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 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...]

Whale Watching: Hervey Bay

Crossing the road with kids

Sponsored by Tourism & Events Queensland (S1 Post) It's a focus for our family to experience nature, in all its wonder and beauty.  There's a quality bonding that comes with going on adventures together, which I believe is integral when creating a strong family and shaping a childhood full of beautiful memories.  We went on one such adventure last weekend to Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast in Queensland.   The … [Read more...]

Plant a Pot Garden for Spring!

Parsley in the garden

I like the idea of gardening, but find it overwhelming.  Last year, I enlisted the help of a friend to get me started, and together we broke up the process in 3 easy (and FUN!) steps to make it achievable for anyone! The good thing about this garden is it's in pots, so even if you don't have the space for a garden, you can still experience the joy of growing something yourself and using it in the food you eat.  I believe … [Read more...]

A Happy Childhood

Happy Childhood quote - Kelly Burstow - beafunmum.com

An ice-cream after the morning swim. Late afternoon walks on the beach. Climbing coastal trees with my cousins. Playing skipping rope games my sisters outside the caravan annex. Colouring in activity books. Going out somewhere especial for dinner. Spaghetti in plastic bowls. These are some of the memories I have of our annual family holidays at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.  I grew up in your average middle class family, but my … [Read more...]

Travel: Maryborough – All Things Mary Poppins!

Maryborough - Fraser Coast - Queensland

There are places that hold a sense of intrigue, where history is woven into the culture, nature and architecture.  Like a spring undercurrent, there's a deep significance, and that depth produces an interesting beauty. It makes you want to know more. This past weekend, our family visited the Fraser Coast. On our way to Hervey Bay, we stopped in at intriguing and beautiful Maryborough.  We almost skipped this … [Read more...]

Road Trip: Travel Activities for Kids

Travel Activities for the Car on Road Trips

We are in a stage of parenting where there's an urgency experience as much as we can in this small window family time; the kids are still young enough to do everything with us, but old enough that it's easy for us to drop everything and go places.  It's the memory-making season!  Later on, when my kids are adults, I believe these times will serve as memory anchors of a wonderful childhood and there's something … [Read more...]

Black Forrest Cookie Cake Reicpe

Black Forrest Cookie Cake

Another recipe from Be A Fun Mum contributor, the Wonderful Amanda from Food Before 5. (If you haven't checked out her book, you should! It's so mum friendly!)  This is the ultimate chocolate ripple cake but with a BIG difference – cherries and jam! Whack it all together and you have an absolutely delicious dessert. It doesn’t need to be perfectly assembled as it will all be hidden under the mountain of cream. You can also make a … [Read more...]

Audio Books Save the School Run

Audio Books

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Audible.com.au  The discovery of audio books took me back to my childhood. I remember listening to stories on my jukebox-look-a-like tape player; it helped me settle into sleep. Audible.com.au is offering a free month trial (which comes with a free book download) and I was curious. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would use it extensively. But I was mistaken. I would go as far as saying incorporating … [Read more...]

Pipe Cleaner Crown

Pipe Cleaner Crown - Very Easy!

We had fun making pipe cleaner crowns on the weekend.  They are simple to make and they look adorable. Above is one design, and I shared another tiara-style at the end of the post. Ideas are endless: google 'Pipe Cleaner Crown' or 'Chenille Crown' for even more ideas. These crowns are great for: Book Week Birthday Party Craft (have all the materials all cut up and a few examples made up) Dress ups Dress ups for … [Read more...]

Hair Cut & Colour: A Little Longer / Dark Golden Brown

Hair cut and colour - dark golden brown - mid length

It started as, what would you call it -- not quite a celebration -- more of an acceptance deal I made with myself when my youngest child started school.  A regular hair cut seemed a fitting thing, considering during the years before my kids started school, a hair cut/colour was a rare annual (6 monthly at best) luxury.   My haircuts are not as regular as I planned but I do find myself documenting each hair cut/colour. I like … [Read more...]

10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Card - Tie Printable

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Supercheap Auto I mentioned to my husband that I was writing a post with Supercheap Auto and his eyes lit up. “I know the website very well; I’m often on there,” he said. “Tell me 3 things on your wish list.  Without hesitation he named, Maxtrax recovery tracks, LED work light and Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash. All of those things are to do with investing in family life, namely camping and our … [Read more...]

2 Ingredient Scones

2 ingredient scones

This is another recipe post from Be A Fun Mum contributor, the Wonderful Amanda from Food Before 5. I made the scones myself and they were a huge success with the kids. Here they are! 2 INGREDIENT SCONES I am very serious when I say that “this recipe really works!” I shared it on my ‘Food before 5’ page a little while back & ended up having women from all over the world baking them & sending me photos.   It is a recipe … [Read more...]