Married Life: While I Was Away

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I’ve just returned from five days in the Philippines with Ford – far out it was fun! I’ll share more about that later (the above picture was taken while I was there). It’s always a bit of a juggle managing family life when I go away (which isn’t very often). It’s usually a combination of my husband, […]

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Season Return

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The last time that the witty mother and daughter duo, the Gilmore Girls, graced our television screens, was back in 2008, as the seventh successful season finished up. Since then, many have been pining the end of the feel-good comedy show that whimsically followed life’s ups and downs for single mum Lorelei and her daughter […]

Christmas Cup Craft – Rudolph & an Angel

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I love this time of year when we can start to do fun craft around Christmas. I don’t enjoy the mess though. But embrace it I do because it’s Christmas and it’s fun and we’re making memories. A fun craft that my three year old enjoyed putting together are these Christmas cup crafts. We made […]

JETS Swimwear for Tweens

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If you’re a parent of a tween, you might understand the challenges finding appropriate clothes and swimmer for this age group. I’m alway on the hunt for items that fit, are appropriate yet stylish for girls interested in a modern sophisticated look. JETS have just released a gorgeous range of swimwear for girls sized 8-16, and as soon […]

Gift Wrapping Surprise: A Can of Beans

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Need to wrap something special so the recipient can’t tell what it is? Here’s a fun idea for disguising money, gift cards, jewellery, and other small items. Put it in a can! What you need Empty can (must have a ring pull function) Hot glue gun Wrapping Recycle a can with a pull-ring opening lid. […]

Christmas Wish List Printable

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One thing I’ve learned about Christmas shopping is I have to make lists so I have a general idea of what I’m looking for. When it comes writing gift lists for kids, a simple system like this works a treat.  Something I want Something I need Something to wear Something to read This is a […]

Mum & Daughter Pom Pom Tees Craft

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I’ve become a little obsessed with pom poms and tassels. I love seeing them on baskets, shoes, earrings and even on clothing. My girls are fond of crafting with pom poms, so this easy activity was one that my three year old loved doing. It got her creativity flowing and was something we could do […]

New Lego Super Hero Girls launching soon!

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Since its inception in 1932, Lego, the humble plastic bricks, have been a mainstay in children’s toy collections right around the world. Their success is undoubtedly because this privately-owned Danish company is always reinventing its toys, keeping up with modern interests and trends. Earlier this year, Lego was applauded for the inclusion of a mini-figure […]

Braces Update

Clear Ceramic Braces

My daughter and I are working with 3M this year as we track the process with Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces. I’ve been amazed at how quickly her teeth have realigned! You can find out more about these particular ceramic braces on the first post here, tips for helping kids adjust to braces here, plus brushing tips here. Below is […]

First Look: Disney Live Acton Beauty and The Beast

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Eeek! Disney has released some stills from the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast. As soon as I found out this was coming, I was so excited because it’s one of my favourite stories. The live-action adaptation of 1991 Disney classic Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson (Harry Potter) as Belle and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the […]

Family Challenges & Refinement

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I caught my husband’s eye across the table. We were out as a family celebrating his birthday. Our four children were squashed on either side of him around the circular table. My husband smiled, and gestured to our children. I knew exactly what he was saying. “Look! Look at all our beautiful children growing up.” Later, we […]

Simple Wreath Tree Decorations

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I’m always on the lookout to use everyday items in creative ways. Caprice curtain eyelets are cheap and PERFECT to make mini wreath decorations for the Christmas tree. You can pick up a pack of 6 from Spotlight for about $6 so they are cheap to make. These make thoughtful teacher/friend/family gift ideas and they […]

Creative Ways To Put The Fun Back Into Reading

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Creative Ways to Put the Fun Back Into Reading By Ryan Spencer (Dymocks Literacy Expert) In a world of constant digital exposure, it can be hard for parents to convince kids to read for pleasure. Books don’t offer the same instant gratification as a smartphone, however reading remains one of the most rewarding – and […]