Easy Easter Activities

Easter, Easter, Easter!  I love an excuse to eat chocolate and spend time with the family, and with it coinciding with school holidays (and my husband on night shift) we’ve been doing a heap of craft and fun activities to keep the kids occupied.  I find there are so many things you can do with Easter- from baking to painting and everything in between- these activities are more or less based on things I already had at home, so hopefully it won’t be too hard to have some fun with your kids!

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Holidays on a budget; a visit to Perth

A visit to your nearest state capital is something many people do routinely, but with Perth about 5 hours away  from us (more if you drive with 3 kids and a husband in the car) it is somewhere we go for a visit on once or twice a year.
It’s a time that we can stock up on clothes from somewhere other than online or a chain store (me), complain about the traffic (husband), explore new parks, make new friends and catch up with the old ones, and generally shout at a level 50 decibels more than appropriate (the kids).

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Dear Grandma,

Last Sunday we arrived at you house, though you are not here, this is still your home.

We took the kids to see you in the nursing home, and though it was bright, clean, it’s not where I see you when I remember the adventures I had with you.

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How I plan to survive the school holidays

Now don’t get me wrong- I love my kids and I enjoy school holidays for the most part, but eventually the kids and I need a break from each other that isn’t as easy to find in the summer holidays as it is during term time.  So here are a few things I’ll be doing to make sure I stay sane, and my kids enjoy their school break.

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6 under $25; Christmas gifts for young boys

Well this is something that I’d like to think I know a lot about, especially since I have 2 young boys between the ages of 5-10 years, but this year I have really struggled to think of nice gifts that they will actually enjoy and use, that fit a realistic budget.  I figure if I’m struggling then there are plenty of other people out there scratching their heads too, so I’ve done some research and here’s some gift ideas for you.

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Fun Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas is my favorite holiday- probably because I have such fond memories of the traditions that my parents kept alive for our family, and the ones we have now adopted for our kids.  Here are some of our favorites that are pretty easy to do and the kids love.

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6 Gift Ideas for Teachers (and childcare educators, bus drivers, baby sitters, teacher assistants etc)

And with a bang Christmas season is here.  Our tree is up (our rule is once it’s past Charlie’s birthday is open season on festivities), our presents are being bought and hidden away, and it’s time to start thinking of what we are going to get or make for the people who keep our kids alive/ educated/ put up with them during the day.  Lets face it for me these are the people that make my life that much easier- they care for and love my children, they look after them when I can’t and they are teaching them and putting energy into them almost every day- I know I appreciate the people that spend so much time with my kids and so I really want to show them that by getting them a nice gift, here are some ideas that aren’t a new coffee mug or a box of chocolates;

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3 things to do to get ready for Christmas

Hey you guys, Christmas is coming really soon! I know I’m not prepared (either financially or emotionally) and so I’m starting to write lists of what I need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly for the festive season, and I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off, which lets face it, is my default setting.  If like me you are a little bit under prepared, here is 3 things to make your life a little easier as Christmas nears

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Holidays on a Budget; a weekend in Geraldton

Spring in Geraldton is full of fun and community events.  There’s Midwest Artdrive, the Sunshine Festival- part of the Festivals on the Foreshore, school holiday activities at a variety of places, the Northampton Airing of the Quilts (need I go on)

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