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32 Roast Vegetable soup 04. Letter from the Editor Read what Lou Parker has to say about the first issue of Nevaeh! 05. Inbox Your feedback including our letter of the month. 06. What’s On We look at what events, activities and shows are happening in Rotorua this June. 08. MORE FM’s Prenuptial Pursuit Nevaeh looks at the wedding promotion of the year. 10. Dress for Success Dress for Success Manager Jane Henry talks to us about the amount of confidence a person can gain in one hour.


12 Pacific Passion for culture 12. Pacific Passion for Culture When Chris Simanu first started training groups for the annual Pasifika by Nature Competition he had no idea how big it would become. 14. Conquer a Fear and Save a Life Nevaeh Creative Manager Molly Chattell donates blood to save a life. 15. Life Around the World - Seychelles Read about Rebecca Parks’ outdoor experiences and life in paradise on the Seychelles Islands. 18. Tips for Kids Whitney Hamilton, local childcare educator, shares 10 easy tips for kids with us. 20. Fashion: Bold is Beauty Baby! 2012 Winter fashion trends and style tips.

27. Health and Fitness Look at Lou’s blog on health and fitness. 28. Empowering You Empower yourself so you can empower others. 30. Feng Shui Your Home Feng Shui is said to enhance the harmony, health and wellbeing by making simple changes around the home, garden and work place.

35. The Weird, the Wacked an the Wonderful Bizarre facts that you might be able to pull out at your next quiz night. 36. Pet Page This month’s cutest pet pics! 37. June 2012 Horoscopes Check out what’s in store for you this month.

31. Natural Remedies Some tips for warding off those winter bugs

38. Relationships: Spice Up Your Life Put the spark back into your relationship with these 4 steps.

32. Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Soup Perfect for warming up in winter. Home made roasted vegetable soup, Yum!

39. Monthly Confessions Shhhhh, get it off your chest. You share with us those things you’ve been dying to tell someone.

33. Great Gift Ideas Struggling to think of a fabulous gift idea that is sentinmental but don’t cost the earth? Check out this month’s suggestion from Nevaeh.

40. Burning Questions Nevaeh answers your burning questions!

34. Word on the Street Things you may not know about your fave celebs.

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Editor’s Letter Text here Winter is here and so is Nevaeh! I feel like my feet have barely touched the ground. It wasn’t so long ago that Nevaeh’s Creative Director Molly Chattell and I decided it would be a good idea to put together an electronic magazine. Boy, were we in for a ride! I must admit having this baby live and loaded is certainly a milestone moment. Nevaeh is your monthly fix of inspirational feel goods, fashion and beauty trends, home and garden ideas, juicy confessions, great advice and a whole lot more all wrapped up in an electronic bundle of interactive stories, clips and social media. This months issue includes an inside look at the wedding promotion that had Rotorua buzzing, empowering women with non profit organisation Dress for Success and we make Molly face one of her biggest fears! I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for subscribing to Nevaeh, a magazine where it is all about giving more inspiration to real women. Happy reading, Lou Parker xxx



Chris Parnell and Natalie Bufton from CG Design, happy to be part of the Nevaeh design team.


Inbox Letter of the Month Clearly as this is our first edition there is no letter of the month. We would like to write you a letter here it is.

Dear Reader, We would like to start by saying thank you for joining us in the first edition of Nevaeh. We are very pleased to be here.

Have you read something in Nevaeh that got you thinking? If so we would love to hear your feedback. Please email us at

If you have any ideas, feedback or comments please drop us a line and keep us in the loop. We hope you enjoy the magazine as much as we have enjoyed meeting the locals and putting it together.

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What’s on in June Off Road Winter Multisport Festival Hitched Wedding Show rotoruawedding

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Beautiful Africa Learn to Ceroc

Rotorua Blues Fest

Raggamuffin Road Trip

Rackets at The Pheasant Plucker

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St George Seymour College Open Day

Rotorua GP CME

Inspiring Stories Film Screening Stage Challenge & J Rock stagechallenge.

Stage Challenge & J Rock stagechallenge.

Targa Rally 8th 10th

Buried Village Night Tour

Hot Lakes Craft Market Hot-Lakes-CraftMarket

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The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy rotoruamuseum.

Give Blood Today

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Fire and Ice Midwinter Festival

Rotorua Hospitality Awards

Lava Bar Quiz Night

Mid winter crock pot, pot luck luncheon

Advanced MYOB Training baybusinesssupport.

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Ingenium 2012 Conference conferenceteam.

Give Blood Today

Rotorua Undies Dash and Splash

Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra

Drunk for Life with the Life Education Trust

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Rotorua International Music Festival


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Speech and Drama Competitions rotoruacompetition

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Prenuptial Pursuit Sandy Milne nervously sat on the phone about to go on live radio and was only seconds away from asking her partner Chris Dibley one very important question that could change her life forever. While waiting on the line Sandy joked that her partner would say no, with his sense of humour he would think it was funny. Two rings later. “Hello.” “Babe?” Sandy said “Yeah,” Chris replied “I don’t even know how to say this. You know how awesome you are. You know how much I love you and you know how much I’ve wanted to get married for such a long time. I’m asking you if you will marry me?” “No Way.” At that point More FM’s Breakfast Announcer Andy George stepped in, “is that a legitimate no or will you marry her?” “Ummm ohhh umm ok then.” The rest is history. When More FM’s Andy George thought of giving away a wedding he knew he had to do it with a twist. Three couples, one wedding. The thought of pulling this off, all while broadcasting live would be enough to put most people off, but for Andy it was all a part of the challenge. The fact that Andy had only ever attended one wedding in his whole life, made planning someone else’s a bit of a gamble. “There were a lot of sleepless nights,” said Andy.


