My top 7 tips for making your house a home

In my clean out FRENZY this past week I have also had a serious case of the Suzie Homemakers...I have been cleaning walls and floors, cupboards and rearranging existing furniture and moving paintings around. So satisfying! And a change is as good as a holiday I reckon so perhaps this weekend you can … [Read more...]


Two is a pretty cute age. Sure, there's tantrums and all the bits that go with it. But it's mostly sweet little people emerging with sentences and words and playing and innocence and joy. As for these two? Well. It's an absolute joy to have them here, growing up together. Two peas in a pod. … [Read more...]

Week 3 Update: #febulous

This week should be called: PRODUCTIVITY EXPERT LEVEL UNLOCKED. It's been a BIG week friends. Filled to the brim every day and even with things added in as I went that I didn't even know I could do. Could all this be the effects of #febulous I ask you? I had a chat on the phone to my brother … [Read more...]

The Dead Wombat

I've been going for the odd morning or evening walk lately, and have been reminded what a thoughtful time it can be when you clear your mind and focus on the immediate one foot in front of the other thing. It's a wonderful time for self reflection, for creativity and ideas, for looking at the simple … [Read more...]

Help! My organisation moon is rising & I’m exhausted

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a FLURRY of activity at Casa BabyMac over the weekend the likes not seen since I was knocked up with Mags back in late 2014. I'm not entirely sure what's going on (is there an eclipse rising in my virgo moon or something?) but I haven't even been … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: get some greens in ya!

Oh Monday! Here we are again. I am kicking goals this #maintenancemonday with the world's biggest laundry pile looking slightly smaller. Superior washing conditions here today friends, windy and sunny (but a chilly autumnal feel in the air) bound to put a pep in your step after these hot weeks we … [Read more...]

One thing: Maggie gets her own room {at last}

We had some free time this weekend without Rob working so we decided to tackle a project that has been on the #onething list for some time now. And by some time, I mean like 18 months or so. Cough. This one thing: Moving Maggie into her own room, For those of you not playing along, #onething … [Read more...]

Maggie is 21 months old!

Where does a month go?! I'm with you Mags. It's entirely NOT Ok that you will be 2 in just 3 months time. But despite all the protest and crankiness that we feel about the situation, here we are Miss 21 months old. Full of new words, an obsession with her older sister, a love for the dummy … [Read more...]

Week 2 update: #febulous

This week should be called: NERVES OF STEEL. The initial shock to the system has worn off and suddenly the novelty is the new normal. It's never pretty week 2, but I did it. Let's check in on some of the goals that I started out with at the start of the month: 1. Exercising every day I … [Read more...]

And now Daisy is 10

I had a lovely (and rare) moment this morning where I woke up before the baby told me to GED UP GED UP and I walked out to the lounge room where I got a quiet and big cuddle with my 10 year old Daisy. 10! I know it's the start of a big decade for her. One where she goes from a girl to a teen to a … [Read more...]

10 things parenting has taught me

Tomorrow marks 10 years since I went from being a woman, daughter, wife etc etc to a Mum. I remember so clearly waddling around the day before Daisy was born, I do believe Rob and I went out and celebrated our last day together as just us with a milkshake at the place we met for the very first time … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: sweet lunchbox baking

Last week I helped you guys with some savoury baking for the lunchbox and this week it's time to look to some sweet classics. All of these are so quick and easy to make (you will likely have all the ingredients already in your pantry or fruit bowl and a whole cake will definitely last a week of … [Read more...]

Sticky apple & cinnamon tea cake

All this healthy #febulous business had me hankering for some cake yesterday so I decided to try and use up some of the apples from the tree that is overflowing. If you can't eat cake when you are being good and exercising, well than you NEVER can. So friends, let's get stuck in. Apples will be … [Read more...]

Keep it simple: family learnings over the summer

A sponsored post for Bupa I have to say, that so far over this summer the Macdonald Team Family game has been STRONG. School holidays, Christmas and New Years will do that to you when you are forced to spend many, many (MANY!) days in a row together and despite my feeling a little, shall we say, … [Read more...]

Week 1 update: #febulous

So here we are, a week into #febulous. And are you feeling it? I'm a little like this today: Tired Carmel, Tirrrrred. But all in all feeling good because I am a week down and I have STUCK WITH IT ALL. What's all you ask? Let's have a look at what some of my goals were: 1. Exercising every … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 85

Can you hear that? Listen. Sweet, sweet and very needed rain. I can hear the plants sighing with relief and guzzling down the cool drops. The frogs are happy, snails too. It's dark and a little muggy, but that's February right. And it's cooler than it has been. Deeply … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Lunchbox savoury baking

So here we are at week 2 of the term. My interest in the lunch boxes is already wavering. but I've got some ideas for baking some things for them - especially some savoury things. My girls are not huge sambo eaters, but they will tuck into crackers and cheese and olives, or any kind of home made … [Read more...]

Entertaining at home: some tips

I posted this originally a few years ago but thought it might be a good time to re-share, especially if you had planned to get back into your entertaining mojo in 2017. I know that entertaining can be quite overwhelming for people: what to cook, serve, decorate, the pre-clean up and post clean up, … [Read more...]

The 5:2 fast and how it looks for me

I had a few people ask me yesterday in my post about "fasting" for 2 days and what that means and what that looks like. There is a whole lot of information you can find online about it (just google 5:2 diet) as well as books and recipes and ideas so this is just a very rough version of what I … [Read more...]

February, I am not stuffing around here

You know that expression "begin as you mean to go on"? Well, it's February you guys. And enough is enough. Enough eating. And drinking. And making excuses. It's time to just bloody well get on with it (note this lecture is pretty much to Beth from Beth for the benefit of Beth). This morning I was … [Read more...]