I’m Kelly, and this is my blog.

If you’ve come here to find craft, activities for kids, party ideas or sweet treats, you may be disappointed. I’ll be upfront about that.  Yes, there is craft here. Yes, there are some fun activities, and recipes, DIY projects and stories, but that’s not what this blog is about.

It’s about being a mother.

It’s about being a mother who embraces who she is.

It’s about being a mother who embraces who she is, and celebrates others.

It’s about being a mother who embraces who she is, and celebrates others, and reflects the joy that freedom brings.


It’s about being a mother who is free.

Free to love. Free to laugh. Free to be.

An ideal? Maybe.

An inspiration? yes.

And where does fun come into it? Fun. Fun comes in all shapes and forms.  What one person finds fun can be completely different than another. And that is why this blog, Be A Fun Mum, isn’t about craft or paint or collage, or birthday parties.  It’s about finding your own way to be fun with your kids.  It’s about being a fun family who does stuff: who experiences life together.

Being a fun mum isn’t an hour dedicated to paint in the backyard. It’s about creating a life of memories (which — sure — might include painting in the backyard). It’s the ability to take the time, to waste time with little ones as you watch a lady bug fly.  It’s walking arm in arm with your teen, laughing, not because of the moment but what it represents: an investment in relationship over years and years.  It’s about finding ways to connect, when things aren’t all that fun.

Be a Fun Mum is an attitude, not something you do.

You’ll find this blog to more mum-centred than kid-centred. For example, I shared a DIY Play Tablecloth the kids and I made on school holidays. It was a massive hit with the kids (they were at it for hours) and it was easy for me because I’ve learned to pick the right moments for these sorts of activities.  It’s that sort of balance I aim to bring to the blog (because sometimes you’re not in the right head space for glitter, glue and paint!).

In one sentence

If I had to sum up the blog in one sentence, I would say it’s about discovering the joy of motherhood in a fast-paced world by loving the little moments which are like pieces of a puzzle, together over time creating a beautiful masterpiece. 

If you’re still reading, if you’re still here, you may like to read more about me, see the FAQs, follow me on Facebook, read 10 Ways to Be A Fun Mum, participate in a love the moment challenge or look around the blog. I write posts 3-5 times a week so check back regularly.  If you like what you see you can subscribe to posts via email or RSS feed on the left side bar or on BlogLovin, plus there’s my monthly newsletter too.

I believe creating a happy childhood for my children is like gifting them little memory anchors that can be drawn on throughout their entire life.  To achieve this, our mission as a family is to be amazing in the moments we have and to delight in all the wonders in them.

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I love nature, and seek to join the dots with the world around me as I live.

I’m into simple, rustic food.

I do (easy) craft, but it’s less about craft and more about value.

There’s personal posts here, where I share stories and thoughts about motherhood.

I’m an adventurer — a truth seeker — with a desire to connect meaningfully with those I meet on this varied path I walk.

Follow Me on Social Media

I use different social media channels for different things and below is a quick summary.

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Instagram    -    Facebook    –   Pinterest    –    Twitter    –    Google +


Where You’ll Find Me

Aside from this blog, you can also find me:

  • Running networking workshops on social media, small business and blogging in Brisbane with Good Conversations.
  • Writing travel posts for Brisbane Kids
  • On Radio: 612 ABC Parenting Panel and 96Five
  • Featured in online and in-print media, including Pumpkin Patch, World Vision, Huggies, Talking Mums, Woman’s Day, New Idea, Coles, KleenexMums, Indulge eMagazine, Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail & RedBalloon
  • Advocating as a World Vision Blog Ambassador & working with other NGOs like Save the Children
  • Editing the Cakes To Make website (live soon)

Cool Things I’ve Done

  • Traveled to New Zealand, Thailand, India and Laos
  • Participated in the World Record for the Longest Catwalk with Ecco Shoes
  • Met my World Vision sponsor child
  • Interviewed The Wiggles, Fashion Designer Peter Morrissey, TV personality Tara Dennis, Celebrity Chef George Calombaris, Masterchef 2011 Winner Kate Bracks, swimmer Kieren Perkins.

Leave a comment to let me know you were here or contact me.

Please note

Use your own judgement or obtain advice from a relevant professional to decide what activities and ideas are appropriate for you and you family. I do not accept any responsibility for injury sustained as a result of following the suggestions contained within the content of this blog.

