Winner: Big Boys Toys Double Pass

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You’re off to Big Boys Toys in Palmerston North this weekend with a Double Pass!!!

Who are you going to take?

I’ve just emailed you, please let me know you have got my email :-)

Yay, hope you have loads of fun at the Show.

I just checked the weather forecast and it’s looking like we will need some Sunscreen!

Thanks everyone for entering.

You can still Buy tickets here

Thanks so much to Blomfield PR for the giveaway :-)


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Win Double Pass to Big Boys Toys Palmerston North

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Win a Double Pass to Big Boys Toys Palmerston North

Friday, 20 November – Sunday, 22 November
Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North

A show for Men…& woman that love cool stuff!

Win Tickets Big Boys Toys

A DeLorean, Motorcycles: Can-Am, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, KTm & Suzuki.  New Zealand’s top extreme athletes including FMX superstar – Levi Sherwood.  The new Ford Mustang super cars, drag cars, muscle cars and simulators…then the Action Arena featuring FMX & BMX crazies!

I’ve made it super super easy to enter the giveaway with Rafflecopter below, enter with just 1 option…or do them all for extra entries :-)

Giveaway is only open for 3 days, so pop your entry in now.

I’ll see you at the show!  I’ll be the one ooogling over the Super Cars and trying to scam an ride is the Mustang 😉  Check out the vid of the Auckland show.

You can still Buy tickets here


a Rafflecopter giveaway



• Double pass can be used on either 20th, 21st or 22nd November and is valid for 1 day entry to the Central Districts (Palmerston North) show.

• Giveaway closes on Tuesday 17th November night 11.59pm New Zealand time.  Winner will then be drawn and notified.

• Tickets couriered Wednesday.

Thanks so much to Blomfield PR for the giveaway :-)

Levi Sherwood - bike in background

More about the show:

New Zealand’s largest and most dynamic male lifestyle show Big Boys Toys is venturing out of Auckland in 2015, and set to bring Arena Manawatu alive from 20-22 November.

For sixteen years, Big Boys Toys has enthralled and entertained audiences with a dynamic entertainment schedule and the latest products and services from the Automotive, Motorcycle, Marine, Lifestyle and Consumer Electronics industries.

The Central Districts Big Boys Toys will bring the core elements of the show to Arena Manawatu and will be a ‘must-do’ show for men (and woman that love cool stuff) from right across the central and lower North Island.

There will be a range of motor cars from classics to super cars, vehicles you can drive home to vehicles you dream of owning.  See the amazing new Ford Mustang on display, as well as an exact replica of the most iconic car in film history – the DeLorean from Back to the Future.

The show will also be a mecca for motorcycle lovers with the latest of two wheels from the likes of Can-Am, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, KTm & Suzuki.

The Milwaukee Action Arena will feature New Zealand’s top extreme athletes for three days of FMX & BMX action, including world FMX superstar – Levi Sherwood.

The Tui Public House will feature comedy and refreshing ales.

Highlights Include:

– NZ’s biggest male lifestyle & entertainment show is heading to the Central North Island for the first time

-World FMX Superstar – Levi Sherwood performs in the indoor Milwaukee Action Arena on Friday & Saturday

-A replica of the most iconic car in film history – the DeLorean from Back to the Future (brought to you by Hero Car Hire)

-See the new Ford Mustang (brought to you by Courtesy Ford)

-A mecca for motorcycle lovers with big brands on show such as Can-Am, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki

-An array of automotive action with super cars, drag cars, muscle cars and simulators to test your driving skills

-The indoor Milwaukee Action Arena will feature NZ’s best extreme sport athletes in FMX & BMX

Levi Sherwood - The Ruler

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Learn about Blogging while Multi Tasking

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I really wanted to listen in the NZ Bloggers Network’s Blogging learning sessions on the Livestream hookup on Video Blogging tonight…but life was getting in the way!

They had You Tuber ‘Aly Ford’ from Psycho Traveller presenting, sharing her insight, tips, tricks and practical advice from her success thus far on You Tube.

