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End Screen Time without the Drama!

At the beginning of this year we had the usual school meetings. The teachers told us – “no screen time during the week”. Does that sound a little crazy? It may do. My daughter never had much screen time during the week but we decided we would follow through. Since she had more homework and […]

Craft: Fairy Butterfly Wands

Getting your children involved in preparing for their own birthday party can be lots of fun and teaches them important life skills. You can teach them how to budget for their birthday, help prepare and decorate treats such as cupcakes and help them to create party favours like these adorable Fairy Butterfly Wands which we have […]

Craft: Butterfly Princess Crown

So, we decided to go with a Butterfly Princess Crown but you can go for a prince crown and decorate it with whatever you find more “princely”. What you will need: White cardboard (you can use paper but the cardboard is less likely to break) Colouring pencils or crayons Decorations – eg. sequins, glitter, fuzzy […]

5 Things to do with the kids this Autumn

Once again, its autumn – some days it feels like summer, other days it’s winter and some! Autumn, however, is the perfect time to have some fun with the kids. Collect Leaves. Children old enough to handle a crayon can make angel faces. Lay a leaf on paper and rub outward with side of crayon, creating […]

Helping your Child make Friends as they start School

Grade R/Grade 1 is an exciting time for many children and their parents. With that excitement, however, comes some challenges. One area of concern for many parents is fostering friendships for their Grade R child. Every parent wants to be sure their child has a friend. Here are some suggestions on how you can help your child in […]

Should I post pictures of my Child online?

I think this question has an individual answer for each parent. I am often asked why I don’t post pictures online and here are some of the reasons why: Firstly, my child did not ask to have her picture posted online, once pictures are posted online (even if you have ‘deleted’ them) they are there […]

Quiche in a Mug

I love, love, LOVE this. So fun, so quick and ideal for breakfast in bed on Mother’s or Father’s day. As with all microwave recipes, you can adjust it to what works best for you. Ingredients: 1 free-range egg 1 1/2 tablespoons milk Salt (I like to use herbal salt) Pepper 1/2 crust of bread (those […]

The “I am Bored” Jar

If your kids are home for the school holidays, even with planned “fun time” and outings you are bound to hear the words “Mom, I’m bored” at some point. The “I am Bored” Jar is the perfect solution! All you need is a glass jar, some paper and awesome boredom busting ideas. Make some of […]

Winter Birthday Party ideas for kids

Here are a few ideas for moms that have Winter-born kids. Slumber Party. Inexpensive, fun and the kids love it. Just keep the guest list low (for your own sanity!). Ice Skating Party. Make the most of Winter and invite party goers to a local ice skating rink. Go Swimming? At a indoor, heated pool […]

Mother’s Day Craft and Ideas

Craft: Create a Bunch of Flowers You will need: Toilet Rolls Paint (optional) / wrapping paper Craft Paper/Card Glue Straws/Sticks Sticky tape Instructions: Paint white circles orange for the centre of the flowers and leave to dry OR cut out orange circles of card/paper. Paint the toilet roll (vase) the colour of your choice. Cut […]

Kids ‘road trip’ Snacks

With the holidays just around the corner, you may be planning a drive down to the coast or up to see the family. Whatever your plans are, here are some great ‘road trip’ snack ideas for the kids. Snack Necklaces Get creative with the string and thread a selection of snacks suitable for threading such as pretzels, […]

Easter Crafts

Scouring the web, I found some great ideas for Easter projects to complete with the Kids. (Simple enough to include even the littlest members of the family) Egg Carton Chicks You can find the directions here: http://paperplateandplane.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/easter-egg-carton-chicks Bunny Plate Face An easy but fun craft, all you need is some cotton wool, paper plates, some colour […]