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Simple House Buying Tips

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When you are ready to buy your first home, there are a lot of big decisions to make. It can be a nerve-racking period, with a lot of unknowns going on. However, these tips might just make the process a little bit easier for you. 

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5 Ways To Improve Your Home Security This Christmas

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Our homes are an extension of ourselves, making a break-in or theft from our property a personal blow. At this time of year as we gear up for Christmas, we start to fill our homes with the latest gadgets, toys and items, making them even more attractive to opportunistic thieves and criminals. To keep yourself, your belongings and your property safe, here are 5 ways in which you can improve your security over the Christmas period. 

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Never Hurts to be Prepared

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Whether you work for yourself or you head up a small team, when you’re in charge everyone looks to you for, well, everything. You have all the answers from business strategy down to where the first-aid is kept. It’s this latter issue that we’re going to talk about today and ask you to ask yourself: when’s the last time you updated your emergency kit either at home or in the office, or both?

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The Ultimate Guide to a Great Family Finance Discussion

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They say you should never talk about money, don’t they?  But we do have to sometimes – it makes the world go round, after all… Now, we’re not suggesting you discuss it with everyone – don’t worry!  Just that’s it’s important between close family and loved ones.

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8 Ways To Care For Your Loved Ones In Old Age

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Although it isn’t a nice thought, you need to start thinking about how you’re going to care for your loved ones in their old age. Whether they’re starting to get closer to retirement age or they’re already there, thinking about the steps you need to take in order to care for them is important. Whether it’s finding a suitable care home or looking out for the warning signs of dementia, you need to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be. It may not be pleasant, but it’s the best thing you can do for their health. 

With that in mind, here are 9 ways to care for your loved ones in old age: 

  • Make Sure They’re Regularly Visiting The Doctor

One of the best ways to care for your loved ones in old age is to ensure they’re regularly visiting their doctor. Whilst this doesn’t mean they need to go every few months, it does mean they need to book in a check-up at least once a year. During this check-up they will be able to ask any questions they have, addressing concerns they have had over the last six months or so. If they need any new medication, they will be able to renew their prescription. 

Although they may tell you they don’t need to see a doctor, it’s important you encourage them to go. For guidance when it comes to getting someone to see a doctor, you can visit this site here. 

  • Look Out For Any Warning Signs When It Comes To Illnesses

Whilst this may be one of the hardest things you have to do, looking out for warning signs is incredibly important when it comes to your elderly relatives. Although sometimes you may find that the warning signs are hard to spot, others may be as clear as day. Whether it’s looking for red flags when it comes to dementia or looking for signs that their physical health is deteriorating, the sooner you pick on up things the better.

  • Give Them An Emergency Number To Call If They Need You

If you are worried about whether or not your loved ones are going to be able to reach out to you in their time of need, you may want to consider giving them an emergency number to call you on. Whether this is a mobile number or your work’s contact, you need to be sure they can get in touch with at least one of you should they need to. If they’re unable to get in touch with you, make sure you’re giving them a list of other emergency numbers they can call. 

  • Help Them Arrange Hospital Appointments And Visits

If your loved ones need to attend several different hospital appointments in their old age, it’s important you’re doing everything you can to help arrange them. Whether this means booking the appointments and writing them on their calendar or driving them to the hospital yourself, you need to be sure you are doing everything you can to get them to their appointment. Whilst it may mean taking time off work or changing your schedule, putting your loved ones first should be your main priority. 

  • Arrange For A Carer To Visit Their Home Daily

If you feel as though your elderly relatives are starting to struggle when it comes to day-to-day life, you may want to consider arranging for a carer to visit their home on a daily basis. Having a carer attend their property will not only help them with the daily tasks they find difficult, but it will also help when it comes to their wellbeing. For more information about having daily home visits from a carer, you can visit this site here. 

  • Consider Whether Or Not They Need To Go In A Home

If having a carer visit their home on a daily basis still doesn’t seem to be helping your elderly relatives, it may be time to think about whether or not they would be better going into a home. Although it may be the last thing you want to think of, you have to do what is best for your loved ones. When it comes to choosing the right home, you need to be sure you’re visiting as many different options as you can. Take your loved one’s needs and wants into consideration, asking them where they would like to stay. Although you may not be able to give them their first choice, you need to be sure it’s going to be a home they’ll enjoy. 