More FM’s Prenuptial Pursuit went from being a mere idea to a full blown on air promotion in just a matter of weeks. Registrations opened February 1 2012, ready to give six lucky listeners the experience of a life time. Couples across Rotorua were invited to enter the competition with a chance to win the grand prize, a $10,000 wedding.

The three finalists were Sandy Milne and Chris Dibley, Louise Reith and Trent Smith, and Lisa West and Caleb Quirk, who were challenged to battle it out to the bitter end. The end being an opportunity to stand at the altar with their fate decided by a matter of points, each pair to nervously await the announcement of who would be the lucky couple to win the entire wedding. First was the celebrity challenge which saw the couples striving to get three pictures with any local, national or even international celebrities. The ‘Prenup Trade-Up’ was where couples were given a paper clip and had to trade up to something of greater value and keep trading for a whole week until they could trade up, no more! Each couple also had to successfully plan and implement their own hen and stag nights with picture evidence to go along with it. They were instructed to get photo evidence of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue from their chosen stag or hen’s night.

The last and final challenge was a quiz on how well each person knew their partner.

announced that the couple who had the rings in their bag would be married there and then.

The day all three couples had been waiting for finally arrived. March 30 2012. Sandy and Chris, Louise and Trent and Lisa and Caleb all woke up to their potential wedding day which would be broadcast live on breakfast radio. An early start to what would mark a very memorable, special and of course nerve filled morning. Everything had been sorted.

Each groom picked up the little gold bag hoping so badly to see those rings.

Throughout the competition each couple had chosen a best man and bridesmaid. No quality was spared with Andy having organised for the ladies to pick out their wedding dresses and the men their suits. A consultation with a celebrant had also been organised so the winning couple would be ready to go as soon as the announcement was made. With the ceremony just hours away flowers were delivered, hair and makeup was done and the finishing touches were made at Aorangi Peak, the breath taking venue which over looked all of Rotorua and where a wedding would soon take place. “The weather couldn’t have been better, the weather gods really were watching” Andy said. The limo ride which felt like an eternity for Sandy, Louise and Lisa pulled up to Aorangi Peak where they each walked down the aisle to a song of their choice, surrounded by friends and family to greet their men at the altar. The couples nervously waited to hear the results. In front of each couple was a gold bag. Andy

As they reached their hand into the gold bag cheers and screams filled the air as it became apparent they all had rings. “There’s something we have kept secret the whole way along, there’s more that meets the eye with the More FM Prenuptial Pursuit, because today the three couples we have in front of us will all be getting married,” said Andy. The twist from the get go being that all three couples were always going to walk away married. One after the other each couple took centre to seal their marriage with vows in their very own personalised ceremony. To follow was professional photographs and later the receptions they had individually planned in the hope they would be the winning couple. The stress and nerves paid off for the Rotorua DJ as the More FM Prenuptial Pursuit could not have gone better. “On the night of March 30 I slept so well.” Andy said. “One thing I have learnt though, is that I am getting someone else to plan my wedding.” Written By Lou Parker Photography By Anona Ward, Award Photography WATCH THE WEDDING VIDEO HERE


Dress for Success “I feel good; I look good and have more confidence. It’s a powerful feeling.”

Walking into Dress for Success you would never know how a small and stylish boutique could help change so many lives. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The phrase ‘look good, feel good’, could not be more true for non profit organisation Dress for Success – Their mission statement to “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” For some women putting on a new blazer or a set of heels can be extremely empowering, for others even life changing. That’s how Tess Kora felt when she looked in the mirror after having her consultation at Dress for Success. “I looked really stunning,” Tess said.

“It’s a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone”


Tess, who is in her 50’s, had worked all her life until recently having to go on the dole for two months after being made redundant. Selfproclaimed to never have had any dress sense or knowledge around makeup and accessories, Tess said even her mother and sister were blown away upon seeing her after the consultation. Tess herself could barely believe her transformation. “I feel good; I look good and have more confidence.” It’s a powerful feeling Tess went on to say. It may be one of the reasons why Tess got the job she was after. The worldwide organisation has only been open for six months in Rotorua and has already helped so many women. The dressing programme is designed to provide professional work clothing for women wanting to get back into the work force. Executive Manager at Dress for Success Rotorua, Jane Henry said the amount of confidence a person can gain in one hour is truly amazing. Through a Dress for Success referring agency a consultation is set up. This involves choosing items of clothing, trying new styles and combinations and finding the perfect outfit for a first interview.

The entire hour is all about the client Ms Henry said.

near new clothes, shoes and accessories is always in high demand.

“It’s a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone”.

Ms Henry said that end of line products such as sample perfume, makeup and toiletries are like gold to the organisation.

The volunteer staff not only help clients with finding the perfect outfit and accessories, they also help with interviewing tips and mentorship. With each consultation the client goes away with a professional outfit, shoes, a handbag, accessories and a goodie bag. The client gets to keep everything given to them and once getting the job they return for a second outfit.

Just like Tess more and more women are walking out the doors of Dress for Success saying things like “I felt like a million dollars” and “You are made to feel like you matter and count.” So the facts speak for themselves – the way you dress can affect your attitude, self-esteem and

Ms Henry believes one of the reasons why the employment conversion rate is so high is that clients have already made the first step to seek employment. The programme brings out confidence so clients walk out the door feeling reassured and empowered with a new outlook inside and out.

confidence. It’s no wonder that a professional and stylish outfit, a nice pair of heels and the perfect shade of lippy are just the right tools to project a new found confidence to a new found you.

“Every woman that walks through our door is on a journey and has already taken the first step.”

