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.

Snowman Building – The Best Way

How to build a snowman - the best way

Last year when we were in New Zealand, we went down to Mt Ruapehu and had a ball in the snow. My husband lived in Minnesota in America as a child and had plenty of experience making snowman. Most people I observe in the snow tend to scrape together snow to make a snowman, and […]

Finding Dory Movie Review

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I glanced over to my husband to the left of me and then over to the right to my daughter. All three of us had tears streaming, STREAMING down our cheeks. What’s going on Disney/Pixar! You’re making us cry. We’ve been waiting 13 long years for the sequel to the hit film Finding Nemo (released in […]

Chow Mein

CHOW MEIN RECIPE

Hi all, Amanda from Simple Home Cook here. Winter is a great time to bring out the hot dishes but this recipe is great in both summer and winter. Chow Mein is such a versatile recipe and you can add any vegetables you like. I personally like cabbage, carrot and broccoli but you can adjust […]

Finding Dory – The Reef in Real Life

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I looked across to my daughter and gave her thumbs up and a smile before turning back to enjoy the view out the window. The shades of blue were astounding. My daughter and I were on Qantas press trip, and our quest was to explore the reef that inspired the hit film Finding Nemo and […]

How to Use Everyday Items for Fun and Play

How to use everyday items for fun and play

As I look back over 15 years of parenting, I realise the toys I purchased are less important for valuable imaginative play; it’s the props we use around and with the toys that have made the play so valuable. There are certain everyday items that have proven to be worthwhile for facilitating fun for my kids, and they […]

Shoebox Teddy/Doll Bed

How to make a shoe box bed for a teddy or doll

If you have a shoe box lying around, they are a great size to make a bed for many types of dolls and teddies. It takes about 5 minutes to whip up and kids can decorate how they like. Mateirals Shoe box Scissors/craft knife Craft glue Pencil 1. Cut or remove lid from box. Use the […]

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

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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 […]