A Book Review – James and the Birthday Balloon.

Recently I was sent this beautiful book, James and the Birthday Balloon by Nicola J. Rowely to review, thank you, Nicola. I always know when we are onto a good book because Alex will ask for it to be read over and over, James and the Birthday Balloon is one of these books. James and Ruby are best …

Fruit Fingers, a Sugar Bowl and the Kitchen Table

One of my early childhood memories is sitting at the kitchen table in my Nana's house having morning tea or 'smoko' was what we called it then. We would have scones with jam, a homemade biscuit or if we were lucky, a store bought biscuit, my favourites being fruit fingers which looked like little pillows …

Make your own Driftwood Christmas Decorations

  This year we are spending our Christmas at the beach, it inspired me to make some beach themed Christmas decorations.  I have always loved how people create beautiful decorations out of driftwood and this year since Alex is a bit older and likes to do crafty things as well I thought we would give it …

Christmas Family Traditions and Rituals

I love this time of year, Christmas is coming and the excitement is brewing with all the decorations, lights, talk about Father Christmas and summer holidays. In the past, I have always found the month of November stressful. Before Frankie was born I worked in a role where I had a very large scale event …

Elderflower Cordial – Essential Summertime Drink

Mid to late spring is Elderflower season. These beautiful flowers make the most amazing cordial and it is very simple to make. Elderflowers are everywhere, once you know what you are looking for, you will spot the trees all the time. Usually growing along the roadside, near rivers and parks. Before you head off to …

Kidsplaynz’s Top FIVE recipe book recommendations

It's nearly that time of year again, officially 97 sleeps till Christmas, well there may be less depending on when you read this blog. But it's that time of year when we need to organise ourselves to buy presents or hand over our Christmas wish list. One of the things that is always on my …

Daffodils at Taniwha – A ‘Must Do’ this September.

It's crazy isn't it, that we often miss visiting interesting places in the area that we grew up in for various reasons. We may have driven past such places and thought, I must stop in there one day, and it just never happens. Or sometimes you don't even know something exists until you have children …

Crate Wonder Review – Watch your child’s imagination come to life.

This week we have been lucky enough to review a loose part crate from Crate Wonder.   I found Crate Wonder on Facebook, I loved the crates they sell and their philosophies are in line with my own philosophies of play.  Owners Kelly and Bianca work in childcare and are passionate about heuristic and open ended …