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THOSE SUMMER DAYS...

THOSE SUMMER DAYS...

The sand between toes.. BBQ's with friends on the beach.. the sun disappearing into the horizon.. let's face it there's just something about summer.

Wherever you are in the world the warm relaxed days carry a feeling in the air.

In Australia we have some of the most amazing beaches to enjoy through the sunshine months. World famous spots like 'Noosa Beach' (pictured below) with it's white sand, cafe's, welcoming vibe, becomes a hive of activity as people flock to enjoy one of the best times of year. 

Further South at the iconic 'Bondi Beach' the energetic are out early, making the most of the cool start to the day and breathing in the fresh air. The walk around Bondi beach is one of the best in Australia and whether you're out and about or people watching from across the road in the cafe, you can't help but feel on holiday in that place.

Wherever you are this summer make sure you take some time, look around for a spot by yourself or with others, and truly appreciate what is all around you. They say 'an ocean breeze puts the mind at ease', so slow down, enjoy the view and stop and breathe. 

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TOP 5 COFFEE SPOTS IN BONDI

TOP 5 COFFEE SPOTS IN BONDI
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      140 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach

      This modern deli is exactly what a cafe should be. A place where the necessity for coffee is met with a healthy and delicious choice of food. Seasonal picks that are cooked from the heart.

       

      SONOMA

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      10/178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

      With divine loaves of freshly baked bread peeking out from every corner the Sonoma café is one of our faves!  Selling gourmet pastries, breads and sandwiches, plus brekkie and coffee blends. Perfect!

       

      PORCH AND PARLOUR

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        17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi

        Uber chic cafe serving creative breakfasts, light lunches and mains. This is the place to be seen or catch up with those hipster buddies. Oh and excellent coffee!

         

         GUSTO

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          1/16 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

          At this bustling Bondi café there is an emphasis on the exact art of coffee making. Owner Rafi Aruch has built 12 years of trust amongst the community. With a delicious menu and wooden stools perched at the window bar this café and its coffee is a MUST!

           

          HARRY'S ESPRESSO BAR

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            2/136 Wairoa Ave, Bondi Beach

            With rave reviews on the delicious coffee, a must-do coffee stop is Harry's Espresso Bar. With a name like that how could they not do great coffee! Yummy modern Australian offerings and a great breakfast menu are the highlights. Bring on the brew we say! 

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            10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE

            10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE

            Have you made your bucket list? Maybe it’s the fact that time keeps speeding on by, but last week I was reflecting on my life and realising that time stops for no one. I have read numerous passages and books that reference to that moment when someone is lying on their death bed and they rattle off the things they regret. There is a common theme, typically it’s the fact they wished they had taken more risks. Keeping in the spirit of this I decided the time to construct my bucket list was NOW! So here are my top 10 things to do before I die. I hope this inspires you to create your own list!

            1. Take a Pilgrimage. This may not hold the meaning it used to in the spiritual sense, but think of that place which makes your heart sing. For me I have always longed to visit the great wall of China. At 7m high, 7m thick and over 8000km long it blows my mind that this structure was made by human efforts. 

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            2. Forgive. Something that sounds so simple yet can be so hard. In the end unforgiveness is something that poisons your spirit not the person you are mad at. 

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            3. See the Pyramids. I have always longed to see this Egyptian marvel. Once again I am in awe of what human brilliance can accomplish! 

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            4. Go Skinny Dipping. The scaredy cat in me has never shed all my clothing and bravely jumped into the sea. One day I am going to take a shot of something, be extra brave, carefree and all of that..one day I shall skinny-dip.

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            5. Get Engaged on top of the Eiffel Tower. Ok so many of you know I’m already married. This is a dream I would love to reenact one day. But to all you dreamers out there, this is definitely #goals.

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            6. Float in the Dead Sea. This is just plain cool. I would love to know what this salt dense body of water feels like, one day I am determined I will!

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            7. See the Northern Lights. Something again I have always longed to do. The earth is an amazing place, what a creation! 

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            8. Finish a Journal. I am a self-confessed journal-a-holic. I love paper, crafts and stickers. Planning in my planner, writing down thoughts in my journal and numerous to-do lists. I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever finished a journal, I always get to the middle and excitedly buy another and start that one. One day I shall have a complete journal!

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            9. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride. Sipping on some champagne, watching the sunset from a Hot Air Balloon, sigh. It would be absolute magic to float silently across the skyline!

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            10. Love Deeply. Tell the people in my world whether it be family or not…tell I love them. It's so easy to assume that people can read our minds and they should know, but do they? Spread a little love around, it will cost you nothing but will give so much!

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            Now that I have started my list I realise I could actually make this 50 or 100 things to do before you die. I think more than going out there, taking out a loan and ticking off the list, just putting these thoughts down gives you a sense of something more. A sense of not just living a 9-5 existence but searching for more and longing for not just material things but experiences. Let it never be said of us that we had regrets! 

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            COFFEE CULTURE : A REVOLUTION

            COFFEE CULTURE : A REVOLUTION


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            As a teenager I just couldn’t understand the lure of coffee.  The smell was vaguely appealing, the taste was truly disgusting and at the time the only benefit I could see was its ability to keep you awake.  This was enough to get me to try it.. and years later I can well and truly say I am a convert.

