Monday, September 30, 2013

Meet The Sisterhood: Simone

The Sisterhood is made up of so many beautiful women, many of whom have been with us since the very beginning. I wanted to introduce them to you as they mostly stay under the radar and behind the scenes but they are so very important to me!

I've asked them all a few questions, and they replied! I hope you enjoy getting to know a few more Sisters! (I'll be posting these interviews each week. Make sure you leave a comment and some love for them!)

Introducing Simone!



Eee, its such a pleasure to introduce Simone! I've had a blog crush on her long before she even knew my name, so when she found out about The Sisterhood early on and sent a huuuuge box of goodies my way I almost fell over and died! I've had the honour of meeting her in person this year and she's just as lovely and fabulous as I thought she would be! Infact, I wish we lived closer so we could do coffee more often. More recently she's redesigned our new look (likey?!) and continues to be one of our loudest and proudest Sisterhood members!  


How did you first hear about The Sisterhood

Through Sophie's most excellent blog (which happens to be one of my faves)

What initially made you get involved? How did you get involved?



I was moved and inspired by the whole concept - how could I NOT want to be involved? This type of thing (Love bombs, Ninja Cookie drops, blessing strangers, making women feel loved and treasured) is what really rings my bell! I get excited about the idea that someone is going to be blessed from "Sisters they have never met". How I got involved was sending Sophie some bits and pieces for the Love Bombs, joining in the Ninja Cookie Drop (with my kids being the Ninjas - totally fun) and now redesigning the Logo for Sophie.

How did that make you feel?


Well, it's always a buzz to bless another person. I got my kids involved in the Cookie Drop because I want to show them how good it feels to give, not just receive. I sat on the facebook page, refreshing the new posts and watching the comments roll in from people who'd tracked down the Sisterhood after receiving their cookies. The best part was recognising a name from my own Cookie Drops, and reading how it had blown her away. Awesome.



What is your favourite part of The Sisterhood?

Oh, the Love Bombs. I just LOVE the idea of completely bombing someone who is going through a hard time with love. Letting them know they are not alone, that perfect strangers - unmet SISTERS - care and have taken the time to show them they are not forgotten.

What would you like to see us do in the future?
More Love Bombs. Just keep em coming. They're amazing.

If you want to make friends with Simone, you can find her here:

twitter handle: @greatfun4kids

Want to meet more?
Angela's Interview
Hazel's Interview

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sisterhood Greeting Cards



You can now buy your very own Sisterhood greeting cards! Woohoo!

Keep and frame them, or give them as a lovely encouraging gift to someone and support the Sisterhood at the same time!

$4.50 each, or any 2 for $8
Each comes blank inside with a little Sisterhood message on the back, enclosed in a plastic sleeve with an envelope.

Proceeds from the cards go towards basic running costs of The Sisterhood... stamps, postage, ribbons, gift wrap - all those exciting sorts of things! 

THANKYOU to Copy Quality for supporting The Sisterhood and printing such lovely cards for us!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Katie Updatie - Month 3


Gone are the little newborn baby days, you're a big girl now (but not really), filling out well with perfect rolls on your legs, kissable cheeks and a big puku! 


Katie, you are such a delight! The sweetest baby I have ever met. You smile so often, and talk so much. You just love to have eye contact with people. When you don't, you'll sit quietly and wait, or you'll make a lot of demands to get our attention and when you have it you light up the room with your grin.

This last month you've rolled over once from your tummy to your back and have started to push through a bottom tooth. I can feel it there waiting to come through, its causing lots of dribble but not much else.

You are still sleeping in your basinet in our room but we're making plans to try and see how sharing a room with your sister will go. You sleep quite well through the night, so I am hopeful! 



Camilla loves to talk to you, she gets right in your face and grins and does a "goooaaaheeheeeheeaaaa" noise. I guess she's copying what I do to you! She also says "Hiii Kaaaatie. Boats. Yup. NO. gooooaaahehe Tatie". To that you light up, its adorable watching the two of you build a relationship that will last the rest of your lives. By the way, we've been watching the Americas Cup for the last week every morning, hence the "boats". Everything is about boats around here! 

