January links round up – whats hot, GOOD and thought provoking

January. I don’t know about you, but I got steamrollered by the end of 2018 and am still trying to catch up. Here’s the highlights of what I’ve been watching/listening/talking about. Sometimes while drinking a gin and tonic.  That Gillette … Read More

Rad reading: Ms Marvel

I was researching graphic novels for the youngest in the family and requested a selection from our library. I used this list of 14 recommended graphic novels for teens list. Marie Lu’s Legend series is a big hit with the … Read More

Our local

Waterfall. This is our local. Sometimes we’ll go months driving past on our way to the beach, or work or whatever is going on but we’ve been there a bunch lately. Taking friends who haven’t been there before and getting … Read More

Organic NZ Magazine’s summer issue

I had the pleasure of meeting Niva and Yotam of Pakaraka Permaculture recently. (I wrote about that here.) The result is this feature article in the summer issue of Organic NZ Magazine. I’ve seen many small market gardens in many countries and none … Read More

Thinking out loud: about life, death and summer

Evening walk on our nearest beach – extra points for spotting the dog doing a meerkat impersonation After a long rainy spell, we’re suddenly in summer. Even the overcast days are warm. Evening walks and picnic dinners as the sun goes … Read More

Going gently into 2019…

This is my favourite photo from this holiday season. Sometimes its not the perfectly framed in-focus photos that top my list.  Bodicea has had so much fun with the tree. Jed insists on a cut pine from our traditional source … Read More

Kitten therapy

Kittens have invaded our music room. It’s the very best of invasions. A friend found the little tortoiseshell kittie in their garden three weeks ago, all scrawny and hungry. Then the tabby one all hissing and spitting just a week … Read More

‘Tis the season of giving. Have you?

One in five people in NZ live in poverty. This is a hard time of year for lots of reasons, economic disparity being just one. I know we want less consumerism and plastic in the world but we also don’t … Read More

Hello sun balm

Bring on summer I say. Swimming, picnics with friends and summer fruit here we come.  It takes no time at all to burn between the hours of 11 and 3 here in NZ. We try and stay out of the … Read More

A week of Essential cookbook lunches

The boy found a cookbook at the library that led to a week of fabulous lunches. I love it when you find something that sparks a flurry of creating. It can be a new set of colouring pencils, a cookbook, … Read More

Introducing: Pakaraka Permaculture

A few Sundays ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Niva and Yotam of Pakaraka Permaculture for a feature article in the summer issue of Organic NZ Magazine. Watch out for lots of tips and insights into market gardening and a fab … Read More

Sneak preview – Pattern review: Coastline top

All you non-crafty sewy types might want to scroll on by this one! Sarah from SewKnitLove posted a request for pattern reviewers for their new Coastline top on facebook and was swamped in hours. I was lucky enough to be among the … Read More

Flashback Friday: seven years ago

Flashback alert.  One of my favourite places online had a thread about the times we’d lost our kid/s. Okaaaay, so out of context, that sounds terrible but let me just say, for those of you who aren’t parents or haven’t … Read More

Thinking out loud: I want the whole story

Photo credit to Giacomo Ferroni  Reading through the blurbs of each fabulous woman in the NEXT Women of the Year 2018 nominees list I was wondering why I wasn’t grabbed by their stories. Every one of them is doing amazing … Read More

Herb spread spring boost

This isn’t a sponsored post, I just like to support small business. When I’m onto a good thing, I like to share the love.  I’m always on the lookout for ways to up my fresh greens and herbs quota. Waiheke … Read More

The spring garden

The birds are being all sexy, the first baby rabbit was spotted, the greens are rampant and our grapefruit are ready…it’s definitely spring. When we moved in the vegetable garden had been untouched for a long time. Friends helped to do … Read More

Links round up – whats hot, GOOD and thought provoking

Michele, Leonie and Alex from On the Rag, my new favourite podcast. What I have been watching, reading, listening to and thinking about lately: Do you have a family charter?  Best twitter thread ever. Why men are 100% responsible for … Read More

Are we there yet?

