Popping Popcorn (lunchbox snacks)

Microwave popcorn bags are lined with chemicals! I tried to pop the popcorn in a brown paper bag, and it worked, but it was quite easy to burn. I have found that going to the stove is not only quick and easy, its trouble-free!

Simply heat a little oil in a small saucepan on high heat. Make sure the oil coats the bottom of the pan (I use rice bran as it has a high smoke point).

Sprinkle over popcorn so there is one single layer on the pan. Put on the lid.

Shake the pot every 20-30 seconds so that the popcorn will not burn. It will slowly build up and then pop furiously for a few minutes – as soon as it begins to slow, turn of the heat! It is easy to burn if you leave it too long!

Pour over melted butter or sprinkle salt or icing sugar, try shaking over a little paprika or cinnamon, or leave it plain (which is what I do!).

It stores well in a sealed plastic container, so make it up to last the week of lunchboxes!


Lunchboxes are pretty full-on! I think I had in my head that i wouldnt need to make them until the kids went to school, but of course thats not the case!
Preschool, kindy, playcentre, play dates – even just a day out – you have to get good at this task because you do it so often!

Much like dinner, it is very frustrating when lunchboxes come back uneaten! Keep your lunchbox appetizing by changing things around – marmite sandwiches will only serve you for so long!


A good lunchbox should contain some protein to keep the kids full all day, some carbs for energy, and lots of fruit.

*Hard boiled eggs,
*Cheese cubes
*leftovers, such as macaroni and cheese, mini meatballs or mini meatloaves, ham quiche, homemade pizza
*Cheese and crackers
*A cake or muffin, filled with fruit/vege
*Biscuit, slice or other sweet treat
*Tinned tuna with crackers
*Pikelets, scones, sandwiches, wraps, pita’s etc
*lots of fruit – mandarins, apples, banana’s, kiwifruit, tinned fruit, pears, oranges – whatever is in easy – add lots of colour and variety!

Pop an ice block into the lunchbox or freeze the water. Remember to be food-safe with meats and dairy!

Need recipes to jazz up your lunchboxes?

Quesadilla’s chocolate chip cookies, sausage rolls, apricot weetbix slice, mini-pizza’s, pikelets, cheese muffins, jelly cups and pear cake are all fabulous recipes in the new Mammazine: call me mum! book from The Motherhood Project! You can buy it from felt – http://felt.co.nz/shop/motherhood


What’s In Mammazine: call me mum! ????????

What is tucked between the pages of our new book?

Mammazine: call me mum! is a collection of articles, poems, and stories…. all designed to challenge your thoughts and help you be the best mum you can be!!!

Mammazine Issue 1

The contents include:

Tips for taking family photos

Easing the symptoms of winter colds and flus in young babes naturally

Organising tips

Motherhood and child quotes

how to take photos of baby bumps

word finds and crosswords


behavior strategies for under 5’s

sticker chart template

How to write your birth story

Placenta encapsulation

What I wish I knew About having a Baby

baby tips including car seats, baby sleeping, and starting solids/baby led weaning

Great ideas for entertaining toddlers

Tips for peaceful mealtimes

A love feature on autism/ASD

Planning a Baby Shower

A thought-invoking article on Parenting Styles

Meal Planning – winter

More than a dozen recipes!

A profile on a mumpreneur

Step parenting

artwork and stories by youngsters

Milk sharing/milk donor relationships

Top 10 indoor activities for kids (for rainy days!)

The basics of elimination communication

Part 1 of a fiction romance story

How to create a capsule wardrobe

An article on immunisation

Prem Babies

Way to snatch 5 minutes of ME time into your day!

Top Lunchbox Recipes




It’s over 120 pages of stories, articles and poems…. all written BY mothers, FOR mothers, ABOUT mothers!

If you’re expecting or you need a gift for a mum with a new baby, Mammazine: call me mum!  will be a lifesaver!

If you have toddlers or preschoolers, and like most other parents, you’re battling issues with behaviour, toileting, and getting kids to eat healthy, all while keeping sane, cooking meals and hanging out washing, you will love Mammazine: call me mum!

Not to mention that we’re donating proceeds to our Child Cancer Foundation appeal!!!!!!!!!

So what are you waiting for?!?!? Head to http://felt.co.nz/shop/motherhood and order it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Introducing ‘Mammazine: call me mum!’

Mammazine Issue 1

If you liked Motherhood: In My Kitchen, you’re going to love this! And if you’re new to The Motherhood Project’s books, then I hope you will take a leap and try this one!!

Mammazine: call me mum! – is just what you need this winter! Chuck it beside the bed on on the coffee table – read snippets, grab a pen and add to it, and read some food for thought!

Meet some prem babies, and learn more about milk sharing. Plan your winter meals and make some fabulous hearty breakfasts for your family! Learn about what the world of autism means for mothers, and find some old-fashioned tips for battling colds. There are also articles on parenting styles, placenta’s, baby showers, peaceful mealtimes and behaviour in young kids, plus poems, recipes, birth stories, puzzles and more!

There is a focus on gentle attachment parenting – meeting your needs and those of your children to create happy families! The theme of the book is becoming a mother – capturing that amazing transition!!!!

Preorders are now open – secure your copy at http://felt.co.nz/shop/motherhood !

The book looks gorgeous – it is filled with lovely photos donated by the photographers who participated in National Family Photo Day. There will be a limited number of copies printed, so dont delay – grab your copy!

PLUS you’ll be contributing towards our Child Cancer Foundation fundraiser – $5 from the sale of every book is donated!!!!

Yay!!!!!!! Its been awhile coming but its worth it!!!!!
(it was late getting to the printers because I kept adding to it!!! Estimated dispatch date is 15 June)