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ammy Richie had just moved into her new family home. “I was unpacking boxes and took my eyes off my then-16-month old, Carson, for a matter of moments,” she says. What was meant to be an exciting day, quite quickly changed. “I had a terrible feeling something was wrong. I looked up and could not see my son, but as I did not hear a splash or a scream, I decided to look around the home. Perhaps he had found my make-up and was painting the walls or playing with his toys? I searched my home to find him.The last place I wanted to look, as my pool was fenced, was the pool. I reluctantly walked over to the pool.” Every parent’s worst nightmare became Tammy’s reality as she took steps towards the pool and found her baby boy lying face down in the water. “Further investigation revealed he was lifeless, unconscious and floating. He resembled a rag doll. How could this happen on my watch? My only job was to watch him whilst unpacking boxes. I am meant to guide and protect. Guilt overcame me and I felt sick,”Tammy says. “Whilst screaming, no one came to my assistance. I commenced CPR on his little frame, thankfully revived him, then called 000. Fortunately, I was trained in this skill”. Carson survived and miraculously avoided any ill effects or brain damage. Tammy says the incident made her realise that 20 seconds can change your life forever.
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Whether you’re getting ready to host a Christmas gathering or simply looking for some super styling inspiration, Shae Johnson shares her tips on preparing like a pro. t’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And I’m in my element. I love everything about it – from carols, eggnog and plum pudding to fairy lights, Santa hats, candy canes and mistletoe. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. But I understand some don’t share my enthusiasm for the festive season – words like expensive, time-consuming and stressful come to mind. But it really doesn’t have to be. I find that having a theme, being organised, involving the whole family and gradually adding to my decorations over the years makes it a joyous experience. H DECK THE HALLS If you want to grow your collection of Christmas decorations I find it’s best to pick a theme, stick to it and add to it. For me, nothing says Christmas like red and white and my collection has grown around this colour scheme since I started out with just one tree all those years ago. From the Christmas basics of baubles, wrapping paper and ribbons to the optional extras - they are all red and white. Colour theming couldn’t be easier now with some stores selling single-colour bauble packs for as little as $2. And don’t limit your use of baubles just to the tree – they looks great in vases, upturned wine glasses on your table or suspended from the ceiling. H O CHRISTMAS TREE Think outside the box for decorating or borrow some ideas from Facebook, pinterest, magazines or store displays and make your own interpretations. My favourite Christmas display is my photo tree. My daughter was nine days old when I put her in a white dress and she had her first photo with Santa Claus. It was the beginning of a tradition we have continued every year since and come December 1 the photos are arranged on a wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. Sienna puts a star on top and our Christmas memories are on display. H I WISH IT WAS CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY The devil is in the detail but it doesn’t have to get expensive. Some of my favourite Christmas trimmings have come from variety stores, aren’t Christmas-specific or were bought for 75 per cent off the week after Christmas. I’ve used mini stockings to dress cutlery on the table; sat $2 Santa hats on the back of chairs; used mini photo frames as place cards; and folded serviettes into the shape of Christmas trees. December 2016
H I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS From as long as I can remember, Christmas decorating and preparation was a family affair. From making bon bons, baking shortbread for Santa, setting the table, peeling carrots for Christmas lunch or simply stirring the plum pudding mix – Mum had a job for us all. Fast forward 30 years and I still make my own bon bons - sometimes from scratch and sometimes just by adding to store-bought ones with things like Lindt balls, festive cheese knives, lip gloss, champagne stoppers, key rings, stubby holders or way better “Dad jokes”. H MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE I’m a list freak. And if I was to be completely honest, my lists start in July (usually gift ideas). Buying through the year, especially stocking fillers when sales are on, means it impacts less on the wallet and you feel super organized come December. When it comes to entertaining, I like to work out my menu in advance and list what can be bought, prepared, concocted, created and made however far in advance as possible. Write down what can be done each day and list everything you need – whether you have it already or need to buy it, whether it’s something as simple as straws for mason jars or big ticket items like the turkey for lunch – if it’s written down, you can cross it off and you are less likely to forget. And take a photo of your list on your phone - you don’t need the hassle of missing shopping lists! H HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS Whether it’s putting out milk and cookies for Santa, scattering reindeer food (oats and glitter) on the lawn for Rudolph, singing along to Christmas carols or jumping in the car and touring the Christmas lights - making it special for the kids is the best part. There is nothing better than seeing their eyes light up at the magic, not just the presents. H ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS At the end of the day, my favourite things about Christmas is everything you can’t buy – seeing children enjoying the magic, continuing on with family traditions, and spending invaluable time with friends and family. 12
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As a skilled golfer with an entrepreneurial spirit, Jasmine Finlay has carved an enviable career for herself and is helping other ladies do the same, writes Lauren Paris ith her killer swing and golfing prowess – including a handicap of scratch, twenty-five-year-old Jasmine Finlay is hot property. People from all over Australia are falling over themselves to play golf with the sports fanatic who was one of Australia’s top amateur golfers a few years back and now frequents the Gold Coast’s renowned golf courses as the owner and founder of her golf events company Golfer Girl. “Australia's most talented and beautiful women golfers who attend corporate golf days, charity golf days, model caddies as well as golf tours,” the Golfer Girl website states. “We are not ordinary girls. We are much more than a pretty face. All of the Golfer Girls are either professional golfers themselves or have a handicap of no higher than six. Our Golfer Girls will always guarantee you, a golf day to remember”. “I have done more charity golf days than corporate. I was surprised by this. I enjoy this side of Golfer Girl more than anything. Being able to help those in need and meeting inspirational and grateful people is so fulfilling,” Jasmine says. Clients are often surprised by Jasmine’s golfing ability. “Sometimes you have to pick the jaws up off the floor. On the majority, [I] definitely [have] most of the blokes covered. Ha ha, girl power,” she says. Jasmine says she is proud to have been involved in some phenomenal events and highlights that most of the people who attend gigs like this are always happy regardless of whether good golf or bad golf was played – “beats working, most say”. “iSeek golf was a great little event. One of my lecturers from PGA IGI contacted me. [It involved just being at] a range hitting golf balls, giving lessons and having fun”. While she admits that “every now and then you get the odd weirdo”, Jasmine stresses that all Golfer Girl events are built around professionalism and promoting women's golf. “I get a few bookings of groups of women who want me to come out and watch them play and give them lessons throughout the round,” she says. Jasmine is sponsored by, and is an Australian ambassador for, Cobra Puma Golf and is a hit on social media with more than 20,000 fans and followers across Instagram and Facebook. Jasmine says her father Brett Finlay introduced her to golf when she was 12. “I used to train for the nationals for swimming and hoped to go to the Olympics but I soon found myself not enjoying it anymore. My parents asked me what I wanted to do instead - because I'm a sport fanatic - I said golf. So here I am today,” she says. The Windaroo resident grew up in Goondiwindi and moved to December 2016
Brisbane where she attended Rivermount College throughout primary school. “[I] then did home schooling for high school so I could focus on my golfing career and be able to travel and practice more.” Becoming a professional golfer was a goal for Jasmine but she says she chose to travel the world for two years to do some soul searching. “[I] came back and studied with PGA IGI and had four jobs to keep myself busy and to also accomplish some personal goals - investment properties and more holidays.” Jasmine says her desire to create a job she loved, was evident from the age of 15. “I had experienced a few bosses at this stage. [I realised] I was not someone who liked to take orders from unappreciative bosses. I consider myself more of a leader. This taught me how to treat 14
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CASEY BARNES 38, singer songwriter The Kingscliff resident, who is about to move to Currumbin, celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary with his wife this year, renewing their vows in front of their daughters. Casey also released a new album, 'Live As One’, his first album since 2012 and keep an eye out for his new single 'Just Like Magic'. “Getting to open for Lady Antebellum at Country Summer Music Festival in California was also a massive highlight my first major festival outside of Australia,” he says. Christmas day and traditions: “We're currently selling our house so it’s all a bit up in the air but, most likely, we'll all be spending it together in Kingscliff. Otherwise we may head down to another favourite spot of ours; Yamba where my wife grew up. It’s all about family for us so we normally do presents in the morning with our two girls, then have everyone over and have a massive Christmas lunch.”
