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No room for a garden?

April 6, 2009 Filed under Gardening in small spaces

Growing up in a house on a ¼ acre section with lots of room to play is a fast fading memory for many young New Zealanders.

And what of the days of eating sweet juicy tomatoes, fresh peas in the pod, crunching on freshly picked lettuces or raiding the strawberry plants for those luscious sweet red strawberries.

How we treasure those memories and wish we could recreate them on the balconies of our apartments or the patios of our townhouses.

You can grow your own lettuces, tomatoes, strawberries and other edibles on balconies or patios.  They will then be very handy to the kitchen when they are ready for you to pick and eat.

Askmumnow has lots of  hints and tips  to help you with your own small garden.

Finger painting

April 3, 2009 Filed under Inexpensive play

Your child can help make this finger paint as well as being able to enjoy creating great art works with it later.


2 cups white flour
2 cups cold water
blue, red and green
food colouring


1  Put water into a large bowl
2  Add the flour half a cup at a time
3  When all the flour has been added, divide the mixture into three smaller bowls
4  Add different coloured food colouring to each bowl
5  Mix well

You also need:

  • Sheets of paper – recycled computer paper, clean newsprint or brown paper are ideal.  Even old newspapers can become unrecognisable when ‘fingerpainted’
  • An old adult shirt to cover each child

It is best to have this activity in the kitchen, outside or somewhere with no carpet underfoot.

If you must let your child loose with  finger paint in a carpeted room, do put down a large sheet of heavy plastic or several old sheets or heaps of newspaper to cover every possible place the finger paint can be dropped or flicked!

Preparation for messy play like this saves a lot of stress and tension so everyone can enjoy this time.

It is a good habit to encourage your child to help clean up after finger painting, or any activity really.

Roast dinner

April 1, 2009 Filed under How to...

The Sunday Roast served with lashings of crispy roast potatoes kumara, pumpkin and parsnip is a long standing New Zealand tradition. And do make pan gravy from the drippings in the roasting pan.

Lamb, beef, chicken or pork are Read more


March 12, 2009 Filed under Money Matters

A budget is a great way of  helping you to keep track of the money you earn and spend.

Soon we will have a worksheet for you to use to create a budget that will work for you.

So you have some real data to put into your budget worksheet, keep a note of your spending for at least two weeks.  Then you can use this information to create your budget.

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