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.

Win a Springfree Trampoline with tgoma

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Whoo hoo! I have a brand new Springfree trampoline to giveaway! And it’s not just the trampoline. The prize includes the amazing new feature that allows kids to play digital games while they jump. Springfree released a product called tgoma and it makes the trampoline interactive. Read more about how it works here and check out one […]

How to Brush Teeth With Braces

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How to Brush Teeth With Braces My daughter and I are working with 3M this year reviewing their Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces. You can find the first two posts in the series here: About ceramic braces for teens Helping kids adjust to braces We’ve just had our fist check up appointment since having the braces […]

What a Cool Job! Real Life Disney Princess

real life disney princess costume

What a cool job! Sarah is a marketing manager, however when she’s out of the office, she transforms into Disney Princesses for Princess Ever After Events (in America), much to the delight of young fans. You can find her on instagram at @sarah_e_ingle. She spends hours getting dressed up as characters like Elsa, Anna, Snow White, Cinderella, […]

Strawberry Pavlova Roll

Strawberry Pavlova Roll

Pavlova is a classic dessert that is always a favourite. Try jazzing it up a little by turning it into a roll filled with jam, cream and strawberries. You can even add your own filling such as mango, cherry ripe or grated chocolate. It may look a little tricky but it is actually quite easy […]

Happy Toast

Happy Toast

My daughter just had a shower and was in her pyjamas. “Do you want me to read you a book?” I called out to her from my bedroom. We snugged together on my polka dot bedspread as she handed me Tom Gates Everything’s Amazing (sort of) by L. Pechon.  By page three, I was starting to […]

Studying as a Mature Age Student

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I’ve wanted to study for a good while now, but it never seemed the right time…until now. We have finally settled into an area after a decade of moving, I enrolled myself in a nearby university. Creating writing is something I want to pursue, and I don’t feel I have the right foundations for the type of skills […]

The Beauty of Using Essential Oils in the Home

Using essential oils in the home

Sponsored by Thursday Plantation and Nuffnang She was thrilled when she saw the box. It surprised me! One afternoon, I rushed into the chemist for a few things I needed on my way home from a meeting. I remembered a friend recommending a humidifier for my teen with a tendency for eczema and dry skin, […]

Cardboard Roll Rocket & Shuttle

How to make a shuttle out of a cardboard roll

Got cardboard rolls lying around? We always do! You can easily turn them into space craft with these printables. Blast off with a rocket and space shuttle, which is a perfect size for Lego or other small toys. What you need Printable (click image below for the PDF or click here) Cardboard Roll Scissors (small craft […]

Incredible Disney Real Life Portraits

Ariel real life portrait by Jirka Väätäinen

Finnish artist Jirka Väätäinen is a student at the Arts University College at Bournemouth. He started a personal project bringing to life Disney characters in stunning portrayals. His favourite Disney Movie? “#TheLittleMermaid has always been my favourite Disney film. When I was asked to bring to life my favourite Disney moment, I knew it had to be the […]

Kid-Led Stop Motion Activity

STOP MOTION for kids

Our kids are growing up in a world of technology. This means challenges for parents for sure, but there are so many cool things about technology too. Our family loves stop motion, and my children find creating their own movies engaging and fun; I like adding that mix of creativity and planning to technology play.  Below […]

Peppa Pig Activity Sheets

peppa pig activity sheets

Need an easy activity for the kids? Below are some fun Peppa Pig Printables for you to print off for the kids. To access the printables:  Click on the image you want to print and it will open up in a new window File -> Print -> Select your printer More Peppa Pig Printables Peppa […]

Sea Glass Colour Rarity

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When we lived in New Zealand last year, the kids and I spent hours scouring the shore for sea glass. The kids loved the adventure of it! We became interested in the different coloured glass, and where it might have come from. Below is a little story behind one of the pieces we found.   On a […]

Helping Kids Adjust to Braces

Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces

My daughter and I are working with 3M this year as we review Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces. You can find out more about these particular ceramic braces on the first post here. And…the braces are on!! Check it out. I was chatting to our orthodontist, Dr Marcus Todd, and he’s a fan of 3M products. […]

Adult Lunch Box

Adult Lunch Box Ideas

This year, I started making lunches for the husband. I haven’t made lunches for my husband before so it’s a new thing for me. In the past, depending on where he was working, often lunch has been provided for him. It’s easy since I’m already making lunches for the kids, and I just adapt them slightly (usually with […]