Gravestone Rubbing

Taking a gravestone rubbing is commonly used by family history researchers for preserving a tombstone inscription. I remember doing this as a child with my primary school class at a local cemetery in Connecticut. It’s quite easy and fun and makes for a unique activity to do with kids. I did a quick search online…

Photo Editing Fun!

My son had to reproduce a famous artwork and lay it out side by side for his art class. This was a fun project we worked on together. Originally we wanted to redo the famous dogs playing cards painting but decided it was too much of a challenge for us with our basic skills and…

Rogaining

I met a new friend through a local women’s outdoors group who invited me to be her teammate at a rogaining event. I had never heard of rogaining but knew it involved walking and/or running through the bush for the better part of the day – count me in! So what is rogaining? “The standard…

Creative Experience Gifts Are The Best!

My kids totally surprised me on my last birthday with a present I was so not expecting from them. They went to one of the shopping mall kiosks and had a funny photo of myself and Stephen made into a 4,000 piece Lego brick photo. They know I love puzzles and experiences and they managed…

Kayaking on the Yarra River

Since moving to Melbourne we’ve wanted to kayak the Yarra River. Our temporary housing was very near to Sea Kayak Australia’s headquarters and daily we would see people walking their hired kayaks down to the river to launch. We kept saying we must go and do that before we move neighbourhoods as it’s literally right…

Ofrenda for Dia de Muertos

An ofrenda is a home altar with a collection of objects (photos, belongings and gifts) during the annual and traditionally Mexican Día de Muertos celebration. An ofrenda, which may be quite large and elaborate, is usually created for an individual person who has died and is intended to welcome them to the altar setting. After watching The Book of Life,…

Spring Love

This afternoon, we had surprise visitors on our bike ride – A couple of amorous snakes who literally stopped all traffic from passing by. Welcome to Oz!

Sprout Farming

After listening to Doug Evans speak recently on the Rich Roll Podcast, I bought his new book: The Sprout Book. We are sprouting many things on our kitchen counter at one time. The kids equally love to watch them grow and harvest them. I absolutely adore watching everyone dive into the bowl of fresh sprouts…

Happiness is Contagious

Many years ago the kids and I watched a video of a man laughing at a tram stop. As a result of his joy, smiles beamed from all of the surrounding faces. When someone laughs, it’s contagious – it’s natural to want to laugh too! This made us think about flash mobs and how much…

Cycling and New Friends

I set out this afternoon on a solo bike ride to explore a new cycling trail I’d hope to take the kids on safely in the future. I knew the path was there but wasn’t sure about all the connections and how to make it an easy loop. After studying Google Maps I felt confident…