CHARLI ROBINSON 35, radio and TV personality Charli’s had a big year filming a new TV series Cruise Mode [shown on channel 10] alongside co-host Shannon Noll. “All things lifestyle, cars, Motorsport and celebrities. [I’m] very excited to be doing more TV again. [After] five years of breakfast radio and three awards, it was a great time to take a break from the microphone and accept the TV roles,” the Broadbeach local says. Christmas day and traditions: “Carols On The Beach in Surfers is my new tradition! For the second year in a row I'll be hosting for our local crowd which is so wonderful! I love singing and hosting, seeing everyone with their candles in the air is amazing. Christmas Day will be with my parents in Port Stephens. Doing Hi5 for 10 years I was always performing at Melbourne carols Christmas Eve and my family would be there to watch. That’s 10 years of a hotel room for Christmas though so it's still a wonderful feeling to be at their house when I wake up that morning! Mum, Dad, my sister Casandra and I drive around looking at the Christmas lights and spend the day relaxing and eating.”
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Ashmore resident Emily Jade is still on a high after recently turning 40. “We had an epic party in the back yard which was honestly more fun than my wedding. Also ending the year as the number one breakfast show on the Gold Coast with Flan and Christo was wonderful,” she says. Emily Jade says she’s looking forward to enjoying the holidays - “a chance to not get up before the sun and enjoy being with my daughter and husband”. Christmas day and traditions: “My cousin just moved to Queenstown and I really miss her, so we are going to be with her for Christmas. Our kids all adore each other, as much as we adore each other”. “I like to always get something new to wear for the family Santa photo and then I wear that on Xmas day as well. Each year I pick a different colour for the family so we all match. I'm sure some people think it's really daggy, but at the moment my 5-year-old thinks it's awesome that we all colour co-ordinate. Last year was green so I have to choose a different colour this year.” December 2016
36, actor Gyton has been spending a lot of time on the Gold Coast, shooting a new sci-fi TV series We Were Tomorrow (the cast includes Tessa James and Nic Westaway). “We shot a lot around the Gold Coast around Numinbah at the Adventure Trails. Perfect for a lot of our Western themed scenes,” he says. This year, Gyton says he ticked a few of life’s “more popular and celebrated goals”. “I married my incredible wife Alex in May; in August we were introduced to the light of our lives, our baby boy Rocco; and [we’ve just moved] into our first home! The self-titled “Burleigh and Coolie kid” says. Christmas day and traditions: “My wife'sfamily is Calabrese. Christmas this year will involve about 36 hours of constant eating. I normally go into training around September. My family and I have always been big fans of North Straddie. But anywhere there’s a beach we seem to be content.” 16
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JOEL PIERCE 36, actor The Broadbeach local, who many might recognise from his roles on Sea Patrol and Neighbours, among many others, has signed with Zero Gravity Management in LA where he will spend a couple of months to shoot a feature film. Joel is also looking forward to the release of Welcome To The Country which “gave me an opportunity to research in-depth some Australian history around the Aboriginal culture and struggles. It was a soul searching and mind opening experience”. Christmas day and traditions: “This Christmas I will be doing a road trip down to Cronulla, stopping along the way when I need a rest or to see some great views, and catching up with some mates before heading back up again. My family is all over the world so it’s not really a thing for us to spend it together. Generally I like to be super lazy, celebrate the year that has gone by with close friends and dream about the amazing year to come!”
