Christmas is just around the corner. I’ve always loved Christmas and after becoming a mum last year I think I love it even more! I love everything about it, the lights, food, nativity plays, advent calendars, tree, shopping, wrapping presents – admittedly even the music. Most of all though I love that it brings people together and is a great excuse to do something nice for others.
I don’t know about you I find Christmas tricky for my preschoolers. We have three children so there are already loads of toys around and I don’t just want to buy them junk… here are some ideas for stocking stuffers for preschoolers that might inspire you without breaking the bank! These ideas are best for the 3+ crowd and would also work for many school-aged children.
I don’t know about you, but I always like things to look pretty at Christmas. However, costs mount up and it’s easy to get carried away! This simple and inexpensive table setting is easy to make and would look fabulous with our Family Christmas Menu…
The whole setting cost less than $20 and there are lots of opportunities to vary the greenery depending on what you have in your garden.Â Continue reading »
From Rudolf and Santa to Slinki Malinki and the proverbial Pukeko in a Punga Tree, thereâ€™s a Christmas-themed picture book for everyone. In most bookshops, though, Baby Jesus is hidden behind Grinches, trains and elves. If youâ€™re in the market for ChristmasÂ books for kids that tell the story of God coming into the world as a baby to join with humanity â€“ you know, Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and maybe even a newborn in a manger â€“ then here are my top five. Ask your local bookshop to order them in if they donâ€™t have them on hand â€“ theyâ€™re worth it! Continue reading »
I have never purchased a Christmas tree â€“ well, not a chopped down pine one, as such. At the same time, we never miss a Christmas morning with gifts under some sort of trunked and leaved vegetation. To our family, the tree is a gift in itself. Continue reading »
What am I on about I hear you say?Â Think about this: imagine a family member being diagnosed with say, cancer.Â Of course this is not conducive to wanting to celebrate as a family is it?Â Rather you may be thinking more about things like how serious or severe is the cancer?Â What treatment is needed?Â What treatment is available? Â How much time off work or household duties will be required?Â How does this impact on the rest of the family?Â So many questions to answer and least of all, what will the financial impact be?Â Continue reading »
Somehow, itâ€™s almost Christmas and itâ€™s time to start thinking about long summer days, celebrations and relaxing for a little while. Continue reading »
With the Christmas holidays just around the corner â€“ that old familiar feeling is coming backâ€¦ I think they call it madness. Not only do we need to wrap up a number of major projects at both My Food Bag and Au Pair Link, but weâ€™re also planning on heading down to Hawkes Bay for the Christmas period before dashing back to Auckland to enjoy summer in the City of Sails. Continue reading »
In the old days when I was growing up Â â€“ way back in the sixties and the seventiesÂ – school and home seemed like two different and separate worlds. If you failed at school, chances were your parents thought perhaps you went to school to eat your lunch or have a snooze. Maybe they thought you were lazy or â€˜not academicâ€™ or better at â€˜practical things.â€™ Whatever many mums and dadâ€™s really thought about what was happening at school they didnâ€™t want to make a fuss or put anyone out. School was best left to the teachers and it was up to the child or young person to make the most of itâ€¦or not. Continue reading »
I was once told by a wise friend that we should take every opportunity that comes our way to celebrate.Â It could be taking pride in our local holidays like ANZAC Day or Waitangi Day and doing something special to mark the day.Â Â Or you could even steal holidays from other cultures like Thanksgiving and Pancake Day.Â Then of course there are the old favourites:Â Christmas and New Year â€“ who doesnâ€™t like to celebrate these? Continue reading »
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