Dirty School Lunch boxes

Either at the end of the term or final school year the children’s lunch boxes can become very dirty and worn. Those that wont last another use get tossed into the garbage; however the ones that can go another round, can easily be given a good clean and sterilise. All that is needed: sink nappy soaker…

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Nagging really does pay off over time….

There is a moment during parenting when the words of a child can melt ones heart.  These two very simple words are “please” and “thank you”. When they come from the mouth of a 4 year old (without asking them to say it), they are priceless, heart warming and a pure delight. These two simple…

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Just hanging around….

Here is a handy hint!  What to do with those micro-fibre mop heads,/pads cleaning cloths, mitts  or gloves. Perhaps you haven’t heard, but I am a big fan of the Sabco brand and love my mop.  I have two because one was not living up to its part of the bargain (you can read about Mr Sabco Mop here).  …

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My Sewing / Art Room

Having a special room to sew is a real treat and since doing our house renovations about 4 years ago, I was fortunate enough to request a sewing room all to myself. Sewing is something I really enjoy ~ that is using a sewing machine and over-locker (not the knitting, crocheting or cross-stitching kind; although I will do…

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Kids and technology

If by chance you enjoyed reading my last two posts on our driving holiday with the kids, you may have realised (or perhaps not) that I did not mention any electronic ‘entertainment’ within both those posts.   The children did not have any iPods, MP3 players, Nitendo DS; DVD players (though a DVD player or two…

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“Are we there yet”?

Travelling long distances with kids has its moments of enjoyment, but for the most part it can be classed as pure exhaustion, frustration and total agony. Over the week and a half (2012 Easter holidays), my family took an epic never ending journey drive across two Australian states. Part 1 of our journey started out from the SE Gippsland region of Victoria…

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Where are my keys?

Losing your keys would have to be one of the most annoying things to happen, especially when you need to be out the door in a flash or trying to get back inside in a hurry.   Throwing them inside your handbag is often a nightmare waiting to happen.  For one thing they are never…

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Too many face washers?

I came up with another idea today for The Kids Bathroom; if you have a look a the link and go down the page you will see that I tried storing the face washers in the cabinet drawers.  I got the idea from The Organised Housewife.  While it worked for a little while, I also found that…

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First-Aid Kit Organisation

For the last few weeks I have been shaking my head, grunting and getting completely annoyed with the state of my First-Aid Kit area in my pantry cupboard. The kids have a bad habit of getting not one but several band-aids out of each pack and throwing them all over the place. I have found band-aid butts in the fruit box above the…

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I cried a tear, you wiped it dry….

This evening, my 7 year old boy brought a small tear to my eye. Only yesterday, hubby left for his second stint in Mexico; this time he is gone for another 3 weeks. During the time he was home over Christmas and new years (from 22nd Dec 2011 till 11th Jan 2012) every moment was…

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A Mothers Prayer

A Mothers Prayer Now I lay me down to sleep,I pray my sanity to keep.For if some peace I do not find,I’m pretty sure I’ll lose my mind.I pray I find a little quietFar away from my family’s riot.May I lie back and not have to thinkabout what they’re stuffing down the sink.Or who they’re…

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Family Sacrifices Part 2

I got some disappointing news today; news that will effect the whole family. My hubby may have to delay his flight home.  He is meant to be here with us on 22nd Dec.  It is no one’s fault and part of the industry he works in.  

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Large Family Calendar

Planning your time, appointments and meals can be organised easier if you have a large calendar.  This one is the size of two A3 pages (the top and bottom sections are both A3 sized).   The BLUE = appointments. RED = MENU.  Any other notes in another colour. Notices, cards, or forms are attached via the clips. The…

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Family Sacrifices

Some of you may have read my recent Facebook post regarding my hubby going away soon.   In fact he leaves us on the 3rd December (for Mexico) and returns (on paper that is) 22nd December. Yes; you read it correctly….right before Christmas.  I am not sure how long he will be home for; but…

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Handy Hint – Lining a Spring Form Tin

Here is a simple way to to line a spring-form cake tin without having to drawer around the circle shape with a pencil or pen. All you will need is:   Grease proof paper,scissors and canola / non-stick cooking spray.    Remove the base of the tin and place it underneath the crease proof paper. Then place…

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Handy Hints – Preserving

I was looking for an Anzac Biscuit recipe after being inspired by Lorri’s Life Anzac Biscuits she made the other day. I also didn’t have my computer on when I went to make them; so this recipe ~found only yesterday, was in a old town 1990 recipe book put together by some local wives and mothers…… hope you…

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Stain remover…which is the best?

When one has a lot of children (regardless of them being boys or girls) doing the laundry/washing can be confronting. One can even become angry and frustrated because a child has spilt some thing on a good shirt, dress or trousers.   Anything from grass stains, mud, dirt, blood, oil, tomato sauce, orange juice etc, all…

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