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INSIDE STYLE 08 Meet the local photographer who worked with a Vogue model 11 Timeless beauty trends 12 What’s hot in health and wellbeing 14 The rise of the make-up world 37 Join Crafty Corner and make miniatures
REGULARS 07 We chat with Eclipse Park Veterinary Surgery in Stellar Service 17 Meet Gus Hamilton in Our People 21 Amy Manz chats essential oils 22 Bindy Scott talks about kids appreciating the simple things 35 Tarlie B Designs chats about interior design longevity 39 See What’s On in the Highfields region 40 See who was out and about at Crave Food Festival 45 Tony’s Notes, the Highfields property market and more
T’S such a beautiful time of year on the Darling Downs — the flowers are out and it’s warming up. Our last edition was the very first edition of our re-branded ‘Highfields Style’ name, and I’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response and well wishes. Our magazine is growing in leaps and bounds, and we’re very excited to be supported by such a close-knit, caring community. In this issue we meet April Hildred from Must Be April Photography, a wonderful local photographer who worked with world-renowned model Madeline Stuart in her Highfields outdoor studio. We also chat about the rise of the make-up industry, with local make-up artist Tegan Radford giving us the inside scoop. We check out the awesome new Crave Food Festival in our Be Scene pages, run by the fantastic crew in the Mary MacKillop Catholic College P&F Association. At the moment we’re really excited about getting everyone on board for digital subscribing – having Highfields Style sent out to people via email makes life so much easier. If you’d like me to organise that for you, send me an email with your full name and email address, or send our Facebook page, Highfields Style Magazine, a message with those details. The best part is, it doesn’t cost you a cent. As always, I love hearing from you – feel free to send me a message on Facebook or via email.
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08 OCT-NOV 2017
The rise of the make-up industry
Highﬁelds photographer works with Vogue model
COVER EXPLAINED This cover was shot by April Hildred at Must Be April Photography’s outdoor studio in Highfields. The model is internationally-acclaimed Madeline Stuart. Madeline’s hair was done by Urban Hi-lights, makeup by Marley Hammond and dress was supplied by Spell Designs.
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SERVICE Dr Antonia Trollope of Eclipse Park Veterinary Surgery in Highfields chats about their communityoriented centre. WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES STELLAR SERVICE?
It’s about delivering more. It’s a few steps beyond customer satisfaction. It’s about sticking to values and ensuring your clients and their pets are receiving the best possible service we can offer. Not just meeting their needs but also trying to provide that little bit more. Really, it is just about building relationships while also being helpful and understanding.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY?
A long time. I graduated in 1989 from St Lucia campus, Brisbane. I worked in both city (Sydney) and rural (Biloela) practices before travelling overseas in late 1992. After working in the UK for 18 months I returned to Australia in 1994 before finally moving to Toowoomba in 1995. I had a dream to own my own practice one day and in late 1999 this dream was realised with the opening of Eclipse Park Vet Surgery.
ARE YOU A DARLING DOWNS OR HIGHFIELDS LOCAL?
I have lived in Cabarlah since 1997, so I’m not sure if 20 years counts as a local – but I like to think it does! My early childhood was spent growing up in PNG
THE BOND WE SHARE WITH ANIMALS WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF OUR THERAPY and then later in the Gold Coast hinterland where my parents owned a rhubarb and avocado farm.
chance to recognise our shortfalls and make any necessary changes.
HOW OLD IS THE BUSINESS?
WHAT’S IN THE FUTURE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
We opened our doors on October 20, 1999. At that stage we were one vet and one nurse and also a mixed practice attending to some large animal calls as well. Now we are 100% small animal practice.
WHAT DO YOU PRIDE YOURSELF ON?
Our values, having a great team, great clients and great patients. Our values are placed on the walls around the surgery to remind us of why we do what we do. We aim to ensure our clients and their pets are happy with their choices so we can nurture a relationship that hopefully lasts for years. We are very open to feedback and encourage our clients to let us know if they are not happy with something. It gives us a
We are currently focusing on wellness plans. Wellness plans have been around for a few years now and we know it is the best way to maintain a comprehensive health program for cats and dogs. Pets benefit because they get what they need, when they need it. This is critical in Highfields and surrounds as geographically we are in one of the worst areas in Australia for paralysis ticks. Clients benefit as it is convenient, cost saving and removes the stress of trying to remember due dates. We do all the thinking for them. There will also be more renovations and new technologies as we move into the future but we want to always retain our family atmosphere so our patients are happy to visit, along with their ‘humans’.