  • Make Sure You’re Visiting Them As Much As Possible

No matter where your loved ones are living, you need to be sure you’re visiting them as much as you possibly can. Whether they’re living at home or in a care home, they will start to feel old in their old age. Although you may not be able to visit them every single day, building up a schedule where you regularly pop in for a coffee or a chat should be your main priority. If you have children, you may want to consider encouraging them to visit too. 

  • Take Them On Fun Days Out

Finally, taking your loved ones out for fun days out should be something you do on a regular basis. Although they may not be able to do as much as they used to, they will love seeing something different for a change. The best thing to do is to ask your loved ones what they want to do, putting together a plan that will give them the best possible experience. 

Whether it’s going to the beach or spending the day shopping, you should put their choices first. For inspiration when it comes to spending the day with your elderly relatives, you can visit this site here. 

Are you looking for ways to help when it comes to caring for a loved one in old age? What can you do to ensure you’re doing the best job you can? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Essential Things to Consider When Buying a Block of Land

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Buying land can be a great investment. But if you plan to build on it – it’s best to be cautious.

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Things You Should Know Before Buying Your Forever Home

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Buying your forever home is something that needs careful consideration – it’s called ‘forever’ for a reason! However, many people are currently on the look out for their forever home, and many people are even looking for it earlier than ever before.  Continue Reading

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Don’t Let Their Infidelity Break You

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Infidelity feels like a stab in your heart. For a lot of people, there could be no greater pain. It leaves you vulnerable, weak, and feeling soiled as if you were not good enough for your partner. According to She Said, cheating is a lot more common than you might think. Almost 4 in 10 Australians admit having cheated once or more on their partner. It doesn’t take the pain, but it can help you to tackle the situation from a different perspective. Indeed, you are not alone when it comes to infidelity. And that’s where you can find the strength to rebuild yourself. There is plenty of support available:  Continue Reading

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When Can You Save A Struggling Relationship?

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Building a solid relationship is a full-time commitment. Of course, everybody dreams of the perfect, happy relationship, but most people forget that happy couples work hard to make it happen. Indeed, it seems strange to assume that happiness in your couple has to imply that you share the same ideas and interests. While you do need a common base, disagreements and diverging views are at the heart of your relationship. The key is not to ignore them or pretend they don’t exist. If you want your couple to survive the first disagreement, you need to face your differences with your eyes wide open. Continue Reading

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Bonding With Your Family This Summer

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We all have our responsibilities. Most of us have careers, or at least an income we have to work towards. All of us have our daily needs, our daily duties, and personal management we need to figure out and benefit from. All of us wish to better ourselves, and make each day more appropriate and comfortable. All of us have to deal with difficulties, and the rising challenges that seem to spring out of nowhere.  Continue Reading

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Dealing With Dementia In The Family

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There’s no way to make a dementia diagnosis any less devastating than it is, emotionally. However, that doesn’t mean that there is no way to fight and ensure the highest standards of living for the longest time possible. Here are a few tips for those families who have been caught by one of the hardest diagnoses of all and what you can do for a loved one who is going to need your help in future.

Seeking support

If the diagnosis is recent or you’re simply not aware of the support services and groups that are out there, then that should be the first place to start. There are groups for both those with dementia, helping them engage with their community, and for those who care for them, helping them share their stories but also helping them get practical advice and information that can help them better understand the disease and how to cope with it over time.

Taking the initiative

Staying healthy doesn’t become any less important after a dementia diagnosis. In fact, it becomes more important than ever. The rate of decline may be associated with certain health lifestyle factors, such as food, diet, socialising, stress, and so on. At, you can see a range of tips on how those living with dementia should try to improve their health. It may be able to stop the disease from progressing as it otherwise would. Family members can help by guiding them through exercises such as walking through the park or helping to change their diet.

Ensuring a standard of care

When living with dementia, we want to remain as independent as possible for those longest time possible. However, we have to address the fact that the time will come that we are no longer able to take care of ourselves completely. The discussion about how to ensure care should be held earlier rather than later, so everyone can have their say. Beyond having a loved one as a caregiver, there are options like which provide a safe setting, trained staff, and a host of therapy services to help fight the disease over time. Looking at the different options is important before making any choices.

