No Flowers for Champs of Rio Olympics: Yay or Nay?
Sep01

No Flowers for Champs of Rio Olympics: Yay or Nay?

The world’s famous Olympic games have a long history of giving gold, silver, and bronze medalists with flowers. But, this year’s Rio Olympics recognition ceremonies is different. The traditional bouquet of flowers is gone. It was replaced with small 3-D sculptures of Rio Olympics logo.

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The Flowers Which Took the Spotlight in the Queen’s 90th Birthday
Jun13

The Flowers Which Took the Spotlight in the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Her Majesty was given honour through various displays of flowers. Here are some of the flowers that left a mark on the Queen’s day.

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Rock Solid Guns & Buns of Steel – The Perfect Man?
Sep29

Rock Solid Guns & Buns of Steel – The Perfect Man?

  Broad solid shoulders, angry sweat laden faces, six/eight packs (apparently they do exist!), thick sculptured thighs and of course the buns of steel! Yes Ladies – it’s the Rugby World Cup! The men in our lives are watching the games religiously for the pure adrenaline rush, National pride and in the back of their minds thinking they are as tough and mean as the men on the pitch. As much as the ladies like to support their favourite team, National pride and in general, just enjoy watching the sport – there is always the hot-blooded female in us that appreciates all that is beautiful in the male form disguised as the rugged Rugby player. As with all social drunken evenings between a group of good friends, inappropriate conversation is the order of the evening; the subject of what type of “Man” they were in terms of what they found as most attractive “physically” in a woman! (Hey, it was a drunken evening – all sexist remarks go straight out of the window!) Answers ranged from the typical breasts, legs, buttocks to colour of hair or colour of eyes! This had the ladies reciprocating back on what is “hot” and what is “not” for the male form! Yes, I believe we were more on the road to blottoed than just merely drunk!   A few of my female friends are still looking for their perfect “other-half” with a number of them using the latest in social media dating sites. We are mostly led to believe that it’s mostly...

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Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes
Sep17

Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes

Staring at a sink full of dishes and the bomb site that is my kitchen, I do what I always do; I roll my shirt sleeves up and start the cleaning process. Alas, this is my cliché married life. My husband is a good cook, but every time he cooks, the kitchen is a scene from a horror movie! He has tried washing up in the past, but I think he intentionally does it badly so that I don’t ask him to do it regularly! I put up with his feet up on the coffee table when he is watching TV; dirty clothes on the bathroom or bedroom floor; used mugs, plates, cutlery either haphazardly left around the tables, desks, and/or kitchen (but not sink!); even his annoying habit of emptying his pockets of keys, phone, lint, receipts, coins (why do men always just spend notes and leave the coins? What do they expect we’ll do with the jars and jars of change?) on the bedside table every evening instead of the designated “bowl” I have set aside for all his crap! Despite all of the annoying little things (that automatically become big things during the hormonal week!), he is the man who I vowed to love for better or for worse and that I am blessed to have him in my life. The jobs of today’s wives are not in any wedding rule books. Wives are now creatures that work hard, play hard and love hard!  We manage the home, the finances, the kids, the extended family, the friends, the extended friends AND the whinging husband! It’s a never-ending job,...

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Are You Ever Too Old to Have a Teddy Bear?
Sep07

Are You Ever Too Old to Have a Teddy Bear?

      I went through an era in my life that I loved and thought every stuffed toy was the biz! Except for Chucky! He was the bane of some of my most frightening childhood nightmares! A toy that could talk, wields a knife and has scary eyes – I could not look at any toy for months in fear that they would come to life! Strangely, not unlike the new star of the Teddy Bear world, “TED”, though instead of a knife, this “cute” looking teddy bear has a foul mouth and spouts sexual innuendoes at everything he sees. For some reason I was never a fan of the plastic dolls (Barbies & Cindys). Even at a young age I thought those types of toys were a little too girly for me, but a lot of my girlfriends would go out of their way to play with their Barbies and Kens and make happy families for them.   My interest started at Cabbage Patch Dolls. When they first came out on to the market they were cute (real definition – UGLY but INTERESTING). It was like looking at a really ugly baby – I can almost hear the shocked gasp of a million Mom’s saying “There is no such thing as an ugly baby”!  These little darlings had huge round heads, round stunned eyes, snubby noses and cheeks so rounded it looked like a bag of Marshmallows was stuffed in there.    My next phase with stuffed toys came later in life. I started to make up for it by winning stuffed toys from fairs and those arcade point-and-grab machines. I...

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The Gardens of Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild
Aug31

The Gardens of Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild

  The Gardens of Villa Éphrussi de Rothschild, France The gardens are in a Venetian style. They are seven gardens on the estate. They were crafted between 1905 and 1912, as Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild had the villa built. The central French style garden is surrounded those of Spanish, Japanese and Florentine design, plus an olive garden, one for exotic plants and a stone garden. sadlkfjslkdjfsdlkfjsaldfkjsdlkfj ref: Villa Éphrussi, Top 10 Gardens | National...

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My woes of giving a perfect gift to my Dad!
Aug26

My woes of giving a perfect gift to my Dad!