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Picture perfect BY CLARE STANDFAST
FROM CAPTURING VOGUE MODELS IN HER HIGHFIELDS OUTDOOR STUDIO TO WEDDING AND FAMILY PORTRAITS, LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER APRIL HILDRED OF MUST BE APRIL PHOTOGRAPHY HAS DONE IT ALL.
Vogue model is in your outdoor studio, ready to be photographed by you. To mention a few, she’s been in The New York Times, People magazine, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, Woman’s Day, CNN and ABC. She is internationally acclaimed model Madeline Stuart, an advocate for diversification in the industry and the first professional model with Down Syndrome. The photographer, however, is Highfields woman April Hildred of Must Be April Photography. “When I was a little girl, my father lent me his film SLR and showed me how to use it,” April says. “I would spend hours outside looking at nature and choosing the perfect angle before taking a precious shot. “I love that no two images can be exactly the same, that each photograph tells a story and it is up to the photographer to relay that story told through the eyes of the subject.” And April certainly built on that. April grew up in Highfields and, while she moved to Brisbane and Toowoomba, she eventually returned to Highfields, where Must Be April Photography grew. “I love the culture that Toowoomba and Highfields has developed over the last decade,” she says. “The colour and vibrancy of the creative district, mixed with the beauty 8
Owner-operator of Must Be April Photography April Hildred. PHOTOS: MUST BE APRIL PHOTOGRAPHY
I love that no two images can be exactly the same, that each photograph tells a story and it is up to the photographer to relay that story told through the eyes of the subject.” APRIL HILDRED of the landscape and the historic buildings, makes for a lovely place to live and work.” April’s shoot with model Madeline Stuart was one that influenced her greatly, both in a creative and developmental sense. “I have been an admirer of Madeline’s
work for quite some time, and I followed her on Facebook back in the early days of her career,” April says. “My beautiful cousin had the opportunity to work alongside Madeline’s mother and mentioned my little studio here in Queensland and how much she knew I admired Madeline.
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“We got in touch, and discussed doing something a little bit different for her portfolio – a milk bath, which was an idea she instantly took to, and she came from Brisbane to my Highfields studio for the portrait.” Madeline’s portrait was one of April’s first milk bath portraits, and was the very first in her new outdoor studio in Highfields. “I really enjoyed the photoshoot with Madeline,” April says. “It was a wonderful experience which has helped grow my confidence and admiration for those who step up and speak out in an otherwise very typecast industry. “The photoshoot with Madeline was my first leap into the fashion and modelling industry and I look forward to doing similar shoots in the future, however, I do not currently have any planned.” It was April’s father, grandfather and close family friend Graham Burstow who inspired her to become a photographer. “Graham Burstow, a well-renowned and award-winning photographer, took the time to teach me about composition, light and, most importantly, the passion required to produce a photograph,” April says. “Many years later, I revisited my passion for photography and decided it was time to stretch myself by photographing different subjects and people.”
April studied a Diploma of Visual Arts at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, and furthered her portraiture studies with intensive hands-on workshops and mentorship over the years. Working predominantly in maternity and newborn milk bath portraiture, family portraiture and wedding photography, April loves the creativity and variety of her work. “I always like to try and do something different, and create an experience for my clients,” April says. “I love the saying, why be a copy when you can be an original?” There are, however, particular things that April always has at every photoshoot. “My trusty camera and back-up second camera, a variety of prime and zoom lenses to create different effects, a reflector shield to bounce light, a smile, and a few lame jokes to keep my subjects at ease and most themselves,” April says. April believes that all of her work has contributed to the development of her career, with it continuing to grow. “I am proud of the journey that has led me to this point in my business – every portrait, every wedding has helped shape the photographer that I am,” April says. “I always strive to do the best I can each and every time, so I’ll have to be cliché and say that my favourite work would have to be the one I am working
on at that time.” April places a high importance on giving yourself the space to create. “Give yourself the time to develop and enjoy the creative process – perfecting a skill takes practice and it is important to take that time to find your own voice and style,” she says. For now, April is enjoying living and working in the Highfields region at Must Be April Photography. “I love that Highfields values their landscape, with larger blocks, beautiful parks and lovely cafes and boutique spaces,” she says. As for her future aspirations, April has some things in the pipeline. “I am always looking for something a little different to help shape my style of work. I have a few ideas in the works behind the scenes at the moment … stay tuned.” Just one question remains for April. “My muse?” she says. “That would have to be nature and light. “The way that natural light can delicately or drastically change a scene. “I spend a lot of time researching and developing my skills and style, however sitting and observing is the best way to learn.” Contact April at Must Be April Photography on 0458 040 192, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.mustbeaprilphotography. com.au for more details. October/November 2017
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Fun, bright and peppered with great prints, this is the perfect clothing and swimwear label to embrace for the warmer months. Lisa Gorman began in Australia’s creative hub, Melbourne, in 1999 with a small boutique. The philosophy of Gorman is also great, with a focus on ethical fashion and the recent addition of Gorman Organic. Think vintage-tribal with a modern kick.
