Minty St Patricks Pancakes

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 16 February, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Minty St Patricks Pancakes

Well, there's about a month now to start planning for St Patrick's day, and this one is definitely going on my menu. A recipe for St Patrick's day minty pancakes? Yes, please!

Handy Kitchen Utensils

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 12 February, 2014 at 10:00 am

Handy Kitchen Utensils

I don't know whether any of these actually exist, and unfortunately I can't find the originals to link to, but they totally should exist. At least three of those four kitchen utensils are awesome! Which is your favourite?

Conversation Starter Questions For A Dinner Party For Two

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 10 February, 2014 at 10:00 am

Conversation Starter Questions For A Dinner Party For Two

We might not want to admit it, but when the dust from a brood of children settles a little, sometimes you can look at your partner and feel like strangers. Here's a few questions to get the conversation started over dinner - something other than the kids to think about, if only for an hour or so.

12 Sweet Valentine's Day Ideas

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 9 February, 2014 at 1:00 pm

12 Sweet Valentine's Day Ideas

If you have a little time on your hands this week to be creative, then here at 12 sweet Valentine's Day Ideas to spoil those you love with. Which, of course, you do all the time anyway, but we're celebrating it this week.

Healthy Valentines Treats

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 5 February, 2014 at 10:00 am

Healthy Valentines Treats

If the thought of Valentine's day fueled with chocolate fills you with dread - especially when it comes to children - then here are ten lovely, healthy-ish, more or less nutritious (more than chocolate, anyway) ideas for Valentine's fare.

Friendship Day Crafts

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 3 February, 2014 at 10:00 am

Friendship Day CraftsSneaking in just a few days after Valentine's day, is International Friendship Day - 19 February. But it's not massively commercial, so most of us never hear about it. Why not celebrate your friends with some crafts and activities to celebrate your friendships.

Let Me Count The Ways...

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 2 February, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Let Me Count The Ways...

... that this awesome Pinterest-found idea will quickly become a Pinterest fail. If you have a gazillion eggs to practice on, however, I think it's such a sweet Valentine's day breakfast idea, don't you?

World's Smallest Buggy

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 29 January, 2014 at 10:00 am

World's Smallest BuggyHow cool is this pushchair? The new Babyzen YOYO is now suitable to use from birth and can be used forward facing and outward facing. It is still the smallest folding buggy in the world and the only buggy that can be taken on board a plane as hand luggage. That's pretty good for any holiday coming up!

52 Things I Love About You Card Idea

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 26 January, 2014 at 1:00 pm

52 Things I Love About You Card IdeaWhat some ideas don't cost in money, they do in time and I think this deck of cards with love notes on is a beautiful idea, don't you? Easy enough to do, just needs a bit of thought and time.

Be My V-Owl-Entine Craft

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 22 January, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Be My V-Owl-Entine CraftIt's almost that time of the year again, a time for hearts and chocolates, and little crafts from daughters (and sons) to their daddies (and mummies). My daughter has been asking a lot about all the hearts in the shops, so I decided to do a Valentine's Craft with her.

I cut hearts in four sizes to create the different parts of the owl (only three are visible here).

Be My V-Owl-Entine Craft

The two largest hearts are the same size, with a slightly smaller heart (with less of a curved top, not pictured, for the head.) The smaller hearts (pictured) made up the 3D beaks, and the very small hearts became our 3D feet.

The first step after getting all the hearts ready, is cut one of the large hearts down the middle. These will be the 'wings'. Glue just the top curvy parts to the largest heart, keeping the 'wing' bits to write messages under.

Next up, glue the head to the body.

Then take the second smallest heart, and fold it in half lengthwise. Fold the outsides edges back towards the centre so you have a long thing strip. Glue the two smallest bits and press them onto the owl's face for it's beak.

Be My V-Owl-Entine Craft

Take the smallest two hearts and fold the pointy bits back. Glue those and stick them to the bottom of the owl for the 3D feet.

