Best Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble Ever

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It did turn out good! So said everyone who ate it, including me, so that’s a good sign. And I managed to make it sugar-free (some honey though), wheat-free and delicious!!

All you need is;

Rhubarb, Strawberries, Honey, Rolled Oats, Butter, Cinnamon and Cream.

Start with cleaning the rhubarb, it might be a little stringy, so pull the outside bits of it and chop into small pieces. Do the same with the strawberries (there won’t be stringy bits on the outside of them, so don’t peel them) and put them into a pie dish. Chop up some chunks of butter and put randomly on top of the fruit mix and drizzle however much honey you would like on top again.


Rhubarb Crumble

Put some oats in a blender and whizz it into flour. Put it in a bowl and put chunks of butter on top of this too. It’s a good idea…

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10 beauty cheats every girl should know

Keira Lennox

1. Mascara wands make the best eyebrow brushes.

When it’s time to toss your latest tube of mascara, save the wand. Wash it clean with soap and water and, voila, free brow spoolie. (Tip: use it to put a little lip balm in your brows as a flexible-hold brow gel!)

2. Turn any eyeshadow into a long-lasting eyeliner with a drop of saline solution.

I learned this trick decades ago from Carmindy, the resident makeup artist on the TLC classic What Not to Wear. Wet an eyeliner brush with a drop or two of saline solution (the same stuff you use to clean your contact lenses). Then dip the brush into a powder eyeshadow and apply it like a liquid liner. When it dries, it’s sweat and smudge proof and lasts all day

3. Clean stained fingernails with a whitening toothpaste.

Even with…

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Cleaning Bath Toys

Cleaning Bath Toys

We all love them, rubber duckies are so very cute and such a fun play toy for the kids in the bath. However, they and all other rubber bath toys get the horrible black build up inside.

How to clean rubber bath toys:
1.Squeeze out any water sitting inside toy.
2.Fill your bathroom sink with water, add 1 cup of vinegar, mix.
3.Suck water into each rubber toy and allow to soak in basin for 30 min.
4.Give a good shake after 15 minutes. Soak for a further 15 minutes.
5.Shake and squeeze out water.
6.Using a cleaning brush or cloth, wipe over toy.
8.Allow to air dry.

It’s been a while

Hi fellow blog followers…

I apologise that I have not been posting in over a week (yikes!).. it has been a little hectic and busy on the home and work front.

I know this blog is about balancing work and home life.. and I never said I was an expert at it.. just that I am trying 🙂

For a week involving notice of a trip to China (for work.. and hopefully some leisure!) children’s birthday parties, work functions, housework, sick child – sigh!

I am looking forward to starting this week on a positive and organized note 🙂 But it will be another busy working week for us no doubt.

For those on the other side of the globe (that is, Australia, where I am) it is the start of the new financial year and I am yet to get around to filing my tax return for the 12-13 financial year. And if/when I get a return, where or where will it go? Credit card, house furnishings, daughter’s school applications… so many options..

MY question is: how do you manage your finances?

Do you and your partner pile all earnings into the one (joint) account?

Or do you pay yourselves an allowance each week, then some goes into savings and the rest into weekly/monthly expenses i.e. mortgage, groceries, bills etc?

Happy reading and always, always, remember to enjoy fabulous food 🙂


Re-post House of Order (7 children…)


From Blogger

A house of order

This is a guest post by Naomi, from the blog Seven Cherubs.

Often I have people come to my house who are totally shocked that nine people live here. Not too many people say it, but some people.

They are amazed at how organised it is.

Notice I did not say how ‘clean’ it is.

A house needs to be ‘lived’ in and children make mess, it is part of family life and mothering.

I am referring to being organised.

I thought I would let you in on one of my secrets of having a house of order:

I simply call it A bag a day.

I am really good at getting rid of stuff.

In our house we are really good at acquiring stuff.

We collect school notes, toys, hand me down clothes, paperwork, leftover food scraps that can be found in all sorts of places, broken toys, empty boxes, books, linen and plastic containers.

For these item’s my rule is: if I haven’t touched it for a while – it goes!

That means that if I haven’t touched it, picked it up, moved it then no-one else has either.

If it is still in it’s original place after several months then it simply does not get used.

To help create a house of order, every day I place an empty plastic shopping bag on the kitchen counter and I fill it up. I either fill it up with items to give away or with items to throw away.

This keeps our home clutter free and keeps me focused on having order.

When I feel that clutter is taking us over on a larger scale, I have a massive discard day.

I had one last week.

I threw out 6 bags of items and dropped off another 5 bags of items to the second hand stores.

I felt relieved. It clears my mind, gives me more space and less work and worry.

We really do not need as many things we think we do.

I have many bodies in my home and other ‘stuff’ just gets in the way.

It drives me crazy to constantly be tripping over stuff, to have items falling out of cupboards and no space on my benches. It clutters my life and my mind.

For me, one plastic bag a day is a really simple way to keep up with simplifying my home and to bring me some peace of mind.

More on Printables.. for kids

Check out Nick Jnr’s website for free printables..

My daughter is obsessed with Peppa Pig and I’ve just printed off some colouring pages (with the boarder already colourful so they only have to colour in Peppa and her family etc)… makes it more enticing with coloured pages :-)…

Try it!

Pizza Ships (for kids.. and adults!)

Found on one of my favourite “go-to” websites for meal ideas,,

These are easy as anything – and you can add anything you like on it.


The fact that they are little ‘ships’ gets the kids involved in the kitchen to!


  • 12 small white par-baked bread rolls, halved
  • 2 x 50g sachets tomato and herb pizza sauce
  • 1 cup reduced-fat pizza cheese
  • 225g can pineapple pieces in natural juice, drained, chopped
  • 2 sticks cabanossi, sliced
  • 1 small green capsicum, finely chopped
  • Method
  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Spread cut side of each roll with pizza sauce. Place on prepared trays.

  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle rolls with 1/3 cup cheese. Top with pineapple, cabanossi and capsicum. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

  3. Step 3

    Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Serve.