Thrifty gift wrapping for Christmas

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This post is part of my Christmas planning in July series. I adore this post! Gift wrapping is not something I consider myself to be very good at. Today Bele Masterman, of Blah Blah Magazine shows 6 simple techniques you can use to make your presents looks beautifully wrapped, but without spending … [Read more...]

Christmas Themes – Ideas For 2014

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This post is part of my Christmas planning in July series. I love choosing a theme for Christmas. It helps me makes decisions easier. I don't buy new decorations each year, but try to work with what I have, make some inexpensive handmade decorations and use other household items creatively to fit … [Read more...]

Managing technology with teenagers – what other families do

I recently shared how we manage technology with the teenagers in our house. I received lots of great feedback from readers on the post, via email and on facebook. I have collated some of the responses below as I always find it helpful to read/see/hear what other families do with their kids. No … [Read more...]

Christmas planning in July 2014

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Today kicks of my annual Christmas Planning in July series. A little later than anticipated, but here at last! You can see previous posts on planning for Christmas in July here: Christmas planning in July 2010 Christmas planning in July 2011 Christmas planning in July 2012 Christmas … [Read more...]

Managing technology with teenagers

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This post is really looking at how we manage technology with our 15 year old. I have learnt that managing technology with teenagers is so much harder than younger kids for two key reasons: Our teenagers have an iPad for school and need the iPad and other technology for their homework Social … [Read more...]