Children's author Julie Hedlund challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year.
She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity — what DIDN'T get done or achieved in the previous year.
Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one.
I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution, so here is my list for 2017.
I’m super proud of this list. I really put myself out there in 2017, and I honestly cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. Read More
I recently won a writing competition: the Magic, Mystery or Skateboards competition at Creative Kids Tales.
The prize? An amazing, wonderful, inspiring Faber Writing Academy course at Allen and Unwin. I attended Getting Published as a Writer for Children in Sydney on October 14, and it was one of the best writing courses I have ever attended... Read More
My favourite author of all time is Isobelle Carmody. If you know me, you've probably heard me mention her once or twice.
Recently I had the absolute delight of attending a full-day course presented by Isobelle. It was fabulous. So fabulous, in fact, that I completely forgot to take any photos, which often happens when I go into fan mode... Read More
I am about to set off on a teach-my-four-year-old-the-alphabet journey. We are all over numbers, but the alphabet thing just hasn't clicked for Little Miss Four.
Now, I'm definitely not one of those mums who wants their kids to be reading novels by the time they start preschool, but I am one of those mums who likes to spend some of the day playing games with the kids. So why not make some of those games about learning as well as fun?
Well, that's what I think anyway!
So... Read More
CYA 2017 was a whirlwind of excitement, learning and nervous anticipation. The CYA team delivered a marvellous conference with over 200 delegates (their biggest yet). We learnt, we mingled, we met up with old friends and we made brand new friends. It was a wonderful, inspiring day.
But how did all that conference prep turn out? And was it worth it? Read More
Here's a fun game for the kids to help them get familiar with letters... Read More
What's not to love about play dough? The kids try to eat it, it ends up all over the floor and it gets stuck in your carpet. No, but seriously, play dough it awesome. And it ticks so many boxes: sensory play, imaginative play, cooking practice and... Read More
So, the word 'maze' is a little bit misleading here, but for lack of a better term, I am going with it. And no matter what this thing technically is, I promise your kids are going to love it. Read More