• individual moments of restlessness Kay Redfield Jamison is a psychologist and sufferer of bipolar disorder who wrote An Unquiet Mind, a book I read many years ago when my rough trots were more prevalent than my smooth. This observation from her book has always stood out and I returned to it recently: I long ago abandoned the notion of more
  • I love food, hate waste: 15 (more) clever ways to use your leftovers I’m a fan of using up leftovers. I turn it into a sport, as anyone who’s a regular reader of my blog would know. I’ve recently shared how Maggie Beer and Poh use their leftovers and how to eat your scraps. Today I’ve pulled together a few extra tips and tricks for using stuff you more
  • A Friday Giveaway: 20 Pepe Saya butter wheels! Oh it’s been a big week here in the office. My. Oh. But it’ s Friggen Friday…why don’t we ram things up with a Nice Thing to Giveaway. This time, Pierre Issa of Pepe Saya artisan butter has generously donated: 20 handcrafted 225 gram butter wheels   Pierre is great. He puts the Pepe in the Saya. And more
  • living with a wobbly mind Perhaps you have a wobbly mind, too? In my experience, living with a wobbly mind is akin to being charged with carrying around a large, shallow bowl filled to the brim with water for the rest of your life. You have to tread super carefully so as not to slosh it all out. So you more
  • how to live to 100: drink wine and walk I’ve written about my visit to Ikaria a few times, through a little series that’s evolved on my blog titled “How to live to 100”. Paniyiris and wine, eating no sugar and eating pork are some of the tricks I came across. Recently my mate Dan Buettner, a National Geographic adventurer and author of the New more
  • how to eat fish on the cheap. I can linger at the fish monger. It can all be quite a bit to take in. I forget what species are sustainable and “good” to buy. And I dither about how to cook them. Recently, though, I decided to mount my monger meandering and learn a little more about what which fish to buy, more
  • my simple home: five ways to feng shui your joint in five minutes If you’ve been following the My Simple Home series, you’ll know I’m on a mission to create the cleanest, most eco, minimal home possible and sharing each step, figuring you might like to learn from the process, too. I’ve shared on hazards you should avoid and how to detox your kitchen, and you can catch up on the full more
  • Relax your nostrils This is a rippin’ technique for highly strung, nervous types. Like me. We can’t “just relax”. We have to trick ourselves into it. Go about it from a different angle. This is OK. Truly it is. But we must do it – trick ourselves, do whatever it takes – so we can continuously,  slowly, slowly, more
  • my new love: cauliflower I’ve found a new love. It’s an autumnal love. She’s versatile. She spreads herself generously. She’s sweet, but not toxic and, OK, she’s cheap. I’ve been playing with cauliflower for a few weeks now. I think you should have a go, too. These clunky white nuggets are full of antioxidants, rich in fibre and Vitamin more
  • a friday giveaway: 30 Wild Patch chocolate gifts Because it’s a Friday, and it’s a long weekend, I thought it might be nice to giveaway chocolate. This time, Linda from Wild Patch has kicked in to share: 30 x fructose-free chocolate gifts, worth $15 each plus shipping  I’ve shared a bit of Linda’s story before. She’s a chocolate maker from Olinda (near Mt Dandenong) more