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Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Zero Waste hotel stay

In today's video (filmed live on YouTube) I'm talking about my recent zero waste hotel stay - it was my first attempt at zero waste travel and I had some wins and some very unexpected fails ;)

Comment below wit your zero waste travel tips and be sure to subscribe here (and tap the bell icon) so you don't miss a zero waste video!

x Marissa

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Easy Mac n Cheese - Simple Kitchen

In this week's episode of Simple Kitchen we are making an incredibly easy version of Mac and Cheese - ultimate comfort food!


500g small pasta
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese
1 teaspoon vegeta (vegetable stock powder)

Optional - add cooked veggies, ham or bacon at the very end for more flavour!  I keep the mac and cheese flavour mild so we can add extras liked cooked peas (my favourite!). If you want to keep it plain but give it more kick, you can double the stock power, add pepper or use a stronger cheese.


1. Cook the pasta until al dente (I just follow the packet instructions)

2. Place 1 cup of the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 

3. While it’s heating up, add the flour to the remaining 1/2 cup of milk  in a small bowl and whisk together until there are no lumps. 

4. When you just start to see steam rising from the milk in the saucepan, whisk in the milk-and-flour mixture. Keep whisking until the milk thickens (3 - 4 mins)

5. Turn the heat to low and begin mixing handfuls of cheese into the milk. Add the Vegeta. Stir until all the cheese has melted, then take it off the heat.

6. Mix the pasta and cheese sauce together and add veggies if you want them. If the sauce is too thick, add add a little splash of milk and stir.

Done! Eat it immediately :)

Let me know if you give this recipe a try, and if there's a recipe you'd like simplified, tell me in the comments!

x Marissa

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to live simply on a small income (and still love your life)

I get a lot of emails from mums who want to simplify their life by working less and being home more with their family. It’s not for everyone, but if that’s you, you’ll know one of the main difficulties with being at home more is that you need to work less (or give it up entirely), which also means less income.

Whether you’re living on half your income (if your partner’s still working) or almost none (if you’re running the household completely on your own), it’s a big change that can feel quite scary at first.

So to make it easier, I have a list of 22 ways to live on a much smaller income, while still enjoying a simple life with your family.

We use these tips ourselves at my house, now that I only work a couple of hours each week at home and my husband works part time and runs his own side business. We’re currently putting as much on our mortgage as possible this year so being frugal and thrifty is a big focus for us right now!

The good news is, once you start trying these ideas, it gets a LOT easier to live well on a small income. Especially if you’re like me and love a puzzle or a little challenge!

Click here (or on one of the images below) to download a copy for free - perfect for your home management folder!

Let me know if they help you, and if there's something you're struggling with that you need a hand simplifying, comment below or send me an email and I'll do my best to help!

x Marissa