picking up dog poop rant

tui haircut 2

OK, so there is a Facebook group for the community I live in, and this lady was ranting on about people not picking up their dog poop.

I got instantly guilty because I don’t ever bring a plastic bag with me to pick up the dog poop because I don’t think about it or see anyone around where I live with plastic bags, either. I realised the consequences of not picking it up, and, I will from now on.

BUT! Here is why I’m kind of angry – it’s just picking up a problem and moving it somewhere else so that you don’t even have to look at it or worry about it anymore, and make someone else worry about it. Out of sight out of mind.

I don’t think that’s fair either! It’s moving the ‘pollution’ to a land fill with plastic bags that don’t break down and do even more damage than the poo does. Poo breaks down you know!

So what I’m saying is, you angry people who don’t like it when people don’t pick up their poo – USE BIODEGRADABLE BAGS AND THEN FLUSH THE POO DOWN THE TOILET OK!!!!

It’s just stupid that they don’t see the connection with the plastic bags but with the poop. They are so blind to the other pollutions.

Stop eating meat too, because that’s not ‘responsible’ either or sustainable.

I could go on…

Exotic Aloewater/Cocowater review

aloe water

So I got sent some cocowater and aloe water from ‘Exotic Cocowater’ which are both natural. They both came in two kinds; pure cocowater and cocowater with mango, and aloe water with pineapple and pure aloe.

I should have known that because the cocowater is natural (just coconut water and vitamin C), it probably doesn’t have sugar in it to make it (sorry I’m going to say it) taste nice. I thought it would be different this time. Nope – tastes like malt biscuits. But, obviously there are many coconut fanatics – I, not one of them.

BUT – the aloe water is really nice. Does have some cane sugar in it. I don’t like the aloe gel in it so I just sieve it out. It tastes very nice with the pineapple and the one on it’s own is very nice too! My sister loves aloe so I’m sure she’d probably rave about this.

coco water mango

The packaging is so cute though and is in a glass bottle. Love them SO MUCH. And I love them even more for the fact that they are glass, making them more sustainable. (other companies, take note)


pure aloe

They’re all natural and the coconut/aloe is from Thailand. Both drinks have many benefits like potassium and natural electrolytes and helps to heal your body.

Buy them here 

Emotional Suppression Hurts

The world of feeling is unpredictable, confusing, and hard to control. That is the nature of feeling. . . . Some people are fortunate enough to grow up in families that teach that it is all right to experience feelings and tell the truth about them. Many families — perhaps most — teach their children strategies that become problems for us later.

Why are we punished and censored for being emotional or having a feeling? Is it not ok to be overwhelmed, angry, sad, agitated, scared? Why can’t people deal with these emotions, and why are we not allowed to have them?

We have been given emotions for a reason and I don’t understand why one is universally accepted. That is, happiness. Yes, of course, we all want everyone to be happy and merry! No body wants someone to be sad (most of the time) and it’s definitely NOT ok to be abusive in any way, but it is ok to have emotions and cry.

Emotions are not bad behaviour and we can’t just ‘turn off’ an emotion. Sorry if you don’t like it, but that is too bad. I had just finished a report that took a lot of hard work and time – and my teacher thought I was doing a level 2 standard instead of level 3, and are both completely different topics – and I was told of this AFTER finishing it. It’s obvious that anyone would get worried about this, having spent lots of time on it and then maybe it was all for nothing. I got worried and worked up over it, and ultimately, punished for being that way.

Why? and why, when babies cry, do you hush and shush them? They’re noisy? Why not comfort and support the small child and then sort out the problem of why the baby is feeling this way, instead of suppressing their feelings and making them feel even worse for feeling that way? Why should I be blamed for feeling like that? I was berated for feeling emotion. It’s like i’m hard to deal with or something?

