Fuss-free cooking with this wonderful kitchen tool

When I became a parent, I became a lazy cook. I used to love experimenting with new recipes and spending ages in the kitchen chopping and preparing ingredients, adjusting seasonings, and balancing flavours. But then kids came along, and I barely had the energy to cook at all. Cooking dinner was a necessity, rather than […]

16 Sneaky Spots to hide Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner. Whether you’re organised and already have a collection of Christmas presents, or you like to leave shopping to the last minute, you need to keep those presents out of sight. Whether it’s nosey kids or a prying partner, don’t spoil the magic of Christmas by making your gifts too […]

Getting Over That Post-holiday Funk

The kids have just been dropped off at school for the first day of term. There’s visions of a day of peace and quiet, and getting the house back in order. Then it hits: the post-holiday funk. There’s bags to unpack, massive piles of washing, a ridiculous number of unread emails, and don’t forget all […]

Life after Whole30 (It’s OK to fall)

I last posted about my Whole30 adventure when I’d reached Day 30. I had more energy than I’ve had in years, my brain fog had cleared and I felt great. That was 3 weeks ago, and it’s time to update you on how I’m going – my life after Whole30! This post contains affiliate links. […]

Whole30 Update

Wow, time is flying, and I’m on Day 22 of Whole30. I promised weekly updates, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Better late than never! My Whole30 journey has been surprisingly easy. I’d made small changes to improve my diet over the last couple of years, but I still enjoyed a few too many […]

My Whole Thirty: the beginning

Today, I started a Whole30 challenge. If you’re not familiar, it’s a 30 day challenge to eat whole foods – meat, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. That means no grains, dairy, added sugar or alcohol. Thankfully, coffee’s allowed, so I don’t have to worry about kicking that at the same time as sugar! Why am […]

5 years and now what?

Somehow on Sunday, this little blog will have it’s 5th blogiversary. What? How can it possibly be that long? Well, I suppose this big boy was just a toddler when I started.   And my cutie-girl was about the size of a jelly bean in my belly (we used to call her jelly bean!). It’s […]

Craft Goals for 2015

We’re more than halfway through January, and I still haven’t set any goals for the year. No wonder I never get anything done! I’ve got a few areas that I want to spend time on this year. I want to sew more clothes for myself, and sort out my fit issues to sew clothes I […]

Teaching kids to cook the right way!

Before I had kids, I had visions of us in the kitchen, preparing meals together. Quality family time while the kids learnt the skills to last a lifetime. It’s so important for everyone to know how to prepare healthy, tasty meals. When my son was born, I used to put him in the high chair […]

It’s a New Year

It’s a New Year and I should be motivated, excited, ready to tackle new challenges. But for some reason I’m not. After a busy few days around Christmas, spending time with my husband’s family (some visiting from overseas), we had a relaxing camping holiday by the beach over New Year’s. It was a great break, […]

Best of 2014

Another year is coming to an end, and it’s time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished. I’ve struggled with routine this year, procrastinating and finding busy things to do, and not spending enough time sewing, crafting and making things happen. I’ve had a good year, but not a great year. I’m aware of what I’m […]

Getting more energy

I’ve been thinking a lot about energy lately. Energy is the key to so many things in life. When I have energy, I get more done, I have more fun with the kids, I’m a better person. And yet, I spend so much time feel tired and lethargic. But it’s simple right – all I […]

Procrastinating sewing clothes for me

When I got back into sewing after my son was born, I always wanted to sew clothes for myself. I like clothes that are fitted (particularly around the waist) but, like a lot of people, I struggle to find ready-to-wear clothes that fit well. Making my own clothes would solve those fit problems – long […]

Grease is the word

Sunday night was opening night of the Grease musical here in Perth, and I was lucky enough to get two tickets. Nothing compares to the movie, and if you’re expecting an exact replica, you may be disappointed. I was a little worried how it would play out on the stage, but the end result was […]

A Day in The Life of….

What a busy day! I had plans for a different blog post today, but well, life got in the way. So for a bit of fun, here’s a day in the life of Cook Clean Craft. It’s not a typical day, there’s no such thing around here, but it was definitely full! The day started […]

Go Away, Mozzies! {Giveaway}

I’ve always been one of those people that attracts mosquitos. If there’s a mosquito around, it heads straight to the smorgasbord of me and enjoy the feast. And my poor kids seem to have the same gene. They get eaten alive (in fact, I think I get bitten less when these tasty little people are […]

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Slow start to the New Year

It’s been a funny old start to 2014 here in the house of Cook Clean Craft. I started the year with a bang, all motivated with personal resolutions. Less coffee and more yoga had me full of energy for 2 or 3 days, and then it all came crashing down. My whole body was sore, […]

The Best of Cook Clean Craft 2013

Happy New Year! After spending New Year’s Eve day tidying the house and watching a movie after dinner, we didn’t manage to stay up until midnight. Life with 2 small kids! At least it wasn’t so bad getting woken up early, as usual! For my first blog post for the year, it’s time to look […]

Merry Christmas 2014

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! My present to you is some of the out-takes from photographing the kids in their Christmas outfits: I hope you all get to share this day with people you love, and there are plenty of craft supplies under your tree (can’t wait to start using my Christmas present, but more […]

Craftsy Black Friday Sale

I’m addicted to Craftsy classes and the sale of the year is on for Black Friday. With classes priced up to 66% off (and all US$19.99 or less!), now is the time to get the classes you’ve been eyeing all year! Craftsy classes also make a great gift, so do some holiday shopping for the […]

Time for a Change

I’ve done it! I’ve take the big leap from Blogger to WordPress. Cook Clean Craft is all grown up now! So what does this mean to you? Hopefully, nothing! My blog design is a little bit different, but not a whole lot. There may be a glitch or two as the world-wide web catches up […]

Healthy Kick-start in Beautiful Queensland

I recently wrote about making baby-steps to improve my health and energy. With perfect timing, I was chosen to take part in the “Healthy Thursday” pop-up event before the Problogger Training Event, held on the Gold Coast last week. The day started with yoga in the park, right on the beach. I’d caught a midnight […]

Who is the Modern Domestic Engineer?

When I was redesigning my header a while ago, I created the tagline for Cook Clean Craft “Tools for the Modern Domestic Engineer”. It was a play on the fact that I was previously a chemical engineer and that “domestic engineering” was an in-joke term for housewife. Since I entered the world of homemaking and […]