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…

Family Tradition of Friday Night Movie Night…..

The school year finally started for the kids on Wednesday, but I’m already saying TGIF. I love having the kids home on school holidays, even when the summer holidays start to get a bit long and weary towards the end of those six weeks. The last week to ten days has it’s moments but I still love having them home and soon as school goes back I miss seeing them and all the extra cuddles, kisses and craziness. So when holidays end and normal daily life and routines resume, I look forward to the end of the school and working…

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…

The Handwritten Word: Bring Back the Pen…..

About a month ago I came across a blog post you may have seen written by Richard Branson titled Bring Back the Pen, which spoke of his shock about an article he read* of a study done by BIC stationary showing statistics that half of today’s 13 to 19 year olds have never written a thank you letter. Branson’s was further shocked that the study reported that one in ten 13 to 19 year olds don’t own a pen. Although we live in a technologically advancing time, I’m even astounded by these figures. How is it even possible we have…

Thrifty & Spontaneous Holiday Day Tripping…..

Anytime that Ben is on annual leave is extra special especially when it’s over the Christmas and New Year break because our whole family of five are together for a solid amount of time with no school or work schedules. No schedules means that there are more opportunities for spontaneous adventures and day tripping. Like last Saturday when we had a leisurely morning at home having breakfast, watching movies, pottering and playing with Lego, when I randomly asked out loud what we were going to do with the rest of our day. Suggestions were thrown around and a few standard…

Boost Children’s Creativity & Storytelling Skills with Story Stones….

One of the extra surprising joys of it be the summer school holidays and having the kids home, is that there is so much more time for arts and crafts. I get to do so many more projects myself as well, because the kids and I are able to work alongside each other on various things. A few weeks before the end of the school year last year on you might have seen me share some story stones I was working on for the kids on Instagram if we’re with each other there. I had been doing them in secret…

Old Fashion Family Game Night on Trivia Day….

When I was growing up and birthdays and Christmas came around there was always an inclusion of games that could be played with family and friends. We had all sorts of games from Mastermind, Monopoly, Twister, Boggle, Scrabbled, Battleships, Chess and countless more not to mention things like pick up sticks and marbles. There were always games to play that were educational and challenged the mind and called on your trivia knowledge and even when Ben and I met and started dating twenty years ago my in-laws frequently had Trivial Pursuit nights with friends which we were often invited to…

Letters of Love and Family Traditions….

Do you and your family have special traditions that you share? We do and the great thing I love about family traditions is, that they can be big or small and can be regular or random daily, weekly, monthly, once a year or even a once and while thing. The other great thing with family traditions are, there are no rules when it comes to them because they are as unique as each family is. Family traditions often come from family routine and serve to connect family members to one another. These connections give us comfort and security as well…