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elcome to our September issue, celebrating all things Spring. We’re absolutely loving the frocks on our cover and in our fashion pages this month, shot at The Strand in Coolangatta! They’re bright, bubbly, fresh and colourful, just like the contents of nutrition educator Jema Lee’s shopping basket. Jema talks to Get it about her experience going gluten-free and delivers some tips on how and why we can cut it from our diet too. If your home (or life) is in need of a bit of a cleanse, a declutter and spring clean is good for the soul according to the experts we’ve chatted to. Check out page 16 for some great tips to cut, cull, clean and reclaim your life. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, we have listed a couple of favourite local cafes for you to try out this month. And, our publisher Leanne delivers her verdict on indoor skydiving with iFly. One of the many great things about living on the Gold Coast is the array of talented and inspirational women who reside here. In this issue we talk to author Livia York, originally from Italy, about her experiences with domestic violence and how she has risen above her troubled past. We also chat to some fabulous ladies who trade high heels for work boots to trawl through swamps in their spare time, as members of the Gold Coast State Emergency Service. These ladies, and the rest of the SES, do such excellent work and their efforts are appreciated by us all. With hundreds of bloggers converging on the Gold Coast this month for a blogger training and networking event, we also explore the blogging scene and chat to four bloggers - including Chantelle Ellem, also known as Fat Mum Slim - about blogging for business and pleasure. When I started a blog more than three years ago, it was a novelty that allowed me to write more than just the column inches permitted during my day job as a journalist. I shared personal experiences and then, when I discovered I was expecting twins in addition to my then-1yo and then-2yo, I shared the pregnancy and newborn journey with readers. For me, blogging has turned into a second job and has provided countless benefits including friendships (real and online), amazing ‘colleagues’, interesting people and experiences as well as additional work opportunities. Popular online personalities, The Merrymaker Sisters also know all about succeeding online and have shared, with us, a couple of their delicious recipes that are sure to tantalise our taste buds. Have a great month!

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Dirt Song is a beautiful night of music straight from Australia’s heartland. The songs, performed against a series of stunning moving and still images, are sure to send you on a journey through Australia’s rich aboriginal culture. What these talented artists have created is simply too good to be missed.

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September 17-23 Surfers Paradise The Paw Patrol are hitting the sands of Surfers Paradise for a free family focused festival. There will be face painting, arts and crafts and special appearances from all your favourite characters. This event is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained during the September school holidays.

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September 23 Palmer Colonial This event is for golfers of all skill levels and expertise. Whether you’re chasing a hole in one, or chasing the post-game cocktail reception, Palmer Colonial Golf Club is opening its greens for a day of competition, prizes and fun. For the savvier golfer, there’s even a $30,000 hole in one prize up for grabs.

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Waking up from winter Get it's Anna Davies isn't ready for spring (or summer) but is hoping these steps will turn that around. he flowers are blooming, the grass is greener and the pool is warming up to an almost bearable temperature. Yet here I am sitting in bed, covered in cake crumbs with legs hairier than a yeti after an Ashley and Martin treatment. For all its faults, winter provides plenty of opportunities for you to hide how gross you truly are. I can wear jeans to cover my luscious leg locks, I can sit inside all day without arousing suspicion, and I can wear layers to disguise the gravy stains that adorn 80 per cent of my clothes. It’s safe to say I’ve been hibernating, but the time has come for me to emerge from my Netflix cave and face the real world. How am I going to turn myself from a winter hermit into a beautiful springtime butterfly, I hear you ask. Well, read on for a tantalising to do list. STOP EATING GRAVY Comfort food is the cornerstone of my winter diet. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve incorporated gravy into a meal this winter I’d have enough money to never leave my hibernation hole. Unfortunately no one is paying me to eat gravy, so it needs to stop. I’m swapping slow cooker meals for rice paper rolls and salad. I’ll also replace the hot chocolates I’ve been guzzling with good old-fashioned H20. Not only is it heating up too much for these creature comforts, replacing them will make my skin glow like someone who has actually seen the sun in the past three months.

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GET OUTSIDE Every time I reach for the remote I’ll grab the car keys instead. I’ll go and do things that I complained it was too cold for in winter, and will undoubtedly complain it’s too hot for when summer comes. It’s time for me to peel away from the sofa and get some sunshine and exercise in my life. Who knows, I might get a tan while I’m at it (I probably won’t, but a girl can dream). LOCK AWAY THE HOODIES Hoodies are great, but my relationship with them has become somewhat unhealthy. Aside from them being - for the most part pyjamas with a hood, anyone who wears a hoodie when it’s over 25 degrees either has something to hide or something to steal. Considering I don’t think I’ll be doing either of those things this spring, it’s time for me to break it off. So there you have it, I’ve made myself publically accountable for my winter sins. If like me, you have an insatiable appetite for gravy, this list might have been of some use. If not, congratulations, you’re 90 per cent of the way to being ‘summer ready’. Of course, the question remains: will I be able to curb my winter habits before summer slaps me in the face with a bikini? Of course the answer is: probably not. But who cares? 9

