• Poop

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    There is nothing quite like a good poop to make you feel better. The strange thing – even with all the talk of fermented foods, gut health, and probiotics – is that no one really talks about the end game. The Poop. I was shocked and delighted when a colleague of mine casually mentioned that she […]

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  • Joy

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    A few weeks back I read a wonderful post by Elizabeth Gilbert about how your soul is always guiding you towards joy (click here to read it). The basic premise is that the further you move away from what makes you joyful, the louder your soul will protest. Joy, not to be confused with pleasure, is […]

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  • Six things I didn’t know before I became a mum

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    It doesn’t matter how much time you have spent Googling and talking to people. There’s still a bunch of stuff that will surprise you – and, at times, blindside you – when you become a mum for the first time. Here are the main things that blew my mind. Sex is painful I had a […]

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  • Cockroaches

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Our apartment in Glebe is the epicentre of cockroach society. Every tier is represented. Every species. I have never known such activity as what happens in our kitchen after dark. Even when I opened my laptop (my laptop!), a tiny cockroach ran out. A couple of weeks ago I was feeding the baby in bed and […]

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  • Couples viewing

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Is this a new phenomenon? The mutual pleasure of loving a TV show so much that it becomes central to your relationship? The Spark and I have enjoyed many box sets and, in an alarmingly truthful moment, he once said that watching TV together is what we do best. That sounds kinda lame, right? That […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Gaydar

‘I made a comment or three about being wary of dating guys who turn out to be gay and my assistant asked me if I had had a scarring experience? No, I answered but I live in Sydney where there seem to be confused people dating all over the place. My old neighbour was a […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Younger

‘I’ve started dating someone nine years’ younger than me – don’t tell anyone! I feel that I’m too old and he’s got his life ahead of him and he wants to party. The problem is that we like each other more than either of us has liked anyone before and we click. What should I […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Christmas crap

‘How do I cope with the fallout after a Christmas party? As far as I can tell, we all had a great time, there was lots of dancing and fun, yet one of the girls in my team hasn’t spoken to me since Friday. I did my usual ‘phantom’ but then again, so did heaps of […]

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Nov
27

Need to know: Saving apps

I am as good at saving money as Kim Kardashian is at keeping a low profile. I suck at it. The good news is that there are some new apps that help fiscal degenerates like me to budget, save and invest. The top apps are able to consolidate all of your finances and present them in […]

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Nov
23

Best summer reads

Yes friends – it is that time of year: the annual summer read-a-thon where you can shamelessly clutch a G&T, slather on some sunscreen and devour as many books as you can carry to the pool, beach or couch. I am in a book club with some very smart, funny women and, as a result, […]

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Nov
23

5 places you need to visit in regional Australia

Australia is a country overflowing with beautiful, fun and interesting places to spend your holiday. Once you get outside of the eight capital cities, you’ll find there are thousands of villages, towns and out-of-the-way places to kick your heels up in. To help you plan your next great Australian holiday, here are five fun regional destinations to […]

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Nov
19

Fun video: 11 days in a campervan

I’ve been home for all of five days and my feet are itching, itching, itching. Being back at my desk after such a colourful, spicy adventure sucks. One week it’s wild elephants in the afternoon. The next week it’s computer screen, caffeine and fluoro lights. The guys from Wilderness motorhomes in New Zealand just sent me […]

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Nov
18

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka

I knew very little about Sri Lanka before I visited. Tea, cricket and curry, right? Yes but also: there is so much more. I spent my entire visit exclaiming about the exotic wonders that I had never heard about. The ancient cities, the colourful festivals and the British colonial hill stations. What is the Sri […]

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Nov
17

Why people care more about Paris

It’s simple. A lot of people have been there, know someone who has, or have French friends. I completely understand why everyone is all WTF about the lack of press coverage and outrage over the attacks in Nigeria, Beirut and Syria but the fact is that most westerners relate more to France than they do […]

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Nov
16

Top places to go in Sicily

With its rich historical heritage, the Italian island of Sicily is renowned for its ancient architectural splendours and beaches. The many beautiful historical spots to visit also include the villas of local residents (a factor which is often overlooked by tourists). Along with the many cathedrals and churches that adorn the island centres, this factor […]

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