budget hacks

  • The 5 Essential Play Recipes that you NEED to have on hand (and they take less than 5 minutes to create)!

    Ever pulled out the playdough only to find that the lid has been left off and it resembles a frisbee? Found your child trying to get their hands on some super glue or paint the bathroom in lipstick? Need some ideas for the grandparents’ day with the kids? Then you might need my guest blog for Ki... View Post
  • Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Children that Won't Break the Budget

    Are you struggling with the Christmas gift-giving overwhelm? Are you lost for gift ideas for the kids and shudder at the thought of ANOTHER toy? Sick of spending a lot of hard-earned money on toys that they only play with for 5 minutes?

    Whilst Christmas is a time of celebration, if we are honest with ourselves, it can also be an enormous financial and mental burden for parents.

    Here are some unique gift ideas that don’t cost the earth and can be purchased at the last minute without braving the department store rush (For those that cannot be purchase online, they can either be picked up from your local hardware store or supermarket)!

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  • Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Children that Won’t Cost the Earth

    Are you looking for some unique Christmas gift inspiration that won't cost the earth? 

    The truth is that kids get enjoyment from the most unexpected of places, and there are so many ideas beyond the usual toys and books that spark their excitement.

    So, if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift idea for children that encourages inquiry, limits the clutter and promotes good old-fashioned play without breaking the bank, then check out this list for inspiration.

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  • Clever Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

    Whilst Christmas is a time of celebration, holidays, overindulgence and anticipation for children, let’s face it, it can also be a time of financial burden, unwanted presents and household clutter for parents.

    If you are looking for ideas on how to create unique gift ideas for children that won’t require a second mortgage or be discarded after an hour, then be sure to checkout the guest article that we did for the Dec/Jan issue of Mamamag here.

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  • DIY - How to Make a TMNT Paper Mache Piñata

    So you want to save yourself $30 and make your own super-awesome TMNT piñata?? The good news is that it is incredibly easy!  View Post

Hi, I'm Alice...

Alice is the founder of Jack and Lu’s: a company created with a simple dream of bringing back real childhood; where the toys were simpler, the items were fewer and the imaginations were greater.

She is also a busy working Mum who survives on little more than caffeine and a good dose of humour...

It is her hope that her tips, tricks, ideas and products can help make every parent, guardian, grandparent’s and carer’s role just that little bit easier.