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Birthday gift ideas for tween friends (that aren’t a gift card)

Birthday gift ideas for tween friends (that aren’t a gift card)

I get it, coming up with acceptable gift ideas for tween friends can be next to impossible. When the kids are younger and you say to them, "What should we get Eugene for his birthday?" they give you a mile-long list of all the things they know Eugene would love. Of...

Easy decoupage activity for tweens that will keep them happy for hours

Easy decoupage activity for tweens that will keep them happy for hours

When my eldest was aged 9, she asked if we could spend more time together crafting. This easy decoupage activity for tweens seemed like the perfect way to spend some time together, so that's what we started with. It seemed that just like her Mum, she needed a bit of...

15+ actually useful life hacks we all need right now

15+ actually useful life hacks we all need right now

While the term 'life hack' generally makes me switch straight off, I can see no other way to describe this collection. Rest assured, these are useful life hacks - not bleeding obvious things that you've probably already tried (no, internet, a complicated way to fold...

Creating a family playlist is remarkably bonding

Creating a family playlist is remarkably bonding

We recently started a family playlist that we add to every other week. The idea of making a family playlist started as a way to fill up a few Friday nights during lockdown, but turned out to be something far more special. Everyone in our family (including my husband...

My 17 very favourite Netflix shows to binge watch

My 17 very favourite Netflix shows to binge watch

We love Netflix at our place. In fact, we haven't been able to get standard TV reception since a 2018 hailstorm took down our antennae, so it's pretty much Netflix or bust. Actually, we can stream tele via Fetch, so I still get my SBS Food binge in whenever I can...

TikTok and please stop

TikTok and please stop

My daughter can't stop doing TikTok moves. From breakfast until bedtime, she's on the move. Little sequences from Renegade, Say So, and Number One Baby. We've renamed it 'tic tok' because I swear it looks like she's got some strange physical tics. All the twitching...

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are in the bush or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. They've been doing it since they were small, and it is...

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

While everyone is very keen to get back to 'normal' schooling, reduced classroom attendance can also offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading. Margot Hillel, Professor of Children's Literature at the Australian Catholic University, has prepared a...

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