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Birthday giveaway: win 1 of 17 prizes valued at $2778

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It’s that time of year again, and for those of you who have been reading for a while, you’ll know that when Nikki celebrates her birthday, there are presents for you too! This time around, there are 17 fabulous birthday gifts worth $2778 for you to win. We have gorgeous fashion pieces to add to

Escape to Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

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A girlfriend of mine memorably once quoted that she doesn’t do camping – that the only stars she sleeps under are the five stars of a hotel or resort chain. I looked up from the deck of my stand-alone suite at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa last week and thought she’d be pretty impressed

How to get the most out of your iPhone camera

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I’m a geek girl at heart. Always have been, always will be. If it’s new and it’s techy and it’s going to help me in my personal or professional life then I’m on it. I’ve also always had a thing for photography. Not a professional thing. Just a hankering thing. It’s a hankering that goes

What to do in Byron Bay

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It’s almost six months since we made the move to Brisbane from our beachside home of many years. Whenever I meet someone new or catch up with an old friend, the first question I’m usually asked is, “do you miss the Sunshine Coast?”. I do. And I don’t. This move of ours was a long

Flashback Friday

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I know if you’re regular around these parts you’re probably wondering where #everydaystyle has gone. It’s Friday. It should be here. I’m sorry. It will be back next week. Please still do share your daily outfits. This week’s work plans spun a little out of control after my beautiful Nan passed away on Monday. The

Mother’s Day 2014 gift ideas

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Everytime an ad comes on TV for some kind of gift that advertising land thinks we mothers just can’t wait to unwrap on May 11, Mr SY thinks it’s HILARIOUS to suggest that that’s what he’s already bought me. Thankfully, I know I’m safe for a couple of reasons. #1 His birthday is this Sunday

Things I’m loving

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I do not get fluey sick very often. Yes, I may have my share of ongoing health issues but when it comes to fending off any lurgy going round I’m pretty good at doing so – thanks in part to my army of preventative cold and flu busters. But I let my guard down, didn’t I?

Happy Easter | Salted caramel and chocolate bark


Hello. By the time you read this we’ll either be on our way to the airport or making our way to our Easter holiday destination. My mate Mrs Woog kindly invited us back to spend another Easter embracing soft pants and sauv blanc on New South Wales’ Central Coast. She didn’t have to ask twice.

9 Easter tips to embrace these holidays

9 Easter tips

Hello Easter holidays. I see you. Almost. If you have kids then your week has probably been as bonkers as mine has been. The homework may have eased off but the end-of-term craziness will have not. A big tick for us is that the youngest member of the SY clan has settled in really well to

My health story – an update

My health story an update

I honestly didn’t expect the response I received to the post I wrote about my 2013 health story – published in between finishing off the Christmas ham and packing boxes for our move to Brisbane. I’d been chipping away at changes to what and how I ate plus discovering that gentle exercise was not only

Things I’m loving

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It’s very quiet around these parts of late. Our family of five is just three. It’s very quiet on the home front and I keep cooking way too much at each meal time. Master SY senior has moved back to his residential college on campus at uni and Miss SY has moved in and started

Escape to Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Hidden Vale

For the past two months or so, I’ve been absorbing everything city life. I’ve been asked on many occasion if I miss the beach after our move from the Sunshine Coast. This question usually illicits a tilt of the head and a few seconds’ contemplation on my part. And then a, “no”. For now. The

Things I’m loving

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When I picked up Master SY from school last Friday he told me “it feels like I’ve been here forever”. I tell, you those words were music to my ears. To have him settle so quickly and easily into a new school is just such a weight off the parental side of my brain. Me?

The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1: an 8YO’s review

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Sponsored by Samsung Master SY Junior has taken over the blog today. He’s sharing with you his thoughts (as an eight-year-old) on the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) after I gave it my verdict on the blog last week. I’ve been impressed to see him work through NAPLAN questions in Samsung’s free Skillsbuilder app. As

How to choose activewear for any size or shape

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Sponsored by Female For Life I received this email from a SY reader late last year: Hi Nikki, First things first – I love your daily instagram of what you’re wearing, so inspiring! Has expanded my wardrobe no end, AND without spending a single $ – thank you! Now to where I do need to

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