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!
This afternoon my four little munchkins arrive home from a week away at Grandma and Grandad’s farm (huge thank you to my lovely folks for having our four stay for a whole week) . I am so excited to see their little faces this afternoon and hear all about their adventures on their big trip away. […]
We are a family of book-lovers. Self-confessed book-worms who can all pass the time reading, poring over the pages of beautiful illustrations and talking about how our favourite characters reacted. So, it is no surprise then that we all have a wish list of books we would love to read over the Christmas break or, […]
- Little L's list for littlies (0-5) - first readers (the Reading Eggs books are fab), Winnie the Witch, The Day the Crayons Quit, any of the Flower Fairies books
- Flashdance (6-9) – anything by Andy Griffiths, The Little Lunch Series, How to Train your Dragon series (Cressida Cowell), Non-fiction books about bugs or anime (how to draw Japanese cartoon characters)
- Captain Jack (7-12) – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (JK Rowling), Lord of the Rings – separate volumes, rather than the all-in-one book (to make for easy holiday reading), Mapmaker Chronicles (A. L. Tait), non-fiction books about sea creatures, dinosaurs. volcanos or robotics
- The Mini-Fashionista (7-12) – The Blood of Olympus (Rick Riordan), Quidditch through the Ages (JK Rowling), The Chronicles of Narnia, any of the Thea Stilton series
- Ladies and Gentlemen (that would be my lovely husband and I) - Pip Lincolnes fab new book, Beci Orpin's new book, The Great Zoo of China - the latest from Matthew Reilly
It’s Saturday, which in our house means pocket money day. I have always had mixed feelings about pocket money. On one hand, I like that it teaches the kids to be responsible with money and to learn the true value of things. On the other hand, I feel like it is a slippery slope to […]
- How much? My older three kids are close in age, so I pay each one the same amount - $5 per week. My littlest poppet gets $3 per week.
- Performance bonuses? We do occasionally pay a bit extra for special things. For the past two years it has been Naplan. Love it or hate it, it can be a big deal when you are 8 years old! So we did a deal with each of the kids that if they tried their best, the reward would be $20 payable when results come out. Regardless of scores, rankings, the $20 would be paid for a positive attitude and for trying.
- Job jars – when we are having a household spring clean, I put 4 jars/ glasses on the bench (one per child) and then have a list of jobs we need to do. Each job is worth 20c – 50c. My most industrious kids can earn $5-$10 in a morning, whilst the slightly lazier ones usually end up with $1-$2.
- What do the kids spend it on? This is up to the kids themselves. If they want to blow it on lollies, they can (within reason!). If they want to save it up, I’ll help them out. If they want to buy $5 worth of sticky men to splat on the wall, they can. One overarching rule applies though, if we are out at a market, the shops, anywhere they are able to buy something, the only money they can spend is their own. This can occasionally lead to tears, when one of the kids has blown their money on lollies, and then sees something cool they would love to buy, but have no cash left. Those moments are the toughest to handle as a Mum or Dad, more so when we are in public and there is the real threat of a tantrum. The key is to hold your ground though, as it is a valuable life lesson.
Yesterday I was part of the lovely Mummy Tree Markets at Everton Park. I had a lovely morning, my gorgeous sister helped me with my little tribe (super huge thank you!!), lots of lovely customers to chat too and friendly stall holders to gossip with between customers. One of the questions I got asked quite […]
- The lovely, clever and very creative soul Pip Lincolne from Meet Me at Mikes. Plus she's funny to boot!
- For the literary buffs and writers out there - have you visited Allison Tait's website? A fab writer, generous giver of advice for writers who are just starting out, plus she'll even give you a friendly nudge to just get on with it...
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