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Kia ora! I’m Lee.

Lee in June 2016 I’m a mum of two young kids (son 12 and daughter 10), living in Dunedin, New Zealand.

I’ve also inherited another son (16) and daughter (11), thanks to my new partner.

With four kids from two families, life sure is busy!

So…does minimalism works for family Christmas? Does Santa understand simple living and tight budgets? Has the Easter Bunny has even heard of moderation?

Is it even possible to raise kids who value hard work, fair play, friendship and family more than the latest fashions and gadgets?

I believe it is possible – and ordinary families like us can get there. We just need a little extra thought and care.

We need to strive for balance. Take a breath. Forgive each other when we screw up! 😉 In some ways we need to work a bit harder too, but the results are so worthwhile.

I want to teach my kids that their lives can be rich in love, time and meaningful experiences – and all of these will bring far more joy than owning lots of stuff.

I want to practice simple living…with kids.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey.

~*~ Lee ~*~
~*~ Blogging at Simple Living With Kids since August 2014 ~*~

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No - it's not a backdrop! On the lake at beautiful Te Anau.
On the lake at beautiful Te Anau, in the south island of New Zealand.

About Lee

I’m a professional writer whose hobbies include bodybuilding (I’m addicted to deadlifts!), choral composing and travelling. I love the magic of growing my own food, and the joy of pushing my body to its limits.

My bucket list includes snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and the Greek Islands, and I love getting outside and feeling the sun on my back and the wind in my hair. I’m blessed with two amazingly awesome kids, and some incredibly supportive friends.

Life is good 🙂


  1. Hello Lee…

    I was recently ‘told off’ by a blogger (not a follower I might add), who said my style of ‘welcome’ note was very much against blogging etiquette. Hmm, well I hope not to cause offence, but as you volunteered to become a follower of Uncle Spike’s Adventures, I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you, and that I appreciate your ‘follow’ as there are so many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our farm in Turkey. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process. That’s not me trying to be pushy or ‘spamming’, but just want you to know what I’m all about.

    As for your fair land, well I spent the best part of a year there back in the late 80s – loved it.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


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    1. Hi Uncle Spike –

      Thanks for dropping by.

      It’s so interesting to read blogs from all around the world – and yours is no exception! Thanks for sharing – and I really enjoy your photos.




  2. Hi Lee,
    Thanks for following my blog! I’ve read your posts and we’re clearly on the same path. It’s good to have company on the journey.

    Back in 2000 I was fortunate enough to spend three weeks in New Zealand, seeing much of its varied beauty and experiencing Kiwi hospitality (did not make it to western side of South Island). I know that the amazing backdrops in your photos are true to life. Lucky you!

    Wishing you continued success with your simplifying,



    1. Hi Ellen – I think we’re very much on a similar journey, and it’s a good one! I’ve lost track of how many items I’ve “de-owned”, and yet I feel like I’ve barely touched the surface. It feels good. Saying that, i never thought I was a clutterbug, but going through it all has made me realize just how much stuff I *did* own!

      I’m looking forward to reaching a point at which I’m comfortable. I’m not there yet, but hopefully I’ll know it when I get there.

      Enjoy the journey,

      Leanne in New Zealand 🙂


  3. Hi Lee,

    I have just seen you have linked me in your blogroll (I’m such a blogger newbie I had to look it up :D) and I wanted to say a big thank you for your interest and your encouraging words! Looks like you are one step ahead of me and therefore probably going to be providing lots of inspiration for my minimalist journey 😉 I’ve been to New Zealand myself in 2013 and can proudly say I’ve seen most of it (do I have to say I’m in love with it!?), including lovely Dunedin!!

    I wish you all the best with your blog and decluttering!


    1. Hi Annika – Thanks for dropping by! 🙂 I loved the name of your blog when I came across it, and have been following since then, as it now comes up in my Reader list on WordPress. The world needs more people like you! Your posts are always interesting, so thanks for providing a good regular read, and food for thought! Cheers, Lee.


  4. Kia Ora! I love your energy! My journey through minimalism always takes me back to the days when I spent 7 weeks in NZ. I Had an awful attitude and could not enjoy the outdoors because I was young and naive and cared for the wrong things. It was my first exposure to the real outdoors. Now, looking back, I crave that energy and peace. I think of those simple joys I had at Sir Ed Hillary’s OPC center and it motivates me to live a simple life. I’m excited to read more of your posts!!


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