Little conversations that make you think

children are a blessing

I sat with a group of parents in a four seater on the bus. We were the designated supervision crew on a school excursion to the museum. In general chatter, I mentioned my four children. The usual response I get is, “Wow! You’ve got your hands full!” or even “FOUR! Are you crazy?” I’m used […]

Beautiful Period Fashion

Period Dresses

Frills and furbelows, corsets and cuffs, prose and poetry, mittens and muffs… If these are a few of your favourite things, you will love Tea in a Tea Cup – a blog that looks at the fashion, art, literature, poetry, customs and pastimes that were prominent in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Kelly Lock […]

It’s the reward

It's the reward - a story about parenting

My teen went away on a camp overseas this past school holidays. They grow up, and start — you know — being all independent and doing things! I missed her! The day after she got back home again, she greeted me in the morning as we readied to go out. “Mum, you look lovely! You […]

How the School Shoes Have Survived – half year mark

How the school shoes have survived

School starts up next week for my kids, and I’m getting things organised for another school term. I buffed the children’s shoes (note: I realisticlaly only do this about once every 3 months) and thought I would report on how the shoes have gone at the half-year mark.  Take a look. The brands: Clarks, Clarks, Lynx, […]

Drawing and Development

Drawing and Development in Children

Guest post from Nicole from Gateway Therapies I once wrote a post here on handwriting, where I explained the elements of handwriting and how to help your kids get better at it. Four years later I still maintain that handwriting is terribly important, and it’s probably time we explored an essential prerequisite. Most toddlers love […]

Best Response to “I Don’t Know What to Wear”

Best solution to "I don't know what to wear"

There are some things in this parenting journey that make your mother-heart sing. Moments that help you realise there is essence there underneath all the chaos. This is one of them. Miss 10 and Miss 8 showed me something they had been working on together. You see, Miss 8 was struggling to find “clothes to […]

Essential Oils to Get Started

Essential Oils

I love essential oils. Lavender is my favourite and I use it on my temples, a few drops in water for a foot spa, to scent linen and even for sweet smelling play dough.  Sara, illustrator and mum of four, is sharing simple ways to get started with 3 of her favourite essential oils. Feel free to […]

Garbage Day

Wheelie Bin

My heart sank when I heard the garbage truck come around the corner. I forgot to put the bin out last night. I raced out the back door, not stopping to close it, and around the side of the house, willing the truck to be slow. It wasn’t. I stood at the top of the […]

A Note on the Kitchen Bench

family

After the kids were all in bed, I noticed a note on the kitchen bench. Written in felt pen on scrap A4 paper was a message for my husband from my teen. On top of the note sat a watch. The message was a simple request asking for Dad to fix something.  In the morning, […]

Un-Birthday?

Sparkler Birthday Card

Do you have a child with a birthday smack-bang in the middle of the festive season? Kids with birthdays over the December/January period can really feel like they’re missing out. I should know – my birthday is just 13 days after Christmas (first world problem I know, but bear with me!). Although it doesn’t worry […]

Don’t Buy Me Flowers

Pretty Flowers in mini mason jars

When I dated my husband (a long time ago), I said to him, “Don’t buy me flowers. They just die.”  How I have changed over the years! I used to see flowers for their end result: wilted, limp and lifeless.  I couldn’t enjoy their moment in the sun or see their true beauty because I was […]

Why I Cried Making Bread

Best bread roll recipe - Thermomix and non-Thermomix

I made pea and ham soup in the slow cooker today. It’s one of my favourites. This evening, I decided to make bread rolls to go with the soup.  My eldest daughter (almost 14) walked into the kitchen while I was pounding the elastic dough with my palms. Fold. Press down and roll. Fold. Press […]

Conversations in the Car

Apple Yoda

“Would you mind dropping me to work in the morning?” my husband asked before we went to sleep. We only have one car, you see, and he usually caught the bus, but it would be a public holiday. Kids would be home from school so a no-rush-morning would make it possible. “Sure, we can get […]

Sneaky Date at the Waterpark

Making time for each other

After a bit of blah week, my husband and I decided to go somewhere fun as a family. We googled an hour radius from our house and found heated pools with big watersides. Our kids adore the water so it was decided.  It was pretty drive, and after sunscreening the kids, they were in the […]