Several years ago, we had the fantastic idea to take the kids on a bushwalk. Not a huge trek, just a short walk along the coastline to see a lighthouse and take in the view. Not a huge deal. Right? Wrong! Within 20 metres the whinging started. I’m hot, I’m tired, […]
- Visit the Libraries in Brisbane. Don't worry if you aren't a member, it's super easy to join! Check out the library in person or online for holiday activities, our local library has craft, lego, author (last holidays it was Roald Dahl) celebrations. Best of all it's free! Most libraries nowadays also lend DVDs, comics, and magazines as well, something for everyone!
- Check out your local National Parks, botanic gardens, bush reserves. Nothing burns off excess energy and curbs cabin fever like a good run around, and some bushwalking. Pack a backpack, water and first aid kit and you are good to go. It's also worthwhile checking online first, as a lot of parks have special programs just for kids. Try National Parks Association and Find a National Park in Queensland for information/ ideas.
- Have a bake-off. Split up into teams and have a baking competition, keep it fun though as things can get pretty competitive once the kids start to get into it! Here are some recipe sites to try... Food to Love, Delicious
- Hold a crafter-noon with some friends, take turns with other parents and have a few of the kids friends over for a craft session. Lego/ brick making also works well. This one works best outside/ on the verandah, and use recyclable material if you can, super cheap and easy to clean up. Take a look here and My Poppet for ideas!
- Have a movie afternoon, make popcorn and snacks. Steer away from new releases and break out a classic like Back to the Future, Goonies, The Labyrinth. Kids and grownups will love it!
I just finished reading The Martian, in record time! It is a cracker of a read, and though heavy on the science and engineering (which I loved!), also tells a tale of resilience. Filled to the brim with humour and adversity, it made me think a lot about how reliant we can become on […]
As we grow older, it can get harder and harder to carve out time in the day to think. Reflect on life, how things are going, what went well, what went pear-shaped. All the healthy reflective thinking we are meant to do in order to grow as individuals, as humans. Sometimes, life can get in […]
Home again after a lovely morning at The Mummy Tree markets in sunny Bris-Vegas. It’s always such a lovely crowd, friendly stall holders, fab customers, loads of (free!) entertainment for the kidlets. What more could you ask for? I found some fab gear for my kids, including a gorgeous banner from
One of the fabulous benefits of having children or spending time with kids is that you get a reminder of how much joy they get from the world.
Discovering new ideas. Exploring the world. Playing. Laughing at silly things. Living in the moment. Kids are masters are stopping to smell the roses. Slowing […]
One of the fabulous benefits of having children or spending time with kids is that you get a reminder of how much joy they get from the world.Discovering new ideas. Exploring the world. Playing. Laughing at silly things. Living in the moment. Kids are masters are stopping to smell the roses. Slowing down and moving at their own pace. Adults are always searching for ways to relax, meditate, calm down. Most kids have got that in the bag. Watch a small child playing with Lego, matchbox cars, playing a game of make-believe, and you can see they are fully immersed in the moment. My kids are staying at my family's farm this week. I know already that they will spending their time, exploring, digging in the sandpit, catching frogs and generally having a grand old time. There will be no structured plan, no to-do list. Just fun, sunshine and spending time together. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine, taking time to relax, and most importantly finding the time to have fun. Enjoy xx
I’ve carved out some time this week to sit and reflect on life. Taking the time to think about how everything is going using a fab list from the lovely Pip Lincolne at Meet Me at Mikes, here’s my list… Making : a super cool hoodie vest for my littlest poppet (because of […]
Wowsers, the year seems to be flying by already. All of a sudden, we are gearing up for school, getting busy at work and getting set for the first of the gorgeous markets and fairs This Grand Life will be attending this year. Whew! It can all get a little overwhelming at times. Thinking […]
- Reading: Wildwood – a glorious book, with fabulous illustrations, which I initially bought for Captain Jack (my 9 year old) and then when he got a little scared by the opening gambit about a murder of crows, I stepped in to read it first. You know, to check it wasn’t too scary. I am LOVING it…
- Creating: More gorgeous sundresses, super cute heart purses, some cuddly softies and boardies for super cool boys with some beautiful new fabric.
- Learning: French, brushing up on my French (can’t believe I have been back in Australia for nearly 3 years), such a beautiful quirky language.
- Teaching: Little L how to read. My littlest poppet starts school this year and is super keep to keep up with the big kids in the house. We have used Reading Eggs for years and all of my kids have loved it. It’s also a great excuse to spend more time reading each night.
- Watching: Girls. Though it feels like a guilty pleasure, I am totally hooked. Oh the angst, the selfish choices, the dilemmas.
As I said farewell to 2014, and welcomed the new year in, I reflected on all the big stuff we had been though here at This Grand Life. Here’s what my wrap-up of 2014 looks like… Our littlest poppet started at big school, and it was bitter sweet. She looked so tiny yet so grown […]
- Our littlest poppet started at big school, and it was bitter sweet. She looked so tiny yet so grown up all at the same time. I loved hearing all about sport, God Class (religion) and all the new things she was learning with her new friends. Then because of the next point, we get to do it all over again.
- We packed up and moved across the country to sunny Qld. Well, the kids and I did. My lovely kind husband then spent the last half of the year working in Perth while we were in Bris-Vegas. So many big changes to take on board! New school, back to day-care for the littlest poppet (very indignant that she was ready for 'big school'), new job for me... the list goes one and on. Amongst it all though we have thrived in the sunshine and being closer to our families.
- Saying goodbye to Charlie the Wonderdog. I had written a post, which maybe I will publish someday, though maybe I won't (I can't quite get the words right). My beautiful furry friend had been with me for 14 years from when it was just me, then as my family expanded to include my husband, a sweet Newfoundland (Ellie) and our four lovely kidlets. I still miss her sweet face each day.
- Finally, finally, finally being a family again as the lovely Big A moved from Perth to Brissy. Thank you to our lovely friends in Perth for lending him a room, inviting him over for dinner and generally making a tough time a whole lot easier.
- Being able to focus more time and energy on my creative business. The move to the sunshine state, coupled with setting up a little studio and finding a lovely creative community to be part of have all meant that I had the time and energy to design and create gorgeous frocks, boardies and super cute gear. All designed and hand-made by me. I was part of some brilliant artisan and hand-made markets, which were the creative highlight of my year. I really do get a buzz just from being around such talented creative folk.
- Continuing to write and think, and question what is going on around me. When I can, I find the time to publish here. I hope you have enjoyed reading it too!
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