• How to organise a weekend away with mates Country Road catalogues depict them on beaches in varying shades of chambray blue. Kinfolk magazine captures them as a bunch of hands reaching across a picnic table dressed with native flowers. Weekends away with a crew of best pals is definitely an aspirational thing. The reality can be a little less sepia-toned. Trust me. Among more
  • here’s how to boost your immunity this winter It’s been a cold few weeks. Our friends over in Tassie had their coldest day on record at minus 12, and I’ve been shivering in my ugg boots at home. It’s around about now, each year, that that I head overseas. Bound for warmer climes. Stay tuned on this front… I struggle in the winter. I more
  • What if you could combine coconut and rice milk in one? I know a stack of you ask me about non-dairy milks that don’t contain sugar, GMOs, phytic acid or other toxins. Which is no mean feat. I struggle to recommend many* and mostly suggest you make your own nut milks (there’s a recipe in my I Quit Sugar book). And, then, from another angle, some of more
  • Hey, nice specs! A Friday shout-out to Fellow Four-Eyes: Some Special Specs for ya! If you like the lunettes I wear in the various pics above, know this: they’re $US99 INCLUDING THE PRESCRIPTION LENSES! You can order them online today from Bonlook and have them perched on your nose in days. Different styles, sizes, shapes and colours. Here’s more
  • Friday giveaway: my Bonlook glasses If I had a dime for every time someone asks me where I got my glasses from…I’d have enough to shout Jo (who has to field such questions via Twitter, Facebook and this blog) dinner somewhere posh. The answer to the question, to help things out, is this: Bonlook, an online site where you enter your specs more
  • friday giveaway: a papillionaire bike worth $700 Another generous Friday giveaway…and what a cracker it is this week. Yes, we’re giving away a Papillionaire old-school treadlie. Just in time for summer!   Not only is she very pretty, this Papillionaire bike is: a fully customised Sommer bicycle valued at almost $700  powered with a 3- speed internal hub (yes, gears!) an upgraded more
  • a *very* cute bike fashion find To be honest, being safe on a bike is mostly about being visible. I ride to be seen. Which is to say, I ride obviously. I ride so cars know I’m there. I take off at traffic lights from up front, I ride on the road (not on footpaths where reversing cars can’t see me) more
  • the 5 things your breakfast protein shake must include Breakfast seems to be a big topic on this blog (a few previous posts here and here).  I often get walloped with responses like, “but I don’t have enough time” and “I’m not a breakfast fan”. My answer to such queries is protein shakes.  HOWEVER, there are protein shakes and then there are protein shakes. Some more
  • some sweet ideas: cooking with natvia In my quest to make sugar-free life, well, sweeter, I’ve been scouting different fructose-free sweeteners for you. It’s a minefield. There are a lot of sugar-free chocolates and treats out there…but the sweeteners read like something from a box of Ratsak.  I’ve shared on the safe and not-so-safe alternative sweeteners before. One or two alternatives more
  • your bike-buying questions answered I’m constantly asked for tips for buying bikes. If you’re buying your first since you sported spokey dokes on your Repco, it can be daunting. For this sponsored review I asked Jenny Fay from Australia’s first women’s bike shop at Clarence St Cyclery in Sydney to share her advice. And can I just say, it more
  • what are sponsored reviews? Yesterday we ran a “sponsored review”. You see more of these around the web now, called sponsored posts or paid posts. I thought I’d be totally transparent about what these are about for me, here. In a shell of a nut, they’re posts that are supported in some way – in $ or in kind more
  • In which we try out a handsome Cooper bike The other week I was lent a new Cooper bike (the same folk who make the Mini Cooper). I got my right-hand woman Jo to test-ride the three-speed Zandvoort for this sponsored review. To my mind it’s a great bike for kids out there who love the single-speed aesthetic and snappy swoopiness…but with a few more
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