The best roast, made easy!

The one single item in my kitchen that is by far the most utilised in almost all of the seasons is without a doubt – the slow cooker. To date – (and I am seriously not kidding), it has paid for itself over 500 times, and still counting….

Picked up on my mums advice – from some kind of easy-breezy department store over 15 years ago; this most praise-worthy kitchen appliance, is something that I simply cannot live without.

I have now (literally) stumbled across this recipe whilst we were completing the usual everyday school run a few mornings ago – with one of my treasured pal’s, Amy. So to be fair, I cannot take the credit on this one; the glory belongs all to her. All I can do is write about it. But with the rainy, Wintery weather predicted to grace our city today, I felt it was the perfect time to share something super easy, yet totally delicious for a traditional Sunday dinner.

I’ve been an avid pot roast cooker for a long time now… Most probably because I absolutely suck at using an oven… But more importantly because I realise the time saving benefits that it gives me. You basically load the ingredients, turn it on, and come back to it later once it’s nearly done.

There is no frying involved. No browning off, not part-cooking. It is literally a 1 or 2 vessel dinner, and your ready. And the result is nothing short of sensational. Juicy, tender, fall apart style meat when you carve it – but in no way being mushy. What else can you ask for, right? 

And since then, my family have now made this dish the most requested meal of the week.

To say this one is on high rotation in our house, would be an understatement.

So here it goes…

1 whole chicken from the general meat cabinet in your supermarket (stuffed or unstuffed).

2 X chicken stock cubes

A handful of garlic cloves, peeled and slightly smashed.

A big sprinkle of Italian herbs (or whatever herbs you fancy… Eg have available 😉)

Chat potatoes

Whole, peeled carrots 

While, peeled onions (optional)

Peeled Sweet Potato. Cut into large chunks
And here are the ridiculously easy cooking instructions:

Remove whole chicken from the plastic wrapper, and place in the slow cooker dish. Turn slow cooker on to low.

Sprinkle with the 2 x chicken stock cubes, and place the smashed garlic cloves on top of the chicken (tuck these into the wings if you like also).

After 4 hours, remove the whole chicken as one piece, and set aside on an oven tray. Add the desired amount of potatoes to the pot. Then replace the whole chicken on top of the potatoes.

Around the insides of the dish, strategically place the whole carrots, whole onions, and sweet potatoe chunks to fill up the rest of the available area.

Cook on low for another 2-3 hours if possible.

Remove all ingredients from the pot, and place on a uniform fashion on a baking tray. Eg, carrots with carrots, potatoes with potatoes etc. You might need to place the whole chicken on its own tray. The chicken may fall apart a little, which is ok, but try to keep its shape if possible.

Drizzle a little juice from the slow cooker onto the entire amount of food on the tray(s).

Place the tray(s) in a hot oven for about 15 mins to crisp up the chicken and the veges.

Remove from the oven, and serve with your choice of steamed greens.

*For the gravy*  I am a big fan of using a powdered base (Yes it is true… Cue the imperfect chef!). But I do like to make a very small amount of this base gravy just to start, and then add my own mix of slow cooker juices. These are real and natural – obtained from nearly the meat itself. Usually containing a lovely mix of broken up veges, garlic piece leftovers, and chicken/vege juices.

All in all, it’s a pretty original, rustic, fabulous home cooked dish. And you pretty much know exactly what has gone into it.
The size of your regular slow cooker can provide more than enough for our family of three, and then left over lunches again for each of us. Just be sure to stem yourselves enough green veges.

I guarantee that you cannot find fault I this roast. Just cook it once or twice, find your happy time/temp place, and you’re done.

I’m so unbelievably grateful for my dear friend to share this ever-so-simple recipe. And now you can experience the pleasure of this simple roast gorgeousness, any night of the week.


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Yay for # teamaniston!

It’s been a long time coming, but finally so many of us can now smile smugly along side in support of the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston ( # teamaniston)- as karma has now slapped Brangelina (aka # teamjolie) straight in the face.

I’ve always been a die hard fan of team Aniston. Not just because Jen has always been the lovely, sweet, down to earth, girl next door; and not just because Angelina was the tough, dominant, sexy, “I’ll take what I want”, home wrecker from way back. But because I too experienced exactly what Jen went through, not too long after in 2006. My (then) husband had an affair, and also ended our marriage to be with the other woman.

I didn’t cope with it very well at the time; so it’s pretty safe to say that I really hate even the thought of cheaters. Actually, that would be an understatement. But past life experiences aside, I really do feel that this week’s news holds a little victory for all of us who may have ever felt down-trodden, small, forgotten, or (dare I say it) even bullied by the alpha female… Aka the Angelina-type.

