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Hot Cross Buns

I LOVE hot cross buns. I made them last year, and it seemed the right time to try out the recipe again. The recipe I use is from Simple Home Cook and you can find it here. There is a Thermomix and non-Thermomix version. I’ve added a few images below with a few extra notes […]

Love Bug Paper Bag Puppet

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, it can be a fun theme to create some craft projects around, with lots of red, pink and hearts in mind. I’ve shared before some simple ways to show your kids you love them on Valentine’s Day. This craft is so easy and cute, even my two-year-old found it fun to […]

Philippines SUV Experience: Ford Escape (Kuga)

Recently, I was invited to Ford’s SUV experience in the Philippines. I have done a test drive with Ford before — 2012 in New Zealand — and it’s a lot of fun. Since returning home, I’ve been thinking about how I would describe the Philippines. It’s interesting, I often get a strong sense about a country when I’m there, […]

DIY Mancala / Sungka Game

Sungka is a game I learned in the Philippines. I’ve seen other versions of this game in Africa called mancala.  This game has ancient origins, although the exact trail isn’t known. It’s largely played in Africa and Asia and has hundreds of variations. I’m sharing how we have learned to play it, and there are also many instructions […]

Simple ideas to make children’s birthdays extra special

When it comes to celebrating children’s birthdays, it seems that no two families celebrate in the same way. Many of you in the Be a Fun Mum community shared the special traditions and festivities that you undertake each year with your family, and your ideas were so touching and inspiring, we just had to share […]

Turn a T-Shirt Into a Ninja Mask

Ninjas have become a pop culture icon in western society.  Shows like Prank Patrol and Teenage Mutan Ninja Turtles, along with games like Fruit Ninja serve to cement their popularity. I did some basic research and came across interesting material from historian and author Stephen Turnbull. Show More Summary

Where to Buy Nice Clothes for Girl Tweens/Teens

Those with tweens/early teens might be able to sympathise with challenges finding clothes for this age group! I look for clothes that fit, that are not too kiddish but not inappropriate either. I’ve been asking around, and have compiled some of mine and other parents top pics to get clothes for this age group. If you have […]

Update: A Year With Braces

I’ve been working with Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces as we blog our way through the progress. You can find the other posts here. I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Below is the starting point, where one tooth was pushed right back in the mouth, and an overlap of the front and bottom teeth.  A year […]

Little Everyday Luxury Items

I’m often reminded how fortunate I am to have choice. So many choices. That, in itself, is a luxury. I was thinking the other day when I was brushing my teeth, about little everyday luxuries I indulge in and I thought I would share them here. 1. Toothpaste Push Up I know I pay extra for […]

Are They All Yours?

“Are they all yours?” I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked this! I resist the temptation to say in jest, “I found one in a Cornflake packet,” and simply say yes with a smile. I’ve been called crazy countless times. People ask me how I do it all. “You must be […]

DIY Felt Play Boards

I love the feel of felt. If you’re looking for a simple activity for travel, something to keep in your handbag, or simply a creative project for home, you can make your own felt boards. Felt sheets are available from discount and craft stores for about a dollar. Materials Felt sheets (various colours) Piece of cardboard […]

Mobile Phone Options for Children from Optus

Brought to you by Optus All of a sudden, I feel like there’s been a shift in our family life I’m grappling to keep up! With two tweens and two teens, enabling my children’s growing independence within the confines of our busy family life is continually challenging. I admit to struggling with finding the balance. […]

Good Decisions of 2016

I often focus on what I can learn from mistakes and challenges. However, there’s a lot to be said for celebrating the good decisions that have worked for yourself and family over the year. I’m listing down some stand out decisions I/we made in 2016 that have added value to our family life. 1. Going […]

Organising the House for School – Labeller

Brought to you by Brother It’s come to that time of year when I start organising the house and stationery for the children to go back to school. Having had children in school for over a decade now, I find it pays to invest in organising systems to ensure the year goes off without a […]

I’ll take this bag for you

My husband ran back to the car for something we forgot. I waited with the kids on a grassy section, coffee in hand. One arm was draped with towels; the other was used as a hook for bags of snorkelling gear. We were ready to hit the beach. Various children had towels over the necks […]

Backyard Obstacle Course Ideas

If you’re looking for an activity for this last stretch of the school holidays, I put together an obstacle course for a HCF Play Report publication focusing on active, healthy kids. It’s jam packed full of heaps of good ideas, recipe and activities from various of health experts, writers and bloggers. Just click the image below […]

How Cities Work by James Gulliver Hancock

Lonely Planet Kids sent me a copy of the new picture book called How Cities Work by James Gulliver Hancock. It’s gorgeous! Like the title suggests, it’s a book about how cities work, from how they form, transport options, construction, living spaces, services, the structures under the ground and above the ground, and even futuristic cities. The […]

Back to school baking – 7 days of lunchbox baking to fill the freezer

Filling lunchboxes each day with healthy and homemade food can be a big job, but it is possible with a little planning and preparation. We’ve set a back to school baking challenge for you – 10 recipes from Simple Home Cook and Be a Fun Mum over 7 days. At the end of the week, […]

Easy Family Meal Ideas for Hot Days

No one wants to slave over a hot stove in summer, and so we asked you, the Be a Fun Mum community, for your easy family meal ideas to get through the hottest days. There’s plenty of inspiration here, but if all else fails, there’s always takeaway! Fritters and slices These fritters and slices are […]

An Education

Now 2016 has closed its doors, I’m recapping the three month running challenge I did during the year. In the weeks after I returned back from my trip to India with World Vision in July, endurance runner Samantha Gash started an epic Run India journey across the country to raise awareness for educational projects in India. I […]

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