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Kirsten
Canberra, Australia
The basics: I'm a left leaning, feminist, happily married, Australian mother/writer/blogger. I have three kids. I am no longer studying. I write. That about sums it up. Also, I used to go by the name Kay in the blogosphere, but now I don't. I work part-time in writing, editing and web roles (it varies) in a nameless government department. I share the working (paid and unpaid) with my partner Chris, which is basically awesome but sometimes frustrating for both of us. I write at SustainableSuburbia.net, as well as having my personal blog here at Typepad.
Interests: sustainability, writing, parenting, organic gardening, chooks, web 2.0, sleep, steiner education
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We use zucchinis in a lot of our everyday type recipes, because, well, when you are growing zucchini's you end up with a lot of them! But one of my favourite glut recipes is chocolate brownies. Just the sweet tooth in me :)
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I am so with you on the unnecessary toys - even things like Uno, the card game, is just a version of Switch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switch_(card_game) ) - why do we need a whole different set of cards for it? My older two kids sometimes play cards now, which I love, although they are at such different stages. We'll definitely be taking a couple of packs along on our big o/s trip later this year though.
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You know, I keep reading that you clean your face with honey, and I have yet yo try it. I actually just use water (I have to admit, my 'beauty routine' is practically non-existent, through no special intention - just laziness!), but everytime you post about this I am curious about it. I think I will make a special time to do some "pantry pampering" with my seven-year-old too. I think she'd think it was a fun thing to do together, just the two of us.
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Oh yes, we had this from the library. My three year old loved this book. Maybe I should take it as a sign.,.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2013 on Finding joy in having less at little eco footprints
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My dad used to have them too, blue and brown ah nostalgia!
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2013 on Finding joy in having less at little eco footprints
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Tricia, this is such an awesome post, I think I might print it out and give it to the grandparents... Maybe it will help them to understand our philosophy a little better (and by grandparents I really mean my FIL, but its better to be even handed about these things!).
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What an awesome idea! We live right next to a footpath between streets, and I've often thought of planting out the space between the path and our driveway with herbs - but then I never get my own garden fully sorted, so why add more? I think... But this is a great idea. We too have kids in our street at a bunch of different schools. I wonder if I could get them excited about something like this? I bet my son would be.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on Verge of greatness at little eco footprints
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Sounds like a great idea - new pojects are fun! :) And I love a good yarn scrap use-up. Well, I would love one to use up mine :P I do have a crochet blanket on the go, that started as a blanket for my seven year old's teddy bear (back when she was a five year old actually). A while ago she decided she wanted it to be bigger, so I said we could use up some left over bits on it, and now she's agreed with me to just keep going. But, that only uses up left over wool from the school shop, which is 16 ply, I think, and very feltable. So not really mixable with the rest of my left overs. Also, there's a rule that the colours must be blues, purples and complementary shades. Hope your cruise is lovely and relaxing :)
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2013 on How to use up yarn scraps at Day to Day
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One of the things I love about Canberra winters is the sunshine. So that although we have frosty mornings, and 11 degree rainy days like Monday of this week, we have gorgeous sunny days more often than not. Right now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at narrating kayoz
What a fantastic initiative, thanks for sharing Tricia. I hope it comes to Canberra... off to look at the website now :)
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2013 on Eying off the car next door at little eco footprints
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I've been meaning to write a post about how this year so far has been filled with accidents and illness (right now Liam has a sprained ankle and Mikaela is sick with a virus that's been going around at school... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at narrating kayoz
Sounds like an awesome weekend! Skateboard jewelery sounds particularly cool :) I don't think we made nearly such good use of ours, although we did get the house reasonably tidy, including the big kids' bedroom (doesn't happen all that often!), and had a campfire with damper and sparklers on Sunday night, which was fun :)
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2013 on Our long weekend at Day to Day
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I love this idea! I think we have gotten worse at this over the past decade since having kids - not that we buy a lot of stuff for them (we are mean, mean parents), but more that we have gotten overwhelmed and stopped budgetting, so instead of always knowing how much we have saved for any particular thing (gifts, trips, house expenses etc), we just have a bunch of money in the bank and spend it without thought. And then sometimes run into trouble at the end of the month when it comes time to pay. I am getting back into budgeting at the moment, because I much prefer to have money allocated and know that if we are buying something, it's because we can afford it. And yeah, often times, if you don't buy it straight away, sometimes you realise you don't 'need' it after all! I love that cubby though. I think I will add it to my wishlist :)
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That sounds fabulous Joy, I would love to hear about it - anything that gets more pitching in is always a bonus!