And for years I had imagined this day. The day that Jennifer would feel a sense of winning against the two people that tore her world apart way back then; and that all of us “nice girls” out there would finally see the mean girl pulled off her pedestal.

I’m now a 38 year old woman, so I can now handle what went down in my life around 12 years ago. I also realise (wholeheartedly) that I probably even dodged a bullet so to speak – in the love department; I’ve learnt sooooo much about myself, and gained an invaluable amount of life experience. But despite all of that, it’s still nice to raise a glass, tip your hat, or even just give a little wink to the universe in regards to Jen’s little karma-bitch-slap that went down with this monumental Hollywood goss announcement. But now after a day or so to reflect on Brad & Ange’s split announcement, and even after my own little personal rant above – I have now come to the conclusion that this is not something to be made a joke out of. This is so serious for them, and life changing for their kids. Divorce sucks, and it  is something that I truly do not ever wish on anyone. After over a decade of feeling hard done by at times by the actions of my ex way back then, I now realise that the experience actually taught me a whole lot more than I ever knew.

It taught me that it’s important to be able to live on your own. It taught me how to enjoy my own company, and not just rely on others all of the time.

It taught me to realise what is truly important I life, and to not just settle for what is here and now. It taught me that I am stronger than I initially gave myself credit for. It also taught me that many friends will come and go in life, and many relationships will be affected by a break up – not just the relationship of the couple.

It taught me that life goes on, and despite the heartache, (and in the words of Gloria Gaynor), “I will survive”.

And with her fabulous life, Jennifer Aniston has proved that statement herself also.

Go #teamaniston !

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Wednesday night ramblings.

Taking a bit of me time while the rest of the house sleeps… With a hot cuppa and a candle lit – just the right environment for a little reflection on what’s been , and time to think about my new intentions that I’ll set for tomorrow.

Feeling a little better that the full moon has past, and so has mercury’s retrograde – although I do have another night-shift looming… and that often can rock the boat a little.

Noting the little angel glow that’s visible only in the photograph above, and not to the naked eye – and feeling extra secure in the knowledge that we are never alone, and the universe has always got my back.
So deep and philosophical for 11pm on a Wednesday! 😇🌔✨

img_0643.jpgEnjoying the deliciousness of Honeydew & Violet’s Signature Scent ~ You’re My Honeydew.
Available via the H&V website:

Sweet dreams everyone! 😘😴

#honeydewandviolet #candles #youremyhoneydew #reflection #intention #sodeepandmeaningful #theuniversehasyourback


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Reclaim your personal style.

I’ve realised lately that shopping anxiety has recently become a bit of a thing for me. But what started out as a joke phrase at first, had now somehow turned into an actual reality.

For many years I had always felt that I was quite a fashion forward lady. My style was unique to me, and pretty much classic, yet on trend for the most part. But after pregnancy, child birth, and breast feeding, my body (like most women’s) was just never the same – and I suddenly felt very uncomfortable in my own skin.

I started to hide it away, and dress in a way that I almost didn’t get noticed. My style was just becoming boring and blah. But that’s not to say that I was getting around as a complete dag in my T-shirt and trackies… Far from it. But try as I might, I certainly was not pulling off what you might call “fashionista mum” style over the last couple of years.

What I realised when I was becoming more and more body conscious, is that I stopped really shopping for me – and instead allowed my 5 year old to be the stylish one. I was unconsciously hiding behind my handsome hubby and gorgeous girl. Boring mum was always letting them both steal the show; anything to take the attention off me I guess. Behind this smoke screen I had created with my family, I just became content with rotating a bunch of safe and old faithful outfits, that really didn’t show me off at all.

I decided that I needed to start dressing for me again, but I had no idea of where to start. I mean, for most women, the thought of going on a shopping spree for a new wardrobe sounds like bliss… But for me, the anxiety was raising and it was starting to feel like torture. I didn’t know what I needed, where to go, or what I was even looking for. It was like I was totally out of touch with shopping now – since I had been unconsciously avoiding it for a good 5 years or so. My husband was offering to come with me, but that was just adding to the pressure I was feeling even more for some reason. I felt that I needed to enlist the help of an expert – a personal stylist.

My husband was sceptical at first.

“Why would you need someone else to tell you what to wear?” 

He asked….

And yeah, I totally get that comment. Why should I?  Well, over the years I have always followed a number of different personal stylists and fashion bloggers on social media – always admiring their little tips and tricks, whether it be their flat lays, their OOTD’s , their inspo shots, or their polyvore pull together’s – and then trying to piece together their looks from what I had inside my own wardrobe. But this felt different.

reclaim your personal style It was hard to admit that over the years I had lost a little of my own sense of identity, and that I needed help to rediscover my own personality in the way I present myself – and let it shine on through.