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Rising above DOMESTIC VIOLENCE At age 74, Southport author Livia York is making a stand when it comes to domestic violence. She has turned her horrific experiences into a book to inspire and uplift others. t the age of 15, Livia York was raped in her home country Italy. The next week, she moved to Australia with her mother, as planned, but soon found out she was pregnant. She went on to have a child with, and marry, her rapist who continued to abuse her for many years before she had the courage to finally stand tall. “The physical abuse was so bad, that one night, I found myself with a pair of scissors in my hand. I told him: ‘Don’t you dare come near me’. It was not long after that I finally left,” Livia says. The proud Gold Coaster has told her story in her self-published book ‘RISE: The Abused Child of the Phoenix – A True Story’ . The book shares captivating details of Livia’s rich family history as well as darker moments. “I've closed the story with the events of the day when I freed myself of domestic violence, August 1969 when I was 27 years old, with my son, 11, and my daughter, eight years old, by my side.” Livia hopes to inspire anyone trapped in similar circumstances to

learn from her experiences, to take courage and free themselves from domestic violence before it's too late. “From the age of 15, for 12 years, I was caught in an abusive and violent relationship,” Livia says. “If we all talk about domestic violence we will make a difference and we will educate the next generation to respect and love one another.” Livia’s story is resonating with people from all over the world. “I hear from people every day. They know that they’re not alone,” she says. Livia has recently taken up poetry and has received global accolades including her recent appointment as Director – Australia, Writers’ Capital International Foundation, an international organisation for writers. As an up-and-coming guest speaker, Livia has recently presented at high schools to budding writers to inform and inspire. “I have more to come, stay tuned,” she says. Visit: or find RISE: The Abused Child of the Phoenix – A True Story on Amazon.


Top places to grab a coffee on the Gold Coast We sure are spoilt for choice here on the GC. Here’s a selection of venues to visit this month to grab your coffee fix: NO NAME LANE Oracle Building, Broadbeach Hollywood actress Blake Lively became a huge fan of this coffee shop’s cold drip brew during her time staying on the Gold Coast. “I found that coffee at No Name Lane to be the best coffee I’ve ever had in my life,” she has happily told the world.

DAARK ESPRESSO 2/41 Musgrave Ave, Chirn Park/Labrador Caffeine lovers come from all over town to enjoy Daark Espresso’s concoctions. Located in the trendy suburb of Chirn Park, near Southport.

ESPRESSO MOTO 2/1389 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach The coffee here is a hit as is the top customer service! Locals including Nine Gold Coast News presenter Wendy Kingston buy their coffee beans from here so they can treat themselves at home too!

BLACKBOARD COFFEE 7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes Using delicious hand-picked beans, roasted at their warehouse in Burleigh Heads, Blackboard Coffee is on the money when it comes to all things coffee.

PARADOX COFFEE ROASTERS 7/10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise Its central Gold Coast location, within the 4214 building, and super coffee offerings ensure this trendy venue is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

ELK ESPRESSO 16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach Offering some of the best coffee on the Coast – one option served with filter coffee in a decorative glassware - Elk Espresso is also a popular breakfast and brunch destination for its fresh and healthy options. (The Peanut butter brownie cookies also look super inviting!)

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for business (and pleasure) With hundreds of Australia’s best bloggers – as well as newcomers in the field – converging on the Gold Coast this month to attend an annual blogger conference and training event, Get it’s Lauren Paris caught up with four bloggers to chat about their experiences and how brands or businesses can get on board the blogging train. f you didn’t already know, blogging is more than just a glorified online journal. It can be big business and provide multiple income streams including advertising and affiliate revenue, sponsored posts, business growth and opportunities, collaborations and more. For businesses and brands, it’s important that they run, and regularly update, their own blog page - within the company website with useful content, in line with their content marketing strategy. When collaborating with bloggers, the impact or return on investment experienced by businesses and brands can be extraordinary when a blogger reviews or mentions their products or services. Chantelle Ellem, known for her blog Fat Mum Slim, has been blogging full-time for the past four years, enjoying amazing opportunities including overseas travel. The mother of two, who calls the Northern NSW region home, was once voted ‘Most Clickable Woman in Australia’. She is attending her fourth ProBlogger Training Event this month, and will be presenting at the event for the third time. “I have managed to [blog full time] by growing my blog with a steady audience and following, but also diversifying my brand enough that has some key focuses for my core audience; food, photography, travel, parenting, and inspiration.“I’ve also launched the Little Moments App which has been really popular,” she says. Gold Coast local Carolyn Waller started her blog Dress Me GC in 2012 after continually being asked for advice on what to wear and, more importantly, where to buy it from. “It started as a group email and slowly formed into a blog: Dress Me GC - Shopping, Dressing Up and Going Out,” she says. Carolyn says she regularly receives emails, comments and responses from followers and subscribers and enjoys working with brands. “It’s great to be able to help out both the shoppers and the shops who sell the clothes. It’s a win win for everyone,” she says. “Brands that invest time, take photos themselves, and clearly outline their expectations, usually find the outcome successful for both parties.” Emily Hawker who blogs at emhawkerblog is travelling to the Gold Coast from interstate to attend her third consecutive #pbevent.

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“I'm going as much for the social and networking benefits as I am for the learning. That said, the program looks amazing this year. I’m particularly looking forward to sessions on statistics, YouTube and video editing. Emily says blogging has been a huge confidence builder for her and has helped her secure more copywriting and proofreading work. Her top tips for anyone considering blogging? “1. Start. 2. Right. 3. Now. Seriously, I think the pressure to perfect something that doesn't yet exist is too much. Start writing, publish it, learn, grow, and have fun doing so.” Amy Ahearn who blogs at Handbagmafia is attending her first ProBlogger event. “I want to network and socialise with other bloggers that I interact with so regularly online. I also want to learn as much as I can about growing an audience and connecting with other people,” she says. Amy started blogging around three and a half years ago but says she took a long time to “really get into it and engage with the blogging community”. “I [started blogging] because I had always written and shared opinions. I wanted to have a voice and connect with like-minded people and share what I was thinking. “The benefits for me have been varied. I've met great people, made new friends, collaborated with other bloggers, been paid to write for bigger websites like Kidspot and Mumtastic and been able to help people through my writing in some ways.” For individuals or businesses looking to boost their blogging, Amy says it’s important to make it look good. “Consistent design, colour schemes, fonts and visual appeal are highly underrated. It's what people see the minute they click on your website. “ Good quality content, that is well edited, is also crucial, as well as Facebook blogging groups or forums for support. “Other bloggers are your biggest cheer squad. They are generally only too happy to help out with technical questions and basics when you're new to it,” Amy says.

