Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

SILLY SEASON RECIPES

Are you hosting this year and stuck on what to get on the table? Or are you on dessert duty? Here are some of the top recipes we have found for a very Aussie Christmas!  We hope you enjoy.  Aussie Caesar Salad with King Prawns and Mango There is nothing better than some fresh prawns on Christmas day. Here is an Aussie twist on a summer classic.  Ingredients: 20 large green King prawns, peeled and deveined 4 cloves garlic, minced ½ bunch thyme leaves ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Sea-salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper Leaves of 1 head Sweet Gem lettuce 4 cups baby rocket leaves ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted 2 cups pecorino, shaved 1 bunch chives, finely chopped 2 cup cooked pappadums, crumbled 2 mangoes 1… Read More »

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 your loved ones, not glued to a phone screen. Here are our top tips that will help you disconnect from work and social media and truly appreciate what the holidays are all about! DISCONNECTING SET BOUNDARIESThis doesn’t just go for you, make it for the whole family. Rules like no devices at dinner, 30 minutes of screen time at night or starting the day with a phone-free morning routine. GO GADGET FREEEliminating the time spent… Read More »

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 some easy and inexpensive things you can implement to have your house looking fresh, updated, and stylish. KEEP IT NEUTRALKeeping everything to a neutral colour scheme allows you to work with it all year round! Neutral colours also keep things light, bright and breezy, which is perfect for summer. To give things a summer touch swap out your heavier wools and woven textures for textured linens, light cotton, and washed-out silks. Pair these with natural… Read More »

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 will help you get the most out of your workday at home. ESTABLISH A CLEAR WORK ZONE You will want to set up a clear workspace, away from any distractions. You want to try and not mix work with your usual home routines. Establishing clear boundaries will help you stay more productive when completing work tasks. Also, make sure you inform the family/housemates of your workspace to avoid later conflict. You will also want to… Read More »

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 tips to get your garden and outdoor area in shape for the summer season.  OUTDOOR FURNITURE  You will want to choose furniture that is durable enough to withstand the heat and occasional summer storm, but is also practical and suits your needs. Opt for teak or rattan furniture as it is natural, versatile and can handle all different weather conditions.  One other great way to help you decide which furniture will best suit your outdoor… Read More »

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 bigger and better than ever! Here is a breakdown of the events on offer, from wine and cheese appreciated, to garden light shows, there is something for everyone! FOR THE KIDS The Cubby House – With a mega sandpit, DIY workshops, free face painting, cooking activities and gardening tips, the little ones are guaranteed to have a blast while you are enjoying the live music and food of the Heritage Bank Festival of Food& Wine…. Read More »

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 a piece of cake! BEFORE THE MOVE Utility Connection: The last thing you want is to move into a house that doesn’t have any electricity and you are unpacking in the dark. Make sure you call your energy provider and give them your details and connection dates before you move into the property. The connection process may take a couple of business days, so make sure you have given the provider ample notice. While you… Read More »

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 when cleaning these surfaces. Products with citruses will have the ability to breakdown grease and grime, while the microfibre clothes will help buff out marks and leave a streak-free shine. Sink – Quickly eliminate bacteria and get your sink sparkling with this hack. Sprinkle bicarb soda in the sink and scrub with warm water. After some scrubbing and a bit of elbow grease, you will start to see your sink sparkle. Wooden Bench Tops –… Read More »

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 style it properly. Here are some ways you can stylishly inject colour into your home without the lifelong commitment or hefty price tags.   COLOURED TILES, FLOORS & CEILINGS   Don’t just reserve colour for the walls. With the right impact, coloured floors or ceilings can be an out-of-the-box way to spice up a room. Take design cues from the streets of Morocco where muted pinks, oranges and terracotta’s line each and every… Read More »

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 how your actions may affect the world around you. Implementing this mentality does not mean you have to skimp on style. In fact, many companies and start-ups have used the sustainability trend to their advantage and are creating amazing and environmentally-friendly products perfectly suitable for even the most stylish eco-warriors.   Here are some things you can implement to embrace sustainability in your home, without sacrificing your creativity or lifestyle.   THE SIX R’S  … Read More »

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