‘CHAOS TO CALM’ – SO, YOU THINK YOU CAN’T MEDITATE?

If you’re anything like me, maybe you’ve told yourself things like this before when it comes to meditation. ‘I can’t meditate’, ‘my mind won’t switch off’, ‘I can’t sit still that long’, or ‘meditation just isn’t for me’. Meditation certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you are feeling stressed or anxious, it is honestly one of the best ways to regulate your nervous system and reset your body. Take it from me, I’m a massive convert. I practice meditation daily, sometimes it might only be for 10 minutes, sometimes more, sometimes I sit on my floor, other times I’ll stop in the park or sit by the beach. I really don’t care what people think of they see me sitting or lying somewhere, I’ve learnt to completely zone out and turn my incessant chatter inwards. It’s in those moments of quiet I often have my best ideas, I find solutions to my biggest problems and let my poor overworked nervous system take a well earned breather. This week in our series on stress, Maya from A Conscious State, takes us on a journey to understand Meditation, how to make it work for you, and the benefits to not only you, but everyone in your lives. You’ll be more productive and focused in the workplace, you’ll be a better partner, mother, sister and friend.

Digital Detox: Why it is good for you and why everyone should do it!

Digital detox

In an era where we are more connected than ever digitally that is, we are actually extremely disconnected from ourselves. Whilst Covid personally, has allowed me precious time to reconnect with my teenage children, I recently realised that the connection I had neglected for so long was the one with myself. It sounds so self-centred and narcissistic doesn’t it, I mean thinking about selves before anyone else, just seems to un-natural. But, it is true when I say the most important person to be connected with is ourselves. Previously, I actually feel quite guilty, selfish even, for suggesting it. As a mother, wife, business owner, employee, entrepreneur, and the various other labels we carry, who is the person we put last, like me I bet for most you, it was or still is yourself. We continually without even realising it for most of us, neglect the all-important connection with ourselves.

HOW TO DEAL WITH MOULD ISSUES IN YOUR PROPERTY

After months of rain lashing South East Queensland, chances are you’ve already experienced mould this season. It can affect clothing, shoes, furniture, walls, and many other parts of the home. Mould only grows when there is sufficient moisture on a surface or humidity in the air. Common causes include: leaky roofs and walls including and […]

10 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS STICK

What a year it’s been, extraordinary, unprecedented, and challenging in the extreme. I bet many of you can look back and think well if I survived that, I can survive anything! Extended periods of lockdown or uncertainty around whether we would shut down, presented new challenges many of us have never had to deal with […]

ITHINK PROPERTY GIFT GUIDE

Whether it’s secret Santa or your significant other, gift buying can be extremely hard and exhausting. If you have a home lover, an interior design protégé, or a keen renovator on your Christmas list, here is a list of the top gifts and knick knackers for any home lover.  Let’s start off with the small […]

YOU’VE SOLD YOUR HOUSE, WHAT NOW?

The selling journey doesn’t end once you’ve accepted an offer, and there’s still plenty to do before you can move on. This is the business end of selling your home. Now is the time to get your paperwork in order, finalise your finance, and prepare to move. Here are the main things you need to […]

NAILING YOUR CURB APPEAL

Real Estate agent carrying out a home appraisal in Ipswich to find the value of a property

First impressions matter – so what can you do to ensure you are the envy of all your neighbours. When it comes to your home, a lot of people pay the most attention to what’s on the inside, especially if they are selling or listing their property for rent. But it’s equally important to think […]

EVALUATING YOUR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Investment properties are a great way to generate income, but how do you know how to pick a property that is going to give you the best return on investment?  Here are some things you need to evaluate before taking the plunge into the investment world.  Your mortgage repayments  If you borrow to invest, you […]

SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE

We all have those jobs that we keep avoiding or saying “it can wait until tomorrow”, but with the new season swiftly rolling in, it is the perfect time to get your house in order.  So as the mercury starts to rise, what are the best jobs to tackle? Here is a list of the […]

TRANSFORM YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET

You don’t need to break the bank to give your home a little bit of a freshen up, and with the new season around the corner, it is the perfect time to do so!  If you have quickly dismissed interior styling or home ‘transformations due to the costs, here are some easy tips and tricks […]

WHAT WILL THE REAL ESTATE MARKET LOOK LIKE IN 10 YEARS?

It’s the year 2031 and the count down is well and truly on for the much anticipated Brisbane 2032 Olympics. The 2032 Olympics however, will be a bit different…The games will be quite widespread, with events taking place in Brisbane, Redland, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim and Ipswich. Some preliminary rounds of certain sports, will also […]

THE 10 MOST COMMON MISTAKES VENDORS MAKE WHEN SELLING THEIR HOME

Selling your home is a major decision and a massive commitment. Essentially you disrupt your usual routine for a few weeks to ensure you get the best possible price for your property. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the number of days your property sits on the market. Here are the […]

EAT LOCAL: OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST RESTAURANTS AND CAFES IN IPSWICH AND TOOWOOMBA

After a tumultuous year and being in and out of lockdown, it has been super hard for some of our favourite small businesses, cafes, and restaurants to keep operating and feeding the hungry mouths of Ipswich and Toowoomba locals.  In order to help our local businesses thrive and continue to help our cities flourish, we […]