Also a member presentation by Callum, Ignatius Manaloto and Steve Milleron on improving blog engagement, simple design and content tips.

But I had to be in 4 places at once and couldn’t do it all.

I was just finishing up at work, I was meaning to be home hours earlier when it was starting.

Multi tasking Single Parenting mode switched on, so made a new plan, I:

• Downloaded the Livestream App onto my iphone

• Logged in

• Hit the link to ‘Basics of Video Blogging – with You Tuber Aly Ford from Physco Traveller‘ by NZ Bloggers Network

• Popped in my Bluetooth earpiece

• Hit Play!

• Quickly finished up essentials at work while I listened to the opening announcements and packed upYay, I was able to listen (& watch out the corner of my eye) in to the Video Blogging event while the following happened over the next hour or so…

• Fired off a few quick comments to engage and shared the link via Twitter and Facebook while listening in• Quickly finished up essentials at work while I listened to the opening announcements and packed upYay, I was able to listen (& watch out the corner of my eye) in to the Video Blogging event while the following happened over the next hour or so…

• Then with my earpiece in and my iphone in my pocket, I closed up my building while still listening in

• Jumped in t
he car and started driving while listening in

• Hopped out at the Urgent Pharmacy (I was too late for a ‘normal’ pharmacy) – walked through the carpark – hit pause – bought what I needed – short convo with the lovely lady there – hit play and kept listening further

• Jumped back in the car and continued driving while listening in

• Hopped out at the supermarket and crossed the carpark while listening in (checking triple for traffic!)

blogging learning sessions      Blogging learning sessions

• Hit pause – while I rang in our takeaway order (yup, no home cooking tonight!) – hit play again while I entered the supermarket and grabbed the few essentials I needed while listening in

• Through the self checkout with my items so could keep listening in

• Jumped back in the car and round the corner to the pick up food – jumped out – hit pause while I picked up – they weren’t in a talkative mood, so I was out of there in 30 seconds – hit play again and back in the car while listening in

• Drove home – into carpark and reversed into my ridiculously tricky angled carpark while listening in

• Gathered all the bags from the car – raced up the stairs and into our Apartment while listening in

• Hit pause to chat with Miss 15 about her day – she was knee deep into her Homework so she didn’t chat for long til she refocused again as she is keen to get in lots of study for her upcoming exams

• Hit play again while I unpacked groceries and my bags from the day while listening in

• Grabbed the Trophy off our Bookshelf that Miss 15 has to return tomorrow and dug in the cupboard seeking out the Silvo while listening in

• Got changed, sorted washing and closed blinds while listening in

• Dealt with dishes and trundled up and down the stairs 6 times doing Parenting/Home/Mom type stuff while listening in

• Hit pause – Sat down with Miss 15 to work on something with her for a bit

• She then focused on her own thing again so I hit play again

• Watched through to the end – wooohoo!

It would have been great to be at the Video Blogging event in person in Auckland, but hooking in via Livestream and listening in (and glancing at the screen sometimes) worked incredibly well.

Sure, I missed a bit, but there was SO much great info loaded into these two presentations that I will happily watch/listen to them again latter.

They had a really great Q&A session at the end too with bloggers asking many things I’m sure we all have wanted to know.

Blogging learning sessions

Don’t have time to sit for 1 & 1/2 hours to watch a Livestream?

Then I encourage you to try what I did next time and listen in while you do other things.

All you need is:

• Livestream website – Desktop, tablet, ipad, iphone or Smartphone
• Download Livestream App (more streamlined on a device) Apple/Android for your tablet, ipad, iphone or Smartphone

• Earphones or Bluetooth Headset
• Sign up to the Livestream site and Login
• Follow NZ Bloggers Network
• Now you are ready to listen/watch/multi task  :-)

If you miss the Livestream totally, you can watch it again latter by playing it whenever you want to.

How cool is it to continue learning about Blogging while doing everyday tasks!

I have been working away tonight and feeling slightly pleased with myself, that even though my day was crazy that I had kicked this multi tasking single parenting lark in the ass tonight…

Then I wondered, why I was so damn hungry?

