Muffins: 5 Ways


First, start with a basic muffin mix for which you will need: 2 cups plain flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 egg (lightly beaten) 1 cup milk 3 tbs vegetable oil Method: Stir together all dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk and oil.  Make a [ Read More ]

5 Great Birthday Party Themes for Boys

Children (6-10) Wearing Costumes and Blowing Out Candles on Birthday Cake

1.  Pirates: Come dressed as a pirate! Invitations – Print on parchment and burn the edges to give an authentic look. Decorations: Red and black balloons and streamers, pirate flags, black fabric tablecloth, wine barrels, skeleton, Loot Bags – Include eye patches, chocolate coins, tattoos, bandanas, plastic compass etc Games – Treasure hunt, pirate ship [ Read More ]

Our Top 5 School Holiday Hangouts (Melbourne)

Mother Father Son and Daughter (8-11) Having a Picnic and Chatting

The long summer school holidays can sometimes tend to feel like they are dragging on f..o..r..e..v..e..r and trying to keep the kids entertained can be damn hard! We like to stay away from the obvious and crowded holiday spots.  While the Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium are fantastic places to visit, we prefer to visit [ Read More ]

5 ‘Pick Me Ups’ for Kids in Hospital

two little girl's playing doctor

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your little one bundled up in a hospital bed.  Trying to keep a sick, tired and bored little person happy and entertained (especially if they’re bed-bound) can be exhausting and virtually impossible! Here’s a few ideas to make their stay in hospital as comfortable as possible: 1.  Toys Keep [ Read More ]

5 Ways with Leftovers


Maybe you tend to cook more than you need come meal time (Is that enough?  I dunno – let’s throw another handful of pasta in, just in case…) or maybe you have a particularly fussy household who often don’t finish their meals.  Whatever the case I’m sure all of us are faced with leftovers quite [ Read More ]

5 Great Tasting Smoothies

Girl in Pink Drinking Tasty Strawberry Milkshake

My kids (including the “big” kids of the family…) love a good smoothie.  It’s a great way to get a few more serves of fruit into us every day and they taste so good!  I love experimenting with different fruits and flavours (although it’s easy to get a bit carried away sometimes and we’ve had [ Read More ]

Homemade Ice-Blocks – 5 Ways


There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a good old ice block and while we ALWAYS have a stash of good old lemonade icypoles in our freezer I usually have a couple of different homemade varieties on hand as well. They are super simple to make and you can get quite creative [ Read More ]

5 Great Family Board Games


Now, I’m all for technology in the home and my kids are masters at the DVD player, iPhone, iPad etcetera, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to switch it all off and get back to basics.  Hence our household is quite into board games as a way to relax and have fun together as [ Read More ]

5 Steps to a Healthier Party

side view of a girl (11-12) wearing party hat and blowing party whistle

We’ve all been there – the kids have spent the afternoon at another child’s birthday party and have come home completely wired after stuffing themselves silly for the past few hours on chips, lollies and fizzy cordial.  Making you cringe just thinking about it, right? There are ways that you can minimise the amount of [ Read More ]

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