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 […]

Bi-Carb It! The Back to School Laundry List

Bi-Carb in the Laundry

There are many ways to use bi-carb soda for the little jobs that result from having kids at school, from deodorising shoes and bags to cleaning wet towels after sitting in a bag at school on swimming day and washing uniforms.  I was talking to the team at McKenzie’s (Aussie owned company) about their Bi-Carb tips and have […]

Love the Moment Poster Printable

Love the moment moments - Printable Poster

I don’t subscribe to the generalisation that every single moment needs to be amazing or that you have to love and celebrate every moment with your kids. That’s not what the Love the Moment Challenges (I developed as monthly challenges in 2010) are about. Rather it’s about connection and weaving significance into the moments you have. In […]

School Morning Harmony

starting school

We did it. Again. Everyone dressed and out the door with socks on and food to eat. It’s like a mini celebration. Like my lunch box journey, the smoothness of school mornings have improved greatly over the years. Most of that comes down to having good systems in place to ensure everyone is fed, dressed in […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to be Dad, When I’m Hardly There

Fatherhood

Guest post by my husband, Matthew   I work…a lot, not out of choice, but necessity. I do love my job, it is mentally challenging, professionally satisfying, and it pays the bills. My wife and 4 children: they have sacrificed much for this career, my career, but not so much as this year. Work this year […]

The Story of the Clarinet in the Brown Case

LeBlanc Clarinet

I learned the clarinet at primary school and continued to play in the band at high school.  I wasn’t particularly talented, but I enjoyed being part of a band and making music.  When I started working as a teen, I decided to save up and upgrade my plastic-y student instrument to a nice wooden one. […]

How I Make the Most of My Time

Working from Home Tips

In the years leading up to when my youngest child started school, one of my goals was to slowly create paid work opportunities for myself I could do primarily from home. My husband works long hours and I am the default parent. It’s the way it works for our family.  I’ve found it better to find paid […]

I wanted to be a Kylie

Kelly

When I was 12 years old, I wished my name was Kylie instead of Kelly. It was 1991. I was in the midst of hyper coloured T-shirts, culotte shorts and Kylie Minogue.  I didn’t idolise Kylie Minogue personally, but there was a hype about her which made me think the name far cooler than plain […]

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

This is a guest post by my friend Louisa from Brand Meets Blog about a very important topic. I remember sitting on my bed with my new baby, cradling her in my arms and looking down with adoration at her perfect little face, her perfect little hands, her perfect little body. The connection I felt […]

100 Ways to Be A Fun Mum

100 Ways to Be A Fun Mum

The Be A Fun Mum team brainstormed together and came up with a huge list of ways to be a fun mum. Some of these are super simple and quick, and some are more elaborate.  This list is supposed to be 100 Ways to Be A Fun Mum, but we ended up with more than that, […]

Dear Tired Mother

motherhood quote

If I could send a letter to myself in the early days of parenting, when the days seemed slow with four young kids under 6 years of age, this is I would say:  More Posts A New Parenting Era Sacrifices I see a bend in the road Don’t Be The Mum You’re Not

End of Year Teacher (Approved) Gift Ideas

teacher gift ideas

I know many teachers personally (my sister is one of them) and they don’t expect gifts at the end of the year, but the gesture is certainly appreciated, especially a heartfelt card or note.  I appreciate the work teachers do with my kids, and each year the kids and I like to give a token gift. […]