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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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11 Reasons to embrace Change

Do you ever have dreams that wake you up and have you wondering? I've had two recently. One is a recurring dream that happens every time there's the sniff of change in my life and the other is a new one which had me in a night time sweat. Number one goes something like this. We're travelling … [Read More...]

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How to Dress to Impress

So Lifestylers (and those of you who know me as I really am) this one is going to have you laughing in the aisles because over on Facebook, one of the titles that I've been asked to blog about is: How to Dress to Impress. I must be giving the wrong impression ;) because actually I can probably … [Read More...]

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How to choose the right caravan for the Retirement Dream

I don't know about you, but after a couple of glasses of wine of an evening we often muse: "What would it be like to travel around Australia in a caravan? Could we join the band of Grey Nomads doing the same thing." Actually at some point in there my hubby inserts the word TENT which I scratch … [Read More...]

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Would you retire in Bali?

It's no secret that I love Bali, so I often muse what it would be like to retire in Bali one day. Of course it's one of Australia's most popular and inexpensive tropical holiday destinations; from Perth we can be at Denpassar airport in less time than it takes to fly to any other major city in … [Read More...]

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Nola Marino spills the beans about health, happiness and style.

Today, I'm fortunate to be interviewing a really inspiring woman who lives in South West Australia. Nola Marino is a member of the Australian house of Representatives. She was elected as the Federal Member for the seat of Forrest on November 24, 2007. She's a Government Whip and makes frequent … [Read More...]

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How to dress for a conference (like Problogger)

I'd be lying if I said that casually throwing a few things in the suitcase last minute would be my style for the upcoming ProBlogger Conference at Surfer's Paradise in Queensland. Because, well, cor blimey - there will be over 450 other bloggers attending (mostly female) along with speakers and … [Read More...]

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How Blogging can change your life.

When we arrived in Australia I was 50 years old and my children were 17 and 19.  Coming from South Africa to Australia to create a new life was a dream come true, and we were lucky to be able to make South West Australia our new home. A new life beckoned. Although we immediately warmed to … [Read More...]

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What does 200 calories look like?

Chatting to a friend who's a nurse the other day I was horrified when she mentioned that 75% of the patients in the hospital where she worked were there due to lifestyle related diseases or problems. She went on to say that Australia has overtaken America as the fattest nation. I was a little … [Read More...]