Review: Planning With Kids by Nicole Avery

I first met blogger Nicole Avery at a local blogging meet-up last year. I knew who she was as soon as she walked in the room - the charisma and presence that comes across on her blog was unmistakable in real life. The second thing I liked about her was that she had thought to make and bring BLTs … [Read more...]

Book Review: Mia Culpa by Mia Freedman

[rating:4] My introduction to magazines began when Mia Freedman was the Editor of Cosmopolitan. I picked up an issue, read her introduction and was hooked for the rest of my teen years. These days, Freedman heads an enormously successful website that doubles as a community discussing topics big and … [Read more...]

Have I turned into a Tiger Mother?

Australian journalist and writer Katrina Beikoff experienced first-hand the kind of parenting Amy Chua speaks of in her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Chua’s narrative of her Chinese cultural approach to motherhood has caused much controversy, prompting many parents to discuss their own p … [Read more...]

Book Review: No Chopsticks Required

[rating:4] First up, a confession: I cried in the first chapter of this book. With its precise summary of the crazy world of parenting, travelling and relationships, the honesty and humour of this family’s story is so touching. When journalist Katrina Beikoff and her partner decided to uproot their … [Read more...]

Book Review: Girls' Night In

[rating:4] Take some of the most entertaining storytellers of our time, add more than fifty of their short stories, grab a cuppa and some chocolate, curl up on the couch – and you’re set for a great night in. This is the tenth anniversary edition of the Girls’ Night In compilations, with some of the … [Read more...]

The How-To Career Guide: The Interview

You got your job application right, and you now have an interview scheduled… but it isn’t time to celebrate just yet. There could be several others shortlisted for the job, and you still have to convince them that you’re the right person. Not everyone is naturally good at interviews. It’s a nerve-r … [Read more...]

Samoan Getaway with Kids

Our decision to spend our next holiday on the islands of Samoa was a simple one to make. We wanted to go somewhere relaxing but fun, a place where we could stay mainly in the one spot, and somewhere that the kids would love as much as the adults. My husband and I were travelling with our … [Read more...]

The How-To Career Guide: Applications

So you’ve found the job you really want, but how do you make it yours? I’ve always found the application process the hardest part. How do you make yourself stand out from all the other resumes the recruiter is receiving? There are a few ways to do this. Your resume Firstly, make sure your resume … [Read more...]

Tassie – My Second Home

Cool weather, snow-topped mountains, wild beaches, untamed forests, small cities, wonderful people. Tasmania. I’m a Melbourne girl. I was born here, grew up here and now live my adult life on the outskirts of this beautiful city. But Tasmania is my second home, the place I spent every childhood h … [Read more...]