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NETWORKING TIPS l Find a networking group to join Google ‘business networking’ in your city, or try meetup.com which has a myriad of networking groups. Some are for particular interests/ industries, or for example, female only. It is best not to commit to signing up to one that you have to join and pay a yearly membership before checking it out first. Find one that you only have to pay a small attendance fee such as $5 or $10 at the door. This way if the group is not for you, you’re not locked in to anything. l The ultra-shy If you’re ultra-shy about approaching strangers and introducing yourself, then try a Speed Networking event. This works like speed dating where you get 3 minutes to talk to someone, swap business cards and move on to the next person. l Your appearance matters Find out a little about the dress code and the venue. Take a little extra time with your outfit. You don’t have to dress like you’re headed for a job interview, but a clean, crisp, ironed shirt with pants or a skirt, says a lot more about your professionalism than a tatty t-shirt and jeans. l Arrive a little early This gives you time to find parking and check out the venue beforehand so you are less rushed and less nervous. l Smile Put a smile of your face before you enter the room. It will help you relax, appear more confident and makes you more approachable. Research shows that people are 70 per cent more likely to do business with you if you’re wearing a smile. Give it a try! l Leave the strong sales pitch at home Networking is about building that relationship first. If you go in straight for the hard sell, your chance of success will be low. Get to know the person. Ask questions: what they do, how long have they been in business, what networking tips can they give you.You will have a better chance of connecting with someone in this way. - Angela Argyrou
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Put your health and fitness first Jeff Osborne, the Manager of Vision Bundall says one of the issues with this time of the year is that people think itâ€™s inevitable to put on some weight believe that you should be able to enjoy yourself and the people close to you without destroying all the good work you have done to get to this point. From what we see there are two main things that make people come undone when it comes to celebrations: Overeating (bad) Carbs If you have been working hard to lose some weight, one of the ways you can come undone this time of the year is with eating too many carbs. So many of the snacks and food that get served to us this time of the year are carb heavy and it is easy to over consume and turn your body into a fat storing machine. The problem doesn't so much lay in the calories a carb carries with it, it is what the carbs do to your hormones that causes the issues. Every time you eat carbs your body will store the other things you have eaten and try to work on burning the carbs off. The higher GI and the bigger the load of carbs the more efficient your body becomes at storing the carbs you eat. You need some carbs to burn for fuel but when you eat too many it can take an hour to burn through the excess before you even start burning some fat during exercise! What you eat before, during and after you drink alcohol Alcohol is a toxin (we all have felt that!) but it is also an energy source and the only way to rid it from your system is to burn it off as energy. Problem being that if you are eating while you are drinking, then your body will prioritise the alcohol to burn and store everything else! When each glass of wine takes 10 min to burn off cycling, one big night could take a fair bit of undoing. But don't despair, there are some things you can do. Here are my top tips: 1. When you know you have a party on, plan the food you are going to eat for the day. Make sure you get a high protein, low carb breakfast done (my fav is a one egg + egg white and veg omelette with ham), have some low carb snacks like Biltong or grilled prawns and make your meals a good serve of protein like rump steak, fish or chicken with salad (low carb dressing). Avoid starchy carbs, fruit, sugar, milk, bread etc. 2. Eat a good meal before you go. You are less likely to overindulge in snacks, chocolates, hors d'oeuvres etc. That way you don't have to avoid them completely but you wonâ€™t eat too many. 3. Dance! Don't sit on your butt all night! Get up and boogie. Burn some of that alcohol off. 4. The next day, make yourself a coffee (black preferably) and go for a good long walk. If you are up for it, a swim will help you feel better too. Get some exercise and get to work burning off some of the 'bad' cabs and alcohol from the night before. Then for the rest of the day follow the day of formula with a protein breakfast and low carb snacks. It can also be helpful if you are not feeling the best to have some avocado and lots of good quality salt (unless you have blood pressure issues, in that case you need to be more cautious). 5. Get some accountability. If you have a person (like a Vision Personal Trainer) you need to see every week during the holidays you are less likely to blow out completely and wait until January to start getting back into shape! December 2016
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re you concerned that the other parent might not allow you to spend time with your children over the holidays? Are you and your former partner arguing about who the children should live or spend time with? Has it been a while since you have seen, spoken to, or spent time with your children? Do you have concerns about the other parent taking the children away from you? Before you can start proceedings in court, you must attend mediation with the other parent and make a genuine effort to try and resolve the matter. An agreement which is in the best interests of the children can then be ratified by the court by filing an Application for Consent Orders. You may be exempt from mediation if your matter is urgent, there are issues or a risk of child abuse or family violence, a parent cannot effectively participate due to an incapacity or physical remoteness, or your application relates to an alleged contravention of an order made within the last 12 months. It is important - and in the best interests of the children - for parents to resolve issues about their care and living arrangements as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. Here are some tips for managing the holiday period: Don’t leave it too late to discuss arrangements. Both parents need time to organise time off work and plan holiday activities. The closer the holidays get, the higher the stress levels are, so be sure to reach reasonable agreements in advance if possible. What works for one family, might not work for another family. Focus on what is in the best interest of your children and offer proposals that benefit the children, rather than what is convenient for you. You will have a better chance of reaching an agreement that both parents can live with and which benefit your relationship with your children. If one of the parents has issues with drugs or alcohol, or if there are other concerns about the safety and wellbeing of your children in that parent’s care, consider offering supervised time with that parent (depending of course on the nature of the risk to the child). The supervisor can be a relative, a mutual friend, or an independent third party. Remember that you, as the adults, chose to separate but the children did not. Your responsibilities as parents are to facilitate a meaningful relationship between the children and the other parent. So try to compromise and find solutions which are in the best interests of your children. After all, despite your differences as former partners/spouse, both of you would want your children to have a happy Christmas and fond memories of the day. Only YOU can make that happen for your own children. We understand that separation can be a very stressful time for you and your loved ones. For more information on how we can help you with a divorce or separation, or any other family law matters, contact Cornerstone Law Offices. P: 07 5538 9119 or cornerstonelawoffices.com.au 27
Stand-up paddle boarding Currumbin and Tallebudgera are great locations to try your hand at SUP. Hire a board and paddle away! Southport Broadwater Parklands Located at Marine Parade,enjoy play parks, jumping pillow, and bike tracks, and the popular rockpools or lagoon. aquaSplash, Australia’s first open water fun park, is near the lagoon and offers fun for the whole family. Surfers Paradise Is it a bus? Is it a boat? Both actually. Take a tour of the Gold Coast by land and water on the famous Aquaduck. Other attractions such as the Infinity Attraction, iFly indoor skydiving, and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Will also keep you entertained rain, hail or shine. Bushwalking/waterfall Pack a lunch and enjoy a bushwalk down to the heart-shaped water hole at Killarney Glen – where you can also enjoy a refreshing dip. The entry point is just off Beechmont Road, between Beechmont and Canungra. Free entry but check opening times. Glow Worms Head to Springbrook National Park to enjoy one of Australia’s best known free glow worm viewing sites. The viewing platform to see the Glow Worms is via the Natural Bridge. At Mount Tamborine you can also find man made Glow Worm Caves (entry fee applies) – with realistic formations such as stalagmites and stalactites – designed to replicate the natural habitat of the Glow Worms. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is 300 metres of high-tech steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy, and a 40 metre cantilever bridge that soars 30 metres above the creek and rainforest below. O’Reilly's Tree Top Walk – in Canungra – is 180 metres in length and is made up of nine suspension bridges, with much of the walkway being 15 metres above the ground. The Tree Top Challenge is located at Mount Tamborine and inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Hang about in the trees, climb the ladders, balance on the suspended bridges and jump on up to many huge ziplines (flying foxes). Check with venues/operators/ tour guides for fees and opening hours. December 2016
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JUST ADD SPICE Sophie wears // Kakhi Elbow sleeve cardi (tied in front) // Pink Necklace // Crop free spirit Pant // POA// 5524 2317 // Shoes from Baretraps // Janey Taupe // $69.95 // 5523 4415 December 2016
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What to pack for a mini vacation f you are anything like me, you love to plan your looks to cover every occasion when travelling. There is nothing worse than taking just a piece or two along for the ride. If you’re planning a mini escape, make sure you pack a capsule wardrobe with lots of basics; around 10 key pieces. T-shirts and singlets add warmth and your best friend will be layering.