I wasn’t the 28 year old club kid / festival darling / urban trendy person any more… And what did that even mean? Urban, boho, utilitarian, vintage? Who am I? That was a decade ago, and my lifestyle is way different now. I’m 38, and a wife and mum – but I don’t want to be boring or frumpy. I don’t want to now be just a wallflower in the back ground. I may not be out clubbing and hitting the coolest parties so much any more, but I still want to look good – and I want my image to be the best it can be.

So my solution to this part of my problem as I saw it, was to get some expert tips from a personal stylist. But with the level of anxiety that I was facing, it felt too overwhelming for me at this stage to jump in the deep end for the one-on-one treatment. Instead, I managed to find a very insightful lady, who had put together a down-right genius service. A personal styling workshop.

Bernadette Payne from That’s My Style, by Bernadette is a personal stylist that I had been following for quite a while now, and I just gravitated to her instantly. Her Invest In You – Dress With Confidence Style Workshop hit the nail on the head for me. It was a small group of women meeting in a stylish little patisserie, after hours. Where we could all sit down in a very un-intimidating environment, and learn a little more about ourselves, and how to make ourselves feel even better.

As we each told a little bit about our backgrounds and the secrets behind why we were there, I realised that we were all feeling the same way. We were all feeling insecure within ourselves, yet we were all entirely fabulous with who we were, and with what we had all achieved in our lives. We just didn’t know how to flaunt that fabulousness.
With a little bit of fashion psychological testing applied to us by Bernadette, we were then able to really hone in on what our deep down personal style actually was. We were then taught to browse the magazines and fashion pages, be able to identify “our look”, and then how we could emulate that look from key pieces, yet still make it our own. And that was one of the key points that I have taken home from the workshop:

Your style is your own interpretation. You might admire someone, and the way they dress; so you should take elements of that, but then make it more you.

I also learned that we are unconsciously judged by people within just 2 seconds of meeting them. So therefore, your body is a canvas, and you, yourself – are a brand. Your style represents your lifestyle in the here and now. Who do you want to be? And how do you want to portray yourself?

Bernadette went on to explain that your wardrobe needs to be versatile. You need to be ready for anything and everything, and it really shouldn’t take you very long at all to be able to put an outfit all together. This taught me that I don’t necessarily need a big wardrobe, but instead a quality wardrobe of key pieces that fit really well. I can then let my own individuality shine through with little tweaks, variations, and accessories. There is no point in holding onto a designer dress that looked great on the model, but does not suit my shape at all, (actually it accentuates my worst features), but I still hold on to it because one day it might look good….. Sorry honey, it’s not gonna happen.

reclaim your personal styleSo off I went with all of this brand new advice in my head, and attended to my own wardrobe cleanse, where I was instructed to try on absolutely everything in my wardrobe – no exceptions. And as I went along, I was always remembering these key snippets given to me by Bernadette:

  • Where will you wear it?
  • Where else will you wear it?
  • What will you wear it with?
  • And what else can you wear it with?

And finally, if it doesn’t fit you absolutely perfectly, then it’s got to go…. The same goes for anything with holes in it, pilling, stains or discolouration – because you’re too good for that!

The result after an entire day spent trying clothes on and off, was a HUGE pile of unwanted items on my bed – and now a nice, ordered, easy to find, calming & zen wardrobe. I even found some fantastic little quirky pieces that I even forgot that I had – and are just perfect for bringing out my extra unique style working with what I now have left.

And by the weekend, I had made myself a list of key pieces that I needed to now buy to complete my perfect capsule wardrobe. So armed with my list – and my new found fashion confidence (courtesy of Bernadette), I marched straight into Bondi Junction and tackled the big boys – Topshop & Zara.

Suffice it to say, I was pretty chuffed with that effort.

And to top it off, I can now get dressed wearing a stylish outfit that I feel great in, that’s a little bit different everyday, without stress – and in pretty much under 5 mins flat. Which is exactly what Bernadette can do too!

I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. The difference in my wardrobe’s functionality, and my shopping needs have changed dramatically – now that I’ve finally realised what I am shopping for. So if you have a wardrobe full of clothes, but never anything to actually wear, then get in touch with Bernadette Payne, or go along to one of her eye opening styling workshops. You will be truly surprised with what you will get out of it!


Reclaim your personal styleBernadette Payne is a personal fashion stylist, blogger, wife, and mother of three – with over 20 years experience buying and manufacturing fashion lines for some of Australia’s leading fashion retailers. After travelling the fashion world for many years, she now brings this knowledge home giving direct advice to suit her clients here in the Australian market; finding the best styles for every body shape, inspiring the ultimate confidence in all she works with.

