• Dear Aunty Em: Should I have a baby?

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    ‘Should I have a baby?’ – Maybe mama  Dear Maybe mama, a) Go and stand in the card section of K-Mart and check out the Mother’s Day range. Absorb the pinkness, the flowers, the sense of gratitude. b) And then go stand in the homewares section, preferably the boring bit, near the pegs, mops and […]

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  • Dear Aunty Em: Knob job

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    “Would you judge a guy based on his work? I was chatting to someone online and turns out he works in the gaming industry selling slot/gaming machines. It’s been his career for ages and I think he does well out if it. It’s such a turn-off for me – is that wrong? Am I being […]

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  • Becoming your authentic self

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    I am evolving in isolation down here in Camden, NSW. I’ve got to say, it’s making me weird. When you are protected from the influence of society, a funny thing happens. Parts of you grow that were previously trampled. Take my dress sense. I have always been sartorially challenged but I am reaching new lows. […]

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  • Meet the artist: Louise Man

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    A change of country prompted a change in direction for the very talented Louise Man. This accomplished PR and editor has now added another talent to her sizeable stash; that of a painter. Read on to find out what inspires her. How long have you been working as an artist? I’ve always enjoyed painting, but […]

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  • Note to my girls

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    I have two step daughters and three nieces and there are a few things I want them to know. The first thing: you are not here to be decorative. People will comment on your looks. They will compliment your figure, and tell you that you’re pretty. You will hear other women complaining and comparing, fretting […]

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Nov
16

The problem with government

The first problem is recruitment. Do you know how to get involved in politics? If you wanted to run for the local council, your State Government seat, or for the Federal seat in your electorate, do you know how to go about it? Have you met any politicians lately? Have you had a chance to speak […]

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Nov
15

How to find a Bali villa

This has truly been one of those weeks. Joey is teething and has also learnt to crawl. I have at least 100 new grey hairs. I have also had some weird tummy bug, been crushed by deadlines and for some mysterious reason, can’t sleep. Such fun. Naturally, my thoughts turn to holidays. Namely, when am I […]

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Nov
13

Small life

  I have a lot going on in a small space. My world used to be huge. I would fly interstate and overseas without a second thought. Sydney Airport felt like a second home. But now? I haven’t even had time to pick up my new passport which has been languishing, uncollected, for four months. […]

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Oct
25

Gifts from the storm

So here’s an obscure movie reference. In The Good Dinosaur, there’s a pterodactyl-esque character called Thunderclap. He’s a predatory bad ass in the same vein as the hyenas in The Lion King. [Spoiler alert] In the middle of the movie, there’s a severe storm that wreaks havoc. After the storm has passed, Thunderclap rejoices because a lot […]

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Oct
25

Removing decisions

Choice is a good thing, right? I would argue that yes, choice is excellent, but being overwhelmed by choices is not. It’s easy to spend a lot of time deliberating over things that will not improve your day. For the first six months of mat leave, I wore the same H&M shirt in five different […]

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Oct
18

Needless suffering

We all do it. We all have one drink too many, or eat that thing we know makes us sick. We put up with the back pain because we’re too broke or busy too go to the chiropractor. We put off holidays because work – or our boss – is just too crazy right now. […]

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Oct
17

Guide to Thanksgiving

So you want to host a Thanksgiving dinner but you’re a clueless Aussie? Help is at hand, dear reader. My gorgeous friend Victor and his equally delicious hubs Jim throw a massive Thanksgiving bash every year. Victor is a Chef so you only imagine what that looks like. I asked him to give us the skinny on this […]

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Oct
12

Inside the baby bubble: balancing your needs with your newborn’s

Few things are more eagerly anticipated than the arrival of a new baby. From the moment you know that your baby is on its way, life takes on a whole new meaning. Anxiously waiting for hospital appointments or excitedly buying first baby clothes; new parenthood sits you precariously on an emotional rollercoaster. In awe of […]

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Oct
11

80/20 rule

I suffer from an overwhelming desire to plan things. After all, a failure to plan is a plan to fail, right? Wrong. All this planning inevitably leads to disappointment as nothing ever turns out the way I hope it will. The weather is bad, I have a fight with someone, I get sick. Something goes […]

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Oct
7

Mat leave is over

Yesterday was my last official day of maternity leave; a very reluctant end to 7.5 months of the most magnificent/mundane time of my life. I have been drugged, cut open and had an organ (and a glorious baby boy) removed. I have been pooed on, something that I thought only happened in German sex clubs. […]

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