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Dear Cotton, Oh Where Did You Go?!

When will the open shoulder sleeves go out of fashion? Soon please.

It’s summer. It’s Australia. It’s hot. After a big wardrobe cull last year and spending the better part of the year either pregnant or post partum, my wardrobe has been depleted, so I dragged the kids to the shops and began searching for a few cotton shirts to replenish what had been stretched out, puked on or torn.

I know that with a baby in the house, there’s no point in buying anything nice. Kmart, Target, Big W…. that was my scope at first. I mean, you can almost always find your basic cotton shirts there, right? And, with three kids in tow, I wanted to do a quick in and out, but I soon realised that I wasn’t going to easily find what I was looking for. Everything I found was either made from polyester, polyester/cotton blend or viscose. Hmmm… no thanks. I mean, in summer?! Read the rest of this entry

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

Is Your Bra Toxic? Five Easy Tips for Healthy Boobies

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Don’t worry, this is not an invitation for a bra bonfire party (although we can have one if you want, our boobs might be happier that way). Read the rest of this entry

The Toxic Truth About What’s in Your Child’s Clothing (And Easy Things You Can Do About it)

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My kids have never worn ‘pajamas‘. Let me tell you why. Read the rest of this entry

Certified Organic Babywearing Fabric and Baby Slings: Colimacon & Cie Review and Giveaway!

 

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C’est la meilleur! (It’s the best!)

When I first started making my own Do-It-Yourself baby ring slings and baby wraps, I bought fabric from the local fabric shop. While the fabric was ok to get me started, when I still had an itty bitty baby, it was actually not as cheap as I had intended, and was not very good once my baby started getting heavier.  The thought also crossed my mind several times that the fabric from the fabric shop was ‘made in China‘, so was probably not ethically sourced and could potentially contain chemicals and heavy metals from the processing practices! I wanted to find something of better quality that was still affordable, and this is when (insert angels singing) I found Colimacon & Cie! 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

Why I Wouldn’t Go on the Paleo Diet in a Million Years

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For a while, I felt left out… out of the loop… But, I just couldn’t buy into the whole Paleo diet, and now I know 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

Quick Easy DIY ‘Fertilizer’ from Kitchen Scraps

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I asked an enlightened gardener friend of mine for his recipe for his ‘compost tea’ that he feeds to his plants. This is a really easy way to make fertilizer for your plants in a jiffy, without having to leave your house or wait for things to compost! I found this method really great because I have all container plants on my balconies and we have no yard or space for a real compost bin, other than a bokashi bin. Bokashi bins are great, but take some time and are potentially a pain and require some maintenance. Here’s how you make the tea, I’ll call it ‘Al’s Garden Tea’. Read the rest of this entry