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.

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. […]

How to Carve a Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin

pumpkin carving - how to carve a pumpkin

We aren’t really into Halloween as a family but have always wanted to carve a pumpkin out because they are so cool! My husband lived in America for a few years of his childhood so he did this activity with the kids and they loved it.   I have fond memories of Halloween from my time […]

I see you

Mother crossing road sign

I eased my foot on the brake as I saw the figures waiting on the side of the road near the pedestrian crossing. It took a little while before for the persons in question made a start on the zebra lines. I waited. A mother held an infant of about 6 months old; a small […]

10 Toys I Don’t Regret Buying

playroom play

I’ve been a parent for 14 years now, so I’ve gone through pretty much every stage of toys. Some items have been one hit wonders, providing little entertainment for my kids before being broken or sidelined. And then there are some play items that have been used over and over and over again, engaging my […]

Stationery Travel Packs for Kids

Stationery Travel Packs for Kids

We are going on a our annual family holiday to the South Island in New Zealand!  I can’t wait! For our yearly big family holiday, I always pack something special for the kids. We are driving around in a camper-van this time so I decided to get journals and stationery packs for my kids and […]

Jurassic World Inspired Cake

Jurassic World Inspired Birthday Cake

My 8 year old son seems to know a lot about Jurassic World considering he hasn’t even seen the movie (and won’t for a long time yet)! He’s hit a dinosaur obsession stage and it’s awesome. He asked for a Dinosaur/Jurassic World inspired cake, and we made a simple one and he loved it.  The idea was […]

Simple Water Play

Simple play idea for a toddler - water play

I stumbled across these pics of my son when he was about 18 months old. That was over 6 years ago! Oh, I miss those days. He still loves the water, and when he was little, I would set up a towel in a shady spot on the cement, fill an ice-cream bucket with water […]

Make Up / Skin Care Organisation

Make up station

Sponsored by Garnier and Nuffnang Organising Bathroom Essentials & Looking After My Skin I enjoy taking a bit of time for little everyday luxuries like skincare. It’s one of those things that make me feel like myself amongst the busyness of family life. When I moved internationally back in January, I purchased two trays to […]

Make Mini Parachutes That Work

How to make and fly a mini parachute made from a cheap thin plastic tablecloth

I asked my friend Liss (who has multiple boys) for fun ideas I could do with my son and a group of his friends. She showed me a video with instructions on how to make mini parachutes and I was like, yes. Yes, yes, yes. The process is really very simple, but it does take […]

Bubble Target Game

Bubble Target Game - great for parties and outdoor play

This is such a simple game and it’s so fun for kids. All you need is cheap water pistols and bubbles (either store bought or here’s a recipe with how to make your own: DIY Bubble Mixture). Materials Water pistols Bubbles Game Blow bubbles and the kids try and shoot them down with water. Fun […]

Trying Hot / Cold Food in the Lunch Box

Lunch Box Food Ideas - hot food

I’ve been making school lunches for a decade and have a bit of a system now (read about it here). I have staples I fall back on and I also like to try different foods because I think variety is important (find a list of 100 ideas here).  I started testing hot/chilled foods in the […]

Trolley Bags Review

Trolley Bags Review

I first saw these trolley bags last year, and I thought they looked great. Trolley Bags are a system of four reusable shopping bags that can be rolled together to carry to the supermarket and hung over the trolley while shopping, and then spread across the trolley to pack groceries into the bags with two hands free. Each bag is sturdy and designed to be long-lasting. The […]

It never gets old

I Love You - hearing those words never get old

My son plonked himself beside me tonight.  “I love you mum,” he said. It never gets old: hearing those words spontaneously from my children. “Why do you love me?” I asked him on a whim.  He put a finger to his mouth, and it was as if I could see his mind ticking over, pondering […]