15 ways to make yourself feel better

So it's not just me. This meh feeling that's going around, is defo a thing, but instead of wallowing in it, I'm going to drag myself and all you lot with me, and we're going to feel a little brighter. OK? I came up with a list of things you can do TODAY, or maybe tomorrow if you need to get … [Read more...]

Best Before

On Saturday night I had my sister and bro in law over for an impromptu dinner. My brother in law was getting something out of the fridge when he asked me "Beth, how long has that copha been in your fridge?". Good question Chris, good question. Let's see. I put my thinking cap on, and … [Read more...]

Mood lighting

You know what my favourite time of the day is? 6.30pm. Usually dinner is done and dusted and the washing up done. Baths have been bathed, there are clean children with clean bottoms and jammies on. It's dark and the candles have been lit, the fire roaring, and the baby is usually not far off bed. … [Read more...]

From the vault: how to fold a fitted sheet

I had a few people ask me this week about my fitted sheet video that I alluded to in a post earlier in the week and I (gasp) discovered that I don't have the video on the blog. I know! So here is the original video from a few years back. Now before you tell me that I am a FILTHY ANIMAL WHO … [Read more...]

Lessons in laundry

Yesterday I got a little shouty (although it was meant to be motivational) about laundry. But that's not what I am here to talk about on this rainy Tuesday afternoon. I was putting away the girls washing the other afternoon, I think in Harper's room because her drawers are particularly full … [Read more...]

Can someone explain it to me?

As you know, my brain is not quite what it used to be. I've stopped reading books (other than baby ones to Maggie) my news is taken from ABC3 before the big two head to bed and my cultural intakes seem to be anything from the E Network or Bravo. I'm not smart. But! Can someone explain to me … [Read more...]

Solving the Big Issues: Buttering the sambo

I am very lucky to have Rob around in the mornings helping out with the kids, making me coffee, pointing out current affairs that are going on in the world and generally making me laugh. He points out that I am like a Whirling Dervish cleaning plates and knifes and cups before they are finished, I … [Read more...]

Solving the big issues: lining a roasting pan, yay or nay?

Pressing issues as ever round these parts this Friday afternoon. You only have to watch one episode of Donna Hay's cooking shows (or read one of her mags for that matter) that she is a fan of lining her roasting pans with baking/greaseproof paper. Plenty of food stylists will use them in shoots I … [Read more...]

Isn’t life hard enough already Clingwrap?

It's been a while since I had to buy cling wrap...must have had a big roll but the time came so I grabbed some last week at the supermarket. I had heard some noise about a "redesign" of clingers on social media, but had yet to experience the full joy. But over the past week I have managed to lose my … [Read more...]

Solving the big issues: how many cushions on a bed?

I got a text message yesterday from a friend who had just returned home from holidays (Hi Linda!) and had feared that she had gone overboard with some holiday cushioning purchasing. You see she had been in Byron, caught up in what appears to be superior homewares shopping up there and found herself … [Read more...]

The unremarkable joy

I like to think I am a pretty positive person, always looking on the bright side and all that, I mostly do hop out of bed and get on with the day with enthusiasm so long as I've rolled a coffee. But inevitably the everyday minutia of day to day household running can bring even the brightest spark a … [Read more...]

Solving the big issues: wallet management

After our recent trip away I realised that a wallet cull was needed. STAT. Having taken out all of the annoying cards that fill our wallets on any given day: reward cards, bakery and cafe loyalty cards I was left with one bank card, and a couple of credit cards and that was it. My Elk wallet looked … [Read more...]

Solving the Big Issues: The breeding pantry item

You know what time it is (again) at my place? Bloody pantry clean out time is what. Which looks a little like this: We have a bit of a dodgy pantry situation. It's a corner thing - long and thin and dark - which is almost impossible to organise. And we all know that I am ALL talk when it … [Read more...]

Back in my day…

Call me old fashioned, but I find myself more and more these days saying...well back in MY day. You see now that I have kids myself and Daisy is now in year 2, I find myself sitting at the kitchen table with her sitting and helping her out with her homework. Syllabuses (is that even a WORD?) and … [Read more...]

To speak or not to speak…

Today was Rob's birthday and with minute by minute precision and organisation I managed to get both him and I out the door and to a restaurant for a celebratory lunch before Preschool and school pick up and arvo hockey commitments. It is rare for just the two of us to go out alone so it was lovely … [Read more...]

Straw. Camel’s back

We got home from the pub about an hour ago, a spring in my step given that we had secured first place in the meat raffle. Again. Yes! I can assure you that there are others there who also are in the running, somehow we just keep on winning. No Macdonald is complaining. And there is always the … [Read more...]

Annoying little things…

It's very wonderful being married isn't it? Sharing our lives with one person who we spend our days with. Being comforted. Laughing with them. Supporting them. Sleeping with them. Eating with them. Cleaning up after them. Living with their annoying little habits... Yesterday afternoon I worked on … [Read more...]

Solving the Big Issues: The clothes horse

It would appear that this image on my post earlier today caused some controversy. And why wouldn't it? Mis matched pegs. PEGS ON A CLOTHES HORSE. That's just crazy behaviour. Got me wondering if this really was madness? I mean I have written about how to hang out washing before and I know … [Read more...]

Half an hour of power {clean}

Last month Chantelle whacked up this great post on her blog on how to fake clean your home. I loved the simple suggestions and everyones thoughts on the matter, given my penchant for all things clean and tidy in the home. My cleaner hasn't been around for the last few months (shall I tune up my … [Read more...]

Solving the big issues: Mystery Drawer

Got a wonderful email from a reader this week that made me laugh out loud and lift my spirits on a day where things weren't going so well. It's rare that I ever hear from the male readers out there (I know there are at least 7 or 8 of them) so I was stoked to hear that he enjoyed the blog and had … [Read more...]