For more information on Dress for Success and how you can help contact: Jane Henry, Executive Manager 07 348 3660

Like any non-profit organisation Dress for Success relies on the support of sponsorship and donations from the community. The need for

By Lou Parker


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PACIFIC PASSION FOR CULTURE When local Rotorua businessman Chris Simanu first started training groups for the annual Pasifika by Nature Competition he had no idea how big it would become.

students don’t have many other ways to learn about their culture.

Three years later, with 50 students from Rotorua Boys and Girls High School, the Pacific Island Group has become one big family.

While a lot of work goes into preparing for the competition Mr Simanu wouldn’t have it any other way.

Pasifika by Nature sees secondary school students from right around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty battle it out at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre through traditional Pacifica song and dance.


“This gives the kids a real sense of belonging.”

This gives the kids a real sense of belonging.

For our Rotorua students the competition is an opportunity to learn more about their heritage in a fun and creative forum.

“We wish we could take more students.”

Mr Simanu said the interest in competitions like this are becoming increasingly popular as

The hard work of fundraising for the event, organising costumes and transport with limited

“My wife sewed from 6am to midnight every day for three weeks,” said Mr Simanu. resources meant the Rotorua intake of students had to be capped at 50 this year.

The students were judged on language of the songs, orator skills, costumes and their chosen culture’s song and dance. While the competition is now over the group still remains close. Each member having a place to belong and a common interest in Pacific Island culture. “Half of them call me Dad,” Mr Simanu said as he has extended an open door policy in his own home for the group which has now become family.

“My wife sewed from 6am to midnight every day for three weeks,” said Mr Simanu.

By Lou Parker

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Conquering a Fear and Saving a Life Conquering a fear to save a life. That’s what Neveah’s Creative Director, Molly Chattell was faced with when deciding to donate blood for the very first time. For many New Zealanders donating blood is just a part of their routine – for others it’s a crippling fear. The slightest mention of giving blood a few weeks ago had Molly blocking her ears and singing “la la la” at the top of her lungs. Molly said that just thinking about donating blood made her feel anxious and uneasy. “I just don’t like the idea of giving up something that my body is using. It’s a real fear.” Interestingly enough that mindset changed when Molly found out her friend’s baby had to have two blood transfusions when she was born, which ultimately saved the newborn’s life.

“After hearing that I knew I had to conquer my fear.” According to the New Zealand Blood Service 3000 donations are needed each week to meet New Zealand health service needs. Only 4% of the eligible population actually donate blood. It is needed for a variety of different life saving purposes. 42,000 New Zealanders will need to donate blood this year to help patients suffering from liver, kidney and heart diseases. Babies, pregnant women, accident victims and cancer patients are all main candidates for needing blood, not to mention the use for many surgical and medical procedures. Giving blood does save lives. With Rotorua blood donations dropping the New Zealand Blood Service are urging anyone who can to help with donations.

The Blood Service is usually in Rotorua at the Sound Shell lake front once a fortnight and desperately needs all blood types from ages between 16-65. Look at the man sitting beside you on the bus, the little old lady crossing the road, the boy riding his bike or the mother pushing her baby in a pram. Every time you give blood you will save a life. Molly successfully completed giving blood and was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was. “It’s actually a really relaxing experience. The staff were amazing, I felt comfortable the whole time and the best part was the cuppa and biscuits at the end.” Overcoming a fear and saving a life, now it can’t get much better than that. By Lou Parker To find out more contact New Zealand Blood Service on 0800 GIVE BLOOD


Life Around the World SEYCHELLES LIFE As I write this I am in the Indian Ocean somewhere, just across the equator leaving behind 7 months in the beautiful group of islands that is the Seychelles. I live and work aboard a 60 metre yacht and one of the perks of the job is being able to experience some amazing places in the world, not as a tourist but to see life almost through the eyes of a local, although without the ‘luxury’ of a room to myself, or a couch for that matter! As we travel further away from the picturesque shores of the island of Mahe, I definitely feel some sadness as I know I will miss the jaw-dropping beautiful beaches, the laid back locals and the snail pace of ‘island life’ (although when waiting for a cocktail to arrive that is not so idyllic!). As with any place in the world I’m sure, Mahe has its pluses and minuses as far as day to day living goes. As a tourist on vacation I’m pretty sure you would think you’d landed in some sort of utopia. Upon first arriving I couldn’t believe I was going to be living inside a postcard picture, these places really do exist! With the right means there is plenty

of fun to be had in the Seychelles and life is pretty sweet. I am however looking forward to a wellmissed latte in my next Middle Eastern location, even if it has to be of the Starbucks variety. I’d better cover some basic stats about the place • Location: about 1600 kms east of Kenya in the Indian Ocean., consisting of 115 islands. • Geography: Islands consist of granite or coral, mostly rocky with hill rising as high as 914 metres. • Area: 444 sq km • Major islands: Mahe and Praslin • Climate: Between 20 – 35 degrees with high humidity (many frizzy hair days) • Nationality: Seychellois (pronounced Sey-shell-wah) • Population: Approximately 93,000 • Ethnic groups: Creole (African, Asian, European) • Languages: Creole, English and French • Education: Public and private schools • Health: Free government health services for all people • Major industries: Tourism, fishing, manufacturing and construction. • Government type: Multi-party republic