Offering a range of services from wardrobe makeovers, personal shopping, and style workshops, you can make a connection with Bernadette via her website, or follow her on social media for her expert tips and every day styling inspo via the That’s My Style Facebook page, and Instagram.



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Did Mother’s Day exacerbate my parenting fails this week?

Mother’s Day is such a heart warming feeling when you are a new mum. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing five of them now, and it just seems to get more and more fun when each one comes along.

img_0563.jpgThis year, well more so, the days leading up to Mother’s Day were a little comical in terms of what our dear daughter got up to… As well as our various parenting fails that occurred.

It all started Monday night with the first “family fail”. You see, I moonlight as a nurse part-time, and often work the nightshift – which is exactly what I was doing at this particular moment.

I got a semi-frantic phone call from the husband at about ten past seven in the morning. It seemed that Jessie had put a ring of hers on her finger in the bath the night before. It had slipped on easily in the soapy water, but once she got out of the bath she couldn’t remove it. She never told anyone about it however, and just went about her nightly routine as she normally would.

The next morning, there was still no mention to daddy about said ring stuck on finger. It wasn’t until he was walking her into the school yard to before school care that he noticed her sausage-like pointer finger, whilst holding her hand.

At the time I was still working, and I couldn’t really sort out the situation from my end anyway; so I suggested he try soap, or fairy liquid, or even butter to help ease the ring off…. But this was to no avail.

About 5 minutes later he sent me a text: “We’ll see you in the ED”….. Looks like it’s really stuck!!!

Luckily, around 7am is a relatively quiet time in a children’s hospital emergency department, so she was taken straight in. Unluckily though, she had just eaten half a croissant for breakfast, and was going to have to wait 2 hours until she could have the happy gas required to actually get the ring off.

So there we sit, watching frozen on a portable DVD player until 9.15. Not so much fun after being awake the entire night working, when all I desperately want is my bed. I did go slightly delirious I think, as I found myself singing along to Frozen a tad louder than I should have been.

But after a few minutes of the gas, the wonderful ED team were able to cut the ring off, and free the finger. After another 3 minutes of oxygen, a couple of Jatz crackers, and a pink milk – we were good to go to school.

By 10.30 she was in class, and showing off her sausage finger battle wounds to her classmates. Oh well, at least it was a great story for news that day! And not long after, I was falling into the comfort of my bed for a well deserved (although very short) rest.

. . . .

Our next fail happened on Thursday morning – the day of the Mother’s Day stall at school. The whole family woke up late this day, so it was a rush out the door. My husband had left her with a special envelope from the school that he had placed $15 into. One $10 note, and one $5 note. Simply because there was a $10 and a $5 gift table, so we thought it best to give her the choice with the least amount of confusion.

Silly mummy accidentally forgot to take the envelope to school that day, so I ended up having to give the teacher $15 out of my wallet – in the form of 3x $5 notes. So when it was time for Jessie’s class to shop the stall, my clever little entrepreneur bought 2x $5 presents, and took the rest off to the canteen for an ice block!


But bless her, she wasn’t greedy, she only spent 90c and came home with the change. Good on her for that.

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img_0872.jpgThe last fail of the week happened on Friday afternoon, about half an hour before school was due to end. We’ve had a lot of issues with Jess not listening at all lately, and so this whole event did not really surprise me at all.

So Jess and her little classmate both had a pair of scissors each, and decided to cut themselves a fringe each. The teacher asked them repeatedly to stop, but the girls just wouldn’t listen.

Next, it was mid-way down Jessie’s pony tail to get the chop, so by this stage they were sent to the head teacher’s room for not listening. The minute school was over and they walked out of class to the parents gathered waiting below, the two girls burst into tears as soon as they made eye contact with their mums.

They were actually quite hysterical with the amount of crying. Once we finally understood why they were so upset, we decided that we better have a chat with the teachers. So, whilst trying to appear serious (and trying to hide my laughter) we chatted to the teacher and the girls felt much better. To be honest it was probably more to do with the shock of getting in trouble, rather than the cutting of the hair that was upsetting them. They were truly disappointed in themselves, poor little things. But still, another great lesson to be learned!

And to be fair, it could have been a lot worse. The fringe blends in, and the pony tail was cut relatively evenly. Not even a trip to the hairdresser was required to repair it. Phew!

img_0851.jpgSo by the time it reached Sunday, I was so eager for my day of spoiling, and so grateful for a bit of time with them both. My Mother’s Day gifts consisted of a stunning home made card featuring a coloured in artwork that daddy and Jessie had been working on together for the last few weeks (precious!), plus her purchases from the Mother’s Day stall which included a set of three beaded bracelets, and a compact mirror for my handbag – both gorgeously gold plated, as this is Jessie’s most favourite colour of the moment.

