Married Life: While I Was Away

while I was away

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, […]

Family Challenges & Refinement

Family Life

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 […]

Cute Things Kids Say

Making memory cards of the cute things kids say

Brought to you by Nuffnang & Kinder I was driving home after a wedding rehearsal. My daughter had the privilege of being the flower girl and she was so excited. “Mum, when I get married, will you be too old to be my bridesmaid?” my daughter asked. I replied, “You can have whatever and whoever […]

What My House Really Looks Like After We Craft

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When my girls were at an age where we could finally do some craft, I was so excited. Pinterest was a wealth of amazing craft ideas that I wanted to try with my kids. I envisioned smiling, happy children while I organized and set up the area for them to create and use their imaginations. […]

Creating a Homework Station

homework station

I asked the Be A Fun Mum community on Facebook about their opinions on homework for primary school students. There was a huge response (737 comments) and below are the results: The main feedback to come out of the discussion are as follows:   NO:  children spend enough time studying at school & research suggests homework is not effective parents […]

What I Want For My Birthday Post-Baby

birthday presents for a mum post-baby

We only get one birthday a year, and sometimes as mums we shrug the day off because it’s another expense to add to the family budget or it’s just another reminder we’re getting older. I know the sentiment all too well because my birthday has been overshadowed by two major events over the last two […]

How to be Prepared for Gastro

how to be prepared for gastro

A couple of weeks ago, my eldest daughter was hit with a vomiting bug. A good 48 hours later, I was hit with gastro and I couldn’t function because I was constantly being sick at the toilet. It can suck being a mum and being really sick because you’re incapable of doing much for your […]

How to Entertain the Kids When You’re Sick

when mum is sick

Being sick when you’re a mum is no fun. If you’re able to have another parent or friend help with the kids or if miraculously, their day care falls on your sick day, make the most of it and rest. Forget about the things that need to be done. But if you don’t have family […]

Don’t Wait to Manage Pain

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Sponsored by Nuffnang and Voltaren New research shows that a staggering 97 per cent of Australians suffer from body aches and pains, and two thirds of Australian parents believe they would be a better parent if they suffered less body pain. Body pain, whether it’s a dull ache or sharp pain, can affect our quality […]

How to Brush Teeth With Braces

how to brush teeth braces

How to Brush Teeth With Braces My daughter and I are working with 3M this year reviewing their Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces. You can find the first two posts in the series here: About ceramic braces for teens Helping kids adjust to braces We’ve just had our fist check up appointment since having the braces […]

Studying as a Mature Age Student

going back to study as a mature age student

I’ve wanted to study for a good while now, but it never seemed the right time…until now. We have finally settled into an area after a decade of moving, I enrolled myself in a nearby university. Creating writing is something I want to pursue, and I don’t feel I have the right foundations for the type of skills […]

Adult Lunch Box

Adult Lunch Box Ideas

This year, I started making lunches for the husband. I haven’t made lunches for my husband before so it’s a new thing for me. In the past, depending on where he was working, often lunch has been provided for him. It’s easy since I’m already making lunches for the kids, and I just adapt them slightly (usually with […]

Importance of Freedom in play

the importance of play

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Omo We’ve recently come back from four glorious days of camping. I always feel good about camping as a family. I enjoy watching the kids run around on the grass with bare feet, playing in the dirt with toy cars, exploring creeks and cooking damper over an open fire with […]