Making plans for the future

If a diagnosis has been caught early enough, then someone living with dementia still has time to ensure that their estate is handled in the way that they would prefer. Besides writing a will and assigning an executor of that will, they can also decide on who gets legal guardianship to make those decisions for them. It’s worth noting that you may need the help of a lawyer to obtain legal guardianship if the severity of the dementia means the person is no longer able to make such decisions on their own.

Dementia is a condition that gets progressively worse over time, which means that the earliest you start putting the necessary wheels in motion, such as preparing the estate and look at potential sources of care, the more prepared you can be when you truly need them.

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The Difficulties Of Moving Home

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When you are moving home, it is likely that you are going to be at least a little stressed for much of it. This is the kind of situation that many people find stressful, and it’s hardly surprising that it might be such a difficulty for you to try and get over. The truth however is that you should always be able to improve this situation and find an easier way to do it, so long as you are ready and happy to do what it necessary to do so. In this article, we are going to be focusing on some of the difficulties of moving home, along with how you might expect to be able to make them a little easier. As long as you are focused on these, you should find that you can make your home move considerably easier and more likely to be successful on the whole.

Time Management

Because of the up in the air nature of moving home, it can be hard to know how to actually get the time management right, and this is one of the first things that you might want to look into. If you fail to manage time properly, it will only mean that you will have to run around and get stressed towards the end, and that is something that you will certainly want to avoid if you can help it. For that reason, it’s worth drawing up an itinerary at the start, so that you can know exactly what you are going to do and when, and so that everyone can be much clearer on how the operation will go down. That alone will mean that you can find the whole experience a little less stressful, and much more likely to be a success.


If you are to move all of your belongings, you will of course need to make sure that you have appropriate transport, and that is something that you will need to look into early on if you hope to get it right. Knowing what kind of transport you need requires that you have a good idea of how much stuff you need to transport, so it is absolutely worth looking into that early on first of all. You might just need the services of something like Sydney ute hire if you don’t have much, or you might need to look into hiring a larger van. Whatever it is that you need make sure that you get it as soon as possible so that you are ready for the move when the time comes.


Something that often gets in the way of moving home is work, and especially so if there are more than one of you who need to work. In order to make moving home easier, you might want to think about trying to get some time off work, or at least ensuring that you are moving over the weekend or something. The less that you have to think about other concerns, the more likely it is that you will be able to make the move work out as well as possible.


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These Classic Christmas Presents Won’t Go Amiss

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If you are starting to think about what presents to buy for those around you, or starting even to worry about it, you are not alone. A lot of people find it especially difficult to be able to find the right presents for people, and most people lack a certain kind of confidence in their own ability to do so too. If that sounds like you, don’t worry – there are plenty of things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself and ensure that your loved ones still end up with gifts they will enjoy, and it might be easier than you think to do so. One way to approach this is to think about what kinds of gifts are considered classic, because those gifts will very often be exactly the kind which you might consider getting, as they are bound to work well in most cases. In this post, we will look at some of the truly classic gifts you should consider if you want to make sure that you do well this year.


Whether you are buying for your parent, sibling or spouse, jewellery is very often a great way to go, and there is a very good reason it is one of the most popular kinds of presents given at Christmas time. No matter who you are buying for, you can surely find some piece of jewellery that they are going to be pleased with and enjoy wearing, and it is likely going to be something that they enjoy and cherish for a long time. Whether that person in particular will prefer earrings or a necklace or whatever else you might think of, you will find that they will appreciate it and that it will lead to a much more enjoyable Christmas time for them. Consider this and buy early if you want to really be confident in what you are getting them.


Often, the best gifts are those which are not things, but rather experiences. And amongst the most popular and enjoyable experiences out there are holidays, which are in themselves a great present to give to someone particularly close to you in your life. If you are keen to get your spouse something that they can really be chuffed with, then you will probably find a holiday to be a great way to go, so it is definitely worth thinking about. It could be just a weekend break to somewhere they really enjoy, or it might be that you want to go somewhere new for the both of you. Either way, this is a great way to ensure that your Christmas period will be enjoyable for the both of you.