I took the boy to Auckland Museum’s Are we there yet? exhibition.  It’s a celebration of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand. I was impressed at the range of women interviewed and history portrayed both from … Read More

A William Morris sort of dress

I found this vintage dress on trademe late one night. It reminded me of a William Morris print I had seen in an exhibition and loved years ago. Funny how some pieces of design or art stay with you.  I … Read More

a dogs life

Phoenix is the best dog. Or, he usually is. Not this week.  This week he’s found something disgusting to eat on the farm next door and it’s made him sick every night. You’d think he’d learn after the first few … Read More

Making – a denim fen

I had some lightweight denim cotton from my birthday splurge at The Fabric Store that was just begging to be a shirt. I have a thing for denim. I had the long sleeve shirt cut out but completely forgot about … Read More

Comfort food – mexican eggs

The youngest of the household is requesting mexican eggs a bunch lately. It’s one of our fast and furiously made comfort foods. Passed onto me by friends who spent years in Mexico, it’s traditionally a way to stretch leftovers and … Read More


The last two and a half years have been a trip. Through hard times as we transitioned to being a family of two, Jed would talk about going to Fiji together. It was landmark thing for him. A sign that … Read More

Thinking out loud: the danger of bubbles

We live in houses or apartments that are fenced or clearly delineated from our neighbours. Often in neighbourhoods made up of people similar to ourselves.  Yup, some of us live in bubbles.  We leave our homes to get into the … Read More


New favourite t-shirt alert!  I am not a wildly enthusiastic t-shirt wearer. I have a few, perfectly cut tee’s that Iove and wear on repeat and this one has joined their ranks.  Not only will you look fab (and join a … Read More

Rad reading: In the company of women

I have been a fan of Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge blog for years and I am not quite sure how I missed that she’d created a book, In the company of women. It’s all the good things! I requested it … Read More

Flashback Fridays: re-usable snack bags from July 2011!

June 2018 marked nine years of blogging here on GrowMama. NINE years! We’re coming up to almost 1000 blog posts – plenty of posts to revisit on Flashback Fridays. Let’s reminisce…this post was published on July 19, 2011. Making re-usable snack bags … Read More

August Link love

What I have been watching, reading, listening to and thinking about lately: This mapping project covering indigenous lands worldwide    Very proud to announce that NZ has just banned plastic bags (I hope disposable coffee cups are next)  I have been fascinated with … Read More

A day in the life of Boudicea

Introducing Boudicea. She was an orphan and has been with us since she was teeny. It’s kind of like having a toddler in the house again. She is everywhere, really fast. Specialises in ambushes from her hideyspot under the bed, … Read More

Making: striped chambray Sarah dress

I had this dress cut out and waiting for sewing attention for at least a month.  You can see the original review post for the SewKnitlove Sarah dress pattern HERE.  I wanted to see what the dress would be like with … Read More

Gaming of the board variety

So much of life is on screen these days. Banking. Planning. Learning. My writing, my work. Keeping in touch with friends around the world. Throw into that mix a kid who identifies as a gamer. We have a screen agreement … Read More

Thinking out loud: On social media

I wobble between loving my facebook feed and needing to take a break from it. I love that it has me feel connected to people I love scattered all over the world, and for the ways some posts inform, inspire … Read More

Taking a leap

We had to move last year and it’s taken awhile to land at our new house and land. We’re getting there. I have been appreciating how warm and dry our new home is. And no risk of flood up here … Read More

Making: a cloud dress

Gotta love a dress with clouds on it. I’ve been wearing it layered up on these cold winter days with jeans and a cardi. I realised that my winter wardrobe is pretty much all dark colours. A stark contrast to the … Read More

the unexpected guests

We often have extra animals in various stages of rehabilitation. Both of us have a tendency to stumble across animals in need, or they hear us coming and throw themselves in our path. We raised an orphan duckling who even grew … Read More

Rad reading: 200 Women

I bought a beautiful book. It was birthday week after all.  200 Women. The full title is 200 Women who will change the way you see the world.  And it’s true. The book really does change you, in the very best … Read More

Best Mexican food around

On my birthday we checked out this new Mexican lunch bar, Cielito Lindo. It had only been open 2 weeks and I hope it stays. It’s the best! Lovely people and the most authentic simple Mexican food I’ve had since I was … Read More

birthday gift

I opened the mailbox on my birthday to find this beauty. A gift from a wonderful woman. I feel extraordinarily blessed to have some incredible people in my life.  So much love and skill has gone into this.  I love … Read More

The Fabric Store

This is where non-fabric enthusiasts can keep scrolling past! On my birthday I went to The Fabric Store for the first time.  Yup. After we’d eaten at a great new Mexican lunchbar. The thought of going to just fondle fabric … Read More

Meet my new shirt

This shirt has brought so much joy. I love denim and was intrigued to find this simple short sleeved top in the op shop last week. I altered the length to perfection but was unsure how the embroidery on light black … Read More

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