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Herbed Quinoa Salad

Always a crowd-pleaser, this herbed quinoa salad is packed full of fresh flavours. We love eating it on its own for lunch or dinner, or as a side with grilled fish or meat (we reckon a side-serve of halloumi would also be amazing!).

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apple cinnamon pancakes

This is one of our fave pancake recipes ever. They're packed full of fibre and good stuff, but also taste amazing. Give them a whirl next time you're on weekend breakfast duty.

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Rainbow Bubble Bath

Make Your Own Rainbow Bath Bubbles

Combining sensory play with bathtime, our rainbow bath bubbles will have kids begging to get in the tub.  Use ready-made food colouring or make your own using foods like turmeric and beetroot, the experimentation is half the fun.

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Make your own damper

Make your own damper

Next time you're sitting around a campfire or even a backyard fire pit, give homemade damper a try. It's fun to make and practically full proof. Top with butter and golden syrup for even sweeter childhood memories.

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Homemade Soda Bread

This recipe is perfect for people who want to fill their homes with the smell of freshly baked bread but don't have the time or patience for sourdough.  Soda bread takes less than an hour to make, which we reckon is pretty great (and I bet our constantly hungry kiddos do too!)....

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Sugar-Free Tiny Teddies

Sugar-Free Tiny Teddies

All kids love tiny teddies, but our sugar-free version are even better than the supermarket kind, we reckon. Made without any refined sugar, they've also got a good whack more nutrition too. Enjoy!

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Baked Apple Chips

Crisp like potato chips but with the sweetness of fresh apples, these baked apple chips are absolutely delish. Made with only three ingredients and an oven, they're super simple too. Give them a whirl next time the kids say, "I'm hungry!"

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Mini chocolate beetroot cakes

Mini chocolate beetroot cakes

Whether you've got a glut of beetroot in the garden or you're just keen to get a few more veggies into the kids. These mini chocolate beetroot cakes are the answer. They're super moist and easy to make.

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Sushi is easy

Become a lunchbox legend with these simple sushi recipes for sushi balls, veggie sushi or quinoa and sweet potato sushi. They're a crowd pleaser for big and small people.

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Pressed flower biccies

Next time you need some morning tea inspo, try these pressed flower biccies. They're as pretty as they are tasty and best served with our garden tea (recipe for both here).

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Abel's Toys

Creative play: a life without toys

When Anna Kövecses moved onto a boat with her husband and three kids, they gave up most of their possessions. The change prompted a world of creative play and toy making.

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Saving the world from boredom: one bored kid at a time

Saving the world from boredom: one bored kid at a time

Boredom is all part of being a kid, and so important too! But if it's all just getting a little too much - this 'Bored' Games idea can be a lifesaver. Easy entertainment for the school holidays with the mission of saving one bored kid at a time. Make a...

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Life In My Shoes - Nina Tame

Parenting Around the World with Nina Tame

We chat with Nina Tame about tattoos, life, love, disability and motherhood in the UK. This interview is from a series of interviews with parents from all around the world. Enjoy!

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How does colour impact our kids?

Colour experts agree: colour can impact our emotions, mental health, sleep patterns and even our appetites. But what about our kids? How are they affected by colour and can we use colour to help them?

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rainbow foraging (and a history of rainbows)

rainbow foraging (and a history of rainbows)

Make a colour collecting box for rainbow foraging, and learn a little about the history and science of the awe-inspiring rainbow.

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cauliflower and fennel soup with rosemary oil in a large mug with a child's hands holding it

Cauliflower and Fennel Soup with Rosemary Oil

Looking for a quick and easy winter-warmer that the whole family will enjoy? Our cauliflower and fennel soup is super simple to make, but the addition of rosemary oil makes it just a little bit fancy.

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trick food: a plate of apple slices decorated to look like mini watermelon pieces

Trick food: Watermelon Apple Slices

Add a bit of razzle dazzle to your next snack plate with this culinary magic: turn apple slices into miniature watermelon pieces. It's practically guaranteed to excite kids (and adults too).

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DIY Pom pom flowers

DIY pom pom flowers

This is a cute craft activity to do with kids that is simple and calming. Bonus: the flowers look cute in a vase in your home, tucked into the ribbon on a wrapped pressie, or can be gifted as a sweet bouquet for friends and family.

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apple

Best Ever Apple Pie Recipe

Nothing's quite as comforting as a piece of homemade apple pie fresh from the oven. We reckon this one ticks all the boxes because it's quick and easy to make but just as tasty as the ones Nanna used to bake.

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sandwich ideas

sandwich recipes that aren't boring

There's nothing wrong with the simplicity of a Vegemite sanga, but sometimes we all need something that's got a little more life to it. Enter these three non-boring sandwich recipes that will be sure to delight both kids and adults.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT AN APPLE A DAY

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Or, are apples chemical-laden vessels that are bad for our health? Take a look into the history of growing, selling and eating apples to find out for yourself.

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Vegan Iced VoVo slice

Our raspberry + cashew cream iced vovo slice is a delicious and nutritious twist on the classic Aussie biscuit. While there's a few elements to this recipe, it's easier than you'd think.

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How to make your own kite

Make your own kite

Invented more than 2,500 years ago, kites have served as more than just toys throughout history. Take a deep-dive into the history of kites and then try making your own with our DIY.

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Passionfruit Jellies

Homemade Passionfruit Jelly

Jelly disguised as fresh fruit? We're into it. These passionfruit jellies are super simple to make and kids love them. Here's how to make them.

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