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.

DIY Barbie Tote Bag

Make a Barbie Tote bag (that fits in a lot of cute things inside) out of a small bottle

My kids tend to play with toys in ebbs and flows. Sometimes they are more into Lego, and sometimes they are more into Barbie play. Whatever the kids are into, I do like to look for ways to facilitate and extend their play (like when we made doll clothes out of organza gift bags).  We recently […]

Personalised Pop Portrait for Your Family

Personalised Pop Portrait of your family

Hello!! How cool is this! The very talented Marie O’Neill released new range of personalised Pop Portraits and she did one for our family! She captured our essence unbelievably well. I can’t believe it!  We haven’t had a proper family photos for a few years, but this is the most recent one of me and the children on Mother’s […]

Origami Ninja Stars

Origami Ninja Stars

My kids are into origami at the moment and I’ve been making a heap of ninja stars with them. They make a cute decorations (ceiling mobile or pop them on straws for cake decoration), and they are fun to play with: my kids flick the stars at targets like a frisbee (if you ask my son, there’s […]

Learning to Make the Most of My Garden

Cooking food from the garden

I’ve been writing a series about our backyard garden here in New Zealand and the food I cook. First post (and harvest) was about the joys of having a backyard garden.  Next I discuss ugly vegetables (and where they all go). As Winter approaches, the garden harvest is getting smaller, but there’s citrus on it’s way!  I’m […]

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

Milk Bottle Rainmaker

I almost threw it out.  We cut the top of a milk bottle to use the bottom half for a project the kids and I were doing. As I walked over to the recycling, I challenged myself: Kelly think of what you could do with this thing. So I made a rainmaker and it was […]

11 Things I’m Learning About Parenting a Teen

11 Things I'm Learning About Parenting a Teen

I love parenting a teen! It’s great.  Next year I’ll have two. I was thinking about it, and within five years, all four of my kids will be teens at the same time (but not yet…not quite yet).  Things do change as they get older, and so my approach to parenting has to also. I’ve […]

Chatterbox Fun

How to make a chatterbox - so much fun for kids

Ah, this brings back many memories. I haven’t made one of these chatterboxes for a long, long while but have recently been making them again with my kids.  If anyone needs a refresher, here’s a step by step process how to make a chatterbox with an A4 piece of paper. I’ve written instructions for each […]

Cute Bottles and Purple Flowers

voilets

There are some things I don’t like to skimp on. Vanilla is one of them. For example, I don’t like using Vanilla essence in recipes (only extract or paste please!). Vanilla is just so-so beautiful and can be used in so many ways. I put a little on my dishcloth sometimes and it leaves a beautiful […]

Paddle Pop Stick Catapult

Paddle Pop Stick Catapult

I tend to do craft for the kids in batches, there was a time there where I did a heap of milk bottle craft with the kids. I collected them over a few weeks and we used them as much as we could think of (there’s a list of milk bottle crafts here). I had […]

About My Mum Template

I love my mum because

It’s funny (and sweet) to see how the kids answer these questions! There’s a spot down the bottom for a photograph or picture. Click the picture to download. My son knows me so well. My favourite ‘food’, is indeed coffee. My husband sat down and wrote these responses with our youngest. How adorable! 

Shoebox Guitar

Shoebox Guitar

Shoebox Guitar Shoebox Large rubber bands Cardboard (could be from an empty cereal box or any kind of large box) Scissors & tape 1. Cut a hole out in the top of the box. 2. Ease 5 rubber bands over box so they are covering the hole (large sturdy rubber bands are best for this) […]

Family Guide to an Aussie Snow Holiday

Family guide to an aussie snow holiday

Brought to you by Expedia and Nuffnang Snow is a novel thing to most Australians, and it’s something I wanted my kids to experience. Once you start looking into a family snow holiday in Australia, there’s a lot of different options and added costs.  It can be quite overwhelming! I’ve written an article for Expedia and boiled […]

DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Bath Bombs Homemade bath bombs are a fabulous gift idea, especially for Mother’s Day. It’s easy to make them and McKenzie’s (most commonly known for bi-carb) gave me this great recipe to share. Ingredients 1 ½ cups McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda ½ cup McKenzie’s Citric Acid Potpourri Sweet almond oil (from chemist) Essential oil, such as lavender or […]

African Animals: Toilet Roll Printable

African Animals Printable for toilet rolls

Last month, there were the Pirates in the toilet roll printable series, and this month, it’s African animals with cute baobab trees. It takes me back to a safari my daughters and I went on in Kruger National Park in South Africa and we saw all of these animals expect the lion! Amazing. You can see more of […]