Road Trip and Camping

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love camping, especially over the Christmas break. Over the years we have learned how to avoid the crowds and have amazing camping spots mostly for ourselves despite everyone traveling during that time. It is a matter of leaving early and avoiding the coast after Christmas Day. This Christmas…

How to make Bags out of T-Shirts

What to do with old t-shirts? They are not good enough to wear anymore, so you can’t donate them to a charity or second-hand shop, but they are still too good to turn into rags or even throw away (or way better compost if it is natural cotton or bamboo). There is an easy way…

Time to make Christmas Cookies

I love the time leading up to Christmas. Here in Sydney it marks the beginning of summer and it is also the time to bring together my German-speaking friends for an afternoon of Christmas Cookie Baking. It has been a tradition for the last 10 years and it is always delicious and fun. Everyone brings…

DIY Body Lotion Bars

Over decades I have been using shop bought body lotions, but the waste free options are very limited and since I am trying to avoid plastic packaging as much as possible, I have been left with no option other than using pure coconut oil which I buy in bulk at The Manly Food Co-op. It…

My first ever Radio Interview with SBS German Radio

So exciting, my first ever radio interview aired this week on SBS German Radio. Head over to their website and search for the session from Thursday, November 23.ย  There is a teaser around the 16th/17th minute and the full interview starts at around 46 minutes. A big thank you to Barbara Barkhausen and Andy Vogt…

It is so easy to make your own deodorant

Making your own natural deodorant is sooo much easier than you might think. You just need a few ingredients and 10 minutes. Why would you want to make your own deodorant though if there are plenty of options in your local supermarket or pharmacy? You know what is in it: Most commercial deodorants are full…

The most amazing Banana Bread

Yesterday I made the most amazing banana bread. All organic, gluten free, refined sugar-free and utterly delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚ All ingredients were bought at the Manly Food Co-op, a little gem of an organic, packaging-free and member-run store in the heart of Manly (Disclaimer: I am now a member of the new board). Ingredients: 2 soft…

How to make gluten free sourdough bread

I never knew making gluten free sourdough bread was even a possibility, but when I saw a sign in a local bakery, I immediately went online to do a bit of research. It turns out it is the same process as for conventional wheat based sourdough bread, you just replace the wheat flour with gluten…

Single-Use Plastic Free Camping

Every time there is a long weekend coming up and my colleagues ask me what I am going to do, they already know the answer: we are going camping. ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been our favourite past-time since we moved to Australia. We are well equipped, are tent based and pretty much self-sufficient, so we usually…

Purpose

Most of us are looking for purpose in our lives, but are we also doing it in our jobs? It is one thing to enjoy what you are doing, but why are you doing it? Just for the money? Is what you do good for our planet and society? I have worked in digital advertising…

Beach Clean-Up

How can a beach that looks so pristine, hide so much rubbish? Together with 12 colleagues, we set out on a beautiful late spring day to clean up Collins Flat Beach on Manly’s harbourside. It is a lovely small beach, well hidden from the hustle and bustle of Manly and part of North Head National…