How My Bedroom Colour Scheme Helped

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I've collected a lot of mish-mash of items over the years: new things; hand-me-downs; old things.  My house doesn't look anything like a magazine. I don't mind.  Mostly.  However, sometimes, just sometimes, a seed of discontent grows inside me.  Discontentment is an interesting thing, and I've learned to take a moment to analyse it before it grows. Sometimes, all I need to do in this situation is give myself a … [Read more...]

Lego Play & Storage: Brikbag Review

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Review Post (see definitions here) All my children are into Lego, mostly fuelled by my son's obsession with the stuff. I get it. I too was a Lego lover, and spent many hours on Sunday afternoons with my big sister building and playing.  We used a sheet to play on so pack up was easy. I recently came across the Brikbag which works on the similar principal to the sheet my sister and I used when were children.  It's a great product to … [Read more...]

Sorting and Organising Toys

Organising Toys

Sorting & Organising Toys I sort and reorganise the children's toys about twice a year, usually after Christmas, and then half way through the year. I've just re-done it this last weekend before school goes back for the new term. Below is the step-by-step process I go through: 1. Pull Everything Out When I’m in the process going through the toys, I remind myself that it gets (much) worse before it gets better. I’m ruthless and pull … [Read more...]

(Edible) Crystallised Pansies: for cupcake decorating

Crystallised Pansies

Crystallised Pansies for Cupcake Decorating, Tea Parties & Connecting Kids with the Garden Did you know that pansies are edible!? When I told my children they weren’t that excited by the prospect of my adding pansies to the family salad, until Grandma told them that pansies could be used for cake decorating. That got their attention, and mine. We love a little tea party. I’ve always assumed that flowers used in cake decorating … [Read more...]

Kids Room: Collection Display Jars

Collection jars

One of the ways I facilitate my older children's interests and collections is to have display jars in their rooms for different things.  Below are my 10-year-old's jars.  She enjoys collecting shells, rocks and metal things (like nuts, bolts and bottle caps). I remember collecting old keys at one stage when I was a tween...I wonder where they ended up? We have also done other cute little jar projects that add a fun personalised look … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

make your own wrapping paper - draw pictures on brown paper

I love the unique look of child-coloured wrapping paper for gifts and it doubles as an activity the kids enjoy too.  You can get a roll of brown (Kraft) paper from places like Officeworks, Kmart, Target, BIG W and stationery stores.  30 metres cost about $15 so it goes a long way. Colourful Wrapping Brown paper Felt pens, ballpoint pen, pencils, oil pastels, and crayons all work. Paint also works but there that extra step of … [Read more...]

A Boot Doll House

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How absolutely gorgeous is this Boot Doll House!  Marina (aka Vintage Jane) who lives in England shared this gorgeous project on her blog, and I contacted her because I fell in love with it and wanted to share with you all! This boot house was made for special little boy.   "He wanted a boy’s house.  And so, just before Christmas, Grandma (the Interior Designer) and Grandpa (the Builder) built and decorated a very special … [Read more...]

Cubby Under the Stairs

Under stairs cubby house - convert the space into a cosy area for kids to play

I love hearing about how families create dedicated areas for play. Jess sent me this picture of a cubby she created under the stairs for her two daughters, aged 3 and 2 years old.  If you have an under stairs storage area, Jess shares tips on how she converted this area into a special space for her kids to play. Cubby Under the Stairs Step 1: Clean Out Find a new home for all the hings we stored under there: living in a townhouse the … [Read more...]

Christmas: Start a $2 Jar

The $2 Jar - Start saving for Christmas

I know it's rather ridiculous to be talking about Christmas in -- where are we now in the year -- April.  However, it can be a good time to start a little saving fund for a mini holiday, fun day or splurging at Christmas-time.  There are many ways to do this, for example: by opening a Christmas bank account fund and putting a little away each week.   Another tangible idea is to have a $2 jar.  I've done this myself many … [Read more...]

Camping Gear (what makes it easy for us to get away)

The joys of camping

I've always had a deep love for nature but rewind 15 years, and I wouldn't have necessarily called myself a huge outdoorsy type. Similar story with my husband: although he enjoys a lot of things that come with an outdoor lifestyle, he's not one of those incredibly handy sort of people (like my Dad) that has the ability to make setting up a tent look effortless.  So it's interesting how we've discovered the camping path together, and how … [Read more...]

Funky Tape Floors

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I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney yesterday with Chelsea from Moments A Day.  My favourite exhibit was Jim Lambie's Zopob Room lined with coloured vinyl tape. I snapped a few pics with my iPhone. How fun would it be for a play room?!  Realistically, I wondered how it would hold up with wear. It appeared the tape was covered in varnish and the finish was gorgeous! This room reminded me of the ways I use … [Read more...]

Decorative Tape: Party Ideas

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Sponsored by 3M (S1 Post) The new Scotch® Expressions Tape is a brilliant addition to the family stationery stash.  It can be used to decorate a variety of household, stationery and recycled items.  I recently wrote a post about 5 ways I’ve been using the decorative tape around the house.   This time, I’m sharing how the tape can help make a birthday party special. 1. Birthday Photo Frame Dress up a simple … [Read more...]

5 Ideas for Using Decorative Tape Around the House

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Sponsored by 3M (s1 post) Scotch® Expressions Packaging Tape Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape I love this stuff because I can make regular and recycled items around the house look awesome, colourful and funky. Oh, and there’s the kids too: as my children get older, I need to cater for their own projects (rather than being a facilitator and instigator) and they love the tape too! I’ve been going berserk with the tape around the house, from … [Read more...]

Striving to Set the Year Up Well

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I'm striving to set the year up well.  It means I need to invest in the right places and so I haven't been online so much recently. 1. Children's Rooms Helped to clean and reorganised the children's rooms in preparation for the start of the school year. 2. School Lunches Cooked batches of lunchbox food to freeze because (from experience) I know I will find the first month of school overwhelming as we all adjust and so I'm anticipating … [Read more...]