Jacaranda Tree Easy Watercolour Painting Tutorial for Kids

Watercolour Jacaranda Tree Tutorial

Ever since I did an Autumn tree watercolour experiment with the kids, I've thought about doing something similar for each season. Here in Brisbane, it's beautiful, and there are Jacaranda trees popping up everywhere! The idea is to do something really simple to celebrate the season that … [Read More...]

Backyard bowling. All you need is empty bottles and a ball.

Backyard Bottle Bowling

One of my readers sent me this idea. It's one of those fab simple things you can pull out on a lazy Saturday afternoon for some family fun. Fabulous to keep in mind for Christmas or the school holidays! What you need 10 Empty 1.25 L Bottles Food colouring - 3 colours (optional) Large … [Read More...]

britt bears - koala

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Australian Made Someone was trying to mess with my head! Look at this. Just look! I resisted the urge to FIX IT and left it there. (Proud of myself for that.) … [Read More...]

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Meatloaf Recipe (with rich glaze)

This is the meatloaf I've been making for many, many years.  It's the glaze that makes it so delicious! I made it again the other night (I haven't made it in a while) and my husband was … [Read More...]

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Celebrating birthdays at school or day care – easy marshmallow pops I love that teachers and caregivers take the time to celebrate our children’s birthdays at school and day care. Singing happy … [Read More...]

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When I’m Criticised as Parent

I said to someone recently, "Parenting is one of those things I desperately want to be good at, but just can't, no matter how hard I try." Do you ever feel that way? But what does being a good … [Read More...]

healthy food 12 Week Challenge

Health & Fitness

At the start of 2014, I did a 12 week health/fitness challenge with my PT which gave me a brilliant start to the year.  I've been consistent this year in keeping up my fitness...except for the … [Read More...]

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Easy Stir Fry

Stir Fry is one of my favourites.  It's packed full of delicious rainbow vegetables and it's quick and easy to whip up.  This is how I make it. Ingredients  500 grams of beef, … [Read More...]

Washing Pile

Getting the washing done…

Got home from holidays (which was wonderful) with dirty washing and hand-me-down clothes from my sister. Then one of my daughters had a camp. And then she came home, and all of a sudden my … [Read More...]

Shoebox puppet theatre

Sea Animals Shoebox Puppet Theatre

This is a surprisingly simple and fun DIY project for sea animal fans. There are whales, dolphins and turtles!  Great for a school projects, show and tell, a themed holiday activity or just for fun!  Here's an idea: make a theme day and borrow a sea animal book from the local library, … [Read More...]

Brambley Hedge Illustration

Brambly Hedge Mouse House

When her twin boys are tucked up in bed, Maddie Brindley (Mads) creates magical, miniature worlds that have to be seen to be believed. She’s made a Hobbit Hole, based on the book and film – The Hobbit – where every finely crafted detail is true to the story and will leave you marvelling at this … [Read More...]

Coffee Love Heart

Coffee is My Little Luxury

Sponsored by Piazza D’oro and Nuffnang Someone asked me about the favourite little luxuries I enjoy. I didn’t even have to think: Coffee, fresh bread and movies in bed. That rhymes and everything. Coffee for me is one of those lovely little luxuries I enjoy every day. Every. … [Read More...]

Staple Items to Take to the beach

What We Take to The Beach

We are a pick-up-and-go type of family and so I like to keep things simple when we go to the beach.   If we keep things simple, it's achievable, and when it's achievable, we do it more.  What we take depends on how long we will be there. If we are heading to the beach for a few hours … [Read More...]

kid drawings

A Representation of Family

I could never have imagined how much my children's drawings would encourage me on this parenting journey. I see something very truthful about children's drawings. And it's not just truthful, but more than that: there's an underlying truth.  So often it helps me see what … [Read More...]

Spring shoes and outfit

Spring Shoes: A Tie-In Colour

I was in the Paddington Sacha Drake store recently to pick up something I needed to add to my outfit for a wedding. While I was there I found a pair of shoes. I've never seen them before: the brand is Holster, and they are an Aussie company based in Noosa, Queensland. The style I bought … [Read More...]

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