If you are buying for someone less close to you, but still important in some sense, you can always go down the chocolate route. This, in fact, does tend to go down particularly well at Christmas, and it’s something you should consider well if you hope to be able to be pleased with the presents you buy. Make sure it is special in some way, such as being particularly good quality or a novelty size, and it will have an even better effect.

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Finding the “Secret Sauce” to life

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Surviving two different forms of cancer should be an exciting celebration, but it can be difficult to know who you are and where you fit in with the new, unrequested title of “Super Survivor”. This is especially true if your doctors have told you they can do nothing more for you. In other words, don’t get this disease again or you are going to die.

A lot of cancer survivors prefer not to make any changes to their life, it is easier and perhaps unnecessary to turn their lives upside down. But for some, myself included, there was something I was doing that just wasn’t working anymore. Not sure of what exactly, I decided to take the “out with the old and in with the new” approach.

  • A little freshen up here, releasing stale relationships.
  • A little sprucing there, cleansing my toxic living environment
  • Let’s go meet the Dalai Lama literally and practice a Buddhist way of life.
  • Oh, and while we are at it, why not get a divorce and change everything that I eat to startliving an Ayurvedic (Ancient form of Indian Medicine) way of life!

That’s a good start, I thought. That way I knew eventually when I do leave this planet, I would know that I tried everything. I would not go to that grave with the thought “If I had only…?”.

13 years later, a new marriage, blended family, thriving business and clean bill of health, here is what I know for sure.

Don’t resist change: While it was difficult and darn right scary to change everything in my life, when the doctors sat on my bed, telling me to make change or die, the only thing I could do was to trust my gut.

For the first time since I was an eight-year-old, I reconnected with that illusive voice within. I thought I had lost my voice somewhere in the fields of my pain and suffering. Probably leaving it under a mushroom on top of one of the hills I sobbed all my “feel sorry for myself” sorrows on.

But alas, there it was, screaming at me. “GET UP! Do what ever it takes to survive! You have two small children and there ain’t no way they are going to grow up without you!”

So, I did. Since that moment, moving forward until today. I trust every gut instinct, internal voice, guidance system, whatever you want to call it, no questions asked. How do I know it’s working? Cause I’m still here.

Set your intentions and don’t get attached to the outcome: This was a big one. Of course, I did not travel this journey on my own. I listened to my gut and created a support team that I could rely on when I needed help. One of my team members was the Guru, Deepak Chopra, whom first taught me about Ayurvedic medicine.

On the path to becoming a certified Chopra Practitioner earlier this year, I had the good fortune of spending time with Deepak and his team at the Chopra Centre in San Diego California. He stood there on the fourth day of teachings and said “It’s like this. When you plant a seed in the flower bed, you nurture it, water it, put it in the sun and trust that the universe will do the rest to allow the flower to grow. You don’t go out to the flower bed every day, dig the seed up to see if it is growing.”

There it was, like a lightning bolt directly from the universe, I got it. I am really, really good at planting seeds of intention, but metaphorically I go out every day, dig the little guy up to see if he is growing. I get in the way of the flow of life, interfering with what is meant to be. I set my intentions and get obsessed with the outcome, hanging my identity as a human being on that result. And watch out if it did not turn out the way I wanted. Crazy Woman coming through!

I now realise that this practice repels any form of manifestation. Energetically it is impossible for anything to grow to its ultimate potential with me always getting in the way.

Finding the “Secret Sauce”: The part of the story that I have not told you is that I grew up with a Bi- Polar, slightly Schizophrenic father who taught me that vulnerability was weak. Being sensitive was dramatic and being feminine was weak and irrelevant.

My survival reaction was to shut down who I was inside. Stop feeling and spend my junior life attempting to become whatever it was he wanted me to be.

Later I realised that for an introverted, creative and highly sensitive human being, this was the fuel for my Dis-Ease. The exhaustion from trying to morph into something that I was not for decades finally brought me to my knees with disease.

The secret sauce to my survival was to be brave and dare to show my vulnerably, feminine creative side and prey it would be enough and by golly it worked. I now run a six-figure business, trotting around the globe teaching other women to be a reflection of the potential that lies within us all.

I hope you can something from my tale and reach your potential.

