Category Archives: Celebration

Get Yourself Some Advent Action

Cat is organising an Advent swap – this means you get to prepare 24 little items with love and excitement for someone and at the end of November you get a parcel of wonderful things to open every day up until Christmas. This is such a perfect swap for a person like me that loves buying, making and collating gifts and who also – much less admirably, loves receiving gifts! Win and win.

It will also make you the envy of all your family members and it’s not often the mama get’s that lovely role. You are also guaranteed 24 surprises this is also good because if you are anything like me in terms of responsibility for buying the gifts there will be no other surprises for you under the tree. (not that I mind of course but I do love a good surprise!)

As the 1st of Dec is my birthday I think this would be an excellent way to start my 35th year!

If you want more information and you want to sign up (of course you do!!) head over here for all the dets (I love using the word dets – it makes me feel very ‘cool’. I realise it probably isn’t a cool word at all but as I have no teenagers to let me know this I am happy in my ignorance).

Um yeah – sign up okay?  this will be FUN!



B.M.W.B #24 Dr Suessing!

Last week we had a Dr. Suess party.


I have been so looking forward to my boys being old enough to enjoy a ‘party for no reason’ party.


To swell the numbers and the excitement we made an invitation and invited another family.


For dinner we had chicken nuggets, wedges with blue and red sauce and ‘make-your-own’ pizzas.


For dessert we had Truffla Tree cupcakes, One Fish Jellies, Dr Suess Hat Stacks,


Truffla Seeds, Marshmallow Pops


We played ‘I Can Do That’ which is a Dr Suess game and very family friendly


Read stories together by the fire and had fun


Everyone was invited to come dressed up in their PJs with a crazy hat or hair


Bounce went as a Barbaloot (The Lorax), Flip went as Thing One (Cat In the Hat) and mummy and daddy just went crazy! (Notice I am actually the only person looking at the camera in this photo???)


This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.  


Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be. 


Read More:

Mystery Party for my 6 year-old

How to Make Marshmallow Pops

Family Awards Night

Mystery Birthday Party

My wee man is 6 today!! So we had a mystery party. Being that all the invited guests were 6 or younger I didn’t think we were quite ready for murder mystery (and neither am I!)

But we did do a great old mystery party – one sweet guest said to me, ‘Mrs F********* (they call me this because I do parent help at school) this is the best party I’ve ever been too.’ Bless him – it was a lovely bunch of friends he invited.

I had rather a tight schedule for the party we missed a couple of games entirely but we had FUN!

When the guest arrived they did a Mystery Person sheet – a self-portrait with some extra info afterwards. The intention was to use these to guest who was who at the end of party but we ran out of time.

All the guests received a pack with a magnifying glass, a clues notebook, a clues pencil, a name sticker, a little envelope with colour swatches in it and they added their prizes to it as they went

We played –

The Mystery box – feel it, shake it and write-up your guess in box 1 then I gave them 3 clues – I am metal, I am found in the kitchen and you use me to eat with. Then they wrote their second guess.

Guess the Guest – each guest rsvp’d by email with month of birth, no. of siblings, favourite – food, colour and animal. They put their name stickers on (so people could write their names without having to guess spelling etc) and I read out the information about each person and they wrote the names next to the spaces.

What’s My Colour – time was ticking along so I did this instead of getting the kids up and giving them a go. Each child had 7 colour swatches and I gave them a clue and they had to be the first to hold up the colour e.g- I am the colour of grass.

What is My Number – 9 different number sentences and the children wrote which number they thought was the mystery number for each sentence. E.g – I am less than 10, I am even and I rhyme with 4

Then we had a mystery treasure hunt each clue was written on white paper with white crayon so they had to paint dye over each clue after they found it to expose its message

Food – we had mystery food bags. I showed them some very cute ‘food pictures’ then gave them a mystery bag filled with foodie bits which they had to make into a picture on a white serviette and then tell everyone what they made.

I also provided some extra bits, including plain bread which a few of them used and then ate!

