Category Archives: LIFE

An inspiring and remarkable woman has used her battles with cancer as a way to help others.

I first saw Karin when she walked into a Fashion Fundraiser I was attending in Rotorua about a month ago. She was wearing this gorgeous white dress and just radiated glamour. Throughout the evening I was trying to rack my brain about Karin, I knew I had seen her somewhere, on TV, or in magazines perhaps. It wasn’t until I got home and did … Continue reading An inspiring and remarkable woman has used her battles with cancer as a way to help others.

Hong Kong, the good, the bad and the ugly!

The first leg of our trip – The good, the bad and the ugly. So this first holiday post is pretty much all doom and gloom, but I promise, well I hope that this will be the only one that’s so ‘woe is me’ type post! Before I even start with the plane ride and arriving at our first stop Hong Kong I need … Continue reading Hong Kong, the good, the bad and the ugly!

Make Someone’s Day

You know how in life, things go full circle, one minute a certain style is the ‘in’ thing, then it goes out of style and then it comes back in again years later. One minute we are being told chocolate is no good for us, then it is, then it isn’t. We also see it a lot in education, new initiatives come and go … Continue reading Make Someone’s Day

Choosing the right guy (or girl!)

The other weekend my husband had a stag do to go to overseas and my mother-in-law took our 2 children over to visit their aunty at the beach, which meant for the first time in 9 years I was by myself for 3 days! I was both excited and nervous at being by myself. I talk to John and the kids each night but … Continue reading Choosing the right guy (or girl!)

Stepping out of your comfort zone and why you should just do it!

There are 2 kinds of teachers.  You have the teacher who know the best place for them to make the difference is in the classroom.  And then there are those teachers who have their sights set on being in management, whether it be as a team leader, assistant principal, curriculum leader, deputy principal or principal, because it is in those positions where they feel … Continue reading Stepping out of your comfort zone and why you should just do it!

Respect to models and photographers!

You know how for some people it doesn’t matter if they are smiling or if they are looking away from the camera or if they are making a silly face, they look gorgeous, they are photogenic…I’m not one of these people!  My daughter Bella looks amazing in every photo she is in, while our son definitely takes after me, like me he just looks … Continue reading Respect to models and photographers!

The older I get the harder it is to say goodbye

When my dad died in an accident over 10 years ago my sister and her husband Andrew decided they wanted to go and work over in Australia for a few years.  Ngaire would have never left Rotorua if dad was still alive, but after he passed away it was hard on all of us.  For me I couldn’t leave because I felt and still … Continue reading The older I get the harder it is to say goodbye

This one is for all you 1st time mums out there!

I talk to a young mum the other day and she made me remember about my first 1 year as being a mum.  It is definitely a year I won’t forget, it was a hard year, although none of my friends would have known what a struggle I was going through.  I guess many of us are good at pretending everything is perfect.  For … Continue reading This one is for all you 1st time mums out there!