keep your child occupied during a phone call

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Occupied While You Make a Phone Call

As a mum with young children at home, there are times when I have to make a quick phone call. Whether it’s to query a bill or make a doctor’s appointment, sometimes I can’t wait till nap time to make that important call. It always seems the way that even when the kids are mildly … Read More...

learn to read with reading eggs

Teaching Kids to Read

Sponsored by Nuffnang and ABC Reading Eggs I hollered to my son as he walked past, “Hey, what do you think of Reading Eggs?” His eyes widened, “I LOVE Reading Eggs!!” “Why? What’s good about it?” “It’s just really fun.” I love when kids learn, and have fun doing so. The enjoyment and … Read More...

Sesame Bar Recipe

Sesame Bars

Hi everyone! Simple Home Cook here to give you a lovely recipe that is perfect for that after school snack. These sesame bars are simple to make, use minimal ingredients and are much cheaper than … Read More...

lunch box inspriation ideas

Lunch Box Inspiration Ideas

I've been making lunch boxes for years and years! This week, I did a big batch of baking that should last me about 3 weeks into the school term. I freeze it all in containers and then just take out … Read More...

Treasure chest birthday cake

Treasure Chest Cake – Easy

The kids love me making birthday cakes for them. However, when we are looking for cake inspiration in the weeks (or months) before their birthday, there is a proviso involved in the occasion. … Read More...

Lunch box idea - sushi sandwiches

Sushi Sandwiches – Lunch Box Idea

Sushi sandwiches are easy for kids to eat and they are a little more novel than your regular sandwich. What you need Sliced Bread Fillings of choice Food Picks or Tooth picks (I mainly use … Read More...

The HP Envy 5540

Family Printer (Giveaway)

Sponsored by Digital Parents and HP The printer is one of those products that add enormous value to family life. It can be used for projects, homework, photos, cards, crafts, business needs and more. … Read More...

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon

Routine Cards – Morning and Afternoon

When it comes to starting school again for a new year, I like to establish routine systems for my children in the morning and afternoon. The advantage of doing this is making getting ready habitual so … Read More...

Easy family dinner - Beef and Vegetable Pastie

Beef & Vegetable Pasties

Happy New Year everyone! Amanda from Simple Home Cook here to give you some easy recipes to start off your 2016. My first recipe for Be A Fun Mum this year is ‘Beef and Vegetable Pasties’. Not as … Read More...

Personalised Mini Fig Heads for Lego

Personalised MiniFig Heads for Lego

Coolness like this is thanks to 3D printing. It will be interesting to see what possibilities arise thanks to this new technology. For now, I'm focusing on personalised mini fig heads … Read More...

How to cover school books with contact

How to Contact School Books

When it comes to covering school books, there are a few ways to do it. Contact My contact experience isn't always positive, however I have gotten better at it over the years. The secret is to work on a very flat surface and work in sections. After cutting the paper with backing attached (as per … Read More...

School Shoes - How they Last

How School Shoes Have Lasted Over a Year

I've tried many different school shoes for my children over the years and from my experience, I've come to this realisation: $ Cheap Shoes ($10-$40) These have never lasted long for my kids. Maybe a month or so, and so it doesn't tend to be cost effective in the long run. However, in saying that, … Read More...

Travel Journal

Doing a Family Holiday This Year?

Are you doing travelling or holidaying as a family this year?  I found a gorgeous, gorgeous product for you! This Travel Journal from Caravanning With Kids is a wonderful way to document family travels. You can do things like a daily journal, add photos or draw pictures; it's something … Read More...

Panning for gold

Pan for Gold

Kids love mystery and adventure! And we had plenty of that when we drove around the South Island of New Zealand last September in a camper van. One of the places we stopped at was Shanty Town. There we learnt how to pan for gold. I was chatting to one of the people who work there, and she … Read More...

Story of 2015

A Story of 2015 – Reflection for Kids

2015 is drawing to a close. Below is a writing prompt for kids to help them reflect on the year.  For older children, this could also become a writing plan for a short story about the year - and what a lovely thing to keep in the memory box! Filling this out could be a fun New … Read More...

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Hot Cobb Loaf

If you are looking for a delicious dip to entertain guests with on New Year’s Eve – then look no further. This cobb loaf is easy to prepare and can partially be made ahead of time which is a bonus if you have a busy night ahead. I usually like to make the dip part earlier in the day and leave it sit … Read More...

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