Meet New Zealand mom Louise living in Queenstown

Hi, I’m Lou and I live in the most beautiful place on earth! .. seriously! … We moved from Auckland New Zealand to Queenstown New Zealand about 10 months ago and have never looked back. Aside from wrangling 3 divine little munchkins… I am also a devoted wife, daughter sister and friend. When I’m not playing mummy (or more usually while I am playing mummy) I work from my kitchen bench on a variety of awesome ventures. I am a passionate entrepreneur …. My more recent enterprises include Skout TradeSkout Blog my creative musings, the KPD self explanatory really! …. And my new baby (no I wasn’t allowed a 4th child ) … Trifle which is so totally awesome ! I wanted to offer consumers a new way to shop… and designers a new way to sell … a totally new business model favoring collaboration over competition in the marketplace….  Innovation meets design … Ah … bliss.Fair… an online resource portal for peeps in the Kids Product Industry.

House

LIVING
What kind of house do you live in, are you and the kids happy here or is there anything you all terribly miss …? Right now we are renting a place in Queenstown, having moved down here last year … the house we are in is huge.. with white concrete floors …. …terribly impractical with little ones I must say! ….  We still have a villa in Auckland …. (that will go on the market in Spring) …. The Villa is over 100 years old… has wooden polished floors and a white picket fence ….  All on one level…. Comfy, cosy, warm and inviting …Idealistic… a psychic once told me when I was 20 that I would live in a house with a white picket fence .. go figure ….
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GENERAL AND UPBRINGING
What's it like to raise a child in your town? Awesome ! … The kids spent their Sunday up at Coronet Peak Ski field … on the slopes learning how to ski …. I went to school ice skating with my daughter on Monday …  and my son starts cross country skiing at school in a few weeks  ..  my 3 year old witnessed me doing the Nevis Arc AJ Hackett Bungy Swing for my birthday the other week.. and loved it ! …. And they all watched granpa and mum do a skydive last weekend for granpas 65th birthday… they have it pretty good!!!! …  

Can you tell us a funny story, quote or remark one of your children recently made or happened? A while back I was dishing up dinner to our three children…. it had been a long day and I was in the mood to make it as easy and effortless as possible.

Our (then) 3 yr old daughter pushed her dinner around her plate looking rather disappointed… "that’s not dinner"… to which she was told, "yes it is darling… tonight, its easy dinner" … of course that was not the last of it…. (never is really is it?) …. "I don't like easy dinner" ….. (ok I will play your game) … "well what do you like?" …..

"HARD DINNER !"

Thinking this wee toddler conversation was well and truly gone and forgotten … I made the mistake of asking her tonight what she would like for dinner… hmmmmmm … lets see now….
"I want hard dinner" ! … bless her wee cotton socks ….
Beach
Can you mention some of your ‘how-to-raise-your-kid’ values? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Talk less, listen more, Hold them until they let go. We are a really tight knit family and love each others company… I think its so important to just hang out with your kids…. Share each others space and give of your time. We have a lot of fun together and spend a huge amount of time outdoors… kids need to get messy and enjoy being free to explore… I love it when we spend a day at the beach getting thoroughly messy .. then come home to rinse off and fall into bed full of happy memories!

CRAFT AND DIY PROJECTS
Any tips for keeping the house clean when crafting?
Ha ha ha – making a mess is half the fun of crafting ! .. Mess doesn’t bother me …. Its part of the creative process ! “ from chaos comes brilliance ! “

Are you a crafter or DIY person?
What do you do with all the projects your children made at home or in school? Ugh – I keep them all… I am so terrible at throwing anything away! …  I name and date everything …. Its so important to me to record their milestones …. My 3 yr old wrote his name for the first time at Kindy the other day when I was doing mother help …. I was SOOO proud …. So that will go in the draw along with the countless other memories …

Pavlova

PLAYING AND RELAXING
How do you like to celebrate birthdays and other special days in your house? Ooohhhhh .. .the Pavlova.. .when I was growing up my mum used to make a Pavlova every birthday ….. it was our thing … one year she didn’t make one and I remember being totally gob smacked and rather hurt ! … now our kids expect Pavlova for birthday celebrations … either the real thing (Nana’s ! …) or mums (ahem … store bought) …
 
My Mum’s Pav recipe (shhhhhsh – it’s a secret! ) …
You need:
4 lrg egg whites (room temperature)
1 C of white sugar
1 t vinegar
1 t vanilla essence
pinch of salt
6 dessertspoons cold water
3 dessertspoons cornflour

To Make :
Beat egg whites until peaks are formed
Add vinegar, vanilla, and salt
Gradually add water whilst still beating
Gradually add sugar – continuing beating
Add cornflour and beat for at least five minutes
Preheat oven to 125 oC
Place pavlova on a greased tray near bottom of oven
Cook thirty minutes, then turn oven off
Leave pavlova in oven until the oven and pavlova are cold (do not open the door or it will SINK!)
Decorate with whipped cream & berries

HOUSE PETS

Are their pets in your household and do they play an important role in your family? Our Crazy Brussels Griffin x Maltese Terrier follows me everywhere … even the loo! (TMI ? ) … we bought him PB (post babies) … I saw him in a pet store in Auckland and fell in love.. he was sooo little – we went home and my partner (now husband) finally caved in and said Ok we could go back and get him .. but he would be MY dog .. and I even had to apy on my credit card so he WAS my dog wholeheartedly … so when he made a mess or needed a walk etc it would be MY responsibility ! … ha ha ha – my how things have changed… he was in our wedding ! …. And one cold night about 8 years ago in Auckland hubby let him sleep on our bed –“cos he would be cold” .. hes been there ever since ….

Summer-jetty  TRAVELING

What kind of place do you like to go to on vacation with and or without the children? We live a short stroll from the lake … and a short drive from the mountains .. so we don’t need to go far for entertainment! .. a favourite in summer is heading down to the lake after dinner and jumping off the jetty … sooo much fun!

 
Tips for traveling with a plane or a long-time trip on the road with children? The car game ! …. You each pick a car colour, you count the number of times a car that colour goes past you …  and the person who gets to 10 first wins ! … we have banned white and silver cars .. .cos my 7 year old figured out they are the most prolific!

Louise's websites :: Skout :: Skout Trade :: Trade:: Skout Blog :: the KPD

…and recelntly opened online shop :: Trifle


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