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Bathroom Renovation – Progress Report

We are officially in week 4 of our bathroom renovation, but it feels like it’s been going for months. The first couple of weeks were really stressful. Lots of unbearably loud noise and so much dust! Jackhammers and power saws at 7am is not my idea of a good way to wake up. Poor Emma has had a hard time…

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Rainbow Foods – Have Instagram food trends go too far?

I can’t scroll through my Instagram feed lately without coming across the latest food trend – Rainbow food. There are a few variations including Unicorn food and Galaxy food, but essentially it all comes down to taking perfectly normal beige food and dressing it up with a cacophony of colour! When will it end? Rainbows belong in the sky, not…

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Bathroom Renovation – Here’s the New Design

We’re officially two weeks into the bathroom renovation so I thought it was a good time to reveal the design and plans. I’ll pop a progress post up soon, a lot has happened in the last couple of weeks. It took a really long time to lock down these plans. The structural limitations of what we could and couldn’t do…

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Kids Cooking - Easy lunchbox idea - sushi sandwiches - mypoppet.com.au

Emma’s Sushi Sandwiches – A Fun & Healthy Snack

Getting kids to eat what’s good for them isn’t always the easiest job in the world. There’s been times when this mum has had to get creative and ‘hide’ some extra veggies in the spag bol, or call everything ‘chicken’ (when the kid went through the only eating chicken phase). We’ve all been there. If you are having trouble getting…

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The big sick movie review

You’ll fall in love with THE BIG SICK

I’m an avid podcast listener, most of them are just people chatting about the stuff they’ve been up to lately, movies they’ve seen, that kind of thing. That’s how the new movie THE BIG SICK, first got on my radar. Everyone was talking about how great this movie was so I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. THE BIG…

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And it begins! Bathroom Renovation – Day 1

The day has finally arrived! Our bathroom renovation is well and truly underway. Today the demolition crew arrived and have swiftly ripped out all of the old fixtures, chiselled off most of the tiles and are currently jack hammering out the concrete screed floor. I’m actually outside typing this because the noise in the house is so loud from the…

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Traditional french onion soup recipe

Traditional French Onion Soup

It’s well and truly soup season, and nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of French Onion Soup with lots of crusty bread to soak up all the goodness. Today I have a special treat, Agathé Kerr, Melbourne-based Parisian croissant queen and pastry chef, has kindly shared her favourite recipe for Traditional French Onion soup. Agathé is a mother…

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ACMI Wallace & Gromit and Friends

Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman at ACMI

It’s not very often that I walk out of an exhibition where my face hurts from smiling too much. There really should be a warning sign at the entrance of ACMI’s latest exhibition Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman clearly stating the risk of facial cramping from the abundant whimsy and delightful displays of artistry that await…

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LightTime – A new immersive exhibit at Scienceworks

Scienceworks is exploring science through art in LIGHTTIME, a brand new exhibit. Eleven experimental Melbourne artists have been commissioned to create immersive works around the theme of light, resulting in an immersive experience with other-worldly aesthetic and dramatic optical illusions. Unlike Sciencework’s regular exhibits, LIGHTTIME is presented more like an art gallery. The pieces play with perception and encourage the…

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What you need to know before joining the gym

10 things no one tells you when you join the gym

I’ve joined the gym – A sentence that I thought would never cross my lips. Even more surprised are my friends who are still in shock – apparently I’m the last person that they ever thought would actively seek out physical activity. To be honest, I’m still a little confused by the whole thing myself. The catalyst for this fitness…

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How to Afford your Dream Family Holiday - 5 Tips for planning and booking a vacation - mypoppet.com.au

How to Afford your Dream Family Holiday

Every time an ad for Disneyland comes on the telly, Emma turns to me and says, “let’s go mum!”, if only it was that easy. One day we’ll get to LA, but it’s not on the cards just yet. As a family we love to travel and explore the world. I was so lucky that as a child, my parents…

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Lemon creme cookies - recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Lemon Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

When you feel like a nice biscuit to accompany a cup of tea, you can’t go past a buttery lemon cream filled cookie. Save yourself a trip to the shops and bake your own, these only took around 45 minutes to make from scratch, and if you luck out like me, someone else will bake a batch for you. You’ll…

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Melbourne star giveaway - July school holidays

WIN one of 3 Skate & Fly Experiences for the Whole Family (CLOSED)

Winter school holidays are tough! It’s hard to keep the kids active and entertained when it’s cold outside, but I’m here to tell you that two great Melbourne attractions have partnered up to bring you a fantastic school holiday package that the whole family will love – Skate & Fly! Offering two great experiences for one great price, Melbourne Star’s…

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bouillabaisse - the house of wine and food review - mypoppet.com.au

A Taste of Marseilles in Port Melbourne – The House of Wine & Food

Tucked away in the quiet residential streets of Port Melbourne, The House of Wine & Food is a hidden gem offering an authentic Mediterranean dining experience. Don’t let it’s old school pub exterior fool you, what was once the Cricketers Arms Hotel, has now been transformed by new Owner and chef, Alan Giles, into a warm and inviting venue where…

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High Tea by the Sea – Time & Tide, Port Fairy

A few minutes out of the the historic seaside town of Port Fairy, you’ll find Time & Tide High Tea in an unassuming contemporary style pavilion perched right on over the water with views of the Southern Ocean. You could be forgiven for mistaking the property for a high end spa, but I guarantee the sensory delights that await you…

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Van Gogh And The Seasons – Debunking myths about Vincent Van Gogh

The paintings of Vincent Van Gogh are some of the most iconic artworks of the Impressionist era. Even those of us without a background in art history will recognise his signature use of colour and heavy brushstokes in his most famous painting such as Sunflowers or The Starry Night. Van Gogh is one of art history’s most recognisable figures, we…

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Bathroom renovation before

Avert your eyes – Bathroom Before Photos

Everyone loves a good before and after reveal, and in my experience, the key to having the ultimate ‘after’ result is to have a really crappy ‘before’ to start with. Well I certainly have that covered when it comes to my bathroom. Today we are off to the bathroom builder’s showroom to choose some fittings and really nail down our…

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Fruit party - Birthday party idea

Emma’s Fruit Themed Afternoon Tea Birthday Party

Here’s a cute and colourful kids party idea that you can put together in only an hour or two without breaking the bank – a Fruit Themed Afternoon Tea Party! It was Emma’s birthday this week, but because we’ve had a lot going on I decided an intimate gathering afternoon tea with immediate family rather than a big party.  It…

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Top 5 things to do with Kids in Greenwich

London with Kids – Top 5 Reasons to visit Greenwich

It’s been a while since Emma and I visited London, almost two years in fact. But because we were there for three whole weeks, we actually did a ton of fun stuff that I never got around to blogging about. In the next few months I’ll be sharing more about our past travels around the globe (and locally), because not…

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FIg and Almond Tart Recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Fig & Almond Tart Recipe

Figs are one of my favourite fruits and today’s recipe contributor Carina, is lucky enough to have not one, but two fig trees in her garden. I’m so jealous! Carina tells us about her delicious Fig & Almond Tart Recipe: “If I am not working, playing with my little man or crafting, you will find me in the kitchen, I…

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