a few of my favourite things {january 2013}

peg planes

peg planes

There's less than one week left of the summer holidays. Less than one week until my baby girl moves up to year 1 and the little man begins his first official year of pre-primary (the equivalent of new entrants in NZ). Gulp, it's 5 days a week and he's to wear a uniform. Far out where did all those years go? I still remember with great clarity being at work (pre-kids), looking over the counter of the open kitchen and seeing one of my friends come into the cafe after dropping off her youngest at school on his first day. She had tears in her eyes and was visibly shaken by the experience. At the time I didn't get it, no one can until it is themselves going through it, but boy how I now do. The timing of him starting school in some ways couldn't have worked out any more perfectly (you try writing a cookbook with kids at home, it ain't easy!), but then there is still that part of me that says "he's too young, he's still a baby. My baby"

So while we live the last ever week of school-less days (well for the next 12-13 years or so at least!) I leave you with a bunch of great things that have crossed my path this past month. It's a very music-heavy list, as all summer ones should be I reckon. Enjoy xx

* Chet Faker performing Burial's 'Archangel', live at the Newstead Butter Factory.
* Totally in love with this song. Amazing.
* Home made natural vapo-rub | Curious Girl
* lemon, lime + peppermint sorbet | Jamie Oliver
* Cure eczema the natural way
* Interesting read.
* Great song
* Super excited to hear about this cookbook in the making! Yay Anya 🙂
* Another Feather {jewellery}. Especially LOVE these.
* Chocolate and chestnut cake | Cannelle et Vanille
* Mango + salted coconut popsicles | Liana Raine
* lovely version.
* I may have shared this one before, but I really do love this.
* forever a classic.

The photos above are of some planes we made the other day after I spotted this great idea on pinterest. The kids had so much fun coming up with their own custom versions including googly eyes and coloured pop-sticks... and yes, that is a aussie flag tattoo you see on Ada's arm. It's just been Australian day here and they were everywhere. Please forgive me my fellow kiwi (NZ) readers, I'm still one of you 🙂

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    January 29, 2013 at 4:18 am

    ha thats funny because I did notice the flag !! nothing like kiwi pride x my big one is starting school and my little one is starting kinder, it is happy / sad x

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      January 29, 2013 at 5:21 am

      Totally! I'm completely over the school holidays and the endless fights they bring, but the house will seem very empty as of next week. Good luck with the first week of school/kindy xx

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    January 29, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Isn't Pinterest amazing? I've been bitten quite severely with the Pinterest bug. Congratulations on the coming big week. As for eczema, I've had it on and off my whole life. Always over summer. Last year I started using olive oil soap and I've used it for a year now and coincidently my eczema has arrived this summer. I don't know if it's coincident or the soap but whatever it is, I won't stop using this soap as a result. You can buy it at some grocers and bulk food shops for much cheaper than pharmacies and beauty shops.

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      January 29, 2013 at 5:24 am

      Pinterest is dangerous eh :-/ I spend way too much time on there. But I love it! Thanks for that about the olive oil soap, I've not tried olive oil on my excema before, but I do find that virgin coconut oil helps soothe and calms it down xx

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      January 29, 2013 at 5:25 am

      I know too much sugar makes it flair up too… as does dairy.

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    My Kitchen Stories.
    January 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I feel for you. It is a big day when they start school. I remember the bittersweet feeling and mine has now just finished school. Each year is such a milestone and none less important

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    erin @ yummy supper
    January 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Emma, good luck to you dropping your kids off at school. I so remember the feeling of longing when I let mine go. But before long I savored the time to myself and the kids came home happy and smiling about their adventures at school.
    I cannot imagine how you've been able to make your book with the kiddos at home. You are a Super Mama!!
    xxoo to you and your family,

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      January 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

      Thanks Erin, I'm not sure about the super mama bit though. I just feel like a crazy mama mostly 😉

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    Nicola Galloway
    January 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I feel for you Emma, I struggle with my 3 year old daughter doing 2 mornings at kindergarten. I am not sure how I will feel about 5 whole days when it comes around. Thanks for the links 🙂

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    Colette Just for Foodies
    January 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Home remedies remind me of Grandma and always work great!

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    The InTolerant Chef
    January 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Good luck with next week! It can be harder on us mums than on the kiddies 🙁

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    Natalie G
    February 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Thanks for the post and good luck !

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    February 1, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Emma I get it so whole heartedly babes starting school is so traumatic for us Mumma's. Enjoy these last few days xxx

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    February 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    ahhh,i don't have to lose my youngest stinker until Sept.A new chapter in parenthood i suppose.They just look so big walking in there,not our babes anymore.Lotsa love and a big box of kleenex to you:)

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    February 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    we forgive you the flag .. i am assuming it is washable!! Love your little planes. When I took baby number three to school for the first time, I parked the car, said bye bye to the other kids as they raced off, then went around to unbuckle and walk in my littlest boy on his first day, holding the baby on my hip and discovered that he had raced off with the others. He had run on his short little legs all the way to his new classroom, hollering with the rest of them. Gone! I was so shocked I forgot to cry!! c

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