Accept the change that comes like the tide, set your intentions without strangling the outcome with too much control and find your own Special Sauce to become all you can be. The world needs to hear you because you deserve to be heard.

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Money Management Advice For Stay At Home Parents


Having kids always puts a lot of financial strain on you because there is an endless list of things that you need to pay for. You’ve suddenly got to cover the cost of diapers, clothes, food and toys and to make things harder, one of you is going to have to stay at home for a while to look after the new baby. It’s so hard to manage your money as a stay at home parent because you’re already working double the hours you normally would and nobody is paying you for it. That makes it a lot harder for people to manage their money. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible and if you know what you’re doing, you can attain financial freedom as a stay at home parent. Here are some great tips to help you out.

Protect Your Children Financially

Nobody wants to think about it but there’s always the chance that something bad could happen to you and your partner. It’s not likely but you still need to prepare for that eventuality. It’s important that you make sure that your kids are provided for in the event that something happens to you. As soon as you become a parent, you need to write a will so your kids are protected. It’s also important that you’re putting money aside each month into a savings account for their education in the future.

Allow Equal Access To Money

When one partner is earning and one is staying at home with the kids, it can lead to some resentment between the two of you. Especially if you’re keeping the money separate. The person that is at home will feel like they can’t spend any money. It’s a lot easier for both of you if you just share all of the money that you have equally and consider it both of yours rather than thinking about who is earning what.

Earn Money On The Side

Just because you can’t go out to work right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t earn some money still. Research how to make extra money online and you’ll find all sorts of things that you can do. You could fill out online surveys, start your own blog or offer freelance writing services. There are so many options for earning money from the comfort of your own home. If you can do these things in those quiet moments when the kids are asleep, you can make it a lot easier to manage your money.

Earn By Saving

You might not be able to earn a full salary but you can find ways to save on household expenses and then use some of those savings on yourself. You could find coupons to save on the weekly grocery shop or call up your service providers to haggle with them and get a better price. All of that stuff takes the pressure off your finances and makes budgeting a lot easier.

Money management for stay at home parents is always tough but it doesn’t have to be impossible if you follow these steps.  


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Finding A Brand New Life With Your Partner – Attitudes To Take & Methods To Follow

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When deciding to reach out and craft a new life for yourself, you might feel the romanticism pouring through. There’s something beautiful about heading out into the unknown, trying to find your way. Add a partner into that story, and the both of you will likely bond deeply, provided you are making this decision on rational grounds. You might not be ‘running away together,’ but it might feel like that as you try to decide the small means that can make up your new expectation.

Of course, no couple that decides to move abroad will do so without some form of plan. That means before you even take one step in the direction of your new life, you’ll likely have a few fixed variables to consider. You might need to move to a particular country for a job. You might have family you wish to visit. You may even have your own family you’re just trying to find the best life for. You might be moving abroad, or simply to another state, county or province. You might have an appreciation for a culture you’re about to integrate with, or you might not even know how to form a single sentence in that base language.

No matter the variables, the path, or the direction you are planning to go down, finding and following a brand new life with your partner is a big deal. For that reason, you need to understand the correct attitudes to take, and learn what methods to consider in order to make this move completely successful. You’ll likely notice that almost every step in this guide is based in the period of preparation before the move. There’s a reason for that, which should become clear as you read on.

No matter what path you choose, we hope that this guidance can offer you something of value as you try to make the best of your decisions. Without further ado, we recommend you consider the following:


Before you take any step forward whatsoever, it is absolutely essential that you are in full agreement regarding your final plan. This often sounds like something quite obvious to consider, but moving to a new environment or trying to find a new path can often be hard, and it will test a relationship in this manner. If there aren’t adequate agreements made ahead of time, then this can quite easily breed resentment in both sides of the relationship, and that is anything but healthy.

For example, while often babies aren’t planned, having a baby can often put strain on a relationship rather than saving a struggling one. A life change will require the best of yourself, and even couples with the right intention, intelligence and humility regarding their decisions, and a generally motivation to see things through can still argue in the harder moments. It’s just a normal human thing to expect of people, and it might not be that either side is wrong for expressing their concerns. Does that mean that finding a brand new life with your partner is a horrible circumstance that might only take and take from you aside from giving you a new perspective and wonderful life journey to follow? Of course not.