Your Daddy loves to come home from work, he picks you up or sits next to your bouncer straight away and talks to you about your day.

He loves you, we love you... You are so loved and are a huge joy in our lives.
Thank you baby girl. Be strong! 




READ MORE:
Dear Baby, Month 1
Dear Baby, Month 2

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sisterhood Blessing Families

Nearly 2 weeks ago I put out a call on The Sisterhood Facebook page and told you about two special families who could do with some supporting.

The first was a family who lost their 28 year old Mama to cancer that week. She left behind a husband and three little kiddos. This situation doesn't even bear to think about too much. As a young mum, I cannot even imagine my family in that situation. I felt that it was important that we could do what we can for them, hoping that if that was us, others would do the same.

I'm praying for this family every day, hoping God will fill them with strength and peace and He would carry them through.

With your donations we were able to send this family an $800 grocery voucher. It might not go far with a family of four, but it might relieve some pressure for a few weeks. 


The second family's home burnt down, we were told about them the day after the fact, and all they had were the clothes on their back.

In times like that I would be grateful for community. Well, that's what The Sisterhood is. We're a community, and you were more than pleased to be able to support them.

We sent them $400 Warehouse vouchers and $400 Briscoes vouchers, as suggested by the person who nominated them.


Altogether you raised $1670 in one week for these families. The $70 came in after I had already bought and sent the vouchers so it will remain in the bank.

Thank you so much for your continued love and support, Sisterhood. Its a pleasure to serve you. Next, we'll be doing the Ninja Bake which I will be focussed on for the next month.


READ MORE:
One more day to sign up for the national Ninja Bake weekend! 
Join The Sisterhood email list - get all the important links in one monthly email


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Millas Bed Time Book




My good friend Amanda is a kid-idea genius. A few weeks ago I lamented to her that Milla just wasn't staying in her bed at night (just for the initial "getting to sleep" part), she suggested I make a little book to spell out her bedtime routine since she seemed to respond so well to her baby books in the lead up to Katie's arrival.

I made mine using Picmonkey, a free online site that you can edit photos on. Although Amanda assures me a simple word document would have been sufficient. 

It was lots of fun being a children's author for an afternoon (even if I did a shoddy rushed job on the editing), Milla loves her bedtime book and she recites it now. At night she stands at the door and says "Dinner, oven, YUP, Dad home?" super cute.

We're still working on the staying in bed thing, some nights she's perfect, other nights it all one big game.




Do you have any tips to help me keep my 2 year old in her bed when we say good night?

I'm thinking of doing a Picmonkey Tutorial to make one of these books, keen?

Leave a comment and let me know! 

**EDIT** Since writing this post and scheduling it last week we've cut out her day time naps. That seems to be doing the trick, she's usually begging for bed by 6pm now! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Meet The Sisterhood - Miriam


The Sisterhood is made up of so many beautiful women, many of whom have been with us since the very beginning. I wanted to introduce them to you as they mostly stay under the radar and behind the scenes but they are so very important to me!

I've asked them all a few questions, and they replied! I hope you enjoy getting to know a few more Sisters! (I'll be posting these interviews each week. Make sure you leave a comment and some love for them!)

Introducing Miriam!


Miriam. Miriam, Miriam. I have had many late night conversations of Sisterhood musings with Miriam. She is constantly encouraging me, spurring me on to good deeds, and well... Just being like Jesus, really. Except female. And she's an incredible baker. When my daughter turned one, she turned up at my house with a birthday cake FOR ME to celebrate MY first year of mother hood. Ahh, awesome much!? She also blogs at Create Hope Inspire , and you can read her posts on last years Ninja Bake weekend and Kindness Day




How did you first hear about The SisterhoodFrom Sophie's blog. :o)

What initially made you get involved? How did you get involved?I wanted to be involved because I really believe in the ethos of the sisterhood. It puts into action something I believe very strongly -'Kindness is powerful, we are powerful when we are kind'. I like that is was simple to be involved - you gave what you could and others gave what they could and together the whole was big. I initially got involved by giving small things.


How did that make you feel?

