Useful Things

Why I Started Using Essential Oils

Today I’m starting a challenge to post about my experiences with essential oils this month, starting with why I got involved…. I started using essential oils over a year ago now and since then there are been a quiet, but steady, revolution happening in our house. Oils are now are our go-to for cleaning, medicine, stress…

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Essential Oil Roller Bottle Recipies to Match Label Sets

Welcome to Creative & Somewhat Useful! These are the recipes I recommend to fill you roller bottles with once my label sets have been applied. First, a few tips on applying the labels. They are printed on quite thick adhesive paper. To get a good application I recommend ‘curling’ the label first, before applying it.…

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How to Get & Stay Inspired

5 Things to Do to Get & Stay Inspired I was recently asked to give an inspirational speech, which left me at a loss really, as I don’t consider myself inspirational at all! Despite being far too normal to be inspirational, I have no trouble getting, or even staying, inspired. I have so many ideas…

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Use Less Plastic

We are big fruit and veg eaters around here and every week we clean out the crisper bin at the bottom of the fridge. Every week what we throw out most is the plastic bags the fruit and veg came home from the supermarket in. The good news is that we don’t have a lot…

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10 Things you Need to Know before you sell on Etsy

I recently opened a store on Etsy and even more recently made my first sale!  Getting to here took some work and a few mistakes along the way, so I thought I would share what I wish I had known before I sat down to start the process of filling in all the boxes on the…

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A Story About Socks

  Of all the things I imagined my children might have challenges with socks was not one of them! Despite that shoes and socks can be the cause of a 20 minute battle that our morning routine really can’t accommodate. Our oldest boy has Sensory Processing Disorder, a complex and frustrating condition that effects the way…

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A Little Bad is a Good Thing

I recently had a conversation with a friend about her 4 year old son and his newly discovered kleptomania. He had managed to steal something from Bunnings during their last visit. ‘What should I do?’ – she asked me. My advice was to put him back in the car and take him and the offending item…

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Dirty Secrets of a Working Mother

I am a working mum of two loud, full speed, beautiful boys who are now 7 and 5. Just before Son One turned one I went back to work full time, because both my husband and I had been made redundant. It was the best choice for our family at the time. It was hard leaving him, and even harder…

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