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Waves of Change

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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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Another day of exploration and opportunity to connect with our natural world. What a beautiful setting to develop natural learning, a sense of wonder, and magical moments in the sunshine.

socal hike

Socal Hike

Socal Hike

Socal Hike

Natural Curiosity

Socal Hike

Socal Hike

“Framed against a backdrop of urban development, the lakes serve as reminders of the fragility of wilderness”

Barbara's Lake

Barbara’s Lake ~ Natural Lake in OC

Socal Hike

Socal Hike

Socal Hike

“All flowers grow through dirt”

There’s always something beautiful outside. Go out and explore!

309 Road: Sustainable Tourism

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Surrounded by bush and hidden away, take the 309 Road through Coromandel to end up at the “quirkiest theme park in NZ”. Over 70% of recycled materials to construct these attractions along with wood from a sustainable forest, water powering attractions which is heated by solar power, wastewater filtered and recycled to be used in the vegetable garden, and the cafe using local suppliers and organic produce is what makes this attraction eco-friendly and sustainable. A theme park with no electricity!

The entrance is lined with flags, welcoming people from around the world. Your eyes will be instantly drawn to the ‘Slim Turner’, the most photographed thing at Waterworks. Made of random items replaced a couple times a year, this wheel has water continually flowing through from the creek across the way.

Waterworks

The start of New Zealand cheeky humour starts outside with this photo:
On this exact spot, at 12 noon on the 5th of April, 1807…

Coromandel

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF HISTORICAL NOTE TOOK PLACE

Walking through the cafe and out the doors, you make your way through a beautiful and yummy vegetable garden, onto the start of these “kiwi ingenuity” attractions. I have heaps and heaps of photos, but I don’t want to go through everything and spoil the fun. All I can say is that this should definitely be on your list of things to do. I am sure that you will find yourself laughing at signs as well as yourselves. My cheeky husband even tricked me into pulling a lever which had water squirting down from above me. We made our own fun throughout Waterworks as we tried to squirt each other and became intrigued with the amount of interesting and creative attractions there were. It literally is fun for all ages, and I am pretty sure that David enjoyed acting like a big kid. Check out his attempt at the human hamster wheel trying to go completely around…

Waterworks

My favourite thing had to be the flying fox. Do you know anywhere else where you can just walk up the steps, grab the rope, and off you go? Luckily David tested it out first, however, as I am lighter I went zooming across and flung up quickly toward the tires. Yes, a few tires at the end is what stops you from going any further. We were full of laughs and continued going on the flying fox only to find an even better one in the bush just further along.

Waterworks

Waterworks

Waterworks
Remember how I mentioned that I went flying toward the tires…

Waterworks


Waterworks

Waterworks
Not your typical washing line!

Bamboo Maestro Xylophone ~ Bamboo Maestro

Flying Bikes…

Waterworks

Waterworks

The Waterworks displays over 70 creative attractions, a play park with flying fox, human hamster wheel, garden, cafe, sand, swings, a swimming hole, and so much more! In an effort to protect our environment for everyone to enjoy, The Waterworks is definitely an environmentally friendly business that provides opportunities and fun for everyone which I hope that you are able to experience. Plus, if you continue down the 309 Road, this narrow dirt track will take you through farmland, pine forests, and beautiful native bush with other stops that you won’t want to miss! If you are staying in the Coromandel region, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach are two other destinations that you also won’t want to miss. If you are following us on Facebook, you may have seen a photo over the weekend of a beautiful beach. I will fill you in on the rest of our weekend adventure tomorrow.

Ka kite apōpo

Waterworks

Coromandel

Check out The Waterworks website for more information, & feel free to ask me any questions as well.

Like Cures Like

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     Alternative or complementary medicine? Like cures like. Homeopathy is a safe and natural approach to health that is truly effective. There can be a lot to learn, but there are some remedies that can become very familiar and have a useful place as part of your first aid kit. The most common remedy that people will either use or have heard of is Arnica. This remedy is also very versatile through shock and injury to jet lag. I have actually used them for both reasons. I was given Arnica by my midwife to take after Zaedyn’s birth. If you read a little bit about the aftermath of Zaedyn’s birth in Urtica Dioica: Nettle, my hospital visit ended in a prescription to be filled. Not knowing any better, David was a fantastic husband and went to the Chemist to pay for these prescriptions that remained sitting on the desk in the birthing centre. We both had not completely realised what they were for, but we both decided how unnecessary they were. A lot of it was basic pain relief. Why? In my daily life, I do not carry around or store pain relief for headaches, cramps, or other uses. This is only a quick unnatural temporary fix in my opinion. Even though there is a strong belief in not taking prescriptions during pregnancy, the concern of medication being passed through breastfeeding is somehow forgotten. Therefore, I had made a decision not to be taking these and was given Arnica if necessary. Thinking about it now, Arnica was actually sprayed onto Zaedyn’s head to reduce any swelling as well as given to me in the ambulance on the way up to the hospital. In a completely different situation, I made sure to take Arnica with me on the plane as it can help with jet lag. Two different situations, but Arnica was very effective throughout both.