It is called empathy blocking – parent use them to save children from emotional pain but it really doesn’t help being berated. We just want to be heard, we don’t want you to change the way we feel, because it listening, it WILL change the way we feel. Maybe it was automatic and this person didn’t realise it, but it hurts being told to stop an emotion. Here are some examples:

Downplaying Oh, don’t cry. I’m sure it’s not that bad! It’s not the end of the world.
Denial There is nothing wrong; nothing for you to be upset about. Everything is OK.
Reasoning Don’t cry. Can’t you see that the other child didn’t mean to hurt you?
The positive spin Look on the bright side. Can’t you see, this probably happened for a good reason?
Cheering up Don’t worry. Here, let me tell you something funny I heard the other day. Here, have an ice cream. That’ll cheer you up.
Advising/giving options Why don’t you try doing this, or that? I think you should just ignore that so-and-so.
The expectation You should have known better. Get over it. Don’t let it get to you.
Put down Don’t be silly. Don’t be ridiculous.
Diagnosing/labeling You are being over-sensitive.
Distracting/diverting Hey, have a look at the pretty puppet.
Stealing the thunder Now you know how I felt when the same thing happened to me.

I get it – getting angry and crying does not solve anything, but how can you help that from happening? It just happens. When people tell me suppress any emotion, it does not leave, it stays within me. It just sinks deeper until it bursts. I have become so suppressed that I seem to burst at a lot of times and get worked up. Suppressing just interferes with the design of a human and how we are supposed to function.

Yet while emotional suppression may sometimes serve a useful purpose, inhibiting the free flow of emotional energies over the course of a lifetime causes serious damage to our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Again, I’ll say that getting angry for no particular reason and abusing someone is not right. But being angry because of how something has affected you, say, someone has said something mean, it’s a natural response to be angry/sad, just as it’s natural to be happy when someone pays you a compliment.

Hey, maybe I am overreacting, but I’m just saying – we have emotions for a reason, don’t we? So why should that be shunned?

Twenty Seven Names selling cute sweaters, raising money for Unicef (Syrian Crisis)

twenty seven names

I love a good cause – Twenty Seven Names fashion label are selling these cute cat sweaters online and in store this week for Unicef!

100% of the retail price will go to unicef to help provide life-saving supplies such as clean water, medicine and psychological support to the children living through the syrian crisis.

It’s really great that New Zealand is helping others, as we are privileged to be living in this relatively safe country. Please click here to purchase a sweater – they’re so cute, why not?

Webjet App Review

webjet app

Webjets mobile app is great – you can easily navigate your way through the app and look up Hotels, Flights and even Care Hire.

I’m hoping to go to Wellington after exams, so I had a little look at the cost for flights and a two night stay in a hotel somewhere in the central city – which, at first, was confusing – I had tried to search for a specific hotel name in the place you typed in your destination (which would come up with a list of hotels in that area) so it wasn’t coming up with anything… I eventually got what I had done wrong. Put in how many days you’d like to stay, how many people with you, how many rooms, and it will calculate the price and everything else for you – it’s pretty easy and straight-forward. Not the most appealing app, but it does the job.

Would definitely recommend the app if you don’t have a computer handy and your on the go and need to figure out your accommodation and flights in a hurry. Will be using this app when the time comes to go on my little adventure!

Download the app from Apple here or the Android app here for free!

weariness and boredom takes me on an expedition

Photo on 29-08-15 at 3.25 pm #2

Three o clock: What do I do now? Dad snoring on the couch, head back. Gloomy day. There’s so much more time and I’m bored. So I decide to take pictures. It’s somewhat soothing and I like that any picture can come out relatively good and capture what my surroundings are. Being creative is what I do best.

boredom 1

dogs are so curious.

boredom chicken

so are chickens.

boredom eggs

the things they leave behind

boredom lemons

boredom self

I like reflections; you can have a picture that shows two sides. Like a story, there are always two sides. This is my reflection and the background and a picture of a room

boredom egg carton

I really, really like this picture for some reason. Maybe the patterns and the colour.

boredom sky

boredom woodpile

the anatomy of a woodpile

boredom light

I love the light that seeps through our front door

boredom door


boredom vase

Tracey Chapmans Fast Car, Forever A Hit

Tracey Chapman’s Fast Car is such a classic. Released in 1988, before I was even born, it still has an affect on everyone. It has this atmosphere to it that makes you feel like staring out the window or closing your eyes intensely and tapping your foot and swaying your head and singing loudly ‘Had a feeling I could be someone, be someone’ or the ‘leave tonight or LIVE AND DIE THIS WAY’ – that lyric always hits me hard. LEAVE TONIGHT OR LIVE AND DIE THIS WAY, work hard or LIVE AND DIE THIS WAY.