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.

Where to Design Your Own Sports Shirts

Where to get printed sports shirt Australia

My little sister and I decided to run the Mother’s Day Classic 8 kilometre race earlier this year to raise money in support of our Dad’s wife, who is affected by breast cancer. We reached our goal, and it was a lovely thing for us to do together in support of someone special in our […]

How to Make Candy Flowers

How to make a candy flower

How to Make Candy Flowers Materials: June lollies (with different shapes) 3 toothpicks 1 kebab stick How to:  1. Thread a round lolly onto the kebab stick. 2. Cut the 3 toothpicks in half with scissors. 3. Press the blunt side of the toothpick into the the base of the petal lolly (oval or triangle), leaving […]

A Mural

School in Chennai - World Vision

Don’t underestimate the power of art as inspiration. This is something I learned when visiting several educational facilities in India. The head mistress of one government school of 255 students (grade 6-10) in Chennai said one of the best things to come out of World Vision partnership with the school is the bright murals that decorate the […]

Muesli Slice Variation Recipe

Muesli Slice - FODMAP friendly

A BAFM reader from Instagram, @lissyjuniper, converted Amanda’s fabulous Muesli Slice recipe into a FODMAP friendly version for her family.  Below is the recipe: Ingredients ½ cup rice malt syrup 125 grams coconut oil 1 ½ cup gluten free rolled oats 1 ½ cups brown puffed rice ¼ cup mix of chia seeds (optional: with activated bukinis & amaranth) […]

Cute Things Kids Say

Making memory cards of the cute things kids say

Brought to you by Nuffnang & Kinder I was driving home after a wedding rehearsal. My daughter had the privilege of being the flower girl and she was so excited. “Mum, when I get married, will you be too old to be my bridesmaid?” my daughter asked. I replied, “You can have whatever and whoever […]

How to Make a Simple Tank Birthday Cake

How to make a tank birthday cake

We had my son’s birthday away from home so I needed something achievable and easy to throw together. Fortunately, he just wanted a simple tank cake. My son is into machinery at the moment and a tank is one of the easier options to try. Fortunately we weren’t trying to win any cake awards here; my […]

Tips for Calmer School Mornings (+ coffee)

Nespresso Coffee

Brought to you by Nespresso and Nuffnang I’ve previously written about making the most of my time at different times in my life, like when I had a little one at home, and the year we lived in New Zealand. Once again, our family life situation has changed and I’ve been working on optimising my […]

Clothes Line Cubby


School holidays provides the time to play extensive games that last over many hours or even days. My kids had a ball with a clothes line cubby house and it’s easy to make. All you need to do is get sheets or covers and hang them around the outside parts of the line. Sheets work […]

Doing Make Up in the Car

Doing make up in the car

With a lot of life changes this year, I’ve found it necessary to squeeze getting myself ready in pockets of the day. One of the little systems I have found useful is having a mini make up kit set apart from my other stash. I’m not trying to win any awards for make up application here, but […]

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Oakes Fegley is Pete in Disney's PETE'S DRAGON, the story of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon.

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Disney I’ve been thinking about how our family culture has evolved over time. It’s one of the things I’m enjoying most about family-life at the moment. After fifteen years of parenthood, nine of which I’ve had all of my four children with me, there’s a history of shared experiences […]

Getting Back into Exercise

Run India

I’ve learned this from my many, many house/area moves: it takes me about 6 months to get settled properly. I mean, I smash out the actual move like a machine (I’m talking 2 days to be completely set up) but it takes time to settle into a new area. Things like finding where you like […]

A Person’s A Person

A person's a person, no matter how small

Recently I wrote about an inspiring group of women recent who are fighting for a better future for their children.  You can read more about their story here. World Vision’s work in this area helped this group of women break out of the cycle of debt, leading to financial independence. Another way World Vision assists in this […]