Top Ten Xmas Movies For Kids

A Happy Christmas Infant Flowers Victorian Xmas Card

Xmas is a time for family, yes, but when you add children to the mix, it becomes extra special. Nothing can build holiday excitement faster than seeing the wonder on small faces as they watch the Xmas lights or visit Santa at the store.

One way to build your children’s anticipation is to sit down with them and drink a delicious hot chocolate while watching a much-loved holiday movie. Continue reading


Coconut Ice

‘Tis the season to indulge, and what better way to do so than with a classic Xmas treat, Coconut Ice. Pleasing to the eye, and containing enough sugar to satisfy even the sweetest tooth, this is a holiday snack your kids will love to make. I haven’t made my first batch of the season yet, so I don’t have a picture to share, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it here. Makes approximately 18 squares.

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Top Ten Horrible Histories Songs

Horrible Histories is a popular British television series based on the best-selling book series by Terry Dreary. The show was produced for CBBC by Lion Television with Citrus Television and ran from 2009 to 2013 with an additional ‘reincarnation’ in 2015. Here in Australia, reruns are constantly being shown and the show is very popular in my home (and not just with the kids!).

The show is ‘hosted’ by a black rat puppet by the name of Rattus Rattus and stars  Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, alongside a large supporting cast headed by Sarah Hadland, Lawry Lewin and Dominique Moore.

Each episode lasts for half an hour and covers different time periods with interesting titles such as ‘Gorgeous Georgians’ or ‘Vile Victorians’. The show consists of  Live-action sketches—which often parody other UK media or celebrities—and music videos, intercut with animations and quizzes, with Rattus Rattus explaining the facts behind each segment.

Horrible Histories was a critical and ratings success, winning numerous domestic and international awards (including being the first children’s show to win best sketch at the Comedy Awards) and has been named among the greatest British children’s television series of all time — with good reason, in my opinion. The show is entertaining for all ages, including adults, with the added benefit of being educational. Some of the most popular sketches and songs from the show have attracted more than half a million hits each on YouTube.

Frankly, I have learned more from this show than I ever did in History class. Continue reading


Sit down

Mealtime is when the youngsters continue eating but sit down.

— Herbert V Prochnow & Herbert V Prochnow Jr. in Jokes, Quotes & One Liners Volume 2

Kathy Lette in ‘How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints)’

“Ironic how you can’t get kids out of their beds in the morning but you can’t get them into their beds at night.”

~Kathy Lette in ‘How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints)’

Paul Lonergan in ‘The Little Book of Thrift’

“Kids. We love them, but wow do they cost a fortune.”

~ Paul Lonergan in ‘The Little Book of Thrift’


Oliver Herford illustrated the fairy godmother...

Oliver Herford illustrated the fairy godmother inspired from the Perrault version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ha, ha, ha! Annie has a friend over this weekend for her birthday. They were dressing up in each others clothes when they spontaneously decided to put on a play for us. They dressed up Yasmine and Storm and proceeded to perform Cinderella. The play was so spontaneous, in fact, that they didn’t even practice. They just figured it out as they went. They all performed very well. It was hilarious! Earth recorded it on the computer. We will send a copy to V’s parents. I will also be seeking permission to share it on my blog. I understand if they don’t want to, of course, but I hope they say yes. It’s just too good not to share!

Mae, kindergarten teacher quoted in ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls?’ by Maggie Hamilton

“There is an emotional abuse of kids. Instead of input they buy them something.”

Baroness Susan Greenfield quoted in ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls?’ by Maggie Hamilton

“A sort of sedentary screen-based existence has crept up on children. They used to be free-range and now they’re practically battery children, living indoors, experiencing through the medium of a screen.”

—Baroness Susan Greenfield quoted in ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls?’ by Maggie Hamilton

Bob Becker, quoted in ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls’ by Maggie Hamilton

“Kids are so used to having all these whizz-bang toys, they have forgotten how to entertain themselves.”

—Bob Becker, quoted in ‘What’s Happening to Our Girls’ by Maggie Hamilton

Mum’s Visit

The long-awaited visit by my Mum finally arrived! We all looked forward to it for quite some time. It had been years since I saw Mum. Annie was a baby, Butterfly a tot and Yasmine & Storm weren’t even born.

Earth picked Mum up on Sunday 08 November. This was a pleasant surprise for her, as she expected to be catching a cab. When she arrived at the house, I held back knowing she would be swamped by kids. I finally got a chance to hug her though!

Sunday was all about relaxing and chatting and catching up.

Monday, while the kids were at school, Earth, Mum and I went for a nice drive out to Emu Park, then Mum and I had lunch at Nandos and had a browse through the Shopping Fair.

Tuesday night, Mum baby-sat while Earth and I went to toastmasters.

Wednesday, Mum window-shopped while Earth and I attended an appointment.

Thursday, Butterfly stayed home from school and she, Mum and I saw 2012, before lunching at Hungry Jacks and grocery shopping.

Friday, we all went for drive up Mt Archer and out to Marmor. Good fun!

