How I added fish and omega 3 into my children’s diet

Smoked salmon, cream cheese and basil on a crispy cruskitOur family is on a misson to eat more fish, chasing the omega 3 oil it contains, which is thought to improve health and child development. Adding more fish to our diet also achieves another goal – cutting back on red meat meals. (A sponsored post for the Heart Foundation and Nature’s Own)

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New chapter, new me: life after redundancy

So, in case you didn’t know, in 2006, just after the birth of my middle child, I began working for Uncle Rupert. Or as many call him, Rupert Murdoch. From the moment I began my journalism degree, my vision was to one day work on a daily metro. For me, that represented success. And in 2006, about 10 years after I graduated, that goal was reached when I was hired as a sub-editor on The Courier-Mail. Today, I mark two days of unemployment, since being made redundant from that job.

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Freebie Friday Winner: Pacific West Fish Giveaway!

And after a harrowing selection process (which I did NOT have any part of!) a winner has been selected for our monster giveaway of fish for a year! And a hearty congratulations goes out to Effie Bakkalis and her winning entry: “I did the maths, we can’t afford 2 pets anymore. Let me ease your financial burden!”.

Congratulations Effie! I’ve passed your email address onto the organisers and they will be in touch to arrange delivery of your prize.

Secrets to baking the perfect cake – from an expert (hobby) cake maker!

A perfect pink ruffle cake by Cathy KingstonEarlier I posted about my dreams of making a perfect rainbow layer cake for my daughter’s fifth birthday. In it, I mentioned an old school friend, Cathy, who is mastering the cake-making secrets to a perfect cake. Here are her top tips, and a few examples of her unbelievably intricate work! She kept insisting that she was a ‘hobby’ cake maker but to my untrained eye, she’s pretty expert to me.

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I cut my electricity bill from $800 to about $300 a quarter

My really high electricity bill!In August last year my electricity bill came and when I opened it I sat down heavily and almost started crying. $810.99. That’s for one quarter. So, extrapolate that out, and the cost of boiling a cup of coffee and a hot shower for the year was about $3,200. Yup. I tackled the problem with a vengeance and my next bill was about $320.00. Here’s how I did it.

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There actually are ‘secrets’ to being a good baker!

My new goal - the perfect rainbow cake!Secrets to being a good baker. Top tips for perfect sponges. Handy hints for creative cupcakes. You can be a cake decorating dream! Whenever I read those words I think, “Sure, sure. It’s just practice, experience and time. Anyone can do it”. But that’s not exactly true. And on the other hand, it sort of is true. Allow me to explain…

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