Barbie Giveaway

Fun Ways to Play with Barbie (Plus Giveaway)

Sponsored by Barbie & Digital Parents I was ten. On a visit to the toy section (in Myer by memory), I spotted a doll and immediately fell in love with her. It’s the only time I remember really (really!) wanting a toy as a child. I hadn’t seen a Barbie like her before. She had crimped light … Read More...

All Year Essentials

All Year Essential List

This year, I've had the opportunity to think of essentials items that bring value to family life. And not only to family life but things that bring me joy which then I can pass on to the ones around me. I recently shared the autumn list, and I'll have my winter items up next.   There are also … Read More...

Water painting on concrete - a great way to do sight words too.

Water, Ice-cream Tub & A Paint Brush

This is a simple activity. It's easy to set up and clean up. A fun way to do sight/spelling words for a change too. Materials Brush/es or even cotton tips work Bucket of water. I used an empty … Read More...

Simple Black and White Mobile Photo Editing Tip

Black & White Photo Editing Tip

I adore black and white photos. The simplicity allows for emotion to shine through. I use a simple trick to enhance my black and white photos so the eyes pop.  The photo editing program I use … Read More...

Mini Chicken Pies

Mini Chicken Pies

Hi everyone! Amanda from Simple Home Cook here and this time I have a savoury snack for you instead of the sweet ones I have been posting lately. I love a good meat pie but chicken pies come a pretty … Read More...

Pansy Cupcake high tea setting

DIY Doily Cupcake Liners

Who doesn’t love a high tea! It’s the pretty little touches that really do it for me. The tiny finger foods, delicious cakes and of course good company. I recently hosted a high tea and was surprised … Read More...

Cut a hole in an ice-cream container big enough to feed milk bottle lids in there. Empty out and do it again. Fun toddler activity.

Milk Bottle Lid Slot Game

I love milk bottle lids. They are cute and useful for all sorts of things and you can find of the ways we've used them here. The kids are into play shops at the moment, and I made a 'money' coin … Read More...

How to make your own BBQ Chicken Seasoning Mixture

BBQ Chicken Seasoning

Hot Chooks! I love a shop bought hot chicken! Convenient, not much more expensive than baking your own, oh and the flavour! Have you ever wished you could re-create the same seasoning?! I think I may … Read More...

Chatterbox Critters

Chatterbox Critters

The kids are loving chatterboxes at the moment. My daughter Pip made little critters puppets out of them too and she is sharing how. 1. Follow the instruction here on how to make a chatterbox here … Read More...

Make a Barbie Tote bag (that fits in a lot of cute things inside) out of a small bottle

DIY Barbie Tote Bag

My kids tend to play with toys in ebbs and flows. Sometimes they are more into Lego, and sometimes they are more into Barbie play. Whatever the kids are into, I do like to look for ways to facilitate and extend their play (like when we made doll clothes out of organza gift bags).  We … Read More...

Personalised Pop Portrait of your family

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 … Read More...

Origami Ninja Stars

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 … Read More...

Cooking food from the garden

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, … Read More...

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

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 fun! It's become a backyard/bath … Read More...

11 Things I'm Learning About Parenting a Teen

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 been … Read More...

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