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Menu planning advice from the dark ages!

Many, many years ago, (in the dark ages) when I was still at school, we had a subject called Home Economics (now approximately linked to Consumer studies). Now, please don’t question why, I have a Std 7 (Grade 5) Home Economics book from 1992 (I was long gone from school by then). In it is […]

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Bathroom break

This week we are cleaning our bathrooms. How often do you clean the outside of your toilet? How often do you wash your shower curtain? The bathroom is an important room in the house and often goes by the name throne room or reading room, I have also heard it referred to as the thinking […]

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Sleeping on the job!

In the past I have covered cleaning the Entrance hall and dining room, the lounge and the kitchen. This week I am looking at the bedrooms. I have a large house with enough bedrooms for everyone, yet my two youngest, LB and AT, insist on sharing! So now we also have a playroom and a […]

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How much is enough?

How much is enough? With any dinner party, braai (barbecue), or family function that you cook for, one of the biggest worries for the host/hostess is how much food do I need? Whether it is 10 people or 50 people knowing how much you need will help you plan your shopping and keep your costs […]

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Do you scurryfunge?

Scurryfunge- A hasty tidying of the house between the time you see neighbour and the time he/she knocks on the door. Taken from John Gould’s Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, and Wazzats, 1975 Are you one of these people? I was, out of necessity, now life is much less stressful. I used to run around in […]

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Do you have one of these?

A blog I follow talked abut doing a home inventory. How many of us know exactly what is in our house? The blog, ‘Home storage solutions’, talks about inventorying everything from cutlery and crockery, to linen, to curtains, to carpets. The blogger suggests taking photographs or videos of our inventory and recording serial numbers of […]

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My Cupboard Adventure

I took my own advice this week and Konmari’d my cupboard! I definitely owned far too many clothes, some of which date back a minimum of 11 years and some even older! The hardest part about this was that a few of the things I really liked but don’t fit into anymore. I didn’t throw […]

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Auditing your budget

I recently read an interesting blog in which they suggested that you do a yearly audit of your budget, to check if you are on track. I thought I knew where my money was going. My husband has a fantastic, very detailed, spreadsheet that he designed for our income and expenses. He has used this […]

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Is your kitchen a restaurant?

I was blessed with a husband who eats anything, as long as it isn’t raw celery and doesn’t move.  My kids, for the most part, also eat pretty much whatever you give them. So when I was asked about how to feed fussy eaters, I had to do some serious research. Here’s what I found […]

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What happened to my house?

We got married in 1991 and it is 21 years since we moved into our very own new home. At the time, we had no children and, amongst our friends, we were the only married couple.  Being ‘Frum’ was relatively new to our Jewish community. First we lived in a beautiful, large 1 bedroom, 1 […]

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