Chevron Underwire Halter // $80 // sizes 30F to 38HH and Chevron Hipster Tie Bottoms // sizes: 8 to 14 (or full brief bottoms sizes 10-18) // $30 // lillyandlime.com
From experience, I like to pack everything that doesn’t need ironing! Ironing is my pet hate. When you’re packing, lay everything out on your bed and create some fun and adventurous outfits.
Review // Let’s Cha Cha Dress // $269.99 // review-australia.com
My number one rule is: everything has to be able to be worn five ways.
Gem Necklace // $54.50 // downthatlittlelane.com.au
Accessories are the key here. They can change an outfit from day to night, just like magic. Clio Beach Pant – Paradiso // $199 // sunsoaked.com.au
A scarf can be worn as a wrap, a sarong, a head wrap or made into a cape. Choose wisely on your colour theme… if the power goes out, you can get dressed in the dark.
Beach Bag Bondi // $89.95 // downthatlittlelane.com.au
Ruby & Lilli Suede Tassel Key Ring // $14.95 // rubyandlilli.com
Wear comfortable clothing on a long flight and carry a coat or jacket and scarf as it can get chilly on some flights. I like to go light on shoes. Depending on where you are travelling to, you shouldn’t need more than three pairs, in addition to the pair you are wearing.
Clarks - Trigenic Flex // $279.95 // clarks.com.au
Don’t forget to leave room for a few memorable purchases! Stay stylish,
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$1195 iFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING Give the gift of flight this Christmas with an iFLY Indoor Skydiving Gift Voucher. P: 1300 366 364
LOGITECH K780 Multi-Device Keyboard The Logitech® K780 Multi¬Device Redefining what a desktop keyboard can do. Type and switch between 3 devices. Suits Windows®, Mac®,Android™ or iOS. An integrated cradle holds your mobile device at a stable reading angle. Its ultimate technology lets you choose the best way to connect. $149.95 logitech.com/en-au
MODELROCK Lashes & Lipsticks Iconic Bombshell Lashes $11.95 Major Betsy Lipstick $23 modelrocklashes.com
SHOETIQUE Kompanero crossbody handbag/wallet $189 shoetique.com.au
VILLAGE STORES Borneo Fishing Basket Village Store - Bundall & Burleigh villagestores.com.au
A BOY NAMED AARON Hermes Hide Cross aboynamedaaron.com.au
CTJ Italian leather bracelet/necklet with sterling silver and Swarovski crystal interchangeable enhancers from $90 to $160 ctj.com.au
REFA CARAT Facial-lovers can now achieve the same revitalized glow at home. Also tones flabby bits. wcosmetics.com.au December 2016
BABEIN Stylish certified organic cotton/ Spandex babywearing wraps. Use code GETITBABE for 10% off your purchase. $169 + FREE Aus delivery. babein.com.au
WILLI FOOTWEAR Create your own thong with interchangeable straps that come in a variety of colours, and also feature an “anti-blowout” design. From $24.95 to $34.95 both men’s and women’s willi.com.au 36
SHOETIQUE Kompanero wallet. Choice of colours $139 shoetique.com.au
Christmas $99 $12995 $299 EVY PROFESSIONAL IQ-ONEGLIDE $299.00 aquabaci.com.au
BAMBURY Desigual Living range straight from Barcelona (Spain) Blue Summer - Captain Cushion $99 P: 1300 766 762 bambury.com.au
SHOES ON CHEVRON The Mighty Purse Charge On The Go Wallet. Leather – battery inside, plenty of space for cash and cards. $129.95 P: 5539 8269 shoesonchevron.com.au
$109 $8995 SHOETIQUE Kompanero wallet. Assorted colours $109 Weave Design $89.95 shoetique.com.au
CTJ Mens Tungsten stainless steel bracelets Were $129 now $29.95 ctj.com.au
A BOY NAMED AARON Anjali Henna Heart aboynamedaaron.com.au
$3995 THE HAPPINESS SHOP Wall Candy books filled with 50 pull-out wall prints to style and uplift your home. $39.95 FREE SHIPPING thehappinessshop.com.au
VILLAGE STORES Huntly & Co. 80hr Candle Village Store - Bundall & Burleigh villagestores.com.au
$219 SUNSOAKED Janie one-piece swimwear in Arabesco UPF50+ luxurious Italian lycra $219 P: 0423775777 sunsoaked.com.au
MAESTRO FASHION Round leather bag. Variety of colours $190 Leather bag. Variety of colours $290 maestrofashion.com.au P: 5538 1168
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HEMISPHERE LIVING Stackable solid timber wine racks From $49. hemisphereliving.com.au
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Do we need to detox? Dr Elen ApThomas discusses options to improve our overall health
n the western world we think of having a ‘detox’ as a very new phenomena however, this is not the case. Ancient cultures, such as the Chinese and Indian (Ayuvedic medicine), have been using these principles to heal many ailments for centuries. When consulting one of these more traditionally trained practitioners they look for symptoms indicating whether the cleansing organs of the body, including the intestines, liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and the skin, are functioning adequately.
