One of the wonderful things about New Zealand is that children are permitted to participate in almost any type of adventure, which meant that Holden and Gray (aged 5 and 18 months) were able to join us in getting a once in a lifetime bird's eye view and scenic tour of the Marlborough Sounds with Coast to Coast Helicopters.

How to Get Over Your Anxiety and Fear of Adventuring with Kids

How to Get Over Your Anxiety and Fear of Adventuring with Kids

What should we do? Where should we go? What should we bring? How far is the drive? What will we do when we get there? Will the kids have fun? Will I have fun? What if something unexpected comes up? What if I forget something? Can I handle it? These are the questions that can stop parents from adventuring with their children. The fear of the unknown and the fear of failure are the biggest barrier for parents getting out and adventuring with kids, but here are 7 tricks to overcoming your fear of adventuring with kids!

29 Ways to Adventure With Kids Without Leaving Town

29 Ways to Adventure With Kids Without Leaving Town

When you have children (and even when you don’t), traveling somewhere new isn’t always possible and it’s easy to find yourself feeling “stuck” doing the same things with your children again and again. Finding new adventures or activities in your hometown isn’t always easy, but if you start looking, I promise you will begin to look at your own city in a brand new way.



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who what wear love t-shirt (sold out) and the maxi skirt is a sample for a project i am working on and will be for sale soon

never in my life had i been a "let's just wait and see" type of person.  i was a planner and a doer, making lists upon lists upon lists that all formed some sort of plan and then i would diligently go to work to make those plans happen.  but then holden arrived in my life and all of that suddenly changed.  i stopped focusing so much on the future, where my life was going to lead, what i was going to do "with the rest of my life" (something that used to consume my everyday), and began living and focusing on the present.  i stopped doing things that i felt like i should do and concentrated my efforts on the parts of my life that i really loved, honoring the changes in my world without wishing that i felt, looked, acted, loved, or worked any differently. i stopped worrying so much about my life plan, trusting that i would recognize the next steps when they appeared.

and it seems that that big break from all my incessant planning gave me the space to dream and discover what i really wanted out of life.  the end of this month marks holden's second birthday and along with that a big new start for our family.  mr. b and i have been dreaming and planning and staying up into the early hours of the mornings, hoping to create a life that will make us happy.  we have a few different projects we are launching in the next month and will also be moving to a new home although we still have no idea where that home will be.  our future is a little up in the air at the moment (which is somewhat terrifying) but here's to living on faith and trusting in the unknown!



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exactly one week ago today, holden got his cast off and we couldn't be happier.  getting the cast off was a slightly traumatic experience and initially moving those joints again wasn't the easiest, but as we waited for the doctor to come into the room for a final check, holden asked to walk around the room and we knew that everything was going to be ok.  there were so many little things i missed while holden was in the cast...the feeling of him wrapping his legs around me as i carried him, the feeling of hugging him without a cast getting in between us, easily getting dressed in the mornings, the lightness of holden's true body weight...and those first moments of rediscovery were  just so good.  yet in an odd way, the cast coming off was a scary change for me, as i had really just adjusted to life in the cast and now i was going to have learn how to help my little boy learn to walk again.  although holden walked with help immediately after the cast removal, it will still take him a while to learn to walk again and watching my almost-2-year-old crawl or limp around is slightly heartbreaking.  mr. b had taken time off of work for the full duration of holden's time in the cast and i had gotten used to having him home with us.  he went back to work the day after the cast was removed and i missed having the extra help since i am still unable to leave holden's side for even a second (he thinks he can do a lot more than he is able and is constantly attempting to take off across the room on his own which ended in a bad fall last week).  last week was a big adjustment to our new normal, but i am looking forward to and counting down the days when i hear the pitter patter of holden's feet throughout the house again and have a little boy that can run into my arms.