Home Living and Lifestyle Trends from Europe
Jun13

Home Living and Lifestyle Trends from Europe

For those of you who know me well, I love keeping informed of emerging home trends that are here to stay for a little while… One of the fun parts of having always been immersed in colour and design is checking out what’s happening in Milan and having the opportunity to forecast future trends. I love learning about the contextual relationships surrounding home trends. Why are they happening? Why the change? Right now one of the biggest...

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Four Money Personality Types
Jun08

Four Money Personality Types

What do personality types have to do with money? Well, I have two kids and over Halloween I give them two identical buckets which they fill by going from house to house. By the time we get home my son, bless him, has eaten or given all his lollies away and complaining of a sore tummy. My daughter, however, still has a bucket of lollies to add to her ones from last year. What’s the link between lollies and money? Well, you could...

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‘Days of Future Past’ or Reflections on Childhood
Jun05

‘Days of Future Past’ or Reflections on Childhood

Strange days, here we come! It’s interesting how life has this way of throwing things at us that we are not ready for. Last July I had to fly back to France – an emergency with my parents, during which and quite unexpectedly, I had to find a retirement home for them. On my last day, I went to see them in their “new” home then went back to their “old”, now empty home with a heavy heart, proceeded to empty the fridge, clean out...

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Kids are our future: Education is important
May25

Kids are our future: Education is important

Kids do notice what we do… Let me explain why I say that our children notice our actions; they emulate what we do even if we don’t think they do. Last week I attended my graduation ceremony for my Masters in Education. It has taken me 3 years to complete – 3 fun, satisfying and intellectually stimulating years. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a walk in the park, there were many really late nights and many weekends spent at the...

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Four reasons a woman’s financial needs are different
May18

Four reasons a woman’s financial needs are different

The Federal budget that was just released, I thought it would be interesting to talk about one thing it omits – the difference between a woman’s and a man’s financial needs. It is a given most financial planners are men, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that financial plans are built around them. A woman’s needs are a little different. Firstly, women live longer than men and it’s wonderful! Unfortunately, longevity comes at a cost –...

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What is the perfect age gap between kids?
May15

What is the perfect age gap between kids?

Hello Beautiful People, The Age Gap! The mummy fatigue is still at its peak. I’ve conversed with my husband a lot about this fatigue lately, for a few reasons. Although we are raising six children with everyone expecting us to be exhausted, we’ve concluded that our last two beautiful babies are the absolute reasons for our complete and utter parental exhaustion! ‘Super hero parents’ that have crashed and burned! We know...

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Calcium amounts and benefits for kids
May11

Calcium amounts and benefits for kids

Is your child getting adequate calcium (Ca) ? Our children need adequate calcium to support their growing bones,  a process that’s  complete by the end of their teen years. Then from young adulthood, bone calcium  begins to decrease, and we progressive lose  bone as we age, particularly in women. The recommended daily intake of calcium varies according to your child’s age, but it’s worth noting that from 9 years they...

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Wall Hangings – A beautiful art
May08

Wall Hangings – A beautiful art

Wall Hangings – an Art Movement. I’m really in love with wall hangings at the moment. And what I love the most about them is that they gently move with you as you walk past. Like the hips of the girl from Ipanema, it’s the gentle sway that makes them so very, very cool. I’m also in love with the idea of being a maker. How wonderful to be creating designs that gain a following and allows you to earn a living from the comfort of your...

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‘The Eyes Have It’ or the practice of meditation
May04

‘The Eyes Have It’ or the practice of meditation

One thing I love to do to enrich my yoga and meditation practice, is read from various reputable sources and practice by myself and/or guided by a good, experienced teacher. Recently I have had the challenging task of emptying my parent’s apartment and saying goodbye to my childhood, the home my brother and I grew up in. It has been exhausting, both physically and emotionally. Yet, what has kept my head on my shoulders and my...

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Meet Marisa of Marisa Hoffenberg Wealth Management…and Sydney Mum
Apr24

Meet Marisa of Marisa Hoffenberg Wealth Management…and Sydney Mum

Hello, my name is Marisa. I am a financial advisor and a mum of two, with a passion for educating and empowering women to take care of themselves financially. Let’s face it, Cinderella is an F**##ing fairy tale and in the real-world money is critically important to our freedom and security. Let me explain, what is it about Cinderella? I remember as a child (and when I read it to my daughter) I (and she) was completely enamoured. I...

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