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NOT A HAIR OUT OF PLACE The new owners of Paradise Point salon Studio Minx have hit the ground running

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Just two months after taking over Studio Minx hair salon, engaged couple Jackson Baum and Kayla King are already kicking goals. “Kayla and I decided it was time to take our professionalism to the next level and purchase a salon. " Along with employee Emily Carter, Jackson and Kayla have nearly doubled the clientele base and restructured the layout of the shop “to bring it up to a more modern industrial type feel”. Aiming to deliver styles and experiences that will rock your world, Jackson says lead stylist and co-owner Kayla and senior stylist Emily specialise in colour and balayage and can help clients with any service they desire. “The best thing is the relationships we make with each client. Seeing them walk out with a smile is all you can ask for,” Jackson says. "[We like to] make sure every person who comes to us walks out knowing they don't have to search any longer for a trustworthy loyal hairdresser,” he says. Meet the team: Jackson Baum, co-owner and business manager “I am a very passionate man who likes to take things on with a full heart and open mind. My beautiful fiancé Kayla is a brilliant hairdresser and and it's great that we could combine talents to open the first of many successful businesses together. “I believe my genuine personality gives me a massive boost. I care not for my wallet but for the network I create and the people I can help. I have been involved in business and self-development for many years and always strive to keep improving my skills so that I can pass them on to everyone I come in contact with.

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“My icons such as Tony Robbins and Richard Branson [have helped me understand the] power I have inside of me.” Kayla King, lead stylist and co-owner “The feeling of being able to completely change someone with your own hands, being able to create a piece of art on someone's hair makes me super happy. “[Combining the] extensive training that I have put myself through and the knowledge I have learned over the last eight years, with passion and love, [has determined] the hairdresser I am today. I strive to provide my clientele with industry leading services every single time they come in. “I can officially say that I can do balayage in my sleep. I love doing all aspects of colour. Being able to create art with my hands and a brush is truly amazing.” Emily Carter, senior stylist “I care so much for my clients that I won’t sleep properly if even one of them isn't happy with my work. Crazy, right? I am a massive believer that everyone, no matter who you are, deserves to look and feel amazing all the time and hair is a massive part of that. You can get away with anything if you have nice hair. “I am trained in, and love, all aspects of hair but I specialise in women's colour and cuts. I could also blow dry all day. “Hairdressing is actually something that I fell into but it captured me and I never plan to leave the industry. I have been in the industry for nearly seven years and managed salons right up until my great friends, Kayla and Jackson, offered me an opportunity with them to really build something special.”

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S E S e h t f o Women High heels and suits, family and career by day, work boots and trawling through swamps as a volunteer by night. Shae Johnson chats to some of the inspirational women of the Gold Coast State Emergency Service. f the 6500 active members that make up State Emergency Service Queensland, 35 per cent are women. And many juggle jobs, careers, study and motherhood with volunteering their time to serve across a gamut of emergency and disaster situations. Age, backgrounds and experience is diverse among them but they all share a common thread – gratuitous dedication to helping vulnerable members of our community. The Gold Coast is no exception, with women serving the frontline from all six groups – Pimpama, Runaway Bay, Southport, Carrara, Springbrook and Coolangatta. Shannon Kelly has been an active member of the SES Southport Group for three years, joining through her compassion for Daniel Morcombe’s family. “I wanted to know who these people dressed in orange were who were looking for Daniel,” she said. “I wanted to help but I knew nothing about the SES other than they wore orange. “I had no skills when I first turned up but I remember walking through the doors and someone said ‘welcome to the orange family’ and years later it is still ringing true – SES is a like a big family.” Shannon, a 42-year-old mum of three, is now armed with an abundance of skills that have allowed her to partake in land searches, storm damage repairs, rescues and community events including schoolies, ANZAC Day, GC600 and the Kokoda Challenge. “I’ve learnt so many skills since I joined, from first aid and CPR to casualty handling, knots and search techniques,” she said. September 2016

“I think people still don’t know what we do and many are under the impression we get paid. “There are many women in the SES and we do as good a job as the men, after all, we are all trained the same. “I’m proud to wear the orange uniform. [For] any women who are thinking about joining just do it, take a chance.” Jacky Metcalf joined in December in her bid to contribute to the community. The 27-year-old, who studied criminology and forensics at university, has already racked up hundreds of volunteer hours through training and activations. “I wanted to do something that was active, different and gave me the opportunity to learn new skills and be challenged in some way,” she said. “I didn’t realise there were so many training courses available and I have learnt so much already from proper searching techniques and how to tie a variety of knots to the structural components of a house and how to tarp a roof. “I enjoy learning and developing new skills and using these skills in real life situations. I also enjoy helping the community - whether it be locating a missing person, tarping a roof or assisting at a community event.” At the other end of the spectrum is Tracy

