Sunday, January 20, 2019

Smash the #10YearChallenge with The Long Life Plan

By Faye James

Is this the secret formula for smashing the #10YearChallenge? Faye James may have hit on your fountain of youth.

Reset yourself with deliciously healthy recipes, tips, tools and tricks to regain confidence, self-esteem and energy.

Faye James’ inspired healthy living plan not only gets your groove back but also gives you more time to do all the things you really want to do.

The Long Life Plan includes:

• Nutritiously balanced recipes
• Easy to follow exercise plans to increase strength and flexibility
• 30 minute Yoga routines
• 30 minute Pilates mat workouts that can be done before
• Beauty tips to help fight ageing and maintain a youthful glow
• Recipes for beauty tonics, beauty lotions, masks, bath


Faye James is a food, beauty and health journalist and health and wellness coach with over 20 years of experience. She has created recipes, magazines and cookbooks for brands such as Woolworths and Weight Watchers and has written for publications such as ELLE, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Australian Woman’s Weekly, New Idea, WHO, Practical Parenting, Femail, The Daily Mail and Daily Express.

She is a 43 years old mother of two who mastered the art of feeling youthful, energetic and beautiful with her easy to follow and practical advice and tips.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

War Gardens: A Journey Through Conflict in Search of Calm by Lalage Snow

A journey through the most unlikely of gardens: the oases of peace people create in the midst of war

War Gardens: A Journey Through Conflict in Search of Calm by Lalage Snow will be published by Hachette Australia on 28 August 2018, RRP $32.99


On 28 August Hachette Australia will publish Lalage Snow's WAR GARDENS. Journalist, photographer and filmmaker Lalage Snow takes us on a journey through Afghanistan, Gaza, The West Bank, Israel and The Ukraine exploring private gardens tended to by civilians caught up in conflict and the universal search for peace. The book will be released just in time for Lalage's photography to be featured as a part of Sydney Opera House's Antidote festival in September.


Working in the world's most dangerous war zones, freelance war correspondent and photographer Lally Snow has often chanced across a very moving sight, a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit in adversity, a celebration of hope and beauty: a war garden. In Kabul, the royal gardens are tended by a centenarian gardener, though the king is long gone; in Camp Bastion, bored soldiers improvise tiny gardens to give themselves a moment's peace; on both sides of the dividing line in Jerusalem families tend groves of olives and raise beautiful plants from the unforgiving, disputed landscape; in Ukraine, families tend their gardens in the middle of a surreal, frozen war.


You can see visuals from the book and some more information here, including a link to the documentary The Gardeners of Kabul:

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Young Living Australia's 2018 Christmas collection

Merry Little Luxuries Gift Set - $141.75

Treat yourself to a little ‘me’ time with the moisturising and hydrating benefits of our popular skin care products, packaged in a limited-edition cosmetic bag featuring YL branded zippers, a waterproof interior and a compartment insert.

The Merry Little Luxuries Gift Set includes:

1 x Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter 80g
1 x Satin Facial Scrub™ - Mint 57g
1 x Grapefruit Lip Balm 4.5g
1 x YL Cosmetic Bag (Dimensions: 16 cm (H) x 28 cm (W) x 15 cm (D))

Holiday Lip Balm Trio - $26.95

Naughty or nice? Try this popular trio for sweet and soothing lip protection for everyone on your list!

The Lip Balm Trio includes:

1 x Grapefruit Lip Balm 4.5g
1 x Lavender Lip Balm 4.5g
1 x Cinnamint™ Lip Balm 4.5g
1 x FREE YL Lip Balm Pouch

Christmas Scents Gift Set - $140.40

Continue an enduring holiday tradition with precious, spiritually uplifting aromas. This set includes 5 ml bottles of Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils and Christmas Spirit™ essential oil blend, packaged in a collectible branded tin.

The Christmas Scents Gift Set includes:

1 x Christmas Spirit™ 5ml
1 x Frankincense 5ml
1 x Myrrh 5ml
1 x YL Collectible Tin

The Oils of Ancient Scripture™  - $418.90

Immerse yourself in the beautiful aromas and intriguing history of 10 pure essential oils featured in the Bible. Add a few drops to the unscented rattan sticks to create your ideal ambience and encourage spiritual grounding.

The Oils of Ancient Scripture Holiday Set includes:

1 x Oils of Ancient Scripture™ Collection (10 x 5 ml essential oils: Aloes (Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood), Cassia, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Myrrh, Myrtle, Onycha, Rose of Sharon (Cistus))
20 x Unscented Rattan Sticks

Desert Lantern Diffuser - $183.55

The stunning Lantern Diffuser, exquisitely crafted and detailed from metal and glass, transforms any room by permeating the air with the aroma of your favourite essential oils. With run times of up to 10 hours and 11 light features, the Lantern Diffuser is the perfect complement to any festive gathering.