Cake – a big question mark made from cupcakes – easy!!!

Mystery Box Punch – I saw this idea on pinterest a while ago and it was a neat way to give the kids a small prize to take home.I forgot to take a final before pic!!!

They picked a number out of a hat which determined their order. (Flip and I had already discussed he would go last) and then they punched through the tissue to get their prize.

The party was great fun the 1.5hours disappeared and we didn’t get to the Mystery Bag – put your hand in a bag and guess the item before pulling it out, Reverse Hide and Seek, or finish the Mystery Person Pages. I probably could have done 2 hours but I always like to keep things short and sweet before there are tears and tantrums!!

A great day, a simple easy themed party, all good! What is your best birthday party tip??

The other thing that worked well was a list of jobs that needed to be done today so that everyone could help with the jobs to get the party ready and I didn’t have to give jobs out constantly.

And I’m joining in with Simone’s great link because I love seeing what others are up to!


This Friday….

I’m loving bloggers – the kind that step up when PJ decided it was time for her to let the Friday loving linky go – thanks Meghan and Kristy.

I’m loving that Nin dropped in the other day with a gorgeous stash of blue and green buttons for me – just because

and I won a beautiful fat quarter from Kirsty just for getting her oh-so-tempting newsletter every month (I suggest you sign up too if you are a fabric lover)

and that when I was in need of paper bags for the mystery party this weekend both her and Nin made suggestions and offered me bags from their own supplies – generous people!

I’m loving accomplishing stuff – today it’s been parent help, cherry-ripe mudcake, 2 loaves of handmade bread, 2 batches of cupcakes, some handmade bikkies and a whole lot of tasks for a very special birthday party on Sunday afternoon all before school finished.

I’m loving going on a birthday date with Flip

and coming home to find Grandad had done ALL the dishes from the aforementioned baking

I’m loving it’s family awards night

doing giveaways – find the details here – I love giving stuff away, especially good-for-the-soul stuff

and I’m loving that this weekend is the 48 hour film festival – oh yes!! fun, fun, fun

and finding little postcards for Grandad and Aunty Katie written very carefully

What are you loving this week? What are you looking forward to?

B.M.W.B # 20 – Awards Night

as part of the parenting course we are doing a suggestion was made that kiwi’s aren’t great at celebrations outside of birthdays – how much do we just celebrate our families for no good reason???

The Atlas got all enthusiastic (love that!) and suggested we have a family awards night each week

on Monday night we each draw a name out of the hat and all week we watch that person and then on a Friday night we have a special candle-lit dinner (we have candles with whatever dinner we planned!)

after dinner each person stands up and talks about who they were watching and what that person did well/ they loved noticing

and gives them an award (a BIG chocolate bar for the first night but usually a mini-bar or something little)

You can see by the boys’ expressions how special it was for them

I love that The Atlas is on board with wanting to do a good job of parenting our boys and I love that we have a new family tradition based around noticing each others strengths and contributions.

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be

B.M.W.B #9 Shearing and a Giveaway

This week we have discovered a new game together. Flip often rolls himself up in his duvet to ‘hide’ so I can find him. This week I would find him and then ‘shear’ him. When we were at the A&P show last year we saw sheep shearing the shearer slowly peels the fleece off the sheep (that’s my description anyway!) and so I pretend to have my clippers and I shear the duvet off until I have my wee sheep underneath

amidst loud giggling !

Then Bounce wants his turn and so on and so on. It’s completely ridiculous but that kind of activity suits us well.

This week is full of photos of Bounce who I have so much fun hanging out with during the day. This bear suit is one of my first ever ballet costumes (lovingly made by my mama). Bounce likes to wear it as often as possible and I ADORE how gorgeous he is in it.

Seeing as it’s almost the end of Feb it’s time for my monthly giveaway. One of my friend/readers, Juliet, has been doing BMWB with her wee ones and this giveaway is inspired by her post here. It’s a simple sewing kit for you to try with your child/ren.