It made me feel excited to be part of something big and lovely and secret

What is your favourite part of The Sisterhood?
The fact that it helps us to do what many of us want to do anyway - it gives us reasons to be kind, thoughtful, generous and selfless. All qualities that enrich us and others. I also love the sense of extended community. While I am (failing to) deliver baking secretly somewhere else in NZ someone else is doing the same. It is a shared excitement and the conversation that comes out of that, that I find the 'fun' side of the sisterhood. Stealth is fun (except I may need some further training in this!)\


What would you like to see us do in the future?
I loved the great cookie drop and the kindness day heaps. Maybe a specific kindness with photo action could be fun - e.g let's see how many people can leave a chocolate bar for someone to discover somewhere, in one day.....or how many encouraging texts can we collectively send in an hour, day, week...
anything really - it's all good!

If you want to make friends with Miriam, you can find her here:
blog - http://createhopeinspire.blogspot.com
email - makeitgiveit@gmail.com


Want to meet more?
Angela's Interview
Hazel's Interview
Gina's Interview
Deb's Interview
Treena's Interview




Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Best Post Ever

So my phone is dead (hopefully fixable), my laptop is dead (new charger coming in the post as we speak) and I'm on this stupid tablet that I look like a 60year old discovering the internet for the first time when I use it.

First world problems, I know, shoot me.

I just struggled through writing you a brilliant post about all these brilliant things I've been learning while I've been weaned off the internet and social media.

It was brilliant, trust me. It could have gone viral.

But then I pushed some button and everything shut down and my brain shut down and its just all too hard.

I hope I can be back in this space soon, because I miss you all, and the less I spend saying dribble on social media the more I want to blog and conversate and just BE REAL.

Because life isn't real in those places. But hopefully to some degree it can be here.

So anyway.

Some stuff I've learnt (but this isn't the viral post version. This is the quick, what did I say? version)::

  •  I really like people
  • I really like making things
  • I'm getting better at sewing the more I do it
  • I'm a worry wort
  • I'm addicted to being busy, I think I seriously have a committment problem. I go from one thing to the next feeling overwhelmed, but bring it on my self completely.
  • My family are pretty cool. My brothers having a baby and my sisters getting married. It's all very exciting. 
  • I asked you ages ago about making Sisterhood cards as a fundraiser. Most of you on FB said it wasn't the best idea I've ever had. But I did it anyway. HA. More on that soon.
  • I'm so so tired. Not just from lack of sleep, because I'm sleeping okay most of the time. More just from life. That might relate to point 4 & 5, not sure.
  • I'm making an effort to pray for people when I say I'll pray for them. I feel stupid admitting that, but I bet you do that too. I bet its a big secret we're all carrying "oh yeah, I forgot to pray for that thing I said I would pray for". Instead, I'm dropping everything I'm doing to connect to the Big Guy for you. And you know what, doing that might just change the whole world. (If you want some prayer sent up on your behalf, just leave a comment or flick me an email. I dont need all the details, just need to know you want some :) )
  • I'm feeling very thankful and grateful, overall.
Things I want to show you:
  • Ninja Bake stuff
  • Sisterhood cards
  • All the things I've been sewing lately
  • Katie. She's growin' y'all. Right before our very eyes. 3 months old already.
  • Other stuff.
Peace and love to you all.

Love, Sophie xxx


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mini Collectables


This is one happy girl, collecting and playing with the New World minis; Quite possibly the cleverest marketing campaign I have ever seen.

We are all smitten with them and have had many generous NW shoppers donate theirs to our cause (feel free to send us yours!!)

We've also got the cash register and I made her a little reusable shopping bag to put our purchases in.

It's love, I tell you.




(stopping to put some deodorant under the arms)



(breakfast)


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Around The Table - Memories 5 Months On



Can you believe that this post has been weighing on my mind for the last 5 months?

I've wanted to tell you about Around The Table for so long. It took so long for my brain to comprehend it, but it was too big to pass by without a mention on my blog, sealed in the internets history forever.

