Toddlers are A$$holes (and other parenting truths)

Most people think that the newborn stage is the hardest and most exhausting to get through, and maybe I am one of a very few who would say this, but I actually think toddler-hood is even harder, and here’s why. Continue reading

News Flash; Parenting is hard!

I know, it’s totally new information, you didn’t know this before you read it right here, but I’m here to tell you- parenting is really, really, super-duper tough work.  You never know if what you are doing is right, are you too strict, too relaxed, to shouty or too quiet?   Am I screwing my kids up beyond repair!?   Continue reading

Life Lately; Autumn

What have you been up to? I’ve been busy. Really, really busy.  I know that’s really not much different to usual, but I have pictures to show you for once, so here it is, what I’ve been doing with my time lately. Continue reading

A day in the life- Swimming Carnival

Something that I have long toyed with is filming videos about our life on the farm, and while I’ve made a few, I’ve never had the confidence to put one online for friends, family and strangers to watch, but I’ve finally bitten the bullet and made a day-in-the-life video.  Continue reading

Fast and Easy snacks for kids

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a child who can talk is always either hungry or bored… well maybe not always, but it seems to be a common theme for my kids.  So to beat the hangry mood swings I’ve got a list of a few snacks my kids love.

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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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A Christmas Tradition; Christmas Box

There are 2 types of people in this world- some who love Christmas, and some who hate it.  The former put their tree up well in advance and love to plan the bits and pieces they will do around the holiday season- I fall into this group, and I love the little traditions we have in the lead up to Christmas.  A relatively new one is to give the kids a Christmas bag or box, full of festive goodies Continue reading

Great books for young children

Jackie French (much loved and celebrated children’s author) once said;

“If you want a magic potion to make your kids brighter? Give them books.”

I’ve made a pretty big effort to instill a love of reading in my boys and even though they are only just on the cusp of being able to read themselves they will often chose to find a quiet spot to curl up with a book and flick through it.  H is gaining enough confidence to read some of the simpler books to his littlest brother (though Charlie rarely appreciates his efforts)

So it is with their help I thought I’d share our current favorite early childhood and young children’s books in honor of book week 2016.

  1. Possum Magic by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle- isn’t this such a classic, it never gets old!  But I maintain the butterfly at the end is upside down!!
  3. Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox & Judy Horacek- my favorite- this is the book I try to keep a copy of in my gift cupboard to give as a gift to new babies
  4. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (we also love The Enchanted Wood and The Folk of the Faraway Tree) This book we read in installments and brought back so many memories of reading it as a young girl, plus the boys absolutely adored it

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    Book week 2015- a Peter Rabbit and a Saucepan Man

  5. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell- this is one for younger kids, but my 6 year old loves to read it himself
  6. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  7. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler – this pair have made some absolutely delightful children’s books, The Gruffalo is another of our top books
  8. The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland (or any of this series, which are laugh out loud funny)
  9. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey- this book is a little rude but the boys love it and have read it over and over since they received it as a birthday present
  10. Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan & Pamela Lofts- another Aussie classic
  11. Oh the Places You’ll Go- Dr Seuss
  12. There’s a Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards- I loved this as a child!
  13. The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley- this is another slightly rude book but as I have boys I had best get used to that!!
  14. That’s not my… by F. Watt & R. Wells, we have several in this series- currently in our rotation is ‘That’s not my dinosaur’, the textures are lots of fun for babies and the big boys love showing their brother the “feely bits”
  15. Duck, Duck,Goose by Michaela Blassnig- this is another funny rhyming book that the boys can now read themselves- it’s got the word ‘poo’ in it so is a winner with the boys.
  16. Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mile Brownlow Simon Rickerty- this comes in Princess and Pirate versions as well and is a fun rhyming book that helps with numbers and counting too.

So there you have it, that’s a pretty comprehensive list of the books that are on high rotation at our house!  What’s your favorite kids book, what did you love as a child?

Farm Wife Life; Tree Planting

Yesterday felt like it was about 0°C, it was cloudy, windy and looked like it was imminently going to rain the entire day (it didn’t), it was also the day the clearing behind our house was planted with trees.  Every year the farm we live on buys and plants trees and by all reports it is a pretty fun day.   Continue reading

School Holidays; 5 things I couldn’t do without

Oh, school holidays are here in Western Australia and I am both looking forward to and dreading them at the same time.  Last school holidays were pretty trying and stressful and I am really hoping that these ones will not be the same.  Here are 5 things I’ll be relying on to get me through the next 2 weeks and hopefully help us all relax and enjoy some time together!  Continue reading