These were teamed with Jessie’s last minute decision gift on Mother’s Day morning, which consisted of a small cactus that had three sprouts – she said it reminded her of daddy, mummy, and Jessie….. Perhaps she likened us (tongue in cheek) to a bunch of pricks????

Just joking – I’m sure my five year old isn’t that clever for such a pun!

So after all of the antics in the lead up to Mother’s Day, it was lovely to receive a little spoiling come Sunday. An easy lunch, and a few glasses of wine with my little family made it just about perfect. Totes blessed!

So to all of those lovely mummy’s out there, I’m sending you lots of love this Mother’s Day. And also to the grand mummy’s, step mummy’s, mummy’s to be, mummy’s of the future, and especially the Angel mummy’s – who’s babies found their wings way to early.

To all of you, know how much you are loved and respected. Mum’s are the best!

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The Ankle Boot – How to wear it.

I love fashion, but I am often the first to admit that I don’t always have the eye for it. But that said, and just like most people – I like to look good. So to nail my own signature style, I often take my lead from the professionals in the industry. Fashion trends change from year to year, but often its only the smallest tweaks to your look that give the biggest impact. So I have enlisted the help of personal stylist Bernadette Payne –  from That’s My Style, By Bernadette to give us her top tips on how to make your wardrobe work smarter for you.

Seasons come and go, but the basics remain the same – so with a little advanced knowledge from a personal stylist, you can transform your key pieces to make your look totally up to date, and on trend.   Join us, for a little inside info from the experts.

The Ankle Boot – How To Wear It – by Bernadette Payne.

This season is all about the ankle boot!
It is practical, stylish, and can be worn with any outfit for many occasions. The ankle boot can be thrown on with comfortable jeans, a white shirt and scarf for a style-worthy weekend look.
During a wardrobe edit, many of my clients own a pair of knee high boots but never really wear them. You are limited in what you can wear a knee high boot with and it’s not always easy to get a good fit. I then introduce them to the ankle boot.
If you are new to ankle boots, then my top 5 tips on how to wear ankle boots will help:-

  • Tucked into the hem of a pair of black Ponte (stretch) pants with a longline tee and scarf.
  • Wear with your favourite straight leg jeans and turn back the cuff to show some ankle.
  • Buy a neutral colour like tan to wear with denim and soft colours.
  • Wear with knee length skirts or dresses and bare legs.
  • Add layers of scarves and jackets depending on weather.
  • Make your favourite summer maxi dress work in autumn by adding an ankle boot and leather biker jacket.

Bernadette Ankle Boot 2Bernadette Ankle Boot 3Bernadette Ankle Boot 4The key to wearing an ankle boot is making sure it’s seen. Don’t hide them under flared jeans or soft pants.

Are you looking for the perfect boot to get you through autumn and winter? I have made it really easy for you. My edit includes easy classic styles that I can guarantee you will pull together endless looks for the season.
Which boot will best suit your wardrobe? Think about your lifestyle and what you get dressed for most days. A flat heel is perfect for everyday running around. If your budget allows, add a high heeled boot for nights out.
All are available right now online and in-store.

Ankle Boot

Asos, Selected Suede stiletto boot $210.10 || Witchery, Oliver Stud boot $229.95 || Iconic, Callie Gusset ankle boot $49.95 || Decjuba, Edie Ankle gusset boot $159.95 || Iconic, ALDO Lillianne boot $129.95 || Mollini, Quonut boot $199 || Mollini, Vaino Boot $250 || Asos, Aldo boot with tassel trims $189.09 || Seed Heritage, Sarah gusset boot (also comes in black) $189.95

Which boot will best suit your wardrobe?


Bernadette Headshot 2Bernadette Payne is a personal fashion stylist, blogger, wife, and mother of three – with over 20 years experience buying and manufacturing fashion lines for some of Australia’s leading fashion retailers. After travelling the fashion world for many years, she now brings this knowledge home giving direct advice to suit her clients here in the Australian market; finding the best styles for every body shape, inspiring the ultimate confidence in all she works with.

Offering a range of services from wardrobe makeovers, personal shopping, and style workshops, you can make a connection with Bernadette via her website, Facebook page, and Instagram.

Or, you can get your fashion fix at one of the many upcoming events being held by That’s My Style. Join us on Thursday night, May 12th – for an inspirational evening of fashion styling, tips and tricks to get you all set for Autumn/Winter 2016. Here are the details:

Invest In You, Dress With Confidence – Style Workshop.Bernadette Headshot 1

Thursday, May 12th, 7-9PM

Venue: Baked Patisserie

10 Marshall Rd, Kirawee, NSW 2232

Or follow this link for more info.