Just make sure you are in full agreement, even regarding the compromises, and that you are completely honest with one another about what to expect. If you’re not sure, conduct more research. Research, research, research what to do. Let’s say you’re both hoping to purchase a small hotel to run together, but neither has experience in this field. Are you going to let the romanticism of the idea drive your decisions, or are you going to test and audit one another to find the best skill sets for each role, and how might that work in the end?

When you’re both a supporter of each others development in this new and exciting scenario, you become a force to be reckoned with. After all, two heads are better than one. You just need to ensure that both heads are working together in the first instance.


Culture is important to consider when moving abroad. For example, let’s say you’re moving abroad as a same-sex couple, but you’re moving to a country that has yet to legalize same-sex marriage. How could this affect you in the future? What cultural forces might try to influence your life in some way, both positively and negatively? How are you to adapt to these circumstances? Might you have to adjust the manner in which you both behave, or perhaps what social group you will find the most applicable?

Of course, this is a highly specific example. Culture is essential to learn about before moving. Take nightly language lessons to help you adapt to life there more appropriately. Consider your reason for moving. Might you need to follow a distinct formula for applying for your business license? How long do you need to live there before you can apply for dual citizenship? What exchange rate can you expect for the funding you’re bringing with you? How are your plans going to materialise in the new country? For example, if you’re Australian born and bred, might it be considered a silly idea to move to Rome to open an authentic Italian eatery? Consider how the culture might affect your decisions for better or for worse, and you’ll likely be able to push forward with the right priorities and understand how to ignore all of the other difficulties on your way.


Of course, just because you want to spend your life in a new environment doesn’t necessarily mean you have the right to. You need to understand how VISA’s work, and what rights you are entitled to. Sometimes, the criteria you either match or don’t match can influence how far you are able to execute your plans, or how deeply you need to change them. Your plan might look pretty on paper, but without a reputable and reliable firm such as FISA Immigration to help you arrange your papers, your declarations, and advise you of your rights, you’re going to fall at the first hurdle.

It’s not enough to simply apply for what you’ve been told you will need to do. You need to understand why, how and when these documents will give you the right to pass over foreign borders. Of course, some countries do it differently than others. Right now, growing concern over EU nationals in the UK and UK citizen in the EU is of course a cause of Brexit. Some more rational and able border checking processes are more rational, such as the points-based system adopted by Australia.

It’s important you get your personal identifications in order, submit to all questions with dignity, and to make your intentions clearly known. Dishonesty will get you nowhere, even if you feel it can speed up your process.


Funding is essential to make a new life work. Unfortunately, heading out into the Wild West to make your fortune and build your own town is not something you can do in the modern world. This might sound saddening, but it’s a reality you have to deal with. Finding a brand new life with your partner might sound romantic, but it can quickly fall into being destitute if you’re not able to consider how your cash flow will be considered.

Do you have a job at the new place? If purchasing a business, how long before you can start expecting income? What personal costs might you incur when heading to this new life, and have you considered them? The small costs can often add up. For example, it might be that required medication you need to manage a condition is 250% more expensive in the country you are planning to move to, putting a real dent in your daily funding. Consider all the small variables that support your life and which you take for granted now, and over time you should feel much more able to feel confident in your financial plan.

Personal Needs

What will your personal needs be? Might it be that you have a medical condition that needs to be managed, and that in this new, cold environment symptoms might flare up even more? Have you considered that? Even small considerations like disability access, funding for vital resources and even current knowledge you’re relying on might not be as effective as thought in the new environment.

How will you adapt to the shifting tides? Are you thinking of this change or pursuit with security, or are you simply pushing ahead to see what happens? Can you afford to be so reckless? Are there any hidden costs that might occur due to a lack of foresight? Try to consider everything and anything you can. Sometimes it’s the tiny issues that can come back to bite us if we’re not careful with our actions.

With these tips, finding a brand new life with your partner is sure to be a well-planned for and possible part of your journey. We wish you the best!

