Making your own pizzaÂ with kidsÂ is easy! Too often we perceive making things by scratch to be difficult and end up spending way too much money to buy a sub-standard product. Time is also an issue, when you have busy lives and hungry kids to feed. However making easy pizza with kids really is simple, stress free and homemade is so much more delicious than anything you can buy. All it takes is a little organisation and a hot water cupboard! It’s a great activity to do with the kids these holidays. They will love all the kneading and choosing what ingredients to go on top. Continue reading »
When I was at Primary and Secondary school I knew I was dumb. I didnâ€™t do well in my classes and I envied the brainy kids who did.Â It was in my second year 6th that my parents thought Iâ€™d better look at following in the family footsteps and go teaching. I wanted to be a writer but it was generally thought that would be too risky so I interviewed for Teachers College by default really. Continue reading »
Colour has a kind of magic about it.
Choosing particular colours can make your complexion glow with health and your eyes sparkle with vitality. Then there are the unseen but equally powerful abilities of colour to instantly lift your mood, increase your confidence and energy, and help others to understand and respond to you more positively.
Easter is a lovely time to spend together as a family – everyone gets a few days off to enjoy each other’s company.Â Here are some relatively simple crafts you can make together so you can make some memories during your time off together.Â Have fun and Happy Easter! Continue reading »
The colder months are a great time to get into arts and crafts with your preschooler. Â Itâ€™s not just fun, theyâ€™re learning too.Â 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!Â Continue reading »
If youâ€™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. Thereâ€™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, heâ€™s never far from the action. Continue reading »
A friend reminded me the other day that: â€śA happy mum means a happy familyâ€ť. I can hear you say â€śWhat has that got to do with creativity?â€ť My response: â€śA lotâ€ť. 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 »
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.Â At this time of year it is laid bare, with very few plants to hide the structures that hold it all together. Continue reading »
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 »
As the very well known saying goes â€śvariety is the spice of lifeâ€ť 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.Â Continue reading »
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