The Lantern Diffuser Pack includes:

1 x Lantern Diffuser
1 x FREE Lavender 5 ml
1 x FREE Lemon 5 ml

Young Living Breakfast Set - $65.65

Start the morning off right with the sweet crunch of Gary’s True Grit™ Einkorn Flakes Cereal. For a delicious and natural substitute to sugar and honey, top the flakes with a little Blue Agave Natural Sweetener. You can also add it to your morning tea or coffee, served in a YL ceramic mug!

The Sweet & Simple Breakfast Set includes:

2 x Gary’s True Grit™ Einkorn Flakes Cereal 369g
1 x Blue Agave Natural Sweetener 237ml
2 x FREE YL ceramic mugs

Aroma Wooden Case Set - $128.95

Show off your essential oil collection with this beautifully crafted, 3-tier case made of pine wood and emblazoned with YL branding. Easily access and store up 17 roll-ons and 45 (5 ml or 15 ml) oils - including a FREE Christmas Spirit™ 5 ml. It also serves as a charming display case for presentations and workshops!

The Aroma Wooden Case Set includes:

1 x 3-Tier Wooden Essential Oil Case (Dimensions: 217mm (L) x 247mm (W) x 185mm (H))
1 x FREE Christmas Spirit™ 5ml

Frankincense - $65.45

Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts.

When you seek purpose, or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience.

Myrrh - $144.00

Myrrh oil comes from the steam distillation of the red-brown resin of trees in the genus Commiphora. Because of its earthy, sweet aroma and luxurious properties, Myrrh oil uses include skin care and aromatic applications. Its calming, complex aroma brings a deeper sense of spirituality to practices such as yoga and meditation, and its moisturising and cleansing properties have made it popular in high-end skin care and beauty products.

Christmas Spirit - $22.30

With some of our most popular Christmas essential oils, Christmas Spirit™ taps into the happiness, joy, and comfort associated with the holiday season. It combines Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Spruce to create a warm, spicy, and sweet Christmas essential oil blend that’s sure to be loved by everyone in the family.
Thanks to its familiar notes and timeless aroma, Christmas Spirit essential oil blend helps evoke feelings and memories tied to the joy of Christmas and simpler, more peaceful moments. It’s a great gift for the holidays, and it can easily become an important part of your family traditions.

Dolphin Reef / Dino Land Holiday Collections

Let your little ones enjoy the calming aroma of Stress Away™ with the captivating Dolphin Reef or Dino Land Ultrasonic Diffuser. Plus, for those tougher school days, add a few drops of Stress Away™ to a handy KidScents® Slap Bracelet for a soothing lime and vanilla scent.

The Dolphin Reef Holiday Collection includes:

1 x Dolphin Reef Ultrasonic Diffuser
1 x FREE KidScents® Diffusing Slap Bracelet
1 x FREE Stress Away™ 5 ml
3 x Reusable Cotton Pads

                               - RRP - $205.90

The Dino Land Holiday Collection includes:

1 x Dino Land Ultrasonic Diffuser
1 x FREE KidScents® Diffusing Slap Bracelet
1 x FREE Stress Away™ 5 ml
3 x Reusable Cotton Pads

                             - RRP - $2212.50

Refresh with Citrus Set - $52.55
Give your H2O a burst of citrusy flavour! Featuring a colourful silicone sleeve, this glass water bottle is the perfect solution if you’re looking to ditch plastic disposable bottles and stay hydrated during the hot summer months!

The Refresh with Citrus Set includes:

1 x Slique™ Glass Water Bottle 700ml
1 x Grapefruit 15ml

Summer Sidekick Pack - $108.10

Keep your cooler bag stocked with skin-protecting products! With SPF 50 broad-spectrum protection, our lightweight mineral sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays without the intrusion of toxic chemicals. To enjoy the outdoors annoyance free, dilute and apply a few drops of Citronella’s bright, pleasant scent!

The Summer Sidekick Pack includes:

1 x Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 85g
1 x Citronella 15ml

1 x FREE YL Cooler Bag (Dimensions: 32cm (H) x 44 cm (W) x 16cm (D))

Luscious Lips Collection - $156.90

From prep to party, this collection includes everything you need for flawless lips. Gently exfoliate and cleanse lips with Poppy Seed Lip Scrub before finishing your look with I Dare You Lipstick. For a little more sparkle and shine, top off your lips with Anchors Aweigh Lip Gloss.

