Saturday, 29 December 2012

Drawing and Painting Activities Online for Kids

With four computer savvy kidlets around, I have to make sure that the sites they are visiting, with my supervision and help of course, are age appropriate, wholesome and entertaining. Also as an added bonus maybe they can learn something new or use their creative talents in a productive way.


I do have a bit of trouble with Master 4 wanting to play what the older ones are playing. This always ends up with tears, he gets upset and annoyed because he doesn’t understand or can’t work it out.

So I thought I would search out a few different websites that are good for the younger ones as well as the older kids in the house.


I would love to share the websites that I have come across in my searches. These pages have some great drawing and painting activities.

  • ABC for Kids has a few good pages for the younger ones.  Master 4 loves the Chuggington Colour in pages at It is very easy to use and those with very early mouse skills can learn it quite quickly.
  • Playschool has a good one too. It is just a bit harder and ok if they just want to have a bit of a play around and a bit of fun. It is hard to stay in the lines with this one. It does have things like buttons and stamps that you can stick on your picture.

I definitely recommend the kids BBC page, CBeebies. If they don't know about it, they are in for a real treat.  Lots of things here for them to do.

  • The Colour Factory is very, very cool. You get to mix your colours first, and then you can paint your picture. You can use a blank sheet of paper or one of their templates.  This is lots of fun and very user friendly. It teaches you things about colours and mixing. I like this one a lot.
  • Springwatch and Colour is very cute.  First you choose an animal to colour, then you colour it in. When you are finished you get to watch your animal come to life in the picture.

Nic Jnr has some excellent web pages for kids who love to colour.

  • Lots of things to colour and you can choose your favourite show and characters. Children can have lots of colouring in fun here, even if, like us, you aren’t a pay tv subscriber. This website has about every colouring page you could think of. Something for everyone.


I hope you find some sites here that you and your children like. My kids can certainly give them the tick of approval! 

All the gorgeous artwork displayed in this post, is courtesy of and belongs to my daughter Bethany.


Friday, 21 December 2012

Budding Artists and a Cartridges Direct Discount

I love it when my kids get all creative. They sometimes spend a few hours using different art programs on the computer. They can create a beautiful masterpiece, that looks so colourful and clever. They have a bit of fun and it really looks great. It gets their creative juices flowing and I love it when they feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when they finish.

My kids love using the basic Windows Paint program. This is just a standard, simple little art program, that comes with Windows. My two girls are quite good at it. Bethany has been using it since she was about 2 so she is an 'expert’ at it now.

Bethany - Happy Kitty Dreaming of Fish

Hannah - I'm On Top of the World

Angus - Dreaming of Fish

Of course when they are finished colouring, my kids want to print their creations out. There have been those times when my children spend ages making their pictures look so beautiful and then they ask me “Can I print it out now Mum?” Then I realise that the colour toner in the printer is running out and I don’t have a spare. Don’t you hate that feeling. You need to print something and you can’t because you don’t have any ink left.

Buying toner and ink can be a bit confusing at times. It is hard to know which one to buy when you are out. They can be expensive so you want to get it right.

Buying online can take a lot of the stress out of buying toner and ink cartridges.

Cartridges Direct can make it a lot easier for you. Have you ever looked at their website when you need to buy some more ink or toner? They really do make it quite easy.

Cartridges Direct are generously offering my readers a 5% discount on their online orders.

When you have added an item to your shopping basket, there is a little box above your item labelled 'Coupon'. Here you just need to type in the code X567XC1 and click the box which says 'Apply Coupon' and your discount will be applied to your order.

Something that I need to remember is that it is always good to have a spare toner in the drawer, especially when you have kids around.

Enjoy your holidays! Have fun and please take care.


Friday, 14 December 2012

Fancy a Smooze?

Smooze is a 100% natural fruit ice that you simply freeze, cut, squeeze and slurp, or you can use it as a time-saving all natural base for some wonderfully healthy smoothies or should that be Smoozies?

Smooze Fruit Ice is available in four flavours.

Pineapple + Coconut
Pink Guava + Coconut
Mango + Coconut
and Simply Coconut

Some very delicious and healthy Smoothie recipes to try out are.

