The Way Forward

This essay has been shortlisted for a prestigious creative non-fiction prize but I have failed to find a home for it in any publication. Sharing with friends and colleagues alongside the Te Tiriti Futures resource, it has begun its own … Read More

Periods. And The Good Fund.

Call me an early adopter but I’ve used a Mooncup for years. Like, lots of years. I used to teach workshops called the ‘Politics of Blood’, in which we discussed using different blood catching methods. Most of the attendees had … Read More

Calm in the storm

It’s been chilly but we head for the beach anyway.  To get the heart rate up, the dog out (and peeing on all the things), and to find the peace that waits on the beach. Something about being tiny in … Read More

end-of-season camping

We squeezed an end-of-season camping trip in. Just before the weather turned too.  The boy and I arrived in time to grab a good spot and had a night just the two of us before the rest of the homeschool/unschool … Read More

Making: with Liberty print jersey cotton

I picked up this colourful garden print at The Fabric Store’s last sale. I couldn’t make it in so bought it online and was so gutted when it arrived. It felt all stiff, like a polyester.  It softened up when … Read More

From a NZ in shock

Illustration credit to Ruby Alice Rose The bodies of those shot in their mosques by a white supremacist on Friday are still not back with their loved ones and the nation is reeling. The man who took 50 people’s lives with … Read More

Eco floss is here

A weird thing happened. My scheduled posts disappeared.  Not sure what that was about. I had other stuff going on and its taken me almost two weeks to realise the silence over here on the blog. Oops.  I’ve been a … Read More

Links round up: what’s hot, good or made me think

What I have been reading, buying, listening to and thinking about in Feb. Inspirational fangirling on Adrienne Brown David. Interviews on Hey is that me HERE, and  Design Sponge HERE.  Coveting: Shy Hero clothing (found courtesy of Frankie magazine) Six people sent … Read More

swapping social media for simple pleasures

The world can feel a bit much sometimes. We’ve trouble stirring in our little community, with someone anonymously campaigning against dogs (not quite sure how else to describe it) and rather than talking to owners, going straight to the authorities. … Read More

Making: a simple zero waste project

How to make bathroom wipes (Or, a craft project for non-crafty people) 1. Pick up some darker coloured flannel from the fabric store or upcycle old pajamas 2. Borrow some pinking shears (this stops the edges from fraying) 3. Decide what … Read More

a rainbow of vegetables

I’ve been working Saturdays which has meant missing the farmer’s market and our local fruit and vegetable dealership burnt down – everyone was okay, and they’re going to rebuild, yay!  I’ve been at a loss with where to buy our … Read More

Outfit post: sunshine yellow edition

It was the weirdest thing. I was on the lookout for some butter-soft grey linen to make a shirt exactly like this. We’d taken a friend who is unable to drive to the doctor and while waiting for his blood tests, … Read More

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

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