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What to pack for a European summer holiday


This would have to be my biggest packing challenge to date. Well, since I started seeing every trip as an opportunity to better myself in this game the experts call packing light. I need to be upfront with you from the outset, if you’re looking for a “how to pack for three weeks in Europe with

My health story – an update

Editor’s note: This is not medical advice that would necessarily work for you – please see your health care professional/s and work together on a plan that works for you. My alarm went off at 5.30am this morning. Like it does two mornings each week so I make it to my 6am yoga classes. There

Birthday giveaway: win 1 of 13 prizes valued at $2538

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already June, which means that it’s time for Nikki’s birthday, and time for YOU to receive the birthday presents in a bumper giveaway. We have 13 wonderful prizes for you valued at $2538. For your wardrobe, we are giving away a gorgeous accessories pack from Advika, a sweater from

16 best shops Paddington Brisbane

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It’s 18 months since we made the move from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. EIGHTEEN months. In some ways it feels like it’s longer. In some ways it seems like yesterday. We’ve very much settled into our new environment. We’re fortunate to have made some beautiful new friends, have re-connected with old friends and completely

May 2015 favourite reads

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Editor’s note: Please welcome back Deborah from Debbish Dotcom. Deb and I go way back … to primary school in regional Queensland. As a nine-year-old I was in awe of her jazz ballet skills and as a fellow 40-something, I’m in awe of her voracious reading. Each month she’ll now also be sharing her favourite reads

5 Sydney foodie experiences for your next visit


I may be able to sniff out a shopping or spa opportunity on any given holiday or weekend escape but another special skill I have is seeking out good foodie experiences. It’s no secret that I love food, whether that’s eating out or cooking up a storm at home. Just quietly, I don’t mind an

How’s your pelvic floor holding up?


Sponsored by PeriCoach Squats. Star jumps. Laughing. Sneezing. Coughing. Dancing. Splashing around in a pool. Bending over. Jumping on a trampoline. Doing the dishes. Lifting up a heavy suitcase. Downward facing dogs. What do all these things have in common? The ability to bring on a bladder leakage, that’s what. Well, they do in me.

8 tips for life from Lisa Messenger


Here’s where I confess to executing a total fan-girl moment. It’s true. It happened last Friday when I was in Sydney for my sponsorship and advertising agency’s annual conference and third birthday celebrations. Founder of the Collective Hub magazine (and author and speaker) Lisa Messenger was our final speaker for the event. Talk about end

How to update your bedroom

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Sponsored by Valspar – The Future of Paint It’s no surprise that I like to update my wardrobe but unless you follow me on Instagram you may not be aware that I also like to update things around the home. The first thing I did more than 12 months ago when we moved into our Brisbane

Mother’s Day 2015

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Mother’s Day is a funny day for me. I’m a mum and I do love the spoiling but I’m also a mum who has lost her mum. And my husband has lost his mum too. The pleasure in indulging in a day for me is tainted by the missing mums in our lives. And I

What to wear on a long-haul flight

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I love flying. Have done since I was a small child and wore my TAA “The Friendly Way” Junior Flyer badge with pride. I’d have the hostesses (back when they were called hostesses) fill in my logbook with every flight – mostly on fokker friendship planes between Maryborough and Brisbane. We dressed up for flying.

Escape to Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui

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Sponsored by Female for Life My German yoga instructor congratulates us for our energy in the afternoon class. Enjoy your evening, she says … your detox juices … I’ll be having a gin and tonic she says with a wide smile. Her quirky sense of humour is not lost on me. It’s Friday night. I’m on

10 books to read right now

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Editor’s note: Please welcome today’s guest blogger: Deborah and I go way back … to primary school in regional Queensland. As a nine-year-old I was in awe of her jazz ballet skills and as a fellow 40-something, I’m in awe of her voracious reading. Each month she’ll now also be sharing her favourite reads with Styling

Mother’s Day giveaway: win 1 of 21 prizes valued at $3152

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It’s that wonderful time of year, when we celebrate the mothers in our life. You may be a mum yourself, and choose to keep your prize, or perhaps you plan to give it to a special mother you know could use a reminder of how loved they are.  Either way, you’ll really want to enter

Escape to Byron Bay


The family and work planets aligned on the weekend and planted us back in Northern New South Wales’ beautiful Byron Bay – almost a year since we last visited. Miss SY had a 21st to attend and is still trying to get her hours sorted for her licence so wanted to drive. Mr SY wanted to

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