in which we are poisoning ourselves every day. Not only from the air pollution and obvious poor food choices such as coffee, alcohol, sugar and many refined foods, but even when we make better food choices there can be toxins such as pesticide residues in non-organic fruit and vegetables and hormones and antibiotics
One of the best tools to assess whether your cells need a clean is with a live blood analysis performed by a naturopath or doctor. If these organs are not working efficiently, the day-to-day acidic metabolic waste products that we produce are left in our cells, joints, lymphatics and blood stream. Some of the many symptoms and signs of ‘toxicity’ are lethargy, headaches, skin problems, intestinal symptoms such as bloating and cramps, difficulty losing weight, puffiness in areas of our face and body and joint or muscle stiffness, just to mention a few. Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world
in our non-organic meat and eggs. Stress reduces the performance of the enzymes that would normally perform these cleaning functions and when symptoms of illness start to appear often the best place to begin is to help the body perform in a more efficient manner, by fostering a cleaner cellular environment. One of the best tools to assess whether your cells need a clean is with a live blood analysis performed by a naturopath or doctor. This will assess the functionality and nutritional status of
the blood cells, the inflammation level in the blood stream and review oxidative stress markers. If these levels are outside the healthy range then a detox would dramatically help the functioning of the entire body. A detox program involves reducing the toxic burden of bad organisms in the gut, giving the liver and kidney much needed nutrients and antioxidants to perform its filtering function more efficiently and enhance the flow of the blood and lymphatic system. The best results are achieved when clean lifestyle options are also undertaken as well as dietary changes including increasing fruit and vegetables, incorporating fresh juices and restricting the intake of grains. The body needs lean protein and fish and vegetarian options are much less acidic. Increasing gentle exercise is also recommended. These programs often last between two and eight weeks, depending on the results desired and when followed properly can result in weight loss, clean skin and increased mental and physical energy. Now who doesn’t want that?!
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Price differences muddy hearing aid treatment choices Clarity Hearing Solutions gets to the bottom of a topic that affects many people experiencing hearing loss f you’re in the market for a hearing aid and have been left scratching your head as to why some companies appear to charge higher fees for the same hearing aids offered by other companies, then you’re in not alone. According to the experts at Clarity Hearing Solutions there is a large difference in pricing across different companies for the same hearing aids which leaves many people wondering why some are so much more expensive. If you were to scout the internet or visit several hearing providers you may find a large variation of pricing between exactly the same hearing devices. This is largely due to the different service provision, or treatment package, that is automatically included in the price of the hearing aid. There are now two methods of pricing within the Audiological industry in Australia, called bundled and unbundled. Until recently, traditional hearing aid sales were bundled and you would pay a set price for the hearing aid which included all the treatment and service provision for life of the hearing aid. Hearing providers had to estimate and build into the cost of hearing aids five years or more of service provision and treatment.
Because it’s extremely difficult to estimate exactly what will be required over five or more years, some Audiologists will build in a safety buffer in the cost. The problem with this model is that patients think it is the hearing aids which are the expense, but in reality, part of it can be attributed to the expense of the Audiologists’ time to provide the service and associated treatment for five or more years that you may not need. The other big problem with bundling services is that if a hearing aid is lost or damaged close to purchase date, you move away from the provider, or god forbid, pass away not long after the purchase, you have paid for all these consultations which you never receive. To counter these potential inequities of lengthy service provision and to make the actual costs when purchasing a hearing aid more transparent, many Audiologists are now moving to an unbundled model. Unbundling consists of breaking down and providing transparency on the clinical costs separate to the hearing aid cost and making you aware of them. Under the unbundled model Audiologists like Clarity don’t make their income from selling a hearing aid as they provide hearing aids for minimal costs (anywhere from $250), but charge an hourly rate for expert consultation, or a treatment package that best suits your needs and requirements. A reputable Audiologist will provide a full costing breakdown of services associated
with treating hearing loss, including how many consultations it may take, and then let the client decide whether they wish to pay per consultation or if they want to package their treatment plan which may cover unlimited consultations similar to bundled packages. Providing transparency in audiology costs is ethical practice and can significantly reduce the costs associated with treating hearing loss with hearing aids. P: 1300 252 7489 clarityhearingsolutions.com.au
How did John save $11,850 on hearing aids? By spending $150 on a second opinion! John came to Clarity for a second opinion after having a free hearing test with another provider. The provider had told John he needed hearing aids and had quoted him $12,000 for the aids. John booked a $150 comprehensive hearing test
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with Clarity. As tests began the Clarity audiologist knew something wasn’t right. John’s ears were blocked with wax. After Clarity suctioned his ears John had his hearing tested again. This time his results were normal. He didn’t actually need hearing aids!
John saved $11,850 by getting a second opinion from Clarity. At Clarity Hearing Solutions our focus is on treating hearing loss, not selling expensive hearing aids. Call us today for your first, or your second, opinion.
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This popular Christmas Antipasto Wreath recipe by Amanda Smyth, who blogs at Cooker and a Looker, is perfect for entertaining this festive season. Amanda's Salt and Pepper Prawns with Lemongrass Mayonnaise is also a hit! Visit cookerandalooker.com
CHRISTMAS ANTIPASTO WREATH INGREDIENTS • 4 avocados • 1 lemon • Salt and pepper • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes • 4 slices proscuitto • handful each olives, semidried tomatoes, diced feta cheese • 1 tbs capers • Chives, finely chopped
METHOD Peel, stone and mash the avocados. Zest half the lemon, the juice the whole lemon. In a large bowl combine the avocados, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper and chilli flakes. On a flat platter, spoon the avocado mash into a circle. Decorate the circle with the olives, semidried tomatoes and feta. Slice the prosciutto into ribbons and arrange on the wreath. Scatter with capers and sprinkle with the finely chopped chives. Serve with lavosh and bread sticks.
SALT AND PEPPER PRAWNS WITH LEMONGRASS MAYONNAISE INGREDIENTS • 24 green prawns, peeled and deveined. • 2 tsp Sichuan peppercorns • 1 tsp black peppercorns • 1 tsp sea salt flakes • 24 wooden skewers
MAYONNAISE • 1 cup whole egg mayonnaise • 2 tbs lemongrass paste • 1 tsp lime zest • 1/4 cup shredded basil
METHOD: Soak skewers in tap water for twenty minutes. Soaking the skewers will discourage them from catching alight on the BBQ. To make the mayonnaise, combine lemongrass paste, lime zest, mayonnaise, and basil. Stir to combine and refrigerate until serving time. In a mortar and pestle combine both peppercorns and sea salt. Pound until the peppercorns are ground finely. Thread the prawns onto the soaked skewers. Sprinkle the prawn skewers with the pepper mixture and cook on the BBQ for 1 to 2 minutes (or until the prawns change colour). Serve with the lemongrass mayonnaise and lemon wedges.
