Saturday, 18 February 2017

Our Unschooled Week #3

Goodness, the week goes so fast!  Our major achievement of the week was finally sorting out the art/craft/home ed shelves, making sure everything was accessible to the girls and clearing out all the weird and wonderful bits and bobs that had been accumulated there.  The process started on Sunday, and didn't end till late Friday when we finally dealt with the various odds and sods boxes and finally found everything a home.

Review: Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Newborn Doll

When Sophia was due, the girls' Auntie Kim kindly gave Lara a newborn doll of her own to play with and practice on.  Lara adores her dolly, named Teddy, and Sophia has long been jealous of her having a lifelike baby doll.  So when the adorable Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Newborn Doll with Pink Outfit arrived, Sophia was delighted.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Top 5 Holiday Parks in Germany

Germany has a lot on offer besides Berlin, Oktoberfest and perfectly seasoned schnitzel. In fact, Germany boasts some of the best family holiday options in Europe, including the wondrous Black Forest, excellent theme parks and countryside that inspired the famed fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Here are our top 5 holiday parks in Germany, all of which are perfect for family getaways this summer.

Lindner Ferienpark

Unschooling and How & Why We Home Educate

So good to hear how much readers are enjoying our weekly unschooling posts about what we've been up to, especially with the recent tabloid furore about the methodology.  Whilst we do limit screens (Lara's condition is badly affected by strobing and flickering screens), we do generally follow an unschooling approach to home education (homeschooling in USA and Australia, not here).  So what does that mean?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

How to Blog More Productively

With children, partners, parents, friends, home, and even a job to squeeze in to the day, finding time to blog can be tough.  If you want to be more productive, whether that means committing to one blog post a week or ten, here's our nine step guide to streamlining your blogging life and time.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Making a Home Fit for Children

From a baby’s first kicks inside mummy’s tummy, you begin to develop a deep bond with your child. As your love for your little one increases, so does your worry about anything that may go wrong during their childhood. You want to watch your children grow up in a safe and fun home, so follow these tips to keep accidents to a minimum.

Recipe: Vegetable Enchiladas #vegetarian

Not believing a word of the 'children can't eat spicy food' idea (what do Asian or Central American kids eat, after all), ours have been raised on chilli, curry and TexMex since they began eating solids.  We have some form of Mexican food most weeks, and this enchilada recipe is one of our favourites.  Dependent on how hungry you are, this recipe makes plenty for 2 adults and 3 children, plus leftovers for lunch the next day, when you get extra crispy bits on the sides - yum!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

12 Money Saving Travel Tips

Travel broadens the mind, strengthens the soul, expands the palate and, alas, often empties the wallet!  But, whether you are a backpacker or a family holiday maker, there are ways to get all the best bits from your travel adventures, without upsetting your bank account.  From how to get cheap flights to eating at great restaurants, we have all the money-saving travel tips for you.  Here's how...

Happy Valentine's Day!



Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides, you have to make a decision.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Your Valentine's Day Film Choice: The Romcom is Dead, Long Live the Thriller!

Not so long ago, the British romcom was a guaranteed hit, here and overseas.  Audiences couldn't get enough of them, with Hugh Grant convincing Americans that foppish, adorable dandy was the typical British bloke.  The inevitable disappointment when reality bit, even for anyone who did bag the actual Hugh Grant, must have been immense.  But in all those Working Title/Richard Curtis collaborations, from Four Weddings and Bridget Jones to the apogee of Love Actually, the tills sang and the public grinned and/or swooned.  But, the classics notwithstanding, we have finally turned our backs on romance, it seems.

Charade, 1963

Weekly Meal Plan #3

Welcome to week three of our new eating plans!  This week we're upping the quinoa and avocado for all that great protein and healthy oils.  Although, having said that, I've been taking Evening Primrose Oil for a couple of weeks and it has made me feel SO tired.  I couldn't figure out what was going on, but then a couple of health sites I looked at said tiredness might be a side effect of EPO, so I stopped taking it and, lo and behold, energy restored.  Phew!

Here's what we're eating this week...

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