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Ciardi, a 10-year veteran from the Pimpama SES Group. Tracy is well versed in a variety of operations and her qualifications allow her to chainsaw trees, participate in flood boat searches and rescues, conduct medical evacuations and help with traffic control. She was part of the 2011 Ipswich Floods SES crew where she assisted in K9 searches, flood rescues, condemning homes and flood warning door knocks. “I love that we are helping people in times of need and in emergencies and we are trained to assist QPS (Queensland Police Service) and QAS (Queensland Ambulance Service),” she said. “I’ve gotten so much more out of volunteering in the SES than I ever thought possible and that’s why I’m still so committed after 10 years.” Tracy was drawn to the volunteer organisation through her inclination to help people and said the SES presented her with situations that are a far cry from her office job. “Volunteering in the SES is as important to me as my job but most of the time SES is done outside of work hours,” she said. “I’ve learnt countless skills and qualifications, gained more confidence and enjoy the team work and team leadership. “All the new experiences, the training, the friendships and learning new things makes SES such a well-rounded volunteer service.” State Emergency Service Gold Coast Groups hold induction information sessions on the first Tuesday of each month from 7pm. For further information visit

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Spring clean Now is the perfect time to clean and cull according to experts Jane Dufty and Katrina Springer. pring is in the air and there is no better time to get your home in order, according to Jane Dufty a Gold Coast based professional organiser. Jane says it’s no secret that mess causes stress and admits she has been training to be an organiser her whole life. “Growing up, I never really considered the impact that living in an unorganised and cluttered environment had on your mental and physical wellbeing. I just knew that it made me feel overwhelmed and anxious. I spent countless hours over the years helping family and friends get organised. I just never realised it was an actual profession until around 2012 when I started Sort This.” Jane’s business Sort This provides a range of services that include helping people to downsize or organise any room in their home, designing and installing new storage solutions, whole room makeovers, staging a home for sale, and assisting with deceased estates. “Hiring a professional organiser is like having a best friend that you can invite over to your home when it’s at its absolute worst,” Jane says. “There are no judgements, just hard work and a commitment to get a job done well. As a professional organiser, it’s important September 2016

to be humble, empathetic and patient and understand the complex relationships that people can have with their belongings.“ According to Jane, the best way to get the most out of any spring clean is to reduce your clutter. “It’s time to embrace the urge to purge and rid your life of excess, because who has the time to clean and care for items they no longer need or want?” she says. Jane’s top tips to help you say goodbye to clutter, for good: MAKE A PLAN I’m a firm believer in working smarter not harder. Think about each space in your home and decide how it can add value to your life. What needs to be done? When are you going to set aside the time to do it? What will you do with items that you intend to donate or sell? Do you have the time to mend broken items or complete that project you never got around to starting? Our spaces should be functional and help us live our best life. If they have become more of a burden than a blessing, it might be time to make a major change. GET SORTED The best way to start any decluttering project 16

is to group like items together. The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” has never been more relevant than when you are staring at a pile of shoes that you have not worn in five years. It’s easier to decide what to let go of when you can see what you have. BE RUTHLESS Deciding what to keep and what to let go of can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Ask yourself, do you need it? Do you use it? Do you love it? Be honest. How does the item make you feel? Why are you keeping it? Never hold onto things because of guilt or fear. Don’t feel bad for donating that vase that Aunty Betty gave you in 1998. If it does not fit the life you live right now, let it go. Holding onto things because you “feel you should” or “just in case” will weigh you down and slow your progress. FOLLOW THROUGH It’s one thing to decide you want to get rid of stuff; it’s another thing to get it out the door. Don’t leave bags or boxes sitting around. It’s funny how items can start to creep back into your life. Put unwanted items in the boot of your car and make it a priority to drop them at the nearest charity bin next time you’re out. Throw out any rubbish. Return borrowed items. Do whatever you need to do to get it out the door.

Katrina Springer, aka Kat, from popular website The Organised started her website in 2010 as a way to share her tips and tricks for keeping a tidy home. “I wanted to share my recipes, printables, tips and ideas of how I keep my home clean and organised,” the Gold Coast mum of three says. She has since amassed a huge, loyal following and tells Get it one of the ways people can transform from unorganised to organised is through routine and creating new habits. “If you want to become organised, think of the three things that you would like to implement. For example, a tidy bedroom or clean kitchen. Then start with simple tasks within these spaces that will help make a difference, such as always making your bed each morning, or doing the dishes and wiping the kitchen bench. Small steps like this are achievable. Then once you have implemented these steps into your routine make additional ones; don’t put dirty clothes on the floor, put in a hamper. Or put away the clean dishes while you are waiting for your toast to pop or kettle to boil.” “The best tip to stay organised is to have a home for everything and when you use that item, to always return it to its home. This will keep the area tidy, [and] will prevent you from losing anything.” Recent organising projects Kat has featured on her website include: creating a new laundry routine, a system to make it easier to sort clean clothes; a new system for organising paperwork - without needing a filing cabinet - to help keep bills and other paperwork ordered and tidy; and organising the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, ensure leftovers get eaten.

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“This also makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up,” Kat says. DON’T GIVE UP Decluttering sounds easy, but it can be harder than we think. If it’s taken you years to accumulate the stuff, it may take longer than a weekend to get rid of it. Often when you are holding on to things that you no longer need or use, you are holding onto a memory, a story or the way an item makes you feel. Dealing with these emotions can be exhausting. If you feel like you’re getting decision fatigue, be kind to yourself. Take a break. Do something that uplifts you and try again. Letting go can be powerful experience and never be afraid to ask for help. It may seem like a long process, but I can assure you it doesn’t get done any quicker if you give up. Further information: or

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Spring cleaning tips: • Put on the music, this helps you to work faster skipping along to the beat of the music. • I put on my gym clothes, I find I can be a little slow and lazy when in track pants. • Start in the shower and loo, allowing your cleaning product to sit and soak while you clean the rest of the house. • Have a cleaning kit on hand, carry it around the house with you so you have everything you need to clean, this will save loads of time. • Don’t use a duster as this spreads the dust, use a microfibre cloth to remove it first swipe. • If you haven’t used it within 6-12 months, more than likely you won’t use it, so donate it to charity.




