Easter is traditionally a time to connect back in with family and enjoy the extended long weekend together. This is especially relevant in these times, firstly you are stuck at home with them but also because the turbulent times we are in have made us more aware of the importance of caring for those close to us and valuing these moments. While you might not be able to head away for your usual Easter break it's still just as important to slow down, relax and take a breath. Here are our tips for Easter at home.

What We Are Reading

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck - Mark Manson.  "He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today"- Glenn. 

Malcolm Gladwell "Basically anything by Malcolm Gladwell this guy really gets you thinking. Outliers, The Tipping Point, David and Goliath, Talking to Strangers". - Fiona.

Josh's - E-Book Guide For Lockdown

GoodReads app - tracks your reading and suggests more. Their personalised recommendations are amazing!

eBook Library manager, like iTunes for your books. Allows you to get, manage and share books from multiple sources across any formats.

Link your kindle, tablet etc to the NZ libraries for free eBooks. www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/ebooks.aspx

What We Are Listening To

Our CEO Jamie is using the extra time at home to work through his favourite albums, start to finish in full... because who usually has time for that! So here is this week's list - 

Dave Matthews Band – Crash

Kurt Vile – Wakin On a Pretty Daze

Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time

Cold Chisel- Circus Animals

Nightmares on Wax – In a space Outta Sound

Ray LaMontagne – Trouble

Shakey Graves – No Particular Album – Random Singles

What We Are Cooking

Fiona's Never Fail Iso Peanut Butter Cookies - recipe here

"Flour is pretty hard to come by right now so if you have none in the cupboard buy some pancake mix instead it is mainly flour anyways."

Melissa's go-to for inspiration

"I've been loving Josh Emett's live cooking sessions (if you don't follow him, you should). His traditional carbonara is on point. Also, my husband's been making Chelsea Winter's Beer Loaf, another winner.

Our Top Easter Blog Posts

How To Live Low Waste With Miriama Kamo

Miriama Kamo is one of the most recognisable faces on New Zealand television, and now she’s a champion for a low-waste lifestyle. Josie Adams sat down to talk to her about living green.

Barkers Summer: The Good

New Zealanders have always had an appreciation for the land we occupy. No-one embodies this better than those working on it. We look at five businesses focussed on doing good.

How to Weaponise Your Garden

Some gardeners like it cool, and their vege pots and plots are full of crispy iceberg lettuce, cucumber vines and tomatoes. Others like it properly, scorchingly, madly hot. But the hottest chillies can be tricky little devils to grow. We asked Clint Meyer, chilli obsessive and founder of multi-award-winning Fire Dragon Chillies, to share his hard-earned hardcore capsaicin advice.