Crap…in all of my brilliant multi tasking I forgot to eat at all tonight and now it was 11.35pm and I wasn’t going to last til morning.

Finishing this post off now while I eat a Apricot Jam toasted Bagel…so maybe I’m not kicking ass in everything…but it still tastes pretty good  😉

Have you used Livestream before to watch an event?
Did you watch the Video Blogging learning session?



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How to go early morning running in Wellington

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How to go early morning running in Wellington

Morning running Wellington

So I did something this morning I never do…

If I’m honest it kinda really sucked and was kinda seriously awesome all at the same time :-( :-)

Nothing ground breaking…or internet breaking.

Nothing earth shattering.

But a big deal for me.

I went for a Run…

But not just ‘any’ run.

Going Running is not toooooo obscure for me, as I flit through periods of my life of being runner and running and entering races…and being consistent at it and perfecting my slightly faster than walking running style…but also flit back to not running for months in between.

But why was this Run so different?

I went early morning Running in Wellington…yup, in the early hours of this morning…before work!

I have never in my whole life ever accomplished that…ever.

This, to me was ground breaking…earth shattering…a big deal.

For all the millions of you out there who are runners before work, and wonder why it is so ground breaking to me, well it’s because I have never been early morning running in the 30+ years of my life!

I have always been an after work, after school even until late in the evening runner.

I always liked the concept of early morning running, it sounded good, popping out for a quick run before you head to work…

But the execution of it, the reality of it, never-ever happened.

The earliest I have ever Run in my day (bar entering races) would be 3pm.

I mean we water ski in the early hours of the morning when there is the best water…we Snow Ski sometimes even being one of the first on the mountain…on School Camps we are up at a sparrows fart off out tramping….hey in summer we even early morning swim out to the raft at 6am…

Early morning running – nope, nada, never!

As a Single Parent to a very busy Teenager we always have so much going on of a morning, we are up ridiculously early as it is, to get out the door to Sports Training, School and work each day.

Then there is the over-riding issue…I cherish my sleep ALOT and sleep cherish’s me back just as much.

So the thought of sacrificing sleep to go running just has never ever won in my book life world and it never wins.

Until today.

So how after 30+ years did I change an un-habit of a Lifetime?

These are my tips that got me out the door this morning, try them for yourself.

How to go for an early morning Run:

(when it feels like the most foreign concept in the world)

Mental preparation
I had been working myself up to this morning for a very-very long time. With many false starts.
Many many many snoozes of my billionty alarms.
But this week I was very focused, very determined and very planned.

Look at the forward forecast and target a fine sunny morning.  Sunrises and sunshine gives a great incentive to get out there.  Compared to rain, hail, sleet and Wellington hurricanes.

Equipment Prep:

› I lay out my Tights, Singlet, Sports Bra…even in order or what goes on first!

› My Running Sneakers* were at the ready even with socks dangling in them waiting for my foot/s.

› I put my hairbrush, hairtye, facecloth, toothbrush in centre front in the bathroom.

› In front of the front door I placed my Spibelt*, SNAP LOCK® bag (for my iphone*), my house key, my $10 note and my Running whispy jacket thing with a Tissue and that barely sugar (for emergencies if I keel over halfway along the waterfront) in it’s pocket ready to go.

Meaning I didn’t have to look for anything at all, it was all there.

Morning running Wellington

Plan your Timeline
On a Post-it note, I mapping out working backward my times then stuck it beside my bed.
So them there was none of this ‘how much time do I have’ while drowsily waking up and talking myself out of it.

› Alarm time
› Get up time
› ‘Really’ get up time
› Out the door time
› Get Back time
› Small celebration dance (Carlton-style) time – that I actually made it happen
› Shower time
› Leave for work time

I lay out my Magic Bullet Cup and ingredients for a small easy smoothie for as soon as I jumped out of bed to have something in my stomach (so I had less chance of keeling over).
Also nothing worse that rifling in the plastics cupboard at the hour of the morning trying to find that damn elusive bullet cup (I hate my plastics cupboard).

