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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...

Easy Christmas dessert: Pandoro with vanilla mascarpone cream

Easy Christmas dessert: Pandoro with vanilla mascarpone cream

I do love Christmas (I really do), but sometimes I find it's all a bit too hard. I hate it how you slave away to make it a 'perfect day', but then you're so exhausted on the day that you barely enjoy it all. Well, this easy Christmas dessert is the kind of thing that...

Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Homemade Christmas crackers (we call them bon bons), have been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. I've enjoyed taking on the role of bon bon maker for quite a few years now - you can see another year’s bon bons here. These particular Christmas...

Easy-peasy chocolate Christmas puddings and candy cane bark

Easy-peasy chocolate Christmas puddings and candy cane bark

There's a Christmas tradition in our house, starting from my childhood, to make little chocolate Christmas puddings.   Before you go getting all impressed at my skills in the kitchen, these particular chocolate Christmas puddings are simply an Arnott’s Chocolate...

11 group gift ideas for teachers that are fabulous

11 group gift ideas for teachers that are fabulous

If you're looking for group gift ideas for teachers, it means only one thing: you drew the 'class parent' short straw and have been fielding emails about whether it's a mufti day tomorrow all year. I feel your pain. For some reason, I am a chronic over-volunteerer and...

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...

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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...

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

I've fallen so far behind in everything in life (I know you've been there). I was supposed to introduce you to this marvellous apple and blackberry pie from Sophie Hanson's new book at least a month ago. Yet here we are. Don't let my delayed introduction put you off...

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