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Parenting style the third time around

Sponsored by Bupa Australia When I look at the photo below of my first-born children, the cute factor is (almost) lost on me. Ok, so the babies in this photo are now adults. Therefore CUTE. BUT. Oh my. This image represents my time deep in the baby-parenting trenches. I get a bit tense and twitchy

Styling You’s 2000th blog post

You know how I love an even number? Well when that even number situation collides with a milestone, then you bet I’m excited. Drum roll please … this is 2000th blog post on Styling You. That’s a whole lot of writing, photographs, sharing and comments that have gone down in seven and a half years.

Why I’m simply in love with Simply Nigella

I love to cook. And to eat. Not that the two need to necessarily need to go hand and hand. But in my experience, it does help. Like my wardrobe, though, it’s very, very easy for me to fall into a cooking rut. You know the rut, don’t you? Buying the same ingredients and cooking

January 2016 favourite reads

Editor’s note: Please welcome back Deborah from Debbish dot com who’s sharing her favourite new releases with Styling You readers each month.  Happy 2016! No doubt you’ve had time to make, break and revisit your resolutions already… or if you’re like me, you’ve given up on the notion entirely. It’s a bit of a thing in the book

10 things to do in Burleigh Heads

Last Easter we escaped for a few days to the QT at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Loved it. Loved it all. On the Sunday, we’d arranged to meet up with friends on Burleigh Beach so the kids could have a swim and the adults could recover from the night before at Kurrawa Surf

A blueprint for 2016 inspired by Oprah

I love a fresh start. A clean slate. For me, the start of any year is a chance to map out how you’d like that year to look. It’s a chance to look back on the previous year and really find the gratitude in the GOOD things that have made up that year. Then I

Summer reading picks 2015-16

Editor’s note: Please welcome back Deborah from Debbish dot com who’s sharing her favourite new releases with Styling You readers each month.  It’s summertime here in Australia, which usually means a couple of things: holidays spent at the beach or by a pool; and dire weather conditions (cyclones, heatwaves and bushfires). I’m afraid I can’t help a lot with

2015: the year that was

I’m a planner. I like to be organised. It doesn’t always come together but generally that planning and organisation helps to keep me on some kind of track. 2015? It just kind of happened. I’d set out with good intentions in January to make big goals for the year but then the year started and

Christmas can be a difficult time

I remember the day like it was yesterday. Sitting at my desk at the newspaper I ended up working at for most of my adult life. Furiously working on sub-editing the next day’s paper. It was a Saturday. The Saturday before Christmas 1995. On a weekend shift at a newspaper, the office takes on a

What to pack for a cruise holiday

Last week I popped my cruising cherry. Yes, 40 years after falling in love with the concept of cruising via The Love Boat and wishing that all things on TV could become real, it did. Master SY and I boarded the US$50million refurbished Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas (as guests of the cruise company) for

My health story – an update

Editor’s note: This post is not meant as 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. I sat in my GP’s rooms last week with my latest blood tests up on the computer screen for us to check.

Styling your Christmas table

Editor’s note: Please welcome the SY interiors expert, Kristie Castagna from Elements at Home. Kristie is a professional blogger, interior stylist and colour consultant so who better to give some advice on getting the most out of spaces at home? Some of my favourite Christmas table decorating tips are simple, easy and achievable for every table in every home.  They

Christmas book ideas – gifts for family and friends

Editor’s note: Please welcome back Deborah from Debbish dot com who’s sharing her favourite new releases with Styling You readers each month.  Yesterday Nikki mentioned a friend called Debbie who’d done her Christmas shopping. Just in case you were wondering…. that was not me. Sadly I wait until December rolls around to start thinking about Christmas. Fortunately however, I’m

How to buy gifts at Christmas

Last Sunday, I bumped into an old friend from the Sunshine Coast in the middle of Brisbane’s CBD. Let’s call her Debbie … because that’s her real name. She caught me looking down at her arms which were laden with shopping bags. “Don’t hate me,” she said. “I’ve just finished my Christmas shopping.” Deb was

White Christmas Rocky Road

Editor’s note: please make today’s guest welcome, Kristie Welsh, PR and Comms wonderwoman who runs her own agency called Communicated. Kristie shares monthly recipes with all of us, so that we can wow our friends and family with her achievable but delicious creations.  Yep, it’s that time of year again. Get your jingle on people… Christmas is

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