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Kiwi Men Romantics at Heart – Valentine’s Day

Kiwi Men Romantics at Heart - Valentine's Day

New research shows Kiwi men are romantic, believe in love at first sight, spend more on Valentine’s Day than their partners, and would rather cuddle up as a couple, than spend time alone according to a new study.
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5 Affordable Ways to get Your Family Eating Healthy

affordable ways to get your family eating healthy

A few simple touches to a delicious home-cooked meal can seriously increase the food’s health content. If you have a young family, you want to make sure that your little ones are eating as healthy and as affordable as possible. Continue reading »

Finding Breastfeeding Support Online

BreastfeedingNZ

Breastfeeding is a beautiful but challenging journey that you embark on with your baby. It’s not always easy to achieve and it can be hard to find someone to talk to when you have an issue! Continue reading »

Churros – Mexican Doughnuts

Churros:Mexican Doughnuts

The history of churros begins in China, where Portuguese merchants first ate crispy fried pastry for breakfast. When they brought this treat home, they swapped the traditional salt for sugar and the churro was born. Continue reading »

Meet the Kiwi brand making car insurance friendlier

Cove Insurance-homepage

Cove launched mid-2017 with the goal of making insurance in New Zealand friendlier, smarter, and a whole heap simpler. Continue reading »

How to make Natural Slime or Oobleck

Natural Slime

Because this slime recipe uses only natural ingredients, it is unlikely to cause any skin irritations, but it is likely to have your child thinking, ‘I wonder what would happen if I put my whole body into the slime?’ The results are brilliant, but the clean-up is more than a quick wipe with a sponge. Be prepared for this to turn into a full-body experience. At the very least, have a clean towel ready; you will need it when they’re done. The hose might come in handy, too. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

How to make Natural Slime or Oobleck

Set-up time mid
Clean-up time high
Mess factor high

You will need:
A large bowl

Food colouring

1 cup warm water

2 cups cornflour

Dishwashing liquid (optional)

A whisk for mixing

A large tray or trough in which to play with the slime

Spoons, whisks, funnels,

Sticks, hands…

What to do

1. In the bowl, mix the colour and the warm water, or, if using homemade colour, heat the food colouring without adding water. You can make the slime using cold water or cold food colouring, but the cornflour will be clumpier.

2. Slowly add the cornflour, mixing and blending as you go. If it’s too runny, add more cornflour; if it’s too firm, add more water. If you want the mixture to be a little more slippery, or you’re hoping to give your patio or verandah a thorough clean when tidy-up time rolls around, then add in a little squirt of dishwashing liquid (too much will cut through the slimy qualities and leave you with a sloppy mess). You should be left with a substance that looks like a liquid but is firm to the touch.

3. Turn out your blob onto the tray or trough and let them at it. Drive cars through it, submerge animal figurines in it, mix it with sticks or attack it with cooking utensils.

This slime recipe looks way worse than it is. It dries hard and floury, so if they traipse it through the house, just wait for the mess to dry and vacuum it up. Outside, just set the hose on it – and your kids.

Reproduced with permission from Recipes for Play by Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener.

Rachel Sumner describes herself as a play-at-home mum of Margaux (four) and Frankie (two and a half ). She has been a children’s book rep for retailer Beattie Forbes and while living in Blenheim, she spent 12 months as the children’s book reviewer for the Marlborough Express. She is currently a book reviewer for the Australian Women’s Weekly.

How to make Fairy Housing

How to make a fairy house

The truth is that fairies, just like everyone else, need somewhere to live. If you’re finding your garden to be devoid of fairy inhabitants, it could be that you have not built them anywhere to live. Yet.

Encourage enchantment, wonder and make-believe. Fairies are only unreal if you believe they are.

Whimsy is something adults could all do with a little more of, and building a home for a fairy could be just the place to start.

How to make Fairy Housing

Set-up time low
Clean-up time low
Mess factor low

You will need

Twigs
Leaves
Soil
Shells
Flowers
Imagination

What to do

1. Scope out the best real estate in your garden or patio. Keep in mind elements such as sunshine, shelter, views and access. In a pinch, fairies have been known to happily settle on a sunny window ledge or cosy fireplace mantlepiece, and plenty of urban fairies are quite at home tucked away in an attractive pot plant.

2. With your children, gather the materials you will need and construct your enchanted real estate. Take your time and get creative with your construction. Play should be all about the process rather than the outcome.

3. You could use leaves for doors, twigs for fencing or walnut shells for outdoor seating. As long as it is fairy-sized, it is bound to appeal to any miniature-winged friend looking for a new abode. If your outdoors is not equipped with sufficient housing materials, then a collection trip to your local park could be in order, or you could construct a more modern abode with ice-block sticks, toothpicks and cardboard. As long as it is biodegradable, it is okay by the fairies.

4. Have fun and play.

Reproduced with permission from Recipes for Play by Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $30.00. Copyright © Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener, 2013

Rachel Sumner describes herself as a play-at-home mum of Margaux (four) and Frankie (two and a half ). She has been a children’s book rep for retailer Beattie Forbes and while living in Blenheim, she spent 12 months as the children’s book reviewer for the Marlborough Express. She is currently a book reviewer for the Australian Women’s Weekly.

Sleeping on Your Back Can Cause Stillbirth

Sleeping on Your Back Can Cause Stillbirth

A University of Auckland-led international study published today provides the strongest evidence yet that sleeping on your back, in the last three months of pregnancy, more than doubles the risk of stillbirth.

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Queenstown with Kids – Beyond the Bungee

Queenstown with Kids Beyond the Bungee Kiwi Families

Queenstown is known as a winter-wonderland and an adrenalin-junkie’s paradise, but a family holiday any time of the year – even for a non-skiing, non-adrenalin-rushing mother – is the perfect way to bond with your kids. Continue reading »

9 Important Learning Areas to Teach Your 0-5 Year Old

important learning areas to teach to your 5 year old

The first, and most important, learning in a child’s life happens within the family. Children learn from the way people treat them and from what they see, hear and experience as soon as they are born. Find out more about the 9 important learning areas to teach 0-5 year olds. Continue reading »

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