Tania & I are committed to bringing you TWO blogs each week. You're probably thinking we're mad but we're not - we're eager to bring you information we think you'll love, the stuff you'll want to read, that you'll refer to more than once & that you'll share with your friends.
Let me tell you a few things about Tania - she's quickly become my right hand gal, I love her. She's full of bright ideas & she might love working in Little Mash as much as I do. She has a wee daughter who really is the apple of her eye. She loves bright lipstick & always smells delicious - what is your perfume Tania? Enjoy Tania's first blog post as much as I did! Ren. X
In an attempt to stay connected to family and friends during the Level 4 Covid-19 isolation period, I decided to reactivate my social media accounts. I planned a short hiatus a year or two ago to ‘find’ myself - as you do - and just never came back. But as the energy and conversations around me started to change, I knew this would be the easiest way to stay informed (I don’t own a TV - wow I’m sounding really cool).
Like many of you I feel incredibly lucky to have access to this modern technology, and have been overwhelmed by the number of neighbours, strangers and kick-ass people selflessly sharing their talents through the inter-webs. We see you and we appreciate you!
I have created a list of the things you may have missed and totally need to know about. I would love for you to share with me what you are doing to stay entertained and sane too.
5 Things You Need To Know About
If you have primary aged children, you need to follow School Kit Home. School Kit are a Hamilton based team supporting parents at home with unique educational ideas that your kids will love. They are posting "beautiful, innovative, make-your-heart-sing" content 4 times a day for as long as the shutdown lasts.
If you missed it the first time around, now is a great time to catch up on the podcast series Moe Makes Music - a collaboration of songs with NZ musicians. They describe it as “kids music that won't drive you nuts!” - bravo!
#1 New York Times Best Seller Rupi Kaur is hosting live poetry workshops on her Instagram account. All levels are welcome and you don’t have to be a writer to participate. Each session lasts for about an hour and are designed to be interactive and therapeutic. Um, yes please!
Have you ever come across something and wished it had been your idea? Introducing Letters From Afar - a monthly snail mail subscription for kids (but if you’re anything like me, you’ll secretly stash them for yourself). Written by an adventurous character who visits and describes exotic, far away lands, these letters are the perfect solution for the current travel restrictions. Subscribe to Letters From Afar here - and while you’re at it, check out their latest addition and equally beautiful Yesteryear Gazette.
Sick of your current book pile? Oliver Jeffers is reading one of his books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making them. Thank you, Mr Jeffers.
Be sure to send this list to your friends, family and anyone living under a rock - they’ll thank you for it.