Paint swatches

The never ending ‘Home Improvement’ quest

Today I’m off to choose tiles for our upcoming bathroom renovation. Yes we’ve finally bitten the bullet and signed a contract with a builder to upgrade our leaky beige toilet, the vanity that is being chocked up by house bricks and (this one I won’t miss) the corner spa with gold taps that shoots out black slimy scum no matter…

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savoury mango chutney scone pull-apart recipe

Mango Chutney Savoury Scone Pull-apart

This recipe for Mango Chutney scones is incredibly easy to whip up at the last minute if you have people dropping by for afternoon tea. It’s also a perfect offering to take along to a pot-luck dinner or as an appetizer for an Indian meal. I was sent a package from Patak’s with a selection of their pastes and pickles…

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KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza brings out Melbourne’s inner child

“Guess what Emma? We’re going to the circus!” I thought she’d be excited, but instead her response was lukewarm, “Can’t you take someone else? The circus isn’t really my thing.” Geez, kids these days really don’t know how to have fun! Turns out she was a little bit worried about the clowns, but once I explained that Cirque du Soleil…

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Where to eat in Lorne - Great Ocean Road VIC - mypoppet.com.au

Where to Eat in Lorne – A tasty mini-guide

There’s lots of great food to be found along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and on our recent visit to Lorne we enjoyed many noteworthy meals. I passed some cafe and restaurant recommendations on to a food blogging friend that visited last week, and she ‘LOVED’ my tips (her word not mine). I thought it was only fair to share the…

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map of Australia with pins

Australia Day is Bittersweet

“We must be the only country in the world that marks its national day not by celebrating its identity, but by questioning it.” Ken Boundy Australia Day means many things to many people. The day has symbolism that I personally struggle with. On the one hand I feel grateful for a country that took my family in when we needed…

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Glamping in the Yarra Valley, Victoria Australia. A review by mypoppet.com.au

Let’s Go Glamping in the Yarra Valley!

I love the idea of camping – getting close to nature, enjoying big starry skies and spending quality time with friends and family, it’s all great in theory. But my reality has always been – having to pack the car to the gills only to discover you’ve left something essential like sleeping bags at home, or waking up on rock…

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bokeh photography with butterfliesmypoppet.com.au

Out of Focus – Experimenting with Bokeh Photography in Melbourne

Have you ever wanted to push the boundaries with your photography and really get to know how to use that big camera beyond just the ‘Auto’ setting? If you own a Canon, you may enjoy taking part in some FREE photography workshops, located all over Australia. This post contains amazon affiliate links – indicated by an * I recently attended…

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Back to school - shopping for school supplies at officeworks

Add ‘Learning for Life’ to your Back to School List

“I’ll take the biggest size” Mum had delegated the task of buying my high school uniform to Dad, and being a very practical man, he decided that buying school uniforms every year was for suckers; and anyway I’d grow into it, eventually! You can just imagine me on that first day, a lanky awkward teen just swimming in a size…

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Top 10 things to do with kids in Lorne

Lorne with Kids – Top 10 Things to See + Do

Whether you are heading down Great Ocean Road for a day trip, a weekend escape or a longer adventure, spending some time in Lorne is always a great idea. It’s an amazingly family friendly destination with things to see and do for kids (and grownups) of all ages. I’ve rounded up our Top 10 recommendations for activities in Lorne with…

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