Childrens’ Birthday Parties

It is that time of year again, in our family. Our precious little lady turns 7 on Sunday. I love organising and having themed parties. Personally I am not the most creative person when it comes to having my own ideas so it takes me a little more time. I still love it though. I made a decision at the start of the year to alternate party time between our 2 kidlets. However, when it came to the crunch, I felt bad not letting them have a party. I think I have come up with the best of both worlds. Our son had his party earlier in the year. It was the full deal. Food games and cake. Our daughter understands that she is not having a big party. We decided on inviting a couple of the girls at school to go to the movies. A small celebration? It has not stayed that way. I can’t seem to help myself. We have ended up inviting all the girls from her Year level at school to our house. There are only 12 of them all up and some will be away for the school holidays.

We are having a pizza, movie and fondue night. The girls are wearing their Pjs and bringing a pillow and a blanket. Below is the invite I made up. There will be no games. I will make the pizza bases and the girls will put their own topping on. The plan is to then settle in for a movie and once this is complete we will celebrate with a chocolate fondue. This is going to be the cake.


Meal Planning (Free printable)


fortnightly meal plan


Time to get organised and back into it. I have been a little off track lately. Things have run very smoothly this week due to planning our meals.

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Below is our Meal Plan for this fortnight.


BAKING – Banana bread


Chicken and Rice Stroganoff (quick cheats version – ready in 15 minutes or less – recipe to follow)


Oven fish, roast pumpkin, peas and garlic bread

Mummy and Daddy are having salad instead of vegetables

Cook bolognaise for tomorrow (Thermomix)


Pasta Bolognaise

Dessert – ice cream, mini sponges and pretzels


Vegetarian chinese style fried rice with a fried egg on top


Freezer Finger Food for the Kids – Party pies and chips

Mummy and Daddy – Whatever we feel like on the night


Chicken Paella with Quinoa (Experiment as I have never used quinoa before)

Dessert Night – Chocolate Fondant Puddings with vanilla ice cream


Fish and calamari – take away


BAKING – Zucchini and cheese muffins (freeze)

Snickerdoodle biscuits (Thermomix recipe)


Veal and vegetables (Thermomix style)


Lemon Tuna Pasta Pie


Carrot, zucchini and bacon slice with baked potato


Chiken and Cashew with rice noodles (Thermomix recipe)


Freezer Finger Food for the Kids – mini pizzas

Mummy and Daddy – Whatever we feel like on the night


Meatball subs

Dessert – To be chosen by the kidlets


Baked Fish Pie

ANZAC Day – 25th April


Next Thursday 25th April we celebrate ANZAC day.

According to the Australian War Memorial, “ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.”

If you would like to read more information about this special day head to

The kidlets always do activities at school (past teacher experience) to learn about this and we have a national holiday on that day. A tradition we started in our family is to make ANZAC biscuits on ANZAC day. I am going to make it as a slice this year.

I have also been looking for some other resources online to have some fun with the kidlets. Check out my pinterest board for some ideas I have found so far. Click on the picture below to take you there.

Gabbylocks has said that she wants to march this year so I will be taking her to the March on Thursday morning.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who grieve and remember lost ones on this remembrance day.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
 Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
 At the going down of the sun and in the morning
 We will remember them.

Birthday Presents Poll

It is inevitable. Every year the kidlets turn another year older and that means presents. Most of the time I know what to buy but there have been times when I have racked my brains and still have no idea. This got me to thinking that a poll could be interesting. I would love it if you could take part in the poll below.

The Tooth Fairy Visits (Family Fun)

Finally the tooth is out.Gabbylocks has had a very loose tooth for a couple of weeks now but not quite loose enough to pull out. The tooth decided to finally fall out at 5.45am in the morning. Why am I not surprised. Secretly though, I think I was more excited about the tooth than Gabbylocks was. I love organising parties and events and this was going to be an event to remember.

Last night we got set up for the Tooth Fairy's visit. This was a good excuse for me to get Gabby to clean her bedside table. We got out the trinket box she received for her Baptism from her Aunty and Uncle. A soft tissue was laid inside. Then we carefully placed the tooth and a flower bead as a gift for the Tooth Fairy. We hoped she liked pink. Finally we closed the lid. I told Gabby I needed some sleeping shots that the Tooth Fairy wanted. I had to email them through when she was asleep. Technology is great these days. Lights out and an exhausted, yet excited Gabby fell asleep.



Let the sneaking begin. I had come across a website that had a letter from the Tooth Fairy that was easily downloaded for free. If you wanted to add a peronal name there was a small charge but  I was happy with the freebie. The link is .


The best treat was going to come with the photos I had taken. A fantastic website, allows you to upload your photos and, for a small fee, add images of the Tooth Fairy to them. I took three photos and completed this very exciting task. I paid for an annual subscription as it includes opportunities for Christmas and Easter photos.



They were ready immediately, to download and print out. I have included them for you to look at.


I think it is so cool. Our Tooth Fairy left the letter, 3 photos and some purple Fairy Dust, along with some coinage. We decided to be tame and put in $1 with a couple of 5c pieces. I think the experience of the visit is more exciting than the money.



    Gabbylocks was so excited this morning and wanted to show us everything. A memory we will not have for years to come.





I love traditions and events. I hope this will give you some inspiration.


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Cooking With Kids (Free printable)


While making grilled cheese and ham toasties for Gabbylocks today, she began asking me heaps of questions about why I was doing what I was doing? Even though she does help out from time to time, she was very intrigued by the grill and how it was melting the cheese. Gabbylocks has also suddenly become very interested in Masterchef and asks so many questions while we watch catch up on the weekends. I thought that I would put all this interest to work and reall start making cooking together, a regular occasion. Sunday mornings has become a regular pancake morning and Gabbylocks always rolls up her sleeves, until her share is cooked then I am left standing there to finish off. Rogay Bear tried to help the other week but flipped the pancake onto his arm. Not a good start for him. Not matter what happens, cooking with your kids is an exciting and special time.

All this leads to a new section in my blog: Cooking with Kids


I thought I would begin by giving you our favourite base recipe for pancakes.



1 cup of self raising flour (I use wholemeal)

1 cup of milk

1 egg

Briefly whisk all these together and cook. I have begun to throw in some cinnamon sugar and sliced banana.

Lemon juice and cinnamon sugar are our favourite toppings.




While searching for some ideas and words of wisdom I came across this gorgeous little poem from which I am going to print out and laminate for the kidlets. Feel free to download and save it for your little cherubs.


The Cooking Poem

The Cooking Poem

I am very excited about this new addition to Mum on the Run.

Happy Cooking

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Morning Routines for Kids (Free Printable)


Getting ready for school and work can become a stressful time, especially when everyone has to be out the house by a certain time. I have yet to make that time. While my husband was away this week I made a very simple chart up for the kidlets to follow. It worked like a treat. Our not quite 3 year old was telling me where he was up to and our little prepie was helping him along. I have attached this below. Feel free to save and use it if it works for you.