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.

Cool Lego & Car Shelves

Lego Shelf Storage

I have a thing for storage. I think a lot of people do, because it can make a big difference in both aesthetics and functionality.  You can read about how I store toys for my children and other tips in these post: Organising Toys in Bedrooms, Lego Storage Ideas and DIY Lego Mini Figure Shelves. One of my […]

A Cow

Milk society 

It was still light; the sky was deepening into dusk. Cow bellows interrupted the quiet vibe of village life; a few pushbikes lined the streets; spots of colourful saris painted the countryside. I like to watch their faces. It’s a good way for me to get a feel for what they are saying, even though I can’t understand the […]

A School Garden

Panchayat Union Primary School

“I love them. I just love them,” I said to Deb from Learn With Play at Home of the children as we left a primary school in the Pudukottai region in India. And I do. I think once you become a parent, you have this desire for the wellbeing of all children around the world and that is […]

Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast Muffins Recipe

Hi everyone! Amanda from ‘Simple home cook’ here. My recipe today is one for the parents out there. Everything we do is geared around our kids and sometimes we forget to look after ourselves. I am guilty of this – especially at breakfast time. The morning rush is a pretty busy time and I often […]

DIY Journal Kit

DIY Journal Kit

This past school holidays, I put together a DIY journal kit for kids. The idea was for them to decorate their own book with the materials provided. I found the blank cover journals from Kmart which were ideal. Blank Journal Washi Tape Letter Stickers Gel Pens Sharpies (metallic silver is cool) It all cost under […]

Left Part of My Heart in India

India

I pulled out these scarves from the drawer today. I bought them from India 4 year ago when I went on a blog ambassador trip with World Vision to tell stories of the work there. I looked at the colours for a moment, and remembered the vibrance of India. Then I gleefully arranged the scarves on […]

Creating a Homework Station

homework station

I asked the Be A Fun Mum community on Facebook about their opinions on homework for primary school students. There was a huge response (737 comments) and below are the results: The main feedback to come out of the discussion are as follows:   NO:  children spend enough time studying at school & research suggests homework is not effective parents […]

Organising Toys in Bedrooms

Organising Toys in bedrooms

I reorganise my children’s rooms/toys every 6 months. I’ve written about the process I go through here: Sorting and Organising Toys. I wrote that post a couple of years ago, and since then, we have moved house twice and my kids are (obviously) older. However, most of the toys I have for my children are […]

Fairy Tree Play Space

imaginative play scene -- the fairy door

You can get Fairy doors like this from many different places like The Fairy Door Store or Delightful Rainbow. The fairy doors are all kinds of magical cuteness, sure to stimulate imaginative play for kids. You can add them to a section of wall inside the house, or find a cute tree outside to fix it. If […]

Backyard Climbing Wall

backyard idea - turn a wall into a fun climbing activity

Rebecka Holley shared this idea on the BAFM Facebook page. What a brilliant use of space!  Rebecca put a lick of pain and climbing hooks on this car port and bam: a fun outdoor activity! The pictured hooks are from Sweden, but I found where you can find them here in Australia: Bunnings sells packs of […]

Coral Reef Play

Coral Reef Play

The release of Finding Dory is a perfect opportunity to talk about coral reefs and incorporate it into play. You can get both life like replicas of sea creatures from Papo, Schleich and Mojo or even Finding Dory figurines from Bullyland. I had a quick glance at the licensed Finding Dory toys available in places like Target and BIG […]

Construct a Quick Mini Teepee for Play

how to make a quick tee pee for toy play

This is not Pinterest beautiful, but it’s super easy to make as an addition for children’s play, especially for small toys like Lego and plastic figurines. This took me about 3 minutes to make. Materials Twigs Rubber Band Scrap material (or paper) Glue Grab 4 sticks and break to similar sizes. Hold the twigs together and tie […]

How to Train a Dragon Play

How to Train a Dragon inspired play

My kids were so excited when the new series of How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge came out on Netflix. The series engages all my kids of various ages (ages 8-15). Like many things my children enjoy, it extends to their play. When it comes to preparing for the school holidays (especially if […]

Snowman Building – The Best Way

How to build a snowman - the best way

Last year when we were in New Zealand, we went down to Mt Ruapehu and had a ball in the snow. My husband lived in Minnesota in America as a child and had plenty of experience making snowman. Most people I observe in the snow tend to scrape together snow to make a snowman, and […]