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A fresh face for spring Spring has sprung! However, if winter's dull skin is still hanging around, hairstylist and make-up artist Amanda Higl shares her top tips to revitalise your face. kin prep is the key to a glowing dewy make-up finish. Hitting the salon for the ultimate skin rejuvenation; a simple microdermabrasion or skin peel course is effective yet not too extreme and will have your skin summer ready by mid spring. Following up at home with the correct skin care will ensure your salon perfect skin continues on. Do remember the 50+ sunscreen though, as having these treatments does slowly resurface your skin and it will make you prone to having a little more sun on your face than you bargained for. So enjoy our amazing Gold Coast weather with care. Now that your skin is sorted, now it’s time to make it look pretty. To create a dewy summer glow, add these items to your make-up bag: Liquid foundation: I like to have two on hand - a regular base shade and another that is two shades darker. This allows for natural contouring and mixing in a little more depth if you are a bit of a sunshine fan. Keeping your

base colour changing with the rest of your skin is essential to ensure skin tone perfection. Bronzer: A necessity to give you the right glow. Highlighter: A liquid highlighter is really silky and perfect to create a stunning glow. Radiance is only around three minutes away with these handy products and helpful tips. Get ready for facelift in a bottle! Apply your base foundation lightly with a foundation brush. Use a small amount of the darker foundation colour. You can use your fingers to apply; apply under cheek bones, at temples, just under jaw line and if you are feeling really game, you can contour your nose by using the tiniest amount of the darker shade on your fingertips from the point of the inner brow down to the flare of your nose. Use the foundation brush to gently blend in. You can apply bronzer on your cheeks instead of blush. This will give you the ultimate natural glow.

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Flying high Get It publisher Leanne Hart recently experienced an indoor skydiving adventure with iFly in Surfers Paradise. ’ve had the amazing experience of jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane a couple of times, so to say I was excited about giving iFly a go, is an understatement. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the friendly team members and I was directed into the training area to suit up and was briefed with some helpful hints before taking the plunge. Bend your knees, keep your head up and relax. Oh yeah, easy! Being frightened of heights is not a good thing when looking down into the chamber but I can guarantee you, as soon as you step into the zone, adrenalin takes over and your instructor is your only focus. Having skydived before gave me the advantage of understanding how to hold the body shape, but our charming instructor Oliver was close on hand to make sure there wasn’t too much bouncing off walls. The Get It girls turned up in support September 2016

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Goodbye gluten Eradicating gluten from your diet can offer many positive health benefits according to Gold Coast nutrition educator Jema Lee, who says the process doesn’t need to be overwhelming. hen a family member was diagnosed with coeliac disease 16 years ago, Jema Lee’s family experienced a complete lifestyle shift – especially when it came to meal times. “It was an eye-opener and a learning experience, that’s for sure,” Jema says. The 30-year-old Broadbeach local said it wasn’t long before the benefits of living gluten-free started to show. “[Friends have] all wanted to know what I was doing and, perhaps most importantly, how I was able to put aside fatigue, blemishes, excess weight and more”,she says. With a wealth of experience under her belt, Jema now helps others with their food habits through her business Wellsome. She helps simplify health routines and helps people understand their bodies and what nutrition best serves them. “With an ever-increasing number of people diagnosed with chronic illness, it is imperative that men and women start to make much-needed changes in their daily diets and lifestyles,” she says. “Being healthy doesn’t have to be confusing, frustrating, too expensive, too hard or take up too much time if you know how to cut out all the fluffing around and mistakes, and get straight to the point.” In her eBook ‘Goodbye Gluten’, Jema educates, guides and supports readers throughout their journey to see them say goodbye to gluten for good. “The guide gives in-depth information on what gluten is, how it affects the body and why it is an unessential nutrient in your daily diet,” Jema says. “As well as practical tips including food shopping, cooking advice and more.” Wheat is used in cereals, baking mixes, breads, pastas, meats, processed foods, beverages, salad dressings, sauces, gum, soups, beer and more. “Anything that thickens or produces an elasticity effect more than

likely contains, you guessed it, gluten – this even comes down as far as lollies, jarred sauces, chips and much more,” Jema says. “Giving up gluten for good is not so much about whether or not you have sensitivity to gluten. It's about what gluten does to our bodies regardless of what we feel or see in relation to consuming gluten. The amount of people I've worked with who notice even the smallest of changes and effects of reducing and completely cutting out gluten continues to astound me.” Jema suggests making the following changes to kick off going gluten free: l Switch up your toast for egg with spinach salad. l Swap muesli and fruit to a smoothie with flaxseeds and avocado. l When at a social gathering, swap dip to fresh guacamole. l Olive oil, herb & spices instead of thick flavour sauces. l Wafer biscuits to fresh cut cucumber, capsicum and string beans. l Heading on the road? Pack a drink shake and snacks. l Wholemeal crackers to puff rice crackers. l Switch pasta to quinoa. l If you're addicted to any type of bread or pasta, swap it for: gluten-free bread / pasta. l Aim to buy food with no label – for example fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. Jema Lee is presenting at the Gold Coast Bump to Bub Expo and Pamper Day in Nerang on October 23, and also holds regular workshops – including monthly events for adults and children/teens – as part of the Gold Coast City Council’s Active and Healthy Program. Further details and on Facebook @wellsome.jemalee Get It readers can purchase the eBook for an exclusive price of $4.99 using the code GETIT at:

