Please read instructions before operating…

By Clea Sherman New babies do come with instruction manuals – but they are instructions for the parents – instructions that parents follow to the letter – but often these […]

A Christmas poem

A Politically Correct Christmas Poem Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck… How to live in a world that’s politically correct? His workers no longer would answer to […]

The Christmas break is here – but there is no end to the cooking….

You’ve spent the last 12 months ducking endlessly in and out of your pantry, the supermarket, and your cookbooks. You’ve opened the fridge more times than the Queen has opened […]

Stress free travel with a baby!

So many of us nowadays have family spread all over the country and all over the globe, meaning there’s a lot of ground to be covered in order for them […]

How to make juggling balls

Juggling is having a new moment in the sun – not least because of the very smart Todd Sampson and his Redesign My Brain series on the Australian ABC. It […]

Bon Bon!

No Christmas table is complete without the over-promise of  bon bon’s arranged artfully at every place setting. The festive  wrapping, the anticipation of the pre-meal ‘snap’ and the outpouring of […]

The handmade Christmas cheat-sheet

So you feel Christmas has become an over-commercialised grab-fest that creates unnecessary stress and expectation? You want to create a celebration that is more meaningful and creative but really,  you’re […]

The Family Beast’s Top 3: Ways to re-use your children’s paintings

Children who enjoy craft can be prolific. In fact, prolific is an inadequate adjective to describe to volume of paintings, collages, drawings, and colouring-ins that some children are capable of […]