Be My V-Owl-Entine Craft

You can write any message you like, but on mine I wrote 'Be' on the left, 'My' on the right, and V-Owl-Entine in the centre, spreading it so that you could only see 'owl' peeking through the 'wings'. My daughter had glued her wings further apart, so we just wrote it all out.

Be My V-Owl-Entine Craft

Add your love letter  under the wings, and woo-woo your love.

Date Night Ideas For Couples

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 22 January, 2014 at 10:00 am

Date Night Ideas For CouplesI think this lollipop jar of date night ideas are among the best Valentines ideas out there. It's DIY fun at a budget and incorporating interests and ideas that suit you and your partner. Fun, fun, fun. 

DIY Valentines Card Ideas For Adults

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 20 January, 2014 at 10:00 am

DIY Valentines Card Ideas For Adults

Making cards for daddy from the kids is pretty easy - a couple of hand prints and you're sorted. Making something special for your partner is a little harder though, or at least requires a little more thought. Here are three ideas for putting some DIY handmade love into a card for your other half this Valentine's Day.

10 Heart Stamp Activities

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 19 January, 2014 at 1:00 pm

10 Heart Stamp Activities

A craft activity that doesn't take ages to set up? Sign me up! This quick and easy activity offers versatility too, and the 10 ideas for heart shaped stamps should keep little ones busy for a while.

Big List Of Valentine's Day Crafts

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 15 January, 2014 at 10:00 am

Big List Of Valentine's Day CraftsWe've only just managed to dispose of our Christmas tree, and the credit card bills aren't even collecting dust yet, but we're on to the next big spending opportunity of the year. If you think Valentine's gifts shouldn't be commercial, but rather personal, here's a big list of Valentine's Day Crafts to get you started.

Heart Decorated Cheesecake

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 13 January, 2014 at 10:00 am

Heart Decorated Cheesecake

I suspect this is one of those things that's going to look a lot easier than it actually is, but with a little patience and precision, it would look great! I love the idea of working hearts into your baked cheese cake, perfect for Valentines day.

 

Kitchen Organisation Ideas

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 12 January, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Kitchen Organisation IdeasIt may not be spring yet - for some time - but I am oh-so-ready to throw open the windows and clear out the cobwebs! Nothing get's that process going like a good reorganisation, and here are some fabulous ideas for organising your kitchen.

Valentine's Day Sun Catcher Craft Idea

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 8 January, 2014 at 10:00 am

Valentine's Day Sun Catcher Craft Idea

I found Hot Cross Buns in M&S when shopping last  night, so I figure we're safe to start thinking about Valentine's day, right? For a lot of people money is really tight right now, but men-folk, dads, even a card or craft, lovingly created with small people, is better than no acknowledgement of the day at all (for most of us! sorry if this generalisation does not apply!) Here's a sweet Valentines Day Sun Catcher craft, just for you.

Holiday Planning Tips

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 6 January, 2014 at 10:00 am

Holiday Planning Tips

With the grey outside - and inside for those of us who've been flooded already! - it does feel like a great time to be perusing holiday sites and travel offers. This little infographic of travel tips has been floating around Pinterest and some of the ideas are worth remembering. I'm just not sure about Tip 6 though, because you could easily make up the hotel price difference in travel. But it's worth looking into. So... where are you heading for the summer?

Ice And Snow Activities

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 5 January, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Ice And Snow Activities

Well, Christmas and New Year are behind us, so all that's left now to look forward to between now and Spring is some ice and snow play, assuming we get some snow this year. If we do, here's a great collection of ice and snow play activities to get small and big people outdoors, and having fun whatever the weather.

New Year's Eve Food Ideas From Around The World

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 30 December, 2013 at 10:00 am

New Year's Eve Food Ideas From Around The WorldFor most of the parents I know, things like New Year's Eve celebrations have changed somewhat since the babies have come along. Just because you can't go out and have a raucous night, however, doesn't mean you can't celebrate, so here are new years food ideas from around the world to help you with your themed New Year's Eve celebrations!