We all have those uncomfortable memories of sitting around with a new group of people when someone announces that we are going to do some ice breaker exercises *queue shrinking in the chair trying to let the earth swallow me up!! No I do not what to become a human knot and try to untangle ourselves…. I DID NOT DRESS FOR THIS!*

…However, we do see the benefits of icebreakers, even if they can be uncomfortable. You get to know us, we get to know you, which in turn takes us one step closer to being full fledged friends, supporters and community. We all want that right??

Below we’re going to answer some typical ice breaker questions. We’d love to hear your answers and if you want to know something else ask it in the comment section. We’re also happy to answer anything… well… almost anything.

But first, here’s how Darling Buds Of Play came to be:

We both worked at the same company but because of maternity leave we actually met for the first time at Paint ‘N’ Sip one evening.

  My Paint N Sip effort. The only thing I knew about Olivia at the time was her crush on our co-worker, who is now her husband. - Kat.

My Paint N Sip effort. The only thing I knew about Olivia at the time was her crush on our co-worker, who is now her husband. – Kat.

Over the next couple of years we bonded over pregnancies, babies, anxieties, juggling life, DIY and creativity. We had many conversations about our values, morals, parenting goals and what we wanted for our kids. This lead to us thinking that there has to be more out there for us. When we both became full time stay-at-home mums, we decided to start the blog that we wished had been available when we were struggling… a community of local New Zealanders sharing their experiences raising kids, managing mental health and being responsible citizens of the earth.

Still with us? Awesome! Here are the icebreaker questions:


What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

Kat: Exploring our beautiful city. There are so many wonderful parks, forests and walks right on our doorstep here in Christchurch. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday than packing a picnic and watching the children let their inner explorer out in nature.

Olivia: Out in nature. I love to make the most of exploring new places and getting out of the house. I love spending time with friends and family and try to make the most of it during the weekends.

What are three things on your bucket list?

Kat: Start a blog to share and connect with mums who have experienced post natal depression! BIG TICK!!! Have a lifestyle block on the outskirts of town. Raise chickens.

Olivia: Visit Yosemite National Park, write a novel and own a dog.



Have you ever met anyone famous?

Kat: I’m a lover of music and concerts so I’ve met a few musicians. I guess the most famous are Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance.

Olivia: Nope… I’ve been at the same restaurant as Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew from Harry Potter) but we didn’t actually meet.

What are you reading right now?

Kat: I’m re-reading A City Possessed by Lynley Hood, the story of the Peter Ellis and the Christchurch Civic Creche.

Olivia: Ken Follets – Fall of Giants – this has to be the biggest book I have ever tackled.



Who’s someone you really admire?

Kat: Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco. He’s humble and kind and his words and actions preach love, generosity and acceptance.

Olivia: Maya Angelou! She was so full of wisdom

What was the first CD you bought?

Kat: Ummmm… showing my age here, but my first album I bought was on cassette and it was Dookie by Green Day.

Olivia: I actually bought two at the same time; P!nk – missundaztood and Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out?


Okay lovelies, don’t be shy! We really would love to learn more about you! So jump right in and answer a question or two… or all of them!!