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I love that idea of "an hour for an hour". My kids only get to watch TV on weekend mornings (mostly), which is a way of us getting to sleep in! But, I do often feel that behaviour deteriorates afterwards. We have TV free weeks from time to time, but I'd love to do a TV free month. My husband would rebel though (mind you, he only watches TV at night after the kids are in bed - and often not till I'm in bed too). Last weekend we have a very successful cleaning up day with the reward of our first ever family movie night afterwards. I'm thinking of dropping Saturday morning TV and moving towards that model instead, but I may have some rebellion on my hands! Have to make the two changes seem unrelated, so they don't feel the movie nights (earned) are robbing them of the free for all in the morning.
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I love these posts Tricia. And I love to see the photos of Little Eco and see how she is growing up. I am always amazed when other people's kids continue to grow when I'm not looking! I think my kids would love to declare Monday night campfire night (or any night really). I'm thinking we might have one tonight, in honour of the Queens birthday weekend, and firecracker night that was - we always used to have a fire along with our fireworks when we were kids :)
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2013 on Autumn was..... at little eco footprints
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We've had such a mild autumn here in Canberra, it's hard to believe it's going to get really cold, though the past few days have been a bit wet and miserable. I think the thermos of something hot is an excellent idea. We often stay around outside after school for a while, especially on Mondays when my 11 year old has choir until 4pm. And I could see a thermos of hot chocolate making the difference between staying and playing, or retreating to the car, now winter is here.
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Thanks Jody. Ridiculously, one of my issues is that I made it to 41 without ever being in any kind of car accident, and now my poor kids have had one - and a fairly serious one (bad for the car anyway, as Mikaela kept saying) - at the age of, well, in Elli's case only three. I know that is a daft reason to feel bad, but that's the irrational human in me I guess!
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2013 on The Car Crash at narrating kayoz
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I was in a car accident last week, and this week I am struggling. I think it's partly because I'm not sleeping well, mostly due to injuries. Nothing major at all, just bruising, maybe some muscle strains, but enough to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at narrating kayoz
Great post Tricia. There's a clothing swap day at my kids school coming up - this weekend I think. It's a great idea, and really pretty easy to organise.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2013 on Loving pre-loved clothing at little eco footprints
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Haha, I didn't get far with this meme, did I?!
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2013 on 52 Weeks Photo Meme at narrating kayoz
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"However, so-called ‘mummy blogging’ is not a purely personal endeavour. Despite the gleeful mocking of ‘serious bloggers’ and ‘hilarious male columnists’ the issues explored by ‘mummy bloggers’ are often highly political. For many women of my generation, motherhood is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at narrating kayoz
Thanks for publishing this Tricia. I was just discussing this issue the other day with my cousin, who lives in inner city Canberra on a main road, and has been worrying about how that might affect her children. I'll be forwarding this to her :)
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Mikaela started class one this morning. The Orana ritual for the first day of class one begins with returning to your kindergarten (new kindy children start at 10 on the first day). We dropped Mikaela off and then waited -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at narrating kayoz
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I saw this meme somewhere, a photo of each child every week for the year. I can't remember where I saw it, and I'm a month late to the game, but I have decided to do it anyway. (I'll find... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at narrating kayoz