About Melissa

Community Manager :: Melissa Williscroft

Melissa is a busy mum to five year old Jack who is starting his primary school journey next year.

When she's not making strawberry milkshakes and daggy dancing along to The Wiggles she's also a solo-entrepreneur who runs her own virtual assistant service to support other busy mumpreneuers and small business owners.

Visit her website at www.mjsvirtual.com.au.

FiveHive Question and Answer:

  • When Melissa was little, she wanted to be a flight attendant.
  • Her favourite ice cream flavour is choc chip cookie dough.
  • The first album she ever bought was 'Backstreet Boys' *cringe*

Melissa's FiveHive Articles

5 Fundraising Ideas for Your School/Club

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Somehow (and I’m still not quite sure how it happened), I found myself on the fundraising committee at my son’s school last year and was immediately thrust into the world of finding inventive ways of cajoling money out of frazzled parents.   Like most parents I detest boring old raffles and chocolate drives, but here I [ Read More ]

5 Tips for Preparing Your Child to Start School

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Preparing your child for the big step from preschool to primary school can be quite daunting – for child and parent alike!  It’s a fine line between ensuring they are prepared for what is to come (longer days, needing to be more independent etc) and overwhelming and potentially scaring them about “big school”. DO be [ Read More ]

Our Top 5 School Holiday Hangouts (Melbourne)

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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 ]

Homemade Ice-Blocks – 5 Ways

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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 Homemade Gifts for Christmas

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Whether you want to save some money on Christmas gifts this year, or create something truly unique and personal for your family and friends, there are many fantastic gifts that you and your children can make yourselves: Here are some ideas to get you started: 1.  Vouchers Creating a “voucher book” to give to a [ Read More ]

Our Family’s Five Top Travel Spots

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As a busy family with school aged children and two working parents, we often feel like we’re not spending as much time together as a family as we should be. In order to switch-off from work/school completely and reconnect as a family we take every opportunity throughout the year to get away and spend some [ Read More ]

5 tricks for dealing with fussy little eaters

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We have been blessed with a usually angelic child who just happens to turn into the son of the devil when meal time rolls around.  Unless it’s made of potato, dripping in tomato sauce or contains the words “chicken” and “nugget” there’s No.Way.In.Hell it’s passing those lips. I’ve had to come up with some very [ Read More ]

5 Ways to Save Money on Christmas Shopping

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Can you believe it’s October already?  Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about starting our Christmas shopping (well, except for some of the super organised amongst us who probably started months ago!) Every January finds me hyper-ventilating when I receive the credit card statement and it finally dawns on me just [ Read More ]

5 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day

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There’s nothing worse than being stuck inside on a rainy day, with feral kids suffering from cabin fever. Argh, it’s giving me a headache just thinking about it! Here are some tried and tested activities to entertain your kids on such an occasion, and give you back some sanity: 1. Make an indoor cubby. Gather [ Read More ]

Pass the Parcel – 5 Ways

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We are reposting this article because it seems the birthday party season is upon us! Every weekend holds a party somewhere at the moment – you too? Pass the Parcel – 5 Ways A guest post by Melissa from MJSVirtual Pass the Parcel has come a long way in recent years and there are now [ Read More ]