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Best Birthday Week

I began the day at 5am with the sound of my alarm.  It was my birthday.  I woke a little earlier than my usual 6am start to finish writing a blog post before I enjoyed the day’s festivities.  I felt burdened to write about a girl I saw in India, and about the welfare of [...]

Pumpkin Carving

Those moments when you see your spouse in a new light: This was one of them. I’ve always wanted to carve a pumpkin with the kids, even though I’m not into Halloween. It’s just I love using nature in different forms to decorate the house, like the time I made a simple orange lantern candle. Well, as it [...]

Surprise Christmas Tree Pinatas

I enlisted the help of Charli’s Crafty Kitchen for some crafty food ideas, and below you’ll find a fabulous tutorial on how to make adorable Christmas Tree Pinatas. Place in clear wrap, add a ribbon and you have a cute homemade gift or make a few of these trees for a fabulous (and edible) table centrepiece. [...]

Garden Step 3: Planting Our Herb Garden (in pots)

“This makes me so happy. Every single time I walk past,” I said to my husband. Since the success of our rainbow garden, I’ve become more confident and interested in gardening.   For our next little project, I’ve been working with my friend from About the Garden to create a simple herb garden.  I think it’s [...]

It’s How You Be

Doing and being. Sometimes it’s easy to focus so much on what I do that I forget that it’s how I am  – how I be — that carries strength. When I look back at the times when my children were very young, it’s the moment in the grocery isle where I chatted to my [...]

A Jacaranda Tree

It was no higher than his 6-year-old-self when we purchased it fifteen years ago.  Really, was it that long? Yes: fifteen years back, Matthew asked me to marry him…at a train station.   I said yes. Together we bought a jacaranda tree for his parents as a thank you gift for their support in our [...]

Minecraft Torch (With Flickering Light)

I was chatting to Peter from Coolthings about Minecraft paper craft that would appeal to older children and he’s come up with this brilliant Minecraft Torch for craft or a party activity for Be A Fun Mum.  I got Miss 12 to test out the instructions independently, and here is the result. She loves it [...]

Rainbow Garden Step 3 – Watching it Grow

I’ve never had success in growing things.  But I love grown things.  After many, many failed attempts I stopped trying and starting looking; looking for inspiration. I found it in this picture below of the Keukenhof Tulip Fields in Holland.  It’s very interesting when you stop trying and start inspiring because there’s motivation there. The first [...]

Masking Tape Road

It took me all of 15 minutes and a $1.50 to pull this together for the kids. It’s one of those ideas I’ve seen around a few times and one afternoon after school, I stopped thinking about it and just did it. Hello! Huge success!  The idea is to use masking tape as a road [...]

About A Girl

A year ago, I was preparing for a trip to India to tell stories of World Vision’s aid work there. I met a lot of people, I saw a lot of things and one girl stayed in my mind.  I don’t even know her name. I saw this girl on the day I visited a [...]

Organising Shoes (plus giveaway)

Sponsored by Howards Storage World and Digital Parents I’m in a bit of a Spring cleaning mood after redoing the Playroom.  Next little job on my list is to organise my shoes.  l already have a good system in place for the bulk of the family shoes, but how I store my own shoes needed an [...]

Africa: The Path That Led Me There

Thirty hours after leaving home in Brisbane, Australia, my sister, myself and three children between us arrived at my Dad’s house in Lesotho, Africa. (Insert sleep here). I woke in a strange bed to a quiet house; the children had already gone to the orphanage.  I joined them later, and I wandered through the lovely surroundings until I found [...]

Frozen Yoghurt Pops (in a tub)

Saw this. Liked it. Tried it. Worked brilliantly. Kids loved it. Sharing it. Ingredients Paddle Pop sticks (I have used plastic spoons before too) Small yoghurt tubs How 1. With sharp knife, puncture a small hole in the yoghurt lid. 2. Insert paddle pop (Popsicle) stick. 3. Freeze overnight. 4. When ready to use, run [...]

Apricot Chicken Curry (in a hurry!)

Guest Post from Amanda Arnold. This Apricot Chicken Curry is one of the many recipes featured in her cookbook Food before 5 I love quick and simple meals that can be prepared ahead and simply reheated at meal time.  Evenings are often crazy with so many other things to get done that spending an hour cooking [...]

Holding Hands

In spontaneous moments, when I’m waiting at the traffic lights, or parked and waiting for someone or something, I reach back with one arm — eyes still straight ahead — and feel for one of my children’s hands and give them a quick squeeze.  It’s one of those random things I do…just because.  The kids make [...]

I Wore Green Togs

Summer’s come early here in Brisbane.  Beach waves. Afternoon storms.  Hot sand. Big sunglasses. Even bigger hats. Ice cold water. Salads and sorbets. Bare feet. Cute dresses. Flowers in my hair. BBQs in the park. Pool days. Movie nights. All the good things to look forward to in the upcoming months. I found these cute [...]

Feature Home: A Wall Bookcase

It’s one of those places where you walk in the door and feel instantly relaxed. The house radiates such warmth and grace! Josh and Bonnie have been renovating their riverfront 1930 Queensland workers cottage — slowly — during the last 10 years.  A few years ago, I featured their completed country-retro kitchen, and now I want [...]

Vine Tree House (using a Peg Basket)

I don’t use the peg basket anymore. I have a particular system for completing the washing and the little pegs I need are kept on the line. So we had this old wire peg basket lying around and I noticed the kids use it where we have invested in many cute little projects in the backyard tree. [...]

DIY Paddle Pop Memory Game

I was inspired by a popsicle picture I came across to create a Paddle Pop Memory Game this school holidays.  Paddle Pops (Ice Blocks, Popsicles) take me back to holidays at the beach as a child. Ice-cream was a rare treat and on the summer holidays, my Dad bought my sisters and I an ice-cream [...]

Hold on to a Sense of Wonder.

Be amazing in the moments you have and delight in all the wonders in them. It’s about shining where you are. It’s about making the best out of every situation. It’s about holding on to a sense of wonder. Words by me. Illustration by Fiona Chandler (@fionakatesimplegorgeousstorage) More Posts in This Series Joy.

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