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 […]

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 […]