"I'm at my happiest when I'm making and creating. Most recently I made pizza sauce and homemade pizzas, and cooked them in the pizza oven my husband built. It was great for the kids to learn about where their food comes from, as well as the value of hard work. Next time I'll get out the cheese-making kit!"
"We organise a weekly click and collect to save both time and bags. We always have a family roast on Sundays and I keep the leftovers for Monday's dinner. I also make big batches of food for the
week on a Sunday, using the heat from the oven for more than one meal."
"As a family we love ticking off the local walks – with a classic Kiwi packed lunch – leaving only footprints, as they say. It's exercise that's free with no detrimental effect on the environment and the scenery helps motivate us – with the promise of an ice cream at the end for the kids!"
"We introduced a Saturday games afternoon instead of watching a movie. We started with Snakes and Ladders but because we enjoyed it so much we trawled Trade Me to stock up our games cupboard. The kids learn about patience, strategy and being a good sport. Losing isn't fun but it happens, and you have to know how to handle it graciously – we're still working on this one!"
"We love getting outside on the weekend to go on walks and bike rides and teach the kids about the things they see in nature. Our favourite is a 7km route around an estuary in Orewa. There are beautiful birds to watch and we see if we can work out what kind they are."
"Upcycling secondhand furniture is one of our favourite activities. Two recent projects were a solid wooden toy box on wheels and a small chest of drawers. It's very messy, especially the painting, but heaps of fun. They take such pride in helping to create these items which are totally unique."