Spring cleaning tips: decluttering your head and home
The tradition of spring cleaning is well known to just about everyone. Here are some simple tips to declutter your home and your head.
As the weather turns cooler, colds and flu start to appear in our neighbourhoods. Our workplaces and schools fill with the sounds of coughing, sneezing and sniffling noses. But why is it that the flu is more prevalent in cooler months? And what can we do to protect ourselves?
It’s almost the end of the financial year. Which means it’s time to start thinking about your tax. Sorting out how you can keep the maximum amount of your income from the tax man can be a tricky dance Get your deductions right and you could save yourself a bunch of money while you’re at it.
What does it take to compete with the world’s best athletes at the commonwealth games? We take a look at a day in the life of some of Australia’s sports stars and find that the path to the podium is often as individual as the athletes themselves.
As you were probably taught in high school, World War I has had a significant effect on the modern world. In fact, some historians argue that it triggered the start of many breakthroughs in medical science, which we take for granted today.
With the Commonwealth Games being held in the Gold Coast from 4-15 April, now is the perfect time to think like an athlete. We are not talking about jumping over hurdles, or achieving your best 100 metres – we are talking about how to manage your time like a professional athlete would.
From black tea, to green tea to Oolong tea, there sure are a large variety out there. But what’s the difference when it comes to the health benefits? Some teas come with the antioxidant punch to help you fight that cold, whilst others are a great stress reducer after a long working week. In this blog, we’ll run through everything from the growth process of tea leaves through to the different health benefits.
If you’re nearing retirement, one of the biggest questions on your mind might be, “Do I have enough money to have a comfortable retirement?” The answer to this question will differ from person to person. For instance, a retiree simply wanting a weekly income to cover bills, groceries and outings with the grandkids, will require a different amount compared to another retiree looking to travel the world once retirement rolls around. Whatever kind of retirement you envision for the future, it’s important your retirement budget reflects this.
Australians and Irish folk have a lot in common — we all like to raise a glass on our national holidays! But there are ways to celebrate without getting a hangover the next day. Our guide to going green is so much fun, you won’t even notice there’s no alcohol involved.
According to the State Government of Victoria the stages of development are the same for every child, however the time it takes for them to get to each stage may differ. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything from what the different stages are to whether you should send your child to school early.
When you think of Christmas in Australia, you probably think about BBQs and sunscreen, playing backyard cricket or heading down to the beach with your boogie boards. That’s right, Christmas in Australia is pretty unique compared to most places around the world.
Christmas is that one time of year, where you can take a good break from work, reflect on the year that was and catch up with your loved ones. While it’s a great time to come together as a family, for some it can also be a stressful time of year. In fact, according to a survey by Relationships Australia, it’s actually considered as one of the six most stressful life events, along with divorce, moving house and changing jobs.
You’ve done it again. It’s the week before payday, and there’s nothing left. Did you really need that new pair of shoes? This was supposed to be the month you made your own lunches. Feel familiar? Here’s a few apps to keep your budget in check.
We take it for granted that celebrities weren’t just born into fame and fortune. In fact, more often than not, actors and singers struggle for years to support themselves while waiting to be discovered. Who knew that learning a trade could be a great foundational career for the arts?
A big consideration for people when they’re moving to a new home is whether they should hire a removalist company or rent a van and do it themselves. Here we’ll look at the pros and cons of both sides so you are more informed to make the decision when it’s your turn.
Most people understand that life insurance is a type of cover that provides for your loved ones in the event of your death, otherwise known as a death benefit. But according to statistics, the majority of claim payouts are, in fact, made whilst someone is alive. This is known as a living benefit.
For many of us, energy bills are an expense which only seems to increase. However, there are some simple, cost-effective steps that can be taken to help reduce the money spent on your energy bills, whilst also doing your bit for the environment.
Isn’t it weird that death is the only guaranteed event in our lives, but one of the least talked about topics? Yet it’s one we can all benefit from being more comfortable with. To help get those conversations flowing about what happens next, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting talks on the subject from across the web.
Life insurance helps to provide for your loved ones, should you die in an accident or from an illness. It’s a way to protect the people who depend on you to look after them. Here are the top 9 considerations when thinking about life insurance.
Helen wasn’t about to be told what she could and couldn’t do, and she’s now the owner-operator of Brisbane-based firm the Tradettes, which she started in 2013. Here’s how she’s built her dream career over the past seven years in spite of some gender-based hurdles.
It’s one thing to decide to start your own business or to strike out as a sole trader, but deciding how to manage your finances effectively is another thing entirely. It’s not like the entrepreneurial spirit automatically downloads bookkeeping knowledge – it’s okay not to know it all automatically.
There’s more to lunch breaks than pies and chocolate milk, so we’ve got some fresh lunchbox options to keep you running in tiptop condition. Ideas that’ll get the thumbs up from your wallet and the thumbs up from your waistline - because the most important bit of kit your business owns… is you.
For Penny Petridis, tinkering with race cars turned into a multi-faceted career in the trades. She explains why being a female tradie means you need to work twice as hard as the men and what drove her to start her company, The Female Tradie.
If you need a kidney, asking someone to become a living donor is a big ask. If you’re sick with kidney disease and need a transplant, friends or family members will usually come forward to volunteer. But what happens if they don’t? Where do you start?
Australian tradies are traditionally tough individuals. It’s part of the job. Working with your hands for long hours, often outside, with heavy material and sharp tools – it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But whether you’re a carpenter, electrician, plasterer, bricklayer, foreman, plumber, tree surgeon, tiler, welder or a pastry cook (it’s a trade, really) you can’t out-tough a workplace injury.
After spending a few years slogging through the 9-5 in unfulfilling office jobs, Sally Liddell decided to take matters, quite literally, into her own hands. And now, nine years after she first took a punt on a trades apprenticeship, her Melbourne-based company Right Connection Electrical is kicking goals state-wide.
Grief is a complex and individual experience. It’s a process to work through, for both you and the person you care about. Just as grief involves stages, so too does learning to communicate about it. We look at the grieving process and a few simple ways you can support someone who’s suffering.
Feeling a little flat after the wedding hullabaloo? Hold up – there’s still heaps more to do after you’ve said ‘I do’. From changing your name to planning your future together, here are some tasks and considerations to keep newlyweds busy.
It’s not difficult to find parenting advice on the internet. In fact, just searching ‘parenting tips’ brings up more than 53,200,000 results in less than a second. We waded through the best of the internet’s child rearing related talks and podcasts to bring you the best of the best on the web
Life is busy, and life insurance can easily end up in the “too hard” basket. But thinking about your family’s future and providing for them in unforeseen circumstances could mean there’s one less thing to worry about. We look into what life insurance is and how it could benefit you
Despite Australia boasting some of the world’s friendliest and most liveable cities, urban life can be tiresome. Traffic, public transport, growing populations, noise, high rent and house prices, properties stacked on top of one another – it can be hard to find peace of mind in the concrete sprawl.
When it comes to health, ignorance is not bliss. Like taxes, illnesses don't just go away if you ignore them - in fact, they can get more serious and more expensive to treat over time. We caught up with Melbourne GP Dr Vyom Sharma to get his tips for living a healthy lifestyle, and to find out how often you should be seeing your GP.