Hello Friend,

I am writing this post from Macau, China – we are spending a few days here and I am appreciating the easy access to the internet – something that has been difficult to achieve since our move to China almost two weeks ago!  I can’t believe in just a few days time it will be August!!  I know I say that every month, but really… isn’t 2013 just flying by!?!

The girls and I are settling into our temporary home in China – perhaps the girls are even doing a better job at adjusting than I am – I am so amazingly proud of the way they have taken this epic adventure in their stride – and I adore seeing this trip through their eyes.

I will be sure to upload some photos of the first few weeks of our trip over the next few days.  Until then, I bring you the August Magical Days Calendar, which you can download by clicking on this link: August 2013 Magical Days Calendar

Wishing you a very happy August!

Love always, Hana xo


Birthday Interview 20 Questions | A Happy Adventure

A little tradition I have been wanting to start in our family for a while, but have been procrastinating on for the longest time is a birthday interview.  Finally this year for Lola’s birthday I got my act together and made a little template.  I really love this idea as it gives us a little snapshot of the birthday girl and what’s on her mind each year… I know that we’re going to have loads of fun reading back on them in the years to come.

This is Lola’s interview…

Lola Mae 4th Birthday Interview | A Happy Adventure

I also made a blank template which you can download and use for your family.  You can download it here: Birthday 20 Questions Printable

Update: as requested by a couple of readers, I have now made a version using US spelling.  You can download it here: Birthday 20 Questions US version

Does your family do anything like this?  What sort of questions would you include in your own birthday interview??

Love always, Hana xo


July 2013 Free Printable Making Magic CalendarHello Friend,

I can barely believe it is the last day of June tomorrow (which also means it’s my sweet Lola’s 4th birthday too!!)… June has gone by in a whirlwind of birthday preparations, leaving for China preparations and general Winter unwell-ness (sigh!) … I didn’t want to welcome July though without a Magical Days Calendar to give us all some inspiration for making magic during the upcoming month.

You can download your July calendar by clicking on this link: July 2013 Magical Days Calendar

Days I’m looking forward to?  14th July: Bastille Day; 17th July: Disneyland opened (*ahem* slightly Disney obsessed… even wanted to honeymoon there before Barry talked me out of it!); 28th July: Beatrix Potter’s Birthday; and 31st July: Harry Potter’s Birthday (I have been dreaming about reading Harry Potter to the girls since before they were born… it’s probably a couple of years off still, but I might just make myself a butter beer to celebrate!)

On a personal note, July is a huge month for me and my family, as we are leaving for our 3-month stint in China on the 17th.  I expect that my blogging will be sporadic at best during the next few weeks as we madly rush to do all those things you must do before going on a big trip.  I hope to post a couple of things about Lola’s birthday next week – but I’ll just have to see how I go.

Wishing you the most magical of Julys.

Love always, Hana xo



“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

Winter Making Magic List | A Happy Adventure

Hello Friend,

Today (here in the Southern Hemisphere) we are welcoming Winter.  I have to admit, Winter is not my favourite season.  I do wonder if I’d be more into it if we lived in an area where it snowed… instead of just raining a lot and being bitterly cold.  However, to make us all a little more excited about the next three months, I wrote up a little ‘Making Magic Winter’ list for us to refer to whenever we find ourselves at a loose end.

We have the added pressure to get all the activities in our list checked off in the next six weeks, because this year that is the only Winter we will be facing as we are flying to China on the 17th of July!! I’m not sure if we’re going to get it all done, but it’ll be fun giving it a go.

If you’d like to download a pdf copy of the Winter Making Magic List, you can do so by clicking here: Winter 2013 Making Magic List

What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?

Love always, Hana xo


June 2013 Printable Calendar | A Happy Adventure

Hello friend,

Can you believe in just a few days time it will be June?  Bottom line: that means Christmas is just around the corner!  However,  I know we need to focus on the magical days we can make now… and so I bring you a full month’s worth of great excuses to make magic.

These are the occasions that caught my eye, and I’m sure we’ll be celebrating in our family: Richard Scarry’s Birthday (5 June) – Lowly Worm is a favourite in our home; Chocolate ice-cream day (7 June); Dragon Boat Festival (12 June); Caldecott Medal First Awarded (14 June) – a great excuse for reading some wonderful picture books together!; International Picnic Day (18 June); Eric Carle’s Birthday (25 June); and Meteor Day (30 June).

You can download your own copy of the calendar by clicking on the picture below, or on the link here: June 2013 Magical Days Calendar

June Magical Days Calendar Printable | A Happy Adventure

I hope you and your family have lots of fun using the calendar – and if you have any particular favourites or if I’ve missed your favourite holiday out… I’d love to hear about it all in the comments section below.

Love always, Hana xo

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