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As a population, we are generally all stuck in this awful habit of putting people into a box to make sense of their decisions.
But our bias of what we think fits in that box or what we deem "normal" depending on gender isn't something we should force upon others.
One of my sons is into all things pink, unicorns, rainbows and mermaids.
The idea of moving to the Mount first came about about a year and a half ago.
I'll admit, when the topic of conversation first got brought up, tears would roll down my face. It scared the living daylights out of me. We were leading very social lives in Auckland, always out and about.
All my best friends who have been in my life since I started high school where there, and my family.
I've been asked to be a monthly columnist in the Bay of Plenty Times Indulge magazine and in my first I introduce myself, so here we go...meet, well, me!
Two very adventurous boys have led to many mishaps in the health and safety department. Let’s see…a fractured skull, broken nose and gash to the forehead have been the worst. But it’s not always massive injuries like that that keep this mum busy and the pharmacy in business. The number of cuts, scratches, scrapes and bruises this little family has had in our 4 years is incredible.
Autoimmune diseases and skin & lung cancer - scary words when put down in black and white, right?
Those are the major health concerns that have affected my family and Jay’s in the past, which of course means they are on the radar for us, and now also our boys. Our tiny, perfect boys that I hope more than anything never have to suffer from either of these conditions.
I’m not sure about you, but I LOVE our crock pot, it saves me so much time and is a super easy way to cook for the whole family. However it seems to get the most use in winter, but really the summer months when we are out and about is the time when I really need its time saving abilities. So The Mad Butcher asked me to share my favourite summer crock pot meals so easy and nice and light.
I have always been a fan of a body oil...here is looking at you my old friend Kai but this summer I have been slathering myself in all sorts of them and I CAN'T GE ENOUGH! My body seems to be loving me for it as its soaking them all up big time! Body oils are amazing for a number of reasons; a little goes a long way, they are more easily absorbed by the body and don't actually clog pores like some moisturisers can do, they are mulit-functional (get it all up in your hair for a moisture surge) and they smell insanely good.
I’ve been sitting on this blog for weeks. Waiting for the “perfect” topic, searching for the “best” books or articles for inspiration, hoping something “clever” delivers.
Through the frustration, procrastination and judgment, there’s been no action. In search of perfection (which we all know doesn’t actually exist) I haven’t any sooner been able to simply share my simple story about one of the most GAME CHANGING experiences of my life.
Recently I have found myself holding onto the boys in a hug that little bit longer, smelling their hair and holding their hand as I sit next to them. I'm basically holding onto them more than I used to and I think it's because mentally I'm trying to hold onto their tiny selves as they are almost 4 and really turning into BIG boys. My babies, in short, are most definitely not babies and not toddlers anymore and it breaks my heart. Why? Because I spent the first year and a little bit of time after that wishing away the time. We went through so many rough patches with the boys in terms of their health (non stop crying with reflux and collic), my mental health and then just the general relentless tiredness that comes from looking after two rambunctious babies/toddlers that are the same age and collude to get into mischief. It was hard and I remember hearing all the older twin mums saying it got easier and I literally couldn't wait....
When we moved from Auckland to Mount Maunganui we had a few days where our new house wasn't quite ready. So we figured we would go exploring Rotorua (practically in our new backyard). It was amazing even with drizzly weather and so different to how I remembered it from visiting as a kid...speakig of kids the boys LOVED it too and it's a great family-friendly destination.