Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

My Flower Girl, Her Flower Girl

Flower Girl and Bride

Almost fifteen years ago, I married my childhood sweetheart, Matthew. Here's a few pics I found on our wedding day (in the pre-digital days). One of Matthew's sisters was my flower girl. Her name is Emma and she was 5 at the time...and then 15 years later, that little girl got married. She's the person that often looks after my children when I'm away (she's a fab Aunty!). Emma is such a beautiful person and it was a joy … [Read more...]

Travel With Me to Dubai!

Visiting Dubai

This Bloggerati Getaway is proudly sponsored by Dubai Tourism I launched my new website design yesterday, and one of the changes I made was to add a Travel section on the blog. Personal and family travel has become important to me now my kids are older, and I am looking to feature more places and adventures in the upcoming years. The exciting news is I’m going on a blogger getaway that my amazing agent Nuffnang organised with Dubai Tourism. A … [Read more...]

Welcome to BAFM 3.0

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Welcome to a brand new Be A Fun Mum blog design and layout. I thought it would be fun to show how BAFM evolved over 5 years.  First came BAFM 1.0, dark, and swirly with red highlights. It reflected the paradox parenting, the complicities and simplicity of it.  Next up there was BAFM 2.0: Retro, fun, bold. There was a refining period during this time for the blog where I established my voice and the direction I wanted to … [Read more...]

Meet My Companion, Anxiety

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NOTE: If you suffer from anxiety, I'm sharing this post for you my friends. But I also know that sometimes these sorts of stories can cause anxiety too, so I'm acknowledging that at the outset. It was a lovely day; I felt tired but in good spirits. Not only did I feel happy, but I was in a productive mood, and was smashing through my to-do list: one item  was to make an appointment with the Dr for travel immunisations (watch this … [Read more...]

Watercolour Jacaranda Tree Tutorial

Jacaranda Tree Easy Watercolour Painting Tutorial for Kids

Ever since I did an Autumn tree watercolour experiment with the kids, I've thought about doing something similar for each season. Here in Brisbane, it's beautiful, and there are Jacaranda trees popping up everywhere! The idea is to do something really simple to celebrate the season that has a wow factor kids feel proud of (looks great hung on the wall too!) Materials Watercolour paper (you can get this from many places like … [Read more...]

Backyard Bottle Bowling

Backyard bowling. All you need is empty bottles and a ball.

One of my readers sent me this idea. It's one of those fab simple things you can pull out on a lazy Saturday afternoon for some family fun. Fabulous to keep in mind for Christmas or the school holidays! What you need 10 Empty 1.25 L Bottles Food colouring - 3 colours (optional) Large Ball Water How to play 1. Fill the bottles with water.  The more full they are, the harder they will be to push over.   2. Add a few drops of … [Read more...]

Tween Activity: Make a Personalised Fantasy Picture

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As my children get older, I realise there aren't many activity ideas for the tween/teen age.  I often think and look for fun activities for my older children, however I also find with some kids (like Miss 10) it's simply a matter of facilitating their interests. Miss 10 loves drama, stop animation and generally creating stuff, and one afternoon, she asked if she could create a fantasy scene.  The only thing I did here was … [Read more...]

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

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Brought to you by Nuffnang and Australian Made Someone was trying to mess with my head! Look at this. Just look! I resisted the urge to FIX IT and left it there. (Proud of myself for that.) However, this post isn’t about Corn Flakes or OCD tendencies, it’s about this green and gold logo: Over the years, I’ve become more aware of the choices I make as a consumer, and I’m still learning. What I want to highlight in this post is the … [Read more...]

Meatloaf Recipe (with rich glaze)

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This is the meatloaf I've been making for many, many years.  It's the glaze that makes it so delicious! I made it again the other night (I haven't made it in a while) and my husband was absolutely thrilled. Ha!  This recipe makes enough to feed 8 people. It can be frozen and leftovers work well in the lunch box. Meatloaf Recipe 1 kg lean mince 1 egg 1 onion (diced) 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 2 bacon rashes … [Read more...]

When I’m Criticised as Parent

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I said to someone recently, "Parenting is one of those things I desperately want to be good at, but just can't, no matter how hard I try." Do you ever feel that way? But what does being a good parent mean?   Feeding Nurturing Providing Loving Teaching Encouraging Refining Edifying Inspiring What other ing words can I think of? If there was a nice flow chart manual for parents, that would be great.  This problem: look it up: … [Read more...]

Health & Fitness

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At the start of 2014, I did a 12 week health/fitness challenge with my PT which gave me a brilliant start to the year.  I've been consistent this year in keeping up my fitness...except for the last 8 weeks. There are a lot of reasons for that: back problems, school holidays and just a lot going on here.  It's been good in a way, to have some extra time to invest in other areas, but I have noticed less nutritious convenient foods have … [Read more...]

Easy Stir Fry

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Stir Fry is one of my favourites.  It's packed full of delicious rainbow vegetables and it's quick and easy to whip up.  This is how I make it. Ingredients  500 grams of beef, chicken or pork (sliced in thin strips) - Tip for beef: I tried the regular stir fry beef you can buy but it always tastes tough.  Instead, I get rump and ask the butcher (even at Coles or Woolies) to trim the fat and slice it thinly for me. Tastes … [Read more...]

Getting the washing done…

Washing Pile

Got home from holidays (which was wonderful) with dirty washing and hand-me-down clothes from my sister. Then one of my daughters had a camp. And then she came home, and all of a sudden my washing pile became a monster mountain.  I decided to put it all on the kitchen table to FORCE myself to LOOK AT IT and DEAL WITH IT. I have a pretty good system now to do the laundry and you can read about it here. However, with six people in the … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Special Family Experiences

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Brought to you by Tourism & Events Queensland (S1 post) Making the Most of Special Family Experiences  I’ve discovered one of the best ways to engage my kids in learning is to make it about connection. There is something beautiful about natural curiosity and capitalising on experience.  With this in mind, when I prepare for certain experiences (like holidays) with my kids, I put a little thought into the big picture. It’s about … [Read more...]