Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A School Holiday Survival Guide to Kick-Start the Fun

School holidays - do you love them or loathe them? Actually, don't stress about answering that - it's really not worth pondering the extremes too hard. Chances are, you will feel both emotions strongly (and in veritable tsunamis) with your kids soon about your home 24/7.

If you have school-aged children and you live in Australia, one thing is dead-inevitable: they are about to descend on your prized space, so it's a case of like it or lump it.
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Friday, 24 June 2016

Crayola Color Alive Review - New Exciting Colouring Adventures for Children

*This Product Talk post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola.

It's so easy to say that we're a household full of Crayola fans here. All parents are, generally speaking, well acquainted with this brand of crafting and drawing fun for kids. They're a quality pick with all things considered when it comes to children, fun, safety and the high potential for parental concern where kids, mess and art and craft is concerned.
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Chocolate Brownies Recipe - Favourite Bakes

So it's Saturday at the time of writing this and it's a typical Melbourne winter's day - as much as it pains me to write that. Outside, it's grey, cold and wet and not surprisingly, we've all slept in. Breakfast has been had (for some) and now the cravings of midday beckon...

Most people appreciate brownies. (Who wouldn't?) Around here, they're a family favourite and I am currently baking these babies at least three times a week. Nothing silences the after school grumbles quite like a brownie or two and the same can be said for grumbles on rainy Melbourne Saturdays.

Today, brownies are a lunch time treat.
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Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Big Freeze Festival Melbourne and a Family Pass Giveaway

The winter school holidays are almost here and the pressure is on us parents to come up with new and exciting things to entertain the kids this July.

One thing my own children have repeatedly requested year after year during the chilly months, is a trip to the snow. Sadly, we've never taken them. The reasons? Well, everything from the enormity of the planning and preparation, to the expense of all the equipment that's required to make a visit to the snow safe and comfortable for all. (From the snow chains for your car to all that waterproof gear - to buy or to rent? You get my gist.)

The truth of the matter is, a visit to the snow is a huge and expensive undertaking that is simply beyond the reach of many families.
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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Slumbersac Sleeping Bags Review and Win a Slumbersac for Your Child #SLHFeaturedThursdays

Before you take a quick squiz at this post and decide that a review all about children's sleeping bags couldn't possibly be relevant to you, I am going to halt you and say "wait up!" before you abruptly click away. If you have a child in your home aged ten and under, then these fabulous sleeping sacks by the British born and based family business, Slumbersac, are most certainly going to interest you. Please stick around and read on.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Marble Cake Recipe. A Simple Home Baked Classic

Marble cakes are so delightful aren't they? Kids especially adore those mysterious and exciting swirly folds of delicious chocolate and vanilla flavours, all blended together seamlessly. I admit to liking these cakes too, maybe a little too much. I have always had a talent for downing a slice of marble cake whenever the opportunity presents itself. (Well, any cake really.) Who can resist cake? This recipe means I can enjoy a well-deserved slice whenever I wish and lately, that's been quite a bit. (Blame the cold.)
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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Teletubbies Toy Review and Win a Teletubbies Prize Pack Worth $95! #SLHFeaturedThursdays

Little kids adore Teletubbies don't they? Have you ever watched how fascinated and mesmerised young kids become when watching this popular early-learning children's series? I have always found it amusing to observe my own kids over the years as they interacted with this show. To this day, even the older ones sit open-mouthed and absorbed if they find themselves watching Teletubbies on TV!
Given that fact, I had a bit of a giggle compiling these pictures of my youngest discovering her new Teletubbies toy for this post. 
My daughter was just so delighted when I gave her this new piece of Teletubbies fun to play with!
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Monday, 6 June 2016

Finding Homeliness Through Home Improvements...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with ColorTile.

If you've been following along here for a while, you will recall that we had planned to have sold our home quite some time ago by now.

The preparation for selling our house and returning to the inner burbs was going great-guns last year, for a good-while at least. We'd half-packed our things, sold others and thrown a ton of clutter away. Then life threw us a bit of an unexpected curve-ball late last year and for the time being, our plans have been suspended. We're staying put.
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