Lunch Box Notes - Story Friends

Lunch Box Story Friends – Woodlands

{Click the picture above for the PDF file} Back to school. Back to busy mornings. Back to organising bags. Back to making lunches.  I was thinking at the start of the year about how to inject a little fun into the process (without it being hard for mum), and I came up with cute … Read More...

Choc Zucchini Muffins (refined sugar free)

Choc Zucchini Muffins (refined sugar free)

Chocolate muffins are a great lunch box filler for the kids and especially since these are packed with zucchini. My kids love these muffins but I made sure they ate them and told me that they loved them first – before telling them what the special ingredient was. They were very surprised but kept … Read More...

Dumplings with soy sauce

GOOD CHOICE Sauces by Fountain

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Fountain  I’m (slowly) learning to become more aware about minimising the added sugar in our regular family food, because frankly, we just don’t need it. If we are … Read More...

Matchbox LEGO Beds

Matchbox LEGO Beds

I adore matchboxes. They are super sweet and useful for all kinds of adorable projects (just Google matchbox craft). Creating LEGO beds is a simple way to use them in play. Materials Empty … Read More...

Winter Essentials 2015

Autumn/Winter Fashion Essentials

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Westfield Westfield’s Autumn/Winter styles have hit the stores for those keen to grab this season’s most coveted items. You can shop online (so you can shop whenever … Read More...

Frozen Yoghurt Pops

Frozen Banana Pops

My kids love frozen stuff so I often give them frozen snacks: frozen peas, corn, yoghurt covered blueberries and frozen yoghurt bites.  I also do frozen bananas and these are a massive hit … Read More...

Shadow Puppet Theatre

DIY Shadow Puppet Theatre

My daughter discovered a Tv, iPad & computer free entertainment today! Its a miracle! She made her own show this afternoon very simply with a box, a torch and baking … Read More...

Marshmallow Art

Design Your Own Marshmallows

We bought some lovely big canvases (marshmallows) at Costco for roasting last week so thought we'd decorate them with paint (coloured milk). It was so much fun and worked better than we expected! The … Read More...

School bag station

School Bag Station – Rubber Tubs

Since we've moved a lot over the years, I've had to establish, and re-establish systems wherever we go, depending on the spaces available.  At the last place we were at, I had a homework station … Read More...

Slow Cooker - Sweet pulled pork recipe

Slow Cooker: Sweet Pulled Pork Recipe

This was a hit meal with my friend Bernie's teen kids. The leftovers make for yummy lunches too.   Ingredients 1.5kg shoulder pork (The shoulder is best for slow cooking as it shreds best. It is also a sweet cut of meat) 500g bbq sauce 300ml Coke or Cola (use caffeine free varieties … Read More...

Toilet Roll Printable Pirate

Cardboard Roll Printable Set: Pirates!

My children often create cardboard roll (toilet roll) characters.  It's creative, simple, relatively mess-free and fun. Below are some of my children's previous creations. I thought it would be fun to create a series of themed printables each month to make this an achievable (for mums) … Read More...

Meal Planning with inspiration from garden spoils

How a Garden is Changing My Life

This is one of the amazing things about our sea change year in New Zealand: the place where we are staying has an amazing existing vegetable garden. Having a garden has changed me in ways I didn't anticipate. First, I have to say here that I'm not a good gardener. I don't even enjoy … Read More...

The Bucket Chore System in the kitchen

The Bucket Chore System

Renee shares a bucket chore system that is working well in her home. It's quite similar to what I do for our school bags.    Cleaning: if it was more like eating chocolate I’d totally get into it, but it’s not. It’s the never ending, laborious, unrewarding and thankless job … Read More...

toy tyre swing

Toy Tyre Swing

We didn't bring a lot of toys with us to this new place. It's been fantastic.  I noticed a spot where the kids often play outside and decided to put up a few toy tyre swings in that area. I did a similar thing at the last place we were at with a twig ladder and paddle pop stick doors on … Read More...

Boiled Egg Bunny Hat Printable

Adorable Bunny Hat for Your Eggs

You won't need to prepare anything for this cute idea. Just print it out, cut out the hats and add them to the dippy eggs before you crack them open. So cute. Fun for an Easter morning breakfast. Materials Egg Bunny Hat Printable Egg cup Dippy Egg (tips here on how to cook it) Non-toxic … Read More...

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