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Spring cleaning for your health We all know the adage that ‘summer bodies are made in winter’ but that doesn't leave much time if you live on the Gold Coast. So that leaves you with one option according to Jeff Osborne, the manager of Vision Bundall; start now.

ow, summer is almost here already. Can you believe it? The best time to start was yesterday, the second best is today. Good design beats will power 10/10 times. One of the most important things you can do is make eating well and doing some exercise as easy as possible for yourself. If you rely on will power you will come unstuck sooner rather than later. In an interview with Jerry Seinfeld, Barack Obama said that he eats the same breakfast every day and that someone else picks out his suit for the day - every single day - so he can avoid decision fatigue. He makes so many important decisions in his day that he doesn't want to waste them on little things. That’s smart. And you should do the same. Good design starts with knowing your weaknesses. Know when you are vulnerable. For me it is after dinner. If I finish dinner and I have had a particularly testing day, a beer or chocolate is what my body craves. Peanut M&M’s to be exact. Unless I have something available to fill that craving I will lose it and eat whatever I can. For me the solution is something like 150g of Rockmelon or a tub of Whey Whip Protein Ice-cream (Peanut Butter is my favourite at the moment). For exercise, make it as easy as possible for yourself. I own a Personal Training studio, walk past equipment to get to my office every day and yet I still can go days without exercise… easily. To avoid this, I book sessions with my trainers so I have someone holding me accountable, I play an organised sport where I can't let my team down, I have a running buddy that I go with every Wednesday - and I can’t let her down - and I enter things that make me set a plan and stick to it, like the Queenstown Marathon later this year. If you have these things, always have a packed exercise bag on you and plan it out you will be 100 per cent more likely to stick with it. September 2016

If it is body shape change you are looking for, exercise is important but the battle is won and lost with food. So here are a few tips to make eating well easier: l Look at your coming week and work out which days are the toughest. Plan for the week with special attention to those days. Set a food plan, do the shopping online and have the food delivered (it’s worth the time), do the food prep and cook a few easy meals for the week. My favourite is savoury mince with veggies – you just need good mince, tomato paste, tinned tomatoes and your favourite veggies. It works well warm and cold. l Make some easy to eat and store snacks. Try getting some chicken mince rissoles, make them into balls and cook them in the oven. Or get a jar and half fill with oats, add some milk and top with yoghurt, nuts and some berries and leave in the fridge overnight. In another jar you can make salad, along with some good dressing, and you have that ready to go in the morning. l If you have a sweet tooth, get some good options together. Rockmelon is good, so is really dark chocolate. If you are really pressed for time, I’m okay with using protein bars, shakes or my favourite Whey Whip Ice-cream. You only get a few grams of carbs (if you pick well), a good dose of protein, and a little fat. I know it’s not ideal but in the face of a busy day, it is better than eating nothing or eating some other options. So remember, make it easy on yourself by designing things in a way that winning comes naturally. Then when you rack up wins, you feel better and you are more likely to stick with it long term. P: 5538 4788 34


Get some spring in your step Naturopath John Burchell from The Medical Sanctuary says it’s time to shake off the winter blues and slip on some walking shoes. pring is the perfect time to get moving. Lose some of those winter kilos, get the blood flowing and get some good air into your lungs. Spring is a great time to get out and about as it’s usually not too hot or too cold so it’s ideal for beach walks and bush walks. Extensive studies have confirmed that walking is the overall most beneficial exercise for the body and the brain. Let me clarify though that walking between work stations or jobs in any work situation, even if it adds up to miles of walking, it doesn’t count! Walking with intent and some planning is essential for pretty well every aspect of human health. Don’t plonk yourself on a treadmill in a gym expecting the same results either. Here’s the thing; walking outdoors provides several benefits. Sunlight, uninhibited movement, the sense of space and fresh air are just a few. You are effectively removing yourself from all the electronic devices and hustle and bustle common to most work places. The potential for negative affects on human health from electro magnetic radiation and frequencies, especially with wireless devices is well documented. Mental prep is important: Try not to see walking as another activity that you need to

Walking outdoors provides several benefits. Sunlight, uninhibited movement, the sense of space and fresh air are just a few. cram into your day. Set a distance and a pace and allow yourself to take in the environment around you. Enjoy your surroundings: This is also a great time to practice “notice what you’re noticing”. In day to day life it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of work and family and there is great potential to lose sight of yourself. When you notice the things you take notice of it’s a window to your innate thoughts and can be a great time to have an open forum with your own thoughts. You may see something that stimulates your interest. Interests lead to activities and, very often, activities of interest bring you into contact with like-minded people. Support networks and friendships should never be under rated. You may experience something that you are strongly opposed to


which in turn can red flag a situation in your life that you may need to make some choices around. Spring cleaning for the soul: Take advantage of your walks and double them up as a detox. Drink plenty of fresh water and avoid sugars and refined carbs as you are just as likely to convert those to lactic acid. Keep your diet low in acid forming foods and keep your proteins up, especially phyto proteins such as nuts, seeds, and legumes. Have fresh vegetable juices before or just after your walk. And don’t forget to chew your juice! It’s essential for the full benefit. Spring is a great time for a general health check too. Pop in so we can adjust some of the issues that have been lurking and to put a health plan in place.

