Don’t Buy Me Flowers

Pretty Flowers in mini mason jars

When I dated my husband (a long time ago), I said to him, “Don’t buy me flowers. They just die.”  How I have changed over the years! I used to see flowers for their end result: wilted, limp and lifeless.  I couldn’t enjoy their moment in the sun or see their true beauty because I was […]

Allergy Friendly Bedding: How to Dust Mite Proof a Bed

Allergy Friendly Bedding - How to Dust Mite Proof a Bed

My daughter suffers from eczema and one of the things that causes irritation to her skin is dust mites.  I’ve read up on allergy friendly bedding and how to dust mite proof a bed, and we have found a system that works for us. It’s made a big difference to my daughter’s skin.  Allergy Friendly Bedding: How to […]

Family Organisation System: The What Wall Review

Fabulous family organisation system

I love my crazy family. I love organisational tools. And I love stylish home interiors. It follows then that I just had to try the What Wall – the most stylish family organisational tool that I have ever stumbled across. Life with three young children (and a husband who runs his own business) can be […]

All Year Essential List

All Year Essentials

This year, I’ve had the opportunity to think of essentials items that bring value to family life. And not only to family life but things that bring me joy which then I can pass on to the ones around me. I recently shared the autumn list, and I’ll have my winter items up next.   […]

Cute Bottles and Purple Flowers

voilets

There are some things I don’t like to skimp on. Vanilla is one of them. For example, I don’t like using Vanilla essence in recipes (only extract or paste please!). Vanilla is just so-so beautiful and can be used in so many ways. I put a little on my dishcloth sometimes and it leaves a beautiful […]

Saving your sanity with The What Wall

The What Wall - Family Organisational System

“Mum! Do I have library today? I can’t find my library book!” “Mum! Do I go to theatre group this afternoon? What costume do I need to pack?” “Mum! Do I need to wear formal uniform or sports uniform to school today?” This is how a typical morning sounds in my home, and it’s enough […]

Where do the ugly fruit and vegetables go?

Organic gardening

I’m making it part of my weekly routine. On the weekend, I head out to the garden and harvest for the week and then do my weekly meal plan using the vegetables as inspiration. The garden is changing the way I think about food and I love that. With the above (amazing) harvest, this is what I […]

Cute Toy Canvas for Tween Study Space

Toy Canvas

Miss 11 has a lot on at school this year. She’s thrown herself into many school activities, and I encourage and support that! The thing is, when there’s more to to fit in, there needs to be a corresponding higher level of organisation.  I remember distinctly going through a similar stage with my eldest daughter, where […]

Mother’s Day Pansies in a Mug

Pansies in a Mug

If you’re looking for that perfectly unique gift for Mum this Mother’s Day, this one is just gorgeous and a beautiful way to say, “I love you”. Not only is it a little bit crafty, but colourful too, with a touch of nature that will make Mum’s heart sing every time she walks past the kitchen […]

Review: Litter Free Sandwich Bags

Cute litter free snack bags

My nightly lunch box routine is down pat: a sandwich or roll of some description, veggie sticks, muffin or biscuit, fruit and maybe a savoury cracker and cheese.  The thought often crossed my mind, that my relatively healthy lunch box contained a lot of plastic bags.  I was also aware that packs of 50 or 100 […]

School Bag Station – Rubber Tubs

School bag station

Since we’ve moved a lot over the years, I’ve had to establish, and re-establish systems wherever we go, depending on the spaces available.  At the last place we were at, I had a homework station which functioned well, and I wrote about my school organisation system here.  The first school term is over, and I’ve […]

How a Garden is Changing My Life

Meal Planning with inspiration from garden spoils

This is one of the amazing things about our sea change year in New Zealand: the place where we are staying has an amazing existing vegetable garden. Having a garden has changed me in ways I didn’t anticipate. First, I have to say here that I’m not a good gardener. I don’t even enjoy gardening very much, […]

The Bucket Chore System

The Bucket Chore System in the kitchen

Renee shares a bucket chore system that is working well in her home. It’s quite similar to what I do for our school bags.    Cleaning: if it was more like eating chocolate I’d totally get into it, but it’s not. It’s the never ending, laborious, unrewarding and thankless job that never seems to have […]

Autumn Essentials List

Autumn Essentials

My husband and I were just saying today how packing up our family into 6 suitcases and moving to New Zealand for a year has been the best thing for us (you can read more about it here). Having much less stuff has forced me think very much in terms of essentials. I’m not only talking […]