FESTIVE TRIFLE SERVES 12+ | PREP 15 MINS | FRIDGE 4 HR MIN INGREDIENTS • 2 Packets Wine Jelly • 2 Packets Swiss Roll Cakes • 500gm Strawberries • ½ Cup Flaked Almonds • ½ Cup Flaked Coconut • 1 Litre Custard • 600mls Thickened Cream METHOD: Prepare the jelly the night before. 400ml boiling water per packet of jelly. Set in a large rectangle container and cut into cubes when set. On the day of serving, slice jam rolls, slice strawberries, toast almonds and coconut and whip cream. Assemble by layering jam rolls, jelly, strawberries, custard and cream. Repeat until all ingredients are used and finish with cream, almonds and coconut. Visit: cookingforbusymums.com/cookbook Thanks to Amanda Voisey, from Cooking For Busy Mums, for sharing her popular recipe. Visit: cookingforbusymums.com/cookbook
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Get festive with the Get it girls’ fave cocktails. It’s one of the best ways to liven up any evening and keep it going into the early hours.
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You can’t go past a good Margarita. Delicious and refreshing!
This fruity treat, at the House of Brews in Surfers Paradise, is a must-try! METHOD Muddle watermelon in a INGREDIENTS Boston shaker glass, combine • Watermelon pieces the rest of the ingredients and • Redskin infused vodka shake. Strain over fresh ice • Raspberry liqueur into a Collins glass. Garnish • Pineapple juice with watermelon slice and • Lemon or lime juice watermelon candies. • Sugar syrup
H ESPRESSO MARTINI
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Gimelli’s Italian Restaurant at Broadbeach make a mean Espresso Martini! It’s Aimi’s favourite cocktail!
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How can one possibly pick a favourite cocktail? It’s impossible! I love this one at Fu Manchu Oriental Kitchen on Chevron Island. INGREDIENTS • Belvadere Vodka 30mls • Coconut Rum 15 mls • Ginger liqueur 15mls • Lime juice 30mls • Sugar Syrup 10mls • Lime, red chillies, basil, coriander,
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METHOD Place the coffee, Tia Maria, vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine. Strain the coffee mixture and divide between chilled serving glasses.
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Tabasco muddled, topped with soda METHOD Shake and pour, crushed ice top. Garnish: Basil
H LYCHEE ELDERFLOWER MARTINI
INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup freshly brewed espresso coffee (cooled) • 90ml Tia Maria • 60ml vodka • Ice cubes to serve • Coffee beans to garnish
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METHOD Chill a cocktail glass, and then rub its rim with lime juice and dip it in coarse salt. Shake tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice with cracked ice, then strain into glass over ice.
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INGREDIENTS • 2 oz. Silver tequila • 1 oz. Cointreau • 1 oz. Lime juice • Cocktail glass • Coarse salt
The way to my heart is definitely through a Lychee Elderflower Martini – and one of the best on the Gold Coast can be found at Tonic on Chirn in Southport! INGREDIENTS • 10ml Lime Juice • 30ml Smirnoff Vodka • 15ml Elderflower Liqueur • 30ml Lychee Syrup
METHOD Add ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a speared lychee
WHAT’S ON FOR
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ALTO CUCINA & BAR – NYE 2017
The taste on everyone’s lips this New Year! Enjoy all day dining along with specified seating times for dinner. Exciting new menu available over the Christmas period and New Year’s eve. Two-course $30pp or three-course $40pp. Spectacular fireworks and DJ starting from 8pm. Bookings essential 5539 0377 or email@example.com Beach End, The Oasis, Broadbeach Mall
Christmas at Solace
The perfect water-side destination for your festive celebrations with family, friends or colleagues. Let us take care of Christmas with event packages from $40 per person. Christmas Day Luncheon $100 per person, includes a decadent five course degustation lunch. Bookings essential – phone 55 771 665 4 Marina Promenade, Paradise Point firstname.lastname@example.org. Free parking. B A R A N D R E S TA U R A N T
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A Sanctuary Cove Christmas Experience a festive feast of dining, shopping and entertainment mbrace the spirit of the season during A Sanctuary Cove Christmas; a five-day festival in The Marine Village. From December 14 to 18 enjoy traditional carols, a tastebud-tantalising evening of fine food, boutique market shopping and a funfilled festival Christmas carnival. Experience one of The Marine Village’s superb restaurants during Dinner by Candlelight on Wednesday December 14, as selected eateries turn down their lights and serve Christmas-inspired menus in the enchanted glow of candles. Diners have a wide array of international tastes to savour with Ioesco, Dragon Cove Chinese Restaurant, Black Angus Bar & Grill and Thai House participating in the magical culinary evening. Soak up the traditional sounds of the season at Carols on The Green on Thursday December 15, when some of the city’s most talented young musicians join the exquisite voice of tenor Rocco Speranza for a night of song topped off by a certain jolly man in
red and his favourite reindeer, Rudolph. That same evening you can wander through the Village Night Markets, along the boardwalk from 6pm, featuring a collection of pop-up stalls from The Marine Village’s boutique retailers. The free Christmas Carnival is all about the kids, who will love the wide range of fun activities and entertainment each day from Friday December 16 until Sunday December 18. Roving street performers like the zany roller skating elf will capture each child’s attention and imagination with their cool and crazy antics as they cavort through The Marine Village.
The kids will delight in the pony rides, trackless train journeys, jumping castle jaunts, face painting, voyages aboard the MV Kilkie, and the special Christmas Show featuring dancing reindeers. Create a lasting memory of Christmas 2016 in Santa’s Grotto, the venue for festive family photos or even Saint Nicholas-inspired selfies, each day of the carnival.Those with furry family members can bring their pet in for snaps between noon and 1pm. One day is never enough. Discover your guide to ‘A Sanctuary Cove Christmas’ at sanctuarycove.com.
Actively retired livia Nelson learns the ukelele online, has been a magazine beauty editor, walked the catwalk, and worked in the opal trade. The Lendlease retirement village resident leads an eclectic life. When it comes to technology and life in general, Olivia is prepared to give anything a go, and says “Bring it on”. The internet, social media and things like Skype have made the world seem so much smaller. “I love how with Facebook you can talk to the younger generations. Those intergenerational friendships are so important,” Olivia says. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Olivia’s favourite thing at the moment is streaming Spanish ukulele videos through YouTube. “I sit here at night time with a beautiful Spaniard,” she says with a big smile. As well as learning the ukulele online, Olivia continues to lead an active and busy life. “In the late 60’s, I was a beauty editor at Woman’s Day magazine. It was absolutely amazing and I was very proud to work there,” Olivia says. “Now, I’m the president of the Resident’s December 2016
People often laugh when I say I’m shy, but I am. I love putting the events together though. We had a Valentine’s night here and 14 people got married again. As you can imagine, it was wonderful!