Around The Table was a national bloggers weekend we hosted earlier in the 2013 year. The first of its kind here in Christchurch, New Zealand. I think overall what made it such a success is its intended audience were polled months before on what they would like out of it. We tried to meet almost all of the needs and wants, designing the weekend for the attendees. I've only heard good feedback, and I will eternally applaud Treena, Juliet and Miriam for all of their hard work putting everything together.

I've pondered for the last 5 months how I could possibly write a post about all that happened. I thought instead of doing a play by play, I would list some of my favourite memories, the ones that have stuck with me for the last 5 months (through baby and milk brains no less!!) and memories that I often call apon randomly throughout a regular ol' day.

I really did have such a great weekend. It's definitely 'up there' with my top life time memories so far.

It's also probably worth mentioning that I had 2 ear infections through the course of this weekend and was on a constant stream of antibiotics, ear drops and panadol. I was hard of hearing and conversations were difficult. But here's what I took away::

(stoked that I was able to scrounge many photos from the internet to match a lot of my memories!! I've credited the ones I have pinched, the rest are from my Instagram feed)
  • The many meetings before hand. Sampling Miriams baking, the cups of lollies, the ideas, the creativity, and the admin genius' that could turn those ideas and schemes into a reality.

  • Filling goodie bags into the wee small hours with Amy. Tired, so tired. Sore ear. Wondering how I'm going to survive the weekend.

  • Meeting Ange and Pickle at my security gate when she came to stay for the weekend. An instant new friend.
  • Meeting Sammy and Stella outside Craft Love Festival. Asking Sammy if she was a blogger and getting terribly embarrassed finding out she was my swap partner and someone I had been blog stalking for the last 2 months!
  • All of the people at CLF - the excited buzz, the bright lights, the handiworks surrounding us.
  • Paisely Jades deep voice. Just cant get over that. I thought she'd be a high pitched lady. She's not.
  • Being sprung by Cat with a beautiful handmade blanket for my womb-baby at the gathering at Miriams on Friday night. For me? No kidding. I felt like the luckiest lady alive.

  • Talking in Miriam's kitchen with Rachel. Making new friends. 
  • The fresh air walking to my car after Miriam's. The kind of air that gets up your nose and makes you feel alive.
  • Waking up on Saturday morning before everyone in the house and sprinting up the stairs to the top of our building in my PJs to take a photo of the sunrise. The air was so fresh, I felt so alive and excited for the day. I couldn't believe I got to be ME in that moment. It all just felt too perfect. I instagrammed it and bloggers all over the city liked my photo in the early hours. It felt exciting to know where were all awake and anticipating the day.

  • Driving to the morning seminars, my car loaded up with 70 gift bags and 40 spot prizes, all rustling from the bumps in the road. I loved my job of arranging gifts for you all. 
  • Unloading my car and having (at the time) strangers helping me and knowing I was about to make friends with them all.
  • People coming up to me and introducing themselves. The highest honour.

  • Handing out prizes with Miriam. If I could do that for the rest of my life I would. 

  • Running the Blog Advertising "Making it work" seminar with Simone and Stella, two of the bestest loveliest ladies I have ever met. Months of emails back and forward led to that moment and it was all worth it.
  • Garland playing at Stellas feet while she talked about magazine work. She's such a creative and driven soul
  • The way Simone held her cup and brushed her hair back as she talked. That lady has class.
  • Driving to The Make Cafe - Stopping off for a bread roll on the way.
  • Meeting lots of lovely ladies around a cafe table.
  • Leonie telling me she would love to "pick my brain sometime" "well how about now?" I ask. We sit down for the better part of an hour and get to know each other.
  • Stella, in between the fabrics and washi tape at The Make Cafe, talking blogs, life and each other. I'm a big fan, admiring her drive for success and goal making ability. We had a lot to chat about.
  • Home time to get freshened up, see my little girl and handsome hubby and touch base with Ange again. She stayed with us but I feel like I hardly saw her all weekend.
  • Winnie Bagoes. Nervous. I pushed for that venue in our planning meetings, I assured them it would be perfect. Now crossing my fingers and toes that it is. 
  • Park in a gravel car park of demolished buildings. Fairly Christchurch-Typical I smile to myself.
  • The people. So many people. Overwhelmed feelings and those of saddness, knowing I wouldn't get to meet everybody.
  • Standing in the rays of the sunset with Talia and Leonie, Kristy takes a photo and IGs it.
  • Handing out more prizes. So many prizes! 
  • Getting to thank Treena, Miriam and Juliet officially.
  • The end of the night. Home and happy. Ready to rest my sore head (the ear infection, remember?)
  • Up early with Ange to C1. We drive together, finally some time alone. 
  • Everyones there taking photos. Helllllooooo, we're here too :) We make our way in, to be greeted and welcomed. Ah, acceptance, its a beautiful thing. 
  • I order eggs bene, even though I'm pregnant. It's been a long weekend okay, gimme a break. 
  • I sit with Ange and Pickle, he feeds and we talk. People stop by our table and talk. I especially loved Meghans visit. What a friendly spirit she has.

