children are a blessing

Little conversations that make you think

I sat with a group of parents in a four seater on the bus. We were the designated supervision crew on a school excursion to the museum. In general chatter, I mentioned my four children. The usual response I get is, "Wow! You've got your hands full!" or even "FOUR! Are you crazy?" I'm used to that … Read More...

Netflix - Madagascar 1,2 & 3

Is Netflix Worth It?

There was a buzz around Netflix, and I accepted a free trial to check it out. If you haven't heard about Netflix, it's a popular streaming service for movies, documentaries and television shows that's now available in Australia and New Zealand. I wasn't sure how I would find … Read More...

How to make rainbow scratch pictures

DIY Rainbow Scratch Pictures

This is one of my favourite craft activities to do at home and the end result is gorgeous. The first time you try this with the kids they will be amazed at the beautiful and vibrant colours that come … Read More...

Wool Friendship Bands

Friendship Bands

I attended a conference in Sydney recently, and received a goodie bag from Spotlight with a variety of colourful mini wool balls. I LOVE Spotlight and they have an online store too.  I … Read More...

How to do a portable cinema

Portable Movie Theatre

Sponsored by Bose and Nuffnang I mentioned to my husband that I was reviewing a portable speaker. When I said the brand was Bose, he was estatic! Haha. I didn’t know the brand was such a favourite, … Read More...

Flower Head Wreath made from craft foam

Foam Flower Wreath

We have a stack of craft foam in the craft box; it caught my eye last time I was at Spotlight. It's proven to be so handy for activities that provide an extension of play for my kids. We used it … Read More...

Rings

Enjoying Fashion Fads: Ring Stack

I enjoy fashion but I'm not someone who necessarily keeps up with current styles. I tend to go for classic pieces, and then mix it up with fun seasonal items that happen to catch my … Read More...

Easy play idea - Colourful water in tubs

Colourful Water Play

I used to do this when the kids were little. I dug out an old pic from 6 years ago. Aww, bless! Look at them! All you need Bowls or plastic containers Food … Read More...

I used what I had in the fridge at the time which was tomato sauce, cherry tomato, salami and ham (which I cup up in shreds). I threw it all on to a board and the kids made their own.

English Muffin Mini Pizzas

My kids are so hungry in the afternoons! I have over 60 afternoon tea ideas here and mini pizza is on the list because it's a hit with my kids. Good for lazy dinner nights or lunch on the … Read More...

Aussie Kid Bloggers

Being a Blogger: Behind the Scenes

Blogger Weekend: Behind the Scenes I started Be A Fun Mum as a goal for myself after I came out of depression back in 2009. After a few years of blogging personally, I realised I might be able to create a job for myself through my blog after the kids were all back in school, allowing me to stay … Read More...

Painting activity for kids - dot painting

Dot Painting

Aboriginal dot paintings are a wonderful tradition that is great to introduce to our kids in a simplistic form. It is also a fun thing to do where minimal items are required. Keep them in your art cupboard and you can do this activity whenever boredom strikes. It is simple and best of all, doesn’t … Read More...

Period Dresses

Beautiful Period Fashion

Frills and furbelows, corsets and cuffs, prose and poetry, mittens and muffs… If these are a few of your favourite things, you will love Tea in a Tea Cup – a blog that looks at the fashion, art, literature, poetry, customs and pastimes that were prominent in the 17th, 18th and 19th … Read More...

Rolled Meatloaf - stuffed with spinach, ham and cheese

Rolled Meatloaf with Ham, Cheese & Spinach

I have been making this recipe for many years now and when I released my cookbook back in 2013, this was the most popular recipe. Lots of people said it tastes just like spaghetti and meatballs. It is a great meal to make ahead of time and keep in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Please … Read More...

It's the reward - a story about parenting

It’s the reward

My teen went away on a camp overseas this past school holidays. They grow up, and start -- you know -- being all independent and doing things! I missed her! The day after she got back home again, she greeted me in the morning as we readied to go out. "Mum, you look lovely! You often wear … Read More...

Unique gift idea - make a story box

Make a Story Box: Unique Gift Idea

Today I am reviewing gorgeous little story boxes which are specifically designed to be given as a personalised gift to someone you love. The idea behind the Story Box is to fill a frame with figurines that, when looked at collectively, tell a story.   It is actually quite romantic and it took … Read More...

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