Book Reviews

The Dry by Jane Harper

It is not very often these days that I read a crime novel. It's not that I don't like them anymore, I just think I may have read to many in my younger days. But browsing in Big W a couple of weeks ago I spotted The Dry by Jane Harper and just had to… Continue reading The Dry by Jane Harper

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How to Make Over and Old Set of Drawers
Budgeting Tips

How to Make Over an Old Set of Drawers

With all the renovations to our house almost complete, there were a couple of pieces of furniture that were looking pretty tired against the new paintwork and carpet. The two worst pieces were most definitely our bedside tables which I have to confess are probably over 30 years old. I really didn't have any spare… Continue reading How to Make Over an Old Set of Drawers

A Place to Remember by Jenn J McLeod
Book Reviews

A Place to Remember by Jenn J McLeod

I love Australian authors. In fact, these days it is very rare for me to read a book not written by an Australian. I love that so often the places that feature in the book are places that I've been in our travels. So I was very excited to win a copy of Jenn J… Continue reading A Place to Remember by Jenn J McLeod

Renovations are almost complete as we farewell 2017
This is Life

Farewell 2017 – You’ve Been a Blast!

I cannot believe that we have already said Farewell 2017 and welcomed 2018 with open arms. The older I get, the faster the years seem to go whizzing by! SCHOOL DAYS ARE OVER 2017 has been a very busy year again for us with the highlight being the graduation of our youngest from high school.… Continue reading Farewell 2017 – You’ve Been a Blast!

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

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