Orange Pit Paste

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What do these things have in common? Well they are the ingredients for our orange deodorant. This afternoon I got busy in the kitchen and mixed up 3 batches for family and ourselves.

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The first batch I made last year was peppermint and orange. Today’s is orange – I wish you could smell how delicious it smells :-)

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Orange Pit Paste 
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup arrowroot
2 Tbsp baking soda
15 drops of orange essential oils

To combine the ingredients, place in a small bowl and mix with a spatula until creamy. No need to melt coconut oil, as you work it will soften. My friend Sandy saved up her baby food jars at my request and they are perfect for storing the deodorant.

Thanks Sandy :-)

A gift unlike any other…

Summer holidays and Christmas go hand in hand down here at the bottom of the world. No chilly seasonal weather calling for mulled wine or gingerbread lattes. Instead we share cards of beach scenes and Santa in shorts, camping holidays in the sun and longgggggg family road trips. Being on holiday with my boys is something I have being looking forward to for months but the inevitable toilet dashes not so much.

The biggest struggle I face each day is managing my bowels so that we can get out of the house. Being  out of the house despite my bowels is a HUGE deal for me. I shop at a supermarket which has an easily accessible bathroom, I avoid the others in town that lock the toilet or don’t have one for customers. The boys and I require another adult to come with us on walks in the park (that too is the one with a public loo) just in case I need to dash off. I prefer to drive myself and boys instead of car pooling as we often need to detour to a toilet along the way. You can see that leaving the house is a BIG deal. So how does such a person plan and cope with going on a 10 day road trip?

A girl’s Christmas wish list might include an appliance with an apple on the front, books, clothes, jewellery, shoes, perfume, or a trip to a favourite place.  My list, if I had one, would include a few of those to be sure.  I got a P O R T A L O O.  I have the best husband.  The bestest.  His thoughtfulness and care over my toilet needs (and sanity levels) helped to make it doable.    And here is the good part.  I didn’t need my unique gift at all, not once.  This is one of those occasions when I want to shout from my roof top to tell the world I didn’t have one toilet induced panic session in TEN DAYS.  I can recall many days in which getting through one day alone without a mad dash to the loo was reason for celebration. Ten whole days and more than 1 000 kilometres in the car with a portaloo in the caravan just in case and … just in case never occurred.

I put it all down to a couple of changes I have made.  Back in July I started a mineral supplement of sea vegetables in aloe vera and later on in the year I added kombucha to my diet.  These two drinks, along with improved eating, are improving my quality of life.  I feel like my very own guinea pig – and I am liking it.  I am liking the improvements I feel and know this is only the beginning as there is so much more for me to learn about my body, this disease, a healthy diet and lifestyle.  I am on my way.

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Portaloo – best present for a Crohnie EVER.

Christmas in the sun

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We have been on holiday in this wee 3-berth caravan for 10 wonderful days.  We paddled in the ocean, repeatedly doused ourselves and boys in insect repellent, ate the salmon Minu caught with his Appa, hunted for starfish, paddled in a jellyfish invested bay and spent many many hours listening to Winnie the Pooh as we drove.  Christmas was spent with family and friends of the family, us in the caravan and the Mr Whippy van parked just metres away.  Some of us exercised self control… some of us didn’t ;)

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Our first stop was Rangiora – we hired the caravan from Alms Caravans based there.  Minu and Aunty Ernie got in a spot of evening exercise otherwise known as operation tire out the toddler.

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A trip to Orana Wildlife.  The best moment was finally spotting a kiwi!

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Can you spot the seals?  Kaikoura – Stop #2

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Stop #3 – Little Kaiteriteri beach provided impressive toddler squeals when this little jellyfish made an appearance along with 20 or so of his buddies.  Eek!

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A trip down memory lane.  When I saw a Traffic Light juice on the menu I just had to get it for Minu.

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What summer holiday doesn’t involve fresh fruit ice creams with cherries on top?

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I found the time for a little ebook reading

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Kaiteriteri rock pools provided hours of fun.

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Appa and Minu decided salmon fishing might be fun.  Minu caught the first one much to our surprise.

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Stop #4 and final destination was Blenheim.  We stayed at Mr Whippie’s house.  Yep we did.  No kidding.  Yum.

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Cloudy Bay Winery is a must visit in Blenheim.  Not only for the famous wine but the awesome tree seats.  I so want one.

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Minu wants one too.

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Christmas Eve involved picking our berries for the next day.

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A little bit over it.

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Time for a BBQ of course.

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Our last holiday meal out involved noodles and rice.  Happy Appa and Happy Minu.

Travelling with a toddler and a baby is exciting and challenging all in the same 60 seconds.  It has been a long year with pregnancy, labour and a bowel operation.  I have been looking forward and if I am honest at times hung on to our summertime travel plans these past months.  Home now I can reflect on the beauty of this land and I appreciate having had the opportunity to see more of this beautiful land. I hope my boys learn to love their land as they grow and explore in the years to come.

Home again and it is back to the DIY – Kitchen is nearly complete :)

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 Happy days in the sun.