Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

Continuing on from my first post (which you can read here) - herewith my next five tips in the Top Ten Tips for holidaying in Samoa series: Tip # 6 - Take some good snorkelling equipment.  The snorkelling is awesome in Samoa - you just need to head out to the beach at your resort to see all … Continue reading Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa …

Mumpty and her extended family (a group of 15) recently enjoyed an AMAZING holiday in Samoa to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of our parents.  We were there from the 26th of September to the 7th of October (Mumpty's birthday, btw!) - the "dry season" runs from May to October, so we were pretty disappointed … Continue reading Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa …

The (material) things Mumpty wants in July 2017

Mumpty always has a number of things on her phone's "watch list" - i.e. a list of purchases that would be made if there was lots of spare money running around in her wallet!  Here is July 2017's list:   Black Orchid OR Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford  - uuugggghhhhh I can't decide!  They both … Continue reading The (material) things Mumpty wants in July 2017

My friends are ridiculously interesting women

I am so privileged to have the most amazing group of female friends and family. I originally posted this a couple of years ago now, but when I was browsing back through my old posts, I decided they are STILL amazing and so I thought I would  post it again! I think you are very much … Continue reading My friends are ridiculously interesting women

Sophie Elliott – how her death could just as easily have been your own – or your daughter’s

On 9 January 2008, this beautiful and intelligent woman, with a wonderful childhood behind her and a promising adult life ahead of her, was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend ... in her own home, while her mother was there. Now - 8 years later - one NZ woman still dies every 26 days at the hand of a violent … Continue reading Sophie Elliott – how her death could just as easily have been your own – or your daughter’s

Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem?

Many of you will have seen this "un-Photoshopped/untouched" image of Cindy Crawford that's been making it's way around the internet lately.  Whilst I applaud Cindy for this, let's not forget she is a supermodel who has made exorbitant amounts of money from her face and body FOR YEARS, so even without retouching, her "look" is … Continue reading Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem?

Updated taking stock tag

Hello bloggy-verse!  So I haven't done a "taking stock tag" for a while now - in fact the last one was here - and I do so enjoy them, so here goes - please enjoying reading along to see what's happening in Mumpty's little world! Making: 9 page weekly newsletters for my daughter's netball team.  She … Continue reading Updated taking stock tag

A girl, an earthquake and how she survived it

When I first posted this back in February 2016 I was unprepared for the flood of comments, shares and views that would result from it.   People were obviously blown away by Monique's courageous and terrifying experience during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. This year Monique is getting married and she is also competing for the title … Continue reading A girl, an earthquake and how she survived it

C is for Christmas …

Here's Mumpty's little guide to Christmas ... in spelling format because I'm a geek like that. C is for consumerism (as in rampant!) ... when you read that bit you would be forgiven for thinking this is going to be an anti-Christmas post, but believe me - it's not - I LOVE Christmas!  I get that it … Continue reading C is for Christmas …

When Mumpty went to WOW …

For the uninitiated, WOW stands for the World of WearableArt which, at its heart, is an international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world.  But it is SO much more than that; it's essentially a visually spectacular couple of hours of fashion, frivolity, dance and all-out entertainment, and what could be better … Continue reading When Mumpty went to WOW …