So how must one entertain oneself in the Seychelles? First of all the obvious option – BEACH! As a new arrival to the Seychelles, the beaches will look almost unreal. Crystal clear water full of fish you’ve only seen in an aquarium, fluffy soft white sand, an abundance of lush and unique greenery, prehistoric-looking rock formations and if you’re lucky maybe the odd turtle or tortoise. With our work situation, we are lucky enough to have access to lots of water toys so we could make the most of our surroundings; boats, jet skis, kayaks, dive gear, snorkels, paddleboards etc, so no excuse for boredom or lack of exercise then! One especially memorable wee getaway was a camping trip to a small nearby island. My boyfriend and I packed our gear on kayaks (anyone who knows me would be proud!) and paddled for about half an hour with a view to the bottom of the ocean the whole way. We arrived to the most gorgeous spot on top of a rock formation looking out to the Indian Ocean where we enjoyed the island to ourselves (I think). We barbequed under the stars and the next day enjoyed a surprise rock climb sans harness to the most amazing untouched bay you could imagine. The terror of the journey was more than worth it! The Seychelles really is a haven for the outdoorstype; fantastic hiking, apparently great kitesurfing and diving, rock-climbing, snorkeling and FISHING! The fishing is truly fabulous, slightly more exciting than trout fishing on Lake Rotorua, sorry Dad! With (minimal) help from my fishing guru-crew members I managed to reel in some pretty sweet fish.


Should one be feeling slightly lazy or just wanting to behave like a person who has large amounts of excess money, there are some beautiful resorts to enjoy. I must admit that I took this option more than a handful of times on a day off. You have your usual establishments; Hilton, Four Seasons, Le Meridian etc and they’re all heavenly. Think daybeds, perfectly concocted cocktails, plates of

food that resemble art pieces, the cleanest sand and water and staff wearing crisp white kaftans. Quite pricey though of course and I did feel naughty for being so frivolous on my ‘resort’ days and like a bit of a fraud amongst the genuinely wealthy people, meh. You can take shopping right off your activity list here. This was possibly the most challenging obstacle to face in Mahe. There is seriously nowhere to shop. One surf shop and that’s not really my bag, a couple of precious salons which sold real products such as Kerastase and Dermalogica (Hallelujiah!), but the rest involved waiting a very long time for a parcel of online goodies to arrive. Such a long time that you’d forget what you’d ordered in fact, which made for a nice surprise. You really do miss being able to find basic things here such as a mascara, underwear, electronics, and even face towels. Sourcing food can be an issue too which sounds silly as there is of course an abundance of the most delicious fruit and fresh fish, so I don’t want to sound spoilt, but…….milk! I have missed fresh NZ milk like you cannot believe. I’m not even a big milk drinker but I could just never get used to living off UHT, ugh! I think there may be only one cow on Mahe so quite often there is no milk at all. Supermarkets often only have very limited stocks of things and food shopping for the boat usually involved about 6 different shops in order to get what we needed to feed the crew and keep them happy. It was an exciting day for the girls on the boat when we discovered low fat mayonnaise somewhere or Cadbury chocolate, we are talking squealing.

Eating out in the Seychelles can be a bit of a lucky dip. As mentioned earlier the seafood available is outstanding and a good option at most places, I’d have to say though that the many lamb-chop loving South African boys struggled a bit with dining out due to the less-than-premium selection of red meat at many restaurants. The local Creole food is pretty tasty, usually quite simple, nothing fancy but if done well containing nice fresh ingredients with minimal fuss. They do a pretty good curry too, octopus being a speciality. Not much to report in the way of nightlife. I did venture out to one of the very few nightclubs in the Seychelles, which was an extremely claustrophobic, hot, touchy-feely, smelly experience and one I chose not to repeat. Instead I spent many, many, many a night in the far too convenient bar in the marina where we docked, a dangerously close few metres away in distance! The staff knew us well and were lovely, however not in any sort of rush of course. Also nice and handy to us was the local South African bar ‘Eish’, which was like a shed in someone’s back yard witha bar set up, very homely. There you could watch the rugby, put some boerowors on the

braai, drink beer from and boot and have a really lekker time with the local brus. Those okes know how to jol! Which brings me to the people of the Seychelles. The Seychellois are in general warm, welcoming people who are almost quite shy. As mentioned already, they are extremely laid back which I think can have quite a relaxing effect on you when spending time there, you are forced to chill out a bit yourself. They seem to enjoy the simple things in life like family and friends and love to have big parties on their stunning beaches in the weekends. I think that pretty much sums up my time in the Seychelles, it really is a tropical paradise to see and offers a lot of outdoor fun. I feel very lucky to have spent a few months there and look forward to heading back across the equator before long. There are things you miss when you are there that’s for certain but I’m sure I’m going to miss my island life during the next few months, see you again soon Mahe!

By Rebecca Parks


Tips for Kids Local childcare educator Whitney Hamilton gives us her top tips for things to do around the home with children. These 10 easy tips are used around homes and day care centres all over the country.

Baking is great for teaching your child mathematical concepts like measurement skills. A good exercise is to take pictures of each ingredient. Make each picture a step by step visual guide to the recipe. Set all the ingredients out and watch your child have fun matching the ingredient to the picture and mixing everything together.

Make veggie stamps. Cut up kumara or potato. Carve small shapes in them, dip the pieces in paint and you will have your very own veggie stamps.

I don’t know why parents go out and buy play dough, it’s so simple and easy to make in your own home. Play dough is great for shape recognition and the imagination. Kids tend to make cookies and pretend food because it’s associated with the kitchen area of the home.

Give your kids sensory play as a special treat. Shaving cream, gloop or slime are all lots of fun. As this is a messy type of play it’s usually a good idea to limited to just special occasions.

Get the kids involved with any regular household chores you do. THEY LOVE IT! Simple tasks like helping with gardening, wiping down benches/ tables and getting in the washing are all ways to get the kids involved. Children love feeling important and like they are a help. Make it fun by turning up the music and taking a team approach to chores.