KEEPING YOUR INDOOR PLANTS THRIVING ALL YEAR ROUND

Think you have a green thumb? Well let’s put you to the test on some of the key tips on keeping your indoor plants thriving from January through to December. It is obvious that some indoor plants react differently when they are faced with ever changing factors. Therefore, it can be very difficult to keep […]

TOP WAYS TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME

Thinking of selling? Maybe you are planning some future renovations and can’t decide on which particular home improvements to make? Well sometimes it is best to look at your property from the perspective of an “outsider” or a potential buyer. This way you can uncover details and areas that you did not notice before. Which […]

WINTER INTERIOR TRENDS 2021

The thermostat is dropping and it is time to start rugging up, but it is not just our wardrobes that need to change with the new season. Every season offers a fun excuse to refresh your home. As seasons change, our design style is constantly evolving, too. We all have a little passion inside of […]

THE BEST BOOKS TO READ THIS AUTUMN

With the drop in temperature, the looming easter long weekend, and the 3-day Greater Brisbane COVID lockdown, now is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book.  Here is a list of some great reads to bury your head in this autumn.  Untamed by Glennon Doyle  For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her […]

HOLIDAY MINDSET: HOW TO DISCONNECT THIS CHRISTMAS

It is called a holiday for a reason, but are you truly taking a break this Christmas? After what has most likely been the most stressful year to date, it is important that we are not only looking after our body, but we are also looking after our mind. The holidays should be spent with […]

SUMMER INTERIOR REFRESH ON A BUDGET

If you are entertaining this Christmas you probably want to make sure your interiors are on point and will have all your guests complimenting you. However, as we are entering an extremely busy and expensive time of year, it is one of those things that gets pushed to the back of our minds. Here are […]

WORKING FROM HOME AMIDST THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Currently working from home and struggling to get into the zone? With the coronavirus madness forcing more and more businesses to shut up shop and work from home, it is more important than ever to ensure you have set up a productive home office in the interim. Here are our top tips and suggestions that […]

GETTING YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE SUMMER READY

Now that the cooler weather has subsided and the afternoons are getting warmer it is the perfect time to start spending more time outdoors. As we enter the season of backyard pool parties and Christmas gatherings it is important to ensure our yard is prepped and ‘party ready’.  Here is a list of our top […]

A GUIDE TO THE TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL FLOWERS

Since the first stint in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has bloomed and has now become a well-known event amongst Queenslanders. Created to promote economic activity and tourism, this not so little 10-day festival has provided so much more for the “Garden City”. After smashing attendance records last year, this year’s event is back […]

THE ULTIMATE MOVING GUIDE

About to move into a new place, or are you moving out for the first time? Here is a comprehensive list of everything to need to know to make the move a little more bearable. Forget the moving horror stories, by implementing a plan and utilising these tips and tricks, you can make moving house […]

TOP CLEANING HACKS

Want to get a head start on your spring cleaning? Here are our top tips and tricks on how to get your home looking sparkling clean going into the warmer months.   So let’s start at the top:   KITCHEN     Stovetop and Stainless Steel – Opt for organic cleaning produces and microfibre cloths […]

INJECTING COLOUR INTO YOUR HOME

Colour has the power to transform a space, it can reflect personality, change the mood and help liven up living spaces. Sometimes adding colour can get quite tricky or seem somewhat daunting, but don’t be scared! A lot of homeowners tend to shy away from colour due to the fact that they simply don’t know […]

HOW TO EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR HOME

Over the last few years, we have heard the word sustainability thrown around quite often. But what does it mean? And how can we introduce it into our lifestyles and households?   Sustainability means meeting your needs without negatively impacting the needs of future generations. This also means becoming more environmentally aware and conscious of […]

TOP 5 TIPS FOR BUYING YOUR FOREVER HOME

Have you been renting for a while and decided it’s time to buy? Or are you starting to outgrow your current place? No matter your situation, purchasing a property is a big commitment and it is important to ensure you’re a making a smart decision, especially if you are looking for your forever home! If […]

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

Are you starting to worry more and more about your carbon footprint? If you are one of those homeowners who automatically turns the heater of air-conditioner on as soon as you wake up, or you leave every appliance switched on at the wall even if you aren’t using it, here are a few simple changes […]

EASTER DIY TREATS AND CRAFTS

School holidays are about to kick off this Friday which means two things. 1. Easter is almost here and 2. You will need to keep the kids entertained so they don’t go stir crazy! Lucky for you we have compiled a list of our favourite DIY Easter treats and crafts that will keep them busy […]

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR HOME FOR AUTUMN

With the cooler weather rolling in, it is time to think about switching up those bright, summery décor for more autumnal tones. It also gives you a chance to spruce up your home, ditch the clutter and maybe even give it a fresh lick of paint. Here is a list of a few easy switches […]

TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME ORGANISED THIS YEAR

Since the date of its release, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has truly taken the world by storm. Thousands of people around the world are now cleansing their homes of any items that do not ”spark joy”. Award-winning author and tidying queen herself, Marie Kondo has captivated viewers with how simple it is to eliminate […]

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