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.

How Technology Has Changed Since We Were at School

Floppy Disk

SchoolPlaces.com.au helps take the pressure off families looking for a private school vacancy for their child. Search real-time vacancies and claim a last-minute place at one of Australia’s leading schools. Get on board and start saving today. I received an email recently from School Places, a website that allows you to search and claim private […]

Mother’s Day: Cupcake Case Flower Arrangement

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Use a decorative cupcake case to make a mini flower arrangement. Kids could do it themselves!

Here’s something super simple and sweet for Mother’s Day: mini floral arrangement in a decorative cupcake case.  I was thinking this could make adorable birthday party/table decoration too. Or even as a birthday party activity: each child could arrange their own flower arrangement. How cute would that be? Anyway, back to Mother’s/Grandmother’s Day. This is […]

Lunch Box Story Friends – Woodlands

Lunch Box Notes - Story Friends

{Click the picture above for the PDF file} Back to school. Back to busy mornings. Back to organising bags. Back to making lunches.  I was thinking at the start of the year about how to inject a little fun into the process (without it being hard for mum), and I came up with cute little story cards […]

GOOD CHOICE Sauces by Fountain

Dumplings with soy sauce

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Fountain  I’m (slowly) learning to become more aware about minimising the added sugar in our regular family food, because frankly, we just don’t need it. If we are going to have a treat, we will have a treat and that’s fine. I’m more concerned with the hidden sugar in […]

Matchbox LEGO Beds

Matchbox LEGO Beds

I adore matchboxes. They are super sweet and useful for all kinds of adorable projects (just Google matchbox craft). Creating LEGO beds is a simple way to use them in play. Materials Empty Matchbox (matchbox sized boxes are available at some craft/discount stores) Matchbox template or wrapping paper Glue Scissors Print the template and cut out with scissors […]

Autumn/Winter Fashion Essentials

Winter Essentials 2015

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Westfield Westfield’s Autumn/Winter styles have hit the stores for those keen to grab this season’s most coveted items. You can shop online (so you can shop whenever you like), which is great for mums, so you pick out your fashion obsessions whilst the kids are asleep! I chatted to […]

Frozen Banana Pops

Frozen Yoghurt Pops

My kids love frozen stuff so I often give them frozen snacks: frozen peas, corn, yoghurt covered blueberries and frozen yoghurt bites.  I also do frozen bananas and these are a massive hit with my kids (me too!). Delicious! What you need Paddle Pop Sticks Bananas Yoghurt (or melted chocolate) Sprinkles: coconut, 100’s & 1000’s, chocolate […]

School Bag Station – Rubber Tubs

School bag station

Since we’ve moved a lot over the years, I’ve had to establish, and re-establish systems wherever we go, depending on the spaces available.  At the last place we were at, I had a homework station which functioned well, and I wrote about my school organisation system here.  The first school term is over, and I’ve […]

Pretzel S’mores

Pretzel S'mores

Sometimes I write content for other websites.  Recently, I shared how I make Pretzel S’mores over on the Vintage Current blog. These are decadent and a definitely a sometimes treat…they are sticky, sweet, bitter, salty and good, good, good! You can find the full recipe and instructions here.

Beach Treasures

Beach Finds

Over the Easter period, we went to an Island off Auckland and spent many lazy hours at a small beach, swimming, talking, making sandcastles and walking along the sand.  At one point, the kids returned from a swim with Dad and plonked themselves in the sand. The eldest was making the youngest a sand castle while […]

Cardboard Roll Printable Set: Pirates!

Toilet Roll Printable Pirate

My children often create cardboard roll (toilet roll) characters.  It’s creative, simple, relatively mess-free and fun. Below are some of my children’s previous creations. I thought it would be fun to create a series of themed printables each month to make this an achievable (for mums) and fun (for kids) craft. First up, we have […]

How a Garden is Changing My Life

Meal Planning with inspiration from garden spoils

This is one of the amazing things about our sea change year in New Zealand: the place where we are staying has an amazing existing vegetable garden. Having a garden has changed me in ways I didn’t anticipate. First, I have to say here that I’m not a good gardener. I don’t even enjoy gardening very much, […]

Toy Tyre Swing

toy tyre swing

We didn’t bring a lot of toys with us to this new place. It’s been fantastic.  I noticed a spot where the kids often play outside and decided to put up a few toy tyre swings in that area. I did a similar thing at the last place we were at with a twig ladder and […]

Adorable Bunny Hat for Your Eggs

Boiled Egg Bunny Hat Printable

You won’t need to prepare anything for this cute idea. Just print it out, cut out the hats and add them to the dippy eggs before you crack them open. So cute. Fun for an Easter morning breakfast. Materials Egg Bunny Hat Printable Egg cup Dippy Egg (tips here on how to cook it) Non-toxic […]