Photo credits to: Pinterest, and That’s My Style, by Bernadette.

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Rosehip Oil – Simply the worlds best beauty product.

My beauty routine has changed a lot over the years. I don’t know about you, but I find after a period of time using the same products on my skin, my skin turns a little dull… It’s like my skin is bored. It’s gotten all too used to the current regime, and needs to be shaken up a little.
I blame this on the seasons, I blame it on my hormones, and sometimes I blame it on my age. But one thing is for sure, no matter how much I swap and change my products about there is always one thing that remains as my staple – and that is Rosehip Oil.
Rosehip Oil is my never fail, multi use little magical potion that works wonders for men and women of any age. I started seeing the wonders of Rosehip Oil after a 2 year stint working as the practice nurse in a cosmetic surgery clinic in my mid 20’s. After learning about and treating such a myriad of skin conditions during my time in this role, there was always one product that I would swear by – Rosehip Oil. Aside from surgery, or quite costly and timely non-surgical cosmetic procedures, Rosehip Oil was the one do-it-yourself treatment that would get quality results with just about any condition our clients could throw at us.

Originating in Chile, and made from the actual berry-like (fruit) bud that gets left behind after the petals fall from the Wild Rose Bush; Rosehip Oil is an organic product that is rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9), as well as powerful antioxidants.

So what can Rosehip Oil do?

Quite simply, with regular use Rosehip Oil makes your skin just glow – like a well hydrated dew-drop.

  • It helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It hydrates and moisturises the skin.
  • It helps even up skin tone, and keeps it firm.
  • It is particularly good at lightening and fading stretch marks, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, burns caused by laser marks, and some scarring.
  • It helps heal sun burn and sun damage by encouraging skin cell regeneration and repair.
  • Rosehip Oil helps balance oily or combination skins, and reduces any greasiness.


How does it actually work?
As mentioned earlier, Rosehip Oil is jam-packed full of powerful, organic goodness, including:

Linolenic Acid
– known as Omega 3, which is a fatty acid required for the proper structure of our skin cell membranes, and helps provide essential moisture to the skin.

Linoleic Acid – known as Omega 6, which is an essential fatty acid that helps provide a natural barrier to external environmental damage.

Oleic Acid – which is known as Omega 9, a fatty acid that helps repair damage to the tissues, and then regenerate the damaged skin – improving the overall skin condition.

Then we get the bonus of Rosehip Oil being one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C available, plus also a natural source of Vitamin A – both being antioxidants that can neutralise or inhibit the destruction caused by many of the free radicals that can harm our skin cells, simply as a result of modern living. Vitamin A is also listed as probably the most important ingredient when it comes to anti aging – and yet it occurs in Rosehip Oil naturally.

And the best way to use it?

Rosehip Oil is absorbed more effectively on damp skin, so I suggest using a gorgeous face spray such as Secret Scent Aromatherapy’s Rose Water and Cucumber Facial Spritz. This can also help with balancing combination skin such as an oily T-zone.
img_0301.jpgOnce your face has been spritzed and hydrated, place a drop of Rosehip oil on the fingertip pads of your pointer, middle and ring fingers (less than 0.5ml total). Touch your fingertips together, and then lightly dab the oil to the face starting on the forehead then working down to the sides of the eyes, under the eyes and across the nose, down the cheeks, sides of mouth, chin, and finally smoothing to the neck.
When the skin is damp the oil will blend and absorb in a more even fashion, which is why a little bit can go quite a long way. Rosehip Oil is a great alternative to many facial serums, and a much more cost effective option too – which is always a plus – so it makes sense to use it in the same way.

After the spritz and oil combo has absorbed a little (which is probably less than about 30 seconds), you can apply your favourite day cream – I just can’t go past Secret Scent’s Facial Cream featuring a little blend of Neroli, Sandalwood and Lavender. With just the right amount of hydration for the day it creates a soft and supple base for my make up.
Or for ultra hydration, do this as a night-time ritual also using Secret Scent’s Ginseng Night Repair Cream. Which is a highly concentrated intensive moisturiser that is enriched with even a little more Rosehip Oil in its base – giving you the added benefits of cell repair and renewal while you sleep.
The benefits of this wonderful oil just don’t end at the face either. It helps with healing body scars, minor cuts, it strengthens fingernails, and it can help nourish your hair – but that’s a whole other story.
For now, I’m just obsessed with the facial benefits it provides – which is why I go to the extent of saying again and again, that Rosehip Oil simply is the worlds best beauty product.

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Words by Danielle Tinkler. Product samples and an amazing wealth of knowledge shared by Sharen Turner.

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True friends are like stars.

img_1849-2.jpgTrue friends are like stars – you might not always see them, but you know they are always there.

No truer words could be spoken about two of my dearest.

