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Exciting Christmas Already! Karma?


A sewing book, Christmas cracker, macadamia nuts, visit from a special friend, and emailing the winner of the Te Reo Singalong. What an exciting day! Karma? I truly spend far more time on my blog then I should because I really do enjoy telling everyone about all of the wonderful companies out there or somehow helping or inspiring you through our life. I do not make money through all this, but I do gain a whole lot by helping other people who are interested or care about similar values as us. This makes all of the companies I write about special as well because I choose carefully what I want to include and share with you. I was going to list them all here, but I think I might need to make a link to them.  The only ad I have is for Living Foods Lifestyle, simply because I really wanted to make the site easily accessible and shared with all of you, but I only gain from you making purchases through my link to their site. Even then you would be supporting me to buy more raw foods to share recipes with you so there is still a cycle of helping. This is where your comments, pins, tweets, and likes on Facebook really come in. Yes, I am on Twitter now in case you want to follow. Not completely sure of it all, but I will get there. I really do appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog, comment, and interact through social media. Days like this make me think about the saying “What goes around comes around :).” Positive karma of course!

NZ sewing
Thank you so much to Penny from Little Housewife. I was so excited to receive Home Sewn in the mail today. I recently bought a Bernette Bernina sewing machine and have lots of projects I hope to make next year. Sewing my own clothes is definitely a goal of mine so I am really thankful to have won this giveaway. I also love that this book profiles 10 leading New Zealand Designers. I am looking forward to hopefully practicing sewing on my new machine over the holidays. Thanks again, Penny! Make sure to check out Penny’s blog and Facebook page about “a blissful childhood of happy memories which she passes on to her children through cooking, baking, crafts, gardening, places to visit, tips and tricks, & their happy home.”

homemade cracker

Then our beautiful Christmas cracker arrived today! Megan from mousehouse made this lovely cracker. Zaedyn had been a bit impatient, sneaking around our living tree to untie the string, and attempting to peak in. I kept retying the strings on, and I think it became a game to him. As you can tell, we will both try to wait patiently until Christmas to open it, however, it is a bit tempting! For those of you who don’t know, this all started with Katie from Mummy Adventures who set up this Christmas cracker swap. After signing up, we received our swap partners who we could then make our handmade crackers for and send off to wherever they live in New Zealand. Do you think you can wait until Christmas to find out what is inside? I will let you know once the cracker has been opened. In the meantime, check out Megan’s blog or Facebook page for “crafty projects, home and garden ideas, fun things for kids to make and do, eco-friendly ideas and home organising tips.”

Now the macadamia nuts I received are not the ones I ordered, but ones given to me just because the topic came up about them. I am so grateful for these even being passed onto me. Now for the hard part. Opening them all up!

Then a very special friend came to visit us. Zaedyn was happy and cheeky as ever running around. Even if this included throwing pegs. It is lovely to have a friend that you get along with and can share all sorts with, talking so much and forgetting how much time has passed.

Oh, and I finally upgraded to a Canon 60D after 6 1/2 years taking heaps of photos with my Canon Rebel XT. I can already see how busy I am going to be next year between sewing my own clothes and sewing in general, making raw foods, and learning about my new camera. Zaedyn loves it already because there is a big screen and he can see the picture I took of the lawnmower. At 19 months, he is pretty clever with all the words he says. At the moment, all we hear about is the lawn mower over and over again. He is very fascinated by them and will repeatedly get excited about them shouting, “LAWN MOWER!”


It has been so busy lately, but I really appreciate everyone who entered the Te Reo Singalong Giveaway. I have emailed the winner. If you did not win, they are definitely books that are worth buying. If you are interested, you can buy directly from the Te Reo Singalong website.

Although the bamboodie sale has ended, there is still time to enter our eco peko giveaway for a 100% organic cotton t-shirt for your child or someone you know. Simply go to the post and comment or add multiple comments to gain extra entries before Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:00PM NZ time.

karmaFinally, if you have not heard of Copono, please check out their current campaign. I have more to tell you soon, but in short, Copono is an app to track and rate vegan things in New Zealand. This will make life for Kiwis easier as you can scan barcodes of products to find out if they are vegan or not. 85 Kiwis are already using this app, but with your help they can share it with everyone in Aotearoa. There are 24 days left to reach their goal of $5000. Even a contribution of $10 will help them get closer to reaching their goal. Vegan or not, please consider contributing to this vegan campaign to help Copono assist you in not only buying vegan food, but also finding sustainable and ethical choices. Thanks!

