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.

Diary of a Family Day

diary of a family day

Sponsored by Sealord and Nuffnang During this year in New Zealand, we’ve been sampling local food brands. One of our discoveries is frozen fish fillets by Sealord. Seriously the BEST pre-prepared fish our family has tasted! And guess what? They are coming to Woolworths and Coles stores in Australia so look out for them. The […]

Garbage Day

Wheelie Bin

My heart sank when I heard the garbage truck come around the corner. I forgot to put the bin out last night. I raced out the back door, not stopping to close it, and around the side of the house, willing the truck to be slow. It wasn’t. I stood at the top of the […]

DIY Paper Cup for Hot Chips!

How to make a paper hot chip cup

My kids love this! On the odd occasion, I make paper chip cups for a special fish & chip dinner at home. They are easy and quick to make and bring a bit of novelty to a regular meal. All you need is a square piece of paper (just cut an A4 piece into a […]

Toy Car Wash

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

Whipped this Matchbox car wash for the kids this school holidays with items I had around the house. So easy!  Materials used Ice cream bucket A box can be used but won’t be waterproof – good option for inside play Hot glue Foam sheet (I had left over from making peg mermaids with the kids) Paper […]

A Note on the Kitchen Bench

family

After the kids were all in bed, I noticed a note on the kitchen bench. Written in felt pen on scrap A4 paper was a message for my husband from my teen. On top of the note sat a watch. The message was a simple request asking for Dad to fix something.  In the morning, […]

Un-Birthday?

Sparkler Birthday Card

Do you have a child with a birthday smack-bang in the middle of the festive season? Kids with birthdays over the December/January period can really feel like they’re missing out. I should know – my birthday is just 13 days after Christmas (first world problem I know, but bear with me!). Although it doesn’t worry […]

Mini Books in a Cardboard Box Library

Mini cardboard books

I recently featured a gorgeous mini cardboard library by a mother and teacher from Spain. When I put the article together, I realised I had a box we could use to do the same thing from inside the printer we purchased when we moved at the start of the year.  It’s a great little project! Materials Hot […]

School Holidays Fun Box

School Holiday Fun Box

If I know I’m going to be at home for most of the school holidays, I usually do up some sort of fun box in the week before the break starts. You can find a previous version of this here. Now, if you’re thinking, “Wow, what a fun mum you are!” I’ll add here that, although […]

Peg Mermaid Dolls

Mermaid peg doll

Wooden peg dolls are adorable! The last time we did this, the kids and I made ballerina peg dolls with tutus and they turned out beautifully. My girls are into mermaids at the moment and so we recently made peg mermaid dolls.  They are easy! Fun for Birthday part craft/favour School holiday/weekend activity Puppet show Materials Craft […]

Tree Trunk Printable

Tree Trunk Templates - Watercolour

Here are two tree watercolour trunk templates I had designed to do this Triad Tree Watercolour Experiment with my son’s class. They are a great base for other painting/craft projects too, or even as a play dough mat (make green/pink play dough for foliage & flowers). My daughter sat down at the kitchen table while I […]

Don’t Buy Me Flowers

Pretty Flowers in mini mason jars

When I dated my husband (a long time ago), I said to him, “Don’t buy me flowers. They just die.”  How I have changed over the years! I used to see flowers for their end result: wilted, limp and lifeless.  I couldn’t enjoy their moment in the sun or see their true beauty because I was […]

Allergy Friendly Bedding: How to Dust Mite Proof a Bed

Allergy Friendly Bedding - How to Dust Mite Proof a Bed

My daughter suffers from eczema and one of the things that causes irritation to her skin is dust mites.  I’ve read up on allergy friendly bedding and how to dust mite proof a bed, and we have found a system that works for us. It’s made a big difference to my daughter’s skin.  Allergy Friendly Bedding: How to […]

Toilet Roll Cars: Printable

Toilet Roll Cars

Here’s a new edition to the toilet roll printable series. There were The Pirates, then the African Animals, and this time it’s racing cars. There’s a bit of a process with these ones (rather than just a colouring in/glue activity).  Materials 5 x toilet rolls Racing Cars Printable (there’s 4 cars, a petrol bowser and a […]

Lunch Box Story Friends: Under the Sea

Lunch Box Story Friends - Under the Sea Theme - cute little messages to include in the lunch box

A new Lunch Box Story Friends is available to download. This time, the theme is under the sea with whimsical mermaid friends, dolphin, clam and clown fish with cute message on the other side. Fun for the lunch box, scrapbooking, card making or just play. Idea You could recycled the fish picture and make a Fish […]