Posted in '' on February 26, 2013
Fruit flies are the bain of my existence at the moment. They seem to be everywhere. And from some Facebook conversations I've recently had, I'm not alone.
According to an article in the news
yesterday it has something to do with the wet weather and high humidity we have been having. Regardless of what has caused it, everyone wants to know how to get rid of them. I asked a Pest Control expert at my Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning and there is no magic answer.
Below are a few tips (some of which I have tried) that may help reduce the numbers.
1. A bowl of red wine vinegar with a teaspoon of salt and a couple of drops of washing detergent. Apparently apple cider vinegar also works.
2. A bowl of soy sauce with a couple of drops of detergent.
3. A plastic water bottle with the lid cut off. put some red wine vinegar in the bottom, then take the top that you cut off and turn it upside down into the base. The fruit flies will fly down but then struggle to find the hole to fly back out again.
4. Put your fruit in the fridge. Don't leave a food source out for them.
5. At night put the plug in the sink. They like to fly down and sit near the water in your drain.
6. Keep the dishwasher door closed. Again, they like to be near the water.
Do you have any other tips that have worked?
Flood relief help
Posted in '' on January 29, 2013
If you are like many people who want to help out with the flood relief but don't know what to do, there are plenty of options for you.
Jump into the kitchen and do some baking for the volunteers and workers who are out in the field. More info can be found on the Baked Relief Facebook page
or or Digella's blog
. Many of the SES sandbagging areas are winding up now, but there are still plenty of mud army workers, Energex crews, Firies, Ambos and Police who are working really long shifts in you local streets. Even if you can't bake, stop off at Coles or Woolies on the way home and pick up some pre baked goods. Alternatively, in this humid hot weather, a slab of water bottles would be greatly appreciated.
Adopt a Wash
Do you have electricity and a working washing machine? This community page has been set up to help flood affected homes and businesses who are in need of some help with washing or those in the community who do not currently have access to a working washing machine or electricity. If you can help, they are currently compiling a database of contact information on their Facebook page
GIVIT is a web based philanthropic community where people donate items or time to people in need. They are a targeted giing service that finds new lives for your unwanted items with worthy recipients. GIVIT is officially endorsed by the Qld Dept of Community Safety as the way to donate items directly to those affected by the floods. More information can be found on their Facebook page
or the GIVIT website
Posted in '' on August 16, 2012
I was recently asked to write an article for National Resources Review. The article was titled "I have a PA, why do I need a Personal Concierge?" You can read the article here
Posted in 'Tips' on June 13, 2012
Yes I know it just seems like yesterday that we were Christmas shopping, but it's that time of year - Toy Sales time!
Here are my Top 5 tips to help keep you sane and get the most out of the Toy Sales
1. Be prepared - don't just go in and grab what looks good. You'll end up taking half of it back because it's not appropriate.
2. Spend some time going through the catalogues and comparing prices, quality etc. If you are buying 90% of your things in one place but there are one or two things on sale somewhere else, you need to ask yourself if the $5 saving is worth the extra trip and line up at the registers.
3. Make a list - If you are buying gifts, make a list of who you need to buy for and then write what you are planning on getting them (include the name of the store, brand, size and price)
4. If you can, get in early. It is surprising how much stock runs out on the first day.
5. If you can't get there, or don't want to fight the crowds, contact us
about our Toy Sale Shopping Service. We can take your list and fight the crowds for you. There are limited spots available for this service.
Emily Jade from the Courier Mail
Posted in 'Organising' on March 11, 2012
On Friday morning, I received an email notification from Facebook that a friend had tagged me in a post. Curious, I logged on to see what I had been tagged in. Imagine my surprise to discover that Emily-Jade O'Keeffe from the Courier Mail had written a blog post about me. You can read all about it here
It made my day!
Thanks again EJ it was a pleasure working with you.