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BF Food Court

BF Food Court - front door

When a girlfriend raves about a yum cha place, I sit up and listen. It is the quintessential high tea of the east, and there is nothing I like better than catching up with friends, yakking and cackling away like a hyena over some great selection of food and tea.

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Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre and Cafe Underwood

Rainbow City Playcentre

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After I shared my experience at the Chipmunk Playland and Cafe in Underwood, a girlfriend suggested we should catch up for a playdate at Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre. She has been to a few and gushed how much she preferred this one over all the others she has been to.

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The Beginners’ Tutorial List of Sewing and Mending

Beginner Sewing & Mending Tutorial

When a colleague learnt I could sew, she asked me if I would help take up her husband’s pants. I readily agreed and she brought in three pairs the very next day. And over the next few months, she would bring in several pants at a time for my alterations.

I was surprised, until I learnt how much alterations cost by professional seamstresses. Now I would never take in a wedding dress or work with a tricky material, such as chiffon – but mending a small hole or taking in a pair of pants can be easily done at home. And you can learn how for free!

Here are 10 sewing and mending tutorials for beginners to get you started.



  1. How to sew a button (video)
  2. How to mend a hole in a tshirt (video)
  3. How to mend small holes in jeans (video)
  4. How to mend a hole in socks (video)

Hemming and alterations

  1. How to hem fabrics by hand using the blind stitch (video)
  2. How to hem with sewing machine (video)
  3. How to hem jeans and keep the cuff (video)
  4. How to hem jeans – no sew (video – 0:00 until 4:07)
  5. How to downsize jeans (photo tutorial)
  6. How to downsize jeans (resizing waist and legs) (video)


And as a bonus, here’s a video on how to fix the most common problems with zippers.


Do you sew and mend your own clothes? Which do you do the most?


What are you up to this weekend?


February is almost at an end and with it, hopefully the ridiculously summer heat! Are you over all this sunshine? Did you feel the burn?

What are you up to this weekend? Kick back and chill out at some of these events this weekend.


BrisAsia Festival 2017

The BrisAsia Festival has been running since 27 January, and will finish Sunday 19 February. This weekend will be your last opportunity to take the kids to check out Creatures of Mud, Sand, and Sea or Just Wing It at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, pick up some karate, taste some Chinese delicacies or watch a free screening of iconic Grace Chang’s work from the 1950s and 60s.


Brisbane Travel Expo 2017

Already dreaming of your next getaway? The Brisbane Travel Expo 2017 will be at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend. Get inspired and get all your research for fantastic travel deals with air, land, cruise and rail suppliers as well as tourism bodies, hotels and attractions form around the world.

Which reminds me, our little family are planning a trip to Los Angeles. Has anyone been and if so, please share your recommendations and tips! Especially if you know of great places for toddlers.


BBQ and Beer Festival

Got your tickets to the BBQ and Beer Festival at Doomben Racecourse? Check out some of Australia’s foremost BBQ crews and sip on some seriously good craft breweries showcasing their cold, golden brews!


Our first playcentre – Chipmunks Playland and Cafe (Underwood)

A nanny once suggested I visit a playcentre.

“What’s a playcentre?”, I asked.

“It’s an indoor playground. Aircon, there’s food at the cafe. You pay per child. Adults go free.”

Well, blow me down! You learn something new every day in mum life.

We originally planned to go to the Rainbow City Childrens’ Playcentre in Underwood, but there wasn’t any parking available. Instead we went to Chipmunks Playland and Cafe around the corner and had a blast! It’s definitely an option if you have active kids and the heat is getting to you.

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

Plenty of tables and chairs for families and small groups inside Chipmunks Playland and Cafe in Underwood

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe was a lot larger than I expected.

We went during school holidays, so there were a large number of kids with parents and grandparents in tow. There were still plenty of tables available, though the ones closest to main play area were prime vantage positions and were taken early.

The cafe offerings were pizzas (margherita, meat lovers and Hawaiian) , burgers, chips, wedges, chicken nuggets, etc. Pizzas and chips were the popular menu items, with most tables tucking into these at lunch.

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

The cafe counter

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

Rides are $2 a child

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

The under-3 year old section


  • Reasonable rates without time limits: 1-2 year olds $9.90, 3-11 year olds $13.90
  • Lots of free parking in the complex.
  • Large play areas with various activities, including air-guns and two giant slides


  • I wouldn’t consider the kids menu options particularly healthy.
  • If you prefer to always have an eye on your kids (particularly if they’re younger), this playcentre might be too large for your taste.
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