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Book Review

Dark Emu – Australia’s True History

I must admit this is not the sort of book I usually choose. I was prompted to purchase Dark Emu when author Bruce Pascoe was referred to Australian Federal Police. In case you missed the controversy, Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs, referred Pascoe to police. Pascoe was accused of benefiting financially from incorrectly claiming

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Michelle Obama's autobiography Becoming
Book Review

Becoming – Michelle Obama

I absolutely loved this well written biography by the United States’ former First Lady, Michelle Obama. It struck me that recent reads that I’ve loved (both this and Leigh Sales’ Any Ordinary Day) have been ones where hope is a central feature. I’m definitely a glass half full kind of girl. Becoming is split into

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Dulux White on White painted dome by mrpainter.com.au
Building and Construction

How To Choose the Right White Paint

You’re in the process of building your dream home and it’s time to choose your external and internal paint colours. Not a problem. You have your heart set on white. You’ve seen many beautiful homes use white to great effect. Then you see the colour chart – and there are so many shades of white

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Modern butler's pantry with bench space and storage
Building and Construction

Is the Butler’s Pantry a Must Have or Just Pretentious?

Last night saw the all -important kitchen reveals on The Block and the butler’s pantry became a talking point on Twitter. Dee Madigan, Creative Director of Campaign Edge, posted about her loathing of butler’s pantries, asking “why have a kitchen if you don’t want to cook and prep in it”. Many agreed with her (590

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Empty room under renovation with no flooring
Building and Construction

Could You Do The Block? To Renovate or Not?

Every year when a new series of The Block starts, my husband who is in the building trade, turns and says “We should go on The Block!”  My response is always a laugh and “no chance!” While I love reality TV (my guilty pleasure), I would never be silly enough to put myself in the

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Hard hats hung in a row on a work site
Building and Construction

R U OK? MATES in Construction

HEADS UP – This post deals with the topic of suicide. If you are experiencing problems or dealing with suicide grief and would like to talk to someone, please reach out to Lifeline or one of the listed organisations. Three years ago today we said goodbye to a friend who most of us didn’t know

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