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Sustainable Life: Zucchini eight ways

This is the time of year where zucchini plants know no boundaries.  Zucchini flowers and their fruit just keep coming and coming… and coming. Ooops, I missed a zucchini and now it’s a massive marrow. Groan. What am I going to do with the generosity of this blessing? It’s official. This is the most likely time […]

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Do you ever just want to pack up and leave?

Yesterday I met a man from a picturesque Irish village, who has a son and two teenage daughters (who have exactly the same names as my teenage daughters), who is looking to house-swap to Canberra with his wife. Before my husband died, we were dreaming of a move to Ireland. I’ve never been, despite a […]

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Sustainable Life: Just rubbish?

One week = one shopping bag full of rubbish. There are two adults and three children in the house. Our challenge has been set. Impossible! I hear you say. Well, here’s how we did it. Recycling food scraps at home We like to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, so our home produces a bucket […]

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The playground that love built

Dear Canberra, Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but that’s where I’ll start. Thank you. Annabelle and I played in her Princess Playground over the weekend. A playground that was built with love by complete strangers in less than five days. If you haven’t heard about little Annabelle Potts, she has a tumour in her […]

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Shaping tomorrow’s female leaders

Canberran Ritu Clementi is creating the city’s first female leadership program tailored for senior high school students. Through the YWCA’s Great Ydeas Grants Program, Ritu has established The Girls Leadership Network. Starting this month, Ritu says the network is designed to “empower girls to dream, believe, achieve – and reach their leadership potential.” Previously, Ritu […]

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$30 of awesomeness

Anyone that has children will understand how hard, LONG, challenging and expensive the summer holidays are. Although having a break from early mornings, school lunches and the after school run around is wonderful, when Week Four of the summer holidays hit and you still have three weeks to go, the bank account starts to look […]

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Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Ideas

I love being a mum. It’s truly wonderful watching your kids grow up and seeing their little personalities unfold! Don’t get me wrong, it’s really hard work some days. I often say: “I’ll always love my kids, no matter what, but some days I really don’t like them.” Ahhh the joys of parenting! What I’ve […]

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Escape Trails: Kangaroo Valley

LESS THAN TWO HOURS DRIVE FROM CANBERRA AND WEST OF THE COAST, KANGAROO VALLEY IS A RIVER VALLEY IN THE SHOALHAVEN REGION. Described as “the most beautiful valley in Australia”, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding towns of Berry, Huskisson, Ulladulla and even the Southern Highlands. It’s the best of the […]

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Rallying for a longer, better life

When Dash was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, we were told that the news wasn’t all bad. You see Dash has a gene mutation (thanks to his Dad) that isn’t as bad as the stinky mutation he got from his Mum. This mutation is called a gating mutation. Basically, it means that the problems with his cells aren’t […]

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Bringing the funny

It’s not every day a stay-at-home mother from semi-rural New South Wales decides to launch a career into stand-up comedy. Yet here I am, in all my jam-making, yoga-pants-wearing, wobbly-thighed glory, bringing the funny. I’m sure my husband is convinced that I go on the road to escape the madness at home. Who wouldn’t? Being […]

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