diy nature scavenger hunt game

I have lots of clever clogs friends.  One of them is Jo.  She throws the best kids parties with games, craft, themed food and activities she has researched for months.

She’s probably done 99% of the craft activities I have listed on here along with a bazillion she has found on pinterest.  She is a doer.

So when we arranged to meet at the park for a play date this week it should not have been any great surprise that she rocked up with a homemade scavenger hunt game for the kids. 

Between us we had eight boys (aged from 2 to 9) and one little girl aged 3.  We all played.  We all loved it.

To play you need a list of goodies to find for each player.  Super Jo personalised ours for each child, (of course!) but this is optional.  You can make the lists the same for everyone, or tailor make them to be more age appropriate or even include images rather than words for pre-schoolers.  Toddlers will need adult supervision and assistance.

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To collect the listed items we used brown paper lunch bags but a basket, backpack or any other kind of bag would be fine.

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Allocate a certain amount of time, half an hour is great, for everyone to collect as many items on the list as possible.   Everyone then gathers around to show off their treasures. The winner is the one with the most treasures in their bag. 

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This game is soooo simple and so much fun.  We LOVE that it gets the kids outdoors but it can be modified for indoor play in case of rain.  Happy days.

craft express – foil me a river

This will only take a sec!  Grab your roll of aluminium foil, let the kids unroll a loooooong strip, shape it to accommodate a stream of water, add kids and some small boats, animals or cars and off you go!  Easy peasy.

image courtesy of amoandbows.com

meet a mama – beth from babymac

If, like me, you live in the city you may have wished at one time or another that you could just chuck it all in for a better life in the country.  Where the kids breath fresh air (all the time), have space to roam (all the time) and finding a parking spot doesnt take half an hour. Well, this week’s mama did just that.  Yep.  She just chucked in the city life and ‘got a life’ in greener pastures.  Now she writes about it on her fabulous blog.  Meet Beth (just Beth).

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
My name is Beth, just Beth and I live down in a beautiful, but teeny tiny village in the Southern Highlands of NSW. I’m married to a dirty big spunk called Rob, and have two girls Daisy aged 5 and Harper 2. We have a Guinea Pig who is pretty neglected called Rosie and two goldfish – Princess and Bruce who are even more so and yet still alive after almost 4(!) years.

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by all sorts of creative amazing people out there in the interwebs writing and sharing on blogs and websites, hard working people and friends running businesses online and in the real world and of course my fabulous friends and family. Each and every day I will see something online, or in my real life that inspires me. It could be as simple as a great article, or well made coffee, or conversation.

What can’t you live without?
Pork. Champagne. Butter. Not necessarily in that order.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Where shall I begin? I love the style of Faux Fuschia, One Claire Day, Down that Little Lane, Little Green Shed, A Beach Cottage,  Absolutely Beautiful Things, Heather Nette King and The Beetle Shack. The writing of All Consuming, Raising Master Max and Edenland. The comedy of Woogsworld, BigwordsBlog. The tips from Styling You. The food from Gourmet Girlfriend and Green Been Food, the craftiness of Meet me at Mikes and RetroMummy. I could go on…but I better stop.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Entertaining friends and family with long meals and plenty of wine.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Don’t give your kids the lolly bags at the end of the party – keep them for yourself. It’s like payment.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to be doing what I do now, making a living from it full time and perhaps even working on a book or homewares range? A girl can dream right!

What is your favourite quote?
To thine ownself be true.

Where can we find you?
Usually at my kitchen table on the internet!
My website
My facebook page
My twitter
Instagram – BabyMacBeth

meet a mama – kate from miss kiki of cherry blossom lane

OK, so this mama (yes, another Kate!) is terribly clever, creative, has 4 kids and a successful business.  Oh, and she is beautiful.  So, once we move past the green with envy stage (teheehee), we celebrate her!  Meet Kate from Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Kate, a 33 year old Mum of 4 and married to a most amazing man for almost 15 years. We live in a beautiful, quiet, lush suburb in Adelaide with our 4 children Jai (9), Brady (7), Charlie (5) and Nikia Evie (2).

kate and hubby

After leaving a pretty demanding career in HR to raise our family, I have since founded Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane; our brand creates a collection of entirely artisan handcrafted 1 of a kind petite designer cloth dolls. I thought it would be lovely for children all over the globe to have their very own unique 1 of a kind doll and almost 2 years on we have welcomed new artisans to the business to meet the demand to our stores both nationally and internationally.

