Life Behind The Purple Door

inspiring and encouraging mums of big kids (because little kids grow up) to create family adventure every day

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Gumnuts & Giveaways - Celebrating 100 years of May Gibbs

Inside - a review of the new Snugglepot and Cuddlepie books, and a chance to win your own copies.

This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Brand Meets Blog and May Gibbs Foundation

Consisting of tan brick buildings, called units, the primary school I attended in Country Victoria was located at the end of our street. With a series of offices in the middle of these units held together by the scariest, darkest walkways, I quickly found comfort through the library door in the middle of the tunnel. 

Mrs Newton, the librarian, with short grey hair and glasses on a string around her neck, was the epitome of school librarian in looks alone, she made reading more fun for the strugglers and supported the precocious advanced readers equally in my young mind. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

3 tips for dealing with Santa-non-believers at Christmas time

Our household walks a fine line at Christmas time.

With kids aged from 16 down to 4-and-a-bit at home, Christmas is a big deal around these parts.

They are all believers in the magic of Christmas, and some still believe in the reality of Santa.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

5 tips that will have you waltzing through December

Inside - The calendar has rolled over to December, and stress levels have already started increasing. To keep your December stress free, try these 5 tips.

It says December on my calendar today. 

And despite my blood pressure medication, I can feel the stress levels rising already.

Kids are finishing school, I haven't started present shopping, and Steve is being sent to New Zealand for 8 days right before Christmas. 

Monday, 27 November 2017

The best ever chocolate shortbread recipe

With just 28 sleeps to Christmas, it's time to start baking! These shortbread cookies took just a few minutes to mix up, and won't last very long because the kids love them!

Rich, buttery shortbread is only enhanced by the addition of cocoa to make a crumbly chocolate version of one of my favourite Christmas treats. I've been known to make batches and batches of shortbread as the big day draws closer, but this is so easy that I might see if I can pass it over to Douglas now that he's finished school for the year.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

5 unexpected ways to reduce electricity usage

This is a sponsored post from Alinta Energy

“Has the electricity bill arrived yet?” he asks for about the eleventy third time this week.

“not yet, but I’ll let you know when it does”

“Has the electricity bill arrived yet?” he asks

My stomach sinks.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Why automating social media might be killing your facebook group

There's a red number 1 on my facebook bar as I open up for the third time that morning. 

"Melodie Peters has posted to the group Blogging with Melodie" [entirely made up names]

"Ugh, I can't be bothered" I think to myself

Wait... what?!

Where did that thought come from? My brain? But I love her work! I joined her group, I always pop on her Live stream chats, I follow people she recommended!

Monday, 6 November 2017

hello Monday

Hello Monday is the place I share images from the past week, and share my thoughts on the things that are happening in the week ahead, in an effort to flip Mondayitis to exciting.
Steve spent the weekend just 4 hours from home, and only a couple of minutes walk from the beach.

hello inspiration As I've been walking through the archives, copying and pasting blog URLs for my content audit, I've read a lot of posts. And I'm realising a couple of things in the process

Friday, 3 November 2017

5 Aussie bloggers doing kick arse things with video

I am still very new to the world of YouTube and video.

12 months ago, I had never even watched a video on YouTube, let alone taken the time to watch a video on Facebook.

But since discovering Facebook Live earlier this year, I'm all over that!

And I thought it was high time to sing the praises of these lovelies who are doing kick arse stuff with their videos.
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