Cubby House Hack

For Layla’s birthday I really wanted to get her a cubby house. I had all these dreams of her having a big cubby house with a porch, swinging chair at the front, gable light and even a little bed inside. However the reality was, in order to make that happen I would have had to spend way too much money! So I decided to do the good old Kmart cubby hack and add on a little porch.

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The Kmart cubby was on sale for $149 and including all the extras, it cost me $284 to make. We did however have some of the wood used to make the porch at home, so that saved me some money.

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The door handle, bell and number were purchased from Bunnings and the gorgeous wooden baking set was purchased from Target.

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It has become the perfect little addition to our house for such a bargain price!

I hope you have been inspired.

Big love x

At Home Activities

At Home Activities

With a quarantine in the foreseeable future I thought it might be handy to write a little schedule and come up with a few activities I can do at home with the kids. As every parent will know being at home at long lengths with kids can make you go a little stir crazy! So below are a list of beautiful small businesses that offer amazing packs that will keep your kids occupied during this crazy time. I am going to grab a couple and put them on the dining table at the same time each day for an hour or two to keep the kids amused. If you don’t mind social outings then you could also purchase a Spotlight or Kmart craft kit for $15. However, during this unknown time, I am trying to support small business wherever I can.

SCHOOL KITS 

Get Ready For School Australia have personalised packs designed for children 3+. It includes activities on numbers, colours, name etc and everything comes in a handy carry case. Use code MFB to get 20% off.

School Readiness Starter Kit - Get Ready For School Australia

Prep Steady School Ready have a range of packs starting from $4 for digital files. Aimed at children from 3 years and up there are all sorts of things to keep your children amused like play dough mats, pre writing cards and tracing cards. Free shipping on all packs and enter code OMS to get 10% off your order.

CRAFT KITS 

Very Busy Bag is a bag full of goodies for you little. From stickers, to games they have everything covered. They even have an Easter inspired bag. Spend $50 and get free shipping!

3-6 Year Old Limited Edition Easter Very Busy Bag

Box For Monkeys have a range of different activity packs that include painting, drawing. craft activities, books, games etc. They offer free metro shipping.

Matilda's Activity Box For Monkeys

My Creative Box have boxes for kids from 2-12 years of age. The boxes include a great variety of kids craft activities that would definitely last two weeks, if not more. The variety in activities are sure to keep your little ones engaged.

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Castle and Kite have numerous craft boxes that are full of stimulating activities for your little ones. From fine motor to creative thinking they have your little ones curiosity sorted. Buy the spot and dot markers and you will receive the shapes printable free. Just make sure you add all three to your cart and enter code ONEMUM

Peekyme offers a range of educational and craft boxes for your littles. With a variety of boxes to choose from your bound to find something for your little love. Use code ONEMUMS10 to get 10% off your order.

 

FREE WEBSITES 

Story Line Online is a free website where your child can listen to story books. They are all interactive and with over 100 titles your bound to find a book your little will love.

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Vooks is another kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks. You can join free for a month and download the app on your phone or iPad.

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Go Noodle is available for free and has hundreds of videos that will engage kids from movement to mindfulness.

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Brain Pop has engaging learning games, animated movies and activities for all learners. They are offering free access to parents. This site is great for all ages, however especially upper primary.

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Reading Eggs is one of my favourite apps for sounds and sight words. This app and Go Noodle are both Parker’s favourite. Reading eggs is an online reading program targeting students from 2-13 years of age. There are hundred of books, phonics games and reading lessons. Sign up for a free 30 day trial.

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Kitchen Hack

Kitchen Hack

Just before Christmas I spotted the Adairs kids kitchen and fell in love. It was almost perfect. So I decided to do a little hack on it.

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I used cork sheets from Kmart and put them on top of the stove plates to complement the timber finishes on the kitchen.

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I bought utensils from Kmart and popped them in a Target mug. The pots came with the kitchen.

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I spray painted all the panels matte white to fit in with the theme of Layla’s room and our house.

