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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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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
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This little unicorn piñata is something that anyone can make, all you have to do is upstyle a donkey and can I just say, her make over came out pretty nicely. Want the full tutorial? Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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I wanted to give you guys a chance to win some beautiful Minouche clothing for a little girl in your world. How does a $150 voucher sound? Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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It's been a while since I have done a Taking Stock post so I thought I would pop one together. I love looking back on them and because I do lots of tutorials and recipes on this blog sometimes I wonder if I will be sad that I didn't spend all this time just memory keeping. Anyway, welcome to the inside of my head. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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I have a little confession to make. I haven't been practicing what I preach. But I have been making you guys a free printable so hopefully all will be forgiven. Choose Happy baby. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Yay! Mother's Day is approaching fast and I for one am excited! Seriously, how cool is Mother's Day? I'm a HUGE fan. So I put together a little list of gorgeous things that I think would make great gifts for the lovely lady in your life. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Want to see what a 'normal' day in our world looks like? Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Eleven little girls, unicorns in hand spent two relaxed hours in the backyard, wearing capes hunting for lollies and having fun at Scout's Unicorn Picnic Party earlier this month. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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Here are some awesome German-ish recipes that I thought you would like. While I'm in GERMANY! Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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I'm going to Munich on Saturday. Yup, I said that like someone who does these type of things often, dontcha think? Long story short it is a work trip for the hubby. This is not normal for us, people who wear orange shirts to work don't often get flown to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
Thanks so much! Let me know if you make them xoxo
For real? Thats so cool. Congratulations!
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Okay ladies, who wants to bathe in left over Easter eggs? I thought as much. Let me tell you how to whip it up. Because who doesn't love a good Friday DIY tutorial? Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
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One of my beautiful blog sponsors sent the kids some scented play dough. As soon as I saw the gorgeous fresh dough, all smelling like lavender I just knew that I needed to ditch the box of plastic crap and give them something beautiful that would hold their attention. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Patchworkcactus