Coffee is My Little Luxury

Coffee Love Heart

Sponsored by Piazza D’oro and Nuffnang Someone asked me about the favourite little luxuries I enjoy. I didn’t even have to think: Coffee, fresh bread and movies in bed. That rhymes and everything. Coffee for me is one of those lovely little luxuries I enjoy every day. Every. Single. Day. My husband shares my love for coffee too. He phoned me the other morning from work, in the course of our conversation he mentioned he had … [Read more...]

What We Take to The Beach

Staple Items to Take to the beach

We are a pick-up-and-go type of family and so I like to keep things simple when we go to the beach.   If we keep things simple, it's achievable, and when it's achievable, we do it more.  What we take depends on how long we will be there. If we are heading to the beach for a few hours to swim, below are some standard staples that serve us well.   What we take to the beach Large Beach Tote - The red Seafolly tote … [Read more...]

A Representation of Family

kid drawings

I could never have imagined how much my children's drawings would encourage me on this parenting journey. I see something very truthful about children's drawings. And it's not just truthful, but more than that: there's an underlying truth.  So often it helps me see what resonates with them; how they see themselves and our family; what they particularly enjoyed about a holiday or expidition. … [Read more...]

Spring Shoes: A Tie-In Colour

Spring shoes and outfit

I was in the Paddington Sacha Drake store recently to pick up something I needed to add to my outfit for a wedding. While I was there I found a pair of shoes. I've never seen them before: the brand is Holster, and they are an Aussie company based in Noosa, Queensland. The style I bought are Admire Wedge in Champagne.  They are gorgeous and so easy to wear! Last year, I had a silver pair of thongs that lasted me through the warmer … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea

Imaginative Play Scene - sand and sea

Imaginative and outdoor play are a priority when it comes to facilitating play opportunities for my kids. Combining them together is gold. We visited the beach a couple of weeks ago and then I created a beach scene for the kids to play with at home. It's really so easy and cheap to set up and here is how I did it: Materials Underbed Storage Container (or other plastic container) Play Sand (you can get bags from Bunnings and places like … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Playgrounds

Nature inspired playground

Playgrounds in Australia tend to have similar look about them. Plastic slides painted in primary colours, a springy toy that often doesn’t spring, and a token swing set in a sea of chip bark. I remember this one playground at Warwick we discovered as a family on one of our road trips, and it was so refreshingly different because it was an older playground and had play equipment the kids hadn't seen before. An old fashioned … [Read more...]

Straw Construction Challenge

Straw Construction

On the school holidays, sometimes I throw a heap of straws on the table with tape and tell the kids to make something, anything! It's really cheap, relatively non-messy and an easy activity to set up. Materials Straws (different colours/size/lengths work well; straws with a bendy top are fun to work with; you can get jumbo straws from discount/party supply shops) Tape (clear tape and/or decorative washi … [Read more...]

Washi Tape Birthday Party Decorations

DIY Washi Tape Cake Bunting

Brought to you by 3M (S1 Post) Early this year I did a series of posts on using Scotch® Expressions Tape around the home. It’s fabulous stuff, and what I like most about this tape is you can make simple things look funky and fun! This time, I’m sharing how to theme a pre-teen or teen birthday party. Colour Scheme The first thing is to pick a colour scheme from the large range of Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape … [Read more...]

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

My friend Belinda from BAC Photography told me about her Lego table project she did with her boys. The process is really very simple and achievable and such a fabulous way to facilitate Lego play. She's sharing how she put it together below. The Lego City Project My twin boys have always loved building blocks! It started on their first birthday when they received a Mega Blocks truck that came with some bricks. The novelty of pushing … [Read more...]

Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Here's another great recipe from Amanda.  Her recipes are designed family friendly to help take the edge off the evening strain.  _______________ ONE OF THE BEST PASTA BAKES YOU WILL EVER MAKE!!  It is not the healthiest but the flavours are a match made in heaven and I can’t wait for you to try this.  I would eat this every night if I could and my family wouldn’t complain (well…. initially they wouldn’t but they might after … [Read more...]

Connecting With My Teen (Through Books)

connecting with my teen

In moments of waiting, you'll often find me with a book.  This is a recent thing. I like it. I love reading novels, but over the past...8 years or so...I haven't made time for it.  There are three main reasons for this: it's rare to have long chunks of quiet moments to digest a good book (the way I like to read); I find myself too tired at night; and reading articles on my phone is an easy and assessable distraction. But I am … [Read more...]

DIY Frozen Ice Skating Rink (for play)

Toy - Frozen Ice Skating Rink

This is a gorgeous addition to play, especially for the warmer months, and it costs nothing to set up!  It's a great activity idea for Disney Frozen fans! What you need Plastic (freezer friendly) rectangle container - as big as can fit in your freezer Water Plastic figurines (Pictured is a Schliech Aguya Ice Skating girl and I found the Ice Tree at a discount shop)  Large towel (to lay it on or do outside on the … [Read more...]

DIY Skateboard Shelf

DIY Skateboard Shelf

I was at my sister's on the weekend and this is a little idea worth sharing. You can pick up small retro-like skateboards from places like Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and BIG W from about $15 (like this Avigo one).   They can often be found in second hand stores for cheap too. These skateboards make for cute shelfs for knick knacks in a child's bedroom. Materials Small Plastic Skateboard 2 Angle (or L) Brackets - found in the … [Read more...]

DIY Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties & Headbands

DIY FOE Hair tie tutorial final-2

I met Janine a couple of years ago.  She runs a lovely online ribbon & craft store called Sarah Lauren. I said to Janine one time, "You should do tutorials!" And here we are. She is sharing how to make your own fold over elastic hair ties. These particular hair bands are the best and hold the hair tight.   They also don't damage the hair.   With three girls in my house who often misplace hairbands, having a … [Read more...]