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.

International Sea Change

New Zealand Sea Change

We moved from Australia to New Zealand in January for one year. It’s a big move for a family of six for a short period of time. During all the packing, organising, moving and resettling (including kids crying and missing home), there were times I thought we must be mad. Crazy!  I looked at my […]

Cardboard Roller Coaster

Cardboard Roller Coaster

It’s one of those things you can whip up, the kids can play with it for a few days until it’s broken apart, and then you recycled it all.  Materials Cardboard/toilet rolls – make as long or as short as desired Tape (sturdy packing tape works best) Small balls Large box (or you can just run […]

Over 100 Lunch Box Food Ideas – Plus Printable

Lunch Box Food Ideas - Printable!

Lunch Box Food Ideas I’ve tried a lot, a lot, a lot of different things in the lunch box over the years, and I’m still discovering different ways to (easily) include simple and nutritious foods. Over the past couple of weeks, I compiled a list of all the things I could think of. Not all […]

Dino Toy Planters

Dino Planters

Here’s a cute project from Jill Lister-Martin. Dino planters! Jill is a mum to boys and blogs about her creative journey here, and you’ll also find her over at Facebook here: Happy Creative Me. Materials and tools Plastic dinosaur toys A drill or something to put holes in the dinosaurs Cutting tool- strong kitchen scissors or […]

Easiest Get Well Card to Make

Get Well Soon Card

Probably the easiest Get Well card you could make! Just stick a bandaid on to a card, draw a cute face and write the words on. Or you can print the words if you have a printer that can do that. Easy! Materials Blank card Fine tip pen/sharpie Plaster/Band-aid

DIY Stick Raft Boats

stick raft boat

We collected the sticks for this project on our way home from school.  I made the boats and the kids spent hours and hours playing with them, at home and at the beach. It was beyond wonderful.  It all started with my husband, and his love of watching the sailing. The Volvo Ocean Race is […]

Fun Food Picks

Food picks - easy way to make food fun

If you want to make the lunch box fun with minimal fuss, food picks are brilliant! I’ve used them for years.  I don’t put them in lunch box every day…maybe once a week, depending on what I have packed for the kids.  They are great for things like cut up fruit, veggies and cheese squares.  There are […]

Pretty Lunches: What they look like at lunch time

Lunch box ideas

This is one of the questions that I get asked a lot about the lunches I make for my kids (I share some of the lunches on my Instagram @beafunmum). It looks good now but how does it look at lunch time? I asked my teen to take a picture of how the lunch box to […]

Amazing Backyard Treehouse (and how it was built)

Amazing treehouse

This amazing treehouse belongs to Jeff, Ann and their three children. The fort of fun and adventure is sitting in the backyard of their family home in Binghamton in New York.  They were kind enough to allow me to share their project here, and I’m so glad because it’s inspiring. It started with the tree.   “We have […]

DIY Cute zzzz Bed Cushion

cute zzzz cushion

Miss 11’s bed was looking bare, so we decided to make it happy with a few cushions. Materials White cushion (cotton outer) Fabric pens How 1. Draw a variety of faces on a piece of paper. 2. Draw on the preferred design on the cushion. 3. Iron on the inside of the cushion where the […]

Finding a new perfume: Top fragrances to try

Top 9 Perfumes to Try

There’s nothing quite like a splash of perfume to make me feel a little girly. It gives me a spark of confidence as I enter the day or step out in heels at night. To me, perfume is a fine mist of personality. I love wearing it but I’ve been using the same perfume for […]

Grass Sledding

Grass Sledding

All you need is cardboard and a grassy hill. SO. MUCH. FUN. That is all.  

DIY Googly Eyed Monster Night Shirt

Googly Eyed Monster Sleep Shirt

The kids often wear my (or my husband’s) T-shirts to bed. I get it. They are so baggy and comfy! The kids needed more sleep gear, so this time, bought men’s size small white T-shirts (they cost $4) and we decorated them with google eyed monsters. The children are absolutely delighted with them! So simple […]

Goldfish in a Jar

Fish in a jar

Here’s a cute little project DIY project I did with my younger kids and they loved it. It’s so, so easy and cute. The mini aquarium/liquid-free-snow-globes are now sitting proudly in their rooms. Materials Paper Clip Blu Tack Jar (I used a plastic jar from a discount store) Blue paper (or cellophane)  Scissors Craft Glue […]