Saturday was my favourite though, because Mum and I got some serious fun time away from the kids. In the morning, I showed Mum how to bake bread, then we high-tailed it down to the pub and got ourselves tipsy while blowing cash on the pokies. It was nice to let my hair down for a change!

Sunday, was another relaxing day. We started the day with brekky at Sizzler, before Annie entertained us all with a recital, and the kids enjoyed their final day with Grandma.

Eventually, all good things must come to an end, even Mum’s visit. On Monday 16 November she left us 😦 It was a pupil free day at school, so the children were all able to see Grandma off at the airport. Earth drove me and Mum first, and came back for the children. This allowed us to have a last few minutes alone together.

When the others arrived, we all shared a final drink of chocolate milk before Mum had to go through security. Of course, we waited round so the kids could watch the plane take off.

We were all very sad to see her go, and we miss her immensely!

Grim Crims & Convicts: 1788 – 1820 (Fair Dinkum Histories) by Jackie French

Grim Crims and Convicts

Opening Sentence:It was an incredible idea – to found a colony of convicts eight months’ sail away from Great Britain. Synopsis:Telling it like it really was – true-blue Aussie history! It was the craziest, wildest and most daring expedition the … Continue reading

Horrible, Horrible Day

upset kid at the airport

upset kid at the airport (Photo credit: Zervas)

*UPDATE: I have decided that I feel ready to open this post to the general public. Please understand that this is a sensitive topic and refrain from trolling.*

Only a few people are being allowed to see this post. I have my reasons for this and I ask that you respect that and don’t pass it on to, or discuss it with, anyone else.

Yesterday afternoon the police & child safety turned up on the doorstep. They had received a complaint regarding Yasmine. They are saying that Earth lost it and assaulted her. I did not witness any of the alleged events, but they are very serious. He doesn’t remember a thing. The kids and I had to spend the night at a hotel. I had no choice. If I didn’t go, they’d have taken my kids. They were going to send us to a women’s shelter today, but I was so distressed being in an unfamiliar place (remember that a couple of years ago I couldn’t even leave the house) that Earth found someplace else to stay so we could come home.

We are all very upset. Earth is upset because he’s terrified he did what they are saying and he no longer trusts himself around the children. The kids are upset because they want their dad, but he isn’t allowed to see them or speak to them on the phone. He isn’t allowed to even pass them a message through me. The kids are also afraid that he might have to go to gaol. Of course I’m upset because I want to keep my children safe, but I miss my husband, and I know that if he did this it was his illness, not him.He is really a gentle giant. He has never laid a hand on me or (apart from the occasional smack) the kids before this.

We have tried and tried to get help for his illness, but no one will help. Hell, it’s so bad that he hasn’t even been officially diagnosed yet, let alone received any treatment. Doctors treat him as though he wants to have MS, like he’s some kind of hypochondriac or something. His GP has been really great, but he can’t get anyone else to co-operate. I’m holding it together now I’m home, but only just. I’m on a knife’s edge at the moment. The tears are just waiting to flow, and the tiniest thing sets me off.

I don’t know where to go from here.

Mummies: Unwrapping the Past by Rosalie David

Unwrapping the Past

Opening Sentence:The word ‘mummy’ was originally used to describe the preserved bodies of ancient Egyptians. Synopsis:Death was simply the passage into the country of the Gods for the ancient Egyptians. To reach the afterlife, the body had to survive for … Continue reading

Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner

Seven Little Australians

Opening Sentence:Before you fairly start this story I should like to give you just a word of warning. Synopsis:’Without doubt Judy was the worst of the seven, probably because she was the cleverest.’ Her father, Captain Woolcot, found his vivacious, … Continue reading

Treat for the Kids

Peanut butter is a semi-solid and can therefor...

Peanut butter is a semi-solid and can therefore hold peaks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, we were very short on money, and we had a grand total of $AU50 for groceries. Needless to say, there were no luxuries! In fact, the kids put up with a watery Corned Silverside & Vegetable Soup most of the week. Nutritious, but not very tasty!

They also made do with powdered milk (ugh!) on their brekky and mighty-might (a cheap version of vegemite) on their lunch.

Anyway, since I did not hear a single word of complaint about it, I decided to give them a special treat this week. So, tomorrow night we are cooking Burgers and Fries, to be followed by Jelly, Banana & Triple Chock ice-cream. They have real milk for their cereal and peanut butter and jam for sandwiches.

I even manages to stretch for some doughnuts and home-brand Tiny Teddies!

And this week’s menu doesn’t include a single soup meal…lol.

February Dragon by Colin Thiele

Book Cover for February Dragon by Colin Thiele

Synopsis: The three Pine Kids truly belong in the bushland. And they have nicknames to match – Resin, Turps and Colombine. They like fishing for Yabbies, taming unusual pets, riding in the local show, and astonishing their teachers. But their … Continue reading

Fight, fight, fight

I have just about had it with my kids today! All they’ve done all day is fight and argue and argue and fight. They are driving me insane!


Butterfly (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

(Except Butterfly – she’s being uncommonly good. I wonder if she wants something???)

Just needed to vent.

Think I’ll go play with silky for a while.