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Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

My kids have always adored a scavenger hunt, no matter how old they are. My friend Ella gave me the idea for this photo scavenger hunt and it's been a real hit. This photo scavenger hunt is fantastic fun at a party, but you could play this game anytime,...

Easy Christmas dessert: Pandoro with vanilla mascarpone cream

Easy Christmas dessert: Pandoro with vanilla mascarpone cream

I do love Christmas (I really do), but sometimes I find it's all a bit too hard. I hate it how you slave away to make it a 'perfect day', but then you're so exhausted on the day that you barely enjoy it all. Well, this easy Christmas dessert is the kind of thing that...

Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Christmas crackers for the kids to make

Homemade Christmas crackers (we call them bon bons), have been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. I've enjoyed taking on the role of bon bon maker for quite a few years now - you can see another year’s bon bons here. These particular Christmas...

21+ awesome gifts for tweens of all ages

21+ awesome gifts for tweens of all ages

Those lovely little tweenie tweens are equal parts delightful and depressing. No one does he sulk better or holds a grudge longer than a tween. Especially a tween who wanted an Apple watch but received a calculator instead (this may or may not have happened at our...

Easy-peasy chocolate Christmas puddings and candy cane bark

Easy-peasy chocolate Christmas puddings and candy cane bark

There's a Christmas tradition in our house, starting from my childhood, to make little chocolate Christmas puddings.   Before you go getting all impressed at my skills in the kitchen, these particular chocolate Christmas puddings are simply an Arnott’s Chocolate...

11 group gift ideas for teachers that are fabulous

11 group gift ideas for teachers that are fabulous

If you're looking for group gift ideas for teachers, it means only one thing: you drew the 'class parent' short straw and have been fielding emails about whether it's a mufti day tomorrow all year. I feel your pain. For some reason, I am a chronic over-volunteerer and...

21+ Christmas gift ideas for tween girls they will really love

21+ Christmas gift ideas for tween girls they will really love

This massive list of gift ideas for tween girls joins our list for teen boys, tween boys and teen girls. So check those out for more thoughtful gifts that might also suit your tweenie. In this list, I've included gifts that suit girly tween girls and less girly...

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

Okay, so these gift ideas for teen boys are in addition to the gift ideas for teen girls list from earlier in the week. I say this because I really don't believe there are such things as 'boys things' and 'girls things'. There are just teen things. But I split the...

21+ unreal gifts for teens they won’t hate

21+ unreal gifts for teens they won’t hate

Right now it's the #1 question we're getting asked via messages to our Facebook page and Facebook group: what are the best gifts for teens for Christmas? We've had aunties, family friends, grandmas, mums and dads message us. Surely, they all say, a gift voucher isn't...

25 life-improving Christmas gifts for under $10

25 life-improving Christmas gifts for under $10

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to give cheap but meaningful Christmas gifts for under $10. Yes, I’m a cheapskate, but I’m a happy one. I’ve always been into improving my life, and if I can help the loved ones in my life do the same, without spending...

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