Author Archives: Maraya

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About Maraya

Maraya can be found hiding in the car pretending to ‘work’, watching endless teen dramas, eating chocolate and dreaming of becoming the next Mrs Hemsworth (any of them will do!)

Five Classic Christmas Recipes

Classic Christmas Recipes

For most of us, Christmas is about family tradition. Granny’s pudding, mum’s cakes, and your aunt’s amazing ham. Recipes passed down through families take on legendary reputation. They are what you look forward to eating when the family gets together because they are full of nostalgia and childhood. These days there are so many amazing Christmas recipes available, but some people just want the traditional, simple dishes from their childhood. So, I have five recipes passed down through my family, or my friends’, to share with you. What’s better is that a lot of the ingredients I use for these dishes are basics you can buy for an affordable price at Woolworths, which will be sure to keep your Christmas budget in check! You can reminisce over the old favourites and start your own family traditions. I hope you love them as much as I do.

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vuly play swing set

Vuly Play Swing Set Review

vuly play swing set

Ever since I saw the Vuly Play Swing Set I knew we had to have it! We live in a house full of kids. I love downstairs with my three kids (6,18,19) and my sister lives upstairs with her two kids (1,4). Ad well as that, our house is the social hub for all our friends. We are always hosting BBQs, parties, and get-togethers. So, our house is always overflowing with kids of all different ages.

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Wicked the Musical

Review – Experiencing Wicked the Musical on Broadway

Wicked the Musical

New York is my number 1 holiday destination. I feel like you could go there 20 times and never see the same thing twice. My most recent trip to New York was with girlfriends for my 40th birthday, and one of the highlights was the opportunity to see a Broadway show. I love a good musical so getting to see Wicked on Broadway was absolutely magical.

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reduce your grocery bills

12 ways to reduce your grocery bill

reduce your grocery bill

As a family of five, I’m always looking for ways to reduce the cost of our weekly shop, without resorting to living off beans and rice. Over 20 years of parenting I’ve picked up some tips and tricks, so I thought I’d share them with you! Our weekly shopping bill for two adults, two teenagers, a kid, and a cat is usually around $200 a week.

Here are my 12 ways to reduce your grocery bill and how I get my Woolies worth

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RSL Art Union

What if you could get a beach house for $5?

RSL Art Union

Hands up who constantly dreams about how they will spend their lottery winnings (even if they never actually enter!)? I do… ALL THE TIME! I now own about 20 different houses in various locations, we have all quit our jobs to travel the world, I’ve paid off everything for my parents… we never need to work again! How do you mentally spend your lottery winnings?

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Easy Exercise Ideas

Finding time for ourselves – 5 ways to sneak in some exercise as a mum

Easy Exercise Ideas

As mums, we have a million things going on. The mental load is a real thing and many of us feel weighed down by it. It can be hard to carve out any time at all to focus on ourselves, our mental and our physical health. It’s hard to find the time for the most basic things and quite often exercise is one of the things we let go. So how can we incorporate it into our everyday lives when we have so much on?

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Deebot Ozmo 900

Review – Ecovacs Robotics DEEBOT OZMO 900

Deebot Ozmo 900

Ever since I watched the Jetsons as a kid I’ve dreamed of having my own robot servant. My sister and I would enter all those newspaper competitions in the 80’s that promised you your own robot – but we never won! Now, with the DEEBOT OZMO 900, I finally have my own! The DEEBOT OZMO 900 is my very own robot vacuum that cleans my house while I’m out. I’m in love.

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red cross

Could you save someone in a car crash?

red cross

Every time I get into the car I think about safety. What mum doesn’t? But this morning I started thinking about everyone on the road, not just our family, after I read that around the world there are more than a million road deaths each year, and 1266 in Australia last year. Yikes. But the good news is that like everything, there is a way that I can personally do my bit in reducing this.

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