  • The roof top. It was lovely up there, but I can't say I enjoyed the climb up those spiral stairs. I get the opportunity to talk about Christchurch to out of towners. A great love for my city over takes me.
  • Sitting outside with Jess and Talia. The bloggy preggos. Looking right into the sun for a photo.

  • We leave for a walk around the city. Ange has to leave early, we part ways and I carry on. I find opportunities to talk with each lady on the journey. 
  • The big stones we walked across with mixed debri between them.
  • All the questions. So many questions about our city. Again, a great love for it grows.

  • Dancing on the Dance O Mat. Pregnant, ear infection and all. 
  • My water bottle from the cafe. I don't know why it thrilled me so much, but the H2go bottle looked like it had been yarn bombed. I was tickled pink... a little too much.
  • Talking with Stella again. The rattle of Garland in the stroller as we walked and talked, Stella occasionally stopping for photos. Me thinking I just see a building, but knowing with her skill it will look beautiful captured in a frame.
  • The good byes. Too many good byes.
  • Being handed a hot and hungry toddler to keep for the afternoon. I took her to Miriam's to hang out with the left over bloggers who needed an air port drop off. She didn't share, and was dirty, and I was ill prepared for parenting, when I was having so much fun.
  • Driving the girls to the airport. Lots of laughs, getting a tiny bit confused, and feeling generally exhausted and sad.
  • The emails between the team over the following days. The final lose ends to tie, the virtual pats on the back.


What a fantastic weekend in my life. Seriously. If I think about it too much, like I have while writing this post, I get a pit feeling in my stomach that feels all empty and I start to miss you all. I really do wish you all lived in Christchurch and we could see each other every week. I loved meeting every single one of you. If we talked, or smiled, or became friends; thank you (even those who weren't mentioned here (remember, 5 months on with preggo and milk brain, sorry if you weren't mentioned).

You made it as good as it was and all completely worth it.

*happy and sad sigh*

Thank you. 

xxx

If you would like to read what other people had to say about Around The Table, you can visit the linky party

Monday, September 16, 2013

Meet The Sisterhood - Treena-Marie

The Sisterhood is made up of so many beautiful women, many of whom have been with us since the very beginning. I wanted to introduce them to you as they mostly stay under the radar and behind the scenes but they are so very important to me!

I've asked them all a few questions, and they replied! I hope you enjoy getting to know a few more Sisters! (I'll be posting these interviews each week. Make sure you leave a comment and some love for them!)

Introducing Treena-Marie!




This is Treena-Marie, but I just call her Treena (not sure how she feels about that!??). Treena is one individual who seems dedicated to keeping The Sisterhood in a ready supply of chocolate! She's always coming over to my house with bags of chocolate, I get all excited thinking it's for me, but no, it's all for you! Isn't that awesome? Treena has a hubby and two young boys who have just started primary school. She's a sewer extraordinaire and made Katies quilt you've probably seen in photos around here! She's also the chattiest person you'll ever meet. Anyone can be friends with Treena because she's one of the friendliest people you could meet!


How did you first hear about The Sisterhood

Following The sisterhood on Facebook and Sophie Slim- blog posts

What initially made you get involved? How did you get involved?

