Seven pregnancy essentials

When I got engaged, I went to a wedding expo and found that someone was ready to sell you everything from doves to personalised underwear to a chauffeur driven pink hummer. If you had a spare dollar someone was ready to take it. Much like that expo, I’ve found being pregnant involves an endless list of things you should buy. I’ve sorted through the junk to give you my top seven.

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Three things the internet taught me to make alcohol better

By Alice Dore-Jones

It’s no secret that this particular Chalker likes to have a drink. However, sometimes you find yourself wanting for a fantastic drink but you have less then amazing options at hand. One can not have champagne chilled in the fridge at all times… one does not live that life unfortunately…

Here are three lessons the internet taught me to make those problems disappear!

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The hack I learnt to finally lose weight…

By Alice Dore-Jones

Okay first up I’ll be honest there wasn’t a magic bullet and instead there were quite a few life lessons along the way. Simply, I had to learn A LOT not a little to finally shift the kilos.  To give you an idea of where the starting blocks were when I began all of this… I use to think banana bread was a health food and brown sugar was the healthy sugar (like brown bread or brown rice). Yup, I had tons to learn.

So, I want to share the  number one thing that pulled all those lessons together. Drum roll please…. Continue reading

Salmon Burgers- Lady dude food

By Alice Dore-Jones

I love eating salmon. I’d have it for dinner every night if I could but apparently we’re meant to have balanced diets and mix things up… Well that’s what my husband says, who come to think of it isn’t as big a fan of salmon as me… mmm….

Anyway, this means I do things to make salmon seem more like dude food. This time round I’ve disguised it in burger form. Salmon on a burger is not what you first think of when you think burger night but the below combo works in a really tasty way. If you’re not keen on carbs you could make wraps.

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Spa serenity

Remember when you were a teenager and you thought at age 30 you’d have two kids, be driving a BMW and definitely have fantastic hair and skin? I’m pretty certain I believed in that dream even up until about a week before I turned 30, when I realised the closest I was going to come to the BMW was that one weekend when we got a convertible hire car, and Jason, my pet fish, was the highest my level of commitment was willing to extend to.

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Good old fashioned fun

My sister turned 30 recently and I was looking for something to do that was relatively local (to Canberra), a bit out of the box and could be fitted into a day trip. I was keen to take her to see the Southern Highlands for the first time and stumbled (read: Googled) across an Alpaca tour in the Southern Highlands at Birrong Suri Alpacas.

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