Why hobbies are important

'I was at a friend's place for supper and I realised I didn't have anything to talk about except the children, schools and the price of property."

What's the best workout for you?

Group fitness or extreme solo workouts? Cardio or strength training? Here are some rules on choosing the right exercise for you.

Twins' elaborate hairstyles

One mum is going above and beyond with her twins' hair by creating elaborate hairstyles.

Funniest Pinterest fails

Ever attempted to make something you've seen on Pinterest? Not every thing is as easy as it looks.

Great cake expectations

There are two types of people when it comes to cakes, the cake "makers" and the cake "eaters". Which one are you?


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Handy herbs to plant now

They'll save you money, make your house look good and you don't even need a garden. Win, win.


Why blog?

Mummy bloggers aren't just bored housewives with nothing better to do than document their child's every bowel movement.

Cake fail

Great cake fails

I own up to my cake fails. I'm a self-confessed baking loser. Thankfully, my kids have been conditioned to expect the worst.


Growing herbs

Whether you like to line them up in pots on the kitchen windowsill or hang them up in pockets on the wall, fresh herbs can look amazing.


When trolls attack

An American mum started a blog to share recipes, photos and crafts, but her family's life has become a living hell after trolls rounded on her.


Fun among the flowers

Kitsch or kind of cool? Gnomes are marching towards respectability in high places.

Chelsea Flower Show

Hot garden trends

Just like fashion, gardening trends come and go, here's what's 'in' right now.


Brighten up with bulbs

Winter is here and flowers are harder to find in the garden.


Handmade fashion tips

Recycle (or upcycle) your clothes, or take up knitting as a past-time: it's budget-friendly, satisfying and fun.

Kindle Worlds

Amazon's fan-fiction service

Kindle Worlds offers aspiring writers an opportunity to pen their own takes on franchises in popular culture.

family photos

How to take better photos

Family snaps where everyone is perfectly arranged and saying cheese can end up looking awkward or boring.


Turning hobbies into work

Technology appears to be making timeless crafts more popular, as people making handmade goods find a market online.

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Change your life in 30 days

Condensing a challenge into a bite-size time-frame can be liberating. Here's how to become a new you.


Craftwork is cool again

No longer the land of lace doilies and macrame plant-holders, craftwork is cool again.

Warrior Dash

Down and dirty for dash

A Wellington mother is getting dirty for the sake of fitness, as she trains for the upcoming Warrior Dash in Wellington.

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