Win a My First Crayola Washable Doodle Magnets Set!

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Win a My First Crayola Washable Doodle Magnets Set! Brought to you by Crayola.   One lucky Happy*Crafty*Family reader will win this, a set of three reusable magnetic mats to inspire your children’s creativity!  All you have to do is leave a comment here answering this question… What is your best ‘mealtime’ tip for young children?   Giveaway closes Friday…

Five Simple Ways to Overcome Mealtime Challenges

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Mealtime Challenges Five quick and easy ideas to try! Brought to you by Crayola.   The most difficult part of my day at the moment is the end-of-day rush trying to make a healthy nutritious meal (no, toasted cheese sandwiches for dinner doesn’t quite cut it!), put the dinner on the table, and tidy up afterwards so I’m not left…

Are you the winner of the Yonanas Machine?

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yonanas machine

The lucky winner of the Yonanas Machine Giveaway is…   Sarah! who said, “My favourite fruit based recipe for sure would have to be mango, coconut and mint smoothies which have been frozen into icey poles! They are mangolicuous!” Sarah, I’ve sent you an email. Please send me your postal address so we can get this out to you asap….

Win a Yonanas Machine!

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yonanas machine

One lucky PFE reader will win a Yonanas Machine! The Healthy Dessert Maker could be yours.   Want to make delicious fruity desserts for your family? Perhaps you’d like to make the gorgeous fruity layered Rainbow Cake I posted yesterday? Or maybe you want to try your own experiments? Then you definitely need to enter this awesome giveaway, with thanks…

How to make a natural Rainbow Cake!

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how to make a natural rainbow cake

How to make a natural Rainbow Cake! I’ve been loving all these rainbow cakes I’ve been seeing for a year or so on Pinterest, and also on friends blogs and facebook pages. BUT even though I love the vibrant colours, I’m not too keen on EATING that stuff. Not for me, definitely not for my kids. So I’ve been wondering…

Back at school today

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enjoying one last cup of tea at bonogin

This is me enjoying one last cup of tea at the old Bonogin house on cleaning day. I brought the tea, the kettle, the milk. Forgot the cup. Tea in a sippy cup was a new experience! Back at school today. Yes, I’ve been teaching this year. (Special Needs Teacher.) Just three days a week, but add that to a…

Winner of the Crayola Doodle Magic Travel Pack is ….

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Winner of the Crayola Doodle Magic Travel Pack. Wow. Over 75 of your fabulous ideas to choose from. Thank you for your ideas! It was so difficult to choose the most creative entry. I LOVED all your tips, especially the ones about taking Grandparents along for the trip. But this one kind of covered all bases. Congratulations to…   Donna!…

Fun family road trip activities

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Fun Family Road Trip Activities Brought to you by Crayola. It’s holiday time again and next week, I’m taking my boys to visit a friend just a little way up the road, but long enough that my boys might start to get more than a bit restless. So I’ve been on the hunt for some things to take that will…

North Coast Creative Business Women High Tea

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north coast creative business women high tea

Loving life at the North Coast Creative Business Women High Tea I spent the day with a lovely bunch of other creative business women today, at the North Coast Creative Business Women High Tea, held at Newrybar hall. (Just outside Byron Bay). An initiative of the elegant (and unexpectedly very tall!) Zanni Louise, of My Little Sunshine House blog, and…

Love To InVENTA Sleep Bag Review

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love to inventa sleep bag

Why I’m LOVING the Love To InVENTA Sleep Bag for baby Jack. My Jack is a roly poly bundle of energy- day and night. So as the weather has started to cool, I’ve been trying to use up the last bit of goodness from last year’s sleep sacks. But my favourite one, the only one with any real warmth or…

Win a Family Pass to the VIP PREVIEW EVENT of the LEGO Brick Zone and meet LEGO Master Ryan McNaught!o9

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Win a Family Pass to the VIP PREVIEW EVENT of the LEGO Brick Zone.   This prize, Preview Event, held next Sunday 22nd June, 10am to 12.30, includes: 1. Meet Australia’s ONLY LEGO Certified Master, Ryan McNaught!  The best part is that you and your family will get the chance to meet the only LEGO Certified Master in Australia, Ryan McNaught, who…

How to Make a Paper Napkin Ring for Children

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  How to make a Paper Napkin Ring that children will love! Make a bear, or a rabbit, or perhaps create your own fun animal? With thanks to Staedtler for the opportunity to try these crafty pens.  It’s hard sometimes to create a happy family mood around the dinner table when it’s the very end of the day, mama’s rushed and…