If you follow along the blog you know I’m all for activities that take minutes to set up. They are real and doable in amongst the chaos that comes with having a family. This activity would be fantastic in classrooms but my aim is to keep things realistic and simple at home! What you need: * A box or shallow tray with edges * A handful of Marbles * Paint * Paper...

I thought 2015 was going to be THE year. It’s only the end of March and already I’ve battled two surgeries (see here and here), emotional stress and well, I’m just really tired. But I did just say it’s ONLY March, and that means I’ve gotten most of the crap stuff out of the way because only good things are going to happen from here on...

This is a review of ASG’s Little Learner Pack. Visit their website here. Tom has been interacting with children and adults for a long time, trying to learn what socially acceptable and appropriate behaviour with others is. I’ve really noticed the need for this increase as he now attends a semi-structured environment that is 3 year old kinder. Suddenly he is required...

Trigger Warning: This blog post discusses miscarriage/pregnancy loss   scar skɑː/ noun a mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue has developed. “a faint scar ran the length of his left cheek” How many physical and/or metaphorical scars do you have? I have a few. Ones from cuts, burns, bullying and heartbreak. They are minor in the scheme of things, really. I’ve been lucky. At the start of last week I found out I was...

I’m sorry that this has to end when we’re not ready. It was supposed to fade away at just the right speed for you and me. I’m not sorry that we made it this far. Not a bottle or sip of anything but breastmilk and water for just beyond 12 months. Some don’t understand what it’s like. “Just give him a sippy cup, he’ll be right” They’re not here to hear you cry when all you want is a suck through the night. Some people say breastmilk isn’t as nutritious after 12 months. They think...

Have you seen them on Facebook today? You can’t miss them – crisp, pressed uniforms, clips in hair, white socks and black shoes. They are holding signs and have a picture perfect grin on their face. Behind the lens, parents are eager to capture this moment, frame a time of enthusiasm and a step into independence and education. Today I was walking with Tom. “We are going to get a kinder shirt for when Kinder starts!” “No! I don’t want to wear kinder shirt! I’m wear THIS SHIRT” *points to Lightning...

This is a guest post in collaboration with Super Amart A child’s bedroom is much more than just a place to sleep; it’s also a play area and a place to do homework. However, creating a space that is both functional and fun for your child can be a challenge. Here’s a list of five tips that will help you create an awesome bedroom for your child that will provide years of fun and functionality. Give Your Child a Space to Express Themselves Hang a chalkboard on the wall or place a drawing board in the corner of your child’s bedroom...

Congratulations to the winners! Thermo Drink Bottles Lisa Bec @ The Plumbette Alicia GAIA Natural Detangler Melissa Kimber Judith Maunders ShoeZooz shoe sticckers Belinda Baker Adele I Learn app  Charl     There are so many back to school guides in bloggy land and generally online at the moment. I know I wrote one and there’s some with funny spins on them, some are informative, some are dry and some are entertaining! This isn’t a back to school guide. This is a feature of some awesome products I found. As a parent...

There’s been a lump in my throat all day today. Today is the last day I have a baby. Tomorrow Jeremy turns 1 and he is almost walking. I am entering a world of having two toddlers at a rapid rate and I’m not ready to let go. Jeremy caused me so much pain at birth. SO. MUCH. PAIN. Tom caused me pain, but I thought hey, it wasn’t that bad. Then post-birth...

Everyone fears passing down certain characteristics or health issues to their children. Before children are even babbling, you are wondering if they are stubborn because of you or hungry constantly because of your husband. Maybe they are anxious around new people and you think it’s your fault. I’m like that, you say to yourself. What about health? I hope they don’t get my Dad’s blood pressure or my grandparent’s diabetes or my uncle’s depression. All examples. All what we worry about sometimes. I have...

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