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Catriona sharpNo Gravatar May 31, 2011 at 7:54 am

Oh Kelly. What a joy to look around your newly designed site. It is such a pleasure to call you my friend. I am so proud of you for Persuing this dream and having the boldness to keep going. I love you so much and miss you every day. I pray that one day you will move house to follow a job, and when your neighbour knocks on the door with cookies to welcome you, it will be me…I am learning in my own way that even less ‘crazy’ (sorry. You know what I mean) people can be Fun Mums. I used to think it was ok for people like you who just bounce through life and know how to have fun, because it is who you are. But I am learning to be who I am and enjoy who my kids are. It helps that they are older and I am rising out of the baby fog that blanketed my way for so long. You are an inspiration and a blessing to so many. I pray for you everything I think of you. I ask God to bless you and for you to feel Him close by to pick you up or pat you on the back if that’s what you need. For him the be the friend that I would like to be if we lived closer to each other. You know I’d do your washing for you if I came over for a cuppa. Miss you Kel. Hugs to your man an little peeps. Cate


Kelly BNo Gravatar June 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

My beautiful friend!

I miss you Cate. Wouldn’t it be nice if our paths came close together again one day soon. You’re gorgeous Cate. Don’t change. Always be you. You’re beautiful. And so is your family. xxxxx


CARA MORETTINo Gravatar July 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

congratulatyions, I went to highschool at kelvin grove and sharon was in my greade, you were always such beautiful happy girls and you have a grown into a beautiful wife, mother and entrepraneour !! congratulations


KellyNo Gravatar July 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

Than you Cara! Lovely to connect again!


Jo HilderNo Gravatar August 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Dear Kelly,
I was referred to your site by Janet from Footprints, and I would like to place a link to your site on my website.
You can find my site at http://www.johilder.com
I am an Australian writer and blogger, and I’m trying to put together a list of Australia Christian bloggers for my site.
I love your site!
I’d love to link to it, however, I cannot find your full name on the site! Can you please send an email to jo.hilder@bigpond.com if you’d like to appear in my blogroll and include your full name.
Thanks so much,
Jo :)


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar August 26, 2011 at 7:15 am

Emailed you Jo.


rebecca wolfsonNo Gravatar October 18, 2011 at 5:15 am

hey kelly
i recieved all the fun gifts you sent to my kids and for me. you went so above and beyond. the kids had so much fun opening the package and seeing all the goodies inside! they were all so wonderful!

thanks so much!!
rebecca wolfson


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

Dear Rebecca

Aren’t you just gorgeous for coming back and leaving a message for me. It’s my absolute pleasure. Glad you and the kids love them. Enjoy! xxx


Danielle ColleyNo Gravatar March 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Holy snappers, you ARE a fun mum! I’m excited just looking at all the creative ideas you have on this great site, wishing my 2 year old was a little bit older……or perhaps I can just start our memory box and by the time he’s into it it will be a treasure chest of fantastic did bits to sprawl all over the lounge!
I adore your term ‘memory anchors’….it’s so true. So true! I’ll be coming back for rainy day fun times with you, Mrs Kelly. Bet your bottom dollar!


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar April 2, 2012 at 7:47 am

Haha. Best comment eva! Hi! Welcome! Thanks for being here!


Melody F.No Gravatar May 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

I bumped into your blog as I was looking for interesting parenting/mom/mum blogs. I nominated your blog for the Kreative blogger award. Here’s the link to it… http://globalfamilytreks.com/2012/05/06/kreative-blogger-award/. (If you’ve already been “awarded” it in the past, I hope you don’t mind the additional recognition). Cheers, Mel


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar August 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Thanks so much Melody! Only just saw this now. :)


BridgetNo Gravatar January 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Hello Kelly,
I have been meaning to email you for ages. I just want to say your amazing!
I absolutely love everything that you do, what an inspiring women you are. I am also a very hands on mum too and have stayed at home with my two littlies five and six and have played and dressed up and done craft, but to see your blogs and Facebook comments you keep things fresh and new. A big thank you!
I am now starting a Facebook business with a bit of a differnece. It’s for Mums,sisters, daughters and friends. It’s care packages in the post. If you get a chance I would love your comments. I don’t know if it’s something you would want to comment on on your blogg but a personal email back would do.
Thanks for your time.
And big thanks with helping me out when I run out of things to do with the kids.
Warm regards
Bridget xx


Jo@simplybeingmumNo Gravatar February 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Hi Kelly – I’ve just found you. I’m writing a blog post thing morning on organising kids, and was checking the grammar! Your post came up! I’ll be subscribing. Looks like I’ll enjoy your blog. Jo


Jo@simplybeingmumNo Gravatar February 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Oh and I’ll be linking back ;)


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