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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...]

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How to Sleep Well at Night

I had the best night's sleep last night, better than I've had for ages. Want to know how? (Oh, it doesn't have to do with reclining on a sunlounger in tropical Bali, although I wish it did!) Sleep is hard to come by I don't know about you but sleep these days is disturbed, interrupted and very … [Read More...]

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7 Style Tips for dressing well after 50

There are days, and I'm sure you have them too, when you pull out your most comfy, battered old jeans and a sloppy cardi or sweatshirt before pulling on a pair of well worn shoes or boots and thinking, 'There that will do for today." But then there are other days when you want to look good … [Read More...]

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Why you should Live life to the fullest when the kids leave home

 Today we feature a heartfelt guest post from lovely Lifestyle Fifty reader, Mary Martin from 'HugMomma' in which she urges us to view life as an adventure and live life to the fullest. "Life: It's messy... it's beautiful. The memories we carry with us are not at all that define us - the memories … [Read More...]

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The best ever easy cheesecake recipe

Half a lifetime ago I contributed to a wonderful cookbook masterminded by my friend Catherine for the British School Manila. We were living in The Philippines at the time and our children attended the school. In fact we were there for nearly four years, had an amazing time and met some incredible … [Read More...]

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10 Tips for long haul travel

I don't know if you're like me, but I like to be prepared when I go on holiday. Firstly, I don't want to spend time having to buy stuff that I forgot to pack. Secondly, I don't want to become ill due to being unfit, and Thirdly, I want to have enough energy to do EVERYTHING! We've just … [Read More...]


Should you use a Skin Serum?

I'll admit it. I'm vain enough to want to keep my skin looking as good as possible as I age. In many respects I can't help thinking that genetics are to thank for skin that ages well, but I also believe there are products we can use to help retain our skin's glow and elasticity, although of … [Read More...]

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10 Reasons to Book a Cycle Cruise Holiday

Regular readers of Lifestyle Fifty will know that we've just returned from a trip of a lifetime to Europe during which we visited 12 different countries, and went on a fantastic cycle cruise with the Katarina Line in Croatia. And now that the weather is cold, wet and windy in South West … [Read More...]

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Super Makeup Tips for women over 50

I have to admit that I don't wear make up every day, and often I go for a very minimal look. A bit of BB cream, a dusting of bronzer, lipstick, a quick brush of muddy coloured eye shadow, then a wave of the mascara wand and I'm ready to go, but recently I was lucky to be invited by Katie from The … [Read More...]

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Feel good look great … by laughing.

As I get older I realise how important it is to laugh. Every day. And I love being with people who make me giggle about life's little absurdities, and if I can't be with someone in real life then I'll take my laughing medicine from friends online. This appeared on my Facebook Friend Lynne's … [Read More...]

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Get involved with the Sisterhood, Sister!

So on Friday evening, instead of glugging back half a bottle of wine over dinner with my dearest before plumping down like a stuffed turkey in front of the TV on a cold wintery night I went to an organised Girls' Night Out. I answered "Yes" to the invitation with gay abandon, until the event … [Read More...]

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How to choose Travel Clothes and Rock It!

When it comes to packing for a holiday I'm a bit of a ditherer. A pile of mostly unsuitable clothing gets dumped on the spare bed and over a couple of days pieces are eliminated until I have a capsule wardrobe of almost passable travel clothing. Of course I'd like to get off a plane wearing … [Read More...]


I just want to go home

Is it ok to say that I'm pretty much over boats, buses and planes? Can I admit that after five weeks away in stunningly beautiful places, and a little out of my comfort zone at times, I want to go home? My dear old Mum isn't well, my mobile won't top up with credit due to some crazy credit card … [Read More...]

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20 Days to a better you – Day 1 – Dance in the rain, don’t wait for the rain to pass

  20 Days to a better you - Day 1 I'm on holiday in Europe at the moment, and this post was written and scheduled before I left. Hope you like it :) It's raining, it's pouring, the old man may be snoring, but I'm not! In my tangerine dressing gown and pink fluffy slippers (not a pretty … [Read More...]


Learning to exhale in Europe

I was keyed up with a mixture of anticipation, excitement and anxiousness as we set off on our European adventure.Don't ask me why, maybe it's my age. But anyway, let's say I was worrying about lots of little things.Out of the comfort zone and into adventureAnd I realise that I'd … [Read More...]


Travelling Outfits – What to wear for Springtime in Europe

It's away we go and off on an adventure. So, on with the travelling outfit from W. Lane. 'Wear I go ' and what am I wearing? I really hope that as my main 'posh' outfit, that it's going to stay the course; 10 countries in 14 days, and then Croatia - with Expat Explore. Thanks to W. Lane for … [Read More...]

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How to prevent gaining weight on holiday

When we reach our fifties, many of us are lucky enough to find a little more time for holidays and getaways. Which is great, but they are also booby time traps for gaining weight. You know the feeling? "Ah well, I'm on holiday ... so I might as well eat what I like and worry about the love … [Read More...]