S-O what?

Raising a family on a single income in one of Australia’s most expensive towns can sometimes feel a little like trying to clear a field full of couch with a humble pitchfork and hoe!

Fortunately, I’m a sheila who loves a good challenge…


Yep…that’s me! 

So when the bills roll in, the fuel tank is ghosting on red and that vacant lot of dandelions starts looking pretty darn tasty, I see the situation as being the perfect opportunity to think outside the skip-bin-rescued box and get creative about making those hard earned dollars go just that little bit further.

In a gumnut shell, Simply-Optimistic is a blog about how my two free-range kids (K1 and K2), my extremely patient husband (Scott) and I live a simple-ish life that sees us eating our weeds, so that we can enjoy our organic, grass-fed-beef steak too!