     A good start to begin to use homeopathy would be to buy a basic book or research to gain knowledge and understanding about the basis of homeopathy. For those of you in New Zealand, you can visit or contact the New Zealand Homeopathic Society Bookroom which is open on Wednesdays in Mt Eden, Auckland. Not living in Auckland, another convenient option which I have actually done is searched on their website, talked with a homeopath from the Bookroom, and ordered books which were sent to me. A quick and easy guide can be a useful tool in getting started and being able to practice through trial. It becomes easier over time as you get to know remedies as well as what works for those and others around you. What might work for one person, will not necessarily be the same for another. Homeopathy can be an ongoing journey. Also, it can sometimes be a bit more difficult when diagnosing those who cannot communicate or express how they are feeling. When trying to find a remedy for Zaedyn, I take everything into consideration and use interpretation to try and work out a remedy that might suit him.

     I also recommend finding a qualified homeopath near you. For those of you living in the Waikato region, Amanda J McBeth is a very helpful and supportive qualified homeopath. Clients will also receive her monthly newsletters which provide some very useful information. I learned about Amanda during my pregnancy where I briefly spoke to her about support through labour. Sometime after Zaedyn’s birth, I spoke with her again as I looked to her as our primary health care. Since then, we have had a consultation, but nothing major has come up since where we have needed further support. However, if something does, I will be quick to ring. Through her, I found out about Simillimum which is a Homeopathic Pharmacy in New Zealand that stocks many remedies and natural health products. One thing to remember when considering remedies is that not all of them are vegan. Many brands such as New Era contain lactose as well as many pillules. Luckily there are alternatives such as lactose free cell salts from a different brand and remedies that can be found in other forms such as liquid.

     Our bodies are very powerful in healing. I think it is really important that homeopathy treats each person as an individual based on unique needs and that it focuses on treating a person rather than the disease. This genuine type of healing is a way that can support long-term healing rather than quickly treat a symptom only to have it return again later. Due to its natural form, many remedies can be used safely through pregnancy and with newborns and animals. The amount of remedies available for a range of conditions is remarkable. From sunstroke to teething to head injury to Measles. There are remedies for so many reasons on very different levels.

     Hopefully I have provided you with a bit of an insight into the wonderful world of homeopathy and natural alternative to your health. Feel free to ask any questions as I may be able to provide information or point you in the right direction :). I am not qualified, however, I am taking an Introductory course in Homeopathy as well as Childhood Disease and their Homeopathic Treatment through Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy which I have yet to complete. My interest in homeopathy began when I was enrolled in an Eastern Concepts of Health and Healing Course as an elective in my University studies. I do not leave home without remedies packed in my bag. One of my most used remedies has to be Chamomilla which has been used for Zaedyn Tai and his teething. My final tip tonight is to use homeopathy alongside other factors that contribute to your overall health, or holistic health. By this I mean the fact that Zaedyn also wears a Baltic Amber necklace to soothe teething pain, and other practices we follow such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, relaxation, drinking herbal teas, and so much more. I will continue to post about homeopathy and natural health and healing in future posts.

Gummies, Snow, & Live Volcanoes

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     The first day of Spring and the sun was shining with the mountain still covered in snow. What a beautiful day to take Zaedyn for a play in the snow for his first time. We started our journey by buying Zaedyn his first pair of gumboots, just like Dad’s. He likes to be like his Mum and is often seen barefoot, even through Winter, but the snow gave us a good reason to buy some gummies to keep his little feet dry. Don’t worry, these are vegan unlike the candy gummies made of gelatin.

New Gummies Like Dad’s!

     The snow was icy and cold. Zaedyn did not think too much of it at the start. Actually, he was not very impressed at all. This was not the same texture or temperature as sand, or even the ground for that matter. It was too cold, and I could tell that he did not know what to think. After falling down to feel the cold ice against his hands, he was not that keen to stand on his own and explore, but with a bit of curiosity that luckily changed.

Snowball Fight?

     Snowball fight? Not sure how David managed to escape after getting both Zaedyn & I. Luckily the one at Zaedyn was not too hard, and he actually found it quite amusing. I can’t say that I was overly impressed about getting hit by a snowball later in the day. Next time I will remember not to walk in front of David and stop to turn around! At least I was a bit luckier than the other two on the slopes today. One after the next, the ambulance and 2 helicopters arrived at the scene for two spinal injuries! Hope that they recover as quick as possible. Zaedyn was pretty intrigued by the flying helicopters and spinning blades.

Building a Snowman

What a cheeky boy! That’s one way to get Dad’s sunnies.

If all the snowflakes were vegan candybars & almondshakes
Oh what a snow that would be!
Standing outside with my mouth open wide
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…

Zaedyn Snow Angel

     Oh, and did I mention that these are live volcanoes? I was quick to take some photos when I saw steaming Mt Tongariro after having erupted just less than a month ago. Still with ongoing activity there are tracks and off limit areas, however some are beginning to open up after this mountain decided to awaken after 100 years.  Don’t worry though. We were playing in the snow on Mt Ruapehu. I remember the last time Mt Ruapehu erupted in 2007. It was before David and I were married, and I was working at Bruce Jones Surfboards. Although I was worried and relieved to hear that his brother was not on the mountain that day, I have realised that these eruptions are a reality as they are very active. We never know when or how big the next eruption might be. Until then, I am happy to say that we were pretty safe on the mountain today, and it is great that we are still able to experience the snow and everything that nature has to offer. Next time we might need to borrow Uncle Mark’s snowboard!

     Plus, a bit of a detour on the way home as we thought that we might stay in Taupo, yet we decided just to pass through…