It’s Father’s Day this coming 6th September and I am at a complete loss as to what gift to get my Dad! It’s the same every year! Only with Parents do you end up getting three gifts a year! Birthday, Mother’s/Father’s Day and Christmas!  Mums are easy – anything goes! Flowers, Perfume, Clothes, Food, Spa treatment, etcetera. The list is endless for Mothers! When I was younger, the classic Father’s Day gifts were Socks & Jocks, T-Shirts, Belts, Ties or Boxer Shorts. On the odd occasion whereby his Electric Razor was broken, (and that I’d saved enough from my pocket-money and scrounged the rest from my other sisters to make this a joint gift!) we’d get him something useful! There was no point in even wrapping the gifts as they were so obvious! Now that I am all grown up and working for a living, and my Dad having recently retired, I thought “This is my time to shine! This is when I can be inventive with my gifts!”. Little did I know that this was an even bigger task than I thought! Since retirement, my Dad has had very few hobbies. He likes to walk/go hiking, cooking and watch TV (mostly sport), sometimes read the odd classic book; but that’s about it! I tried to buy him hiking boots – he didn’t like the way they fitted (they’re still in a box under the staircase – because he is STILL a typical man and does not go back to shops to RETURN things! EVER!). I tried to buy him cookbooks – he said he likes to...

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A Special Relationship
Jul20

A Special Relationship

  A Special Relationship The celebrated English author Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) once made an observation that still resonates today: “(t)he longer we live, and the more we think, the higher value we learn to put on the friendship and tenderness of parents…” He went on to observe: “Parents we can have but once…” Even in the fast-paced, busy high tech Information Age, family life often revolves around the small daily acts of kindness shown by parents and children to one another. Although in one sense, every individual possesses a unique parental-child relationship, practically everyone would agree that few family ties remain as enduring, or as important, as the emotional ties linking parents and their children, whether biological or adopted. A Time For Thanks Children are usually focused intently on the moment. It is hard for us to fully appreciate the entire range of the daily sacrifices made by our parents on our behalf until much later in life. For example, the long hours a parent spent working to provide for family necessities may not register until one’s own children arrive. Or consider the attention and care your parents expended creating a comfortable home environment. Think of all those think of all those medical appointments, shopping trips, outdoor recreation, athletic meets, school events, social functions, etc. The love a doting mom or dad displays...

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The Happiest Person
Jul17

The Happiest Person

The Happiest Person Who wouldn’t love to be more happy? According to Instagram sensation Grandma Betty, happiness is living every moment with love, grace and gratitude. Pharrell Williams mentioned Grandma Betty on his Instagram account, which introduced her to a large number of his fans worldwide. Using this platform, she spread her joy, optimism, and happiness to as many people as possible, in particular to those with cancer. She insisted she would stay happy until the end, despite having lost her husband and daughter to cancer and having lung cancer herself. Sadly, Grandma Betty passed away in August last year. However, while alive she inspired hundreds of thousands of people to be happy and always smile, no matter what.  As she says in the video below, she wanted to become a Grandma to everyone, and I am sure most of her over 600,000 fans on Instagram would have loved to have had her as theirs. Do you have a Grandma or other mature woman who has inspired you? If so count yourself lucky to have that sort of happiness in your life. Whether or not yours is the happiest in the world, all Grans are a beautiful inspiration. Take this opportunity opportunity to remember your dear old (or not so old!) Grandmothers. Pick up the phone, send her flowers or even a special ‘hello’ Facebook, to let her know that she’s in your thoughts....

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Superheros Really Exist: Dads
Jun15

Superheros Really Exist: Dads

  Superheroes really do exist, and in everyday life we call them “Dads.” The contributions caring father make to the lives and well being of their children receives recognition in many locations around the world. Father’s Day In Australia, most people celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September. It’s a time of year to appreciate fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and all of the joy they bring to our lives. September 6th, 2015 will find many of us sending a gift of roses to a beloved Dad this year. In other parts of the world, people designate different dates to honor fatherhood. For example, in the United States, the United Kingdom and many other countries, official Father’s Day festivities occur on the third Sunday in June. These types of celebrations share one thing in common; they offer everyone an opportunity to express gratitude for all the remarkable, heroic things Dads do in daily life. Sometimes these self-sacrificing actions do not always receive the attention they deserve. In fact, many dedicated, courageous Dads don’t even consider themselves remarkable. Father’s day offers the opportunity to express appreciation to these men who matter so much to us and to the community as a whole. A True Story to Share During Father’s Day One example of the significant positive impact fathers can make on the lives of their children emerged...

