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Patchwork Cactus
A beachside suburb on the East Coast of Australia.
Blogger, Journalist, Copy Writer... Making, Baking, Parenting, Laughing.
Interests: Living a lovely life with two little ones in tow, making stuff, cooking stuff, teaching stuff, drinking wine, taking names. Chuck it all together and that's how you patchwork a cactus. Bam!
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I'm have handpicked 16 toys that I would be more than happy to trip over in the hallway and I'm giving one of you guys the lot! A $400 toy giveaway for Christmas. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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You should Google it Mum, basically gist is that she is a major declutterer.
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Here is my actual real-life guide to finding more time, no outsourcing, no big spends, no glamour. Just a regular mum who wants to show my kids that life is for living, you know? So let's get to it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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For everyone who has ever thought, man I like her kids clothes, this is your chance to win some for yourself. 13 giveaways, 13 awesome Australian kids fashion brands. Do it! Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Every fortnight I write a Happy List for Child Mags blog. It's one of my favourite things to do because it really makes me stop and think about my happiness. I thought it was time I brought it Patchwork side so here are SIXTY things that make me happy. Also,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Is there anything better than a deep dish pie? I don't think so. But I do think that you can optimise a deep dish pie, say with lemon curd? And good news, you literally can't go wrong with this one. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Here are some beautiful sheds that I'm not building. Sheds that great novels are written in, that inspire romantic escapades, that exist in climates where hanging out in sheds isn't a health risk... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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I go through clusters of wanting to be out and busy to just needing to be at home, like really be at home, not just visit there. Needing to weed gardens and put up shelves, read books and work on projects. Right now, I'm in the latter. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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I just wanted to share a bunch of posts I have been writing over at Child Mags Blog because I thought you guys may enjoy them, so... enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
This spot is totally perfect, we just bought a new tent and I'm so excited to try it out.
it was beautiful, but really cold!
Oh thanks lady, I think so.
True that! It was really fun. Thanks so much!
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Basically the only thing that keeps our week running smoothly is the night before preparation. As I am making dinner I just start filling lunch boxes as I cook. I have talked before about how organisation doesn't come naturally to me but one thing made all the difference. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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I made this pink disco cake eight months ago. Right? I'm a terrible tutorial hoarder. It started with some store bought sponge and was crazy easy, Do you know what that means? You can make this cake. Anyone can make this cake. You don't even need to switch on the oven. Seriously! Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
The sport thing is crazy! I went and hung with a friend while her son did soccer training tonight, we could see our breath, it was COLD and long, and I will be packing a thermos when it's my time!
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I am savouring this last year before school drop offs and weekend sport. But I'm also super excited to watch the lady run the beach with the nippers come Summer. Knowing that this time is fleeting is bittersweet. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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If I'm honest, food is the first ball to drop in my world when things are busy. So I am fool proofing my week with carrot sticks chopped and ready in glass jars (because I need to see them yelling at me,) chia puddings in glass bowls in the fridge and some smoothie bags waiting in the freezer. Let me explain that last one to you. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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This is the DIY detangler recipe I use, just three ingredients and it may even keep the knits away. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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As an Instagram addicted blogger, having a bright home is pretty high on my list of necessities; it’s nestled in right above easily accessible caffeine and just below futuristic speed wi-fi. This is because I spend so much time taking pictures inside my house – I really have become totally... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Painted patterns are everywhere right now, on clothes and handbags and pillows, I just went to Melbourne for the weekend and it was paint galore. I could have put 20 more items on this list but my time is a bit more limited than it used to be, because of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Hello lovelies, huge apology for the silence lately. I got a new job and we have all just been finding our feet. It's funny, everything had to change around here really quickly, my parents had to come down for the first week so I could go into the office and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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It’s not my job as a parent to smooth the word out for my children, but teaching my kids to find happiness wherever they can is what I owe them, considering how much of it they have brought to me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Sometimes it's good to get away, even if it is just for one night. Lake St Clair this weekend, it was exactly what we needed... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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I have been in a bit of a top knot funk for a while now, and the problem is that my topknot game is not strong. So I'm sharing 7 everyday hairstyles that aren't a topknot. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Patchworkcactus