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.

Monster Cardboard Roll Printable

Cute Monster Printable - wrap around cardboard rolls - easy and quick craft for kids

Any monster fans out there? Here’s a new printable you can wrap around a toilet/cardboard roll.  Makes for an easy and quick craft. Press the image below for the PDF file or click here. More Toilet Roll Printables Toilet Roll Cars   Block People African Animals Pirates

5 Ways I’m Not a Fun Mum

Why I'm not a Fun Mum

The younger kids were in bed, and my older two were pottering around doing before-bed things. I was laying on my tummy, cushion under my chin with my computer under outstretched hands. My tween daughter walked past and paused.  “Why are you writing that?” she asked glancing at the title, “You ARE a fun mum!” […]

One Quarter Shy, Three Quarters Delight

little stories of motherhood

I stood under our meeting tree and waited to see my son after school. I put effort into how I greet my kids after being separated because I believe it’s one of those moments worth being intentional about and investing in.  I spotted him from a while away and watched him walk. He shuffles his […]

Squishy Balloon Faces

Simple fun for kids - Squishy Balloon Faces

These squishy balloon faces are so easy and fun, and they cost next to nothing.  Materials Play Dough (recipe below) Permanent Marker Balloons (good quality) Instructions 1. Make a batch of play dough. This recipe will fill about 3-4 balloons but if you want more, just double/triple it. 1/4 cup of salt 1/2 cup of plain flour 1 tablespoon […]

Experience Gift Voucher Giveaway for Father’s Day

Fatherhood

Sponsored by Nuffnang and RedBalloon When I reflect about my Dad around Father’s Day, I think about the stories, and there is one memory that stands out for me. When I was a girl, I lived in a remote village in Papua New Guinea with my family. My Dad set up a warehouse for the village […]

Lots of Lovely Things for Kids to Make with Wool

lovely things for kids to do with wool or yarn

We recently visited a sheep farm and the kids got to pat lambs and take home freshly cut wool. They absolutely loved it! These sorts of experiences are not only fun for children, they wonderful for learning and making connections. For example, my daughter’s favourite wool jumper came from the wool of a sheep somewhere. […]

A Sandpit Without Having a Sandpit

sand play - make a sand box

My husband and I have had to move a lot since having children. When you live a nomadic-of-sorts life, it’s difficult to achieve certain things like a backyard sandpit or cubby house.  My son especially enjoys playing with sand and so I wanted to give him that experience without the big deal of doing a sandpit (even a […]

Special Occasion Make Up (and taking it off)

Make up station

Sponsored by Nuffnang and Garnier I’m doing a series of review posts featuring Garnier products I use regularly. In a previous post (link), I shared 3 super quick routine looks (1-minute; 2-minute; 5-mintute) I have up my sleeve, depending on how much time I have of a morning. If I have a little more time […]

French Knitted Hairband – Easy for Kids to Make

French Knit Headband

French knitting is an easy project for kids and I’ve done it with my girls many times. We knit with a cardboard roll and paddle pop sticks. Works a treat! The kids usually make scarfs, but this time, we made hair accessories with the finished product. Here are two of my girls french knitting on the trampoline […]

HUGE Colouring Pages

huge colouring pages OMY Designs

These big colouring pages are something to keep in mind for the upcoming school holidays, as a novel gift idea coupled with drawing pens or to decorate a bedroom wall.  They would make a wonderful teacher gift too; all the children in the class could work on it, and get the poster laminated or framed for the […]

Fun things to put in your handbag

Fun things for your handbag

Depending on what stage our family life is at, I have small toys, dedicated for the handbag for times when we are out and about. An example: for the younger kids when we are watching older kids play sport, or just general waiting times. The idea is the toys are ONLY out for those special […]

Dear Dad Letter

Dear Dad Letter - Fill in the Blanks - Great for Father's Day

I adore fill in the bank letters for kids. I did one around Mother’s Day and with Father’s Day around the corner, I did a version for Dads too, with help from my designer friend Liss from LissLetters. There is a black and white and coloured version that are free to download and use. Just click […]

Peppa Pig Father’s Day Printable

Peppa Pig Finger Puppets

Peppa Pig is such a favourite, and I have some cute Father’s Day inspired printables available to download. I’ll start with my favourite. Peppa Pig Finger Puppets Finger puppets. There are 2 to colour in and 2 already done.  Great for story telling, or just for fun. Print the file below by clicking the picture of […]

Father’s Day Mini Book

Father's Day Idea - Make a Mini Book

We are a book loving family and the kids make their own books often. I already had the words for a Father’s Day Printable and so we made it into a mini book too. It’s really very easy to make, and would make a wonderful gift/card idea for Father’s Day. Materials 7 pieces of cardstock […]