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Finally the finished product! The accessories, paint and cork cost $40 bringing the total cost of the kitchen and hack to only $140.

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Any questions please leave them below!

 

Big love x

Flour Fun

This week we decided to have a little fun with flour. I did this once with my Prep students and they loved it, so I thought why not try it out on my own kids for a little afternoon fun (anything to get through witching hour right)

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My advice, do it outside! It’s messy but a whole lot of fun.

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We used one bag of flour, a sifter and a few bowls. Once the kids had, had enough I gave them two cups of water and then added a few drops of food colouring. They had a ball. I loved watching Layla pour the flour from one bowl to another and then mix it with her hands. Oh and of course when she tried to eat it!

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I also put some yummy treats on the table incase the bakers got hungry!

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Layla played with the flour in this bowl forever! Who thought flour could be so fun.

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Parker worked out that if he clapped his hands it made dust. Safe to say after that we ended up with flour e v e r y w h e r e. But the look on his face was well and truly worth it!

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If you decide to try this activity I would love to see it. Feel free to send me a DM on the gram or tag me in your story.

Big love

xx

Weekly Menu Planner

Something that I have found that helps keep me organised during the week is planning out my meals. If my meals are all planned for the week it generally means I only need to do one big shopping trip and then I only need to head to the corner store for milk and bread. Less grocery shopping trips, especially with the kids is always a win!

Planning my meals also means we are less likely to have take away during the week, I feel more organised and I know we are eating healthy balanced meals.

So, I thought I would create a simple weekly meal planner template for you to use. Simply just click the link below, print it out weekly or laminate it and reuse it week after week.

If you decide to use this I would love to see it in action or for you to let me know over on my Instagram page @onemums_style

Big love x

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Weekly Menu Planner @onemums_style

Layla’s First Birthday Party

Styling kids birthday parties is one of my favourite things to do! I love it. When coming up with the theme for Layla’s I wanted it to be elegant, dreamy and floral. White and blush being the main tones with a splash of black, for something different.

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This gorgeous cart from Enchanted Party Hire was definitely the main attraction. Perfect place for the cake to sit as well as all the yummy goodies. For 20% off at Enchanted Party Hire just enter – ONEMUMSSTYLE20 at the checkout.

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I loved this little space that I created especially for the birthday girl. A special seat just for her!  I bought the cake topper and name script from Shartruese simply elegant and the balloon from The Pop Up Party Co  which just made this space pop.

 

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I wanted the kids to have a little space where they could sit and enjoy their cake, as well as feel important and special with their own little personalised bag from Cotton Gift Co as well as mask, lollies and play dough.

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Mirror swan cake topper from TLeaf Collections 10% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE

Chocolates, drink stickers and straw flags from Print and Party 20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE20

Cake stands from Enchanted Party Hire 20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE2

Cart from Enchanted Party Hire 20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE20

Swan Soriee art work from Pink Pom Pom Kids 

Balloon Garland from Oh My Party  25% off all DIY balloon garlands using code HBDLAYLA

Swan biscuits from Little Bisckut 

Layla is one mirror plaque from TLeaf Collections 10% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE

Cotton Gift Bags from Cotton Gift Co 

Foil number one balloon from The Pop Up Party Co   20% off all balloon orders using code LAYLAISONE

Laylas Top Knot from Mae and Rae    20% off using code ONEMUMSSTYLE20

Laylas romper from Tea Princess Aust

Wooden Cake topper and script name from Shartuese  20% off using code

Floral placemats from Kmart 

Lolly jar from Kmart

Glass milk bottles from Kmart

Glass flower jars from Target

Green vine used on balloon from Kmart

Roses from Aldi

Cakes created by me. If your making cakes yourself, pre made icing is your best friend!

Swan masks created by me. I used glitter paper from Spotlight and white paper straw. I found a template for a swan on Google.

Palettes found on a building site and painted but you can get them for free from Bunnings

Wooden highchair found on GumTree and painted white