• 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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Mar
21

Dear Aunty Em: Dating losers

‘I keep dating total losers and then getting dumped. What the hell is wrong with me?’ – Losing at love Dear Losing at love, Oh boy. I can relate. There was a time when I was dating the used Bandaids from the bottom of the gene pool. There was the biter – who at least had […]

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Mar
15

Swimming holes in Sydney’s South West

Freshwater swimming holes are one of my favourite things.  I have spent years ogling the pictures of people lounging about in waterholes in the Northern Territory (the ones without crocodiles) so it was with great delight that I realised that my new neighbourhood has loads of swimming holes of its own. I have been on […]

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Mar
14

Feminism is confusing

I was listening to the hilarious Guilty Feminist podcast this morning and it made me realise that feminism – and indeed, being female – is confusing. I have spent my whole life trying to get male approval and attention. I am on the chunky side and my weight has always made me feel inferior to anyone […]

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Mar
7

East Coast garden adventure

Garden-fanciers are a funny bunch. You will often find them wandering around with leaves in their hair and mud on their boots, inspecting flowers and pinching herbs. So where should these gnome-like creatures holiday? And where in Australia can a plant lover get down and dirty? It turns out that the coastal driving route between […]

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Mar
5

Joey: A year in review

I have been a mum for nearly a year now. Our beautiful baby Joey turns one on Saturday. So what’s it like? And have I learnt anything? Without sounding hyperbolic, becoming a mum has given me a reason to live; a defined purpose that begins and ends with keeping my son happy and healthy. This […]

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Feb
28

Building a tribe

‘A rising tide lifts all boats.’ There’s a lot of talk about boys’ clubs in the tourism industry and you know what? That’s fine. People can be a part of any club they choose. But I choose a different structure. Women in Tourism is an inclusive group, not a girls’ club. Our goal is to […]

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Feb
22

Ideal growing conditions

I believe that the real work of life is trying to figure out what kind of person you are, and what your ideal growing conditions are. We’re not always born in the right climate. Just like a plant, we all have basic requirements: soil, sun, water, temperature, nutrients. Have you ever seen a frangipani trying […]

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Feb
21

Phone-a-phobia

  I have a confession. I hate mobile phones. I like being able to check my email and social media accounts. I use the banking app. I love Spotify. But the actual phone that rings? I HATE IT. 15 years working in the media has made me allergic to the sound of a ringing phone. I […]

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Feb
14

The circuit

I have a theory. It’s nothing new but I thought I would share it with you anyway. I believe that love is a circuit. You only get out what you put in. I am fortunate in the sense that I have an abundance of love and support around me. Subsequently, I believe that it is […]

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Feb
12

Why I need retreats

I recently returned from a two night stay at Billabong Retreat and – wow – what a difference. The 48 hours I spent there shifted something. The past month has been really tough and I’ve felt it in my body. My stomach has been sore – in both the muscles and digestive system – and sleep […]

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