Nature mandalas and art for kids

Nature mandalas and art for kids - #screenfreedom

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are at the park or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. This is an activity that is good for the youngest to oldest of kids (I love making nature mandalas myself). You could call it ...

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Make some cute pot plant friends

How to make DIY pot plant friends

Instead of screens today, why not... make a couple of pot plant friends? We recently spent a goodly amount of time making these gorgeous little pot plant friendsĀ to pretty upĀ our front verandah. It's such a simple (and cheap!) thing to make and it's fun to change the faces or designs over time. Words are always easy to add and change - think ...

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We made a vegie patch for next to nothing

I've pfaffed around trying to grow a few vegies here and there for a couple of years now. We had them housed up by the washing line but I kept forgetting to water them. Then we had a drip irrigation system put in but the chickens got into the patch followed by the wallabies and, well, bye-bye vegies. So, my problems were two-fold: neglect and ...

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Pin of the Day | Brought to you by the letter…

Twigg Studios is a new find for me and what a super little find it is. I reckon I pinned faster than I've ever pinned before and then I realised that there was A LOT of soft pink and pastels being pinned by a person not generally into such things. So I stopped. But not before I pinned this beauty. A glorious succulent and cactus monogram that ...

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Pin of the Day: Pallet garden

This is the year that I'm going to intentionally garden (as opposed to kinda-sorta garden) vegetables. I'm moving the vegetable patch from it's current out-of-the-way location right out the back of our place on top of a sandstone cliff (well, it feels like that when you reach it), to right beside the house. I don't care if it looks ugly.I care that ...

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How does my garden grow?

Well now, that's a very good question. Well, it grows with a husband and wife gardening team coming over once a month. I love Frances and Tony. They keep me on track and do the 'lawns' - the rumbly grass patches we manage to keep alive with their help.It also grows with me doing as little useful gardening as possible. I prefer to pull the odd weed ...

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Through the Instagram: little peek at September

The only reason I kept on with the iPhone and ditched my BlackBerry (easily more preferrable if you use your phone for work) was Instagram. I am obsessed with taking random shots of silly things and playing around with the way they look. It's just so satisfying.These images looked all dressed up with no place to go, so I thought I would share ...

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This Saturday I’m grateful for… MILs

Here in Maxabellaland, Saturday is traditionally a sport, shop, sort the clothes, sweep the floors, strangle the Tsunamis (insert other 's' words here - no pun intended) kinda day. But it's nice to pause to appreciate the things in your life that are positive and affirming, whatever they may be. I thought it might be nice for us all to do a ...

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Things I learned this week including that you have to follow the rules

Happy Friyay! How was your week? It's such a cliche but time and time again I find myself wondering how we got to the end so quickly. Apart from the year I spent in a one hour meeting on Monday, this week has flown.1. So, you may recall that I didn't refrigerate my Hyacinth bulbs and back in May I smugly just stuck them in the ground anyway? ...

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Things I learnt this week including how to ruffle up a skirt

This week I did a four-hour conflict management course at work (these things are entirely necessary when you work for a large corporate).  I started the course thinking that I shied away from conflict, retreating due to my pathological need to please and be liked. That plus my enbarrassing tendency to bawl my eyes out when someone raises their ...

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