Paper Popsicles ice cream- printable

Paper Popsicles – for Imaginative Play

These are easy to whip up and are fun for imaginative play (set up an ice cream shop), use as party invitations (write on the back) or decorations (make a bunting with string). Make your own (use the blank printable) or you can download the template my kids and I painted with watercolours, … Read More...

Essential Oils

Essential Oils to Get Started

I love essential oils. Lavender is my favourite and I use it on my temples, a few drops in water for a foot spa, to scent linen and even for sweet smelling play dough.  Sara, illustrator and mum of four, is sharing simple ways to get started with 3 of her favourite essential oils. … Read More...

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 … Read More...

Wheelie Bin

Garbage Day

My heart sank when I heard the garbage truck come around the corner. I forgot to put the bin out last night. I raced out the back door, not stopping to close it, and around the side of the house, … 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 … 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...

family

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...

Sparkler Birthday Card

Un-Birthday?

Do you have a child with a birthday smack-bang in the middle of the festive season? Kids with birthdays over the December/January period can really feel like they're missing out. I should know - … 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 you're thinking, "Wow, what a fun mum you are!" I'll add here that, although I do want to give … 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 coconut sprinkled on them but we called them coffee rolls instead. I have made these quite a few … 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 we recently made peg mermaid dolls.  They are easy! Fun for Birthday part … 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 play dough mat (make green/pink play dough for foliage & flowers). My daughter sat … 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...

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