What goes around comes around 🙂

Te Reo Singalong Books + Giveaway *CLOSED*


“Learn Te Reo Māori the easy way with these innovative picture song books”

Te Reo Maori

Zaedyn Tai reading all of his Te Reo Singalong Books

Te Reo Singalong Books are easy to use Māori resources for young children that easily teach them the language in an exciting way. I have used them within an early childhood education setting as well as with my 19-month old son. I believe that they are a great resource for all ages. Tamariki get so excited about these books through the powerful illustrations and catchy music. Whether you play the CDs or follow the guitar chords, waiata is an easy way to learn and reinforce Te Reo Māori.

What sets these books apart is the gap they fill as useful Māori resources. As a teacher, I know how hard it can be to find resources that get used on a daily basis. I love the language and would include it within my practice as much as possible, but in mainstream settings it can sometimes be a challenge to move forward and find resources to help support your knowledge. There are often resources that attempt to teach children words, but Te Reo Singalong books help promote the use of sentences and making relevant connections. Not long after introducing them to the centre where I worked, I remember hearing a child later on in the day sing “Kei te Peke Ahau.” It was amazing to hear how tamariki were responding and using the language that they were learning through these new books.

As a Mum, I can provide my son, Zaedyn, with easy tools to learn Te Reo Māori and be able to support him. These books have helped me feel even more comfortable with my use of Te Reo and learn practical words that I normally do not use. They have also helped me continue to use words that I know and make me more conscious in using them more with Zaedyn. He has even taught my family overseas some of the words that he knows in Te Reo Māori. I can see the excitement on his face when we play these songs, and he looks through his books. Pakipaki was one of the first words and actions that he learned.


Kei te pakipaki, kei te pakipaki. Pakipaki, pakipaki.

The CDs are a huge asset to these books if you are unfamiliar or not confident with the language. Instead of getting left on the bookshelf, you can play the CD alongside each book. However, I am sure that you will quickly pick up on the language and find yourself singing along to these catchy tunes. I find myself randomly singing along throughout the day. The repetition and actions link together to help children remember their learning. We also use the CDs in a variety of ways as we have the songs recorded in our car and on our iPad so that they are always accessible. Born in California, I began to learn Māori through waiata and developed a passion to learn more where I decided to complete my Te Ara Reo Māori Level 2 from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. I am still continuing to learn and share my knowledge with my son, but I do not believe that I would have gained as much knowledge as I have without waiata, and these books continue to further support my learning. If you are from overseas or have not grown up knowing the language, these books are very useful tools.

All of the books include an English translation, Ngā kupu hou – New words section, guitar chords, a CD, and ideas on how to use the books. There are so many possibilities to keep everyone interested and using them on an ongoing basis.

Now for the books that have been published so far…

Te Reo Singalong BooksMaranga Mai!

Most children I know love learning about animals and hearing animal noises. Maranga Mai brings together animal illustrations that will capture your little one’s attention along with Te Reo Māori and the noises that each animal make. These work together to help your children remember and make these connections that they can relate to real life.

Te Reo Singalong BooksKei te Peke Ahau

This book is very interactive and fun through animal actions. Even if you or your children know words such as peke for jumping or oma for running, you can make these connections to animals as you jump like a rabbit and run like a pūkeko. There are even some animals that you may not have heard in Te Reo Māori before.

Te Reo Singalong BooksAnei Kē!

The sound effects help bring this book to life and support meaningful connections to real life. As you go through the seasons, you can learn how to ask where your hat is when the sun is out for summer or ask where your gumboots are when it is raining.

What I love about these books is that they are extremely relevant to children’s lives and allow you to learn words and phrases that can and will be used. If you want to hear what others have to say about these books, check out the Testimonials on the website. There is so much positive feedback about these amazing books that I am so happy to be able to share with you. You can even view sample pages from each book and listen to the songs through the website.

Besides learning Te Reo Māori, these books support many learning aspects embedded within Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum. I can think of many ways while using this book where tamariki will become more confident, develop communication which can be expressed through language and dance, gain control of their bodies, learn alongside others, and where their own culture is supported or they are learning about their friend’s culture. My friend that first introduced me to these books used them while on practicum teaching a new entrants class. The children responded very quickly. Now the older classes are even using these books. Although I found them useful within early childhood, they seem to be a great asset to older tamariki as well. Even as an adult, I think that they are a fantastic learning resource. No wonder they were a Māori Language Awards 2012 Finalist!

Thank you for reading, and thank you to Sharon Holt for providing a copy of one of her books to a lucky reader. Make sure to enter this awesome giveaway. I can’t wait until Book 4 about vehicles is published!

Kei te Peke Ahau

Did you already know about these books? Please share your feedback and what you, your children, or children you are working with think of them.

*Disclaimer: This post is completely my honest opinion about these books and is not sponsored. We just love them and want everyone else to know about these amazing Māori resources which we have been using since they were first released. The author, Sharon Holt, is kindly donating a book of your choice that will be sent to one of our readers who enters the giveaway.Te Reo Maori

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