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My 5 Sunshine Coast top things to do

5 Sunshine Coast top things to do

As I was out riding on Saturday afternoon (I’ve taken to stealing Miss SY’s beach cruiser bike while she’s otherwise occupied … and this time she was out in the surf), it dawned on me on this glorious autumn day that it was indeed the anniversary of my arrival on the Sunshine Coast – 23

Keeping it Real: the Easter getaway edition

Chartreuse layering

Hello Tuesday after an Easter getaway. You’re looking not so fresh from where I’m sitting. I can see the souvenirs you have left me in the form of a mountain of washing. And if I do not see a glass of Villa Maria sav blanc again, well at least until Friday, it will not be

Top 10 places to propose in 2013

featured top 10 places to propose

Just quickly, I received an email yesterday from travel company, Escape Travel, and they had compiled a list that caught my eye: the top 10 places to propose for 2013. Such lists always amuse me because Mr SY proposed in his undies beside our bed. And that bed was not in any exotic location. And

12 tips for where to shop in Melbourne

12 Melbourne Shopping Tips

It’s no secret that when I hit a new city, country – or small town for that matter – I like to suss out the shops. It’s in my genetic makeup, I’m sure There’s something way more relaxing about the browsing that takes place away from home. You’re not really shopping with a specific occasion

13 tips for travelling to Bali if you are a newbie

13 tips for travelling to Bali if you're a newbie

* Updated October 30, 2013 Bali has always been on our list of places to visit. So many good friends had been and fell in love. When we booked and surprised the kids with this end-of-school-holidays trip, we had a pretty good idea we’d fall in love too. I’ve since been back again on a

Postcards from Bali: Indulgences

Bodyworks, Seminyak, Bali

It is no secret that I’m not a girl who likes to rough it. I love my creature comforts and I’m more than a little fond of a an indulgence or six. Because I’m SO worth it. {Mr SY, stop that eye rolling, it’s bad for your health} This whole holiday could be classed as

Postcards from Bali: The beaches

Nusa Dua, Bali

Our first sighting of a Balinese beach was on our first morning here on the island. We were up and ready early. As you do in Australia to catch the best of the beach conditions. Turns out that that doesn’t happen in Bali. Despite the UV rating being off the charts, no-one was on the

Postcards from Bali: The hills

Rice terraces, Ubud, Bali

We stepped out of our driver’s car and experienced something we hadn’t experienced – here or back home – since last winter. Cool air. Yes, on this island close to the equator we actually felt a little underdressed. We were less than two hours from our villa in Seminyak but seemingly a million miles from

Postcards from Bali: Water play

Water Bom Park, Bali | fish spa

I’m a veteran of water parks and water slides from way back. One of my earliest water slide experiences re-opened recently after many years. This particular slide near where I now live follows the contour of a steep hill. Back in the day, urban myths abounded of people actually getting so much “air” on one particular bend

Postcards from Bali: A little shopping


My children are indeed genetically linked to me. I know I was present at each of their births but to have none of them raise objections to devoting a big chunk of the first full-day of our holiday in Bali to shopping? Well, that … that just confirmed the ties that bind us. Until …

Postcards from Bali: The Arrival

Postcards from Bali: Seminyak | Bali Swiss Villa

The moment we stepped out of Denpasar Airport yesterday afternoon I was immediately grateful for recent spate of hot, humid weather back home. Except for an air-conditioned six-hour flight, we were pretty much ready for the wall of thick, heavy air with which our bodies were slammed. And as the hotel driver ducked and weaved

Date Night thanks to Hilton HHonors {plus win your own}

Hilton Brisbane | Hilton HHonors weekend

Sponsored by Hilton HHonors Mr SY works smack bang in the centre of Brisbane city. Surrounded by innumerable shops, restaurants and bars. Most Friday nights as he walks past those aforementioned shops, restaurants and bars on his way to the train station to hot foot it back up the highway to home, he laments not being able

Summer in Sydney, Girlfriend Style


Sponsored by As I stepped into the lift, the music switched from upbeat dance music to Elvis crooning … Are You Lonesome Tonight? I wanted to stamp my feet. No I’m NOT lonesome. I wanted to protest that I was actually on my way out. To dinner. With a girlfriend. Thank-you very much. Being

The island mini-break outfits {plus top 5 things to do on Straddie}


It had been too long between visits. Four years too long to be precise. North Stradbroke Island, just a 40-minute barge ride across Moreton Bay from Brisbane, is one of those places the effect of even a single visit can stake a claim on your heart forever. It’s also one of those places that I

Where is your favourite Secret Spot?

Secret Spot | Hooroo | Cotton Tree | The Boatshed

Sponsored by Hooroo Let’s play a little game, shall we? I’m going to share with you some photos from one of my favourite places here on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, where I live. It’s kind of my Secret Spot. Except that it’s not a very well kept secret. It’s a secret spot shared and

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