Bernie likes collecting the eggs from her sweet chickens in the morning and snuggling with two cute dogs on the sofa in the evening. In between, you’ll find her loving her 1 husband and 3 kids, baking for craft stalls, creating outfits for small animals, teaching kids with special needs and making her friends laugh. She sometimes does the washing too.

Peppa Pig Holiday Range Giveaway

Peppa Pig Holiday Play Set

Peppa Pig has a brand new Holiday toy range, just in time for the Christmas season. This gorgeous line of toys is sure to engage little fans of the show in imaginative play. BAFM writer Bernie (Primary School Teacher and Music Teacher at Making Rainbows) road tested the products and I’ll hand it over to her.   Over […]

BBQ Chicken Seasoning

How to make your own BBQ Chicken Seasoning Mixture

Hot Chooks! I love a shop bought hot chicken! Convenient, not much more expensive than baking your own, oh and the flavour! Have you ever wished you could re-create the same seasoning?! I think I may have come close! Check it out! Ingredients 6 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons curry powder 3 tablespoons black pepper 1.5 […]

Review: Big, Stylish Beach Bag

Beach Bag Review

My friend and I (we create and run music programs for kids at Making Rainbows) escaped for a few days at a friend’s beach house to do a little planning and a lot of relaxing.  I love sharing holidays with friends you can relax with…the kids think they’re on a full time play date/sleep over and […]

DIY Shadow Puppet Theatre

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 paper! Materials Box Baking Paper Paddle Pop Sticks White Paper Lead Pencil Scissors Glue Stick Torch Making Shadow Box 1. Cut the top and bottom […]

Design Your Own Marshmallows

Marshmallow Art

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 trick is to use thin paint brushes with a fine tip. We bought ours at Daiso for $2.80 in a pack […]

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 if desired) […]

Easter Chick Houses

Easter Chicky Houses

I didn’t get around to making our yearly gingerbread house last Christmas. I missed the personal challenge of balancing the walls and roof to prevent a culinary tragedy. I even missed scraping the cement-like icing off my kitchen bench! If you’ve ever made a gingerbread house, you’ll know exactly what I mean.   So now that […]

Do You Want to Build a (Box) Snowman?

Do you want to build a (box) snowman?

It wasn’t planned, but we seem to be decorating our home with a real winter theme this Christmas. First it was the warm woollen tree, then it was the glittery snowballs and today, three empty boxes lying around inspired my 10 year old to build a snowman! She really loves the construction process…planning out the materials […]

Cupcake Christmas Tree Decoration

Cupcake Christmas Decoration

This is pretty much all you need to make two awesome Christmas decorations.  DECORATION 1: SNOWBALLS Materials Styrofoam balls, various sizes Epsom Salts Clear, shimmery glitter Tacky glue  Method Combine the Epsom Salts and the white sparkly glitter in a bowl Paint the craft glue all over the Styrofoam balls. Use a cup or glass to […]

Wool Christmas Tree

christmas crafts - wool christmas tree

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year! As soon as the stores start displaying their ornaments and wreaths I’m there baby! I love browsing through new designs and colour combinations. Every year, the stores seem to come out with something different, which I think is awesome! When I was a kid in […]

Creating With Bread Dough (like play dough for older kids!)

Bread shapes for the lunch box

My daughter still loves playing with play dough and she’s 10! I don’t make it for her very often any more but today I had a brilliant idea! I could make some bread dough for her to “play with”. This way she’d have an outlet for her creativity and I’d be organised for tomorrow’s school […]

Slow Cooker: Chicken Enchilada Soup

bernie's recipe

This recipe was given to me by my friend Bernadette from Making Rainbows  It’s become one of those family favourites that’s a regular on the menu. Okay, today I’m going to share with you my new favourite recipe. Everyone who’s tasted it so far loves it and stalks me for the recipe, so I thought I’d pass […]