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All Summer Long: Keeping Your House Cool

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The better weather is coming your way, and even if you’ve been experiencing some pretty drab winter and then spring weather, the BBQs and flip flops won’t be far away from making an appearance. But how do you plan on keeping cool over the summer? In many instances, the natural go-to is the air conditioning. But that, along with fans dotted around the house, can all be pretty energy consuming, costing you a lot of money in the long term. So the good news is that there are alternatives. These are some of the things that you could try instead, or at least in between the air-con and the use of fans. Keep cool and keep your energy bills down.

Use Your Windows in the Right Way

It can be a natural choice to open your windows as wide as they will go to let in a bit of a breeze. But this isn’t always be a good decision, depending on where in the house you are opening the windows. To really help your home to keep cool, it is all about keeping the hot air from even coming in. So if you’ve got south facing windows, for example, keeping them closed and covered with blinds or curtains during the day can really help the home to stay cooler. When the sun has moved or gone down, then you can open them to give them a good airing.

If you really feel the need for a breeze, as let’s face it, air moving is going to be much cooler than air in the home that is just staying still, then make sure you do so in the way that will encourage a breeze. Open windows on opposite sides of the house, and it can it can help a breeze to travel through.


Insulation is normally associated with keeping warm. Because let’s face it, it can give you an extra ‘layer’ in your home and will help with keeping the heat in. But what it also can help with is keeping the heat out of your home as well. So don’t underestimate the power of some insulated panels for wall partitions in your home, for instance. It can help you then in summer when you want to keep heat from coming in, and in winter when you want to keep the heat in the home and stop it from going out.

Switch It Off

It can be quite surprising just how much heat many appliances in our homes generate. If you’ve ever used a computer for a long time, for instance, you will know what I’m talking about. So switch things off fully when not using them; don’t just put them on standby. It is a good idea to make sure that fridges and freezers have plenty of room around them to vent (rather than being squashed against a wall), as these are some of the appliances that can generate a lot of heat (but of course, don’t switch these ones off). Just give them plenty of room to ventilate.

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Getting The Glow: Tips For Bright, Youthful Skin

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With a dewy, youthful glow being the top of every beauty blogger’s wish list, there’s a constant demand for great skincare and products that will help in your plight for anti-ageing. However, if you lead a busy lifestyle, reside in the city centre, and enjoy late nights out with friends (who doesn’t), it can all take its toll on the condition of your skin.

To help avoid premature skin ageing and a dull surface; there are some things you can do to help boost your youthful appearance and keep your skin in great condition. There will always be an array of products on the market that claim to help improve your skin’s appearance and conceal those common signs of ageing; however, you can make a difference with some decisions that are right for you, your lifestyle, and stage of life. The following are some things to consider if you want to gain your glow back, and how to maintain a youthful appearance.

Drink Up

There’s a reason that both health and beauty bang on about getting enough water throughout your day; it’s a fact that drinking plenty of H2O is good for you. Staying well-hydrated helps to ensure that everything on the inside of your body is working swimmingly, which will improve the appearance of your skin. Dehydration can lead to your skin becoming dry and flakey; annoyingly, dry skin can also lead to spots, as the oil and dirt in your skin can’t escape your pores. If you feel like a complete refresh of your face; it might be worth looking into a chemical face peel so that you’ll have a clean slate to work with. Hydration will play a major part in your skin continuing to glow in the future, so make sipping your water a regular habit.

Calm Down

Studies have shown that a bad night’s sleep, stress, and fatigue will all contribute to your skin’s ageing process. Taking regular time to unwind and relax, and getting a decent amount of sleep during the week, will help you to ensure that you don’t wake up with way more wrinkles than when you got under the sheets. You can check out how a bad night’s sleep wrecks your skin online, and learn some tips from model Jodie Kidd, on how to get a great night’s sleep instead.

Cover Up

At the risk of sounding like your mum; have you put your SPF on, are you wearing a hat and sunglasses, and are you spending enough time in the shade? If you’ve answered no to any of the previous questions, then it’s time to make a change to your usual summer routine. The sun can be amazing for lifting your mood, the ability to eat al fresco, and providing you with plenty of vitamin D; however, sun damage will contribute to the ageing process of your skin. Don’t panic; you can still get that summer feeling with the use of a quality fake tan; but, if you want to stop or slow down skin ageing, you’ll need to cut down on the time you spend sunbathing.


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Is living off grid feasible for modern families and could you do it?

