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.

A Child-Sized City, Run by Kids: KidZania in Dubai

KidZania - Dubai - a child-sized city run by kids, for kids

I adore the concept behind the edutainment (entertainment and education) facility KidZania, because it’s about harnessing what children do naturally: role-playing. I know my children would be fully engrossed in this place. Not just entertained, but engaged. And that is why I wanted to write an entire post about it.  What is Kidzania? Essentially, KidZania […]

Family Internet Safety

family internet safety

Internet safety is an increasing concern of mine as the children get older so I have Justin, a data network and security expert, here with 5 tips to keep your family safe while enjoying the benefits of the internet. The Internet has certainly permeated every facet of our lives, changing how we shop, socialise, research and […]

10 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

10 ways to entertain kids on a road trip

Road Trips. Driving holidays. Four-wheel-drive adventures. Exploring days. We do it all as much as we can as a family.  There is huge list of (non-tech) ways to entertain kids here, and if you’re looking for the top 10 games to play on a road trip, below are the winners! Image used with permission from Party […]

Coffee with Tea: House Tour

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I love to share real homes of real families. You can find all the Feature Homes on the blog here.  Home: it’s where memories are created and people are shaped  through both the happy times and the challenging times.   Before Christmas, I caught up with Tea (pronounced Tee-ah) at her home in Brisbane.  Tea […]

Muesli Bar Recipe (nut free)

muesli slice recipe (nut free)

Homemade muesli bars are a fantastic lunch box option and can be healthier than the store bought variety. At least you know what is going into them and you can alter the ingredients to suit the tastes of your children. You can add lots of extra goodness such as pepitas and chia seeds but I […]

School Shoes for Kids (plus $250 Mathers/Williams Giveaway)

Mathers School shoes fitting

Brought to you by Nuffnang, Mathers and Williams I have a list of things to do before school starts, and professional shoe fitting is one of them. I walked into my local Mathers store and saw another mum with a bevy of children around her. It was like looking at myself. “Do you have four […]

DIY Miniature Grassy Hill in the Backyard

DIY Mini grass mound for the backyard

Our family lived in Toowoomba (situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range about 2 hours from Brisbane) for a year when my husband was training there…it would be 5 years ago now!  It’s such a lovely spot to raise a family.  David Howell practices as a Naturopath & Nutritionist in Toowoomba, and his wife and three children […]

Travel: Family Fun on a Stop Over in Dubai

Dubai - sea, snow and desert

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Expedia  It’s been a month since I was in Dubai and I’m still processing (and writing about) the amazing things I saw and experienced.  Today I’m over at the Expedia – The Out There Starts Here blog sharing ways to create fun memories on a 2-3 day stop over in Dubai. I’ve broken it […]

Shoebox Dollhouse

Shoebox Dollhouse

The back to school period means a lot of shoe boxes at our place! They are fabulous for all sorts of things and this time, my daughter and I created a Paris scene dollhouse.  We decided to do two scenes joined together (outside and inside) but just one box on its own is fun too. […]

Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower

I appreciate good design. I look for it. And I store ideas in a little drawer in my mind. Dubai was filled with good design, but not many of the ideas went into my mind file because so much of it was beyond the every day. I think that is part of the point of Dubai: it’s opulent, exciting […]

A New Way to Pay Online (Plus $200 Voucher Giveaway)

Panasonic Lumix FT25 waterproof camera

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Masterpass There’s a new way to pay online. I was a little dubious about whether the system would save me time, however I do a lot of online shopping so was willing to try it out. Essentially, MasterPass (by MasterCard) is like your purse, only it’s digital. It’s a place […]

Shoebox Garage (with Race Ramps)

Shoebox Garage (with ramps)

I threw this together for my son using to shoe box lids and it was a hit. We used the box part to make dollhouses. Materials 2 x shoebox lids 8 x Cardboard rolls (4 for garage and 4 for ramps) Tape Permanent Marker Step 1 With the bottom lid facing upright and the upper […]

5 Ways to Have a Holiday at Home

5 ways to have a holiday at home

Rebecca from Signature Homewares is giving her 5 tips on creating a holiday atmosphere at home.   There are have seasons where work, finances or family situation prevents us from getting away for a holiday.  I have a hunch that for quite a few of us switching into holiday mode while at home can be a […]

DIY Small Doll Bed

How to make a small doll bed

Empty tablet boxes are a great size for small doll beds. Materials A piece of white paper Textured paper (either scrapbook paper or just print a patterned picture on paper) Tape Paper glue 1. Wrap the white piece of paper around the box like you’re wrapping a present. This will become the sheets! 2. Cut […]