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…

Connect with your Children on Tell a Fairy Tale Day….

Connect with your Children on Tell a Fairy Tale Day….

It’s the last day of the school and working week, which means it’s Friday Night Movie Night for us with the kids. I’ve recently shared how this is a significant weekly family tradition for us, as it’s a time to slow down and reconnect after a busy week. Friday nights we don’t just stop at family movies as way of connecting; as an extension of a our family time each Friday sees kids have a camp out/sleep over in our bedroom. It’s beautiful tradition we have which allows for us to enjoy an evening settling in for the together as…

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…

Old School Lunch Memories Don’t Let Your Kids Suffer….

With approximately two weeks before the school year starts for most Aussie kids, there is a lot of action on the interwebs with people sharing wonderful and healthy school lunches for kids. I’m not a foodie or nutrition blogger so I’ll leave that up to others. But when you start to think about school lunches, isn’t your mind always cast back to your own school days? Talk to any grown adult these days born from the 1980’s or earlier and you can almost see them shudder at the memory of their school lunches that were packed off to school with…

24 Old School Ways to Feel Like a Kid Again…..

Do you remember that feeling when as a kid you would push your legs out and lock them back on the playground swings over and over again so you could go higher and higher. You’d get to the point where you’d reach the limit and the chains on the swing jerked and wobbled a bit. In that moment at the peak of how high you could go, you felt on top of the world, the wind blowing in your face and you couldn’t help but feel happy and free, like anything was possible, like leaping from the swing and landing…

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…

At Home Style and Working With My Girl…..

Yesterday was the start of term four with school going back after having two weeks with Cohen on holidays, so we were right back into our normal morning routines. I’ve also had Sarah on holidays and she’s back off kindy tomorrow. With school, kindy and family day care all back into the full swing of things this week, my working weeks will regain some normalcy again until the end of the school year. It’s always a juggle with trying to run and build a business when it comes around to school holiday time, as I need to find different ways…

Reflecting on our Teenage Rainy Day Mixed Tapes….

There’s a special delight in a rainy day and staying indoors, don’t you think? I love the change of pace indoors, that comes with a rainy day. For me there’s nothing better than a walk down memory lane with our teenage rainy day mixed tapes, playing in the background whilst pottering around the house. Whilst the many mixed tapes I had in my teens are long gone, I like to paint a picture that reminds us of the painstaking effort involved in putting together those mixed tapes we had in our formative years. If you were anything like me as…

Expanding on the Children’s Home Library on the Cheap……

Building and expanding on your children’s at home library is without a doubt, something worthwhile investing in doing on a periodical basis and it shouldn’t have to come at the cost of brand new books. Young readers learn through repetition, and the reading of  well loved favourite stories over and over again as it gives them confidence. Therefore much loved and favoured stories and characters are always good to add to your child’s/children’s book collection. But how and where can you find books cheaply or in other cases for nothing at all? Hopefully the following list and suggestion will give…

When a Found Vintage Treasure Give Your Children One of Your Childhood Experiences…..

When I was little I loved visiting my Nan and Pops home they lived in a four bedroom Queenslander home in Brisbane and by virtue of Nan and Pop having had eight children of their own there were all sorts of interesting old things around their house to do. If you weren’t helping Nan in the kitchen or cracking macadamia nuts under the house with a hammer and brick, you might of been upstairs pretending you could play the harmonica or piano accordion or even the piano like the best.  Although there was never any everyday need for it at…