Committee at the village and I do all the graphic works for our posters. I’ve made some wonderful friendships here. People often laugh when I say I’m shy, but I am. I love putting the events together though. We had a Valentine’s night here and 14 people got married again. As 44
you can imagine, it was wonderful." For further information about The Gardens on Lindfield on the Gold Coast or any of the 12 Lendlease villages in Queensland, visit retirementbylendlease.com.au or call 1800 550 550.
menu! Say â€˜helloâ€™ to our new summer menu with a range of bites, small plates, large plates and banquet menus to suit all budgets.
Modern style dining introducing tapas from around the world. The new menu brings a fusion of flavours and showcases fresh local produce with a twist! Paired with our summer cocktails, extensive bar list and friendly staff this is the perfect setting to catch up with friends or for your end of year corporate or casual work party.
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WOMEN IN TOURISM Jan Hutton Chief Marketing Officer of Gold Coast Tourism was our inspiration for Novemberâ€™s Women in Tourism breakfast which was held at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, thanks to general manager Mr Ian Pirodon. New members welcomed, lots of great networking, and beautiful breakfast to start the day!
The team at Get it would like to thank you, our wonderful clients and our readers for your continued support. Wishing you all a very
Merry Christmas and safe and Happy New Year. See you all in 2017! December 2016
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GOLD COAST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Supporters of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation joined the Foundation’s CEO, Kim Sutton, for cocktails and canapés at Southport Sharks Event Centre to celebrate the amazing work achieved this year. The Foundation has reached more than 180,000 Gold Coast patients and families suffering distress from illness and injury.
Because… it’s time for Christmas fun!
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Get it magazine’s social media manager Hayley Bogaard dishes the dirt on all things social media, in part two of our special. ore and more lately, I find myself typing out messages that read something like this: “TBH, IDK if I really liked him LOL! SMH. Maybe I’ll like him better IRL. I’m heading out for drinks 2nite. WBU? TTYL xx” Poetic really, isn’t it? And like most high schoolers in a Hamlet recital, most of us just don’t get it. Today’s digital world moves so quickly, and with it comes new terminology, slang and in fact, a whole new dialect. So how do we keep up? Well, for starters, Google is your best friend. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to Google a phrase or abbreviation before replying back to someone’s message and acting cool like I totally knew what they meant all along – who’s with me there? But it’s not just the slang that sends people’s heads spinning. I am constantly met with confused, glazed expressions when using some of the basic terminology related to social media for your business. So let’s start with some of those terms and before you know it, you’ll be LOL-ing, WTFing and YOLO-ing like the best of them! ALGORITHM Algorithm is a scary word that describes the functions developed to control how a program operates. All social media platforms use them and they have a huge influence over the way in which we use social media. Have you ever noticed how you seem to just miss some posts in your newsfeed? Or posts from certain friends December 2016
always seem to appear first? Well, you can thank the algorithms for that. It can make social media a really frustrating experience for businesses so make sure you speak to a social media manager who can guide you through it. ENGAGEMENT Engagement measures how many users are liking, commenting or sharing your content. This is important in measuring how relevant and accessible your content is to your audience. While many businesses are concerned only with how many followers they have, the true measure of a successful page is in fact the level of engagement on your content. An engaged audience is what converts to sales and profit. HANDLE I can’t tell you how many times I have asked a business for their social media handle, just to receive a blank stare in response.Your handle refers to your username on social media and generally starts with the @ symbol. For example @get.it.mag. HASHTAG Ahhh the almighty hashtag. Simply, it is a word or phrase that is preceded by the # symbol. It is a powerful tool used to attract new followers, engagement and spread content. When it comes to promoting your business online, it is important to use the right hashtags, which is where a social media manager comes in. Next time you’re thinking of a new hairstyle, perhaps try searching #hairstyles on Instagram or Pinterest.You’ll be surprised at what you find. 48
MEME Perhaps the greatest thing to be born of social media is the humble meme. While most of us know what a meme is, not many people can pronounce it. So to set the record straight, it is pronounced ‘meem’ and rhymes with team or beam. Not ‘me-me’ or ‘mem’ as I’ve often heard. TRAFFIC No, social media traffic is not related to selfies of people impatiently stuck in traffic jams but rather refers to the amount of users visiting your pages. The higher your traffic, the more chance of converting users into customers. FILTER The number one tool in any Instagram star’s arsenal; filters change the colour, tone, light and exposure of an image to give it a new photographic effect. Choosing the right filter can be an agonising decision but if you get it right, you’re on the road to stardom. While the best filter is a hotly debated topic, my go-to filters are Claredon and Nashville. So, armed with this valuable knowledge, go forth and prosper my social media butterflies. Remember, social media is a rapidly evolving world and it’s almost impossible to keep up – especially for businesses. If you need help getting on top of your social media, make sure to speak to a social media manager, who can sort your #hashtags from your @handles.
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Get your horoscope About Cassandra Tyndall Cassandra is an avid professional astrologer, writer and teacher, based in Brisbane, Australia. Her interest in Astrology started when she was a child reading horoscopes in her mother's magazines. Known for her honesty, passion and insight, Cassandra offers consultations to people all over the globe. cassandratyndall.com H PISCES February 19 – March 20 Some long-held career goals may finally manifest as the Sun and Saturn make their annual meeting in your work sector. Recognition, respect or a promotion may mark the end of the working year. Mars and Venus hide away in your most private part of your solar horoscope this month. You too may feel like escaping, especially as Mars enters your sign on the 20th. H ARIES March 20 – April 19 Mercury’s retrograde passage invites you to slow down and re-assess your work priorities and set some new long-term goals. The 19th sees your ruler Mars slip into the most private sector of your solar horoscope. You now have cosmic permission for a little R & R after a year that was arduous and turbulent all at the same time.
H SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 22 Your enthusiasm for a pet project or to learn something new is heightened on the 3rd. As Mars links with your ruler Jupiter, you’re inspired to get out and about and share your ideas, thoughts and plans with others. This planetary pairing may also motivate you to undertake a new course of study or head in a new direction come the New Year.
H TAURUS April 20 – May 21 As a sign who is reluctant to change, December is a month where you’ll have little choice except to strap yourself in and enjoy the ride! Your ruler Venus will be in fellow fixed sign Aquarius from the 7th. Combining your ideas with stable action is your key to success. Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus team up and offer a plethora of opportunities, light bulb moments and exciting new paths.