After seeing posts about love bombs and the need for women and the love that was being spread- I wanted to be a part of this. Asking "what can I contribute" And one thing for me was to send chocolate, small items that could be used in the love bombs and recently being a part of the ninja baking and packing up love bombs to go out to others.

How did that make you feel?

Proud to be a part of something bigger than me and of course share the love.

What is your favourite part of The Sisterhood?
One of the first love bombs that had the most personal impact was nominating a good friend. This was the Birthday Love bomb http://www.sophieslim.co.nz/2012/07/birthday-lovebomb.html. Seeing how something so simple as a package arrive just for her- it touched me and of course made her cry to feel so loved by others. Its awesome to see her be a part of the sisterhood and having her friends be aware of the sisterhood and wanting to be a part is amazing!

What would you like to see us do in the future?
Oh this one is harder- I suppose dreaming big is hard. I now know doing something for someone else is big even if you might think its small. Love is so powerful!

If you want to make friends with Treena-Marie, you can find her here:

Friday, September 13, 2013

For The Joy Of Mail with Free Printable



Welcome to the very first Sisterhood Spotlight!
I've been wanting to do something like this for a while but have only just figured out what that "something" actually was!

Now you can except a monthly blog post about The Sisterhood, it'll (hopefully) be inspiring, share a story or two, and give you a little take home homework (the good kind!).

I hope The Sisterhood Spotlight is a place where you can be encouraged and spurred on! Please feel free to leave comments, interact with one another or email me with anything you would like to discuss :)

For The Joy of Mail

As the receiver of all your goodness here at HQ I receive a LOT of mail. I'm kind of completely lucky for that, I love opening mail, who doesn't!? Thankfully I have a steady stream of it to open but it always excites me even more when someone mails ME something personal. Actually, it really makes my day! I'm sure it would make yours too?


The most recent mail I received contained some fabric from a blog reader who read a little comment on one of my posts about some cushions I planned on making for Millas room. She had the fabric, and she took the time to go to the post shop and send them anonymously my way! I was so thrilled!!! 

Fabric or not, it was a completely lovely gesture that she would take the time out of her day to send me something that was of no pressing importance except to say "I was thinking of you!"

For the love of mail, and for the love of people in our lives, I've designed this cute little letter head that you can print out for free (if you have a printer) and mail it away to someone! 

It's such a simple gesture that really takes such little time but seems like a big effort. Lets just buy that 70c stamp okay? Lets do it. This month! 

Can you think of someone you would love to send some snail mail to? You might just turn their day upside down and flip it the right way up!




You can find these printables in a Google Doc - just click on:: 

This link for the Hello printable and this link for Lots Of Love end page printable


Print them off at a 100% scale. They should fill up a whole A4 page and walla! Your own cute Sisterhood Stationary!

Let me know if you do end up doing this! I've printed mine off and am about to start writing! Exciting!

Enjoy!

Love, Soph xx







Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sisterhood CTV Interview

There's been a lot of Sisterhood news around these parts lately (not sorry at all), and here's another piece of news (haa haa).

A few weeks ago 2 broadcasting school students were allowed into HQ to film me talking about The Sisterhood for a Canterbury Television news slot on "local heroes".

I'm a little embarrassed by this, but of course I said yes! I will not pass up any opportunity handed to me on a silver platter to talk about The Sisterhood.

I reiterated over and over again that I wanted YOU ladies to be the heroes and I feel like I spent that whole hour talking about how amazing you all are, so I'm a little sad that it's more about the Love Bombs than anything. I thought it could be something I would use to thank you with, something YOU could be proud of and show off. But alas, the media is a fickle thing, editing how they like (not that its bad, not at all, just not quite what I had hoped for!)

So I hope you can still be proud, knowing that you have caused The Sisterhood to be where we are today! Thank you for being part of this radical LOVE movement. Also, thank you Lisette for hearing about us and loving us and creating a story to share with the world!! All the best with your broadcasting career

Enjoy!

(our's is the very last story so fast forward if you can (its not letting me), otherwise, enjoy Metro News!)

 

Love,
Sophie

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

August's Month


Happy Spring!! 


It's September now and I'm well overdue to post the August round up! Oops! 

