yours truly?

… or in this case, yours drooly, a new range of natural shampoo and conditioner for our four-legged friends.

made with a coconut base and inspired by the bush, these sensitive skin friendly solutions feature lemon myrtle, rosemary, lavender and oatmeal.

the fact that these products featured no nasties really appealed to me and the guys at masterpet were lovely enough to send me samples.

and who better to test them on then my two purrfect puppies, cal and kai.


kai is an itchy prone german shepherd pup and safe to say he really appreciated the puppy specific lavender and rosemary formulation.

cal is a long haired golden retriever who likes puddles. so, the adult lemon myrtle shampoo was a perfect match.

both of their coats benefited from the conditioner, something i haven’t used on my dogs before but have since learned is an important step in the cleaning process.

the end result was 1 very wet and hairy human and 2 soft and shiny pups who smelled fresh as daisies!

there you have it. if you are someone who prefers to use natural products on yourself, why would subject your dogs to anything less?

still need convincing? i reckon this photo of cal speaks for itself.


check out for stockists and other delicious and nutritious treats for man’s (or woman’s) best friend.

cara x


the “c” word

*** this is a guest post from my dearest mum. she’s the creative one… at least she creates things that people want to keep, not like those half melted looking clay cups i used to make in primary school.

yep. i’m gonna do it. i’m saying it. there’s no way of getting around it now…christmas is on its way.

but never fear, i’m here to help you get through unscathed.

are you looking to make some new decorations this christmas? homemade gifts for friends and family? don’t want to spend a fortune in time or money?

here are a few cute crafts i have tracked down and made and you can too (oh, the beauty of pinterest).

costing less than $10, these delightful DIYs only take 5-15 minutes to make with 5 elements or less.

in the spirit of recycling/upcycIing, i have used old CD’s and wine bottles and given old decorations a new lease on life by using scratched baubles on plates and wreaths.

the only new but inexpensive purchases made to complete my projects were some paper doilies, candles, canvases and stickers.

ready to roll?

wine bottle wrap

rolling brown paper into a cone around a wine bottle is almost as easy as drinking it. use red/white/green to tie in with the christmas theme or decorate as you like. it’s a gift for any occasion really.


sticker art

canvas + stickers = DIY at it’s best.

2 elements. 2 minutes. no excuses.


jar ‘o’ lollies

any jar will do, old or new (what a rhyme)…

i used christmas M&M’s to fill a jar, added a ribbon and a sticker. voila. perfect to keep up my sleeve as last minute gifts and stocking fillers.


xmas wreath

spray paint an old CD and a paper doily in gold. then glue the doily to the CD and and then using a hot glue gun stick your candle to the base. add a festive ribbon to jazz up the arrangement.


more ideas and inspiration…

epsom salts/sugar + essential oils and food coloring make lovely personal gifts. i tend to favour lavender & peppermint oils for bath salts and/or sugar scrubs.

roll a candle in glue and then in glitter. you can do a third, half or full candle or all three and line them up in a row. simple and super effective.

so there you have it. handmade gifts marrying old and new.

easy, cost effective and these babies will sets you apart from the christmas crowd.




this is a little post about a lovely lady i came across at the recent mind/body/spirit festival in melbourne.

she makes beautiful handmade made beauty products using reusable packaging and sustainable ingredients.

as a sensitive skin sufferer. animal lover. environmental crusader…  twotreehouse products really fit the bill.

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oh! and that’s pun. this stuff is super affordable.

the mini matchboxes (containing lip balms or beaded bracelets) are handmade at a disability centre in a small rural village in asia (stepping stone work centre) and retail from $15 for 3.









the black soaps (activated charcoal) are vegan and perfect for both the face and body at only $7.50 a pop.








check them out on facebook, instagram or on their website >








i’m converted. what about you?

cara x

tinamba hotel

commonly referred to in foodie circles as a “gastropub”, tinamba hotel is gippsland’s premier dining establishment.

focusing on local produce, brad and damian have a vegetable garden out the back and favour suppliers like the maffra cheese company, avon ridge wines and cannibal creek vineyard.

open for lunch from wednesday to wunday, the two-courses for $30 – your choice of entrée and main or main and dessert with a glass of wine or beer – is standout value for food with finesse.

dinner is a fancier affair, running wednesday to saturday, offering 5 alternate entrée, main and dessert options, supplemented by seasonal specials. current menu items include a  chicken pistachio terrine with pumpkin custard and pepita crumbed camembert with pan fried ricotta gnocchi and onion jam.

it’s the little things that count and a great wine list, house made damper rolls and prompt and efficient staff set tinamba apart from being “just another pub”. chef paul van ruiten single handledly plays the crowd, catering for the fussy and the foodie alike.

although it lies somewhat off the beaten track, the tinamba hotel has no trouble drawing in crowds, looking for good food, good wine and great service.

bon appetit.

cara x


** as featured in gippsland country life magazine, winter edition, 2015

*** edited to reflect current menu items