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 […]

Dino Toy Planters

Dino Planters

Here’s a cute project from Jill Lister-Martin. Dino planters! Jill is a mum to boys and blogs about her creative journey here, and you’ll also find her over at Facebook here: Happy Creative Me. Materials and tools Plastic dinosaur toys A drill or something to put holes in the dinosaurs Cutting tool- strong kitchen scissors or […]

Amazing Backyard Treehouse (and how it was built)

Amazing treehouse

This amazing treehouse belongs to Jeff, Ann and their three children. The fort of fun and adventure is sitting in the backyard of their family home in Binghamton in New York.  They were kind enough to allow me to share their project here, and I’m so glad because it’s inspiring. It started with the tree.   “We have […]

DIY Cute zzzz Bed Cushion

cute zzzz cushion

Miss 11’s bed was looking bare, so we decided to make it happy with a few cushions. Materials White cushion (cotton outer) Fabric pens How 1. Draw a variety of faces on a piece of paper. 2. Draw on the preferred design on the cushion. 3. Iron on the inside of the cushion where the […]

Bi-Carb It! The Back to School Laundry List

Bi-Carb in the Laundry

There are many ways to use bi-carb soda for the little jobs that result from having kids at school, from deodorising shoes and bags to cleaning wet towels after sitting in a bag at school on swimming day and washing uniforms.  I was talking to the team at McKenzie’s (Aussie owned company) about their Bi-Carb tips and have […]

Lego Storage Ideas

Lego Storage Drawers

Aunty Bon’s house is one of the most fun places for my kids. She has a huge Lego collection my kids are crazy about. Not to mention the DEATH STAR. Yes, a Star Wars Death Star all set up and ready to play with.  Lego storage is not a big issue for us yet, but […]

School Morning Harmony

starting school

We did it. Again. Everyone dressed and out the door with socks on and food to eat. It’s like a mini celebration. Like my lunch box journey, the smoothness of school mornings have improved greatly over the years. Most of that comes down to having good systems in place to ensure everyone is fed, dressed in […]

Coffee with Tea: House Tour

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I love to share real homes of real families. You can find all the Feature Homes on the blog here.  Home: it’s where memories are created and people are shaped  through both the happy times and the challenging times.   Before Christmas, I caught up with Tea (pronounced Tee-ah) at her home in Brisbane.  Tea […]

DIY Miniature Grassy Hill in the Backyard

DIY Mini grass mound for the backyard

Our family lived in Toowoomba (situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range about 2 hours from Brisbane) for a year when my husband was training there…it would be 5 years ago now!  It’s such a lovely spot to raise a family.  David Howell practices as a Naturopath & Nutritionist in Toowoomba, and his wife and three children […]