H CAPRICORN December 22 – January 20 The 18th sees Mercury retrograde in your own sign. This may bring an introspective energy to your holiday season as you ponder the year past and the one awaiting. As Mercury aligns with Pluto, you may connect with aspects of yourself that you bury deeply. Casting your mind back to mid-Octobers Full Moon may be a clue to what you need to re-visit now.
H GEMINI May 21 – June 21 The opportunity to go over money matters is presented as Mercury enters another retrograde phase. Before too much Christmas over-spending begins and New Years’ resolutions loom, the 18th until January 7th heralds a period of going back to the financial drawing board. Developments that presented around the Full Moon in October may be the key to what you need to revise.
H AQUARIUS January 21 – February 19 Both Venus and Mars spend the majority of December in your own sign. These two planets are about relating, and with lucky Jupiter making a link to Mars on the 3rd and Venus on the 26th you have the potential to make a good impression on others. This may also encourage you to tip the balance back in your favour if you’ve been doing too much for everyone else.
H CANCER June 21 – July 22 Dynamic changes to your home, family and career sectors are forecast under the Jupiter/ Uranus face-off may leave you needing to retreat into your shell for a while. You may prefer to politely turn down non- essential social engagements and reconnect with the deepest
feelings of your soul. The Sun will bring a turning point in your relationships from the 22nd and important conversations can be had on the 29th. H LEO July 22 – August 23 The 12th brings an aspect of opportunity with Uranus, astrology’s great awakener. Under this influence, you may throw caution to the wind and book a well-deserved holiday, especially to a long- desired destination. A certain ‘ahha’ moment may also bring you to a greater awareness about your future path. Jupiter also casts a ray over these few days, emphasising that fresh new perspectives can be gained. H VIRGO August 23 - September 22 Crossed wires, confusion and general snafus on the social front may permeate your holiday festivities as your ruler Mercury enters a retrograde phase from the 18th. The Full Moon illuminates your career sector on the 14th. Under this influence, you may experience the pull of work-related socialising versus the responsibility of being at home. With Jupiter and Uranus facingoff along your financial sectors, new money making opportunities are possible. H LIBRA September 22 – October 23 Anything may be possible when it comes to your relationships this month as expansive Jupiter and volatile Uranus face-off across your relating sectors. Turning points are promised around the 22nd as the Sun enters your home zone. Mercury’s retrograde passage in your 4th sector further highlights you need to go back to the drawing board on some key family issues.
H SCORPIO October 23 – November 22
An encouraging link from Jupiter emphasises that it’s ‘the thought that counts’ when it comes to gift giving and heartfelt connections with your most important people is what makes this time of year truly special. As 2016 draws to a close under a meeting between Mars and Neptune, you’ll be ready to take a break and escape to a waterfront location that will recharge your soul.
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The F words I’ll be saying in 2017
Elizabeth Campbell has a grand plan for 2017 that will require a new Camilla dress, Italy and a lot of F words.
ear 2016, The countdown to 2017 is on and I just want to say thank you.You have been amazing. I have learned so much from you and am grateful to have had you in my life. Next year the F word is going to take precedence. Actually there are several F words I’ll be saying in 2017. More on that later. It is this time of year we look back and celebrate, have some wine (or more wine!), eat a lot and open Santa presents - and then look at the next year and work out how we are going to make it rock. I’ll be doing that, plus I’m taking four weeks off.Yippee! I’m having a holiday and some fun in the sun while I sip on cocktails. Four. Weeks. Off. It’s so exhilarating.The only other time I have taken that long off work was when I was editing at a newspaper and took five weeks off to go to Italy, Greece, France and the UK. Actually, I’m going back to Italy next year to live for three months. I’ll base myself in Rome for the first month, then I want to explore Sardinia, Sicily, Pompeii, Amalfi Coastline, Corsica, Venice. I’ll also be heading to Spain and Romania. I’ve always wanted to get back to Italy. It has been 10 years so it’s high time. And ever since I saw a photo of the mountains in Romania in an oldschool encyclopaedia when I was in Year 7, I’ve always wanted to go there. That’s my grand plan for 2017. It has been my dream for a long time. So I thought,‘right, December 2016
what’s stopping me?’The answer was nothing. So I’m doing it. To see my dream come true, I’m going to have to say a lot of F words. I’ll be effing this and effing that. Here are the top F words will be incorporating into my life to set up my business to work from Italy. FINANCES: Budget, what budget? Finances will be my number one F word in 2017. I’ll be keeping a very close eye on my money coming in and going out. I say next year as I’ve just put a stunning Camilla dress and gold cross earrings to match on layby for a Christmas party here at Versace in a couple of weeks. What? I need to be fashionable when I go to Italy, see F word number 3! FITNESS: Not only do I need to get financially fit, I need to physically for all the hiking I plan to do in those mountains of Romania. Plus I need to be mentally fit because this is a massive leap outside of my comfort zone. Massive. Solo travel is something I have wanted to do for a long time but haven’t had the courage to do it (yet). So this year I decided I was going to face any fears that came up so I could live life on my terms.This F word is part of the reason why I’m heading to the home of gelato. FASHION: Italy is one of the most fashionable cities on the planet so I’m going to have introduce some gorgeous garments to my wardrobe before I go so I can fit in with the locals, right? Hello new Camilla piece. 50
FACEBOOK: I’ll be keeping in touch with my friends, family and colleagues, through none other than Facebook. I’ll be “live-ing” from wherever I am in the world so you can all keep up with my adventures and my Mum knows I’m alive and well. Love ya Ma. FOOD: Basically, I mentioned “fitness” earlier because I’ll need to be in great shape so I can eat my way around Italy … I love pasta and pizza and all of the creaminess that goes with Italian food. Even the olive oil is dressed in olive oil! FAMOUS: While I’m there, I’ll be “working” – I don’t really call it that because it’s not like work to me. I absolutely love my life and what I get to do each day. However, this will be the biggest test of my career as I set up my life and business now to accommodate the travelling. However, I will be securing speaking gigs and running workshops from all over the world. I will catch up with contacts in Europe and the UK to collaborate. I’ll be famous! FEAR: Refer F word number 2. I will not let fear of the unknown get in my way. I am doing this regardless of what happens in my life and I have asked my family and close friends – and my Facebook clan – to hold me accountable in doing so. So thank you 2016.You have been a year of trials and tribulations, reactions and rewards, and fun and frivolity – plus a lot of hard work and consolidation. Now I am ready for you 2017 and we are going to blitz it.