kids stuff

cardboard recycling – our box maze

Our box maze at A Day On The Fairfield Green was ace again this year.  Around 60 fridge and washing machine boxes were collected and joined together with cable ties, Stanley knives and a touch of packing tape to create a fabulous recycled cardboard creation … with an ‘under the sea’ theme.

I roped in the professionals for the finessing.  Lee and Paula kicked butt with the yellow submarine entrance and shark mouth exit!  Don’t you agree?  

The kids loved it!

who knew?

So for Christmas we ventured into the gaming world.   But we’re not the ‘serious gamers’.  

We’re the ‘Just Dance gamers’, looking for a device with a Kinect.

And so I discovered my new favourite second hand store, EB Games.  Who knew that a second hand shop had so successfully infiltrated mainstream shopping centres (well clearly I didn’t and obviously I now realise lots of you  did.  Still, belatedly, how ace!)

Anyway, what I liked BEST was that despite all the pricey new tech, the guy in the store listened to me* say ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Kinect’ 20+ times in our two minute conversation and  then pointed me in the direction of the cheapest device in the shop … a second hand Xbox 360 with a Kinect.  And then pointed out lots of second hand games to make the most of this ‘new to us but old’ technology.

And I can tell you now that despite the reviews saying that the Kinect is ‘unresponsive’ and ‘clunky’, it is perfectly adequate for judging dancing competitions in our lounge room.  

We ❤ love love it.

*on behalf of 🎅🏼.  S/he was very busy 2 days before Christmas and asked me to do the initial investigating … 

Don’t believe?  Don’t receive!  

dino toothbrushing

I have been feeling very uncreative and quite uninspired about Christmas this year.  

My house is SO MESSY and SO FULL that the prospect of receiving more stuff in the form of Christmas presents has been depressing me (bah humbug, that’s been me for sure).  

And I just couldn’t think of things that other people needed either.

Well, until yesterday.  Because yesterday I was struck by inspiration and instead of cooking dinner for my 3 hungry children I turned some plastic dinosaurs into toothbrush holders for the younger members of my extended family.  How fun!  And of course something everyone needs – right?!

And so it is that with a brief squirt of spray paint and some quick cutting of plastic with a blade, all of a sudden I am feeling generally better about the world and looking forward to Christmas.  Ha ha.  It’s a fickle thing life, hey?

No doubt about it, a homemade Christmas is my favourite!

And then I also made some into pot plant holders …