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TIMELESS BEAUTY TRENDS As the decades come and go, so do beauty trends. However, as the years have passed, a select few of these trends have proved themselves to be timeless. BY LIBBY BUTLER
The practicality and simplicity of minimalist fashion is what has made this trend stick throughout the years. The bold colours paired with streamlined silhouettes first made an appearance in the ’60s to nowadays be found in both casual and office wear. The single colour cami top is a staple casual piece in most closets these days, and this timeless trend reaches modern office wear in soft, single coloured suits.
Flowers were first worn by people in ancient Greek and Egyptian times, being woven together to make crowns or garlands. With inspiration for floral clothing coming from all around the world, it’s really no surprise that the design is constantly being revived. The feminine, nature-inspired pattern has had a surge in popularity this year, just in time for spring. Floral printed tops, pants or dresses can be found in nearly every store, in designs which range from casual to formal.
The tight-waisted, full skirt first captivated women’s fashion in the 1940s with the release of French designer Christian Dior’s clothing lines. The timeless ladylike look is effortlessly feminine with a flattering shape that embraces women’s curves. This trend has held its place for decades in the world of fashion, and is now most commonly seen in office and evening outfits. The blouse and skirt combo is an easy go-to for a professional, yet ladylike, work outfit, however, it can be equally glamorous for evening wear with the addition of a wrap shirt and complementary jewellery.
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WHAT’S TRENDING IN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
BY BELLA ROSE
here are many fun and fabulous upcoming health and well-being trends for this year’s fast-approaching summer. Looking after your health and well-being is undoubtedly one of the most important elements of our lives. From the new cryotherapy to the traditional practice of yoga and meditation, there are many options to try out. Cryotherapy is the hottest new beauty trend. While it has been around for some time, in this past year interest really has sparked in the alternative therapy with many celebrities such as Mandy Moore and Daniel Craig and supermodels such as Romee Stijd giving it a go and seeming to be loving it with its obvious benefits. Cryotherapy is the process of exposing
the body to ultra-low temperatures in a controlled environment for a certain amount of time. The benefits of cryotherapy range from higher energy levels to more youthfully glowing skin. While cryotherapy has not been introduced to Toowoomba, Brisbane offers a wide variety of cryotherapy clinics. Meditation is slightly more traditional but is always trending because of its benefits. For busy people with on-the-go lives it can be hard to find the time to practise meditation. Influential and incredibly busy celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld have mentioned many times in interviews how meditation helps them deal with the hectic lives they lead.
They’ve also hinted that they like to use apps such as Headspace, Calm and Stop, Breathe and Think to assist with the clearing of their mind through meditation. Yoga offers thousands of postures and poses to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul, however adding a modern twist to the age-old practice of yoga is the newest trend. Paddle yoga is the practice of yoga on a paddleboard. Doing yoga on a paddleboard is a much greater challenge than it is on stable ground. This means that staying balanced on the board has multiple benefits. It also helps in breaking through fears of deep water or the sea. This summer look after your health and well-being in fun, fresh and fabulous new ways.
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MAKE-UP BRUSHES SHOULD BE CLEANED ONCE A WEEK
BY TENNIELLE COPSON, BEAUTY EXPERT
cleanser. Avoid where the handle meets the bristles as the water can loosen the glue over time.
HOW TO CLEAN AND SANITISE YOUR MAKE-UP AND BRUSHES
Now that spring is officially under way, it’s the perfect time to give your brushes and make-up collection a thorough clean. Many people are unaware that make-up such as eye shadow, blush, and lipstick should be cleaned. To sanitise these products, simply spritz isopropyl alcohol over them to help kill germs on contact without damaging your make-up.
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Make-up brushes should ideally be cleaned once a week. This will help keep the bristles fresh, clean and feeling soft. Follow these steps to clean your brushes.
Pour liquid brush cleanser into the shallow bowl. Dip your brush into the brush cleaner and swish it around. This will remove built-up products and oil and also help to sanitise your brushes.
