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DIY Barbie Tote Bag

My kids play goes in ebbs and flows. Sometimes they are more into Lego, and sometimes they are more into Barbie play. Whatever the kids play, I do like to look for ways to facilitate and extent their play (like when we made doll clothes out of organza gift bags), and we recently made tote bags […]

Origami Ninja Stars

My kids are into origami at the moment and I’ve been making a heap of ninja stars with them. They make a cute decorations (ceiling mobile or pop them on straws for cake decoration), and they are fun to play with: my kids flick the stars at targets like a frisbee (if you ask my son, there’s […]

Personalised Pop Portrait for Your Family

Hello!! How cool is this! The very talented Marie O’Neill released new range of personalised Pop Portraits and she did one for our family! She captured our essence unbelievably well. I can’t believe it!  We haven’t had a proper family photos for a few years, but this is the most recent one of me and the children on Mother’s […]

Learning to Make the Most of My Garden

I’ve been writing a series about our backyard garden here in New Zealand and the food I cook. First post (and harvest) was about the joys of having a backyard garden.  Next I discuss ugly vegetables (and where they all go). As Winter approaches, the garden harvest is getting smaller, but there’s citrus on it’s way!  I’m […]

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

I almost threw it out.  We cut the top of a milk bottle to use the bottom half for a project the kids and I were doing. As I walked over to the recycling, I challenged myself: Kelly think of what you could do with this thing. So I made a rainmaker and it was […]

11 Things I’m Learning About Parenting a Teen

I love parenting a teen! It’s great.  Next year I’ll have two. I was thinking about it, and within five years, all four of my kids will be teens at the same time (but not yet…not quite yet).  Things do change as they get older, and so my approach to parenting has to also. I’ve […]

Cute Bottles and Purple Flowers

There are some things I don’t like to skimp on. Vanilla is one of them. For example, I don’t like using Vanilla essence in recipes (only extract or paste please!). Vanilla is just so-so beautiful and can be used in so many ways. I put a little on my dishcloth sometimes and it leaves a beautiful […]

Chatterbox Fun

Ah, this brings back many memories. I haven’t made one of these chatterboxes for a long, long while but have recently been making them again with my kids.  If anyone needs a refresher, here’s a step by step process how to make a chatterbox with an A4 piece of paper. I’ve written instructions for each […]

Trendy Autumn | Winter Looks

Brought to you by Westfield and Nuffnang Dannii Minogue is the Westfield Autumn/Winter 2015 style ambassador and she’s the perfect fit for the position. She somehow manages to become more gorgeous and stylish each year! Dannii is doing the rounds at Westfield Shopping Centers around the country, sharing her top looks and must-haves. BAFM fashion writer, […]

About My Mum Template

It’s funny (and sweet) to see how the kids answer these questions! There’s a spot down the bottom for a photograph or picture. Click the picture to download. My son knows me so well. My favourite ‘food’, is indeed coffee. My husband sat down and wrote these responses with our youngest. How adorable! 

Paddle Pop Stick Catapult

I tend to do craft for the kids in batches, there was a time there where I did a heap of milk bottle craft with the kids. I collected them over a few weeks and we used them as much as we could think of (there’s a list of milk bottle crafts here). I had […]

Saving your sanity with The What Wall

“Mum! Do I have library today? I can’t find my library book!” “Mum! Do I go to theatre group this afternoon? What costume do I need to pack?” “Mum! Do I need to wear formal uniform or sports uniform to school today?” This is how a typical morning sounds in my home, and it’s enough […]

Shoebox Guitar

Shoebox Guitar Shoebox Large rubber bands Cardboard (could be from an empty cereal box or any kind of large box) Scissors & tape 1. Cut a hole out in the top of the box. 2. Ease 5 rubber bands over box so they are covering the hole (large sturdy rubber bands are best for this) […]

Paper Plate Quoits Game

Image Julie Vigor Julie shared with me this simple game kids can create from time around the house. Paper Plate Quoits (or Coits) What you need Empty 1.25 L Bottles Rocks or sand Paper plates  1. Fill the empty bottles with something to weigh them down like sand or pebbles and screw the lid on. 2. […]

Coconut Drop Biscuits

Coconut Drop Biscuits Ingredients 250g McKenzie’s Fine Desiccated Coconut 395g sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 15 glace cherries, halved  Method Preheat oven to 150°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Mix coconut and condensed milk together until well combined. Add vanilla essence. Drop tablespoons of coconut mixture onto baking paper. Top with […]

DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Bath Bombs Homemade bath bombs are a fabulous gift idea, especially for Mother’s Day. It’s easy to make them and McKenzie’s (most commonly known for bi-carb) gave me this great recipe to share. Ingredients 1 ½ cups McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda ½ cup McKenzie’s Citric Acid Potpourri Sweet almond oil (from chemist) Essential oil, such as lavender or […]

Family Guide to an Aussie Snow Holiday

Brought to you by Expedia and Nuffnang Snow is a novel thing to most Australians, and it’s something I wanted my kids to experience. Once you start looking into a family snow holiday in Australia, there’s a lot of different options and added costs.  It can be quite overwhelming! I’ve written an article for Expedia and boiled […]

Aussie Kid Bloggers

Last year I met with a group of Aussie kid bloggers I’ve known online for a long time.  This group of women are part of a wider network of bloggers who are very supportive of each other and it’s lovely (and rare!) to be part of an online group like that. You can see the […]

African Animals: Toilet Roll Printable

Last month, there were the Pirates in the toilet roll printable series, and this month, it’s African animals with cute baobab trees. It takes me back to a safari my daughters and I went on in Kruger National Park in South Africa and we saw all of these animals expect the lion! Amazing. You can see more of […]

Sisters, Friends & Lego

Brought to you by Nuffnang & LEGO Friends My sister and I played for hours, sprawled out in different positions on the floor. Sunday afternoons were dedicated in this fashion: a large sheet rumbled on the ground with piles of Lego around us. It’s one of my strongest play memories, and we still talk about […]

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