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A Mother’s Day Story From the Distant Past
Apr27

A Mother’s Day Story From the Distant Past

  As the year advances, it sometimes surprises busy people to realise that Mother’s Day rapidly approaches. The second Sunday in May inspires warm celebrations of motherhood in many parts of the world. Families take some time to express their love for the women who contribute so much to daily life. Millions of people share bouquets of flowers at this time, sending fresh roses, daisies or even a single mum to convey profound gratitude. They sometimes give other small gifts to mothers, too, as tokens of their esteem and undying affection. One of the best ways of sharing Mother’s Day involves symbolism. A beautiful Mother’s Day story from the distant past illuminates this idea very well… Over a century before the birth of Christ, the City of Rome developed a thriving cultural life. Many aristocratic Roman families enjoyed comfortable lifestyles, supported by the efforts of large numbers of poor Roman workers, labourers and slaves. During this period, two of the most influential reformers seeking to improve the working conditions of ordinary Romans by according them more civic rights were two brothers, Tiberius and Gaius Gracchi. Their mother, Cornelia, often earned praise for the way she had raised them. After a happy marriage that produced 12 children, Cornelia had become a young widow when her high ranking husband passed away. She impressed the people of Rome favourably with her modest...

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The Best Best Man’s Speech
Apr08

The Best Best Man’s Speech

  Usually best man’s speeches are a combination of a roast and an ode to friendship. Singer and song writer Daniel Buccheri came up with the above approach, based on Sam Smith’s Stay With Me, which is probably the best best man’s speech ever. The emotions of friendship and love come pouring through with every refrain. While Buccheri totally pulls this off, for most men the thought of writing and delivering a best man’s speech that is even half as well thought out and delivered is cause for dread. Help is at hand. How to Write a Great Best Man’s Speech Following are some simple tips from expert speech writer Adrian Simpson on how to pull off an awesome best man’s speech. No singing required. 1. Length The cardinal sin here is to talk for too long. Everybody is eagerly expecting your take on the groom and his life to date but nobody loves him that much they want to hear a full twenty minutes on the subject. A good length is about 7 minutes or around 1200 words. Any less than this and the guests will be wondering why he gave you the gig. 2. Jokes In my experience there is no place for constructed jokes in a wedding speech. No matter how dull you think his life may have been there will always be a funny way of painting the picture, sometimes it just takes a bit of thinking about. Delivering a joke you found on the internet will almost certainly corrupt the delivery and unless...

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Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie Just Like Sisters
Mar20

Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie Just Like Sisters

  At the beginning of this year Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie became sisters-in-law, when the former married Benji Madden, identical twin brother to Richie’s husband, Joel Madden. While they are now legally connected at the hip, Diaz and Richie already had many other things in common, beyond their in-laws. Following from InStyle, are seven ways the two stars are alike that you may or may not have known about. 1. They like blue hair. It’s no secret that Richie is a fan of sapphire strands, but it turns out Diaz isn’t opposed to them either. In an interview last year the actress broached the topic of pubic hair, stating, “Dye it blue if you want to.” 2. They’re hair chameleons. On the same note, neither Richie nor Diaz are afraid to change it up when it comes to the strands on top of their heads. While the former is somewhat synonymous with her ever-changing hair hue, Diaz used to transform her ’do quite a bit back in the day, although she’s since settled on her signature shoulder-length blonde style. 3. They’re all about having #NoFilter. From Diaz’s no-holds-barred account of all her bodily functions in The Body Book to Richie’s unapologetically honest way of dealing with just about everything on her show, Candidly Nicole, it’s obvious this duo is not one to use a filter. We can only imagine how fun their phone calls must be. 4. They’ve got California-cool style down pat. These girls are Southern...

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Karrueche Tran & Chris Brown break-up over baby
Mar05

Karrueche Tran & Chris Brown break-up over baby

Karrueche Tran has broken-up with musician Chris Brown, after finding out he has a 9 month old love child. While the actress has apparently forgiven a lot of Brown’s bad boy behaviour, the sudden appearance of a baby was the last straw. As with many couples, a lot can be endured but keeping such a large secret hits three notes that spell the end for many couples: infidelity, lack of communication and abuse. Approximately 40 percent of all marriages in Australia end in divorce, and millions of unmarried couples break up each year before even considering marriage. While each relationship is unique and some relationships simply were not meant to last, there are three common causes for couples to break-up. By taking time to understand what these causes are, you can take steps to strengthen your relationship and prevent a break-up from occurring. Infidelity  One of the top reasons why marriages and relationships end is infidelity. Cheating on your significant other is considered an unforgivable offence by many individuals, so many will immediately end a relationship as soon as they discover that their partner or spouse has been unfaithful. Some will make an effort to forgive the indiscretion and will try to move forward with the relationship. However, once that boundary has been broken, issues with trusted and repeated indiscretions in the future often remain. Karrueche Tran had put up with Chris Brown’s...

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Why Lady Gaga & Taylor Kinney Make a Great Couple
Feb25

Why Lady Gaga & Taylor Kinney Make a Great Couple

  Lady Gaga’s Monsters rejoiced last week on news of her engagement to Taylor Kinney. The couple met on the set of the above ‘Yoü And I’ music video in 2010. Interestingly the video ends with the couple in nuptials. They have reportedly been nearly inseparable since. However, when they are apart they’ve tweeted about it how much they are missing each other. In fact its been a very public romance, with pictures all over Instagram of them being incredibly cute together. So why do they work together? First both understand what it is like having a successful show business career and always being in the spotlight. But Lady Gaga puts it best this way “He looks normal, but he is weird on the inside. And, you know I am weird on the outside.” Isn’t that just incredibly sweet!   (Source: germnotta, via...

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