I’m hoping to give it a go with Flip and maybe Bounce – I’ll let you know how we get on.

To enter I would like you to share a happy childhood memory you shared with an adult – one of mine is the paper dolls my mum would draw for us and then we made/drew the clothing.

Giveaway closes Weds 14th of March and I am happy to ship internationally. (If you have kids big enough who you think would like it do encourage them to ‘enter’ themselves!)

This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.

Happy Thoughts Friday

Grateful for free, out-of-doors, hilarious and clever plays. (the Outwits do the ‘Complete History of Christchurch – abridged’)

Parties for friends at our house.

A daddy who invests quality time into his boys.

Parcels in the post. One a win.

And one a thankyou. Bloggers are so awesome.

My new necklace wall – so over the tangled ones in the box so a half hour and some push pins and a new ‘art’ display!

Anticipation – a group of men banding together to cook their ladies a meal. Bring on ‘Man Can Cook’ (and even if it turns out they can’t it still makes me feel all gooey that they want to try)!

And I loved reading about this WONDERFUL playhouse created by Megan….it’s absolutely gorgeous.  Makes me realise why I love having pretty things in my kitchen – makes it feel like my playhouse! (photo from her blog)

Other grateful people here.

Make My Week #7 – A Collaboration

Thursdays are my day with Bounce. On Thursday mornings this year I have decided I am not available for coffee dates or last-minute errands (unless they are truly urgent) because I have a boy who is growing up fast. Already he is at kindy 3 mornings and these ‘me and he‘ times are for treasuring.

Today we made cupcakes. This afternoon friends are coming to play and one of them turned 4 today so we’re having a little impromptu party.

Although I am trying to live simply I also believe in excess in a big way when it comes to people and baking. Bounce is his mother’s child. While we were mixing our cupcakes he said ‘I like it when you put chocolates in the middle’. We had no chocolates, but we did have marshmallows.

And instead of icing we made chocolate mousse. And then we added sprinkles and jaffas because when you are 4 you are not counting calories and you are probably not that worried about perfect icing.

For some time in my life I felt like people thought I was ‘too full-on’ or a bit of a ‘try hard’ when I went unnecessarily over the top, for no good reason. But I’ve come to believe that people are worth going over-the-top for. Not when it causes stress and upset to do it, I agree. But I like surprising people with more-than-expected and I enjoy a good bake up with my 3 year-old.

And actually I think the world needs a bit of ‘full-on and crazy’ now and again and it’s up to those of us to who like it to get on and do it, even when people roll their eyes or tell us we really don’t need to try so hard or go to so much effort. Maybe if I’m feeling very brave and some one says that to me I’ll tell them to ‘stick a cupcake in it’!

You’ll be pleased to know we licked the beaters after we made the mousse and Bounce said to me – ‘this is good for your heart and throat isn’t it mama?’. Oh yes little Bounce it is good for your heart for sure (just not the heart the doctor checks – aye Grandad!).

After getting through that marathon of reading – other creative people can be found here.

Little Wonders

5-year-old logic –

 ‘Stephen Fry is Winnie the Pooh’ (he reads the voice of Pooh on an audio book)

‘so, Winnie the Pooh is reading Paddington Bear’ (Stephen Fry reads the whole story of Paddington on CD – and does it brilliantly)

Don’t you love that? It makes so much sense. I do love that a 5-year-old makes these wonderful connections it’s a joy to watch these things unfold.

Happy Birthday Atlas Man

It was The Atlas’ birthday on 3rd of Jan so I threw him a little surprise pot-luck tea with some friends.

And even though I planned it before Christmas no-one ‘spilled the beans’.

So after a morning and a half surfing he came home to a tidy house and a bench full of baking.

(The tidy house hardly every happens – when my boys said daddy needed more presents I told them the tidy house was one!)

The lego cake is an idea from the Donna Hay kids magazine I got just before Christmas.

Super easy and suitably pleased with using a book/magazine I own to actually make something.