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entral auditory processing refers to the efficiency and effectiveness with which our brains and auditory areas decode and use information we hear. This process is essentially how well the ear talks to the brain and how well the brain understands what the ear tells it. When our brain and auditory system is working normally we are able to pick out the important parts of the sounds we hear, filter out any noise, and then fill in the gaps to make sense of what we have just heard. This complex process consists of a wide range of skills that help us to make sense of the sounds we hear. These include skills like locating the buzz of our alarm clock in the morning, focusing on a conversation in a busy cafeteria, and clearly understanding a teacher in a noisy classroom. However, when something goes wrong in our brain and auditory system, the ability for us to make sense of the sounds can become impaired, even though we can still ‘hear’ the sounds. A disorder of the brain’s auditory system most commonly results in difficulty understanding speech in the presence of noise, and could be the result of a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). Identifying the causes of CAPD are often quite difficult. The individuality of brain auditory system organisation and the conditions that affect such organisation means that CAPD can affect individuals differently. Children who have chronic ear infections in their early years are at a greater risk of developing a CAPD. These can then carry on into adulthood where it is much less likely that an individual will be able to learn these skills. Common signs of a potential Central Auditory Processing Disorder in children can include; difficulties following instructions, poor

Keeping up in the classroom Could your child have a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)? It’s one of the most common classroom hearing pathologies.

listening ability in noisy places, difficulty with learning at school, and being distracted or easily fatigued at school. Individuals with CAPD have a higher likelihood of behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties. Communication deficits and associated learning difficulties may adversely impact the development of self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. While these signs may be noticed early on, it isn’t until seven years of age that we can accurately diagnose a potential CAPD. The first step in testing for an auditory processing disorder is to conduct a hearing test. This is to establish whether the presence of a hearing loss may be a contributing factor. After ascertaining hearing thresholds we then test more complex auditory processing skills. For children, we offer a screening test of your child’s spatial hearing abilities that mimic a classroom situation. Following the

results of this test we can then proceed for further investigation of your child’s auditory processing abilities and identify any potential presence of CAPD. While there is no single ‘cure’ for CAPD, a number of remediation strategies for children can be discussed with your audiologist, which may include; listening strategies for the classroom, active communication techniques for daily life, listening exercises or computer software programs to improve auditory processing skills, and assistive listening devices such as FM microphones. Early identification and remediation of CAPD may potentially lessen the likelihood that these secondary problems may emerge. Written in conjunction with Dakota Bysouth-Young: B.Psych., M.AudSt., MAudS(CCP) P: 1300 252 7489

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Happy, healthy recipes RAW TIRAMISU CAKE INGREDIENTS BASE • 1 cup roasted almonds • 1 cup shredded coconut • 1/4 cup coconut oil • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder • 1 tbsp rice malt syrup or honey • 1/2 tbsp ground coffee beans • 1 tsp 100% vanilla extract • Pinch of salt VANILLA LAYER • 1 cup cashews (soaked for at least 2 hours, rinsed and drained) • 1/2 cup coconut milk (canned) • 1/3 cup coconut flour • 1/4 cup coconut oil • 1 tbsp rice malt syrup or honey • 1 tsp 100% vanilla extract CHOCOLATE LAYER • 1 cup cashews (soaked for at least 2 hours, rinsed and drained) • 1 cup coconut milk (canned) • 1/4 cup coconut oil • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder • 1/2 tbsp ground coffee beans • 1 tsp 100% vanilla extract

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HEALTHY BUTTER CHICKEN INGREDIENTS • 1 kg chicken thighs cubed • 1/3 cup ghee • 1/3 cup coconut milk • 3 tomatoes chopped • 1 onion chopped • 2 cloves garlic crushed • 1 lemon juiced • 2 tsp fresh ginger grated • 2 tsp turmeric • 2 tsp paprika • 2 tsp garam masala • 1 tsp chilli powder • 1 tsp coriander seed • 1 tsp cinnamon • Fresh coriander leaves METHOD: In a large saucepan on medium heat melt the ghee. Add the chicken thighs and cook until they just turn white. Set the chicken aside. In the same saucepan add the onion, garlic, lemon juice, ginger and all the spices. Cook for around 5 minutes until all the spices start to smell amazing. Add the chicken back to the saucepan along with the coconut milk and tomatoes. Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve with fresh coriander leaves.

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Get your horoscope H VIRGO August 23 - September 22 You can find yourself energised and on the front foot, but be conscious of how others view what you are initiating, not everyone will have the same agenda as you. Exercise sensitivity and your ability to be inclusive, it will be appreciated. Delightfully, your financial resources can also receive a welcome boost and see your love of good things revived.

H CAPRICORN December 22 – January 20 In love, things can start getting serious. If not in an existing relationship, you could find yourself seriously interested in someone you meet through your work. However, travel plans may not go well for a lot of this month. The same is true for contractual issues. Choose your words with care, exaggerated claims may come back to haunt you.

H TAURUS April 20 – May 21 You may encounter some risky situations surrounding resources this month, make sure you proceed with caution. Your tenacious instincts will tell you to ‘go for it’, but the best results will come when you take time and care in your decisions. Ensure you double-check any information you receive this month, don’t believe everything you read, see or hear.

H LIBRA September 22 – October 23 Good things are on their way, Libra, and it’s about time. In the next year you will be given a boost that encourages you to tap into your creative talents with full gusto. However, take care around confidential discussions. Someone close to you might seem strangely out of touch, be wary of this.

H AQUARIUS January 21 – February 19 Your friendship sector looks brighter this month, especially if you can move out of situations that are attached to the past or influenced by self-doubts. Although in business and finance you cannot expect the world to fall in line with your idealistic hopes, if you can stay grounded, taking time to rework your resources can aid you enormously.