Run the brush bristles under lukewarm water to remove the brush
Use a cloth to gently wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go. Take a towel and, starting at one end, begin to roll it up, stopping about halfway with the remaining towel lying flat on the table. Prop the brush handle onto the rolled section so the handle is higher than the bristles. This will ensure water does not trickle down or be absorbed back into the glue that holds the bristles.
Leave until dry.
MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE THAT MAKE-UP AND BRUSHES SHOULD BE CLEANED
Fill a shallow bowl with lukewarm water and add a small amount of baby shampoo. Begin by swirling your brush tips in water, then take the brush and place it in the palm of your hand. Using circular motions on your palm, work up a lather on the bristles. Rinse the brush bristles under lukewarm running water once again until the water runs clear from the brush. The shampoo will help condition the bristles of your brushes and remove alcohol from the brush cleanser (which could affect your skin).
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Face forward BY CLARE STANDFAST
THE MAKE-UP INDUSTRY HAS GROWN IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND SOCIAL MEDIA SEEMS TO HAVE PLAYED A FAIRLY HEFTY HAND IN ITS RISE.
“I also believe that a lot of people now want the freedom and flexibility to work for themselves and the creative, fun nature of make-up artistry makes it a very desirable career choice.” A lot of women say they wouldn’t have had their make-up professionally done 10 years ago for anything other than their wedding, and now it’s a common occurrence for women to get the expert touch for regular events. Tegan believes that social media and YouTube has a lot to do with this. “I often see some incredible before and afters that really highlight what can be achieved with make-up,” she says. “Not only that, some women want to look amazing for a special occasion but don’t know where to start, or simply don’t have the products and would prefer
to have a professional do it. “It’s a special treat for a lot of women and they find it very relaxing having their make-up done by someone else.” Toowoomba make-up artist Tennielle Copson agrees. “Make-up is a way to creatively express oneself,” she says. “In daily life you might be restricted by uniform, but it’s a little way to add colour and personality. “Alongside this, it’s a confidence builder.” Nikkie De Jager of NikkieTutorials has become a worldwide beauty phenomenon from YouTube, clocking up 7.5 million followers on her channel. Her rise to international fame started from filming her first make-up tutorial on a digital camera in a cardboard box.
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f you scroll through Facebook for five minutes, chances are you’ll stumble across a make-up tutorial, product or some kind of post about it. Gone are the days when ‘dolling yourself up’ was just a little mascara and a bit of powder. Now, there’s contouring, highlighting, colour correcting, priming and every colour palette under the sun. So, how did this come to be? “The internet helps show off heaps of new trends,” says Highfields make-up artist Tegan Radford of Tegan Radford Beauty. “In my opinion, social media, YouTube, the popularity of celebrity reality TV and the ease of purchasing make-up online have all contributed to the growth of the make-up industry.
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‘‘ MODEL AND PHOTOS: TEGAN RADFORD
Some women want to look amazing for a special occasion but don’t know where to start, or simply don’t have the products and would prefer to have a professional do it.” - TEGAN RADFORD
While Nikkie did receive some training after becoming a YouTube sensation, she has worked on magazine spreads, beauty columns, and is now a freelance hair and make-up artist. There are no formal qualifications required to be a freelance make-up artist. “A certification is highly recommended,” Tegan says. “This may not be true for other, specialised, areas of make-up and some employers may ask for specific qualifications. “For freelance make-up artistry, a good make-up course will help immensely as you will learn to work with different eye shapes, skin types, kit hygiene and basic business fundamentals.” The rise in the imaginative, artistic
and creative side of make-up artistry has added variety to the mix of natural looks that women wear on a day-to-day basis, and, as such, has widened the market. “The imaginative side of make-up has always been there but the likes of Instagram and YouTube have taken things to another level,” Tegan says. “Make-up has become a creative outlet for a lot of people – you can be as wild and wonderfully creative as you like – in fact, the more imaginative the better. “However, the natural look still holds strong; thick natural eyebrows, bright under eyes and flawless glowing skin is a very common look found in magazines.” With the artistic and creative rise of make-up artistry firmly planted, collaboration with other creatives is developing.
Photographers, designers, art directors, models and other beauty specialists are constantly working together to create the perfect look – and it’s not easy. “It’s usually a collaborative process and depends on the nature of the brief and who is delivering it,” Tegan says. “If it’s the designer, I will work in contact to get a feel for their collection. “I usually work very closely with the hair stylists as the hair and make-up combined really need to tie together.” Tegan finds the best thing about make-up is the confidence it gives people. “As an aspiring make-up artist starting their own business and gaining independence, or as a client who leaves feeling like million dollars, it gives people so much confidence,” she says.
