Kids, Let's chat, Life, Uncategorized

Teaching Good Table Manners

As kids, table manners were drummed into us. Most nights we ate together at the table as a family, with each one taking turns to set the table before dinner, or clearing afterwards. And then, of course, came the washing up. These days, many families don't eat at the table much, and for those that… Continue reading Teaching Good Table Manners

Kids, Let's chat

Be the fun parent

I realise this is a strange title and can give the incorrect impression, so read on to see what I mean. I'm one of those people who can't sit still and do nothing. Put a different way, I seldom sit still...period. I always find something to do, or think of something I should be doing,… Continue reading Be the fun parent

Christmas, Let's chat

No Christmas decorations yet please!

Every year I'm amazed at how early the Christmas decorations are up and for sale in the local shops and I know many people absolutely love seeing them up, and I do too, but not in October. My personal rule is that although I can start thinking about and planning for Christmas, I don't want… Continue reading No Christmas decorations yet please!

Christmas, Let's chat, Life

100 Days to Christmas!

Can you believe it? Sounds crazy! Where has the year gone? But then again, it is still only September with a lot to look forward to before the year is out, but while driving to work today I heard one of the Talk Show hosts say it is 100 days to Christmas! My heart nearly… Continue reading 100 Days to Christmas!

Baking, Tips

How to safely remove a cake from it’s tin

Ever had one of those moments when the cake just won't come out of the tin? Or you flip it over and it falls apart? Follow these easy tips and it's sure to come out perfectly, provided you greased and lined the tin in the first place...

Book Reviews, Kids

Book Review: The Island of Beyond

We stumbled upon this book at our local library. From the look of it, it was a brand new addition to the library and although the title didn't grab my son's attention, the picture on the front of two boys standing staring into a fire certainly did. We were captivated. Our shared reading sessions made… Continue reading Book Review: The Island of Beyond

Book Reviews, Let's chat, Life

New Section – Book Reviews

I love reading. I always have. It is a wonderful gift that so many miss out on due to circumstances beyond their control, be they financial, physical or geographical. As a child it was my way of disappearing into adventures, friendships and experiences where my imagination could run wild. Have you ever had the feeling when putting… Continue reading New Section – Book Reviews

Let's chat, Life

Life’s Pathway

This morning I woke up to a message from my parents halfway round the world, letting me know that someone I knew a long time ago and only a couple of years older than me, was tragically killed in a car accident along with her middle child and only son. We were never close, but… Continue reading Life’s Pathway

Kids, Let's chat, Life

Teaching Children “The Right Thing To Do”

My son and I recently had cause to discuss this topic. Soccer training was cancelled as the teams were supposed to attend a sport psychology session. Heaven knows why kids as young as mine need to be doing this now, I mean they're not seasoned Pro's, but we had agreed to attend. I knew we'd… Continue reading Teaching Children “The Right Thing To Do”

sandwich fillings

The Humble Sandwich – budget fillings

These days, the sandwich tends to be the unpopular friend at the party. With the rise in food allergies, Gluten intolerance, the level of unnecessary sugar and other preservatives in bread, people are looking elsewhere for ideas for lunch. But I can't help feeling a little sorry for the humble sandwich. If you are one… Continue reading The Humble Sandwich – budget fillings