H GEMINI May 21 – June 21 Your closest relationships will be held under the microscope this month. In particular, matters of security surrounding your personal space may become relevant. Keep an eye out for this. Single Geminis can feel a greater sense of exuberance for much of the month, but don’t forget to centre yourself and be realistic.

H SCORPIO October 23 – November 22 The start of this month will ask you to think carefully about what you want from your future in the long-term. Whilst financial considerations may be part and parcel of this, it is equally important that you feel content and fulfilled. Your sex appeal will be boosted towards the end of the month, don’t be afraid to strut your stuff. H SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 22 Your career is in the spotlight early in this month but if you really want to make progress be prepared to make some sacrifices and practice self-discipline. More emotional and personal considerations cannot be ignored either. However, your talent for networking and finding like-minded people could prove vital to key decisions. It’s time to play to your strengths, Sagittarius.

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H PISCES February 19 – March 20 You could see financial benefits from someone else’s good fortune passed onto you. You may feel delighted that they are including your in their thoughts, but be careful of how you express your gratitude. However you say it, it may not be perceived by others as you had originally envisioned. Work hard at clarifying your position at all times, Pisces. H ARIES March 20 – April 19 It’s all in the detail this month. If you make sure plans are carefully calculated, you could find your world growing in ways you hadn’t previously envisioned. As we head further into the second half of 2016, you may feel a relationship turning stale. Hold on Aries, relationships can be reborn in the next year.


H CANCER June 21 – July 22 Financially speaking, this month is a time to keep a close eye on your spending. In particular if you are buying online, keep careful notes of transactions. On the bright side, this could be the perfect time to upgrade your mode of transport. However, don’t get caught up in yourself, an excess of nervous energy can prove somewhat tiring. Remember to breathe and pace yourself, Cancer. H LEO July 22 – August 23 With both Mars and Saturn now direct in your 5th Solar House, recent times have seen you face a number of challenges and opportunities that have shaken things up, this month should find you settling into your groove. In love, the more sensual and alluring part of any tie can consume you - don’t be alarmed by this. If shared finances seem hazy or unclear, it’s okay to have your reservations, Leo.



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Elizabeth Campbell discusses how to spring clean your life, survive and thrive. h, spring. Apart from the hay fever, how great is it when the season turns and the days get longer, the flowers come out to play, people stop hibernating and start living, the social calendar starts to fill up and we get to wear our pretty sun dresses? We spring to life. I love it (apart from the sneezing)! There’s just something beautiful about spring. We often feel motivated after a barelythere-but-long-enough winter, so it’s also a great time to de-clutter and spring clean as they say. Last year, I may have gone a little overboard with my “spring cleaning”. I basically got rid of everything I thought I didn’t need – then realised I needed quite a fair bit of it. Don’t you hate it when you go to look for something and can’t find it?! Did I really throw out that amazing dress… and those shoes… and that top… and where is the blender… has anyone seen my kitchen sink? I also deleted a relationship or two that weren’t going anywhere and sacked a couple of difficult clients. Maybe I went a little overboard. But I did feel great afterwards! This year, I’m going to tone it down a little. Some may even say it’s a bit boring. However, this spring clean is going to make way for a super Liz party season, so look out. AUDIT YOUR FINANCES I’m getting good at money this year and so part of my spring clean is to look at all of my spending and subscriptions to see what I need and what I don’t. Are there any areas where you can save some of your hard earned? DE-CLUTTER… EVERYTHING Go through everything and give away or sell what you don’t need. Last year I moved eight times. I know, it was a crazy time, but it means I don’t have a lot of unnecessary “stuff”. Still, I’ll go through every cupboard and that draw (you know the one) and declutter again. Maybe I can make a bunch of cash by selling some “stuff”. That will make my Dad really proud.

LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Have you looked at your schedule lately? From Monday night yoga, Tuesday night kids’ activities, Wednesday date night, Thursday networking night, Friday night drinks with work colleagues, Saturday morning sport, Saturday lunch with family, Saturday night dinner with the neighbours and Sunday cleaning and getting ready for another week – phew, what a schedule. Maybe it’s time to clear it and make some changes to give yourself a bit more self-love time? SAY BA-BYE TO TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS This might be easier said than done, but you will feel so much better for it, let me assure you. Take a look at the people you surround yourself with;do they enhance your life or bring you down? Are your relationships really right for you? Remember, we are who we hang out with. CLEAR CAREER CHOICES While we are at it, what’s happening with your career - or lack thereof? A change is as good as a holiday. This is an area I look at regularly because we spend such a huge chunk of time at work or in our businesses and therefore we need to be excited and happy with our choices. If you’re not, put 43

a plan in place to make a change. Start looking for a new job, get a new client or take your business down a different path. I’VE GOT SKILLS THEY’RE MULTIPLYING I don’t think we spend enough time on personal development. What do you really want to do? We are getting deep now, but it may just be a case of dusting off some old loves or talents and getting back into them. Dancing, painting, running, or camping;whatever it is, start to schedule in some of the things you really (really, really) love. You’ll be surprised at the new lease on life it will give you. TIME TO GET HEALTHY AGAIN No more hearty home-style comfort foods! It’s indisputable that this will be the biggest area people start to spring clean because it’s time to get beach ready. There is always a huge emphasis on eating better, losing weight and getting active again. I’m getting back into routine after a massively busy year. I like to exercise twice a day – morning and night – and I love spring and summer for eating light meals. I’ll also be meditating to keep my mind in check. And taking an antihistamine to combat that dreaded spring downfall… hay fever. September 2016



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