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Wishing Bells Lijiang China - mypoppet.com.au

The Wishing Bells of Lijiang China – A Journey of Understanding

“Ding, ding” jingled the cow bells as we scrambled up the hillside in search of wild raspberries. The cows too caught up in munching on their lunch to notice us hunting for little orange coloured berries just a new meters away. Sweeter than any raspberries I’ve ever tasted, we gobbled them up as quickly as we could pick them undeterred…

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summer drink recipes with soda stream

Fun Fruit Infused Sparkling Water to Keep the Family Hydrated

As the weather warms up it can be hard to keep the family hydrated, sure plain water is good for you, but it can get boring after a while, and is no fun when you’re entertaining. Rather than opting for soft drinks, that are just full of sugar, I’ve got some tasty, non-sugary sparkling water drink creations, that the whole…

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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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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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Healthy smoothie recipes

3 Plant Based Smoothies the whole family will LOVE!

I thought that once Emma was back at school and we settled into our weekly routine things would settle down a bit, but instead of having time to chill, our days have gotten busier! Like most mums, I feel like I’ve been running around making sure everyone’s needs are covered except my own, and have been ignoring my wellbeing in…

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Picking the Right Carpet for your Home

Picking permanent fittings for your home is hard. Decisions like that make me want to hide under my doona and never come out. Paint colours, wallpaper and furnishings are easy enough to replace, but more expensive decor investments like flooring and carpets are not something you can change on a whim. I still haven’t decided on my bathroom tiles (more…

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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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Get Moving in Movember

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we women are forced to tolerate well meaning attempts by our partners, friends and work colleagues to ‘Grow a Mo’ for Movember. I’m afraid there’s no getting around it ladies, we have a month of patchy facial hair ahead of us. But it’s all for a worthy cause, our fathers, brothers and…

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