Secrets of Making Perfect Hot Cross Buns

We made our Hot Cross Buns this morning.  It’s part of our Easter tradition. And everyone loves them! I thought I would give you my own personal recipe and include all my secrets and tips.  If you follow these instructions you will be sure that your Hot Cross Buns are delicious, light and healthy.  The instructions are detailed, but making … Continue reading

Be In To Win!

For the next week everyone who joins the mailing list to receive Homeschool Family Life Updates will automatically go into the draw to win a free copy of Teresa Evans’ Easter Activities Collection. If you are already on the mailing list then you are already automatically in the draw.  The draw will take place at midday GMT (11 pm NZST) on … Continue reading

Look at my new store

You may have noticed that I have been quieter than usual at Homeschool Family Life.  This is because I have been beavering away at my new project for the past couple of months and now I can at last announce that I have opened an e-store on Homeschool Family Life website.  There is always a need for good quality curriculum which … Continue reading

Free Downloads of e-books

The Book Depository has just launched a new service of  free downloads of over 11,000 ebooks. The books are totally free to download and there is a wonderful choice  of books. Some titles that you might like to look at: What Katy Did A Child’s History of Spain The Adventure of Two Dutch Dolls and a ‘Golliwogg’ (Illustrated Edition) The Jungle Book by … Continue reading

Book Mark Design

Who can resist a talent competition? Especially something as fun as designing a book mark!  This is a world-wide competition,  and a no-age-restriction competition.  So if you live in Timbuktu or Timaru, if you are four years old, or one hundred and four years old, you are eligble to enter.  Up to one million book marks of the best ten designs will be printed.  … Continue reading

Fresh Ideas for Dealing with a Difficult Child

I am still fighting a battle against the snails and birds who are determined to eat all our strawberries! I have a strawberry bed and a strawberry pot; the snails are eating the strawberries in the bed and the birds are enjoying pecking through the netting around the pot to get their strawberry tea. This morning I found a snail … Continue reading

Special 10% discount off at The Book Depository and still free delivery!

The Book Depository has got a very special offer for Homeschool Family Life customers.  As well as fantastic prices and free delivery, you can now get a fabulous further 10% off all your orders from now until 11 December.  To get your special 10% discount you need to click on this link: You must come via the link each time you wish to use … Continue reading

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Dogger  by Shirley Hughes tells the story of a little boy called Dave who is the owner of  a toy dog called Dogger.  One day, Dogger goes missing, and even though everyone in the family helps to look for him, Dogger is nowhere to be found. There, then follows a little adventure where Dogger is found but Dave can’t get him back.   Everything does turn out well … Continue reading

It’s Easy to Eat Healthily, Even on Busy Days.

The weather in New Zealand at the beginning of this week gave us a big surprise.  Here we are in the middle of spring, and suddenly a wintry blast swept the country, dumping snow on both islands, stranding motorists, dismaying farmers and sending us all scurrying for the winter woollies and heaters. On Monday evening I made some pumpkin soup for … Continue reading