Garden Update #2: How I Added 10sq.m of Growing Space for $50

So I’m back again with another set of garden show-offs. This one, though, should be useful to those of you looking to expand your own growing space on the cheap. The question for me has been, “how do I create more growing space on top of the landlord’s weed mat, at a reasonable price?” The answer, it turns out, is mulch. Continue reading “Garden Update #2: How I Added 10sq.m of Growing Space for $50”

Organising the Squirrel Way: Labelling

As promised, I’m here to share what works for me in terms of keeping my stuff together and organised. It’s a pretty mixed bunch – I’ve not yet found an overarching system that works. So I’ve cobbled this together over the years, between the trials and errors.

The Tools

My system is not for those who crave prettiness. It’s for those of us who need to know where things are and what needs doing. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE some of the labels and print-outs I’ve seen on organising blogs. I just don’t have the time or the patience to set up something so… coherent for myself. I’m happy with quick-and-dirty solutions¬†that can be changed and updated on the fly. Below is 80%¬†of my organising toolkit:

It might take a LITTLE more than this... But not much more.

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Review: Victoria Slinglady’s Stretchy Wrap

Image source: Victoria Slinglady's ebay store. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Victoria-Slinglady-Stretch-Wrap-Sling-baby-carrier-suitable-from-birth-/110985573849?pt=UK_Baby_Carriers&var=&hash=item19d74175d9
Victoria Slinglady’s stretchy wraps are comfortable, inexpensive, and great for newborns.

When I was pregnant, I spent weeks on the internet researching baby carriers and comparing prices. The first I ever bought was a beautiful camo print stretchy wrap from Victoria Slinglady’s eBay store. It saw me and my daughter through our first four and a half months of babywearing in style. Below are my thoughts on Victoria’s wrap, and stretchy wraps in general. Continue reading “Review: Victoria Slinglady’s Stretchy Wrap”

My battle with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (or, Getting Glutened Sucks)

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My extremities looked much like this for several hellish, painful days.

We’ve just gotten back from a three-week vacation in Queensland, visiting my family. We had a great time catching up and letting Chipmunk meet this batch of relatives for the first time. Well, it was MOSTLY a great time. I managed to get rather thoroughly glutened three days into our trip, which gave me my usual foggy brain and urgly blurghy stomach for the next 24 hours or so. Then things took a rather nasty turn for the worse. Continue reading “My battle with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (or, Getting Glutened Sucks)”