Monday, 17 November 2014

Kindness jars

This week our family has been talking about kindness. 

Kind words.

Kind hearts.

And kind actions.

Today after talking about kindness, the girls helped me buy, fill and sort out 'Energy in a jar' gifts. During this time we discussed why we give and how we don't expect anything in return. We also talked about how we feel when we recieve something and how it feels to be kind to other people.

I love using jars for gifts. I find them from cheap shops or Woolies for $2 and often stock up when they are on special.

I found some gorgeous jar labels here. I bought a selection of mini chocolates, lollipops, mentos, hot chocolate sachets, sesame seed biscuits, coffee bags, tea bags and a wagon wheel biscuit (yum!).  Most things I bought were on special.

I added a little name tag label on top and some simple ribbon around the top of each jar. Buying bulk (I made 9 jars) it worked out to be roughly $6 per jar... which isn't a lot to show people that they are loved and appreciated.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Patty Case Tree Ornaments

November has brought on the start of all things Christmas in my house (to the delight of my children and the horror of my Husband!). 

Today we have made some cute tree ornaments using simple materials that most households would have in their cupboards.

What you need:
Paddle-pop stick (with string/twine hot-glued onto the end to form a loop)
Craft glue
3x patty cases
1x gold star 

Step 1: Fold each patty case in half. 

Step 2: Add a little bit of glue to each patty case and fold again.

Step 3: Put glue on paddle-pop stick and stick on each patty case (starting from the bottom).

Step 4: Add star and leave to dry!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Mumma Cakes- complete DIY cake kits

I have recently discovered Mumma Cakes and as a time poor Mum of four, I am glad that I have! 

Mumma Cakes offer an extensive range of DIY cake kits which include everything from ingredients, icing, disposable cake and cupcake tins (I think this may be my favourite part!) and of course easy to read instructions.

Yesterday hubby and I made our Miss 4 (almost Miss 5!) the Isla's Ice Castle for her Frozen party. Hubby and I both believe that the cake makes the party and we both felt that this cake definitely made the party a smash. 
What we loved about using a Mumma Cakes kit:
1. All kits include cake mix and ready-made icings (just add fresh eggs/water), a spatula, disposable Cake/Cupcake Pans, cake board, gel food colourings, coloured fondants, decorations, confectionery, colour step-by-step instructions. 

No forgetting ingredients and having to load the kids in the car to pop to the grocery store because Mumma's Cakes has done all the shopping for you!

2. Turns a tired (4 kids under 5, need I say more?!) and uninspired Mummy into a Masterchef... our cake looked amazing!

3. The disposable cake tins. I mean, how fantastic is that? The cake cooked beautifully and each cake/cupcake came out of the tin with NO FUSS and I chucked the pans straight into the bin. No scrubbing sticky burnt pans- I swear this alone saved me a good 20mins!
4. Hubby appreciated the easy step by step instructions (colour photos included!) with special tips. He appreciated being able to follow a steps of decorating WITHOUT having to ask me 1001 questions.

Head to Mumma's Cakes website  to find out more information or visit their FB site.


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