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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE HIGHFIELDS REGION?
I spent most of my career west of Toowoomba and moved to Cabarlah in 2004. I started my own consulting business in 2007 working from home.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE HIGHFIELDS REGION?
PEOPLE Meet Gus Hamilton, Highfields community member and president of Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park
FAVOURITE HIGHFIELDS REGION HOTSPOT?
I love Peacehaven Park. It is only 12 years old but has the Heritage trees that give it great character. Its history as a gift to the community from Stan Kuhl adds to its aura and its development into a family friendly, native plant-based park sets it apart.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS?
I was transferred to Toowoomba for my work but couldn’t live in a big city. Highfields and Cabarlah appealed as we could own a rural residential block in a very conducive climate, with excellent soils to develop a bush garden and excellent facilities close at hand.
Obviously, they can’t avoid being taken to Peacehaven to see the latest development and to enjoy a barbecue. We also often eat at one of the local cafes.
I am currently president of the Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park after having served as treasurer for four years prior to that. They are dedicated, passionate people. I also volunteer with Yellowbridge Queensland, particularly in their social enterprise, Collectables.
I believe the tourist aspects and the green spaces of the town and the escarpment are the foundation for future developments. I also believe maintaining the country feel of the town and the community adds to its ambiance.
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CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH MIXED MUSHROOM SAUCE AND POLENTA These gluten-free chicken meatballs are flavoured with sage and served on a bed of creamy polenta BY TASTE.COM.AU
Step 1 Finely chop half the sage. Put mince, chopped sage, rind and shallot in a bowl. Season well. Mix until combined. Use damp hands to roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place on a plate lined with baking paper. Step 2 Heat 1 tbs of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook the remaining sage leaves, turning for 1 minute or until bright green and crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain, reserving oil in pan. Step 3 Add meatballs to the pan. Cook, turning, for 8 minutes or until browned.
Transfer to a bowl. Increase heat to medium-high and heat remaining oil in the pan. Add combined mushrooms. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until golden. Stir in garlic for 1 minute or until aromatic. Return meatballs to pan. Deglaze pan with wine and cook until reduced by half. Add 60ml (1⁄4 cup) of the stock. Simmer for 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in lemon juice. Season. Keep warm. Step 4 Put remaining stock and milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Add in polenta, whisking constantly until combined. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in the grated parmesan. Season. Divide among serving plates. Top with meatball and mushroom mixture.
INGREDIENTS ◆ 1⁄3 cup fresh sage leaves ◆ 500g chicken mince ◆ 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind ◆ 1 green shallot, finely chopped ◆ 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil ◆ 150g Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced ◆ 150g oyster mushrooms, torn ◆ 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced ◆ 60ml (1⁄4 cup) dry white wine ◆ 375ml (1 1⁄2 cups) salt reduced chicken style liquid stock ◆ 1 tbs lemon juice ◆ 375ml (1 1⁄2 cups) skim milk ◆ 140g (3⁄4 cup) instant polenta ◆ 2 tbs finely grated parmesan ◆ Shaved parmesan, extra, to serve
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INGREDIENTS ◆ 200g fresh ricotta ◆ 200g crème fraîche ◆ 2 tablespoons icing sugar ◆ 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste ◆ 160g (1/2 cup) lemon curd, stirred to loosen, plus extra, to serve ◆ 45g (1/4 cup) Vienna almonds, chopped ◆ Fresh blueberries, to serve ◆ Edible fresh violets, to serve (optional) ◆ Fresh mint leaves, to serve (optional)
EASY LEMON RICOTTA MOUSSE Impress your guests with this easy lemon ricotta mousse served with tangy lemon curd. TASTE.COM.AU
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HIGHFIELDS CRUISE AND TRAVEL EXPO BY AINSLEY HARDIE, MANAGING DIRECTOR ITALK TRAVEL HIGHFIELDS
ooking to book your next holiday or simply want to find out more about cruising or a special destination? The team at italktravel Highfields and My Personal Travel Planner are proud to invite you to attend the Highfields Cruise and Travel Expo on Sunday, October 22, from 10am–1pm at the Highfields Cultural Centre.