Smooze Breakfast Buzz Smoothie (Serves 1)

1 frozen Smooze Fruit Ice of your choice
1 cup of either banana, peaches, berries or mango
¾ cup of milk of your choice (dairy or other)
1 egg (optional see below)
1 tspn LSA
1 tspn honey

If you were wanting to get an instant boost and an energy hit first thing in the morning you could include 1 Tablespoon of a protein powder in place of the egg.

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until nice and smooth.

Yum! This is seriously delicious and you have the added benefit of knowing that it is a healthy choice for breakie that will give you loads of energy. It will kickstart your morning and you can enjoy it when you or the kids don’t feel like eating a big breakfast.

Smooze Health Kick Smoothie (Serves 1)

1 frozen Smooze Fruit Ice of your choice
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup fresh mango flesh (can used tinned peaches)
¼ avocado
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp LSA
¾ cup filtered water (if you would like a thicker, richer smoothie you can substitute rice/soy milk)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth.

This smoothie is allergen friendly, refreshingly healthy and very easy to whip up quickly.

Smooze Green Machine Smoothie (Serves 1)

1 frozen Pineapple and Coconut Smooze Fruit Ice
1 orange – roughly chopped up with seeds removed
1 cup baby spinach leaves
2 sprigs of mint – leaves only
¾ cup filtered water

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

This healthy smoothie was designed by Sydney nutritionist Flora Lee. It uses Smooze Fruit Ice as a quick and easy but 100% natural base.  As you can imagine it helps with detox support. If you are into healthy living then this is the delicious smoothie that you can enjoy.

Smooze Fruit Ice is available in the dessert aisle of supermarkets and independent grocers. For a box of 10 the recommended retail price is $6.49.

It is made by Health Attack. This is a family company, created by naturopaths and parents Hugh Cowan and Petula Martin. They source snack foods that have been prepared in an honest and genuine way and are healthy, delicious and affordable. They make sure their products look good, taste great and are genuinely healthy.

Please read the Smooze story here.  Find out some facts about Smooze and School canteens and how you can get it stocked into the canteen at your kid’s school.  It is a wonderful product and my kids and I just love it.


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show is Coming to Town!

The wonderful thing about tiggers.
Is tiggers are wonderful things.
Their tops are made out of rubber.
Their bottoms are made out of springs.
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I'm the only one!

One of my favourite characters in the 100 acre wood is Tigger. He is bouncy, positive and fun. Nothing gets him down. He is one cool, stripy cat.

My family had the chance to meet him a few days ago. I have to say he is incredibly soft and incredibly cuddly. My kids loved him. I can highly recommend a Tigger cuddle, if you get the chance.

There is a real treat in store for our little ones and those who are still young at heart these summer holidays. The all singing, all dancing real live fun of Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show is coming to Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Tasmania.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are here as well as lots of your favourite characters like Tigger, Cinderella, Donald and Goofy.

These lovable characters are on a road trip talent search adventure, filled with twists and turns and plenty of exciting encounters along the way. Ticket holders will experience a high energy, giggle making adventure, jam packed with music, eye catching choreography and one of a kind scenery.

There may even be a special appearance for the first time in Disney Live! history, by Buzz Lightyear, and Woody and Jessie from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story as well as a few other surprises.

Tickets are on sale NOW!!   At

The ticket prices are:

A Reserve: $37.50 (Family ticket $140)
B Reserve: $29.50 (Family ticket $110)

Family tickets are any configuration of four people. Children under 12 months are free on the knee!


As the story unfolds you will be singing, dancing and laughing along. It will have you on the edge of your seat and ready to embark on your own road trip adventure.

The kids will move, groove, sing, laugh, clap, tap, dance, prance, and learn that real live fun is always better than a smart-screen! This is the ultimate present and a not to be missed magical experience.


Sunday, 2 December 2012

My Week According to Instagram

1. My first Bloggers' Brunch. Very exciting!
2. Chewy caramel popcorn (Thank you Tina!).
3. My very happy tomato plant.
4. Bethany's photo of Snuggles.
5. Lion Balloon animal.
6. My little court jester.
7. Let's do the Moshi Dance? ... Hmmm maybe not. I believe this is Katsuma.
8. I received this in the mail, from someone that I have never even met or spoken to and it made my day.
9. I am not saying that my black and white cat Jamaica, is heavy or anything - but this is what she left on my leg after standing on me for a while.

Please come over and see my photos on Instagram or follow me on Instagram at awelcominghearth.

I hope you are having a great weekend.


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