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11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

11 tips for Year 7 newbies from older high school kids

My youngest is starting high school in February, so I thought we'd gather some tips for Year 7 kids from older friends. It actually physically hurts me to write such a ridiculous sentence. How can all three of my babies be in actual big school? That makes me very......

50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

Those lovely little tweenie tweens are equal parts delightful and depressing. No one does he sulk better or holds a grudge longer than a tween. Especially a tween who wanted an Apple watch but received a calculator instead (this may or may not have happened at our...

19 favourite family cookbooks we come back to again and again

19 favourite family cookbooks we come back to again and again

The hardest part about making this list of my favourite family cookbooks is keeping it reined in. I love, love, love cookbooks. I love reading them, I love looking at them and, yes, I even love cooking from them. That's the number one way a book can make it onto my...

10 really good thermos lunches to keep kids warm

10 really good thermos lunches to keep kids warm

Winter is here and that means our high schoolers are spending lunch times shivering behind B block trying to keep warm. Now is a good time to up your repertoire of thermos lunches. Thermos lunches are a lovely hit of home in the middle of a bone-chilling school day....

16 really good podcasts for tweens

16 really good podcasts for tweens

We want the kids to be on screens less, right? Well, these podcasts for tweens should do the trick. The beauty of a podcast is that you can listen while simultaneously doing something else. I like to listen to podcasts when I drive, but I'm pretty sure your tween...

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...

5 rice cooker recipes that will have dinner on the table in no time

5 rice cooker recipes that will have dinner on the table in no time

A rice cooker is one of the most useful pieces of kitchen equipment you can own. It’s a big hit among young adults living on their own for the very first time, but in family homes, they’re a little underutilised. They can do so much more than just cook a round of...

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

We love it when our kids want to hang out and be social. We don't love it when they have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to have fun with friends. Every now and then it's great to go to a water park, shopping, laser tag, eating fast food or seeing a movie, but...

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