decorating / homefront · it's all about me · shopping / or not

Reflecting on a year of buying nothing new

Being fifty-something, I’ve wised up to the fact that good living is not about “things”, it’s about experiences, and people … and relationships. Twelve months ago I quietly embarked on a year of “buying nothing new” where I challenged myself to take a step back from consuming and, instead, to dance with the notion of… Continue reading Reflecting on a year of buying nothing new

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The good, the bad and the brilliant {the just after the Sydney siege edition}

A (roughly) weekly maybe monthly round-up of what’s got in my head, up my nose and in my heart. THE GOOD Like many fifty-something Australians, I grew up in a multicultural community, enriched by the diversity of beliefs, traditions and opinions it created. The wave of European migrants from the 1950s transformed our “public housing” suburb… Continue reading The good, the bad and the brilliant {the just after the Sydney siege edition}

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Cheeky and Chunky Roast Beetroot and Walnut Dip

Being fifty-something, I’ve got several decades worth of tinned/canned beetroot under my belt. It’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve learned to love fresh beetroot, gathered in glorious crimson-bottomed verdant-topped bouquets at the local farmers’ markets. I’ve even explored the beetroot’s lesser-known (but in some ways prettier) cousin, the choggia. And …… Continue reading Cheeky and Chunky Roast Beetroot and Walnut Dip

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International Volunteer Day … what boomer volunteers want + a book launch

Being fifty-something, I’ve volunteered in various ways through board memberships, community groups, Guide Dog puppy raising and more. The experience that touched me most was volunteering for BlazeAid last year. It got me curious about how volunteering differs for fifty-somethings and whether there’s a shift in how volunteering models are being shaped to appeal more to the… Continue reading International Volunteer Day … what boomer volunteers want + a book launch

health matters · it's all about me · shopping / or not

Eco Tan Winter Skin – a product review

Being fifty-something, I’ve learnt (the hard way) what my skin is and isn’t capable of. Natural tanning is not an option. I’ve been blessed with fair skin. Not the creamy porcelain variety. More glow-in-the-dark, stark white with purple tinges (depending on the temperature). I don’t tan naturally … I burn and then peel. Right back… Continue reading Eco Tan Winter Skin – a product review