Where do the ugly fruit and vegetables go?

Organic gardening

I’m making it part of my weekly routine. On the weekend, I head out to the garden and harvest for the week and then do my weekly meal plan using the vegetables as inspiration. The garden is changing the way I think about food and I love that. With the above (amazing) harvest, this is what I […]

Review: Litter Free Sandwich Bags

Cute litter free snack bags

My nightly lunch box routine is down pat: a sandwich or roll of some description, veggie sticks, muffin or biscuit, fruit and maybe a savoury cracker and cheese.  The thought often crossed my mind, that my relatively healthy lunch box contained a lot of plastic bags.  I was also aware that packs of 50 or 100 […]

How a Garden is Changing My Life

Meal Planning with inspiration from garden spoils

This is one of the amazing things about our sea change year in New Zealand: the place where we are staying has an amazing existing vegetable garden. Having a garden has changed me in ways I didn’t anticipate. First, I have to say here that I’m not a good gardener. I don’t even enjoy gardening very much, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Low Care Pot Plant for the Front Door

front door pot plant potted up beafunmum

Create a bit of happiness at your front door with these tips from BAFM Contributor Renee from About The Garden Magazine. I adore a lush pot plant situated at the front door, it always makes me smile. However, my many attempts to create a similar oasis have been a dismal failure. But I know why […]

Nature Inspired Playgrounds

Nature inspired playground

Playgrounds in Australia tend to have similar look about them. Plastic slides painted in primary colours, a springy toy that often doesn’t spring, and a token swing set in a sea of chip bark. I remember this one playground at Warwick we discovered as a family on one of our road trips, and it was so refreshingly […]

Plant a Pot Garden for Spring!

Parsley in the garden

I like the idea of gardening, but find it overwhelming.  Last year, I enlisted the help of a friend to get me started, and together we broke up the process in 3 easy (and FUN!) steps to make it achievable for anyone! The good thing about this garden is it’s in pots, so even if you don’t […]

STAGE 2: Planting Vegetables into the Garden

Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden

Be A Fun Mum gardening expert, Renee from About the Garden, is sharing how to prepare and plant your vege garden. STAGE 2: Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden Planting your vegetable seedlings into the garden is easy if you’ve already completed STAGE 1: Steps for preparing an existing garden for Planting Vegetables.  Once you’re […]

STAGE 1: Preparing an Existing Garden for Planting Vegetables

Planting your Vegetables Seedlings into the garden

Be A Fun Mum gardening expert, Renee from About the Garden, is sharing how to prepare and plant your vege garden. Steps for preparing an existing garden for planting vegetables Preparing your existing garden for planting vegetables is not as complicated as you may think. All you need is a few supplies, tools and a […]

Orange Lantern Candle

how to make an orange candle

It feels good to use something instead of throwing it out.  And it’s cool to say to your kids in the afternoon, “Hey, we are going to cut up oranges to eat, AND make a candle lantern.” Below are the steps on how I made an orange lantern. Materials Orange Tea light candle Small knife […]

On Flowers & Upcycling Glass Jars

diluting glass paint vs undiluted

When I dated my husband (a long time ago), I said to him, “Never buy me flowers. They just die. ”  How I have changed over the years! I used to see flowers for the end result — wilted, limp and lifeless.  I couldn’t enjoy their moment in the sun or see their beauty because […]

The Tree Draws

nature crafts do a tree drawing

Nature is alive and beautiful, and as a family, we celebrate this on a daily basis.  I stumbled upon artist, Tim Knowles online, and his tree drawings inspired this activity. It’s an easy activity to do with kids and holds promise of mystery and magic on a breezy day.  A tree that draws! You can’t […]

Nature Craft: Rock Footprints

make a rock picture

When I do craft with my kids, I like for it to be an extension of another outing or activity.  For example, making potpourri bags for the drawers was coupled with a trip to the shops, collecting shells at the beach turned into a wall feature and a fun addition to a country drive was […]