Today we managed to catch up for a one hour coffee and a chat. Two of them both with either a baby or toddler in tow, and me now kid-free, due to the fresh start of school a few weeks ago.

As most women know, it is so important to take time out of life and have conversation with your pals; but for most mothers, this can often be a difficult task to achieve.

For the mother of the toddler, her time is spent up/down, up/down from the table trying her best to keep the little one from falling over and hurting  themself, or from running off. For the mother of the baby there is time spent making sure the little one doesn’t get stepped on by the bigger kids whilst crawling, and that nothing off the floor gets eaten or inhaled. And for the childless one (aka me today, for the first time in like, forever) it was spent trying to keep up with what conversation we were on next – or did we even finish that one? Hang on, onto the next topic…. where were we again?

I’m sure so many of you can relate.

The conversation never stops. We all have so much to say, but just never enough time to get it all out. We’ve all got our own problems, and we’ve never got the time (or the company) to vent like this at home – so we quickly give each other a run down of where we are at in life, right here, right now. Each one of us sounding like a whole load of (as they say in San Francisco) “hot mess”. If you were a fly on the wall I’m sure you would think that we all need professional help, as our lives do sound like they are a complete shambles.

….But it’s not like that, really. We just know that we need each other to spill our problems out to once in a while. We need to dump all of our angst within those cafe walls, so that we can all soldier on and keep going. We know that we are all there for each other at any time – even if not physically, but we are only ever as far away as the end of the phone.

True FriendAnd as we part after that short, coffee-fueled, ‘therapy’ session – to go and get on with the rest of our days, I walk away with tears welling up in my eyes….

Not because I am sad; not because any one of us is really suffering; but because I realise that with the support of true friends you can pretty much conquer anything. It’s one of the warmest feelings to have in the whole world.

To know you are never alone. To have the permission to feel like sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle – but to be reassured that “that’s ok”. And to never be judged about it what might be troubling you. However big or small it might seem at the time.

In the grand scheme of things, we all know that we are pretty lucky for what we have in life, and our problems are all able to be fixed in the first world that we live in, eventually. But we are also human – and that too is ok.

Thanks girls, for letting me feel human today. 😘

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Words by Danielle Tinkler.

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What to do with some time alone?

Well today it seems I have scored the parenting jackpot. And that is simply just – some time alone. As I am staring down the barrel of single parenting for the next two weeks (and to all of the single parents out there, I sincerely take my hat off to you) while my husband jets off for a lovely holiday with a mate – I decided that this weekend, I was in special need of a little bit of R & R, all by myself.

So to honour my request, the good old husband and child swiftly packed themselves up in the car, and set off to a little caravan park early Saturday morning. They were out of my hair by about 9 am (bless them!).

And there it was, an untidy house – but with it came the beautiful sound of silence… Yet that untidy house didn’t phase me one bit. I could have been in a plush hotel for all I knew, because the feeling of knowing I had my time all to myself was just total bliss.

So what to do with my 30 hours off? Well I’m not going to lie, I made the beds and had a quick tidy up to start with, but that took all of about 15 minutes. The rest of my day was spent not even leaving my own suburb… But you can still turn it into a holiday at home, with a little bit of pampering, and a whole lot of self care.

Excercise.  The first hour I spent working up a sweat. I hardly ever get the chance to go for a good workout with no time restrictions. So today I threw on the activewear, grabbed some headphones, and went running (well half running, half walking to be exact). Following that, I actually got the chance to do some home yoga… Uninterrupted!

 Lunch for one. Head out to your favourite local restaurant or cafe, and sit down and order your favourite meal on the menu, plus a coffee or even a nice glass of wine – and enjoy the whole experience without having to help anyone with their colouring in, or play with whatever the favourite toy of the moment is. Or even talk, for that matter.

Sit in the sunshine. Whilst it wasn’t really a beach day today (bummer!), I still took the opportunity to lie on the grass in a local park and soak up some sun. The beauty of this is that I didn’t have to supervise anyone, or entertain anyone. Or do anything really… It was just me, on my own, alone with my thoughts and a magazine.

Meditate. It’s something I try to do daily, and it’s something we should al make time for in our lives once in a while. But when you’ve got that solo time to yourself it’s a must do. Precious time alone doesn’t come around very often when you’re a mother, so taking the time to clear your mind is probably the best gift you can give yourself.

Catch a movie. And I mean a movie that is not just a G rated cartoon. Choose something that your child and/or partner would never want to see in a million years. I chose Spotlight. It was pretty heavy to say the least – but it was something I would probably never get the chance to watch otherwise.

