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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...

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...

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

The trio behind Your Kids Next Read - award-winning children's authors Allison Tait and Allison Rushby, and popular teacher-librarian and blogger Megan Daley - bring us the definitive list of books that make great gifts for reluctant readers. ‘Reluctant readers’...

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

I’m feeling a little bit proud. I just taught 27 Year 3 students how to do a running stitch so that they could DIY felt Christmas baubles for home. I love encouraging my class to get creative and sewing is next-level for many of them. These felt Christmas baubles...

Raspberry rum balls are a new Christmas classic

Raspberry rum balls are a new Christmas classic

Nothing says 'Christmas' to me more than rum balls. My mum faithfully makes them every year for the (extra) silly season. Never at any other time of year. I've riffed on Mum's classic to make these raspberry rum balls. Raspberry and rum are foodie friends. They work...

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

A couple of years ago, you caved in and got The Elf. The kids loved it, you kinda loved it, that cheeky, funny, lovable elf brought the Christmas joy in sleigh-loads. You called him Noel (geddit?), and he was the most fun you've ever had in December while sober for a...

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

Ah, Christmas. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. I love you, I loathe you. Love the community, the festivities, the merriment and kindness. Loathe the STUFF. All that grabbiness from the kids, even lovely kids like mine. What kids really need for Christmas, and what...

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

At last, it's gift ideas for tween boys time! We've found gifts to sort the teen girls, teen boys and tween girls and here we are buying for adolescent boys. They are a tough crowd to buy for, let me tell you. If they're sporty, they've already got all the sporting...

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