Budgeting Tips

5 Ways to Reduce Your Spending

We all like a few little luxuries in life but if your aim is to cut your weekly spending then you have to be prepared to make sacrifices and that may mean that some of those luxuries just have to go! Here are my top 5 ways to reduce your spending and save yourself a… Continue reading 5 Ways to Reduce Your Spending

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The Long Goodbye
Book Reviews

The Long Goodbye by P J Parker

On a recent trip to the Sunshine Coast, Miss M and I spent the morning wandering around the Eumundi Markets. On the opposite side of the road to the markets I spotted a bookshop and decided to wander across and check it out. Seated at a table on the footpath was the author of this… Continue reading The Long Goodbye by P J Parker

Home Organisation

Iron Less – Live More

I confessed in this post that I am an ironer from way back but this year I am going to endeavour to spend less time ironing and more time doing other more exciting things! South East Queensland and in particular the Gold Coast has been deluged with heavy rain over the past few weeks and the washing… Continue reading Iron Less – Live More

Boys Can Cook, Family, Recipes

Easy Pikelets

When Master B turned 14 in 2014 he started showing an interest in learning to cook.  So I have been teaching him some simple recipes and he is now able to produce a couple of tasty dishes. I think being able to cook, along with a variety of other household tasks - such as washing and… Continue reading Easy Pikelets

Budgeting Tips, Home Organisation

Pantry Cupboard Cleanout

I am on a mission this year to reduce not only the amount of money we spend, as a family on food, but also the amount of food we waste. I was astounded to find out that we Aussie's throw out a staggering $8 billion worth of food a year.  That equates to 20% of… Continue reading Pantry Cupboard Cleanout

Cooking from the Cupboard, Recipes

Easy Quiche Recipe

One of my mission's for this year has been to reduce the amount of money I spend on food each week.  My pantry cupboard is quite full and dis-organised at the moment, although it doesn't seem to be that long since I gave it a good clean out.  So over the next couple of weeks,… Continue reading Easy Quiche Recipe

Book Reviews

The Briny Cafe by Susan Duncan

I have had a couple of Susan Duncan's books on my 'To Read' list for awhile but hadn't been able to track them down at my local library. So whilst browsing through a book exchange recently I spotted The Briny Cafe and grabbed it. I'm so pleased I did as it certainly didn't disappoint. I… Continue reading The Briny Cafe by Susan Duncan

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Book Reviews

Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah

My first book review for this year is Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. It is also book number one for my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I love the Goodreads page and app! It's how I keep up with all the books I've read or want to read. Each year they have a reading challenge where… Continue reading Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah

Kitchen Renovation
Home Organisation

Our Kitchen Renovation

In July, 2015 we made the decision to move into a house we owned that had previously been a rental property. The idea behind this was to do some renovations so as we might get a better price for it when we sell it in the future. Built in 1995, it has decent sized living… Continue reading Our Kitchen Renovation