• 10 things to do in Camden this weekend

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    So you’ve probably heard me banging on about the many glories of Camden, NSW. Well, this is the weekend to get down here. Why? Because I am running the Camden Garden Festival, the Crystal Festival is on and Camden Park House is open (it only opens for one weekend a year). We haven’t even gotten […]

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  • Why a Bali villa holiday is awesome for baby mamas

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Did you know that you can hire baby equipment in Bali? Yep, you can. There are a number of baby hire services that not only hire out prams, cots, pool fences and hire chairs, they also offer nanny and babysitting services. These same services can arrange nappies, formula, baby food and even a personal chef […]

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  • Thoughts on happiness

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    I have become noticeably happier since I stopped reading women’s magazines. I rarely go shopping, and if I do, I don’t spend more than I can afford. I try not to shop from boredom or a sense of unworthiness (buying things to make me feel more socially acceptable, or cool, or professional). I care a […]

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  • Stay away from The Jones’

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    I have been thinking about The Jones’, that mythical family who drive the status anxiety of the aspirational. Why would you want to keep up with wasteful, greedy mega-consumers? The Jones live in a mansion, drive new cars, have shiny white teeth and golden fake tans. They holiday often and throw fancy parties. But really? […]

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  • Sacred places

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    I have always been a sucker for a crystal shop, a psychic reading and a tarot deck. As a godless heathen, these things allow me to connect to a sense of spirituality. Same goes for yoga, swimming, walking and Goddess cards. I am a tragic hippie cliche. Nevertheless, I think we all yearn for a […]

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Aug
8

I’m going to save you $420

How, you may ask? Well, if you are a geriatric wannabe mother (yes, if you’re over 35, ‘geriatric’ is what you’re called), here is what the $420 specialist will tell you. If you’re 37, you have less than a 15% chance of getting pregnant naturally. This information is delivered to you in the form of […]

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Aug
2

24 hours in Bangkok

Do you ever wonder if it’s worth taking the stopover option on a long haul flight? After my recent experience in Bangkok, I would definitely say yes. If you want to arrive at your destination feeling good, 24 hours in this crazy city can work wonders. Here are my tips for the ultimate 24 hours in […]

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Jul
20

Forget about ‘success’

I am sick to death of reading articles telling me to get up early, make more money, be more productive and then meditate in order to stay on top of my mental health in order to be successful. How about sleeping as much as suits your body? How about making enough money to live a […]

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Jul
18

Mudbrick, Waiheke Island, NZ

Some places are paradise; pure and simple. Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant is one of these rare spots. Perched on a hill overlooking rolling green hills, vineyards and water off into the distance, this cellar door and restaurant is set in the middle of a formal garden and a French-style terrace, complete with cream-coloured sun umbrellas, wooden […]

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Jul
15

Top five: Bay of Islands, NZ

There is nothing easier than driving from Auckland to the Bay of Island because there is only one road. You find that road, you follow it for 3.5 hours and then you’re in Paihia, the bayside village that is the gateway to Northland. The Spark and I went up there on a second honeymoon because […]

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Jul
6

It’s International Kissing Day

Surely this has got to be the greatest day OF ALL TIME?! My husband is the world’s greatest kisser and, while I am obviously biased, I am not the only person who has told him this. He was out at a club one time and was kissing a young lady who turned to her friend and said, […]

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Jun
29

Hello role model

I met a journalist on a recent work trip that I adore. Not just admire. Not just like. I want to be her when I don’t grow up. She is the deputy editor of a big newspaper travel section, used to teach English literature at the university, has two daughters and speaks fluent French. I have […]

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Jun
27

Clancy’s Soap Opera

By Meagan Patroni As soap operas go, there’s love, loss and a rollercoaster of emotions. That’s the case for a fella I met in Victoria’s You Yangs; Clancy. His handsome features, rugged hands, round behind and eyes to-die-for draw the ladies from miles. In fact, I have travelled 45 minutes from Melbourne to see him. […]

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Jun
23

The power of memory

The weirdest thing happened to me this morning. I have started writing a book (again – this is a regular occurrence) but this time it is based on real events. Delving into those memories, I started getting really sad. I had a little cry while I was writing and then, for the rest of the […]

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Jun
22

Enough

It seems we live in a world of always more. It is enormously calming to know you have enough. Enough love. Enough money. Enough security. Western culture is built around concepts of achievement, betterment and expansion. Most business conversations deal with increased profits, improved margins and market growth. But what if you are, have, and do enough […]

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