About me!

Hi there!

I'm Kara, a 40-something woman who enjoys making and doing; practical one might say!


We don't have a TV and so have lots of time in the evenings to have a go at all those things that I've always wanted to have a go at. I created this blog to share my success's and failures with like minded people who also like to experiment and give it a go rather than buy brand new or get someone to do it for you every time!

We are fairly "Planet Ark-y" as a friend of our recently complained - and are constantly looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, lower our bills and live a simpler life with less consumerism and ultimately - enjoy life!


The blog name comes partly from people often telling me, "Oh, you're so practical" and partly from our family name which has "frog" in it - my husband and my father-in-law both get called Froggy all the time - being a woman I guess that should make me a Frogg-ette, Frogg-ella or Frogg-ina!

I lived on a large suburban block in Brisbane  when I started this blog. I wasn't able to grow veges despite all that room despite trying for many many years. Although we do have chickens, a worm farm, a cat, quite a few native bee hives, a few quail, lots and lots of trees and fantastic neighbours!!  If you want to have a look around our old back yard - the link is here.

We moved in 2017 to a small house block in the Gold Coast Hinterland and are starting again from scratch. The house is very small, very old and energy guzzling! There is potential for veges and lots of experiments - join me on the next stage of our journey towards a frugal, green, satisfying homesteading lifestyle in the Hinterland!

The traditional owners of the Hinterland are the Yugumbeh people and the word kurralbo, that we named our cottage after, means plenty or lots of! :)

I currently work two three part time jobs, am married, am attempting just got a uni degree online and in my spare time - enjoy blogging!

Thanks for dropping by!

5 comments:

Barbara Good said...

Hi kara, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog so much that I have nominated you for an award, see here http://thenewgoodlife.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/tuesdays-top-five-about-me-and-some-awards/.

I'm not sure how you feel about this sorts of things. Please feel free to respond to it in any way, if at all, that you like.

Larissa said...

Hi Kara

I enjoy reading your blog and noticed on you reading list the Affluenza book. I read it last year and found it enlightening and a bit scary.

I am currently conducting research into blogs that focus on sustainable living as part of my Masters at the University of New England, Australia. I am gathering information on the positive role that blogs play in inspiring people to live more sustainably.

We are looking for people to participate in a short survey ${l://SurveyLink} (5-10minutes), link below
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If you could help that would be greatly appreciated.
Regards,
Student Researcher, Master of Environmental Systems, Markets and Climate Change
University of New England
Email: lshashko@une.edu.au

Practical Frog said...

Hi Larissa! Thanks for dropping by. I am studying too so happy to support you in your endevours. Hope it all goes well - enjoy reading the blogs you encounter! - Kara

Silver Bells said...

Hi Kara! Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier. I am going to enjoy looking at your blog - just got the small matter of tidying up after a little person first (yesterday it was too nice here to be indoors putting things away).

Practical Frog said...

Hi Silver bells! I found you through Slow down slowly and relly enjoyed reading your blog! Hope to see you around! - Kara

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