Renee is a self confessed fun maker. She admits to not being the world’s best gardener, but believes that getting kids into the garden is one of the most important experiences. It’s a way to teach children about the environment, food production, healthy living, science and sustainable practices in a fun and physical way.

You can see more of Renee's fun gardening projects here: www.aboutthegarden.com.au

DIY Doily Cupcake Liners

Pansy Cupcake high tea setting

Who doesn’t love a high tea! It’s the pretty little touches that really do it for me. The tiny finger foods, delicious cakes and of course good company. I recently hosted a high tea and was surprised at how difficult it was to find cute vintage looking cupcake paper cups that didn’t cost a small […]

Mother’s Day Pansies in a Mug

Pansies in a Mug

If you’re looking for that perfectly unique gift for Mum this Mother’s Day, this one is just gorgeous and a beautiful way to say, “I love you”. Not only is it a little bit crafty, but colourful too, with a touch of nature that will make Mum’s heart sing every time she walks past the kitchen […]

Damper Cooked on a Stick: Green tree twist

Damper on a stick green tree twists on rosemary stick cooking one hand

Nothing is more ‘Aussie’ then cooking a damper in a camp oven when camping, but did you know you can also cook damper on a stick? My Mum use to call them ‘green tree twists’, because you use ‘green’ sticks or branches from a tree to cook the damper on. It was always so much […]

Make Rocky Road with Easter Chocolate Leftovers

rocky road from easter chocolate left overs perfect afternoon tea

I’m not going to lie, it’s mildly disgusting the amount of chocolate we get from relatives around Easter. With this year’s hoard, I decided to make Rocky Road in the hopes of offloading onto work colleagues and school friends. Ingredients 8 Chocolate Easter Bunny Figurines (or was it 10?) – this is approximately 1.2 kg of chocolate. Note: The good […]

The Bucket Chore System

The Bucket Chore System in the kitchen

Renee shares a bucket chore system that is working well in her home. It’s quite similar to what I do for our school bags.    Cleaning: if it was more like eating chocolate I’d totally get into it, but it’s not. It’s the never ending, laborious, unrewarding and thankless job that never seems to have […]

Miniature Terrarium

Easter Miniature Terrarium Sugar Free Nature Gift bunny mushroom in a jar

If your looking for a jar full of cuteness this Easter, keep reading as I show you how to create the tiniest  Bunny Miniature Terrarium ever made (well by me anyway!). Full disclosure, before starting this project, you need to be patient and handy with a pair of tweezers. It is  fiddly because it’s so small. […]

Australia Day Watermelon & Mint Mocktail

Australia Day Watermelon Mocktail in vintage inspired glasses

Besides being a national holiday Australia Day is, in Aussie speak, ‘a stinka’. It’s pretty normal to be soaking up a very un-cool 32 degrees and this year I’m going to be ready with a refreshing Watermelon & Mint Mocktail in hand as I sit by the pool.  Ingredients ¼ Seedless Watermelon (complete 24 hours […]

Miniature Terrarium Fairy Garden

Miniature Terrarium Fairy Garden with wheelbarrow

Looking for a fab project for 2015? This miniature fairy garden looks great, it’s about getting kids involved with gardening and it’s low care. Winning all round.  Renee from About the Garden puts her vast garden knowledge to use in this gorgeously creative fairy garden terrarium.  It’s true, I have a mild addiction for creating succulent terrariums. […]

Magnetic Peg Chore Chart

Magnetic Peg Chore Chart finished chores drying and waiting to go on fridge

Renee from About the Garden has had huge success with this chore chart for her kids.  I’ve always strived to have my children participate in household chores, but haven’t always been successful. As I heard myself ask for the tenth time, “Pick up those toys!” I realised the need to review my method and put more […]

Low Care Pot Plant for the Front Door

front door pot plant potted up beafunmum

Create a bit of happiness at your front door with these tips from BAFM Contributor Renee from About The Garden Magazine. I adore a lush pot plant situated at the front door, it always makes me smile. However, my many attempts to create a similar oasis have been a dismal failure. But I know why […]

Sunflower Seed Bomb Gifts & Party Favours

Sunflower-Seed-Bombs-beafunmum.

Have you ever made seed bombs before? Do you know what they are? I have to admit I didn’t when Renee from About the Gardening Magazine told me about them…and now I do, and they are so easy to make and so cool.   There’s nothing more fun then gifting a garden full of sunshine […]

DIY Book Flower Press (free craft from the garden)

How to press flowers - Book pressed dried flowers free craft from the garden be a fun mum

When I was a little girl I loved to dry and press flowers. I had them hanging in my room, randomly placed in books and stored in little bottles like potpourri all over the house. Recently, my six-year-old daughter has shown an interest in collecting things from nature; leaves, feathers, rocks and sticks are among the […]

A Story of The Silk Flower Girl Dress

Silk Painting -- Dress

Guest post by Renee I’m full of Mummy-pride. My little preppie is taking her ‘Memory Book’ to school for Show and Tell. It’s an exciting moment for her and for me, you see, we recently embarked on an art journey together. A journey I don’t think either of us will forget. We created something we […]

STAGE 2: Planting Vegetables into the Garden

Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden

Be A Fun Mum gardening expert, Renee from About the Garden, is sharing how to prepare and plant your vege garden. STAGE 2: Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden Planting your vegetable seedlings into the garden is easy if you’ve already completed STAGE 1: Steps for preparing an existing garden for Planting Vegetables.  Once you’re […]