• Disneyland,  Travel

    Disneyland

    Nine Days at the Happiest Place on Earth Days 1 & 2 We have just come back from the most amazing trip to Disneyland, California! My family and I, spent 11 days in Anaheim with 9 days at Disneyland and California Adventure. Here is how we spent each day, the rides we went on, shows we watched and the Disney food we ate. As Australian (or New Zealand) residents we were able to get 10 day passes to Disneyland for only $13 more than the 5 day passes. For us this was the best and most cost effective way to go to Disneyland. It meant we didn’t have to try…

  • DIY,  Make

    Lego Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

    One of my most favourite memories of Christmas as a child, was counting down the days to Christmas on the old fashioned cardboard advent calendars. The ones with the beautiful Christmas scene and the little perforated doors hiding a cute little Christmas picture. We would hang them in the window so the sunlight shone through. These advent calendars have been replaced almost entirely with the chocolate ones these days or the fairly expensive ones with toys or stationary inside. I wanted to share the fun of counting down the days to Christmas with my children without them ‘getting’ something each day. So I started scanning Pinterest and the internet for…

  • Disneyland,  Travel

    Disneyland

    Days 5, 6 & 7 We have just come back from the most amazing trip to Disneyland, California! My family and I spent 11 days in Anaheim with 9 days at Disneyland and California Adventure. Here is how we spent each day, the rides we went on, shows we watched and the Disney food we ate. To find out how we got from Australia to Disneyland and our first day at the happiest place earth check out this blog entry. To continue on with our adventures and read about our first day at California Adventure click here. Day 5 After a bit of a sleep in we arrived at Disneyland…

  • Disneyland,  Travel

    Disneyland

    Nine Days at the Happiest Place on Earth Days 3 & 4 We have just come back from the most amazing trip to Disneyland, California! My family and I spent 11 days in Anaheim with 9 days at Disneyland and California Adventure. Here is how we spent each day, the rides we went on, shows we watched and the Disney food we ate. The first day of our holiday was a travel day. We spent our day travelling from Melbourne, Australia to LA, facing all the “fun” things about overseas travel such as flight delays, passport problems and the mad dash across the airport to catch our flight. The second…

  • Book Week 2019
    Read

    Book Week Display 2019

    This week I finished my Book Week display for this year’s theme “Reading is My Secret Power.” For this year’s display I did the more obvious superhero take on the theme, creating a city for my superheroes (students) to hang out in. My display also doubles as a photo booth. During Book Week students will be able to step inside the display and have their photos taken. I then display the photos on the TV in the library. The students love seeing their photos and sharing them with their friends. The photos look fantastic when they are in their costumes for the Book Week Parade, and I will have a…

  • Doll house makeover
    DIY,  Make

    Doll House Makeover

    Over the last few months I have been busy renovating a doll house for my daughter’s 5th birthday. The whole project actually started last year, when inspired by the doll house renovations on Pinterest I decided I would like to give one ago. So last November I started looking for doll houses on Gumtree and I got one for just $30. It was going to be a Christmas present, but I ran out of time to do the renovations so it ended up being her birthday present instead. The doll house wasn’t painted in anyway except for the roof, so I didn’t need to sand anything back. It was however…

  • Children's Books,  Read

    Picture Books to Commemorate ANZAC Day

    Here is a list of picture books to commemorate ANZAC Day and the commitment of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers and their families in the wars following. Most of the books below focus on Gallipoli and the events of World War I, however a few such as “A Day to Remember” by Jackie French & Mark Wilson and “When War is Over” also by Jackie French & illustrated by Anne Spudvilas look at each conflict ANZAC forces have been involved in. All of the books below are a great starting point for discussion with children of all ages, however some may by upsetting for younger children. “Anzac Biscuits” and…

  • Read,  Young Adult Books

    6 Science Fiction Books for Young Adults

    My genre of choice lately is science fiction. Almost everything I choose to read is pure science fiction or at least has a sci-fi twist. Here are 6 of the best science fiction books for young adults that I have read recently. Lifel1k3 (Lifelike) by Jay Kristoff “On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble-she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money…

  • Children's Books,  Read

    20 Great Reads for Easter

    Here are 20 Easter books that you will love sharing with your younger children. I have included some popular characters; Clifford, Peppa Pig and Mr. Men, some of our family favourites and some Easter books which are popular with students in my school library. Enjoy!! We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes (2016) Join the Rabbit siblings as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With ten eggs to find and count, it’s great fun. But watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, chicks, bees and ducks – and there’s even a wolfish surprise, so do take care.  Reminiscent of “We’re Going…