Friday fives – end of the year edition

Well it’s the last working day of the year for me so here are five things I learnt this year:

  1. Colouring is fun
  2. Stress is not
  3. Rostering people sucks
  4. Change is constant
  5. Hiring a friend to clean my oven has inspired me to hire a regular house cleaner

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Sharing post from ‘The mum on the run’:

Please go and read the post here:

To the man whose wife had anxiety

To the man whose wife or partner has anxiety,
You might have heard that she has anxiety from sitting by her side in a doctors office, holding her hands while the tears steam down her face. You might have seen her get angry and explode because she’s overwhelmed. Wondering where this rage has come from. You might have seen her sit quietly staring into the distance with a panic in her eye.
You might have guessed, or she might have told you, but either way there are things you should know.
Anxiety isn’t a one size fits all, it isn’t consistent and it isn’t always easy to tell. You might think she’s just snapped at you, but it was anxiety that did it, you might think she’s angry, but it’s the anxiety that’s got a choke hold, you might think she’s not enjoying herself when you go out and it’s your fault, but it’s not. It’s anxiety.
You know how she can’t understand when she asks you what are you thinking, why you would respond with “nothing”… it’s because she never thinks nothing. Her thoughts replay like a freight train in her head full steam ahead, over and over. It’s exhausting for her. It’s why she’s tired. . . .

Please go and read the rest of her post here:

#anxiety #stress

Friday fives – pot luck edition

Sorry for the missing Friday posts, time is flying by!

We had our team xmas party last Friday, so this is inspired by what I like to take to a pot luck meal. In NZ we often call it ‘bring a plate’ although I always remember when I was a teenager I had a new friend who had moved here from South Africa and didn’t know that bring a plate meant to bring a plate of food to share.

Five fave pot luck dishes:

  1. Cupcakes – especially mini ones as they are easy to make and eat without making too much mess

  2. Chips and dip – or crisps for you international folk

  3. Crackers and cheese – especially the packs with different cheeses in

  4. Timtam balls – I made these for the first time to take to xmas party last week

  5. Sausage rolls and tomato sauce – as long as there is somewhere to cook them, we don’t like soggy sausage rolls!

Which is your favourite?


Friday fives – karaoke edition

I am going to a karaoke party at a friend’s house tonight, so here are my top five songs I like to sing:

  1. Close to you – The Carpenters
  2. Amazed – Lonestar (walked down the aisle to get married to this)
  3. Nothing’s gonna stop us now – Starship (walked out of the church married to this)
  4. Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb

  5. Thank you – Dido

Have a great weekend


Friday fives – places I’ve lived


From The odessey

Five places I’ve lived:
1. Titahi Bay, Porirua, NZ (from birth til 21ish)
2. Newtown, Wellington, NZ (first flat near uni with 4 other girls)
3. Newlands, Wellington, NZ (bachelor pad flat with 4 guys and me)
4. Meredith, New Hampshire, USA (summer camp counselor)
5. Whitby, Porirua, NZ (current location)




This week New Zealand has been talking about mental health issues as part of #MHAWNZ  (Mental Health Awareness Week).

On Monday I was Cookie monster’s assistant, while we walked around campus handing out ‘cookies and cuddles’.

Thankfully I was not the one in the hot sweaty suit, but I did get a sore arm from lugging the huge basket of cookies around campus!












Friday fives – juice edition

I am quite a fan of fruit juice, never been into drinking plain tap water. This post is for non-alcohol ones, will leave fave cocktails for another time.

Favourite fruit juices:

  1. Apple juice, Fresh up green apple usually the go-to;
  2. Orange juice, I like quite a pulpy one;
  3. Orange and mango juice, Just juice one is nice;
  4. Pine mango from Golden circle;
  5. Apple and nectarine juice, Fresh up wins again.

That’s all folks.



Friday fives – Almost Christmas edition

Ok so Christmas is still about 3 months away, but the advent calendars and decorations are appearing in shops, so I’m getting excited!

Christmas is my fave holiday and here’s why:

  1. Christmas lights – they are so beautiful. I love driving around looking at decorated homes.

  2. Decorating the tree – so many memories with all the decorations. I get more each year (usually at least half price LOL).
  3. Making xmas cookies – mmm the spicy smell. (I once attempted a gingerbread house LOL).



  4. Family time – ok it probably should be top, but (most of) you haven’t met my family!
  5. And lastly presents – its not the main feature for me, but an added bonus.


Friday fives – chocolate edition

My fave chocolates:

  1. Cadbury caramilk recently rocketed to the top of this list, sadly limited edition and no longer made.
  2. Whittaker’s Lime Kbar, also sadly was a limited edition
  3. Lindt mango and cream, which came out when we were in Sydney in April
  4. Whittaker’s Rum and raisin, not limited edition but not widely available either
  5. So hard to choose just one more! I will go with Whittaker’s creamy milk.



From Pinterest