celebrity chefs

Celebrity Chefs: Wholefood, Fusion and Confusion

Is there such a thing as authentic food,  does food belong to people or places, is culture integral in a cuisine? Woah, these were seemingly heavy topics, and to tell you the truth I felt a bit nonplussed by the idea of food ethics, as I was at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape more for the … [Read More...]

gift guide for christmas

A handy little gift guide for Christmas

I'm going to come clean with you. I've always been pretty useless at buying gifts. I get crazy ideas in my head about what people would like. I used to buy Dave zooty little 'executive' gifts to perk up his office when he'd much rather be hiking up a mountain with only a sleeping bag and a packet … [Read More...]

Bupa Health Influencer Blog Awards

Bupa Health Influencer Blog Awards

It's a funny old world. Just when I was feeling down in the doldrums and wondering if all the time I spent blogging at my computer was really worth the effort, suddenly the universe waves a magic wand and Kerpoof! Things changed in an instant. Oh my goodness. There is nothing like winning an … [Read More...]

How to stay fit and healthy

How to keep fit and healthy over 50 – My (unscientific) Routine

I often have chats with my friends about how they keep fit and healthy. I'm always keen to know how other middle aged women keep up their energy or fight the flab as our hormones go haywire. A friend asked me just the other day what sort of things I do to try and maintain good health, so I … [Read More...]

Easy Brunch recipes

Easy Brunch Recipes : Potato Terrine with Salmon

Dave likes to tell me that when we were first married I couldn't even boil an egg. Now maybe I was a bit experimental, but I wasn't that useless and over the years as we've moved from country to country I've added a bit of this and a bit of that into my repertoire, and as such I'm very good at … [Read More...]

wardrobe and style tips, Nikki Parkinson, Styling You

Top Wardrobe and Style tips from Nikki Parkinson, Styling You

I'm a big fan of Nikki Parkinson who writes a very successful blog called Styling You. Nikki is a really stylish woman, who seems to be effortlessly well groomed for every occasion, and she's also a very smart and savvy businesswoman who's set up her blog based on her passion - which is making … [Read More...]

Pic monkey Giveaway

Wrapping up October and Spring Giveaways

I can't believe that it's nearly the end of October and how time has flown. It's been a busy month for me with lots going on, and in amongst all the excitements (and trying to eat healthily and exercise) I've also been offered some lovely products to give away to you lovely readers, and at the end … [Read More...]

shop til you drop in perth

Christmas Magic! Shop Till You Drop in Perth Australia!

A very long time ago, Christmas shopping was a major event on the calendar for me. Generally, a couple of weeks before the big day I would head off to the shops with my Mum in England To Go Christmas Shopping. It was a much anticipated occasion, and woe betide if we hadn't saved up enough money … [Read More...]

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7 Things to do when you’re feeling down

Taking death, major house moves, financial debt and life changing health situations out of the equation, it's normally the daily grind that gets us down, isn't it? The niggles of life or worries about getting older which lead to a downward spiral where we can wallow in our own little vale of … [Read More...]

Fresh Spring Looks

5 Fresh Spring Looks for Older Spring Chicken

Over the last couple of years I have fallen just a little bit in love with the W. Lane brand of clothing. Not only does it seem to suit my busy lifestyle, it's also smart but casual, easy to wear and very often requires no ironing. Win! Don't get me wrong, I'm not a style icon, but I do like … [Read More...]

Breast Cancer awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I posted this as my status on Facebook today. "I know nobody will read my status but sometimes, when I'm bored, I get wrapped up in a sleeping bag and lather butter all over myself and slide around the kitchen floor pretending I'm a slug." I have to fess up. It wasn't mine. It was a sort of … [Read More...]

what makes us happy

What makes us Happy?

If you knew how many days you had to live, would that change what you're doing right now? Would knowing that make you want to do more of what makes you happy perhaps? Your life in days. "The average life expectancy of the global population in 2011 is 70 years, ranging from 80+ years in … [Read More...]

Advanced Style, the movie

5 Tips I learnt from Advanced Style the Movie

I've just been to see Advanced Style, the documentary. It's about several older, stylish women living life to the full as they get older - the Lifestyle Fifty philosophy exactly! Ari Seth Cohen started photographing exotically clad women of an advanced age going about their days on the streets … [Read More...]

For the Love of Sport, Jo Castro

Oh For the Love of Sports

Quite a few years ago I was something of a sports' widow. My gorgeous husband was fit, lean and competition toned which meant that there were often three of us in the marriage. Me, Him and Sport. And the outcome of that was very often I'd be at home with the kids, while Dave was battling it out … [Read More...]

Top 5 Holiday Destinations I'd love to revisit

Top 5 Holiday Destinations I would love to revisit

Have you ever thought and dreamt about places you'd love to go back to? For me there are many destinations to which I'd like to return and many many more I'd like to discover, so picking just 5 of my favourites was almost impossible. What I decided was to pick my top 5 holiday destinations … [Read More...]

how to pick yourself up

What is Success?

Today I've had one of those kind of "Bluuurhhh" days. You know the sort? Feeling a bit old. Wondering what I've done with my life. Weather a bit blustery, a ton of boring jobs to do that I didn't want to do (Errr ... ho-hum that didn't get done). Moped around a bit ... waiting for unicorns ... … [Read More...]

Make up in 5 minutes

5 Quick Makeup Tips for Makeup in 5 Minutes

I'm not one for drawers of make-up, but I do have a vanity case that's a bit like an Aladdin's treasure trove. Out of this muddled stash I generally choose seasonal items to put into two small make-up bags. One bag is generally at the ready for my everyday look, and the other is a little more … [Read More...]

swooping magpies

How to protect yourself from Swooping Magpies

I love birds I really do. Read on and you can see me looking very happy with a host of sqauwking screeching rainbow lorikeets landing (and pooing) all over me. And it's healthy to get out amongst nature, right?  You know, feed the birds, run with the wind and all that. We need to keep active, … [Read More...]

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16 Ways to Glam up and Dress like a Rock Chick

I'm not saying I was the perfect child who never put a foot wrong, but yes I had ponies, bikes and Barbies. I did kiss a certain David behind the school shed when I was 9, when his girlfriend was at home with a cold, but I never smoked a cigarette until I was 20. After a few wild years I went … [Read More...]

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Classic Hairstyles : Let’s do the Gibson Roll

It's the little spiky bits on my head that I don't like as I get older. You know the ones (shh, the grey wire wool bits that just don't stay down). I know they're not going to go away, so I might as well embrace them - I've even considered Brylcream - Oh-mi-gosh - remember that? Smarmy, wasn't it … [Read More...]

solo travel

7 Tips for Solo Travel in your 50’s

Not everyone wants to travel alone, but sometimes circumstances dictate that we need to. At other times it might be a conscious decision to leave the rut of routine and responsibility and head off with no more than a backpack or suitcase on your own without anyone else to think about. Whichever … [Read More...]

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island : Looking for a dream holiday destination?

Ahoy there me Hearties! Now I know that some of you like palm fringed beaches, and that others of you enjoy walking. I know that you like the idea of getting away from it all and I'm aware that you enjoy good food.  I also know that a lot of you go ... "Ahhh," when it comes to … [Read More...]