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21+ unreal gifts for teens they won’t hate

21+ unreal gifts for teens they won’t hate

Right now it's the #1 question we're getting asked via messages to our Facebook page and Facebook group: what are the best gifts for teens for Christmas? We've had aunties, family friends, grandmas, mums and dads message us. Surely, they all say, a gift voucher isn't...

25 life-improving Christmas gifts for under $10

25 life-improving Christmas gifts for under $10

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to give cheap but meaningful Christmas gifts for under $10. Yes, I’m a cheapskate, but I’m a happy one. I’ve always been into improving my life, and if I can help the loved ones in my life do the same, without spending...

Don’t get us started on how cute this reinbeer is…

Don’t get us started on how cute this reinbeer is…

Emma Rowe of Frog Goose and Bear party fame is our resident crafty minx. She makes all kinds of fabulous stuff for birthdays and Christmas. Including reinbeer. Reinbeer! We die! It's a pretty simple concept. You stick pipe cleaner antlers, a little red pom pom and...

How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

We've always loved parties at our place and for years we put on THE BEST SHOW for the kids. Over many years we hosted over 25 BIG parties and each was wonderful for its own reason. Lottie's 8th birthday was a 'Fashion Palooza' and we invented what I think is the...

3 cute free printable Christmas cards to download and print

3 cute free printable Christmas cards to download and print

My daughter Arabella loves tinkering around with graphics on Assembly and in Photoshop. She's made a selection of free printable Christmas cards for us all to enjoy.  We called her 'brand' Aricards and let's also call this a very proud mother moment... Each of...

5 you beaut Aussie Elf on the Shelf ideas

5 you beaut Aussie Elf on the Shelf ideas

I can't believe I just wrote "you beaut" - apologies. I just get a tad over-excited when I'm given the means to Australianise anything to do with Christmas. Indeed, these Aussie Elf on the Shelf ideas have taken me back to my ocker roots (I grew up in the Territory,...

How to squeeze more joy into Christmas with older kids

How to squeeze more joy into Christmas with older kids

We love those pesky kids, but Chrismas with older kids can be a lot less joyful than we remember. Gone is the little kid innocence, the willingness to help, the eager letters to Santa... not to mention our own eager threats to cancel Santa altogether if they don't...

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

We love parties. Love them. Love them, love them, love them. Over the years we've held many fun parties that make birthdays speical, but the kids are older now. Most of the kids we know are celebrating their birthday with a few friends, pizza, some video games (boys)...

It’s okay to cancel Christmas (in fact, I highly recommend it)

It’s okay to cancel Christmas (in fact, I highly recommend it)

I'm giving my kids cash for Christmas this year. Not even a gift card, just money. I'm also giving my nieces, nephews, friends and probably the postie cash for Christmas too. I think my sisters thought I was joking when I mentioned it, but alas, I was not. I didn't...

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Tibetan sha balep are delicious for lunch

Tibetan sha balep are delicious for lunch

I made the moreish honey and granola bars from Taste Tibet this week and it reminded me that I have another recipe from the book to share with you. Sha balep are little Tibetan pastries that I think of as sharing the same eating space with foods like Mexican empanadas...

Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Years ago, when the children were small and there were only two of them, we would talk about our best and worst parts of the day at dinnertime. Gathered around our timber dining table, a candle burning, night falling, we started a tradition that has since become a...

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

Why Heartstopper needs to be on your watch list

If you've got a high school-aged kid, chances are that the Netflix show Heartstopper will be on your radar. Everyone is watching it. Everyone is falling in love with it. And that's a very good thing indeed. It may as well be called Heartwarmer, because this show is...

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