Make macaroni necklaces. These are very easy to make. Thread your choice of pasta pieces through string, spray paint for effect and make into necklaces and bracelets.

When you are buying a gift for some-one, let your child make a card to go with it. Children are proud of the work they do and this is just another simple way to make them feel included. Computers can be fun and extremely educational. More and more computer time is being incorporated into New Zealand preschools. There are software programmes and games that are highly educational which keep children amused while they learn. Painting – it’s an oldie but a goodie. Once painted, pop the picture on the fridge. After it’s been on there for a couple of weeks let your child know it’s time to recreate another master piece. Make a good old traditional inside hut. Give your child basic instructions like getting chairs and a sheet to create the best hut they can. This type of project gives children a great sense of achievement and will keep them amused for hours.

PLAY DOUGH: Your choice of food colouring 3 cups flour 1.5 cups salt 6 tsp. cream of tarter 3 tbsp. oil 3 cups water Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Each batch can last for around 3 months. SLIME: Corn flour Food colouring Water Pour some corn flour into a mixing bowl. Stir in small amounts of water until the corn flour has become a very thick paste. To make the slime the colour of your choice, thoroughly stir about five drops of food colouring into the mixture. Stir your slime slowly and then fast. You can keep your corn flour and water mixture covered in a fridge for several days. If the corn flour settles, you need to stir it to make it work well again.


FASHION: Bold is Beauty Baby! Considering summer never arrived it’s definitely time to liven things up. This year’s winter collection is certainly inspired by the summer we never had with bright, bold and beautiful combinations to cheer up any cold winter’s day. Themes hitting the street this year are all about making a statement. First and foremost prints are a must this season. The leopard and zebra look is making a huge comeback. Stripes, polka dots as well as floral designs will also be quite prominent.

winter 2012: Oversized is in!

Fashion experts are advising lots of mixing and matching with patterns this year.


Oversized is in! This is great for letting an extra cheese burger go under the radar. The bigger the better when it comes to long tops, cardi’s and knitwear. Fantastic for staying warm and still looking good. This is great comfort wear. As long as you have a pair of tights it’s easy to pull off this look. Obviously you don’t want to look like a sack, so where necessary use a belt to maintain shape.

Try the layer effect. Experiment using different textures. Long tops, chucky knitwear and big scarves will help you achieve this style. Lastly if in doubt just wear something bright. Think hot pinks, lime greens, cherry reds and yellows.

Waking up to the harsh realities of winter’s weather doesn’t always make us enthusiastic to rock a new style, but just like a glass of red wine you’ll feel much better for it and more confident too.







HEALTH AND FITNESS Yay! Its winter... and while that is usually enough of an excuse to allow for some extra padding you don’t necessarily have to let yourself go. Personally I find myself saying at the start of every year “this is the year I’m going to get fit” and “this is the year I will be in a bikini by summer”. The first couple of weeks start off with a hiss and a roar and then slowly but surely somehow there’s suddenly no time, it becomes too hard and let’s be honest we get lazy. The amount of times I have said “I’ll start tomorrow AFTER I have these fish and chips,” is countless. Tomorrow never comes but it’s almost like just saying that justifies the bad behaviour in the moment. Before you know it, it’s half way through the year and that bikini body is getting further and further away. It’s a vicious cycle. I get angry at myself that I just can’t get it together. Having been a serial quick fix dieter and short lived fitness freak I have found it helps to shift the focus. Doing exercise and eating well for the right reasons can make all the difference. I have come to the realisation that realistically the chances of losing 10kgs in the next six weeks without spending eight hours at the gym every day probably isn’t going to happen (I am still waiting for a miracle), I am not going to get a six pack by sitting on the couch and my muffin top isn’t going to go anywhere as I eat this block of chocolate. We are not idiots. As unfortunate as it may be most of us do know that burning more calories than we put in is the only legal, safe and nonsurgical way to shift a few pounds.

I’m not perfect I still fall off the band wagon more than I probably stay on it but my focus has shifted which has surprisingly required less effort and more results. Instead of putting pressure on myself to be skinny I have consciously decided I would just like to be healthy, no matter what shape that makes me look like. There’s no rules, no fuss, no pressure and certainly no guilt….well not as much anyway. You learn to know what works for you and what doesn’t. If you can’t make yourself wake up to go for a run don’t, do it after work and vice versa. I wasted years being angry at myself for not being able to an hour’s work out six mornings a week. Make it work for you in a way that is enjoyable and not a chore. I am no expert and definitely don’t have all the answers, also because I am not rich and famous (yet) and don’t have the money for liposuction, I think it is important to have an outlook based around health opposed to vanity. I am probably not in a position to offer much advice but I find that eating breakfast, drinking water, getting eight hours of sleep each night and trying to do something that gets my heart rate up a few times a week, helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle in a very busy and fast paced environment. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars on quick fix dieting fads, try and incorporate a few easy lifestyle changes and like me, you may find you’re able to take better care of yourself without the stress and pressure. By Lou Parker

Traditionally I have never been a fan of exercise. I have never been good at sports or enjoyed hobbies that have been too physical but I must admit that has started to change.


Empowering You In this day and age women are wearing more hats than ever.

Find what resonates with you and store it away for yourself.

Being a mother means mastering many different roles. You play nurse, teacher, taxi plus a whole lot more as well as maintaining a household. Now more and more women are taking on employment, not always because they want to but because they have to.