No Kids
I picked a day that Miss 15 ways away, so I knew I wasn’t going to get delayed by her needing something or even have to think about getting her out the door.  I needed no obstacles, including parenting obstacles even if they were only in my head.

Sleep in an un-comfortable bed

My Bed is just so so so damn comfortable.
Seriously I have the best damn bed in all of land.  I have had it for a billionty years, like it’s a Wellington Beds circa 1997 and is still A-Mazing.
Wellington Beds, after all these years I feel like you are secretly still conspiring against me going out early morning running every morning 😉

But as I lay there this morning awake, in my ridiculously comfortable said bed and saying to myself “you have been planning this for donkey’s years, I know your bed is ridiculously comfy and you could loll here for another hour in snoozy sleepy bliss, but come on damn it today is the day” and got all Oprah-fied and told myself “Live your Best Life”…
“Yes to sleeping sometimes…but not today…today is your independence day” all Bill Pullman/President like…
Ok, so now I was cracking myself up at my cheesy Hollywood inspiration, but it got me up.
Thanks Oprah and Bill.
Comfy bed = so much harder to go early morning running.

Will I do it again…go early morning running…probably…maybe…

Probably not tomorrow…hey who am I kidding probably not even next week.

But now I know I can…

Now I know it kinda worked…and what helped.

Now I know I didn’t keel over and die (well nearly at the lights after 10 minutes into it)…but at least I had with me my emergency Barley Sugar…and emergency eftpos card for if Barley sugar didn’t kick in and I had to limp home in a Taxi!

Ok peeps tell me…

When do you Run?
Are you an early morning Runner?
Or what time do you prefer?
What helps you get out the door?


Wednesday morning UPDATE:

So…um…this happened again this morning!

How long does it take to crack an un-habit and turn it into a habit I wonder?

28 more times?

54 more times?

Morning running Wellington

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12 Signs you’re a Draft Blogger

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12 signs you’re a Draft Blogger

12 signs you’re a Draft Blogger:

draft bloggerHow many Draft’s do you have in your WordPress draft folder?

…or in Evernote?…
…or in Word?…
…or hand scribbled in a Notebook?

< 10… < 50… > 75…

If you have > 75 Draft Posts wallowing in your Draft folder…you may just be a Draft Blogger (like me).

See how many of the 12 signs you’re a Draft Blogger that you identify with:


1. You’ve never been a ‘Consistent Blogger’.

Your blogs homepage either see’s a Feast or Famine!

Blog writer’s fall somewhere between:

  • a Barbara Cartland type Blogger (722 novels) knocking out published blogs consistently left right and centre type poster, minus all the pink and jewels.
  • an Emily Dickinson type Blogger (1,800 poems,<12 published were while she was alive) a quiet reclusive writer who produces the odd bit of brilliance, then nothing for yonks type poster while beetling away on more draft goodness behind the scenes.
    You publish 5 things 5 days in a row and then nothing for 3, 5 or 21 weeks.
    Preferring to only hit publish when you are 100% happy with what has played out on the page.

If you identify with Emily Dickinson style of publishing, but in the ’15’s not the mid 1800’s, you may just be a Draft Blogger.


draft blogger draft blogger
Bab’s & Em’s

2. You’ve turned OFF the ‘Post Calendar Widget’ from your sidebar (or at least moved it down the page). 

When you first started your blog and were adding useful widgets, you added the ‘Post Calendar Widget’ that show’s readers your posts per month…cause that looked kinda cool in the beginning.

But after a while you got rather embarrassed when you would have one month showing 15 posts and the next month showing Zero and the next month also showing Zero!

You have changed that widget over to now show ‘Top Posts’ instead 😉 and shoved the Calendar one further down the page.

It makes you feel much better about yourself celebrating your most read and interacted posts, rather than that ill-fated ZERO posts rubbish, you don’t need to see!


draft blogger calendar widget


3. You don’t have a ‘Publishing Schedule’.

You admire and maybe even have a wee writing crush on all of these ‘uber bloggers’ who publish Monday’s, Wednesday’s, Friday’s and every second Sunday…

But, hey it’s not you.

