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.

Nespresso Espresso Coffee Machine Review

Nespresso Coffee Machine Review - Citzi & Milk Espresso Machine in red

I was first introduced to a Nespresso machine many years ago while visiting with my sister. My husband and I are both big coffee drinkers, and we’ve become quite fussy over the years. When buying coffee out and about, I find it’s a bit hit and miss (about 50% success rate for a good coffee); I […]

Sharing Toys You Loved With Your Kids

All Stars Midge Barbie 1990 Doll - in box

Earlier this year, I did a campaign with Barbie because I love Barbie. There’s often a bit of contention around the doll, personally, my stance aligns with what my Occupational Therapist friend Nicole wrote in this post about the importance of play and allowing kids the freedom to gravitate to toys that engage them (within […]

Use Nature in Drawings

Use nature as inspiration in drawings

This is a simple and beautiful drawing activity. Collect nature items from the backyard and use them as props in drawings.  Below are a few petal dress pictures done by Miss 9 and Miss 11.  The lovely drawings below were created by Fiona Chandler for Be A Fun Mum.  Ideas A simple drawing activity Photograph pictures and print […]

Children’s Christmas Table

Recycle magazines to make a gorgeous kid friendly table centrepiece

Christmas is a time for family and celebration. There’s wonderful opportunity to establish family traditions that are enjoyed and remembered for years to come. If you’re having Christmas at your place, and are looking for kid friendly table ideas, here’s a way to set up a table that is fun, cheap, and easy to clean up. […]

5 Things I’m Glad I Did When My Kids Were Little

5 Things I'm Glad I Did When My Kids Were Little

I’ve hit a nostalgic patch, and I find myself hunting through pictures when my children were small. My youngest is now 8, and my eldest is 14.  Gone, gone are the weary long days of nappy changing, feeding round the clock, and cleaning up pee from the floor.  As I look back, there are certain simple […]

Cheesy Veggie Muffins

Cheese and Vegetable Muffins

My friend Susan from The Book Chook (and if you haven’t seen her blog, you should check it out) gave me this recipe YEARS ago, and I found it again the other day and decided to do up a batch for lunch boxes this week. They went down really well with my kids (3 out […]

Peg Angel Christmas Decoration

Christmas Craft - How to make a Peg Angel Christmas Decoration

I adore peg dolls. It’s easy to make an angel doll you can use as a decoration for the Christmas tree. You can find more peg doll tutorials here: Pirate Peg Doll, Mermaid Peg Doll, Ballerina Peg Doll.  These are a lovely gift idea for teachers (write the child’s name and year under the skirt […]

How I Make the Most of My Time

How I Make the Most of My Time

A few years ago, I wrote about priortising time so I could fit I wanted/needed into my day.  Things like exercise, general family stuff, blog/freelance work, cooking, housework and the odd coffee with friends. When I did up the list, I still had one child at home with me (you can read about it here). Things have […]

Colour, Colour, Colour

Colour palette

I love colour. It’s come into Spring now and the world is singing and I relish it.  Flowers in My Hair My daughter picked some wildflowers on the grass and gave them to me. I put them in my hair. Purple Rain I flew from Auckland to my hometown Brisbane recently. The fragrance of the […]

Finding the Right Key

Pencil Fence / Pencil Gate - Gorgeous Garden

I said something to one of my daughters. It was only a few lines but those words opened up a new line of conversation for us. It started with my intuition. I sensed there was something going on behind the shining eyes I see every day. Perhaps a build up of things not spoken about, […]

Whole Food Lunch Box Ideas

Whole food lunch box ideas

School lunch boxes: over the years, I’ve changed my perspective from trying to work out how to fill them to looking at it as an opportunity to feed nutritious food to my kids. For me it stated with challenging myself to pack left over dinner items in the lunch box for a week (blogged about […]

Funny Characters Drawing Game

Simple Drawing Game Idea for Kids

I ended up in emergency with one of my kids recently. It wasn’t an emergency-emergency, but after visiting the GP with a health concern, she felt it was important to have further investigation done by a specialist that day, so asked me to head to the hospital. After waiting almost 5 hours, we saw the doctor and […]

Don’t Rush Things That Need Time to Grow


  I read a conversation thread with interest.  The question posed was one of parents taking children to a cafe (and their noise disturbing other patrons).  The person who posed the question was not a parent, and although not antagonistic in regards to parents in general, was rather annoyed that the allocated time to work in […]

New Playground – South Bank Parklands Brisbane

New Playground Southbank Brisbane

Sponsored by Nuffnang and South Bank When people ask me about visiting my hometown Brisbane and where to go, one of my top picks is South Bank because it’s such a beautiful spot for families. I’m excited to announce there’s a new playground being built that will make this already fab spot even more awesome. […]