Get a massage. Pampering doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have private health insurance, chances are you can claim back on remedial massage and natural therapies – so why not use it to your advantage! I hit one of my local Chinese medicine centres, and spent an hour or so getting a massage plus cupping. My body now feels loose and supple – and apart from the slight bruising on my back, I can already feel the benefits.

Wander the shops – solo. How often do you ever just get the chance to spend as long as you want in the shops that you like? Wander aimlessly, look at what you like, and take as long as you like – around a shopping centre or some local markets.

Grab a bottle of wine and your fave takeaway. Evans & Tate Pile Driver Shiraz, plus a nice little Thai Crispy Pork Belly was on the menu for me tonight, as I headed home to my peaceful little abode. The only thing that could possibly bother me now was the cat meowing for attention… Pretty sure I can manage that.

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Take a long bath. For as long as you can handle. Light your favourite candles or some incense. Pour a glass of Shiraz, and pipe in a little music. Now this is something we mum’s never get to do!

DVD or Netflix? Who cares! Just put that super relaxed body onto the sofa, and (again) watch the things that you want to watch.

Go to bed. You don’t need to go out partying all night to feel like you’ve had a good weekend. It’s time to cherish this alone time, and sleep in the middle of the bed, feeling good about the fact that you can wake up whenever you want to!

And I know these insights might not seem that exciting to many, but to most busy mum’s I know – this weekends little timetable would seem like a dream come true. It was the chance to really get my mojo back, with no pressure, and no feelings of guilt whatsoever. I know that I’ve got a mountain of washing about to come home to me on Sunday, and I also know there is a hectic week of work and school ahead – but this precious time alone was like a godsend to me, it’s just what I needed…IMG_1578

And did I miss them? Yeah maybe… But also maybe not. I am grateful for all of the moments we have together, as I cherish my loved ones dearly – but I also realise that it’s so important to take time out to recharge my batteries if I want to give them the best of what I have.

Look after yourselves mamas xo

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Words – Danielle Tinkler.

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This is how we disco.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks. Well, months actually, if I’m thinking of not only me, but some of my loved ones who have faced some of their own recent difficulties as well.

Whether it’s been shitty relationships, the breakdown of friendships, or illness and injury, December and January just were not as good for us as they could have been this summer.

What we needed was a good dose of fun, and a whole lot of laughter to clear out the cobwebs…. And I found the answer – in the form of a guru.

On a random January Friday afternoon, my daughter and I decided to jump on a bus and check out the Sydney Festival in Hyde Park. I had heard that there was a bubble disco going on, so we thought we would go in for a little boogie. Well unfortunately due to the rain and wind that day, the disco had finished early. But I did happen to notice some other pretty weird kind of disco going on – and I wanted to be part of it. It was bookings only, but it was free. But it now wasn’t on til the next day. So I booked in 5 spots, and told my brother to trust me, and bring himself and my two nieces along for some laughs and good times.

We turn up to Hyde Park on Saturday just a few minutes before 12 midday, and are each handed a pair of headphones. We adjust the sizes to fit the girls, and all start hearing some pretty sweet disco tunes.

Then all of a sudden we see him. A vision – decked out in a whole lotta magenta hot pants / play suit kind of ensemble… Our leader of the pack, Guru Dudu.

He started out by welcoming us to his disco walking tour with a cheeky little warm up routine. It seemed completely normal to us, to just start following on with the moves and do exactly what the Guru said to do. About 40 random strangers all dancing around saying “hi” to each other, whilst breathing in, and breathing out, and pointing fingers in the air – all in time to the Chic disco classic- Le Freak (Freak Out).

 You see, Guru Dudu is linked up to us all via his groovy little head set and mic. We are all tuned in perfectly to hear his feel good mix of happy beats, and his voice over the top leading us (more like boogie-ing us) around the Sydney Festival – and he calls this experience his Silent Disco Walking Tour. Cue the next track, and its time for a dance off to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The girls are a bit nervous to start off with, but soon lose their inhibitions to the music and get into it. By the time we are dancing around a fountain to Stayin’ Alive, they are fully into the disco vibe.

And as a nice touch being only a day or two after the death of the great David Bowie, it was lovely that the Guru included a couple of classic Bowie tunes – including “Let’s Dance” and “Fashion” as well.

img_1387.jpgHailing from Melbourne, Guru Dudu presents his out there experience to Hen’s nights, corporate events, team building exercises, and pretty much just for random fun, really! And not since the good old days I used to spend nightclubbing, have I laughed and sweated so much to such awesome music. An undeniably feel good experience, and as the guru himself says “if you’re ever feeling down, just put on a little disco and dance the blues away”.

Looking for more details about Guru Dudu? Check him out via his website, Instagram, or Facebook page.

Peace, love, and hands in the air like you just don’t care!

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Words by Dani Tinkler.

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