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How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

We've always loved parties at our place and for years we put on THE BEST SHOW for the kids. Over many years we hosted over 25 BIG parties and each was wonderful for its own reason. Lottie's 8th birthday was a 'Fashion Palooza' and we invented what I think is the...

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...

3 cute free printable Christmas cards to download and print

3 cute free printable Christmas cards to download and print

My daughter Arabella loves tinkering around with graphics on Assembly and in Photoshop. She's made a selection of free printable Christmas cards for us all to enjoy.  We called her 'brand' Aricards and let's also call this a very proud mother moment... Each of...

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...

5 you beaut Aussie Elf on the Shelf ideas

5 you beaut Aussie Elf on the Shelf ideas

I can't believe I just wrote "you beaut" - apologies. I just get a tad over-excited when I'm given the means to Australianise anything to do with Christmas. Indeed, these Aussie Elf on the Shelf ideas have taken me back to my ocker roots (I grew up in the Territory,...

How to squeeze more joy into Christmas with older kids

How to squeeze more joy into Christmas with older kids

We love those pesky kids, but Chrismas with older kids can be a lot less joyful than we remember. Gone is the little kid innocence, the willingness to help, the eager letters to Santa... not to mention our own eager threats to cancel Santa altogether if they don't...

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

44 low-cost magical ways to make birthdays special

We love parties. Love them. Love them, love them, love them. Over the years we've held many fun parties that make birthdays speical, but the kids are older now. Most of the kids we know are celebrating their birthday with a few friends, pizza, some video games (boys)...

It’s okay to cancel Christmas (in fact, I highly recommend it)

It’s okay to cancel Christmas (in fact, I highly recommend it)

I'm giving my kids cash for Christmas this year. Not even a gift card, just money. I'm also giving my nieces, nephews, friends and probably the postie cash for Christmas too. I think my sisters thought I was joking when I mentioned it, but alas, I was not. I didn't...

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

I’m feeling a little bit proud. I just taught 27 Year 3 students how to do a running stitch so that they could DIY felt Christmas baubles for home. I love encouraging my class to get creative and sewing is next-level for many of them. These felt Christmas baubles...

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