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When food, family and tradition collide…

“The heart of the table begins with you and me; extending our table into our community” Carmela Amato D’Amore When you hear Carmela speak of food, you also hear her emotionally speak of family and tradition, and it is these three aspects of her life that beautifully combine together in her new book The Heart…

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Good days & bad days..

Everyone told me that the ‘first’ of everything was going to be the hardest.. the first birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. But there’s nothing that can prepare you for how you’re actually going to feel when that ‘first’ event comes along. It’s almost three months since mum passed, and the initial couple of weeks felt…

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One final letter to my mum

Yesterday was a month since I wrote the piece below and shared my eulogy from Mum’s funeral. When I got home from the funeral, I felt the need to write it here, but I didn’t share it any further than quietly adding it to the website. But now, a month on from losing her to…

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Savings Challenge

Do you have a big event coming up this year? Are you planning a vacation? Or just want to remove some financial stress next Christmas? What ever you have scheduled for 2019, a little extra cash is never going to go astray. We both swear by the 52 Week Savings Challenge. This challenge sees you…

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Summer Reading List

Summer creates the promise of warm days, beach days, lunch in the sunshine, glasses of wine with friends, and sitting down with a good book. Each summer, I select a few books to try and read over the summer months. They’re usually an odd mix of books – a biography, some historical books and a…

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New Year, new opportunities, goals and mantras

The start of the New Year signals 365 days where new opportunities will present, goals can be chased and adventures can be had. In the lead up to New Years Eve, or in the first few days of the New Year, we set ourselves some resolutions or goals that we want to achieve over the…

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Just get out and explore

In all honesty, when did you last get out of the house and just go and explore? As working parents and busy families, it can be so easy to get caught up with the daily routines, and when the weekend finally rolls around half the time we’re too tired to go somewhere new. One of…

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To Market to Market…. a Mornington Peninsula gem!

There is something very special about a market… all types of markets. The joy of going to a venue to peruse the wares, buy some treats and generally have a “self-care” moment… and it all happens early in the morning…. It is pretty perfect! We are so privileged to live where we do. We both…

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If Only These Walls Could Talk…

Walking through the halls of the Old Parliament Building in Canberra, you can’t help but think “if only these walls could talk”.  As you walk through the white building, you can’t help but notice the green and red leather bound books that contain the transcripts from years of parliamentary debates; the worn green leather chairs in…

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Honour, Remembrance and Respect at the Australian War Memorial

Located an one end of ANZAC Parade in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial – a place to stop, reflect and honour the sacrifices made by so many Australian men and women over the past 120 years. From the Boer War to Peacekeeping…. While the main exhibit as you enter the War Memorial Museum features…

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