How Nannup Music Festival Motivates Kids to Learn an Instrument
On the long weekend, my family and I had an AMAZING time at Nannup music festival– I’m still buzzing with excitement! On our way home we bought a cello off Gumtree, for my son Kale, who couldn’t wait to start practicing! Now Kale is our genius kid who has perfect pitch. When you play a particular note on an instrument, he can tell you exactly what note you’re playing, just from the sound of it!
How the $20K Child Rescue Money was Spent in Cambodia
I have been fundraising for a World Vision Child Rescue centre in Cambodia. Around $20,000 was raised through my CDs, and generous businesses- you can read more HERE. Anyway, this World Vision Overseas Experience opportunity came up where I would be able to see where the money went and last month I visited Cambodia! I wondered what Child Rescue would look like? When I arrived in Cambodia, surprisingly there was no Child Rescue centre! I felt a bit worried about where the money went! […]
Beauty From Ash’s on 96FM Perth
People have been asking me about how I got my daughter Ashleya to be the featured guest on 96FM Perth for a whole week! Well, the truth is, it wasn’t anything to do with me! So the Beauty From Ash’s story starts about a year ago when Ash (10) won $1000 for waving a Weet Bix sign at the cricket and decided to start a natural lip balm business with the prize money, donating $2 from each pot sold to […]
How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids
It’s a bit of an exciting time for my entrepreneurial 10 year old daughter Ashleya. She won $1000 at the cricket for waving a Weet Bix sign and wanted to donate it all to my fundraising, as I was in the process of raising $20K for a World Vision Child Rescue Centre in Cambodia through my music. It was a sweet and generous offer, but I suggested to Ashleya that she give to a cause she was really passionate about.
Teach Kids to Cook: 10 Things a 10 Year Old Can Cook
My daughter Ashleya is 10 and can now cook dinner for the whole family. As a toddler she ‘helped’ me, by putting vegies in to a pot, even though it made things take longer and was a hindrance, BUT I persisted because I had a vision of my child knowing how to cook by the age of 10. She is now a confident cook and will probably over take my cooking ability at this rate! Bring it on 🙂 So be patient, and […]
House Rules with Drugs, Alcohol & Sex
How do you set house rules regarding things like drugs, alcohol and sex? Through open communication! I asked my kids aged 10, 8 and 6, ‘what do you think our family rules should be about drugs, alcohol and sex?’ I did not suggest, help or prompt them. They came up with the following three rules: No alcohol until you’re 18 No drugs unless prescribed by a doctor No sex until you’re married Here are some of my tips for how […]
How to Raise $20K for Charity
We have finally raised $20K for a World Vision Child Rescue Centre in Cambodia to save children from trafficking and slavery through my music! It feels AWESOME! But I I didn’t do it alone. I merely see myself as the coordinator and money collector! Firstly, I have a very supportive husband and wonderful kids! I’m so grateful to all the people who liked and shared my social media posts, who bought tickets to my performances, and bought my CDs. I couldn’t […]
Teach Kids How to Be Happy
We celebrated the New Year by performing at a NYE house concert hosted by my friend Gemma from Pearsall Podiatry. We raised $1000 for World Vision too! The kids helped by making raffle tickets, being bouncers at the door, and by singing to the crowd! I love that my kids have started off the new year helping others in need. It’s easy to take the good things in our lives for granted but when you help others less fortunate than […]
How to Make Compost using School Work
It’s the end of the school year! We’ve received lots of Christmas cards, heaps of school work and with four kids that equals a paper mountain! So this is the story of how I turn the paper mountain in to pumpkins, for free of course!
How to Help a Teen Overcome Bullying
Six months ago, I crossed paths with a girl who had been a victim of severe bullying at school. She was terrified to go back, so her supportive mum temporarily home schooled her. Her mum asked me to teach her daughter singing lessons. After hearing Madi sing, I was astounded. Madi could already sing better than most adults I know, at the age of 14! She didn’t need singing lessons, she needed opportunities to shine.