I like to think that I’m a fairly frugal kind of guy. I take pride in finding a deal and getting things as cheap as possible. Over time, I have learnt that this often means avoiding the very cheapest product available, as poor quality inevitably leads to premature failure and greater overall expense. These days, I search high and low […]
There are some downsides to compact family living. Obviously, sacrifices need to be made for a family to occupy a smaller footprint than that of the traditional family home. Often, that sacrifice is most felt in the backyard. That’s where the local park becomes vitally important. When I think back to my childhood (perhaps through rose-tinted glasses), the backyard was […]
I’m addicted to coffee, and my French press is my enabler. When I wake up in the morning, it’s one of the first things that I think about. If I miss my morning cup, I have an awful headache by mid-day. I function much better after my morning brew than I do before it. It doesn’t have to be […]
When Hannah first started activities such as drawing, we sat her in her high chair. This worked well. She was safe, contained and focused entirely on learning how the crayons worked and what they did. The occasional crayon would be thrown over the side, and we would have to retrieve them. Also, Emma or I would be responsible for switching […]
I love my dishwasher. For most of my life, it’s the appliance that has evaded me, the appliance that I most coveted. We had one in our house as a kid, but for some reason I still can’t quite fathom, we were never allowed to use it (something about the value of manual labour… I never really got it).