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Ikebana with kids: A fun summer holiday activity

This week, I decided to let the kids do the flower arranging. I just happened to be passing through the flower department of the supermarket, as you do, and noticed that they were very cheap, so I bought some. When my daughter got home from school she was very excited to see a bucket of… Continue reading Ikebana with kids: A fun summer holiday activity

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Summer Holidays in Japan: How can I help my child with their other language?

Summer holidays are coming in exactly one month. I’ve been getting a bit stressed out about them this year as I will have a 5 year old and a 2 year old to keep busy when it’s really hot outside. We won’t be able to roam around in the garden and go to parks, well… Continue reading Summer Holidays in Japan: How can I help my child with their other language?

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Rainy season in Japan: Enjoy the “Ajisai” (Hydrangeas)

The rainy season in Japan can be unpleasant, it is my least favourite time of the year. The mugginess is uncomfortable, the mold growing on everything is just yuck. The pages in my books get all warped and the laundry never quite gets dry. However, one of the bright spots of this time of year… Continue reading Rainy season in Japan: Enjoy the “Ajisai” (Hydrangeas)

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Tokyo Disneyland: My experience visiting with a five year old.

My daughter and I just got back from a trip to Tokyo Disneyland. It was her main birthday present for her 5th birthday. We went last year for her birthday too, but to Disneysea. I think this year was even better than last time and I’ll tell you why. 1. A year is a long… Continue reading Tokyo Disneyland: My experience visiting with a five year old.

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Gaijin Housewife Online Ikebana Course! UPDATED

Well I’ve been working on this for a while. Mostly working on my courage to actually do it. But I have started my very first ikebana course for beginners.  Now, all I need is some students! That’s where you come in! We’ll be making arrangements like this Not like this, this is reaaaally difficult One… Continue reading Gaijin Housewife Online Ikebana Course! UPDATED

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Friday Flowers: Birthday Flowers for my Daughter

My daughter turns 5 today. What a fast 5 years it has been since she was born in NZ, not that long after the massive triple disaster we had here in Fukushima and Tohoku.  If we were in NZ she would be starting school, and it would all be such a big exciting birthday but… Continue reading Friday Flowers: Birthday Flowers for my Daughter

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5 reasons why you won’t lose that extra weight this year

This is the new me, 10 kilos down, almost the same weight as my son is now.  Today, I’d like to bring up 5 reasons why you won’t lose weight this year. There are probably more, but I think these are pretty common among most people. Also, thank you for all the positive comments and… Continue reading 5 reasons why you won’t lose that extra weight this year

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My weightloss story: How I lost those pesky last 10 kilos with My Body Tutor – Review

Before shot is December 2015, After June 1st 2016 This little story (and my review of My Body Tutor) starts back in January 2016. I had been watching my weight slowly go up with increasing distress. Surely, with all the walking I did, this shouldn’t be happening! I’m going to talk numbers here.  First time… Continue reading My weightloss story: How I lost those pesky last 10 kilos with My Body Tutor – Review

Fukushima · Japan · rebuild fukushima · traveling with toddler · あぶくま洞

Rebuild Fukushima Series: The Abukuma Caves

It’s been a while since I did a “Rebuild Fukushima”post. This time I won’t be introducing something new、like my trip to Wonder Farm, rather something very very old. The Abukuma Caves, or あぶくま洞. The Abukuma caves are located 15 minutes drive from the Ono interchange of the Banetsu Highway. You can also get there by taking the… Continue reading Rebuild Fukushima Series: The Abukuma Caves