You might have seen this image in the media over the past week. If not, let me briefly explain: this is a statue of Buddha that has the 1,000 year old mummified remains of a monk hidden inside. The owner bought the statue without any knowledge of its secret contents - this happened in the late 90s, and only recently was the statue run … [Read More...]

hot air balloon

Living List Tick – Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

  As you'll hear in the opening minute of the video, we were told to meet at Yering Station. In the time it took to get from my suburb over to Yarra Glen, as I passed (and was passed by) a surprising amount of traffic on the back roads of winery country, I had woken up a little thanks to the … [Read More...]

packing light for overseas

Packing Light for Overseas – Kids Version

  Keira came along when I was shooting the video for last week's post about what I will be packing for Europe (100+ outfits and they all fit in half a suitcase!) and asked if she could do one too. Of course I said, and this is the result. If you stick around to the end you'll see how we … [Read More...]

What I'm Reading February 2015

What I’m Reading February 2015 (+ a Question)

  A few months after putting a hold on it at the library, Poems that Make Grown Men Cry finally came in. I can't confirm first-hand that it indeed makes grown men cry, but what I can say is that it made me cry. Several times. Many inclusions are poems that I am familiar with and are to be … [Read More...]

Valentine's Day

The Weirdest, Most Random, Wonderful and Hot Moments of Love (for Valentine’s Day)

It's almost Valentine's Day. If you're like me, that means the day is of semi-interest (at best). I won't be heartbroken if I don't get anything. A hug will be fine! Maybe a hug... and someone to cook tea. Oh, that and maybe a flower. From the garden. Or the florist. AND CHOCOLATES DON'T FORGET … [Read More...]

karen packing

Travelling Light Overseas: 20 Pieces = Over 100 Outfits

  I've put together a fun little video today going over how we are going to be packing extra super light for Europe next month: 5 weeks, 4 people and only taking 2 regular-sized suitcases. Can't be done? Au contraire! (I'm practising my French.) What 20 Pieces Am I Taking? 1 pair of … [Read More...]

Erasure Poetry

How to Write Erasure Poetry

Let me first declare that I'm new to writing erasure poetry. I have friends who do it - very well - and I've always wanted to give it a try. Well, last month I did, results below, but first let me explain a bit more about erasure poetry. Here's a nice summary from Wikipedia: Erasure is a form of … [Read More...]


7 Tips for TMJ Disorder Management

This video has been a while in the works. I know a lot of people have TMJ issues or deeper problems - or don't know that they do, just wonder 'why is my jaw clicky?' and so on - and I compiled a list of 7 things (+ one extra!) that I do to help my own condition when it flares. Please note that in … [Read More...]

connecting with brands

How To Make Connections With Brands

  Many bloggers have the specific wish, if not intent, to make money from their blogs. Others come to this goal later. Either way, I think it still takes time for these bloggers to get the ‘lay of the land’ - so to speak – and discover what is working (or not) for those who are making money. … [Read More...]


Can I Help You With Your 2015 Blogging Goals?

To start, I'm delighted to be running my  Introductory Blogging course again at Writers Victoria. If you're interested in dipping your toe into this world, or know someone who does, it would be the perfect present to yourself (or them!). Here are the details. I'm giving you some advance notice to … [Read More...]


2014 Family Goals Review – and those for 2015

I know I'm a little late for doing a '2014 in review post' and, truth is, I nearly let this one languish in the drafts folder. However a bigger part of me wanted to acknowledge what we managed to achieve... and those things we didn't... in order to put a line under the exercise and move on. This … [Read More...]

Valerie Khoo Power Stories

Refining Your Story for Greater Success

  It's a thrill to be able to show you today a talk I had recently with Valerie Khoo and her business book Power Stories: The 8 Stories You Must Tell to Build an Epic Business. The longer I've been writing and blogging the more I've come to value the various ways that people can package and … [Read More...]

3 ingredient australia day damper dip

3 Ingredient Australia Day Damper Dip

I don't think an Australia Day has gone by without my making this damper dip. Although I have reservations about the day itself, and it's darker history and all that is yet to be done to remedy past wrongs, I do enjoy making this dip. It's a family tradition I'm happy to stand behind. Only out of … [Read More...]