It is quite surreal but very humbling and I feel so blessed to be able to be present with my young family whilst creating for yours. I have a penchant for all things of an old English life – I was clearly born in the wrong era and yes I often wear pearls with jeans and flats, purely because they are fancy!

Who inspires you?
All of the beautiful people around me; my husband, family and friends are so supportive and encouraging of the success I still deem my “little venture” and their encouragement inspires me to aim high and give 100% to everything I do.

kate’s kids!

 

 

My parents are the foundation of love and such a wonderful example of ‘family’ and I am forever grateful for their love and guidance. Professionally, I am inspired by those who have been on a similar path to which I am currently travelling and have achieved great success, and use their position to then make a definable difference in the community. Very early on we formed partnerships with charity organisations as this is something I set out to do. Humility is beautiful.

What can’t you live without?
Prayer …and tea. There daren’t be a minute of the day a warm cup doesn’t mould to the palm of my hand. I love tea. My family are pretty amazing too! In my honesty though, I would not be where I am without my faith and everything I do is guided thereby. I feel really blessed to be where I am today.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I’ve not really afforded the time to venture much into the blogging world, my own is quite neglected I must say. I tend to find some great posts by default and follow them through for a good read, but I cannot say I follow any in particular.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
With family and friends, just being out in the sunshine with people I love fills my heart with warmth. In the warmer weather we have frequent dinner parties with friends, and I love to read when the time affords me.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Lists. I am apparently the Queen of lists and sticky notes! Admittedly I am rather pedantic when it comes to being organised but a huge sense of achievement comes from being able to cross things off lists and in advance too. I also find preparing tomorrow’s work the previous evening helps things to move smoothly the following day as half an hour is not wasted in considering the tasks for the day in the morning. As for sanity – tea. Lots and LOTS of cups of tea.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In a studio full of beautiful, creative people enjoying their flexible career. I’d love to take some of our artisans on a global trip to visit our Australian and international stores and also visit the girls in Thailand that we work with to create our Destiny Rescue charity dolls.

What is your favourite quote?
Everything happens for a reason and right here in this moment is exactly where we are meant to be, be content with this.

Where can we find you?
You can find us on facebook and on our website.

You’ll also find these gorgeous hand made dollies now in our little store.

saving for a rainy day

A rainy Sunday afternoon (as it is here) calls for a sanity saver for mamas and kids.  Making this game is an activity in itself, so that’s today sorted!  And the next time rain or cabin fever hits you’ll be terribly pleased with yourself that you have this fab little idea on hand.

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Write play ideas on paddle pop sticks and get your little one to choose one randomly.  Whatever they choose is what they play!

superman (um, actually supermarket) to the rescue …

I decided this year I would outsource the birthday cake for today’s superhero bowling party for 5 year old Dude.

I should explain that I have a big imagination and like to revisit my own childhood whenever I can so I always start with grand plans for my kids’ parties.  Then I have a much needed reality check about what I can actually execute and start outsourcing faster than you can say AMF Bowling.

Back to the cake.  When I say “outsource” I don’t mean recruit a fancy cake decorator and pay a shedload of money for an absolute masterpiece.  I mean I would pop to Woollies and buy a pre-prepared spiderman cake, complete with a gazillion different shades of food colouring and preservatives, and be done with it. For weeks I have TOTALLY OK with that plan.

But this morning it came.  The mother guilt.

I decided that since I had outsourced pretty much everything else by opting for a bowling party, leaving the fate of our celebration in the hands of an awkward 16 year old student called Paris, the least I could do is make a cake.  Now, again, when I say “make” I mean decorate.  Not make from scratch in a Donna Hay frenzy.

So at 7.30am with a heavy dose of mother guilt on my shoulders, I raced to the local supermarket, stocked up on a few key ingredients and whizzed home to gather my little team to prepare the Superhero cake of our dreams (well, kinda).

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And here is the result.

I promise if you stand back, squint, and imagine you are five years old, it looks a bit like a superman emblem with an R in the middle.

Good or bad, my 5 year old superhero thinks it is truly fabulous so I’m calling it.  It’s a winner.