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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...

Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

My kids have always adored a scavenger hunt, no matter how old they are. My friend Ella gave me the idea for this photo scavenger hunt and it's been a real hit. This photo scavenger hunt is fantastic fun at a party, but you could play this game anytime,...

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...

Birthday gift ideas for tween friends (that aren’t a gift card)

Birthday gift ideas for tween friends (that aren’t a gift card)

I get it, coming up with acceptable gift ideas for tween friends can be next to impossible. When the kids are younger and you say to them, "What should we get Eugene for his birthday?" they give you a mile-long list of all the things they know Eugene would love. Of...

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)...

A beautiful Alice In Wonderland party on a budget

A beautiful Alice In Wonderland party on a budget

When it comes to my kids' parties, I always leave things until the last minute and I always try to spend as little money as possible. This Alice in Wonderland party had the smallest budget of all. Which somehow seems fitting for an Alice theme. I always like to have a...

Step-by-step budget Harry Potter party for muggles of any age

Step-by-step budget Harry Potter party for muggles of any age

There will hopefully always be a kid who wants a budget Harry Potter party. The Harry Potter books are too wonderful to keep for one generation. Every year a new muggle discovers this magical series and the request goes out: "I want a Harry Potter party for my...

Pokemon Party free printables for your own party

Pokemon Party free printables for your own party

  It turned out to be easy and fun to host a great Pokemon party. To make it even easier for you, here are the Pokemon party free printables of everything we used at Max's Pokemon party. It was a a super-fun-tastic party and the kids adored the activities.  ...

Free Harry Potter invitations – download, edit and print

Free Harry Potter invitations – download, edit and print

If you're planning a fun Harry Potter party, you will need a fun invitation. This free Harry Potter invitation is completely editable - you can download it as a Powerpoint slide and change it to your heart's content. You can find loads of Harry Potter party games,...

DIY glow party invites to download and print for free

DIY glow party invites to download and print for free

Set the scene for a tween birthday party with these glow party invites. They are all kinds of colourful fun. Cool glow party invites like these will get everyone excited about attending your upcoming glow party. To download these free downloadable glow party invites,...

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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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