Homemade natural toothpaste

For some time, I’ve been working on detoxing my bathroom. Slowly culling chemical-laden products and searching for natural alternatives that are effective and inexpensive. A few months ago, I ditched conventional toothpaste. I find it a little alarming that toothpaste comes with a warning not to swallow it. I’m not going to go on a hippy-green rant on you here about the …

Finding a state of selfish grace

This afternoon, the mid-year school holidays will kick off here, which means ‘me’ time will be in short supply for a few weeks (more so than usual). While the holidays offer a break from the burden of packing school lunches and the pain of cracking the homework whip, they also mean the absence of peace, quiet and space, and limited …

When you know better, but stuff up anyway

Don’t you hate it when you know better but you screw yourself anyway? Those times when you know damn well that you’re making every mistake in the book and yet you keep on at it? I’ve been there again recently despite knowing a hell of a lot better. It’s like watching your kid fall – those times when you know …

Chill out to beat winter flus

We’ve just had a cold snap hit here, so the past couple of days have been freezing. Well, freezing Gold Coast-style, which may not be arctic conditions, but it’s still cold enough to require jumpers, jackets and boots. The sun’s out again now, so it’s back to a t-shirt if you’re in the right spot, but the few days of …

The detox end that doesn’t end

My four week clean-eating detox is over, and yet, it’s not. Even though the official four weeks has past, I’m still pretty much maintaining the super healthy eating regime, bar a glass of wine with hubby on the weekend, the first one in five weeks. I still haven’t had a coffee, and haven’t felt like one either, despite having a …

Motherhood

Without doubt there will be tears tomorrow when my children present me with the collection of paper they have spent the better part of today turning into ‘Mother’s Day surprises’. Already I have the hand-written card the six-year-old made at school, and which I needed a teacher to translate the writing for me. The accompanying cupcake decorated in class was …

Making it up as I go along (and a recipe)

One thing parenting has taught me is to improvise. Or make it up as I go along. It can be a disturbing way to go about life when you’re used to being organised or following the rule book, but it does help survive the day sometimes. I’ve adopted the attitude when it comes to pretty much everything, but especially in …

Something good for the kids

Feeding the kids, or more accurately deciding what to feed the kids and then making it, consumes a large chunk of my time. I’m always on the look out for ideas that help me provide them with healthy options but that don’t take up too much time to make. These little cups of goo do that, and the kids feel …