Cleaning with kids: DIY laundry liquid

Many years ago, in a time before (I had) children, I experimented with making laundry powder. I followed a recommended recipe, and within six months, my second-hand cheaply-made washing machine bit the bullet and died. Terrified my attempt at alchemy had rendered it lifeless, I put the large jar of laundry powder into the bin… Continue reading Cleaning with kids: DIY laundry liquid

Cleaning with kids: when science and plumbing combine

Last week, before heading to Byron Bay, the kids were brushing their teeth one morning. It was a routine affair filled with more monkeying around and nagging then you can possibly imagine, but that's teeth-brushing with small children. When the job was done, and it came time to rinse the sink (because let's not waste… Continue reading Cleaning with kids: when science and plumbing combine

Hot tea on demand, and the other pros of a thermos

In summer, I have the perfect office space. The room I work from is located at the back of our house, on the lower floor. Meaning, it's tucked in close to the mountainside and below ground level in our pole home. It's always several degrees cooler than upstairs and provides a peaceful workspace. In winter,… Continue reading Hot tea on demand, and the other pros of a thermos