Oh, reading this article helped me feel instantly lighter.  There are some REALLY great tips in here to help us all slow down and smell those little roses. Which tip resonates most with you? live simply


creative kids – eggy inspiration

The GORGEOUS Ella’s Inspiration blog is in Swedish*, but that’s hardly important when we can look at all the pretty pictures!  Check out these fab eggy ideas – party eggs, royal eggs and egg place cards.  All fabulous inspiration no matter what your plans for the Easter break.

king eggs party eggs egg place card

Happy egg painting peeps. x

* There is a ‘translate’ option on the blog

handy hints – artwork displays

I have had a pile of kids artworks sitting in our foyer awaiting framing and hanging forever. This week I finally acknowledged I will never find the time for that, so have resorted to this fab quick fix washi tape solution.


I’m loving it and think it suits our casual little home perfectly. What do you think?

creative kids – that’s NOT a box!

There’s an old saying that you can just give the kid a cardboard box rather than it’s contents and they will have just as much fun.

These ideas from Lil Sugar take the humble cardboard box to a whole new level!

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If this is all beyond your ability or available time, you might love these goodies from our little shop;

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Make Your Own Cardboard Cars – $14.95 for a pack of 6


Build & Paint Your Own Farmhouse $19.95

start of school memories

Many of you have little people starting pre-school or BIG school this week so we thought you’d love these cute ideas to mark the occasion.



first day of school printable


No matter what milestone you are reaching this year, we hope it has been tear free (for you!) and full of good times for your little one.

top 9 gifts for tween girls

It’s December.

No more excuses.  Unless you are one of those terribly organised types who has already finished and all gifts are wrapped and tagged under the decorated tree, you need to start Christmas shopping!

Don’t panic!  We are going to help you.  This week, we’re sharing our Top 9 Gifts for all ages.

Let’s start with tween girls … loads of loveliness and positive messages for this tricky-to-buy-for age group.

Top 9 Tweens

1. Djeco Make Your Own Paper Flowers ($14.95)
2. Purse – Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart ($24.95)
3. French ‘City’ Notebook ($9.95)
4. IPOD Case / Wristlet Purse – Think Happy, Be Happy ($29.95)
5. Make Your Own Indie Bangles Kit, by Seedling, NZ ($24.95)
6. IPOD Case / Wristlet Purse – In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Yourself ($29.95)
7. French Beach Bag – Apples ($69.95)
8. French Storage Box ($24.95)
9. French Carry Bag – Birds ($84.95)

sharing fab ideas – camp kidpreneur

As some of you may know, I have recently started working with Club Kidpreneur, a not-for-profit social enterprise teaching primary school aged kids (8-12 years) entrepreneurial skills and thinking.  I just know you guys are going to love hearing more about this!


Club Kidpreneur has recognised the demand for entrepreneurs in this day and age, so it has created a one-of-a-kind, fun, informative and interactive entrepreneur program for kids, in the hope of empowering them and fostering entrepreneurial spirit. 

Camp Kidpreneur will be held in 9 locations in 5 states over 2 weeks this January.  You can find more details on venues and dates here.

Over four action-packed days the kids will be mentored by local entrepreneurs and will be responsible for hand-making their products, merchandising their ‘concession’ and using their sales and customer service skills to then sell what they have made at local markets.

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Creel Price (that’s him in the photo above), Club Kidpreneur Founder and entrepreneur who turned his $5,000 start-up into a $100 million business, said: “There is something quite special about kids learning the highs and lows of business, how to handle customers, building their financial literacy skills around handling cash and setting prices to make profit. Every time the school holidays near I get more and more excited about our camps and what amazing ideas the kids will come up with!”

A range of successful real world entrepreneurs will be mentoring at the camps.

I feel really privileged to be a part of this program supporting young talent in the local community. I have already had the pleasure of working with some of the bright minds of tomorrow, and who knows, one might even become the next billionaire!  (Geez, I hope they remember me if that happens!)

If you’d like to become more involved as a Volunteer or think your kids would love to sign up for a camp, just jump onto the website to register.  You can also like their facebook page to keep in the loop.

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