Friday Fast Five – Domestic Plane Carry on Items

This weeks topic:

Domestic Plane Carry on Items

I do a fair bit of domestic travel each year to visit family and attend Supanova.

There are five Items I prefer not to get on  plane without:

Headphones & Headphone converter jack

I know that sort of two Items but I bought them as a pack so I’m counting them as one.

I always prefer to use my own headphones when flying as they have a better sound quality and they are kind of useless on a plane without a jack converter. If you don’t have one you can usually pick one up at travel shops or at the airport.


I rarely go anywhere for longer than a day without a book to keep me company. I don’t always end up reading on a flight but I like having the option open to me if the other entertainment options are not to my liking.

Phone/mp3 player/ tablet etc

 Some form of electronic device with my own music on it. I don’t mind listening to the airlines radios most of the time but sometimes I just want my own playlists. Also the sound quality is much better on my devices then the planes entertainment system.


Planes get cold and weather conditions can change. Better to be prepared with a jumper even if your traveling somewhere that is supposed to be hot. Most seats have a small hook in the side that you can hang your jumper/jacket off if you don’t need to use it.


I always buy some at the airport news agents. If nothing else it gives me something sweet to chew on as we ascend into the clouds. It also usually helps with popping the ‘bubbles’ you get in your ears from the change in pressure.

So that’s my five. Do you have other must have Items? What other tips do you have for domestic flights?

A Bit About Me

This is the first in a series of posts about me.

This month we’re starting with the basics and other months will go more in depth on various aspect of my life.



I’m Lil

I’m 24 and I live with my partner B in sunny Qld.

I have Cystic Fibrosis and earlier this year I contracted Guillain–Barré syndrome which I am fortunately recovering from really well.

I’m a self professed nerd and proud of it. Mostly I love reading, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Disney. I also just really enjoy learning.

I’m a Rover Scout. I’ve been in the scouting movement since I was 8 and I’m now also a leader.

I love to cook. Cooking is my happy place. I love feeding people. I love the warm feeling I get when people enjoy the food I’ve made for them. I also love eating.

I like to make stuff. I knit, crochet, sew and do paper craft. I love stationery. I have more yarn than I know what to do with it. I have a rather large fabric collection too.

I love spending time with my family (immediate and extended). I have one of those supposedly weird families that generally gets along. My sister is my best friend.

So that’s a little overview of me.

Through the months you will get to know me a little better.

Fast Five Friday – Cider

This weeks fast 5 is:


Cider is generally my go to drink if I’m out and these five are my go to ciders.


Somersby Pear

Somersby Pear is my favourite but their apple is good too.  It’s also usually reasonably priced which is always an up side.



I like Pipsqueak because it brings back memories of visiting the Little Creatures Brewery (and a number of others) on my last trip to Perth.


Rekorderlig (any flavour)

If you like other flavoured ciders Rekorderlig is the way to go. I’ve yet to come across a flavour I don’t like but I think my current favourite is mango-raspberry.


Strongbow Apple

Probably the first cider I ever tried Strongbow was cool before cider was cool. I prefer the sweet one but that’s probably because I have a big sweet tooth.


Bundaberg Apple Cider

A lovely no-alcoholic addition to the genre. I great drink for when you want the cider taste but you shouldn’t be drinking (like work lunches or id you’re the designated driver).

These are just my current favourites but I certainly haven’t tried all there is on offer so let me know if you have a different favourite so I can give it a go.


Please note: These are just my personal opinions on these products. I have not been paid by any companies to promote their product or give my opinion on them. I have just mentioned the ones I personally like to drink.

Earl Grey Tea Loaf

Not much happened this week.

As I mentioned last week we said ‘See ya’ to my sister.

She headed off to Canada with her boyfriend and best friend.

I’m working on crocheting them scarves to match the beanies I made them. I’d forgotten how much easier crocheting is than knitting for scarves. I may even try crocheting them some fingerless gloves next if I have enough yarn.

We are going well with our veg weeknight meals. I made a sweet potato and chick pea curry one night and I adapted an old favourite to get moroccan tofu and greens.


On Thursday night I helped my team win a $20 three course cooking challenge which was fun. I expanded my camp cooking repertoire which is good.

Friday was full of meetings with various people and it was nice to be out and about for a change.

On Saturday B and I helped my parents put up a new gazebo for their backyard. It was hot hard work but we got done in the end.


Throughout the week I worked on this recipe for you. I have tried it with a few teas and they are all good but for the recipe I’ve gone with B’s favourite Earl Grey.

Earl Grey Tea Loaf



25g Butter, softened

1 cup Sugar

1 Egg

2 cups Self Raising Flour

3/4 cup Earl Grey Tea

How To:

Mix together butter and sugar. Add in egg and stir through.

Alternate adding flour and tea and mix until all well combine.


Pour batter into lined loaf tin and bake for one hour.

Test with a skewer to make sure its cooked through.

Cool in tin for 5 mins then place on a baking rack until completely cool.

Slice to serve.

Fast Five Friday – YouTube Education

This week it’s YouTube channels:

Specifically YouTube channels with an educational purpose.

These channels are all actually all sort of linked as they are produced by the Vlogbrothers team but they are some of my favourites.

Crash Course

With courses on Biology, Chemistry, World History, Literature, Economics, Astronomy and more Crash Course is a great place to learn something new. I have watched a number of their courses and am currently working through their Anatomy & Physiology course . They are filled with little animations to show how things work and ad a bit of fun. They also now have a kids channel too.


Answering your science questions, keeping you up to date on science news and telling you about some of the great science minds. This channel is an easy one to get stuck continually clicking on related videos in a search for more answers.

The Financial Diet

The new kid on the block. They started out as a tumble blog and have now branched out into videos. They are here to pass on practical financial advice.

