A super-easy-awesome way to follow blogs is with BlogLovin. Just click on this link to follow our blog – all you need to sign up is your email address. Too easy!

Apr 12

cool stuff on a tuesday

Here’s some massively cool stuff I’ve seen lately.


First of all, my friend Robin posted this on Facebook and it made me laugh so much. It made me think of my brother Vinny and his girlfriend Brooke and a funny discussion we all had over a Christmas dinner last year. It’s very clever. The animation, the rhyming – I love everything about it:


I absolutely love these images from NY artist Kristiana Pärn. (Who was born and raised in Estonia – very close to Latvia where my Grandma is from! But that’s another story entirely.)

In Kristiana’s words: “At its core, my art is an attempt to both express and foster the human characteristics I hold most dear: love, wonder, whimsy, and joy.” How beautiful is that? I’d love to have some of these to hang on our little bird’s wall someday. You can check out her Etsy store here.


These dinosaur planters make me think of my friend Tess because she is the kinda person who would make these with me. They sell for about $20 USD on their Etsy store!


Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” Albert Einstein

I immediately thought of my best friend Adele when I saw this site – and then I thought of the rest of the yMedia crew who I know so passionately believe in this sort of thing.

SkillShare.com is a community marketplace where people can learn from each other. Their mission? “To flip the traditional notion of education on its head and democratize learning.” Watch the little 2 minute video on this page – it explains their mission in a beautiful way. We (well, the US) now owe more on student loans than on credit cards? Unreal. It’s so crazy that we have all the tools we need to ‘democratize learning’ as they put it, but we still are set on ensuring people get degrees. It infuriates me. And whilst my brain is too mushy and in baby-love-land right now to articulate this clearly, believe me I will articulate it further in the not-so-distant-future.


Fubiz recently wrote about this hilarious collaboration from Sapling Close and the website Dear Blank Please Blank. My friend Tess posted about it on Facebook and I laughed and laughed. It’s very funny. Check out more funny ones here.


Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important.” – Carl Jung.

I like this quote right now. (I saw it here). I can understand how first-time motherhood can be a very lonely thing and I’m so lucky to have such amazing friends who keep me feeling not-lonely even though many of them aren’t yet mums themselves.

I am so grateful for so many things that keep me feeling un-lonely.

1. Skype. The wonders of the internet that make it possible for me to communicate the things that seem important to the most important people in the world to me no matter where they are.
2. My mum and dad – Oma & Grandpa to Mika – who offer their arms to her whenever I need a small break.
3. The meals my dad cooks for us every.single.night. He makes the healthiest, most delicious variety of food pretty much every single night without fail. On the odd occasion my mum will cook, or Ivan will offer to cook – but mostly it’s my dad. I pointed out to Ivan the other day that we would probably be fat and living off takeaways right now if it wasn’t for my pa. So thanks dad!
4. Weekends and evenings and late-night whispered talks with Ivan about anything and everything.
5. Beautiful unintrusive visitors who are so unoffended by my poor communication over the last 3 weeks and who (when I finally give in and allow visits) have been so thoughtful and wonderful.

I have a lot to keep me feeling incredible right now and I feel so lucky.


How cute is Mika in her (first) little dress?! Bad photo, I know, but still so cute. It was a gift from my brother Vinny and his girlfriend Brooke.


My friend Helen loves plates. This is a good reason why she should also love bowls.

Ivan and I are desperate to play some pingpong. Perhaps we will buy this? It will suit us perfectly for travelling!

And finally, as Ivan and I make (shhhh secret) plans for our departure from NZ, we have been inspired by this NY Times list of the top 41 places to go in 2011.