My favourite post was Katie's Birth Story - 9 months in the making and two months to write it, I still feel goosey when I think about that night. 

I also did a few random update posts, like this Random Thoughts On A Thursday post and Just Stay That Little where I mused over Milla turning two.


Oh, and I made Milla the cutest coat ever, it actually matches this months advertising theme: Spring green! 

I started a new Meet The Sisterhood series to introduce you to some fabulous people, they're quality so make sure you make friends with them! First we met Hazel and then Angela. 

I modelled three times - one time was from when I was a 3 year old model for Postie (hehe) and the other was a recent Ezibuy review and then a breastmates / feeding review.

Phew, what a big month! Thank you so much for continuing to read Sophie Slim and supporting everything that I do!

This month I've rounded up some Spring inspired pieces from all of my sponsors, I hope you'll support them as local businesses! Head over and cart some things for your Christmas shopping!! 




If you'd like to know more about advertising on Sophie Slim you can visit my Advertising Page or email me for a more detailed media kit. (sophieslim AT moo2.co.nz)

Thanks for being here!

Love,
Sophie xxx

Monday, September 9, 2013

Meet The Sisterhood: Deb


The Sisterhood is made up of so many beautiful women, many of whom have been with us since the very beginning. I wanted to introduce them to you as they mostly stay under the radar and behind the scenes but they are so very important to me!

I've asked them all a few questions, and they replied! I hope you enjoy getting to know a few more Sisters! (I'll be posting these interviews each week. Make sure you leave a comment and some love for them!)

Introducing Deb!




Deb is quite possibly one of my favourite human beings. Probably because she does lots of "being. She's always got her hands busy, furthering her mind and bettering her family, she's also incredibly honest and wise. You can find all of this on her blog, deb-robertson.blogspot.co.nz. Deb has been so generous to The Sisterhood, and also to my own family. She's responsible for the Kindness Quilt, along with other things that fill our home with Love. I've met Deb and her whanau a bunch of times and I consider it an honour to know her and call her a Sister and Friend.

How did you first hear about The Sisterhood

I heard about the Sisterhood through Sophie's blog. It just seemed like an amazing idea. I've done a few wee things to help, but then the Sisterhood did a huge big thing for me and raised the money for me to deliver a quilt. It blew me away, and really showed me what it feels like to be blessed in this way. It's amazing.


What initially made you get involved? How did you get involved?

I love the idea of all of us doing a little bit and making a difference. I was desperate to do something but I didn't have time to make anything, and so I brought some little items that could be included in the packages.


How did that make you feel?

It is so lovely to be a wee part of something big, and to have it make a difference for others.

What is your favourite part of The Sisterhood?

I love the secrecy, I love how the packages just turn up and bless someone. It's awesome.

What would you like to see us do in the future?

I think it would be awesome if we could leverage from our talents and raise a wee bit of money to use in the Sisterhood. Something like a recipe book where we all put in our wee bit and behold a book that earns money to bless other women. How cool would that be???

If you want to make friends with Deb, you can find her here:

I blog at www.deb-robertson.blogspot.com, and you can find me on Twitter as debworkprogress 


Want to meet more?
Angelas Interview
Hazels Interview

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ninja Bake - Bakers Registration 2013

-Registrations are now closed-


It's back! The second annual Sisterhood Ninja Bake! 

Get your whisks, beaters and camouflage gear out ladies! You have received the call up!

October 18-19th 2013

The Ninja Baking weekend is all about blessing someone with a fairly simple gift: Our love in the form of bikkies, scones, muffins, cakes, or a secret recipe!

Last year's Ninja Bake saw 77 bakers dropping off 170 batches of baking - I think this year we can at least double that. So go on, blow me away (I know you will anyway!)

Tell everyone you know that they have the opportunity to become a ninja for a weekend (*costume optional*) and get baking!


The Sisterhood are a (large and growing) group of women all around New Zealand, our sole aim is to bring smiles and bless others, we love to surprise nominated women with gifts and love, sent from strangers "just because". Anyone can be involved! 



There are two parts to this mission, first, we need bakers, then, we will need nominations. 