The Luscious Lips Collection includes these Savvy Minerals by Young Living products:

1 x Poppy Seed Lip Scrub 12g
1 x Lipstick - I Dare You (Coral Orange) 3.8g
1 x Lip Gloss - Anchors Aweigh (Orangey Pink) 6g
1 x Standing Mirror

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Christmas Techie Treats from LG

LG WK7 ThinQ™ Smart Speaker

LG’s first smart speaker, the LG WK7 ThinQ™, features Meridian Audio to give you premium sound quality when playing your favourite Christmas jingles. As well, with LG AI ThinQ and Google Assistant you can get the answers on recipes, weather, finance, calculations, translations and more – or even challenge the family to a game of trivia or musical chairs this Christmas!

Product link:

RRP: $299

LG CordZero Handstick A9

Witness your own Christmas miracle –the LG CordZero handstick ensures a spotless home for the entire silly season. The LG CordZero features freedom from tangled cords, a powerful LG Inverter Motor and a five-step filtration system to make cleaning up on Christmas Day that much easier.

Product link:

RRP: starting from $699
LG G7 ThinQ

The LG G7 ThinQ™ helps you become the photographer you always aspired to be; the AI-powered camera analyses the frame and optimises the settings for the perfect shot every time. You can also crank up the holiday tunes with the Powerful Boombox feature, which turns the phone into a portable speaker.

Product link:

RRP: $1099

LG SK85 Super UHD AI ThinQ™ TV

The LG SK85 Super UHD AI ThinQ™ TV with Nano Cell technology invites the whole family to gather around to watch a favourite holiday flick with the TV’s wide viewing angles. And what’s more? With the integration of AI ThinQ™ and Google Assistant, your TV can recommend a variety of holiday movies – or even help you book your dream destination!

Product link:

RRP 55-inch: $2699
RRP 65-inch: $3999
LG SK10Y Sound Bar

The LG SK10Y sound bar is the perfect companion for every TV viewing experience and an excellent addition to the man cave or family home entertainment set-up. Amplify your TV viewing or gaming experience with immersive three-dimensional surround sound and premium cinema quality audio technology from Dolby Atmos and Meridian Audio.

Product link:

RRP: $1699

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Merry Tech-mas: The best gadget gifts that sleigh

With all kinds of work and personal commitments filling up your end-of-year calendar like a game of Tetris, Christmas shopping is probably the last thing on your mind. Don’t sweat it, we’ve all been there. That’s why we have invited Aussie tech brand EFM to share their killer line-up of last-minute gift ideas to help you score some major brownie points this Christmas.

The hard-to-buy-for pal

Know someone who enjoys the finer things in life? Good news is you don’t need to break the bank to impress them this year! The Monaco Leather Case Armour is constructed from high-quality genuine leather and features multiple storage options, aluminium accents and side keys, and a RFID blocking layer to keep their cards safe. It has also exceeded the military grade drop test standard by five times, all thanks to the D3O® impact protection material in the shell.
Monaco Leather Case Armour for iPhone Xs / Xs Max / XR, RRP $79.95
(Available in Black/Space Grey and Mulberry/Gold)

The flatlay artist

Whoever thought power banks are all the same clearly hasn’t met this rose gold fellow from EFM. Equipped with Device Sensing Technology, this bad boy automatically determines the power requirement for your device and optimises the output to suit. Plus, it never hurts when a power bank is this pretty. Holiday flatlay, anyone?
10,000mAH Power Bank in Rose Gold, RRP $79.95

The practical mind

For those who love to put their credit cards in their phone cases, look no further than the Aspen Card Case Armour. Not only does this tough but slim phone case feature a 3-layer impact dispersion structure that delivers ultimate device protection, but it also includes a hidden card slot to offer even more versatility and functionality.
Aspen Card Case Armour for iPhone Xs / Xs Max / XR, RRP $49.95
(Available in black)

The minimalist

What better way to delight your minimalist friend than with a gift that will help them declutter their desk? With this super sleek wireless charge pad, they can finally say goodbye to the hassle of tangled wires and missing charger cables. This smart charge pad also allows them to charge their Qi-compatible devices 1.4 times faster than most standard 5W wireless chargers.
Wireless Charge Pad, RRP $69.95

The fashionista

The Cayman Case Armour is the slimmest, lightest and toughest case in the EFM range. This stylish crowd-pleaser combines a UV resistant PC back plate with revolutionary impact protection material D3O® to keep your loved one’s phone in mint condition, whilst the aluminium accents add a touch of elegance to the case. Now who is ready for those pre-party mirror #OOTD shots?

Cayman Case Armour for iPhone Xs / Xs Max / XR, RRP $59.95
(Available in Black/Space Grey, Black/Copper, Mulberry/Gold, Gold Trim, Metallic Silver Trim, Black Marble/Gold, and Black Gemstone/Gold)

The tech guru

Use this handy power bank unit separately for convenient on-the-go charging or place it on the desktop stand to charge both the power bank and their Qi-enabled device simultaneously. This is a great gadget your tech-savvy pal will truly enjoy.

