How (And Why) to Switch to Decaf

Coffee is awesome. Sometimes, though, the caffeine isn't. Photo credit:
Coffee is awesome. Sometimes, though, the caffeine isn’t. Photo credit:

Why the hell would you want to drink decaf??

This has been a bit of an ongoing conversation for me lately. Every time I mention to a friend or acquaintance that we’re drinking decaf now, some variant of the above is always asked. And considering the number one reason a vast section of the country drinks coffee is for that blissful caffeine hit, it’s a fair question. Continue reading “How (And Why) to Switch to Decaf”

My Dream Kitchen

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how my kitchen could be improved. I spend a fair chunk of time in there every day, so I want it to work for us instead of making life harder. Of course, this lead me to daydreaming – if I could have any kitchen I wanted, how would I design it? What follows is a bit of a photo tour of my dream kitchen. This isn’t meant to be taken literally – it’s more an inspiration piece meant to get you thinking about your own space and how you can make it better. Continue reading “My Dream Kitchen”

How to Clear Your Sinuses


Is it any wonder we get sinus issues, with that maze of passages in our heads? Photo source: Flickr.

It’s coming into summer, and the pollen count is rising. For some of you that means you’ve already been living on Sudafed for months. I’m lucky enough to “only” have mild allergies. But they still bug me, since they’re such a new thing for me to deal with. I’ve only developed them in the last year or two, and most days I can’t even tell what’s set me off. So I’ve come up with a few things that help me, and thought I’d share with you all.

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Fire Safety and Kids

Burning off

Given that it’s almost November, I figured this post was about due. It’s already heating up a lot in most of the country, and it’s only a matter of time til the heat sets in down here, too. And if there’s one thing that can be guaranteed to happen during an Australian summer, it’s fire.

I just looked at the State’s Country Fire Service page listing warnings and incidents. Just today – in the twelve or so hours since midnight – there’s been 21 incidents. Eight of them were fires – grass fires mostly, with one rubbish fire, one vehicle fire and one building fire reported. Eight fires. In October. We haven’t even hit the dog days of summer yet – the days where you sit back and hold your breath, praying that no one with careless fingers sets a match to anything or throws a cigarette butt out a car window. Continue reading “Fire Safety and Kids”