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I think at some point almost all of us have thought about living off grid. Throwing in the day job, eating what you grow and being completely self sufficient.

The sun lapping across your back as you take it easy, sipping on your home made Ginger Beer….

That’s about where most of us get to, when we are suddenly pulled back to reality – work, deadlines, paying bills, study, kids, partners, family – you name it!

Maybe self sufficiency or off grid living is just that, a dream. An unreachable goal that on paper feels like what we were meant to be doing, but can never fully attain.

The other issue that’s always slapped me in the face (pretty hard) when I’ve looked into self sufficiency, that a great number of people who’ve achieved self sufficiency (or even just off-grid) status happen to accept a significantly lower standard of living than what most normal families are prepared to live with.

Making dinner at night shouldn’t be an exercise in how many kilowatts are left in my battery, and maybe I shouldn’t (or cannot) use the microwave!

To be honest, in the middle of summer we want energy independence, we want to run the air conditioner (in Queensland, Australia) and enjoy life, not sweat it out. The same in winter, families want a warm shower – fine, it doesn’t have to be a 10 minute shower, but something you can rely on.

So, without any more ado – we are making it happen!

That’s right, we are taking a family of 4 living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia – firmly fixed to the energy grid, and taking them off grid, and a long way to being self sufficient.

The goal – for under $50k (retail) we will show you how a family of 4 can live sustainably and off grid. This isn’t a warm and fuzzy brush over, this is a warts and all look at what it takes to transition from a normal grid connected family to a renewable off grid life. We will be showing you every step you need to get you, and your family off grid and on the road to self sufficiency:

  • Energy – production/storage
  • Food – plan/plant/harvest/store
  • Water – harvest/treat/store
  • Short and long distance transport – fuel/vehicle selection
  • Community – give/live/assist

The families overall goal is to inspire other families all around Australia that living a rewarding and sustainable lifestyle is possible and within reach, and that the implications are probably far greater than you could ever imagine.

More information about our off grid family will be released in the coming weeks -> sign up here to keep yourself posted on our off grid project.

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Finding Appropriate Care For Your Aging Parent

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Image Source: worry has been creeping up on you slowly for a while now, and you knew the dreaded day would come when you’d have to start looking for options of care for your aging parent. It’s not a pleasant subject, but an important one nonetheless, and must be handled very carefully. If you’re working full-time, and your aging loved one has found themselves in need of more care urgently, you could be feeling immense pressure to find an answer. There are a few steps that can ease you in the direction most appropriate for you and your parent.


The first step on finding appropriate care for your aging parent is seeking an assessed by a professional Aged Care Assessment Team. This determines how well your loved one could manage care on their own, or what degree of help they need. To do this, you must go to the My Aged Care website, and get in contact with them regarding consultation for your loved one, to become part of the Federal Government’s aged care system.

Care at Home

Many aging people continue to enjoy their home comforts, and the thought of moving from their sanctuary is a nightmare. For those who are assessed as safe to do so, your aging parent may be able to stay living at home, with the assistance of a care package – a team of caregivers caring for your loved one in their own home. Unfortunately, these care packages often come after a substantial wait – something you may not be in the position to allow for.

Respite Care

If you feel as though you are in need of care for your aging parent now, but are unsure about long-term, then respite care may be the answer. Respite care is usually care provided by an Aged Care facility for a short period. This gives time for other arrangements to be made if necessary, for your loved one to experience what an Aged Care facility is like, and to provide you with a chance to get everything in order in the comfort of knowing that they are safe and well looked after.

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An Aged Care facility is often for those who are assessed as unable to manage at home, even with a care package. There are fantastic Aged Care facilities around, enabling your aging parent a new sense of home, being well looked after and in the company of others in a similar situation. It’s an opportunity to be safe, secure and offers the valuable interaction that many aging people miss out on. While an Aged Care facility provides some great relief, it is something to be carefully considered beforehand, taking into account the desires of your loved one.

It’s important to stay calm and not to panic when faced with decision making for your aging parent. Make sure that you discuss their options with them, to keep them involved with the process. It is a daunting time for you, but quite possibly more worrying for your loved one. Having had the correct assessments for your loved one, you should have the right information to help you moved forward in the appropriate direction.

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