Here are the details for the bakers:

The Bakers:

  • Commit to baking for a deserving Sister(s) in your neighbourhood
  • You have until September 25th to register
  • Its your job to be an excellent ninja. Keep their details private, move in stealth, don't be seen!
  • Bake as much as you would like but you will need to inform us so we can allocate you the right number of nominations
  • You can bake anything, but have it cut up into pieces for easy family sharing
  • Once you sign up, you will be sent Sisterhood poems and ribbons to decorate your baking with if you would like them.
  • Its your responsibility to package the cookies in a clean container and make them presentable.
  • You can bake for people you know or request to receive nominations of strangers, it's all on the rego form.
  • Baking will need to be labelled (incase of allergies, tastes etc) and dropped off on the 18th or 19th of October
  • You may be asked to take photos of your baking and write a small blurb about what its like to participate and be involved in The Sisterhood. These are both optional :)


The Nominations:

  • Once we receive all of our baking registrations we will open up nominations, these will only be available in particular regions of NZ (depending on where our bakers are and how much they can do)
  • Nominations for cookie drops will be open from 1st-7th October (so check back here later)
  • Baking will be dropped off on the 18th-19th October

You can register to be a baker using this form below (you'll receive a confirmation in due course, along with some extra special details that we'd love you to know about, so please register if you intend to bake!)


(Registrations for nominations will be open from October 1st-7th - check back then!)


-registrations for bakers are now closed-


We had such a brilliant response to this event last year, people have been talking about it for the last 12 months, so I really hope you'll get on board and join in the fun this year! Woohoo!

If you've got this far and you've already registered as a baker, THANK YOU!

Please email me on sophieslim AT moo2.co.nz if you have any questions!

Love you all, seriously.

-Sophie

READ MORE:
the 2012 Sisterhood Ninja Bake

Friday, September 6, 2013

End To A Long Week



And so ends a long week. There's been many times where I have banged my head against my wall of limits and dragged myself begrudgingly out of bed. It has felt like I have had no rest this last fortnight. I get up in the morning tired and go to bed tired. I am tired. (but no Mum, I'm really fine. Seriously.)

I'm looking forward to the weekend. Last weekend was busy for the hubby, he was barely home. I'm hoping things will be a little quieter and more restful this time 'round. You know, Mamas need "weekends" once in a while too. Just sayin'.

I'm also trying not to think too hard about our car that is currently stationary in Avonhead, all alone on the other side of town not starting. (And my phone that wont charge. And my TV that isn't turning on...) (EDIT* Ive been told the car is sorted and we can pick it up tomorrow!)

Instead, what's good?


  • The sun is shining, there are two loads of washing on the racks outside waving in the breeze. 
  • Milla is playing with Duplo which she got for her birthday. She loves it. 
  • She's been getting up 3 times a night for the last week, I think it's time to cut out her lunch time nap (she didn't have one today). I thought I would mourn this day, and I kind of am, but if it means she'll stay asleep at night then I'll be much happier. 
  • She is so tired right now as a result. So so tired. Here's to a good sleep tonight!!
  • I'm thinking about all the ingredients for a Jamie Oliver chicken korma that I have ready to go for tonight. Delicious!
  • The sun. Thank God for the sun (again)
  • The Sisterhood. Ya'll have raised $1300 dollars in two nights for two families (this post for more info).
  • The upstairs neighbour currently cutting his toe nails off the balcony (they're falling onto our front door step). But hey, he's an older guy with a lovely partner and they are quiet and friendly. I'll take them as upstairs neighbours any day!
  • Milla currently screaming at me for water in a different cup. So i'm thankful that our water is so accessible I can get her another cup of it. 
So, there you go. Trying to look at the good things. Also thankful for this blog. And for everyone around me. And my Dad, coming to rescue me in Avonhead today, despite his recent hip replacement (oopsies), also thankful for that new hip too!

Better get that cup of water...


While I'm doing that, weigh in on this! I posted this photo ^^ on FB a few weeks ago, this is the girls at 7weeks old. I think they look really similar (mouth, nose, eye colour, hair) but my Dad doesn't think they look anything alike. He's crazy, right???!

Peace xxx
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