12 of the Best Picture Books of 2017 (so far)

August 21, 2017

Books / Picture Books

12 of the best picture books of 2017 (so far.) A round-up of some of our favourite picture books that have been published this year.

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How are there only 4 more months left in 2017?
“Where-Has-The-Year-Gone?!” Hysteria aside, it is Book Week here in Australia.
A perfect time to celebrate the books that I think are the best picture books of 2017 (so far.)
With Christmas just around the corner, you might want to pin some of these for Christmas presents. (Yes. I just mentioned the C-word.)

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Make Your Own Simple Gruffalo Costume

August 17, 2017

Craft / Life

Perfect for a fancy dress party or Book Week parade. How to make your own simple Gruffalo costume using felt, paper plates and glue. You guys, I wasn’t going to do up a post on how to make this Gruffalo Book Parade costume.
Mainly because it’s ridiculously simple and I didn’t want to insult your intelligence.
Then I thought perhaps it could spare some people staying up late the night before a Book Parade.
(Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Ahem.)
Also, I felt that the Interwebz was seriously lacking in Gruffalo Costume ideas.
(Just joking. There are approximately 17 kazillion DIY Gruffalo projects out there.)

So what makes our Gruffalo costume different from all the rest?

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School Readiness- Is Your Child Ready?

August 7, 2017

Life

School Readiness. Is My Child Ready for School? It can be such a complex and emotional question. Here are some questions you can ask yourself in regards to your child to assess their school readiness.

Like attracts like, right?
As a teacher, I am surrounded by teachers. Many of my friends are teacher-y types.
My sister-in-law and two besties work in Early Childhood settings.
We frequently discuss the topic of school readiness. (This makes us sound like seriously boring people. But, really, you want us at your dinner parties. I swear you do.) On occasions, I’ve presented talks on school readiness at their centres.

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Must-Haves for a Newborn Mum with a Colicky Baby

August 4, 2017

Life

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with BioGaia

Must-Haves for a Newborn Mum with a Colicky Baby That smiley little face up there belongs to my third babe. Don’t let looks deceive you. She has the amazing ability to go from happy to super A-Grade cranky in the space of 0.03 seconds. It’s quite a sight to behold. Being my third bub, I feel much more confident in dealing with this crankiness (and the ensuing crying) when it strikes. But I distinctly recall when my firstborn baby would start crying for no apparent reason and it was like playing a guessing game.

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Paper Plate Dancer Puppets

July 31, 2017

Craft

Make graceful dancer puppets out of paper plates. A simple kids craft for the little ballerina or dance-lover!! I often wonder just how much more productive I’d be if I procrastinated less.
Case in point: In attempting to write the introduction for this post, I googled the lyrics to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
These paper plate dancer puppets have me humming that tune every time I glimpse them hanging up in my home.
Here is a good article on the origins of the song.
But wait. You’re really here to find out how to create these paper plate dancer puppets, right?
Well let me show you how. Whilst humming a few bars of Tiny Dancer is not a mandatory part of this making process, it is highly recommended.

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Shelly

July 11, 2017

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

I love a good Leap-of-Faith story. I also love a good Motherhood-Changed-Me-Forever-and-so-I-Took-a-Leap-of-Faith story. If you do too, then you’re going to love reading about this Oh Creative Lady.
Shelly is the Head Creative behind Creating Creatives, an insanely rad site for ideas on raising artsy and craftsy small humans. We first met on Instagram where we bonded over music, colour, British vs American English and the antics of her hilarious and adorable daughter. Shelly also happens to be just a wonderfully lovely and supportive human. Although I’ll overlook the whole Marmite-loving thing. #Vegemiteforever

It’s a pleasure to introduce, Shelly.

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21 Ways to Help a New Mum

July 4, 2017

Life

21 Ways to Help a New Mum I’ve become a new mum three times over and have just emerged from the newborn fog.
(For the final time. Equal parts YAY! and BOOHOOOO!)
Those first few weeks after welcoming a new life into the world are some crazy amazing sleep-deprived and hormone-fuelled days.
There were a few things that my friends did during this period that had me eternally grateful so I thought I’d share them. (The ideas. Not my friends.)
Here are 21 ways to help a new mum. In no particular order and you don’t have to do all 21. Obvs.
However if you do all 21 you’ll basically be a Super Rad Legend in the eyes of any new mum.

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Indigenous Australian Picture Books: Part 2

July 1, 2017

Books / Life / Picture Books

Indigenous Australian Picture Books Since writing my last post on Indigenous Australian Picture Books, many more picture books written and illustrated by Indigenous authors and illustrators have been sent our way.

Seeing as this week is NAIDOC Week- a yearly celebration of Indigenous achievements and culture- it seemed a perfect time to create a follow-up post with the books that have become staples on our bookshelves.

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DIY Kid’s Art Garland

June 29, 2017

Craft / Life

DIY Kid's Art Garland using craft sticks and paint How do you shake a creative slump?
It’s no secret that I have a love affair with Instagram and Pinterest.
Love is grand, but this infatuation can occasionally be problematic creatively.
Every now and then, I get psyched out by all the amazing ideas put together by all the amazing creatives living on the Interwebs.
And the mean, little voice in my head will start…
“Give up, Shannon. All the awesome ideas are ALREADY TAKEN.
Quit while you’re ahead. You will NEVER HAVE ANOTHER IDEA EVER AGAIN.” Read More