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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...

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...

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

Getting my tween and teens off screens and into other things is a well-known preoccupation of mine. I don't hate screens, I just don't love the amount of time my kids want to spend on them. Finding a bunch of card games kids love is my latest approach. I'm happy to...

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

Most kids and teens love listening to stories and as they get older the urge to tell their own stories grows too. For some kids (often those we call ‘born writers’) this is an easy thing to do - no list of creative writing ideas for kids needed. They grab a piece of...

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

50+ (mostly) free things to do in the holidays for older kids

50+ (mostly) free things to do in the holidays for older kids

It can be super-hard coming up with free things to do in the school holidays. The thing is: there are plenty of things, really. Our kids have just brainwashed us into believing that only a theme park will do. Not true! Not everything on this list is free, but there...

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

We've played these wonderful Minute to Win It games at parties for years. They are a riotous, screeching good time. In fact, these Minute to Win It games are loved by quiet kids and rowdy kids, both boys and girls, and in ages ranging at least from 7 to 13. Wait, make...

50 hilarious jokes for tweens [free printable]

50 hilarious jokes for tweens [free printable]

I confess I've been laughing and groaning away as I put this collection of jokes for tweens together. Jokes are fun for everyone but tweens especially LOVE jokes because not only do they find them hilarious, they also know they will illicit a groan from adults. So...

7 strategies to juggle work and teens in the school holidays

7 strategies to juggle work and teens in the school holidays

How do we juggle work and teens in the school holidays? We do it year after year and somehow it works, but every time it's daunting, isn't it? I'm not talking about fun places to take a teen. I'm talking about where they are supposed to go when we are at work. Have...

50+ cool things to do in Sydney for older kids

50+ cool things to do in Sydney for older kids

Things to do in Sydney for older kids can feel few and far between. It can be tough entertaining older kids who no longer want to visit Taronga Zoo (what's wrong with them!?), and a ferry ride just ain't cutting it any more. By Amanda Nicholls Whether you live in...

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Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Here’s a treat – the Mars Bar slice. Take a Mars Bar and add butter to it then stir in some puffed rice and then coat the lot in chocolate. Oh lordy, it’s like taking a murmur and turning it into a heart attack, but in a totally fine way. This is quite simply the...

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

It's no doubt the #1 response parents make when they ask what they want for their kids in life: "I just want my child to be happy." “I just want my child to be happy.” We mean it wholeheartedly when we say it. Then we leave that happiness to chance. We talk to our...

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