Writers: Emma Ranson

Emma Ranson

Emma Ranson is a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful girls- Grace and Sienna. She followed her heart to Hamilton and loves hanging out with her family- including her Australian Terrier Cross dog, Ruby. Emma is a whizz at all things crafty and loves the challenge of creating something new.

Incorporating siblings in setting up a nursery for a new baby

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When a new baby comes into the home it can be a trying time for everyone – including siblings. Sometimes any uncertainty or uneasiness on the sibling’s part can be lessened by making it something fun to look forward to. A lot of parents buy presents for new baby and siblings, which I love the idea of, especially if the sibling is able to give the gift to new baby or vice versa. Another really nice touch that the sibling can be proud of and look forward to showing new baby is by making some personalised paintings that can be hung in the nursery. Continue reading »

Delicious, beautiful cupcakes and shortbread

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Cupcakes: what better way to get all the kids involved in not only creating a masterpiece using their imaginations but also learning about baking, measuring, decorating and so on?

Shortbread: can you think of a more classic, well enjoyed treat? Continue reading »

Homemade Notepad

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I saw this on a craft blog and LOVED it so I had to share it!  This would be great for in mum’s handbag, in the car or for the kids to draw in. You could write any important school dates or notes in it or even glue in school notices so they are all together and won’t get lost. It is very easy to make and looks stunning.

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Fun Christmas activities to make at home

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As Christmas comes closer, I’ve been thinking about things that I can do with my children to celebrate the Christmas season. Here are three easy ideas that you can involve the whole family in!  Continue reading »

Paper Mache Bowls

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We love getting creative in our family and I believe it is extremely important for children to be able to use their minds and imagination to explore different ideas. With Christmas coming up, I decided to inter-loop being creative and Christmas gift making together to make affordable yet fun Christmas ideas that would be perfect for grandparents, family friends, teachers etc.

This idea is very easy, cheap and messy! Continue reading »

Messy painting for creative families

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I love being creative and crafty in all aspects and know how much children crave the stimulation and challenges that especially arts and crafts can create. My two daughters are still very young and within the day I try to create different tasks that will get them using their ‘creative geniuses’. I love the idea of painting and drawing with HEAPS of colours, different textures to use, different size brushes and just an open space with lots of paper or even canvases to go wild on. Continue reading »

Father’s Day gift ideas

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I don’t know about you, but I find it really tricky to think of great Father’s Day gifts. I don’t want to spend a fortune but I do want to come up with something that will be meaningful to the Dad in our family. Here are  two ideas for Father’s Day gift that might inspire you! They’re a wee bit complicated and you’ll definitely need to help younger children but I’m sure that Dad will love them 🙂 Continue reading »

Olympic Games (or Commonwealth Games) fun

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I don’t know about you, but we’re in the middle of Games fever here at the moment! If your kids are keen on the Games too, here are some fun activities you can do at home. Continue reading »

Make your own birthday party

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Birthdays can be expensive and overwhelming but they don’t have to be! Here are some simple ways to ‘make your own’ birthday party.

Party food can cost you a lot of money but it can be great fun to make your own. This recipe for rainbow cupcakes makes gorgeous, colourful cupcakes and you can play around with the colours to suit your party theme. Continue reading »

Memory Game

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Memory games are great for preschoolers as they help to develop with image recognition and generally develop your child’s recall skills. They’re also great fun and can be played with quite young children. When you make your memory game, try and choose pictures of things that you child is interested in- they’ll love turning the cards over to see what is underneath.  Continue reading »

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