diary of a family day

Diary of a Family Day

Sponsored by Sealord and Nuffnang During this year in New Zealand, we’ve been sampling local food brands. One of our discoveries is frozen fish fillets by Sealord. Seriously the BEST pre-prepared fish our family has tasted! And guess what? They are coming to Woolworths and Coles stores in Australia … Read More...

How to make a paper hot chip cup

DIY Paper Cup for Hot Chips!

My kids love this! On the odd occasion, I make paper chip cups for a special fish & chip dinner at home. They are easy and quick to make and bring a bit of novelty to a regular meal. All you need is a square piece of paper (just cut an A4 piece into a square). I've made this with both regular … Read More...

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

Toy Car Wash

Whipped this Matchbox car wash for the kids this school holidays with items I had around the house. So easy!  Materials used Ice cream bucket A box can be used but won't be waterproof - … Read More...

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A Note on the Kitchen Bench

After the kids were all in bed, I noticed a note on the kitchen bench. Written in felt pen on scrap A4 paper was a message for my husband from my teen. On top of the note sat a watch. The message was … Read More...

Mini cardboard books

Mini Books in a Cardboard Box Library

I recently featured a gorgeous mini cardboard library by a mother and teacher from Spain. When I put the article together, I realised I had a box we could use to do the same thing from inside the … Read More...

Shaving cream marble painting

Shaving Cream Marble Painting

This is a fantastic activity to do at home with your children – big and small. I really enjoyed it too and once the kids had had enough, I got in and made some patterns of my own. The process is very … Read More...

School Holiday Fun Box

School Holidays Fun Box

If I know I'm going to be at home for most of the school holidays, I usually do up some sort of fun box in the week before the break starts. You can find a previous version of this here. Now, if … Read More...

Iced Finger Buns Recipe

Iced Finger Buns

I am having a nostalgic month in June. The recipe I posted last week (porcupine meatballs) bought me back to my childhood as does this one. I remember buying these from the bakery with pink icing and … Read More...

Mermaid peg doll

Peg Mermaid Dolls

Wooden peg dolls are adorable! The last time we did this, the kids and I made ballerina peg dolls with tutus and they turned out beautifully. My girls are into mermaids at the moment and so … Read More...

Tree Trunk Templates - Watercolour

Tree Trunk Printable

Here are two tree watercolour trunk templates I had designed to do this Triad Tree Watercolour Experiment with my son's class. They are a great base for other painting/craft projects too, or even as a … Read More...

Pretty Flowers in mini mason jars

Don’t Buy Me Flowers

When I dated my husband (a long time ago), I said to him, “Don't buy me flowers. They just die.”  How I have changed over the years! I used to see flowers for their end result: wilted, limp and lifeless.  I couldn’t enjoy their moment in the sun or see their true beauty because I … Read More...

Allergy Friendly Bedding - How to Dust Mite Proof a Bed

Allergy Friendly Bedding: How to Dust Mite Proof a Bed

My daughter suffers from eczema and one of the things that causes irritation to her skin is dust mites.  I've read up on allergy friendly bedding and how to dust mite proof a bed, and we have found a system that works for us. It's made a big difference to my daughter's … Read More...

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe - slow cooker

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

This is an all-time favourite of mine and the perfect winter meal. It is cheap, easy and versatile too as it can be made on the stove top or in the slow cooker. My kids absolutely love it and it is a great family meal to warm the soul on these cold nights. This recipe brings me back to my childhood … Read More...

Toilet Roll Cars

Toilet Roll Cars: Printable

Here's a new edition to the toilet roll printable series. There were The Pirates, then the African Animals, and this time it's racing cars. There's a bit of a process with these ones (rather than just a colouring in/glue activity).  Materials 5 x toilet rolls Racing Cars Printable … Read More...

Lunch Box Story Friends - Under the Sea Theme - cute little messages to include in the lunch box

Lunch Box Story Friends: Under the Sea

A new Lunch Box Story Friends is available to download. This time, the theme is under the sea with whimsical mermaid friends, dolphin, clam and clown fish with cute message on the other side. Fun for the lunch box, scrapbooking, card making or just play. Idea You could recycled the fish … Read More...

Best bread roll recipe - Thermomix and non-Thermomix

Why I Cried Making Bread

I made pea and ham soup in the slow cooker today. It's one of my favourites. This evening, I decided to make bread rolls to go with the soup.  My eldest daughter (almost 14) walked into the kitchen while I was pounding the elastic dough with my palms. Fold. Press down and roll. Fold. Press … Read More...

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