Work and Life and everything in-between

November 27, 2017
work life balance

Parents with ambition, keep trying.

Heading back to work after having children is such a personal, subjective sometimes controversial issue. Work as you knew it won’t be the same. You might not even like your job when you get back there. The boss you used to love, is suddenly a work-a-holic. Your work-wife just doesn’t get you any more. You may lose your passion for a while, but keep trying.  The work and life balance thing starts to take centre stage and the juggle to strike that balance is always a work in progress.

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The perfect summer picnic kit

January 25, 2017

Make some memories and go for a picnic.

My love of picnics really began when I was a little girl, when visiting my Gran and Pa, who lived in Mildura. Picnics were a bit of a family tradition. We would often head to the Murray River banks and go yabby fishing, or Apex Park to bird watch and swim. The food, the paraphernalia, the family time, and of course – finding the actual picnic spot was all part of the excitement.

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Homebody Relationships Wellness

5 ways to create happy, harmonious relationships

December 16, 2016

A little while ago I promised to deliver a post on detoxing your relationships. I never found the opportunity to write that story. When I tried to write it, it just came out all wrong. I wanted it to have a positive tilt rather than simply deleting certain people from your life – which is sometimes necessary but not really the message I wanted to get across.

Whether it be your spouse, friends or siblings, they should all be harmonious relationships, but sometimes it just doesn’t work like that. Resentments build up when favors go unnoticed, honesty goes that little bit too far, or worse a form of betrayal takes place to dampen the trust. It might be that there are differences between each person that aren’t aligning or someone is taking advantage or becoming too intensely attached. There are so many reasons why relationships get complicated.

I thought I’d refer to an expert to give us some advice on this topic. Kate James is a career, business and personal coach whom I have seen over the years. She is brilliantly smart, warm and lovely and offers a perfect insight on how to create happy relationships. Oh and if you need a coach, Kate is your girl. She rocks!

Kate has kindly allowed me to reproduce an article I read on her blog. Read on for more.

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Homebody Housekeeping

De-clutter in three easy steps

December 12, 2016

When it comes to a de-clutter, I’m a big fan. There are two types of people in this world: hoarders and purgers. Which are you? I’m a chronic chucker. I chuck things out sometimes because it’s easier than mending them or putting them away. Then I get in so much trouble from my husband, who is a constant ‘keeper’ of things and won’t let me throw anything out.

My dear friend Brooke Howden, happens to be a de-cluttering professional. She tells us how we can strike a harmonious balance between doing the once a year clean and the on-going maintenance. Read on to garner her delightfully refreshing advice.

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A Christmas gift giving guide

December 4, 2016
Christmas gift guide

Christmas Photo: made by mary; www.madebymary.se

My top five online Christmas stores

Christmas can be mayhem if you follow the crowds. Why leave the serenity of the coast or the country to enter the city crush and chaos of the super-malls when you can have it all delivered to your doorstep?

Yes it’s nice to touch-and-feel the products, hear the Christmas carols on the overhead speakers, but in all fairness  how often do you have to hear ‘Deck the Halls’ without going insane?

There’s also the etiquette around gift giving at Christmas. It can be treacherous,  and every family has different traditions and expectations.

So I’ve pulled together a list of ‘water-tight tips’ for gift giving and online shopping,  so we can avoid the ‘awkies’ this Christmas.

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Top 5 farm gates on the Bellarine

December 2, 2016

Pick and taste your way around the Bellarine this summer.

Farm gates are one of my favourite things. The Bellarine and surrounds are brimming with them, and they are generally kid friendly, sometimes dog friendly. and always offer the reward of touching and often tasting the food straight from the maker before you buy.

There are so many to choose from and a full list can be found via the Bellarine Taste Trail or the Otway Taste trail, but my personal favourites are listed below.

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Entertaining Homebody

Silly Season Drinks planning

November 23, 2016

Drinks are arguably the most important part of entertaining at home – apart from the fabulous company of course! It’s easy enough to grab some beer and wine and throw it in an esky, but let’s step it up a little this season shall we?

Go from average to amazing with some easy tips for getting your bar situation set for a sizzling soiree.

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Entertaining Homebody

Get your place party ready – Barbeque bliss

October 12, 2016

It’s time to dust off the barbeque and get the alfresco dining festivities happening once again. Whether it’s last minute dinner after the kid’s cricket match, a barbeque on a Saturday afternoon with the neighbours, or a Cup Day soiree, you want your barbeque game to be boast-worthy. Become the grilling champ with this simple bbq action plan.

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The enchanting flower farm on the Bellarine

September 6, 2016
Mannerim Stables _ outside

Mannerim Stables Co.

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate than by taking a country drive out to the beautiful Mannerim Stables Flower Farm in Marcus Hill. Just twenty minutes drive from Geelong and a ninety minutes from Melbourne, this enchanting property will fill your heart with a gleeful sense of happiness, and you won’t want to leave!

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Homebody Wellness

Three simple tips for feeling amazing everyday

August 22, 2016
Five tips for feeling amazing

Simple things you can do to profoundly improve your wellbeing.

by, Harriet Mcmillan, Natural Harry

Good news. You don’t have to meditate like a monk on a mountain top

to be spiritual and feel incredible. Actually, in my opinion, all you need to do is three simple things each day. All cost nothing and take less than 5 minutes. No complicated recipes to follow, no time-consuming programmes on self-development. Three simple short and quick daily practices that will have the most profound, positive effect on your life.

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