In its second year, this year’s event will be larger than last year with more companies and more great specials and deals for those attending. This expo will showcase all types of travel and cruising. Attending will be cruise specialists for both river and ocean cruising, from larger ship to small ship. For those who like to holiday on
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THE GOOD OIL ON ALL THINGS ESSENTIAL BY AMY MANZ, REGISTERED KINESIOLOGIST
y now you may have heard all of the hype surrounding essential oils. Google searches for essential oils have skyrocketed in the last several years and they are found in more and more Australian homes. But what are essential oils? They are pure extracts from plants — these oils help to protect those plants from threats such as bacteria, fungus, viruses and so on. Essential oils aren’t a magic cure and by no means replace medication — they help you take a proactive role in your health care by using a natural alternative. There are three main ways to use essential oils. Topically: The bottoms of feet, back, chest, and base of skull are all great places to apply the oils.
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THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE BY BINDY SCOTT, MODERNWIFELIFE31 BLOGGER
It’s spring, the perfect season to get outside with our kids!
y daughter, who turns four very soon, loves to go outside and explore. She, like many children her age, is so curious and observant of the world. I love following her around listening as she narrates what she sees when we are on adventures. “Bees, buzz...” she says, as she inspects a bee on a flower. “You know they make honey, Mum? “Wow Mumma, look at this cool rock.” She is at the age where every day consists of constant questions. She is like a little sponge with a big
thirst for knowledge. She looks at everything so inquisitively, noticing all those finer details that we as adults often overlook. As adults do we ever stop to check out a ‘cool rock’? We overlook them because we are so accustomed to everything in this world — few simple and natural things can make adults stop in their tracks, to marvel at simple beauty. I believe when we join in and watch our children discover things, we also get to rediscover this world’s true joys.
Since becoming a mum, I find I have a strong desire to slow our lives down, pay attention to the little things and focus more on what is truly important in life. I encourage my family to make happiness a priority, be honest, be kind and really soak up life — to live in the moment and try to seize each day. These thoughts are inspired by my full-of-life daughter, who enjoys every single day and is always so true to herself. Happy fourth birthday darling LuLu.
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f you feel like a good laugh and a hearty breakfast, on Sunday, October 22 the Village is hosting the Bush Poets Breakfast from 7-9.30am showcasing bush humour by renowned poet Noel Stallard. Noel taught in both secondary and primary schools for 35 years and spent the past 11 years performing for the Queensland Arts Council in schools across Australia and internationally in Ireland. In 2001, Noel released his first book, ‘Chalk Dust and Bull Dust’ and in 2002 won the Golden Damper Award twice for reciting bush poetry and for his original work. He has won awards in the John O’Brien Festival, and in 2003 took out the Australian Championship at Mulwala. This is the highest accolade for performing bush poetry throughout Australia. In 2009, Noel won the Bush Laureate award for the ‘best poem written for children’ and is the president of the Australian Bush Poets’ Association. It is $15 each for a full cooked
EVENTS AT THE VILLAGE breakfast, entertainment and entry to the Pioneer Village. Tickets are available at Rhonda’s Refits Toowoomba, or on the Village website and Facebook page. On Sunday, October 29 and Sunday, November 26 from 10am-2.30pm, our volunteers will be running the Miniature Steam Loco Myrtle May. Myrtle’s total length is 11.6 metres, she runs on 10-and-a-quarter inch track and has three passenger carriages and a water and coal tender. She can carry more than 12 adults or 18 children at any time! Myrtle May was built by Nelson Hoey in the name of his wife.
Myrtle May’s parts were cast at the Toowoomba foundry. The last of the C16s was commissioned on April 21, 1915 and withdrawn from service on May 28, 1964, after travelling 1,134,533 miles around Queensland. The last surviving full-scale C16 is currently being restored at Downs Steam. Tickets are $3 per child and $5 per adult, children under five years are required to have an adult accompany them. The Village is also open everyday except Christmas Day from 10am-4pm. For more information, please phone the Village office on 4696 6309.
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PLAYING ESSENTIAL TO LEARNING Children learn best when they’re having fun, and they are more likely to be having fun when they are playing, says the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
hildren learn best when they are able to learn at their own pace and in their own way, although it has previously been thought a more rigid learning environment from an early age is ideal and that play has little value. Research, however, has found a work-oriented, rigid approach to learning is unlikely to help children develop a love of learning or provide the skills and attitude they need to be life-long learners. What are the benefits of play? ■ Play provides opportunities to improve fine motor and gross motor
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ary MacKillop Catholic College, along with all other Toowoomba Catholic Diocesan schools, has embarked on a major strategy to improve literacy. As part of the Diocesan Reading Improvement Strategy, all teachers of students from Prep to Year 4 are receiving four days of intensive training on the teaching of reading. This training will be extended to teachers of Years 5 to 9 in 2018. Teachers are learning how to conduct a highly effective reading classroom. Some of the features of such a classroom include clear learning intentions and success criteria whereby both the teacher and students have great clarity around what is to be learned and how they will know that they have succeeded. The approach to reading is one of gradual release of responsibility such as students reading with the teacher,
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HO HO HOW T O BUDGET FOR THE SILLY SEASON AS THE YEAR COMES TO A HALT AND CHRISTMAS IS AROUND THE CORNER, MANY OF US LOOK FORWARD TO A (MUCH NEEDED) BREAK TO WIND DOWN AND SPEND TIME WITH THOSE WHO MATTER.
