Make Your Own (super easy) Bubble Mixture

DIY Bubble Mixture - so easy!

Make your own (super easy) bubble mixture The following recipe makes 1.25 litres of bubble mixture, and you can double the amounts to make a larger batch. It works perfectly in bubble machines, and will keep for months in an air-tight container. You will need 1.5 cups dish washing detergent Glycerine (available in supermarkets) Warm water Container with lid to hold the bubble mixture Bubble wands or wire coat hanger Method 1. In … [Read more...]

Watercolour Jacaranda Tree Tutorial

Jacaranda Tree Easy Watercolour Painting Tutorial for Kids

Ever since I did an Autumn tree watercolour experiment with the kids, I've thought about doing something similar for each season. Here in Brisbane, it's beautiful, and there are Jacaranda trees popping up everywhere! The idea is to do something really simple to celebrate the season that has a wow factor kids feel proud of (looks great hung on the wall too!) Materials Watercolour paper (you can get this from many places like … [Read more...]

Backyard Bottle Bowling

Backyard bowling. All you need is empty bottles and a ball.

One of my readers sent me this idea. It's one of those fab simple things you can pull out on a lazy Saturday afternoon for some family fun. Fabulous to keep in mind for Christmas or the school holidays! What you need 10 Empty 1.25 L Bottles Food colouring - 3 colours (optional) Large Ball Water How to play 1. Fill the bottles with water.  The more full they are, the harder they will be to push over.   2. Add a few drops of … [Read more...]

Tween Activity: Make a Personalised Fantasy Picture

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As my children get older, I realise there aren't many activity ideas for the tween/teen age.  I often think and look for fun activities for my older children, however I also find with some kids (like Miss 10) it's simply a matter of facilitating their interests. Miss 10 loves drama, stop animation and generally creating stuff, and one afternoon, she asked if she could create a fantasy scene.  The only thing I did here was … [Read more...]

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

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Brought to you by Nuffnang and Australian Made Someone was trying to mess with my head! Look at this. Just look! I resisted the urge to FIX IT and left it there. (Proud of myself for that.) However, this post isn’t about Corn Flakes or OCD tendencies, it’s about this green and gold logo: Over the years, I’ve become more aware of the choices I make as a consumer, and I’m still learning. What I want to highlight in this post is the … [Read more...]

Meatloaf Recipe (with rich glaze)

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This is the meatloaf I've been making for many, many years.  It's the glaze that makes it so delicious! I made it again the other night (I haven't made it in a while) and my husband was absolutely thrilled. Ha!  This recipe makes enough to feed 8 people. It can be frozen and leftovers work well in the lunch box. Meatloaf Recipe 1 kg lean mince 1 egg 1 onion (diced) 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 2 bacon rashes … [Read more...]

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Easy Marshmallow Pops

Celebrating birthdays at school or day care – easy marshmallow pops I love that teachers and caregivers take the time to celebrate our children’s birthdays at school and day care. Singing happy birthday, wearing a birthday hat or badge and taking along a birthday treat to share with class mates helps make their day even more special. Traditionally, a humble birthday cake was baked and sent along – maybe a swirly marble cake if you were really … [Read more...]

When I’m Criticised as Parent

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I said to someone recently, "Parenting is one of those things I desperately want to be good at, but just can't, no matter how hard I try." Do you ever feel that way? But what does being a good parent mean?   Feeding Nurturing Providing Loving Teaching Encouraging Refining Edifying Inspiring What other ing words can I think of? If there was a nice flow chart manual for parents, that would be great.  This problem: look it up: … [Read more...]

Health & Fitness

healthy food 12 Week Challenge

At the start of 2014, I did a 12 week health/fitness challenge with my PT which gave me a brilliant start to the year.  I've been consistent this year in keeping up my fitness...except for the last 8 weeks. There are a lot of reasons for that: back problems, school holidays and just a lot going on here.  It's been good in a way, to have some extra time to invest in other areas, but I have noticed less nutritious convenient foods have … [Read more...]

Easy Stir Fry

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Stir Fry is one of my favourites.  It's packed full of delicious rainbow vegetables and it's quick and easy to whip up.  This is how I make it. Ingredients  500 grams of beef, chicken or pork (sliced in thin strips) - Tip for beef: I tried the regular stir fry beef you can buy but it always tastes tough.  Instead, I get rump and ask the butcher (even at Coles or Woolies) to trim the fat and slice it thinly for me. Tastes … [Read more...]

Getting the washing done…

Washing Pile

Got home from holidays (which was wonderful) with dirty washing and hand-me-down clothes from my sister. Then one of my daughters had a camp. And then she came home, and all of a sudden my washing pile became a monster mountain.  I decided to put it all on the kitchen table to FORCE myself to LOOK AT IT and DEAL WITH IT. I have a pretty good system now to do the laundry and you can read about it here. However, with six people in the … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Special Family Experiences

Whale Watching

Brought to you by Tourism & Events Queensland (S1 post) Making the Most of Special Family Experiences  I’ve discovered one of the best ways to engage my kids in learning is to make it about connection. There is something beautiful about natural curiosity and capitalising on experience.  With this in mind, when I prepare for certain experiences (like holidays) with my kids, I put a little thought into the big picture. It’s about … [Read more...]

Sea Animals Shoebox Puppet Theatre

Shoebox puppet theatre

This is a surprisingly simple and fun DIY project for sea animal fans. There are whales, dolphins and turtles!  Great for a school projects, show and tell, a themed holiday activity or just for fun!  Here's an idea: make a theme day and borrow a sea animal book from the local library, watch a documentary, set up an ocean themed play scene and make a puppet theatre! Something the entire family could enjoy. Materials Base of a … [Read more...]

Brambly Hedge Mouse House

Brambley Hedge Illustration

When her twin boys are tucked up in bed, Maddie Brindley (Mads) creates magical, miniature worlds that have to be seen to be believed. She’s made a Hobbit Hole, based on the book and film – The Hobbit – where every finely crafted detail is true to the story and will leave you marvelling at this mum’s talent. Mads has also made an incredible miniature Gingerbread House, reminiscent of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, which is currently for sale … [Read more...]