It’s hard to be a parent to one child, but imagine being the parent of five! Kirsty Blinston is the proud mother of five children under the age of ten (yes, five), and this is one of the many reasons why she’s listed as one of Australia’s up and coming parenting influencers for 2016.
Being the mother of five is certainly keeping Kirsty busy, but it won’t stop her from sharing some of her best kept secrets and awesome party advice!
If you’re stuck for ideas when it comes to feeding your little ones their veggies or you’re in need in finding that perfect cake for a birthday party, head to Kirsty, she’ll know what to do!
What is your name?
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a home based business owner with 5 school aged children ranging in ages from 6-10.
What is the name of your blog?
How did you get into blogging and what inspired you to start up Mummy to Five?
I started my first blog 10 years ago when my husband’s work in the fire service meant that we needed to move from Queensland to Victoria. Being a brand new Mum for the first time, I wanted someone where that I could share my day to day life with my family back home, as it grew and our family grew, I moved over to my own domain and mummytofive was born.
Tell us a bit more about what your social media/ blogs include…
My blog and social media has also centred around our family and our day to day lives, I have always been a “sharer” sharing things that have helped our family over the years to also different things that I helped us along the way. Being a creative person, I also shared my party planning ideas, as with 5 children their ideas for parties were certainly fun and outrageous! The party part of my blog is still one of the most viewed parts!
Do you have any future plans for your blog for the next few years?
I’ve started my own home based business which has grown quickly, and with my children all at school now, I have more plans to evolve my blog to align more with our family, our busy schedules, our focus on health and wellness . With school aged children, we are a lot busier with after school activities, so I’m looking at adding more things to help big busy families and also with a focus on health and wellness.
What is your favourite quick dinner recipe that our parents at home can make for their kids?
My kids favourite is Spaghetti Bolognese, it only takes about half hour.
– 1 kg mince
– 1 onion
– 2 tbs minced garlic
– 2 tbs dry italian herbs
– 1 tbs butter
– grated carrots and zucchini
– 2 cups peas and corn
– 1 jar bolognese sauce
– 3 cups pasta
1. Fry off garlic and onion in 1 tbs of butter on medium heat
2. Add mince and fry off with garlic and onion until cooked
3. Add grated carrots, zucchini and peas and corn
4. Add bolognese sauce and simmer while you cook the pasta
5. Serve and add cheese on top!
What is an easy, affordable and fun activity the whole family can do at home?
We have a whole range of board games which we all love to play on rainy days or when we have technology free days. Some of our favourites are Skylanders Monopoly or 5 Second Rule!
You’re a talented party planner – what are your first 3 go to elements to include in kids birthday parties for guaranteed fun?
– Age appropriate party games – we have done slip and slide (summer babes) laser tag for our eldest boy and we have done nail painting for our daughters
– I always design an invitation based on the theme of the kids party which creates excitement for people invited.
– Cool party food, we do rainbow fruit skewers, birthday cakes and cupcakes! I don’t normally do lolly bags instead do gifts instead like for our Dr Seuss party, we did mini Dr Seuss books!
Editors Note **
To apply Kirsty’s tips on holding amazing parties, make sure you have the fun outdoor essentials such as outdoor slides from our range!