By Lou Parker

Getting by as a single parent is an even harder task to manage. The average hat swapping women will say her life is rewarding and that she’s proud to fiercely juggle her many roles, and so she should be. It’s rewarding and tiring. Sometimes you just want to hear some encouraging words. To be told that you’re doing a good job. That all your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed and that you are so appreciated for everything you say and do. This is for you superwomen. Take five minutes to read these words and know that you are doing an amazing job. You do make a difference, and it is all worth it. Whether you’re a grandmother, mother, sister, daughter, aunty , wonderful friend or all of the above - be proud, stand tall and take this take time to empower yourself so you can carry on your incredible work of inspiring and empowering others.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”  - Dr. Wayne Dyer “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Emerson “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” - Albert Einstein “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realise it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.” ~Mother Teresa



Feng Shui Your Home Often the walls of our homes see the good, the bad and the ugly. Feng Shui is said to enhance the harmony, health and wellbeing by making simple changes around the home, garden and work place. The ancient art of Feng Shui has been around for thousands of years and is believed to create good energy by improving your environment. The Chinese art of making simple adjustments to your living space is designed to bring good fortune, and let’s be honest who doesn’t need that? Becoming more grounded in an often stressful and fast paced world doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. The following is seven easy steps to Feng Shui your environment and hopefully bring some good fortune too. Get rid of clutter: One of the first things to do when looking towards a more Feng Shui friendly lifestyle is to clear out the clutter. Get rid of any clothes you don’t wear anymore, unused toys or gadgets, old magazines, clean dirty dishes, reorganise bookshelves, and even tackle the mess under your bed – you might be surprised at what you find! This serves and a double pro as sorting through old belongings can be quite therapeutic. Plants are good: Plants are effective to help release trapped energy as they are a great circulator. Place plants inside and around your home particularly in corners to help the energy circulate. The kitchen: Number one rule for the kitchen is to make sure your stove is not opposite the fridge, sink or washing machine. It is said that the water and fire clash could cause family


members to have disagreements. Let the sunlight in: Not only is sun a great source of vitamin D, it’s also fantastic positive energy. Houses with windows that let in lots of natural sunlight is symbolic for health which reflects mood, productivity and motivation. Take note of your colours: Look at the colours around your home or work place. With Feng Shui they could take on a whole other meaning. Red symbolises action and confidence, green is about life and nature, yellow is wisdom and blue reflects spirituality. The bedroom: Simple is best when it comes to the bedroom according to Feng Shui principles. Being such a personal space, distracting influences such as technology is not recommended. Electronic devices in the bedroom should be limited. General: Air out your home by opening windows for at least 20 minutes a day. This will allow fresh new energy to come in. By Lou Parker

Natural Remedies Never underestimate the power of the humble lemon. My favourite homemade hot lemon drink can be used as both a prevention and a cure for your winter bugs. Preparation: Raid a lemon tree near you (ask permission if it’s not yours) or buy some lemons from your local market. Juice 5 – 10 lemons depending on how many you have. Remove and peel a couple of nodules of a fresh ginger then crush or dice them. Put a pinch of crushed ginger into each portion of an ice cube tray. Fill the remainder of the ice cube tray with your freshly squeezed lemon juice and freeze.

Once frozen, remove blocks from the ice tray and store in a plastic bag in the door of the freezer (space saving). Start each day by adding one (or two depending on how you like the flavour) lemon & ginger cubes into a mug, add a spoon of honey if required and boiling water. A hot water with lemon juice at the beginning of the day goes right through the bowels and cleans out any mucus from the day before. At the end of the day repeat this process to help build your immune while you sleep. Note: If you are over 18 feel free to add a shot of whisky in the evening and call it a hot toddy*. Lets face it, it’s not every day we can add alcohol and call it both delicious AND nutritious. *Drink responsibly Image By LillyBetty Photography

DID YOU KNOW: Ginger has super powers. It can be used for many reasons including helping to: reduce inflammation ease nausea or motion sickness boost your immune system Add it to your hot drinks, juices and cooking to reap the benefits from this amazing spice.


Roasted Vegetable Soup This is a simple recipe that is low cost, easy to manage and perfect for left over options for lunches. A great way to prepare a Sunday roast plus Monday and Tuesdays lunches all in one go.

MAIN INGREDIENTS: Pumpkin Kumara Potato Beetroot Yams Onion Carrot Plus any other vege that you love roasted! Secondary ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) or Macadamia Oil Curry powder Thyme Rosemary Pine Nuts Feta Cheese Lemon Juice Natural Yogurt or Tzatziki (mint yoghurt) INSTRUCTIONS: Cut all vege into approximately 3cm cubes. Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread out your vege so they are one layer deep. Combine one


To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup. Laurie Colwin teaspoon of curry powder with 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 a cup of warm water and stir until powder has dissolved. Drizzle vege with EVOO and curry water and sprinkle the vege with rosemary and thyme. Bake for 30 - 45 mins at 200°c or until vege are nicely roasted, turning once.

Did you know: Many of the spices in curry powder, like turmeric, are linked to lower rates of cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Cook with curry or sprinkle liberally to taste.

Serve a quarter of these vege with the roast meat and gravy of your choice. The second quarter of these vege will make a delicious lunch for you to take to work the next day. Simply add pine nuts and feta cheese to cold roast vege to make a filling and nutritious lunch to see you through those long afternoons behind the desk. With the remainder of your vege, simply pop the whole lot into your blender or bullet and add water as required to thin. Once the blended ingredients have reached the desired consistency of your soup add the juice of half a lemon. Pop one half of this mix into a freezable container so you have something to take to work the next time you are in a hurry. Reheat the remainder in the microwave or pan and serve with a dollop of tzatziki and some fresh parsley. Yum!

Great Gift Ideas Personalised Calendars

It’s hard to think of fabulous gift ideas that are sentinmental and don’t cost the earth. This month’s great gift idea is just that. Give your loved one a personalised calendar! They are cost effective and so easy to put together.

