• Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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  • Christmas presents for people like me

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    It’s around this time of year that I do terrible things to my credit card. I love Christmas and I love buying presents. If you are looking for gift ideas for middle-aged women who love Marimekko but wear K-Mart, here’s some things that I can personally recommend as being both ethical and excellent. Original artworks Art […]

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  • Love your skin suit

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Silence of the Lambs has made the concept of a skin suit a little bit too literal but stay with me folks. We are all born into a skin suit that is composed of pretty much the same stuff as everyone else’s. Our genes dominate what it will look like. Some people get an Armani, […]

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  • Losing babies

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    The Spark and I have lost three babies this year – one in January and two in the past week. Without going into the excruciating details, all I can say is that this is a very common experience. Every second person I speak to shares their story of loss. One of the midwives who looked […]

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  • Woo-Oahu! My stay at Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Most of the time I am a suburban mum covered in toddler snot but occasionally – almost magically – I get yanked out of my leggings and sent spinning into a world of luxury. That’s what happened recently when I wound up at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki. When I was dropped off at the […]

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May
23

Five best heritage venues in Sydney

You want to throw a party in a crumbly, old building? I hear you! I love heritage architecture, especially Victorian-era civic buildings that took decades to build and went waaaaay over budget. Here are my Sydney faves. 1. The Tearoom Located on the top floor of the Queen Victoria Building on George St, the tearooms are […]

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May
20

What you want in a hotel

Lately I’ve been asking people about what they want in a hotel. The response is surprising. It’s not better technology, bigger rooms or fancier service. People want basic stuff, done well. Here’s the top 10: 1. Real milk. Australian travellers seem to hate UHT and coffee creamer. 2. Real coffee, not instant. Please give us real coffee, preferably not in […]

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May
17

iFly: A review

You like the sound of skydiving but you’re too scared to jump from a plane? Congratulations! You just passed the first test of survival. Leaping out of a plane is dumb. Fun, but unequivocally numbskull behaviour. Enter iFly; the next best thing. Except it’s not really anything like it. To compare iFly with skydiving is like comparing […]

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May
16

Not all bloggers are idiots

My friend linked to a brutal takedown of ‘mommy bloggers’ on Facebook this morning. It was an interesting read, coming as it did from a blogger who had profited heavily from the blogging industry. I am a weirdo in the sense that I am a journalist/blogger/former PR. There’s a prevailing sentiment that journalists hate bloggers and PRs, […]

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May
11

Know who has your money

I realise I’m starting to sound a bit ‘conspiracy theorist’ but I assure you that I am years away from moving into a cave and wrapping my head in Alfoil. I am currently devoted to finding out where my money is going and having a say in the way it’s spent. I have changed my super fund to […]

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May
6

Mother’s Day for step mums

I am a step mum (even though that thought seems too big for my head). I may never have kids so my two step daughters could be my only chance to be a parent of any kind. And yet, I have no stake in them. Nothing biological to tie us together, no authority. As a step […]

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May
5

Why you should spend local

I just spent the past two days at a conference that was all about making money. The words yield, capital, investment and RevPar (Revenue Per Available Room) were bandied around like bon mots. I hated it. When the CEO of a company I have supported for a long time started talking about property development without […]

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Apr
29

I want what you have

A friend of mine said this to me recently and I totally understand what she meant. We were talking about relationships, specifically romantic ones, and she said that she is looking for something solid and lasting. I felt exactly the same way before I met The Spark. I’d observed as one of my friends, who […]

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Apr
27

Date night: Skyline Drive-In

Are you a loud popcorn eater? Do you laugh too enthusiastically in movies? The drive-in is for you! I once had a colleague accuse me of breathing loudly. And it’s true. I am a noisy person, much like The Spark’s youngest child. Miss 4 chatters away as she goes to sleep and starts talking before she wakes […]

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Apr
19

Wedding = worth it!

There’s a lot of conjecture as to whether there’s any point getting married. It’s expensive (yep), statistically likely to fail (yep) and it’s only one day of your life and then everything goes back to normal (nope). Well, I’m here to say GET WED PEOPLE. Sure, there are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t get married […]

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