Friday, April 18, 2014

{craft} easy clay bunnies

Here is a super fun and easy Easter craft to do this extra long weekend with the kids!!

The other day Chloe said to me she wished and wished with all her might that she would find a little bunny pet in the back yard for us to love and take care of. 

I said to her that that was a lovely wish, but that it was one that probably couldn't come true right now as we aren't ready for a pet! I encouraged her to play with her hundreds of soft toy bunnies {my kids honestly have a 'thing' for bunnies! we have so so many!} but then I thought we should make one that could be a 'pet' {pet rock style!}

All you need is some air dry clay {you can make some yourself or you can use store bought {which is what we did}
Some white felt for bunny ears
Googly eyes
and something for the nose - we happened to have these little heart shaped beads which did the trick nicely! But a little pom pom or a bit of felt would work well too!

I gave the kids a ball of clay so they could each make their own and asked them to shape their little bunnies themselves.

We just pushed the felt ears into the tops of them.

I couldn't resist adding a little bunny tail to the one I made for Owen.

They just take a few days to dry hard and they trust me when I say they make very good 'pets' and are so super easy to care for! They don't need to be cleaned up after and they don't chew your stuff! :o}

They are so also cute as little decorations around the house. I really love when I look around and see so many things that we have made together!

For some more easy Easter crafts and activities to do this weekend, take a look through the links below :o}

Maybe even try some carrot shaped meringues?!

I hope you and your family have the most wonderful, safe and happy Easter.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Awesome school holiday fun with AMF Bowling

This post is brought to you by AMF Bowling

School holidays are here again and we are all very very ready for some down time and a break from the twice daily school run! 
Every school holidays we fill out a school holiday planner where we sit down and write out what activities we'd like to do in our time off. 

These school holidays our list consists of 
-going on a ferry
-ride a tram
-feeding birds
-watch a movie in the tent
-teddy bear picnic
-pottery painting

AMF Bowling have an awesome School Holiday special where you bowl all day {before 5pm} for $16.90 which is an awesome saving so off to bowling we went and we had a BLAST. 
Once upon a time I used to be a pretty good bowler. It was one of our favourite things to do as a group of friends as we got to hang out while doing something fun. But I haven't been bowling ever with my husband or children so this was our first family bowling expedition and we had an absolute ball! {hehe}

Our kids had never been bowling before so we explained how to play while we popped our hire shoes on and picked out some bowling balls that were appropriate weights for them and us. 

We arrived before the crowds and the kids were in awe of the bowling alley. It's big and bright and they were so excited to get started! As more and more people arrived to have some fun the atmosphere became even more exciting, with lots of music and heaps of cheers, claps and the sound of high fives and people having a great time! It's so fun how enjoyable bowling is for young and old!!

The lovely people at AMF programmed that the bumpers would pop up when ever it was either Noah or Chloe's turn to bowl. Which was awesome for them. Not so much for me, as I  think I kind of needed them … apparently I am not a great bowler 10+ years later … 
Please do not pay attention to my score. It is not the lowest out of us four. My nearly 4 year old is not beating me. It's early on in the game yet!!

We tried out this ramp thing which the kids thought was awesome! Since Chloe is still pretty little at nearly 4 she started out with this but soon wanted to play like the rest of us. Luckily AMF cater so well for kids and the bowling ball was light enough for her to carry and roll down the lane herself!

It was awesome to watch them get into the game. It's really easy for kids to understand the concept and they each developed their own tactics to kock all those pins down! Noah almost burst he was so excited {he has been asking to try out bowling for a while now!} and he definitely wants to go back. He is 7 and there was a group of young kids having the best time while we were there so we will definitely need to come back with a group of his friends for a really fun day out!

Chloe's tactic {which by the way landed her SECOND PLACE out of the four of us at the end of our games!} was to roll her ball down the lane very.very. slowly. She would just stand there with her hands behind her back ever so patiently watching her ball roll away! Haha, yep, slow and steady wins the race!

We stayed for a few hours and enjoyed some snacks and had so much fun and only left because we were exhausted!! We all cheered each other on and lots of high fives were given out! It really was such a great time we will certainly be back!

Oh - you're wondering how I scored now aren't you!? Umm well put it this way…{ahem - last place}. I have a sore elbow ... that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Check out AMF Bowling for the school holiday unlimited bowling special in more detail. You can also book online!

The fabulous people at AMF Bowling Centres want to give one of you a $50 voucher for some of your own family bowling fun!! 

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our easter bunny baskets

Good morning and happy Thursday!

It's been a little quiet from me as we have been busy with school holiday fun - we really needed the down time and break from the school routine and we are loving it! 
We're also getting ready to go on holiday for Easter this year to visit family! Hooray!!!

I woke up to about 9 messages and 3 emails asking for some ideas for Easter baskets, so I thought I'd share a photo of our Easter baskets for this year as well link you to a couple from years gone by.

Traditionally our kids get a book each and a new pair of winter pj's. 
This years picks are from Target {Owen's little blue bunny ones} and Cotton On Kids {Noah and Chloe's super hero ones}

This is the first year Noah is getting a non Easter or rabbit themed book. As he so enjoys reading now we thought the EB could bring him a book he can enjoy on our holiday.

The playdough eggs were a cool find this year at woolies. Also perfect for traveling as the kids love playdough. The yellow fairies egg and red robots egg were also found at woolies {though in the toy section} - I have no idea what's in them really and if they're any good but thought I'd add them to this years baskets.

I found the egg shaped rockets at a $2 shop - nice and easy and fun to play with outside on Easter Sunday. And usually my kids would get a nice big bunny each in their baskets but as we're away from home I thought a little one would do this year. They are from Bed bath n table {50% off} and usually have pretty little dresses on them, I just took them off and will leave them at home for playing with later.

We keep the chocolate pretty light {and none for Owen} so a couple of kinder bunnies do the trick. 
I also pop some of the teeny little eggs into those plastic refillable eggs for their Easter egg hunt.

So there's our baskets this year! Just keeping it very simple as I've got to pack it all in our suitcase.
Click here to see another post I did up on Easter gifts :o}

What is a tradition in your family when it comes to Easter baskets?



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

{printable} Easter Bookmarks

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing some printable Easter bookmarks :o}

Decorated with very cute kid drawings or super adorable fingerprint art they make a lovely little gift for friends, family or teachers this Easter! :o} 

You know I'm a big fan of my kids fingerprints so we went with that this year!
Cute little bunny and chicken!

We will laminate them so they last longer, too :o} and make lots more of course so there's a spare or two that I get to keep!

They print 4 to an A4 page and are best printed onto thick white cardstock.

Download yours here and have fun! 



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