Wireless Power Bank with Desktop Stand, RRP $129.95

Tech out these must-have gadgets for Christmas

Eight tech gift ideas to woo those difficult-to-buy-for people in your life

As if Christmas shopping isn’t stressful enough, there is always an impossible to please member in the family (you know the type; they seem to have everything so you usually get them a gift card). This year, there is no need to panic as we have asked Logitech, Logitech G, Jaybird and Ultimate Ears to share their ultimate gift selection that suits every budget. Here’s your holy grail to winning everyone’s heart this holiday season.

Under $100

For less than $100, you can give someone the gift of painless Netflix searching with the K600 TV Keyboard this Christmas. Enter their password, browse the Internet, or play, pause and rewind/fast forward their favourite show. This keyboard can do it all.

Logitech K600 TV Keyboard, RRP $99.95

Under $200

Whoever said bigger is better clearly wasn’t very well acquainted with the pint-sized Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM, which packs a surprisingly big sound and 10-hour battery life. Available in a wide range of exciting colours, this super-portable and waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a true crowd pleaser.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM, RRP $129.95

The best way to win over an avid gamer’s heart is to give them some shiny new gear that they can show off to their peers. The award-winning Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse has recently got an upgrade with the new HERO 16k sensor, boasting a better and more accurate performance. #mymouseisbetterthanyours

Logitech G G502 Hero High Performance Gaming Mouse, RRP $129.95

Designed for all sorts of adventures, these supper rugged, waterproof and sweat-proof headphones will have your loved one covered rain or shine.

Jaybird Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones, RRP $149.95

Whether your loved one is a (self-confessed) online shopping queen or a workaholic who is always on the go, the ergonomic design of this mouse will prevent your loved one’s hand from cramping after spending hours on their computer. The best part, it tracks on any surface including bedsheets. Netflix and Excel in bed, anyone?

Logitech MX Master 2S, RRP $149.95

Under $300

For the health conscious fitspo in the family, these sweat-proof and completely wireless sport earphones will be their new best friend on those post holiday runs. They also come with a sleek carrier case that will keep them juiced up on the go.

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Sport Headphones, RRP $249.95

Who doesn’t love a powerful, portable wireless speaker? Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is here to kick start all sorts of parties this season. It blasts loud, clear, and immersive 360° sound with deep thundering bass, all whilst being insanely waterproof, dustproof and drop proof.

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, RRP $299.95

Under $500

Know someone who has every gaming gadget? This combo is going to be a welcome addition to their collection. With the latest RGB gaming speakers and gaming keyboard from Logitech G, they can now synchronise brilliant RGB lighting and powerful audio in real-time to match their on-screen action across games, music and movies.

Logitech G G560 Lightsync PC Gaming Speakers, RRP $279.95
Logitech G G512 Lightsync RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, RRP $179.95

First edition Playboy Magazine with Marilyn Monroe cover up for auction

RAUNCHY for its time, the cover of the first-ever Playboy magazine
featuring sex symbol actress Marilyn Monroe, who also appeared in a two-page inside
spread advertised by publisher Hugh Hefner as "Marilyn Monroe with nothing on but the radio."


David Ellis

A BOUND collection of a copy from every issue of Playboy magazine from its first-ever in 1953 until the death of its founder and owner Hugh Hefner last year – something like 700 copies – is to go to auction in Los Angeles at the end of this month, with estimates it could fetch up to US$40,000 (AU$55,400.)

And a separate copy Hefner kept personally from the first print run for the first-issue, is expected could raise as much as US$5000 alone.

Marilyn Monroe: "nothing on but the radio"

With sex symbol Marilyn Monroe featuring both on the cover and as its 2-page centrefold (Hefner advertised it as "Marilyn Monroe with nothing on but the radio,") that December 1953 first-issue sold 54,000 copies at US$0.50c each, with Playboy sales going on to peak in the early-1970s at 7,000,000 an issue world-wide.

They've since slumped to a little over 800,000 annually now, with publication down to just six issues a year, and plans to reduce it to a quarterly from 2019.

In his first issue, for which Hefner had cobbled together $8000 from family and friends to pay the print bill, he wrote in an Introduction that Playboy was for men between 18 and 80… and "is not a 'family magazine'."

"(So) if you are somebody's sister, wife or mother-in-law and picked us up by mistake, please pass us along to the man in your life, and get back to your Ladies Home Companion…" he wrote.

Hefner's privately-owned individual and bound sets of the magazine will be auctioned with hundreds of other personal possessions on November 30 and December 1, through Los Angeles' Julien's Auctions live and online (

FOOTNOTE: Hugh Hefner died in September last year aged 91, and is laid to rest next to Marilyn Monroe in a crypt he'd bought in 1992 for $75,000 in Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles. Monroe had died in 1962 aged 36 from a self-administered barbiturate overdose.

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