Melissa Gerke


Melissa Gerke is a freelance copywriter and storyteller. Brands hire her to transform their messages into meaningful content and stories centred on customers, culture, and core values. She loves to create content that both stimulates and educates readers.




Is air pollution a problem in your home? How to know for sure

Australians spend on average 90 per cent of their time indoors. In the extremes of summer and winter, windows and doors are shut, and curtains are drawn in a bid to create the...


Spotlight is selling 'play dirt' for $17, and the internet is up in arms

Bag O Dirt' Play Dirt is the 'cleanest dirt on planet Earth', so it says. Now you no longer need to worry about your child getting dirty in dirty dirt. The internet has gone...


A simpler life: Meet the couple who live without electricity or running water

Angela Hunter, 56, and her partner Jake Arnetts, 58, had a dream to live a simpler life. This dream became Dog Leg Farm, nearly 11 hectares of wild scrubby land five kilometres...


Are you making this common gardening mistake?

You don't need to give up your day job to have a nice lawn but, with a few tips and regular maintenance, a nice lawn can be achieved by anyone. One of the most common gardening...


A comprehensive guide on what plants to keep out of the garden

When it comes to choosing plants for our garden, a stroll in a garden nursery reveals a plethora of plants from which to choose but are some plants best avoided? Potted rubber...


The big picture: Is this the one trade you didn't know you needed?

When Jennifer Wilson returned from a trip to Paris with a vintage poster, she got more than she bargained for. "By the time it was framed, it was two metres tall," says Wilson....


When to tell the truth about 'you know who'

As we approach the Christmas season, many questions start to arise. Where should we have Christmas lunch? Should I buy a leg of lamb? However, there is another troubling...


How to know when to call the exterminators this summer

Everyone has their own tolerance when it comes to insects and pests in the home. Some people consider one cockroach scurrying across the kitchen floor as nothing to be alarmed...


Why I don't praise my son

As mothers, it's easy to praise our children. Praise is easy to give and kids love hearing it. But what if we are holding our kids back by doing that? How to raise resilient...


All the best train, plane and automobile museums in NSW

Do you have a little one obsessed with all things transportation? Inside a cockpit at the HARS Museum. Image: supplied. In this current age of iPads, internet and gaming, it's...