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             Words like crema, roast and bean get my taste buds tingling and my senses stirred.

            That feeling of walking into a cafe, you look across at the Barista and clearly by the signs of his dreads and piercings knowing it’s gonna be great! You glance at the trendy decor which screams…we are the new breed of hipster.

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            The seats are few because the place is jammed with twenty-somethings spending their hard earned cash on a weekend breakfast out. There are gluten free offerings in the cabinet and ‘raw’ brownies…when did they need to be raw I ask myself? I glance at the price…$5 for a regular coffee….ah well it’s not just the coffee after all is it…we are paying for the experience.

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            The first few sips are glorious and the drive was all worth it.  We are emerged in the coffee culture and thankfully for us it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

            From a coffee lover xo

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            5 HEALTHY HABITS TO START TODAY!

            5 HEALTHY HABITS TO START TODAY!

            1. Warm Lemon Water: I have heard this one talked about for years and never really been keen until recently. The New Year brings a 'new me' and I am embracing it with open arms. Warm lemon water every morning has helped with my digestion and also gives your body a boost of Vitamin C.

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            2. Start a journal: Whether it’s a gratitude journal, a prayer book or simply a place to scribble down thoughts, a journal is a great way to help align your mind. I’ve found when I get all my thoughts down I feel more centered and ready to face current issues that are going on in my life. I feel grateful for all I have and open to new opportunities. 

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            3. Hydrate! We have had this drummed into us for so long and there is truth in the drumming. There are so many benefits that outweigh the constant trips to the bathroom. Clear skin, less snacking, excess hunger, the overall health benefits are too numerous to list! I like to carry my favourite water bottle around with me and also on occasion add fun flavours like lime and berries. 

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            4. Get some sun! Getting enough vitamin D is essential for strong bones and a good mood. Get out of the office or study chair at least once each day to take a walk and get some vitamin D. 10 minutes a day is all you need.

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            5. Sleep More. I know what your saying…ok, this is a habit I could get behind. Getting enough sleep of a night is essential for your overall health. I have recently found an awesome function on my iphone called the Bedtime function, which alerts me when I need to head off to bed to get my 8 eight hours in. Although I usually ignore it, I am trying to train my body to obey. 

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            THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO SPARKLE

            THIS IS YOUR YEAR TO SPARKLE

            The New Year is a magical time where all that has passed in the previous year can be forgotten. People can be redeemed. New habits can be started. Slates are wiped clean and all your dreams are achievable! 

            The New Year is a chance. A chance where you can write down a new set of goals and dreams and actually feel like anything is possible! 

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            Some tips on goal setting and nutting out those New Years resolutions. 

            1. Stay Balanced - have different categories for different areas of growth in your life. For example: Have a goal for your Health, and then another for your Mental Growth and then another for your Financial Area. 

            2. Keep them achievable. All too often I have set myself lofty goals, I will read 20 books…I will loose 30kg. Making goals too lofty to achieve can also be a great discourager. Make sure you can achieve whatever you set yourself, even if it’s small increments at a time.

            3. Put them somewhere you can see them. Such a simple thing but so effective. I make sure my goals are in my planner and also put up somewhere I can see them daily, the fridge is a great location.

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              Let’s make 2017 the year we believe, achieve and succeed! 
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            THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING COASTAL

            THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING COASTAL
             There are so many things I love about living on the coast. My home town at the present is Mandurah, Western Australia. Located 45 minutes south of Perth, the town of Mandurah to me is the perfect blend of laid back living whilst still being less than an hour to a bustling city. 

             

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            I myself have always opted to live coastal. Growing up on the New South Wales coast I was familiar with the surf lifestyle. The smell of the ocean as it carried across the town, the gorgeous sunsets and endless summer’s. That’s another big plus about Australian living, we have one of the best climates (in my opinion) across the globe. 
             So I thought I would give you my top three reasons why coastal living is so awesome.

             

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            My first reason is the feeling of escape. I love that feeling so at any moment I could jump in a boat and set sail for places I have never been. There is a feeling of freedom, standing on the edge of the crashing waves during a big swell you feel absolutely dwarfed. It is in these times I feel right somehow, like I know my place in the world. I realise this all sounds a bit airy fairy but if you live coastal you will understand this feeling. 

             

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            My second reason is the beach lifestyle. Summer comes along and suddenly the sweaters and gone and replaced by short shorts and bikini’s. The beach is a sanctuary where sun is king and sand is a welcoming bed of relaxation. Living costal is a feeling of being on holiday constantly. There is nothing more pleasing than the sand between your toes, drinks as the sun sinks into the ocean and that feeling of the sun on your bare skin. 

             

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            My third reason (and look there could be so many more) is beach coastal living is a platform to create lifelong memories. I think most of us can remember a time we dug our spades into wet sand and attempted to build the tallest sandcastle on the beach. The beach holds excitement, the beach holds romance, the beach will ever be a part of my memories and I hope it’s part of yours. 

             

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