Books, food, parenting and healthy living

Action Songs

  1. Open, Shut Them
  2. Eency Wincy Spider
  3. Dingle Dangle Scarecow
  4. Hokey Pokey
  5. If you’re happy and you know it
  6. Heads and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  7. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  8. 5 Little Ducks
  9. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around
  10. I’m a Little Tea Pot

Comment below if you don’t know the words or actions to any of these, and I’ll write them out for you!


Phrase I (try to) say

I resisted to urge to look up my favourite parenting article bookmarks and quote them, and decided to write this list of phrases that I have found very helpful in my interactions with my nearly 17mo daughter on a day to day basis. I’ll link up some great blog posts from others another day, which will probably help to explain where some of these come from. 
  1. I can see that you are upset/frustrated/tired 
  2. Would you like me to help you? 
  3. You’re having so much fun/concentrating. Soon it will be time for …
  4. (shortly followed by) I think you would love to play at x for ages. It is now time for x.
  5. I need to finish what I’m doing, I’ll read/play/listen to you very soon/when x is done (a tangible conclusion – eg these plates are all in the drainer/the socks are put away).
  6. I can’t let you play with that, it’s hot/sharp/very special.
  7. Gentle hands please / I like it when you are gentle
  8. Yesterday/earlier we did that, and it was so much fun. This time we’re going to … instead.
  9. Rephrasing requests to provide a visual image of the required action such as ‘Walk slowly’ rather than ‘don’t run’ / ‘hands on your knees’ rather than ‘don’t touch x’. My favourite is “look with your eyes” – it helps us deflect inquisitive hands in so many situations, such as when things are precious/hot/poisonous/not ours! 
  10. I love to watch you … (play/run/discover/read.. endless options!)

Ways I’ve used Coconut Oil

Personal Care
  1.  Lip Balm
  2. Moisturiser
  3. Soothing cream for itches and bites
  4. Salve for raw nose from a cold/hayfever
 Baby Care
      5.  Nappy rash treatment cream
      6. Cradle Cap
     7.  Shallow frying
     8.  Baking
     9.  Leather conditioner
     10.  Pet care – on cut paws
For more uses, see Hybrid Rasta Mama’s post

My favourite Modern Cloth Nappies (MCN’s) + a giveaway

  1. Bumgenius ‘Elementals’ (read my review here)
  2. Grovia ‘Hybrid AI2’ (read my review here)
  3. Bambooty ‘Easy One Size’ (read my review here
  4. TotsBots ‘Easyfit’ (read my review here)
  5. Seedling  
  6. Pop-in
  7. FLIP  – the AI2 equivalent of the Elemental
  8. Sweet Pea – I have the discontinued hemp/microfibre ones
  9. Bubblebubs ‘Candies’
  10. Coco Baby Designer Pockets

Update: I have a yellow snaps Seedling nappy to giveaway! I received two Seedling nappies in a giveaway myself recently, and have decided to pass one on to a lucky reader. Comment below with your favourite nappy and I’ll draw a winner on Tuesday, the 15th of May. Open to Australian residents only sorry. (If you’re entering the draw, leave your email address in a separate comment, which I won’t ‘approve’, so it won’t be visible on here. That way I can contact you if you win!)
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This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Natasha! I’ll be in contact with you soon 🙂

Natural Parenting Blogs that inspire me

  1. Vibrant Wanderings
  2. NPN – Natural Parents Network
  3. The Mule
  4. The way of the peaceful parent
  5. Hobo Mama
  6. Fabulous Mama Chronicles
  7. Demand Euphoria
  8. Authentic Parenting
  9. Hippie Housewife
  10. Momastery

Foods I eat now that I didn’t 5 years ago

  1. Avocado
  2. Natural yoghurt
  3. Chia seeds
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Pistachios
  6. Wheatgerm
  7. Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  8. Tahini
  9. Other flours – Rye, Spelt, Wholemeal
  10. LSA (ground linseed, sunflower and almond mix)

Now I’m hungry…

Children’s books to find and read

These are children’s books that I hadn’t heard of before or ones that I decided I needed to write down so I didn’t forget them.

  1. Grug series
  2. Dorrie the Little Witch
  3. Peter Pan and Wendy illustrated by Anne Graham Johnstone
  4. Little black, a pony by Walter Farley.
  5. “When I’m Feeling” series by Trace Moroney
  6. Jill Murphy’s “Large Family”
  7. “The Usborne Book of First Experiences”
  8. The wonky donkey!
  9. Olivia
  10. Plus anything by Mem Fox, Pamela Allen, Dr Seuss, Alison Lester and Bob Graham.

More ideas and parent reviews at

Books my 16 month old daughter loves

1. Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell 

2. Go Dog Go – P.D. Eastman

3. Quick as a Cricket – Audrey Wood

4. Peek-a Who? – Nina Laden

5. Toes, Ears, & Nose! – Marion Dane Bauer

6. Moo, Baa, La La La! – Sandra Boynton

7. Water Boy – Ros Asquith

8. Spot’s Birthday Balloon – Eric Hill

9. Hop on Pop – Dr Seuss

10. Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox

Some of these books are favourite ones from my childhood, others I stumbled upon at our local library. Some were presents, and I bought a few after reading this post.


Welcome to my new Blog. I’m a prolific writer of lists.. Many of the jobs on the to-do-list never get touched, and most of the ‘favourite things’ lists get lost. I created this space as a place to jot down my thoughts and share them  with others. This may be a short-lived experiment, or I may still be writing down my ideas here in years to come. Join me and see where it takes us.

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