his can be a great time to reflect on the year that has been and start thinking about a financial strategy for the year ahead, says Loan Market. The silly season can get pricey. Christmas gifts, parties to attend, new outfits for the occasions and — for those who go away — the cost of travel, food and accommodation. Here are some ways to help with the budget.
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There are many correlations between fashion and interiors. e are constantly bombarded in daily life with images of what we should be wearing, how our hair and make-up should look and what items we must have for our home. Who hasn’t bought an on-trend item of clothing only to find it doesn’t suit them nor really work next season? To have design longevity in your home, work with the bones of your home — just as a piece of clothing designed for a twenty-something may not look great on a person of middle age, working with the era and style of your home will ensure a more harmonious cohesive
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HOW TO MAKE A MINIATURE HABERDASHERY TIN YOU WILL NEED:
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◆ Prick two small holes in the centre. ◆ Bake as directed on clay package. ◆ When cool, fill small glass jar. Rolls of fabric ◆ Cut straws or paper lollypop sticks into four inch sections. ◆ Cut 3 ½ inch strips of fabric for each stick or straw. ◆ Run a line of craft glue along one of the sticks and adhere one 3 ½ inch side to it, pressing firmly to make it stick. ◆ Roll the fabric around the stick, then place a few dots of glue to keep the fabric in place and the end of the roll. Sewing patterns ◆ Cut out each sewing pattern envelope and fold the sides to be glued, but don’t put any glue on yet. ◆ Glue the envelope closed and tease the sewing pattern paper until you achieve the desired look. ◆ You may want to have some sealed envelopes, in which case glue all sides
and the envelope closed. Ball of yarn ◆ Thread the crochet cotton through the bead and tie tightly. Keep these attached to the ball of cotton. ◆ Smear glue over the entirety of the bead and wind the crochet cotton around, sticking it firmly to the bead. ◆ Continue until the bead is completely covered and looks like a ball of wool. ◆ Leave to set for 5-10 minutes, then, while the glue is still a little wet, stick the two quilters pins in the ball to look like knitting needles.
Begin by gluing a few pieces of fabric overlapping on the front of the tin, or add to the effect by sewing a tiny quilt. Print out poster and glue bottom edge in tin, then glue in rolls of fabric. Arrange jar of buttons and ball of wool and glue in. Crease and arrange sewing pattern envelopes and cross-stitch pattern.
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month from 5.30pm WHERE: Mary MacKillop Catholic College COST: Free Run by the Mary MacKillop Catholic College P&F Association, this delightful event incorporates more than 15 gourmet food vans, a bar, entertainment and games for the whole family to enjoy. Visit the Crave Food Festival Facebook page for more information.
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SCENE Families and friends gathered together to enjoy the Crave Food Festival at Mary MacKillop Catholic College, run on the second Saturday evening of every month.
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NOTES Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Highfields Style magazine. Spring is here and in the real estate world this is our traditionally busy time and it certainly appears as this is going to be the case. Lack of stock though is a major problem. As at the first week of spring (in all of Highfields), there were only 39 homes on the market for the whole suburb of Highfields. Four to five years ago, the average number of homes on the market was between 150 to 200. There has been a lot of interest as well from inter and intra state especially from families who are looking for a larger block of land. For these buyers, a 15 to 20-minute commute to work is quite often a dream compared to where they have lived previously. We are also fielding a lot of inquiry from buyers who live in Middle Ridge and Rangeville who simply can’t find any land on the eastern side of Toowoomba and they love the infrastructure that Highfields offers.
— Tony Franke, principal of Ray White Highfields
plenty of space and storage. This home has been admired by anyone who has ever driven past and now is your chance to call it home. The agents are currently taking interest from $590,000. Phone Tony Franke on 0410 540 005 for more information.