Health Care Triage

A channel for busting medical myths and giving you the latest heath news in an easy to understand way. If you have an interest in the medical field or you have some questions on your health this ones for you. I like the way Dr Aaron breaks down the research to make it easier to understand.

How to Adult

While this one can be very American specific there are some good tips in there for young adults who are wondering why they weren’t taught basic life skills like how to do laundry or how to make spaghetti.  Its really all in the title.

So thats my five for this week. let me know if you have any favourites I haven’t mentioned.

As this is fast FIVE Friday there are only five on my list but they are certainly a lot more channels out there giving good education. If you want to find more I suggest looking at the featured channels or creators & friend lists of the above channels.

Making My Planner Page

So in an effort to eat more vegetables B and I have decided to go vegetarian for week nights. We realised that when we eat meat we tend not to eat as much vegetables as we should but if we have tofu or no meat we eat a lot more vegetables. Now were not going to be completely strict on it (bacon is totally a vegetable) but we are giving it a go. For medical reasons I shouldn’t go vegetarian and I like meat so I wouldn’t anyway but I’m excited to challenge myself to get more vegetables into my diet.

Also this week I’ve been binge watching ‘Friends’. Most of the episodes I’ve definitely seen before but there are some I’ve just missed over the years. I’m really enjoying re watching it all even if I do know what’s coming up most of the time.

In other news, this week my sister is off on a big adventure with her boyfriend and one of her friends to Canada. We had a nice goodbye party for her last night and it was great to see so many people come to see them off. If you would like to follow their adventures you can on her blog “Out & About“.

My herb garden is so far doing well and I’m getting a lot of basil from my plants. Now I just have to work on making more meal with basil in it. I’ve also gotten to make some nice mint teat with a mix of both my mints. It’s really nice iced especially with some of the weather we’ve had. I suspect we will be drinking more iced tea over the coming months if its already getting this hot.

This week I thought I’d show you the process I went through to design my current day planner.
I wanted a planner page like some I had seen that had various helpful categories for notes and reminders.

I looked all over Pinterest and the internet for a planner page that would work for me. Some had spots for keeping track of water intake and I just can’t be bothered to do that. Others had spots for exact schedules whereas my days are usually pretty flexible with a few appointments here and there. While I found a lot of pages that were good none of them were quite right for me so I decided to come up with my own.

My Planner Page


How To:

First I listed out the categories I wanted to be on the page.
Mine are:
To Do
To Buy

These are the categories I felt would work for me and while I don’t always use all of them they have all often come in handy.

To draw up the planner page I got an A5 spiral bound note book with dot grid paper so I could use the dots as guidelines to draw up my page. I chose A5 as I wanted it to fit in most of my bags without a problem. In pencil I started drawing up some different sized boxes to see what fit on the page. I knew I wanted the notes section to be biggest and I only needed a small box for dinner. From there I just played around with the layout till I got something that looked good and was functional. Then I went over it with a felt tip pen so I had solid non erasable boarders. Lastly I changed the wording of my categories so it would fit nicely in the grid.

This is what I ended up with:


Now of course you could leave out the dates and scan your page so you can print a bunch out and put them in a binder or you can hand draw them like I did in a notebook.

You may also want to add a weekly view page like I did.


I got a pack of coloured felt tip pens so I could colour code my notes but since they are in categories you can just use a pen. (I like stationary to much to pass up an excuse for new pens.)

The dimensions for the boxes are as follows
Day page:
Date box – 105mm x 5mm
Rendezvous Box -55mm x 40mm
Dinner Box – 55mm x 20mm
To Do Box – 45mm x 65mm
Scouts and To Buy Boxes – 30mm x 40 mm
Blog (TGC) Box – 35mm x 40 mm
Notes box -105mm x 45mm
Spaces between boxes/boarders – 5mm

Week Page:
Each box – 50mm x 40mm
Spaces/boarders – 5mm

(all measurements width x height)

My Weekend In Pictures

I spent all week preparing for the weekend and all weekend camping.

I had a fantastic time and got to hang out with a bunch of great people.

So as I haven’t gotten around to putting together this weeks scheduled craft I’m going to show you my photos instead.


The “Garden” set up from branches.




Banh Mì – Our delicious lunch both days.


Our chill out zone for the weekend. Complete with iced tea!


The loverly view from my camp site.


And lastly, as promised, my finished Herman.

I’ve been enjoying it with a side of custard but I may upgrade to ice cream now I’m home.

So that was my Long weekend. What did you get up to?

The First Fast Five Friday! – Kitchen Utensils

Welcome to something new.

It’s Fast five Friday!

Each Friday I’ll be bringing you a list of five.

Five what?

Well that will depend on the week.

This week is:

Top five essential kitchen utensils

These are the 5 I think are the minimum to get you by. In no particular order:


  • Spatula – A spatula is versatile. You can use it as a spoon to stir stuff, use it to scrape the last little bit of whatever out of a bowl or even use it as a flipper if need be.
  • Measuring  jug – Make sure your measuring jug is microwaveable and you’re all set. It can be used in place of cup measures or hold liquids, or use it to microwave  you’re frozen vegies in so your plate doesn’t get to hot.
  • Whisk – If you don’t have a sieve whisk your flour (or whatever needs sieving) to aerate it. Also can be another impromptu spoon.  Great for getting the lumps out of your pancake mix.
  • Knife – an obvious one really. A good chefs knife can make all the difference. Make sure you take care of it and keep it sharp.
  • Chopping board – look after your benches from scratches and cuts! If you have a wooden one you can also protect your benches (or table) from the heat from pots, pans and whatever else might have come out of the oven.

So that’s my top five, what’s yours?