December 17, 2013
As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am very sad that we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in Australia. This however gives me the opportunity to think thankfully at Christmas time.
Here are some simple ideas from around the blog world, that can be incorporated in your Christmas celebrations particularly in regards to the table.
Some are beautifully quirky, some ingenious, some worthy of a yearly repeat, some child friendly and some all of the above. Let me know if you get inspired and use some, it’s great to hear from you.
December 5, 2013
I’m adding it to the go to menu this summer….. anyone want us to come for dinner and bring desert?
February 8, 2013
I’m a bit in two minds about Valentine’s Day. Some of me sits on the “It’s a created day that is all about retailers and spending money” and the other side of me feels it’s great to be reminded to tell the people we love….that we love them in a more intentional way.
This year I feel more of the second…. hence the post….. but have tried to make it a little more creative (rather than spendy) because self created things almost always* help communicate the love better.
Ideas For Creative Dates
Super Lovey- Dovey
For the Kids
Ideas to Bake
Countdowns to Valentine’s Day (or count on….)
Everything else.* Yes if you have asked for something specifically ….or have been promised something and you receive a sweet handmade gift, you won’t feel the love!
November 12, 2012
A quick slideshow of photos in case you missed our fabulous school fete.
November 5, 2012
This year I took on the somewhat scary task of ‘stall coordinator’ at the school fete.
The idea for a lolly shop first came up a couple of years ago when chatting to my friend Belinda. At the time we both had preschool age and younger children, and so the idea just sat.
Saturday was our first fete. 10 hours of set-up and selling many, many lollies and chocolates later, my very helpful family (and 2 other families) ate dinner together and celebrated a job well done. A successful execution of a little idea.
I wanted to share a few photos of the fun!
Kindy mums, book-club mums, church mums and dads, 9 year old and her buddy Eve and 5 fantastic high schoolers worked hard not just on Saturday but in the weeks leading up to it.
I really want to say thanks to them for their cheeriness and energy while working really, really hard! A big thank you to Sue….. my sidekick for her fabulousness.
It’s a pretty easy business model. If you want to do one for your school or church or organisation, I am happy to talk you through the process.
Just email me.
July 22, 2012
This week I start art class after a very long break.
More out of convenience than anything else I have enrolled in ‘continuing projects’.
The problem is….. I am sort of starting a fresh rather than continuing so I need your help.
Over that last couple of months I have been collecting still life images (because I am fascinated by the comfortingness of them). I think I would like to recreate them as drawings or paintings or collages …. or maybe even something all together different. I would love to experiment with stitching and fabric within works too.
I just don’t know where to start.
Please help me out by letting me know in the comments which images appeal to you and how you would like to see them recreated. I am not promising to obey your every visual wish but your feedback would help enormously. Thanks.
Please give me some direction…. even if it’s just the number of the picture.
….and yes, I will do some updates as to how the classes and paintings are going.
May even have a give-away, but only if you help me know where to start.
Our excitable 6 year old enjoyed a crazy mad science party a few weeks ago now.
When she suggested the idea I was a little out of my depth….. not having enjoyed science that much through school…. so I did what I do best and searched the internet for party ideas. Tim also had the great insight to ask some family friends of ours to help with the activities. They are a family full of crazy, fun, sciency folk and they did a marvellous job of entertaining and exciting the masses.
Because I was so thankful to all the people out there in cyber space posting their great ideas for me to use ….I thought would put all the links together in one post for you to use and steal and enjoy.
|Another free invite by Smilebox|
The invite was made using the excellent Smilebox. So easy , and so free!
Norfolk Kids have a great recipe for custard powder gooey slimy stuff!
The Aquapod bottle launcher could quickly become a family favourite. The launcher is safe and with just a bike pump and water sends the rocket about 100m in the air.
…similar ideas at Kids Activities Suite 101.
…a little something like this.
‘Squishy Circuits’ are the brainchild of AnnMarie Thomas. See her TED talk here. These are super cool!!
No link here. I adapted this game all by myself.
We jiggled and wiggled to science music making our ice cream. You can find the recipe here.
….ooops just realised that you all have seen this outfit before on a different birthday girl. Yes the girls do borrow each others clothes.
And speaking of food…..
Made this one up too after the disaster of the ‘molecule cake’
A very cool and easy way to layer jelly. The link is down but you can see from the images here how to do it. All you need is a muffin tray.
I found this cool idea at the sisters cafe. It also works in a larger jug.
The ‘build a molecule’ idea came from Come together Kids. This blog has lots more ideas re:science party.
I have talked and made these tissue paper balls before. The instructions can be found at Martha Stewart (I couldn’t do a party without her) and the idea for re-labelling the bottles of water from Kara’s party ideas. As you could imagine ….there are lots more ideas for different parties to be found here.
The idea for the bunting came from Apartment Therapy.
I used the image of Einstein from the invitations…… then photographer 6 year old doing the same face. After a short fiddle with the colours in photo shop….. we had our bunting.
How do you start putting together ideas for a themed party?
What are the best ones you have ever hosted or been too and why?
May 28, 2012
As I posted last week, 5 year old turned 6 and had a pretty crazy mad scientist party.
I, embracing the whole mad bit…. and a tad of the scientist bit…. decided that for this party she needed a molecule cake.
Although I was able to find lots of helpful images and ideas for games and general party food, I couldn’t find many images of molecule cakes. I now know the reason for this!
But…. undaunted and sure that it was just because no-one had thought of it yet…. I decided to give it a go.
My idea was to make cake-pops (so each child could eat it at the park without a plate) and link them (bond) all together with their sticks to form a 3D shape….. somewhat reminiscent of the sucrose molecule above. Yes, sucrose as in sugar, the very thing a cake should be made with. Yes , I was finding the whole planning process very entertaining and amusing.
Now, because I am not a baker…and generally leave the baking to the professionals…I decided to try my idea a couple of days before the party. As it turns out …. this was indeed the best idea surrounding the fated molecule cake!
After much research into cake-pop making, no baking involved because you break-up already baked cake (bonus!), the purchase of very colourful and sweet ingredients….. a bit of food colouring….. white chocolate…. icing…. non-parelis (the blue things)….I set to work.
Be warned people! Cake-pop making is to the cake decorating world as hand beading is to the world of couture. Amateurs run for your lives!
Not a good birthday cake beginning when the components need such careful manoeuvring.
Anyway…. long story short. After a full day of fiddling and fussing and a whole lot of questioning of ones sanity….. I was glad I had an option B.
The girls verdict on arriving home from school was ….. ‘they taste yummy’, ‘didn’t really work’ and ‘it was lucky you tried it first’.
All in all it was a disaster, however the disaster was still made up of molecules.
April 23, 2012
Each holidays I try to clear my freezer of anything lurking in the shadows.
I usually ‘google’ the main meat ingredient and perhaps other ingredients I have in the cupboards and fridge and see what turns up.
Some of the meals were, in 12 year olds words….”Not a stand-out’.
Two, however were lovely, so I thought I would share.
The whole family ate with gusto! I will be making this one again.
Chicken mince seems to always be reduced at the supermarket. I often buy it and then I am unsure what to do with it. Well….. not any more. Everyone loved this and I will be cooking it again.
Both recipes were very simple and family friendly.
Do you clean out your freezer periodically?
What great recipe gems have you got to share?