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Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

Back to school is the real New Year’s Day for mums

My first kid went back to school today, the other two are in tomorrow. Which reminds me - tomorrow is my new year's day for mums. Ignore the 1st January. It never works out for a mother. We try to be 'brand new' but there's no kidding ourselves: it's hard to turn over...

The Ta Da List: What it is and why you desperately need one

The Ta Da List: What it is and why you desperately need one

I was listening to an awesome podcast (it’s called Happier by Gretchen Rubin) and the team were talking about motivation. More specifically they were talking about how different personality types reacted to things like a to do list. One of their listeners suggested...

19 favourite family cookbooks we come back to again and again

19 favourite family cookbooks we come back to again and again

The hardest part about making this list of my favourite family cookbooks is keeping it reined in. I love, love, love cookbooks. I love reading them, I love looking at them and, yes, I even love cooking from them. That's the number one way a book can make it onto my...

Time to get organised: The stationery caddy is a game changer

Time to get organised: The stationery caddy is a game changer

Before we can truly be organised in life, we need to get the little bits sorted. It's the little bits that get in the way. Like, before I got myself a stationery caddy, I could spend ages looking for a pair of scissors, a thumb tack, a rubber band, a life. “Who has...

5 money things to do when a teen gets their first job

5 money things to do when a teen gets their first job

You teen has landed their first job and it's a fantastic opportunity to further the 'pocket money' talks. Finance writer Michelle Bowes talks us through five important money moments when your teen starts their first job. Everyone talks about how expensive babies are –...

Some truly beautiful homemade gift ideas to get you though lockdown

Some truly beautiful homemade gift ideas to get you though lockdown

Sending a small gift is a lovely way to let someone know you are thinking of them. Even better if it's a beautiful homemade gift you've carefully created. It is so special knowing that someone has taken the time to create something just for you. In this extract from...

Dear Children: Please, just make your bed

Dear Children: Please, just make your bed

My darling kiddos, I've been saying this to you forever and nine times out of ten you completely ignore me, but here we go again: make your bed. Please, just go and make your bed right now. It seems like such a simple thing. The kind of thing that makes your brain go...

How to banish your home of ‘boy smell’

How to banish your home of ‘boy smell’

Sweaty boy smell... need I say more? Sorry you weren't eating were you? Seriously it is right up there with pongy feet in my top list of things that make me gag. Also on the list would be dog farts, kid farts, husband farts, ham and egg sandwich left in a schoolbag...

25 best household tips your Grandma wants you to know

25 best household tips your Grandma wants you to know

We love good household tips around here, especially when they come from The Country Women's Association of Victoria. The CWA knows their homemaking! We're talking household tips passed from woman to woman over generations. The kind that work and are often a bit...

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How to get early entry into university in Australia

How to get early entry into university in Australia

I wrote an article about different ways to get into uni without an ATAR and I've been asked by so many people how to get early entry into university in Australia other than NSW. I covered NSW in the original article because that's where we live and my son had already...

Tibetan sha balep are delicious for lunch

Tibetan sha balep are delicious for lunch

I made the moreish honey and granola bars from Taste Tibet this week and it reminded me that I have another recipe from the book to share with you. Sha balep are little Tibetan pastries that I think of as sharing the same eating space with foods like Mexican empanadas...

Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Practising gratitude can help older kids find more joy in life

Years ago, when the children were small and there were only two of them, we would talk about our best and worst parts of the day at dinnertime. Gathered around our timber dining table, a candle burning, night falling, we started a tradition that has since become a...

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