Schedule – smedule you say – who needs one of those!

You have a gorgeous Blog diary or Blog Calendar or maybe even both – yes!

It’s beautiful and lovely and trendy and all bloggy-fied awesome.

…But you have found you use it more for ‘reflecting’ on the month been (all pensive and thought-provoking with a pen in your mouth staring wistfully out the window while you contemplate filling it in retrospectively), rather than using it as a foresight of what’s to come.

You write on it AFTER the month has finished, some things you actually ‘have’ done in amongst things you haven’t, so then you can satisfactory cross things off on it and feel all accomplished like!

So that you can still class yourself as a ‘real blogger’ as you did some blog work still at least ‘behind the scenes’ like moved a widget or clicked ‘update on your wordpress plugins… whoop whoop, I’m fine tuning.

It’s a real thing baby – creating a list, just so you can cross things off!

Rather than a To Do List…

It’s a Blogging To DoNe List 😉

My Do’s and Done’s.



4. You have turned OFF the Date feature.

You, yourself like to know how old a blog post is when you read someone else’s blog, but you have turned that feature off on your own blog so it doesn’t ‘read as bad’.

Much like the Calendar feature above, who needs this negativity in their life.

Lets just celebrate having published words on a page, not ‘how long it’s been on the front page’.

Yesterday’s new’s is not today’s Fish and Chip Paper…it’s still today’s news!

You figure it’s part of your blogging charm, you like to keep people guessing and shroud your writing in mystery.


5. You totally go M.I.A from the Blogosphere & Social Media, as Parenting, Family and Life take over.

…You haven’t felt compelled to instagram anything…but you still look.

…Your Facebook timeline has stayed stagnant…but you have still read.

…You haven’t felt the need to Tweet squat…but have still scrolled.

…BUT your draft posts have just been accumulating 10 fold!

If you are like me, I have been M.I.A from the blogosphere and Social Media!  I haven’t been publishing anything…anywhere at all over this past 8 weeks ;-)…

I’ve gone rogue within my own Blogging life, but will reappear when you think all hope is lost with a Friends Meme and a post of Why Draft Blogger’s are cool.


draft blogger friends pivot


6. You create a ‘Bluffing Post’ of your favourite Meme’s.

Not to be confused with a buffing post!  Where you write about Karate Kid waxing stuff.

You had nothing to hit publish on quite yet, but you have seen some rocking good Meme’s lately, so you feel compelled to at least share this knowledge with the world and create a ‘bluffing post’ of your favourite Meme’s – See case in point, mine 8 weeks ago.

Thinking it will fulfill a gap in your writing.

Nope it doesn’t, but it provides a few cheap laughs, which we all love, so you get away with it – for now.


draft blogger


7. You sometimes vaguely aspire to post x2 a week…but meh…it rarely happens.

In your head, you punch out 6 articles a week, but barely get a chance to get any of it our onto a keyboard.

If only your brain could be like an old electronic typewriter, where you could type it all into the memory in your brain and then at the end of the day when you get home hit ENTER and it would all type out onto a page for you super fast.

Gosh I loved that feature, I remember pretending to type as it did this and feeling like I was typing 80 words per minute – I’m on fire, take that Pitman’s Tying!

Number of boyfriends newly published Blog Posts: ZERO


draft blogger


[Useless Sidenote about Pitman’s:
I just found my old Pitman’s certificates the other day, I liked typing, but little did I confess at the time, I really only took the subject as it was a chance that there might be Boy’s in our class from our brother School…there was, but they were 2 ‘dorks’ that I wasn’t interested in, but in the parallel class to us, there was 1 dork and 1 cute one, and later on said 1 cute one from the other class just happened to become my boyfriend, who later on also confessed he only took typing because he would be in a class with girls!
– “Pitman’s Typing – Bringing High School Crush’s together since ages ago”]


8. Creating your own Deadline = a slap with a feather.

If you write for other people’s’ Blog’s (like this awesome site), Collaborative Sites or for other Publishing platform’s where they give you a deadline, you meet it ever-single-time.