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Starting at unser $20 all you need to do is pick out 12 pictures, one for each month. Once you have decided which pictures you would like in the calendar just take your camera to the nearest photo centre and the rest is done for you. The biggest thing about these personalised calendars is that you can have them for a year starting from any month you like, making them a practical gift all year round.

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Word on the Street Things you may not know about some of Hollywood’s favourite celebrities….

Nicole Kidman is terrified of butterflies. Not tarantulas or snakes but butterflies!

When Daniel Radcliffe found out he had scored the role to play Harry Potter at age 11, he was in the bath. His parents also let him stay up an extra half an hour. What a great way to celebrate! It’s the small things that go such a long way, and let’s be honest there’s nothing better than being able to stay up late on a school night.

Lady Gaga apparently wrote hit single ‘Born This Way’ in just 10 minutes!

Mariah Carey was nicknamed “Mirage” in high school because she never showed up for class. One rocket scientist plus another rocket scientist equals comic legend Jack Black! That’s right, Jack Black is the son of rocket scientists Jack Nicholson’s sister is actually his biological mother. Jack’s parents (biological grandparents) offered to bring up Jack so their daughter could pursue a career in dancing.

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British singers Adele, Leona Lewis and Jessie J all went to the same school. Ben Affleck spent more than double the amount on former fiancée Jennifer Lopez’s ring compared to that of current wife Jennifer Garner. Ripped off much? Paris Hilton has size 11 feet! You know what they say, big feet, big ….... socks Johnny Depp suffers from coulrophobia, which is a fear of clowns. Beyonce is reportedly allergic to perfume. Taylor Lautner was a junior world karate champion. Not just a pretty face then.
















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June 2012 Horoscopes GEMINI: You will spend a lot of time this month pondering on plans and thinking about goals you would like to achieve. If you have some important choices to make, now is a good time to look at the pros and cons. Just make sure you don’t overthink things, some simple goals will make things clearer. CANCER: This month you shift gears and it’s all go go go! It maybe that you want to move house, have a career change or take things to the next level in your relationship? You’re switched on and ready to make things happen. Just make sure you think things through before making any big decisions. LEO: For Leo’s that have been working hard over the last few months all that hard work is about to pay off. You may even be financially rewarded. Towards the end of the month you may decide to take a holiday to relax after having worked so hard. VIRGO: You will be running around like a headless chook for most of June, with a busy schedule taking up most of your time. If you do have things that you have been meaning to get around to, pop it on the list and it will get done this month. Your high energy levels will leave no stone unturned. LIBRA: This month is great for romance with either new or existing relationships on the cards. Waves of love and affection are coming your way. You will enjoy being in this zone. This energy will put you in a great mood and will leave people thinking “I want what she’s having”. SCORPIO: Time to get organised! Write a list, prioritise, tick tasks off and get stuff done this month. You will feel much better for it and will enjoy having some free time once it’s all done. Good luck Scorpio.

SAGITTARIUS: If you have been a bit distracted lately now it’s time to get your head back in the game. You may need to put a bit more effort into your job or even a relationship that is feeling flat. Whatever it is, spending a bit more time getting your ducks in a row will pay off. CAPRICORN: Financial planning needs to take priority this month. Watch your spending and write up a new budget to try and stick to. Concentrate on implementing a savings plan and cut out any unnecessary spending. You will be happy to start seeing some financial rewards. AQUARIUS: Communication is key for you this month. If something is bothering you talk it through with someone you trust. Gaining a better perspective on issues you’re not sure about will make you feel a whole lot better. PISCES: The impulsive side of your personality is telling you to splurge, and the great news is that you should! Some much needed retail therapy is something you deserve. Give yourself a treat, every girl needs to have a good shopping spree once and a while. ARIES: You will get a good burst of energy this month which moves you in line to be centre attention! It’s definitely your time to shine. Changes are coming but if you make the best of these new situations, you will be the one who benefits. Enjoy your time in the lime light. TAURUS: June is a time to concentrate on recharging your batteries. A lot of bulls will be feeling under pressure with the burdening feeling of so much to do with not enough time. Your energy levels will come back mid-month but until then don’t bite off more than you can chew, in fact it might be wise to reorganise your work. A mental health day off may be in order this month.


Relationships: Spice Up Your Life Let’s be honest, after a long day at work, looking after the kids or both – getting hot and bothered in the bedroom is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Work, groceries, washing, dinner, dishes, and the list can go on and on. In the same breath (if we are still being honest) putting sex on that long list of chores becomes nothing but just another duty. While it’s easy enough to pull out the “headache” card, putting the same amount of effort getting into the mood rather than out of it can be just as relaxing. When the only thing you want to think about at the end of the day is getting into bed and crashing out, muster up that last ounce of energy, take a look at that hot hubby/partner and try something that in the long run will give you a much better sleep and some sweet dreams to go with it. Whether monotony has set in or you just want some new tricks to spice things up, the following tips are designed to put that extra spark back into your love life. As the saying goes, it takes more muscles to frown than smile. So, with that in mind let the fun and games begin.

1.) The training before the game. Because us ladies take a little bit longer to “warm up” why not plan ahead? There’s nothing wrong with a game plan. Send your man juicy text messages throughout the day. Let him know what positions he’s going to be playing, how to prepare and what to do to score the goal. This way when the day ends you will both be warmed up and ready for the match. 2.) Preparation. Have fun getting ready before the game. Go out for dinner or cook something special. Think about what you might need for the game, remember anything can be a “prop”. Preparation starts way before the game itself so try out a new perfume, moisturiser or if you’re feeling adventurous even a new outfit. Bust out the good old Kama Sutra and read up on some new ideas to try. If you’re feeling good about yourself, you’re going to feel good about the game ahead. 3.) Team Talk. Communication is key in all aspects of any relationship. Before the game kicks off, ask your man what he thought about the training. It will get you both in the mood to play! 4.) The Game. At this point it’s about having fun. Do all the things you said you would do in training and whip out a few surprises too. Take control! Guys love it when you take charge. Let him know what you want and how you want it - this is a super turn on. Mainly though, just relax and have a good time. Remember it’s not about winning or losing so just enjoy yourself, don’t overthink it, and as the saying goes “have a good game.” So are you ready? On your marks, get set, go!

