Oct 292012

It wasn’t too long ago I wrote about being unsure of the future of this blog. And while I still am, I would like to do a little catch up on my last few weeks in pictures. For ease of layout, these will be 3 big collages. I’ve also been thinking a lot about whether or not this blog should stay as it has been. In the past I have run Tuesday Tips and Things I Love Thursday as well as opinion pieces. Well, all my opinions are residing over on KiKi & Tea now, so perhaps this should just be stories about my life…

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Sep 142012

Started the week by voting. This was the line at 8am... urgh.

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Aug 102012

This week has been my first week in my new role. Lots of learning, although some of it I already know which is good. I decided this week would be the week for everything to go well, so I started it with spring cleaning on Sunday. Fairly unusual for me, I will admit, but the results have made me so happy coming home! But I’ll get to that later… on to the week in pics!

Breakfast on Saturday morning

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May 012012

Today’s Tip: Use bi-carb soda as a facial scrub.

A nice easy one for you today! Throw out all those expensive facial scrubs and products designed to foam up and give you the deepest clean, and get right to the source – bi-carb soda.

I’m convinced bi-carb soda is actually magical fairy dust because it does so many things. It cleans bathtubs, it absorbs smells in your fridge, and it can also be used as a face scrub. All you need to do is pop some in your fingers, wet it a little bit and scrub away! It is gentle and it will clean your face in ways you never thought possible (ooh, that sounds a little bit naughty, doesn’t it?).

Seriously, though, give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.



Apr 032012

The day I got a dishwasher for my birthday

Today’s Tip: Clean Your Dishwasher

Have you ever thought about how gross your dishwasher is? I have. Often. So I’ve seen those dishwasher cleaning products in the supermarket aisle but it’s just another expense I don’t need, so I’ve just left it. Today’s tip is courtesy of one of my KiKi & Tea authors, Whippersnapper, and involves bi carb, which is one of my all time favourite things. So versatile!!

How to clean your dishwasher:
1. Add bi-carb soda to the powder catch of the dishwasher;
2. Add white vinegar to the rinse aid compartment of the dishwasher;
3. Run on very hot setting with an empty dishwasher.

Brilliant! I’m giving it a go tonight!


Sep 132011

Today’s Tip: Keep your cleaning products in the room they are meant to clean.

On the weekend I was sitting at the hairdresser and she was cutting my mum’s hair and explaining how she needed another her to do all the things she doesn’t have time to do. One of the things she mentioned was cleaning. I said “Get a cleaner!” She said she didn’t like them because they didn’t clean like she did. My mother emphatically nodded, unlike me, my mother is a domestic goddess. Then Emma (hairdresser) was talking about how the cleaners used the same cloth in all the rooms rather than having a kitchen cloth, a bathroom cloth, etc. She asked if we all colour code our cloths as well.

Mum piped up “I keep the cloth for that room in the room, in a container, with all the other cleaning products for that room. And I store it in the room it’s for.”  Continue reading »

Aug 092011

Today’s Tip: Clean your room.

My Ideal Bedroom

I know what you’re thinking - isn’t this rather hypocritical of you, Tamsin? I’ve seen your room, you have all your scarves in a big pile on top of your dresser, your wedding dress is still in a big box on the floor, there’s shoes everywhere and somebody exploded a clothing bomb in the corner. Yes. Don’t argue. Do as I say, not as I do!

It was only in my late teens that someone gave me the valuable reason for cleaning your room, more valuable than just “because it’s dirty”. I’ve kept this advice with me ever since. Even though I don’t follow it. On the rare occasion I do, it sure does work.

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