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Crafts for Easter

dyed easter eggs

Easter is a lovely time to spend together as a family – everyone gets a few days off to enjoy each other’s company.  Here are some relatively simple crafts you can make together so you can make some memories during your time off together.  Have fun and Happy Easter! Continue reading »

Arts and crafts for preschoolers

Crafts for preschoolers

The colder months are a great time to get into arts and crafts with your preschooler.  It’s not just fun, they’re learning too.  Whether you love getting messy and trying new things with your children or have never explored art activities at home before, there will be an idea here for new crafts for preschoolers in your house!  Continue reading »

Free School Holiday Fun at Westfield

Westfield school holiday entertainment

If you’re looking for a fun, free way to keep the kids entertained these April school holidays, look no further than your local Westfield for a variety of exciting activities. There’s everything from plaster crafting fun to meeting Pedro and Nico from the film Rio 2, plus an awesome Rio 2 Angry Birds experience. And remember to keep an eye out for Monty the monkey, he’s never far from the action. Continue reading »

Get rid of the rules and get creative with your kids!

teacher with toddlers preschoolers

A friend reminded me the other day that: “A happy mum means a happy family”. I can hear you say “What has that got to do with creativity?” My response: “A lot”. So often parents forget themselves in the flurry of changing nappies, feeds, lack of sleep, caring for the household, remembering the significant other, remembering to eat and being on time for appointments. Parents forget who they are and who they were before children (BC). Continue reading »

Decorating your garden without plants

decorating your garden

While not being at the beck and call of the hungry and demanding summer veggies plants, the cooler months are a great time to look at the garden with a fresh set of eyes.  At this time of year it is laid bare, with very few plants to hide the structures that hold it all together. Continue reading »

Making creative parenting a priority

creative parenting

How do we foster creativity in our children and in our parenting? Both require space and time. We all need ample time and a sense of abundant space to let our creative subconscious flourish. Recall your child’s joy when having an unscheduled afternoon to start and finish a project or imaginary play. Do you remember her or him proudly presenting this project? Reflect on a time when you had extra time to prepare dinner and got really creative with ingredients and truly cooked with love. Our children taste the love in that cooking. Continue reading »

Variety is the spice of life

dinner recipes

As the very well known saying goes “variety is the spice of life” and so it is with our food. When our diet is varied we are much more likely to get all the nutrients our body requires to be healthy and active. Ensuring that our diets are complete with loads of different fruit and vegetables, meat and legumes, breads and cereals and dairy ensures that we are giving our bodies all that they need.  Continue reading »

Raising creative thinkers

In home care

I often catch myself wondering, especially when I encounter someone extraordinary (whether in business or just generally) – what was that person like as a child? What sort of upbringing did they have that they developed into what I can only term as “creative thinkers” – people who possess a mixture of leadership skills, are masters of interpersonal relationships, and I suppose what interests me the most – the ability to create! I suppose it is my fascination with these people that has led to my fascination (ok, maybe obsession) with creating business. But let’s delve a little deeper into the topic. What can we do to ensure our little ones grow up to be “leaders of the pack”? Continue reading »

Get creative and create a retirement plan

Create a retirement plan

Are you or your parent’s one of the “baby boomer” generation?  The baby boomer generation is growing older, and creating a pension boomer problem for the Government. Increasingly, the State is going to excuse itself from its obligations, and baby boomers as well as the generations to come are going to have to look after themselves in their old age. Continue reading »

The imagination of a child!

The imagination of a child

My young grand-daughter had to make up a story using as much creative ability as possible. She hummed and bounced many ideas of us, and finally presented this: Continue reading »

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