By Lou Parker


th have long black My wife and my sister bo ild. My wife and hair and are of similar bu e one afternoon. I were at my sister’s hous ey happened On this particular day th ilar black top. I to both be wearing a sim sister for my wife, accidentally mistook my d, putting my grabbing her from behin eing into her neck. arms around her and ho th surprise and I My sister spun around wi been so disgusted screamed. I have never e life. Two seconds and shocked in my entir o the room after later my wife walked int asked what was hearing my scream and seen a rat. She wrong. I said I had just even bring myself believed me, I couldn’t thought of what to tell the truth and the k. happened still makes sic From Disgusted

After my mother died, I went on a bit of a bender. I was drinking heavi ly and had more than one woman on the go. After 12 months of nothing but partying I me t a nice girl and decided to settle down. As it happens, my past caught up with me and I discovered I had got two women pregnan t in the same month. Lucky for me the gir l I was with stuck by my side and I have manage d to raise to beautiful girls (to two differe nt women). My daughters who are now both 5, asked me a couple of months ago, if the y were twins. I told them no, why was that? They replied by asking how come they are the same age but have different mums? I chan ged the subject but sometime in the near fut ure I have some explaining to do. From Double Daddy

Monthly Confessions! When I lived in Au stralia a few years back, my group of work mates all used to have Friday night drinks together. One parti cular night things got ex tra boozy and my friend’s husband ended up sleeping with our receptionist...who is a man. I only kn ow this because I too stay ed at our reception ist’s house and caught the two at it. They made me swear not to te ll saying it was on ly a one-time thing. A few weeks later I moved back to New Zealan d and my friend an d I lost contact. I ha d forgotten about the whole ordeal until we recently reconn ected through Facebook . I can confirm that the pair is still married due to her profile picture. I feel like a really bad friend. From Secret Keep er

y since My daughter (7) has had a snuggl ost she was born. It goes with her alm to get everywhere and she sucks on it I have to sleep. It is old and smelly and nearly a been trying to wean her off it for or so ago year without success. A month it. When when she was at school I biffed d it her she came home and couldn’t fin so bad poor little heart was broken. I felt it away so I couldn’t tell her I had thrown put it on her the next day after washing it, I e light up bed. I’ve never seen anyone’s fac py to have so much. My daughter was hap to get rid her snugly back, and I was happy of the guilt. From Mean Mum


My new boss is a really nice guy but he has TERRIBLE breath. It actually makes me feel sick and I retch a little when he gets near me. Should I say anything, and what should I say? Thanks from, Holding my Breath Dear Holding my breath, Because odours can be a rather touchy subject you have two options: treading lightly or shouting it loud in a joking manner – but be warned depending on your personality the second option can go one of two ways. The benefits here for you are that you’re new to your job which means people don’t know what to expect from you (so you can get away with more) and also your boss is a really nice guy. If he’s working with clients/ customers other people will be noticing, so something has to be said. I recommend you just take a deep breath (and hold it in), close the door to his office and tell him, straight out, no bs. Then produce a pamphlet about gum disease ... and if you’re his PA book him a visit to the dentist.

Last week a lady I had only known for two days accused me of being “socially irresponsible” for renting instead of owning a house. She then expanded on her comment by telling me that when I retired I would not be able to afford to live in a retirement village and instead would end up in a queue for council housing. Is it socially irresponsible to rent instead of owning a home? Julia, Springfield Dear Julia, Wow, I am truly astounded that anyone who has known you for two days presumes they have the right to make a comment like that about you or your situation. Whether renting is a choice or whether you are unable to afford to buy a home only you know what is right for your situation. I see benefit in both owning and renting but it actually sounds to me like this lady has some major issues of her own. My advice is to put that negativity back on her. Don’t take her attitude on board and let it get to you. So long as you are financially stable and aware of the need to have some kind of plan or nest egg for your retirement no one has the right to make those choices but you.


Need advice? Ask our resident “know it all” She’ll tell it how it is 40

I am approximately 5-7 kilo’s overweight but despite eating well and exercising 5-6 days a week I am unable to shift it. Everyone says I look great and I know that I’m healthy and have great fitness but I’m just not totally comfortable in my clothes. Do you have any suggestions for how I can shed those last few kilos? Marie, Rotorua Dear Marie, I know exactly how you feel as this is a much more common problem than you realise. I sounds to me that your body has now come to expect that the food you are eating and the amount of exercise you are doing is “normal”. Because your body has now adjusted your metabolism to suit this lifestyle you will need to “up the ante” even more if you want to drop those last 5kg. I would suggest trying a new form of cardio exercise such as swimming or cycling and combining that with working with a personal trainer for your weight training. With regards to your food I know its hard but the simplest way of losing weight is to think of your food intake as energy in versus energy out. Remember also how much sugar is in alcohol. A glass of white wine has around 150 calories, to burn off that one glass of wine requires around 20 minutes high-intensity exercise or around 30 minutes moderateintensity. My advice, have a think about how much work you really want to put into that last 5kg. If you really want to drop it, you may need to focus harder than ever before and be completely singe minded to achieve that goal. Good Luck.

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