Autumn Essentials List

Autumn Essentials

My husband and I were just saying today how packing up our family into 6 suitcases and moving to New Zealand for a year has been the best thing for us (you can read more about it here). Having much less stuff has forced me think very much in terms of essentials. I’m not only talking […]

Dino Toy Planters

Dino Planters

Here’s a cute project from Jill Lister-Martin. Dino planters! Jill is a mum to boys and blogs about her creative journey here, and you’ll also find her over at Facebook here: Happy Creative Me. Materials and tools Plastic dinosaur toys A drill or something to put holes in the dinosaurs Cutting tool- strong kitchen scissors or […]

Amazing Backyard Treehouse (and how it was built)

Amazing treehouse

This amazing treehouse belongs to Jeff, Ann and their three children. The fort of fun and adventure is sitting in the backyard of their family home in Binghamton in New York.  They were kind enough to allow me to share their project here, and I’m so glad because it’s inspiring. It started with the tree.   “We have […]

DIY Cute zzzz Bed Cushion

cute zzzz cushion

Miss 11’s bed was looking bare, so we decided to make it happy with a few cushions. Materials White cushion (cotton outer) Fabric pens How 1. Draw a variety of faces on a piece of paper. 2. Draw on the preferred design on the cushion. 3. Iron on the inside of the cushion where the […]

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 […]

Lego Storage Ideas

Lego Storage Drawers

Aunty Bon’s house is one of the most fun places for my kids. She has a huge Lego collection my kids are crazy about. Not to mention the DEATH STAR. Yes, a Star Wars Death Star all set up and ready to play with.  Lego storage is not a big issue for us yet, but […]

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 […]

Coffee with Tea: House Tour

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I love to share real homes of real families. You can find all the Feature Homes on the blog here.  Home: it’s where memories are created and people are shaped  through both the happy times and the challenging times.   Before Christmas, I caught up with Tea (pronounced Tee-ah) at her home in Brisbane.  Tea […]

DIY Miniature Grassy Hill in the Backyard

DIY Mini grass mound for the backyard

Our family lived in Toowoomba (situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range about 2 hours from Brisbane) for a year when my husband was training there…it would be 5 years ago now!  It’s such a lovely spot to raise a family.  David Howell practices as a Naturopath & Nutritionist in Toowoomba, and his wife and three children […]

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. […]

Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower

I appreciate good design. I look for it. And I store ideas in a little drawer in my mind. Dubai was filled with good design, but not many of the ideas went into my mind file because so much of it was beyond the every day. I think that is part of the point of Dubai: it’s opulent, exciting […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Have a Holiday at Home

5 ways to have a holiday at home

Rebecca from Signature Homewares is giving her 5 tips on creating a holiday atmosphere at home.   There are have seasons where work, finances or family situation prevents us from getting away for a holiday.  I have a hunch that for quite a few of us switching into holiday mode while at home can be a […]

Keeping School Memories

keeping school memories

I do wish I was better at this: the keeping memories thing.  I’m not hugely sentimental. I mean, I am to a degree, but those things are not so important to me. I find it easy to let things go.  I think that’s what it is: I don’t hold on to things, whether it’s a hurt or […]