Why we’re doing Elf on the Shelf this Christmas

Why we’re doing Elf on the Shelf this Christmas

The Elf on the Shelf phenomena has grown with incredible popularity since 2005 when they hit the festive scene. Since becoming parents we have resisted joining the masses. However there’s good reason why we’re doing Elf on the Shelf this Christmas. The reasons are not to turn children into little angels. A look on Pinterest for Elf on the Shelf ideas and you will be swamped with boards of all sorts of shenanigans elves get up to around the world at this time of year. As much as there is a love and excitement for the concept of Elf on…

Why I love blogging around Christmas

Why I love blogging around Christmas

It’s official tomorrow is the 1st of December here in Australia. Which means it’s generally acceptable by most people to start talking about all things Christmas. Since I’m now allowed to say the “C” word I’m going to tell you all about why I love blogging around Christmas and what’s coming up here on the blog. First thing I want to share is this year I have had a lot of change and growth both personally and professionally. As a result I have not posted as frequently here on the blog. The only reason for this has been to give…

How to Date & Value Vintage German Paper Mâché Easter Eggs…..

How to Date & Value Vintage German Paper Mâché Easter Eggs…..

Easter is around the corner and if you’re a fan of German collectibles or are looking for some unique decorating and gifting options, you might like these collectible vintage German Paper Mâché Easter Eggs. Traditionally paper mâché Easter eggs were given as gifts filled with yummy German candies and sweets inside. The tradition still continues to this day and those who seek to collect Easter collectibles often have a preference for those made in Germany from the Victorian period through to the 1950’s. Dating German Paper Mâché Easter Eggs Pieces stamped German were generally produced before 1918. Pieces stamped German…

Celebrating Dr Suess Day on March 2: Oh the Places You’ll Go….

Celebrating Dr Suess Day on March 2: Oh the Places You’ll Go….

There is no denying the popularity of Dr Seuss who’s stories, humourous riddles and rhyming have caught the attentions of young reads the world over for decades. The huge success of his books on an American and International level came about in 1954 when he was approached by William Ellsworth Spaulding who was the director of Houghton Mifflin and asked Seuss to write a book using only 250 words of a pre-selected 348 words.  The words presented by Spaulding were words he felt were of importance for young first grade school children to learn. At time a report a had been written…

Embracing Childhood Innocence & Magic: Anything is possible….

Last night after I had my mummy time with each of the kids where I settle them into bed, I went to check on Sarah one more time before she drifted off to sleep. Sensing I was there, she opened her eyes. Sarah: “What is it mummy?”. Me: “I just wanted to come in and check on you one more time as my four year old girl, because tomorrow it’s your birthday and you’ll be five. I’m going to miss my four year old, but tomorrow it’s okay you’ll be a BIG five year old and I’m going to love…

Australia Day: Celebrating Vintage Australian Children’s Literature…….

There are loads of ways to celebrate Australia Day and as you read this you quite possibly have plans to spend the day with some mates and family. Perhaps you’re heading to the beach, having a BBQ, going for a bush walk watching the tennis or just enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful country in you own small or big way. With the school year about to start for most Aussie kids tomorrow, some families will be enjoying low key celebrations at home with some great Australian kids movies or quieter pursuits. I can totally recommend two Australian…

Here’s to 2015, May There Be Sparks of Amazing in 2016…..

Well we are now in the afternoon countdown to New Years! We had a lovely morning out walking, scooting and playing along the Southport Broadwater, having icy cold treats and visiting my favourite second hand book shop and gaining some credit to spend in store and we’ve also run a bunch of errands. We haven’t treated today any different because it’s the last day of the year and tonight we are staying in and we will go with the flow as to how we see the new year in, there are bubbles in the fridge and tunes at the ready,…

‘Tis Christmas and halls are decked….

Ahhh Christmas, the season, the decorating, the spirit, the feeling, I love it. I love it more now than I ever did as a kid and I love it even more so since having children. It’s the joy of sharing traditions and memories with our children and the belief in magic and fantasy. There’s nothing wrong with a healthy, heartfelt dose and escape with fantasy and magic. I love the whimsy and magic that is created with Christmas decorating and putting up a Christmas tree with twinkling lights and watching my children lay on the floor before slumber, watching flickering…

Creative Writing Prompts for Letters to Santa…..

The Christmas tree went up earlier this week and this weekend we will be making some time to write our letters to Santa. The kids are eager to let Santa know what they want for Christmas, but when it comes to writing a letter they need a little assistance in various areas. As many of you know earlier this year I shared with you that Cohen is on the autism spectrum and whether you are aware of what some of the challenges can be like with autism the thing you need to know  most is, the challenges are different for…

Your best Christmas memories?

My favourite memories of Christmas when I think about it, are really about how mum and dad made the effort for it to be about us kids, even though we didn’t have much and we often struggled. There was that one year I was obsessed with making paper chains. I was unstoppable and the longer I made a paper chain the longer the next one would be. Mum would lovingly tape them up all through the house, the ceilings were are canopy of paper chains and they hung and dangled down curtain rods and weighed the Christmas tree down, they…