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In yesteryear, I studied and taught music and was involved in youth ministry. Now I am a wife and a home educating mum, with kids aged 6, 4 and 1. I also like to read, knit and sink my vocal chords into chant and polyphony. Through it all, I am striving to battle the busyness to come closer to the Lord. For anything of value I write here, to God be the glory.

Three Free Cardboard Box Storage Ideas

Three Free Cardboard Box Storage Ideas

  Cardboard boxes are so easy to acquire for free. Apart from boxes we’ve collected from buying products packaged in them, we’ve also gotten them from local supermarkets, hardware stores and bottle shops. Sometimes these places have an area where they leave boxes for anyone to take. Other times I’ve just asked at the customer service […]

Real-Food Survival Skills For When Life Is Crazy

Real-Food Survival Skills For When Life Is Crazy

  Over the last year or so, we have been learning heaps about what different foods do to our bodies and what foods our bodies need (and need to avoid) to function well. We’ve made lots of changes to our diet. We cut out sugar, most processed foods, hydrogenated oils and most dairy. We started […]

Easy, Tasty, Dairy-Free Potato And Cauliflower Bake

Easy, Tasty, Dairy-Free Potato And Cauliflower Bake

  This potato and cauliflower bake is a simple, tasty, throw-it-all-in veggie dish. Treat all my quantities as approximate and flexible – I took the “throw-it-all-in” thing fairly literally and am not sure exactly what quantities I used! I just threw in enough veg to look like a balanced mix and filled a 3L/23x33cm rectangular […]

DIY Nursing Singlet

DIY Nursing Singlet

  I’ve found this simple hack in numerous places around the internet, so have no idea which person or persons came up with the idea. But it is a good one! I pretty much live in these while breastfeeding. Great for modest feeding and keeping your tummy covered when the weather or baby’s hands are […]

Praying The Stations Of The Cross With Young Kids

Praying The Stations Of The Cross With Young Kids

  A few years ago, I decided to start a new family tradition: praying the Stations of the Cross as a family on Good Friday. Attending the Triduum services already made for a busy weekend, including late nights on Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday, plus skipping afternoon naps on Good Friday. It was just a […]

Cutting Out The Chemicals In The Bathroom

Cutting Out The Chemicals In The Bathroom

  Last week, I shared some of the natural, synthetic-chemical-free products we’ve started using to clean our home. Today, we’re onto going chemical-free in the bathroom. Here are the natural toiletry alternatives we’ve swapped to so far:   Natural bar soap We used to use liquid hand “soaps” and body wash, but began to realize […]

Cutting Out The Chemicals When Cleaning

Cutting Out The Chemicals When Cleaning

  As I mentioned in my tomato sauce recipe post, we’ve been getting wary about synthetic chemicals in our food. That wariness also extends to the use of chemicals throughout the rest of our home. With a little bit of research, it’s not hard to find simple, natural and frugal alternatives for our cleaning and […]

Connecting While Cleaning: 3 Ways To Connect With The Kids While Getting The Housework Done

Connecting While Cleaning: 3 Ways To Connect With The Kids While Getting The Housework Done

  Lately I have been feeling run off my feet with housework. Making, consuming and cleaning up after meals seems to take ages, and then there is laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping, things such as the toilet, bathroom basin and kitchen floors which are all well overdue for a clean, and did I mention making, […]

Prayer Directory

Prayer Directory

  The following prayer directory is a list of all the prayers and devotions we have compiled on the site so far. We hope you find these useful for maintaining your prayer personal and family prayer lives.   Short Prayers Act Of Contrition (Long Version) The Angelus Bedtime Prayer Grace Before and After Meals Guardian […]

Thrifty Ways To Stay Warm In Winter

Thrifty Ways To Stay Warm In Winter

  Winter has been hitting us hard in Melbourne this year. It has also been hitting our bills hard from our use of the heater. Not being made of money, we’ve been trying to do what we can to keep these bills as low as we can. Here are our strategies to keep the heater […]