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Stop Everything. Some People Don’t Rinse the Soap Off Their Dishes!?

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For years I ignored it. It just couldn’t be. In the staff room, after lunch, those soapy dishes left in the drying rack… I mean, surely, someone was going to come along and rinse them, right? The soapy residue taste when I ate a friend’s house… well, I must have been imagining it.

Head.in.the.sand.

When I moved to Australia seven years ago, everything was new anyways, so what was a little soap on the dishes?

When you witness something that’s borderline sketchy…. what do you do?

I dared not speak up. Read the rest of this entry

How to Naturally Clean a Carpet Without a Steam Cleaner

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When you’re on a single income and you don’t have the money to buy or rent a steam cleaner, it’s pretty much up to elbow grease to get your carpet clean. Seriously, you must get down and dirty. You’re gonna have to get on your hands and knees and scrub. You’ll get sweaty. You’ll feel sore the next day. You’ll get a workout! But, your carpet will be clean.

*This post is only for getting general dirt and light stains off a carpet Read the rest of this entry

Should You Give a Crap About Early Toilet Training?

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Let’s face it, babies and toddlers aren’t stupid. They figure out how to walk, talk, eat, climb, and do everything else. Surely… they can figure out toilet training at a relatively young age if we encourage them? It’s only natural that they would want to stop pooing and peeing on themselves. I recently read an article about a woman who was against putting in any extra effort to toilet train her children and only let her kids toilet train when they were practically begging her. I just about gagged. Read the rest of this entry

What You Ought to Know About Your Kid’s Bath Toys

Innocent looking bath toys? Thank again!

Innocent looking bath toys? Think again!

I’m a science teacher… I know that if you take a swab of anything (even a relatively clean surface) and grow a culture of it, you’re going to get some pretty gnarly stuff sprouting in a petri dish. I’m not a germ-a-phobe… but I have to say, my  kid’s bath toys have been suspicious to me for a long time, so I did a little research and found out why. Read the rest of this entry

Next Step, Breatharian? Can’t We Just Eat Food?

Sulphur Dioxide smells like farts... good thing these grapes were sprayed with it!

Sulphur Dioxide smells like farts… good thing these grapes were sprayed with it!

My three year old arched her back and screamed as I struggled to buckle her into her carseat.  Out of the corner of my eye, while I pinned her down into her carseat, I could see her stained green tongue.   Read the rest of this entry

Toilet Training is a First World Problem

Ain't nobody got time for diapers.

Ain’t nobody got time for diapers.

Let’s put this into perspective. The concept of the disposable diaper has only been widely in use for approximately .0003% of the entire existence of homo sapiens on the planet. In other words, only the past 50 odd years or so. Nearly 2/3 of the population of the modern world either don’t have access to or don’t have the money to spend on diapers. I’m not sure of the exact number, but most of the babies in the world do not wear diapers. Especially those babies in places like Africa, India and Asia. Read the rest of this entry

Guerilla Gardening, Container Gardening, Community Gardening: Transforming Spaces

Guerilla Gardening at it's finest.
Guerilla Gardening at it’s finest.

Guerilla Gardening

See the pretty flowers in that ordinary traffic island?  The Gold Coast city council has a few larger plants in there, but they didn’t plant those colourful things there… Nope, it was a local resident Kate M (not to be confused with me, Kate B), and her son.  They bought a tray of dying plants from some gardening centre and brought them back to life, transforming this boring little piece of dirt into a vibrant little ‘guerilla garden’.  My daughter (in the photo) helped plant a few of the plants herself, so she likes to think that it’s her garden too… and, well… it IS for everyone to enjoy!

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Certified Organic Washable Baby Wipes from Nature’s Child Giveaway

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Certified Organic Washable Baby Wipes

Certified Organic Washable Baby Wipes, pack of four!

Click here to enter the giveaway! (Australia and New Zealand only)

I’ve been using these washable baby wipes from Nature’s Child for about three months now and I have to say, I really love them!  My three year old daughter likes them too, and sometimes I can’t find any around because she’s used them all on her dolls!  They’re called ‘baby wipes’, as in, for use on baby’s bottom, instead of disposable baby wipes, but in reality, you could use them for just about anything.  When I got them, my little one was no longer a ‘young baby’ (sigh), but if she had been, I would have LOVED using these on her instead of the cotton wool that I had been using.  For one, they are washable, which means, you’re not throwing away anything after you use them.  And, the other thing that I absolutely love about these things is that they’re so super soft and absorbent.  Perfect for a newborn and young baby’s delicate skin. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

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My toothbrushing regime minus the floss.

My toothbrushing regime, minus the floss.

(Disclaimer-the following article on DIY toothpaste is only recommended if you have first checked with your dentist, some people may have sensitive teeth and if you feel discomfort after using, discontinue use.  Many people may want to only use this DIY toothpaste only for a short term tooth whitener)

I’m such a DIY (Do It Yourself) kind of gal, when I read a post that a friend of mine wrote on her own awesome blog, InformedMama, about making her own toothpaste, I was all over it.  I couldn’t wait for our $10 tube of organic toothpaste to run out.  We’ve now been using our homemade toothpaste for over a week, and I have to say, I LOVE it.  It makes my teeth feel so fresh and so clean and since one of the ingredients is salt, it makes me feel like I just went for a surf or something… all those lovely negative ions!  Oh my! Read the rest of this entry

A Little Secret About Frequent Nighttime Waking in Babies and Toddlers

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How do you sleep?

How do you sleep?

Just a few minutes ago, I was doing the dishes and I heard little babe squawk for about the third time since I put her to bed a couple hours ago.  My husband is in there with her, so the first two times, she easily settled back down and fell back asleep cuddled against him.  But, when I heard her wake up for the third time, I thought, ‘Oh, she’s gotta pee‘.  So, I took my dishwashing gloves off, went into the bedroom, where she was tossing and turning on the bed next to Art.  She’s almost 11 months old.  I pulled off her pants and cloth diaper, then held her over a little potty I have by the side of the bed.  She complained a little, semi-cry, like, ‘man, this really stinks, I’m so tired and I want to be sleeping, but damn it, I have to pee!’.  (come on, you know the feeling, haven’t you ever been so comfy in bed that you wish someone could get up and pee for you?).  I wiped her off, plopped her back on the bed, put her dry diaper back on, laid down, gave her a few  minutes of boobies, then pulled away.  She complained a little (really wanted that boob still in her mouth), but then flopped over and squashed herself up against Art.  I got up and went back to doing the dishes. Read the rest of this entry