Without fail, you work like crazy to get those words out onto a page, edited to within an inch of its life and zipped out of your email with plenty of time to spare.

But try and set a Deadline for yourselfit means squat…get that wet bus ticket out!

You have not accountability to yourself.

Your self-inflicted blog deadlines mean diddly squat!

You can justify it to yourself til the Cow’s come home all the reason’s why you didn’t meet your self-inflicted Blog Deadline.


9. Snippets everywhere.

You can have 7 post idea’s and 6 paragraphs written on just one leg of your daily commute.

Another 4 on the Toilet and another 3 while trying to sleep.

Your head edit’s, rearranges sentences and fire’s out words left right and centre, and they have got to go somewhere.

Sometimes you pull over on the side of the road and make notes… and occasionally as needs must at a ‘long set of lights’.

At the end of the week you have 17 posts scattered throughout your life

In the back of WordPress, in your phone, in Word, in notebooks, on backs of receipts, on the back of your hand and up your arm when you run out of space.

Hey, I even wrote on a cereal carton the other day and them promptly threw it out by mistake!

draft blogger


10. Editing is NOT your fortay!

You absolutely rock out an amazing bunch of insight, hindsight, foresight…hey any type of ‘sight’ onto a page and you know there is GOLD in them-there-words

…but then no matter what you do to them, it just doesn’t flow, it doesn’t read right, you wonder “what is my conclusion?”, “where am I taking it?”…you spend hours on editing and it’s 95% there but then don’t take it anywhere in the end.

Editing takes you forever!

You never have to ‘pad’, you always have to extract.

You know editing is good for you, but you don’t like it…

Editing…it’s like Spinach, Fish Oil & Running up Hills.

Is kinda gross and kinda sucks.

draft blogger


11. You start 4 new posts, while you were trying to writing just 1.

You are cheerily writing away, totally engrossed in one subject.

But then, some snippet, one word, one flash of an image in your mind and it’s off…you have to capture it before it’s gone, so you start another draft blog in your browser in a 2nd tab.

You type that one word or a sentence of an idea, but it doesn’t stop there.  The next thing you know, you have written 10 bullet points and 452 words into another draft post.  You hit save and leave it open incase another thought pops in, but thinking, I must get back to my ‘main’ post.

You head back to your main post and tap away happily for a while and whammo, another idea comes in, repeat the step above.
You now have your ‘main’ post and 2 new draft post browsers tabs open.

By the time you have finished this writing session you have another 4 draft blogs posts tabs along side it with a whole lot of gold in it, and still haven’t finished the ‘main’ one you are in.

[Confession: I have started 5½ other draft blogs with a good 400+ words in each, just writing this piece alone and have added another 3 title idea’s to my list.]


12. You write about 32½ different draft Posts for every post that you ‘actually’ publish.

You love to write a good draft.

You are so good at Draft Writing, your archives are full of them.

If anyone ever needs a Draft Blog, you have them in spades.

If a Draft Blog is what alien’s feed on and you could save America from all the Alien’s one day, then you would be able to give one to:

Will Smith
Tommy Lee Jones
Tom Cruise
Emily Blunt
the cast from Cocoon
little dude from ET
Sigourney Weaver

…and everyone else who has ever made a movie about saving the earth from Alien’s.




How many Draft’s do you have lurking in your Archives?

Just how many ‘DRAFT’S’ do I have in the back of my Word Press right now?


263 !!!draft blogger



Yup…not 16, not 26…but 263.

That’s not counting Evernote, my iphone Notes, Word, Voice Recorder App, rouge Cereal Box’s or washed arm’s!

Are you a Draft Blogger?
Or do you like your Post folder to be organised and tidy?
How do you write?
What did I miss, what other signs are there you are a Draft Blogger?



Needing a Running Deadline to get you out the door?

Next Event: Sunday, 8 November 2015

I wrote about our last Mud Run here.  Maybe you feel like setting yourself a deadline and flinging yourself into some Mud :-)

Mud…mud…glorious mud
– Brookfield Butt Busta Mud race



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