Banish The Bugs!

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The 3 most effective pest repellents you can grow and use at home

They creep, crawl, scuttle and skedaddle their way into kiwi gardens across NZ causing untold damage and destruction to lovingly maintained gardens. Bugs – be they aphids, slugs, snails or mealy bugs – are the bane of many NZ gardeners.

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(Cold) Snap; It’s Fall

Thank you to Febreze for kicking off my Fall and sponsoring this post.

Happy Fall Yall

The seasons changed this week, and with it came a cold. Which is a major bummer. Because usually with the advent of Fall I am in whole hog the second the first leaf falls to the ground. I get my Martha Stewart on, tossing leaves on tables and whipping up pumpkin bread.

But so far I have spent most of my time sniffling and downing cups of cold care tea. Which is important because I need my sense of smell to enjoy the only Fall thing about my house the smell…
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Let Someone Else Do the Dishes

Thrilled to partner with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser on this post. All overly gushing opinions are mine alone. I love this stuff!!

Happy Monday! I know, I know, it’s actually Wednesday. But with Fall comes seasonal allergies which shut down my body for a day or two. When I emerged from the allergy haze, I was disappointed to find that the two days had not magically erased the weekend house hangover. Tell me you know the kind, where you have a fabulous weekend full of impromptu dinners with friends and unexpected play dates. But then you wake up with a house that looks like this:
Weekend Mess
Not pinnable Life
The girls are still working on keeping their rooms clean and my husband, who is actually way cleaner than me, doesn’t know where half the stuff goes. Thank goodness for mommy’s little helpers…
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Bedroom Updates

It’s easy to create a decadent bedroom when you have plenty of money to splurge, but where’s the challenge, or the talent, in that? It’s far more impressive to achieve grand results with a diminutive bank balance, so don’t despair if you can’t afford that $1500 window treatment. Hard work, a keen eye for design and some thrifty accessories are often all you need to update your bedroom.

After seven homes, I consider myself quite the sanctuary space update expert.
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Lazy Housewife Handbook : Summer Cleaning Tricks

Who wants to spend time inside cleaning when they could be out enjoying the summer fun? Not this lazy housewife! So here are ten of my best summer cleaning tricks.

Ten Summer Cleaning Tricks
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5 Natural Remedies for Stomach Cramps

For five star Friday, here are five natural remedies for stomach pain!

5 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain
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Ten Ways to Get Out Stubborn Summer Stains

Summertime and the living is easy, and so are the stains. From ice pops to grass stained knees, clothing just seems to attract stains during the summer. Shout set me up for summer with a package of stain fighters. And they want to give one of you one too. After all, just because stains happen, doesn’t mean you should stop having fun. Shout will even help you find some with their new fun finder.

And if you don’t catch the stain in time for Shout, here are ten ways to get out stubborn stains!

Ten Ways to get Rid of Stubborn Stains
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Celebrations : My Little Pony Birthday Party

Friendship really is magic so to celebrate my twins’ seventh birthday, we invited a few friends over. Here is how I planned double the fun for way less than double the price!

My Little Pony Party How To

Food!
Decorations!
Games!
That cake!
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Wordless Wednesday : My Little Pony Party

Sneak peak at the Terror Twins’ My Little Pony birthday party. Details tomorrow!
My Little Pony Birthday Cupcakes
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Celebrations : A Southern Luncheon

Down south, where I used to hang my hat, luncheons are the go to choice for celebrations. And why not? You get to enjoy a meal, a cool drink, and the company of friends and still be home in time to finish the day out (or take a nap.) It is just a civilized way to celebrate. So when I was in Atlanta last week and MomTrends invited me to a lunch sponsored by Aladdin and styled by Party Bluprints… well I couldn’t get my (metaphorical) white gloves on fast enough.
Aladdin Southern Luncheon
(photo credit : Momtrends)
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