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his stunning family home at 2 O’Davis St, Highfields showcases the attention to detail that will impress the most fastidious buyer. Offering four bedrooms with huge main and luxurious ensuite plus a dedicated study, this home has impressive and modern touches that are sure to leave a fantastic impression. Open-plan family dining off the ultra sleek kitchen with butlers pantry, plus a dedicated home theatre, the home offers convenience and appliances that are second-to-none. With a large north-east facing entertaining area, immaculate lawn and established landscaping area, the home is already taken care of for the buyer to move right in. A detached 12m x 4m shed offers
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echnology is changing the way we interact with our homes. The idea of a smart home is no longer a dream. Today, you can automate your lights and other electrical devices all from your phone, says Mortgage Choice. Your fridge can tell you when something needs replacing, while your heater can automatically come on 15 minutes before you arrive home. Not only do these “smart” technology developments make things more efficient in a home, but they can also help a homeowner significantly reduce their electricity and energy consumption. Regardless of your needs, there is probably a suitable app on the market that can help you achieve your goals. Think ahead: If you’re building a house (and can afford to do so) consider implementing smart tech from the beginning.
This will help you reduce installation and wiring costs down the line. Talk to a professional: Home automation can be a costly endeavour, particularly if you plan on installing wiring throughout your house. Any internal wiring you decide to do should be done by a certified electrician who will guarantee the workmanship and provide you with a warranty. Here are just some of the ways you can automate your home.
You can also set up your fire alarms so that they sync with your security system. That way, if ever there is a fire while you are away from the dwelling, the security alarm will send you a notification.
Security: Cameras and motion sensors can be set up throughout your home and accessed through your mobile devices. These systems will send you an alert if there is ever a security breach, with some devices actually programmed to take photos and/or videos of your intruders. You can set up door and garage locks to open or close as you (and your phone) approach.
Lighting: Trying to ward off thieves? Most systems will allow you turn on lights remotely to give the impression that you’re home of an evening. In addition, these systems can allow you to see whether or not you left the lights on after you left for work. You can also install sensor lights that switch on automatically when they detect activity in a space.
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PORTRAYING YOUR HOME IN A POSITIVE LIGHT WHEN SELLING E
very year, around 500,000 houses are sold in Australia, the Reserve Bank of Australia estimates. You can be sure that several of these properties have their own unique quirks that may not be to the liking of some buyers. And yet they still sell. Perhaps this is because buyers aren’t picky, but it’s more likely a result of the work done by the seller and their agent to present the property in the right way, says Ray White. You can do the same — these tips help
shed some light on how to portray your home’s quirks in a positive light when selling.
MAKE SECLUSION WORK TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Australia is massive – it’s area clocks in at almost 8000sq km. Understandably, there are countless homes here in far flung areas, up winding driveways, down long country roads. Taking time to increase your home’s
street appeal could be the key to turning your home’s seclusion into a positive. Pay close attention to your garden and your home’s frontage before selling, as you want the first impression to be worthy of the journey buyers make. Whether it’s a vine-tangled trellis, bird baths and fairy lights in the garden, or a new paint job for your home’s exterior. The first impression your property creates will help turn the location from isolated to secluded and picturesque.
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said that staging either ‘usually’ or ‘sometimes’ has an affect on a buyer’s view of the property. So, if you’re a little worried about your interior, hiring a professional stager to fix it up could solve your problems.
MAXIMISE STORAGE SPACE
LEAVE YOUR FURRY FRIENDS OUT OF IT
There are more pets than people in Australia, 26 million, according to the RSPCA’s estimates. While we might be an animal-loving nation, home-buyers are often cautious when they see any signs of pets having lived in a home. Many take it as an indication the property could be a little worse for wear. Luckily this is a quick fix. Simply drop Mittens off at the kennel or a friend’s
house while you’re hosting open homes and do your best to repair any pet-related damage you can see.
SPICE UP YOUR INTERIOR
Is your home a little long in the tooth? If your interior’s dated, it doesn’t mean the end of the world. In fact, by staging your property you could turn ‘ancient’ into ‘charming’, and ‘outdated’ into ‘quaint’. About 96 per cent of respondents in a National Association of Realtors survey
Home-buyers love storage. Every cupboard is peered inside and imagined as a place to keep extra things — old photo albums, a second set of cutlery, unused Christmas gifts from second cousins or extra linen. If your cupboards are overfilled, consider moving some of your things out of your home during the sale. Storage that’s empty or half full will appear far larger than if it’s bursting at the seams with your possessions.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MINIATURE YARD
Your home’s small outdoor area can be a draw for buyers if you take a little care when presenting it. Remove clutter like garden hoses, child’s toys, gardening equipment and you’ll make it appear larger. Take time to frame them correctly and buyers will appreciate the difference.
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