Talk it up Tuesday

If you are in the Ashburton region … you are going to want to check this out!


What helped your decision to go into a business?

Having hosted several kiddies birthday parties myself, I know how important it is to keep the wee ones entertained (and their sticky little fingers outside, away from the white walls and expensive furniture)…always trying to dream up new ideas. It was whilst sitting on the couch one Sunday evening planning my daughter’s 4th birthday party when I had a brainwave…why not hire a bouncy castle!? Kids love playing, running and bouncing, and they certainly have the energy for a lot of it! No one locally hired them out so I looked further afield, but because we live rurally travel costs would be considerably higher. I decided it would be better to buy one which I could use whenever I wanted, and by hiring it out I’d soon get my money back. Ashburton’s population is growing rapidly and I saw this as a great opportunity to start a small business, and at the same time assist fellow parents/caregivers by keeping the little ones on their toes (as much as they do us!). It was then that ABC Bounce was ‘born’!


What is the main focus of your business?

Living rurally has many advantages, but also the disadvantage of ‘too far out of town’ for hosting parties at the park, fast food parties where there is a play land for the kids…now the fun comes to you no matter where you live! It takes the pressure off the hosts and gives them one less thing to worry about. What do you enjoy most about your business? I am a Mum of two beautiful girls. Seeing them smile, laugh and enjoy themselves at birthday parties or any other special occasion is priceless! I work part time and believe spending time with your children is paramount. It also creates precious memories for them and everyone around them.


How do you overcome struggles within your business?

I didn’t factor in the other expenses – logo design, business cards, 0800 number, website, limited liability insurance, car magnets for advertising and a footpath sign to display rules. I have to work on getting more bookings to help pay for these costs. I underestimated the amount of time it would take to set up and pack up, also the weight and awkward shape of the bouncy castle makes it difficult to handle on my own. Luckily my husband has been around most of the time and will assist with setting up and packing up. There has been the odd occasion where he has been away so I have to ask someone to assist me.


If you could give advice to a fellow Farming mum in New Zealand (who wants to start up something herself) what would it be?

…. Do your research. Believe in yourself or no one else will. Go for it – if you don’t try it you’ll never know!

Check out ABC Bounce here on FBImage

Thanks for sharing with us! 


Last day!

ImageLast day of the school holidays for some of us … if you are really short of inspiration – or not tucked up duck shooting somewhere … here are a few ideas.

At Home Fun

  • Rent an animal movie. Babe, Chicken Little and Barnyard are a few that spring to mind, or have a look at your video store for old classics like Lassie and Black Beauty.
  • Make an animal poster for your child’s room. Buy a large piece of poster card, and make a great animal mural by cutting out animal pictures from magazines and pasting them on. Your child could also add their own special touches with paints and crayons.
  • Create a giant farmyard in your lounge. Paint up old cereal boxes to make farm buildings like hay barns and milking sheds, and create fences by tying string between chair legs and coffee tables. Buy a bag of plastic animals from an emporium type store, and let the farm fun begin.
  • Do some animal arts and crafts. You could make animal cards, soft toys, and puppets, or make a great animal mobile. Simply glue some animals onto some heavy card, decorate them up, and then hang each animal shape from a coat hanger using a piece of string.
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OR you could be like us today, and be autumn cleaning/sorting and finding the school bags and book bags and that library book that you wrote a note for last term.

Have an amazing day everyone …


Congratulations to AMY MCDONALD … you are the winner of our Mother’s day gift basket! Amy was randomly drawn from a generator (have screen shot on the ipad – so will figure out how to add that later if anyone is worried 🙂 ) and has won the gift basket she will share with Suzanne (mentioned below)

Her entry:

19. Amy McDonald says:
April 22, 2014 at 8:43 am
I would share with a lady I have just meet about 4 weeks ago who is having a really hard time with her 2nd baby. Lack of sleep, lip tie, not latching you name it. I would love to give her something for herself. She really deserves a lovely treat.

Thanks to the 28 ladies who entered … Amy if you can PM me via the facebook page with your delivery details … we will do the best we can to get it to you in time for mother’s day.


To enter the mother’s day give-away.  To enter you must be a member of the FMNZ facebook page and be willing to email/PM a photo of you with the prize for us to share 🙂  Enter on the Mother’s Day Giveaway post … just comment below it about who you’d share the prize pack with …

Thanks to another doner for the giftpack … we now have a custom Farming Mums NZ keychain added!! 


Welcome Home

After a post yesterday that resonated with may off us – I thought I would share it a bit wider than just our Facebook community.  Many thanks to the Dairy Womens NetWork NZ for the idea.

With Gypsy day fast coming up … here is an idea to help your new workers/neighbours/employers feel at home, loved and appreciated.

The idea is giving them some sort of gift basket … ideas of things to put in it:

  • map of area
  • map of farm
  • list of local numbers (doctors office, dentist, school, playgroup, rugby club)
  • Milk/coffee/milo/tea/sugar/bikkie packet + mugs
  • Quickest route to town map
  • Baking
  • Dinner pack for first night (reheatable somehow)
  • Council rubbish bags
  • Smoke alarms + batteries
  • Beanies/sunhats
  • Loo paper (roll or two)
  • Small toy for kids (matchbox car/tractor)
  • Cleaning products


Enjoy … hope this helps some!!



School Holidays – Week One

While the sun is shining mine are busy creating mud slides and fish ponds (well, mud ponds) with the leftovers of the big wet and rain.  Here’s both fingers crossed that we have amazing weather like today for the next two weeks – but I will put up some links for ideas to do with the kiddies for when you can’t get on farm or into town.

Here is a Pinterest page … love the milk bottle igloo idea, and given that I haven’t done my recycling for a month – this might be doable for us.  Smelly – but doable.

Another Pinterest page of crafts

Baking – to fill the tins from a great NZ cook Jo Seagar


Remember our Mother’s day giveaway … you need to enter on the previous blog post!